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Sleeping Buffalo
Sleeping Buffalo

Sleeping Buffalo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.crmr.com/dining-buffalo.php
  • Phone: (403) 760-4484
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Linda Calabrese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sleeping Buffalo offers several private dining options from the stunning Wapiti Longhouse to the intimate Strathcona Room. We can accommodate up to 90 guests in a private dining room. Please contact the Lodge directly for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Tanya Dick (403) 760-4485

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sleeping Buffalo
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Diner Reviews
  • "The Sleeping Buffalo was an old mountain cabin style of decor with great views of mountains and gardens. The food was exceptional and the service was very nice. The pace was relaxed and the evening was delightful."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Food was bland, service was slow, waited 1 hr 10 minutes for meal. we used to enjoy and would visit on special occasions but will avoid this stop in the future. Expect ownership has changed? More a family style restaurant."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • " The dinner options were good, although we were looking forward to the caribou and were told that it was unavailable that evening when we ordered. (We later thought we overheard the table next to us order it later that night and were able to get it, but didn't confirm if they actually did). We ordered the Charcuterie Board to start, which was excellent, and they even had a gluten free bread option for the celiac at the table. We both ordered the CRMR Game Ranch Duo for dinner, which the bison was amazingly tender. Portion size was good, although if your a big eater, I recommend you have something to start, but ensure you save room for dessert. We had the Black Forest Verrine and the Espresso Crème Brûlée, which were both top notch."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great restaurant and we were able to get reservations in this over crowded little tourist town during peak season! We love wild game and they had an exceptional selection. The food was cooked very well and they provided excellent service."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Thought I was taking my girl somewhere special and nice. Although the dinning room and the menu waa what I hoped for, the food was flavourless and warm. The prices are high and the portions are small. The next night we went to a local regular restaurant and the food was exceptionally better."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Service and food was adequate, although the seating service seemed somewhat confused and unorganized - not what you'd expect at an upscale lodge."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We decided to go to this restaurant on our 1st wedding anniversary. The server was awesome, making great recommendations, the food was great and the dessert was very good as well. Our server even had "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on our dessert plate. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, good service, will go back and will recommend to friends"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice dinner out at Sleeping Buffalo. Our dinners were very good, our server was attentive. We would go there again, however they could bring up their ambiance by replacing worn carpet and mismatched chairs- this does not end up being "quaint" but instead makes the dining room feel tired and dated."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We loved the authentic architecture of the restaurant. The service was great and the food delicious. We would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "the restaurant was overall awesome and a fun experience. The game and local foods were great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "wonderful food, very tasty and fresh and not gimmicky, everything was perfect, from starters to dessert. This restaurant came highly recommended and did not dissapoint."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our meals, which were perfectly cooked and well presented. The service was very good and we had a lovely evening. My only complaint was that some of the meals were not well balanced; the vegetable portions were too small (e.g. a large portion of lamb cutlets but only two small carrots!)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "A friend had told me about the restaurant and am I glad I booked it! Food was excellent and our server excellent - friendly, informative and attentive. The menu is not extensive that it is hard to choose. Chef Kelly is amazing! Everyone at our table loved their meals and all look forward to returning. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to all of my friends."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Booked a reservation for my mom & I to celebrate her 60th birthday. I was a little disappointed with the actual chairs as some were made with cushions and we were put at a table with very uncomfortable chairs & were seated at a 2 person table in the middle of the room. The restaurant wasn't full when we arrived or when we left. The food was amazing! We started with the scallops and had the steak & the salmon. It was DELICIOUS!! I had made mention on my reservation that anything they could do over the average would be greatly appreciated. It was mentioned by the server when we arrived that it was her birthday but that was it. I was hopeful a little something more would have been done but we still had a blast and ate amazingly delicious food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This a stunning restaurant who gets a lot of international guests which is good because locals would not pay the ridiculous prices they charge for entrees which are good but not exceptional. That being said one of the best and most generous cheese platters we have had anywhere. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very quiet and intimate restaurant. Our waitress (Jenna) was absolutely wonderful. Decent menu selection. Fantastic service. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I took myself on an overnight staycation to Banff. Looked at many restaurant menues & decided on Sleeping Buffalo. The ambience is perfect for the mountains. The choices on the menue were a nice variety but not so many that it is impossible to make a decision. I had the crab cakes to start & the bison duo as an entrèe. The crab cakes were fine & the risotto was excellent. The bison duo was very good & I would order again. Service was very attentive. There are a couple of other entrèes I want to try. I will be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We never had the opportunity to have lunch at the Sleeping Buffalo, however the breakfasts & dinner were absolutely fantastic! We are looking forward to returning....soon! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been staying a block away from the Sleeping Buffalo for years, but this was the first time we tried it. It was amazing. Everything from the lamb to the bison was outstanding. The service was very good, as well."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The duck breast was fantastic. Very enjoyable meal"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A glorious place to just sit, relax and feel truly pampered. The food was exceptional, and the opportunity to look out over Tunnel Mountain while enjoying great wine is second to none."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, had the caribou and bison duo for mains, the only disappointment is that we were looking forward to have the elk tenderloin carpaccio which is advertised online on the menu as a starter, and on review sites including OT but, it was NOT on the menu"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We took my sister to Buffalo Mountain Lodge for her 40th birthday and dined at the Sleeping Buffalo. BML has been a favourite spot of ours for many years and it did not disappoint. We started with cocktails in front of the roaring fire in the bar and then moved to the restaurant. My mother had the spinach and arugula salad, and my sister had the gem salad to start; I had the crab cakes. Everything was tasty and well-presented. For our main course, we all had the caribou medallions with potatoes, shallots and berry gastrique. It was cooked perfectly and the portions were just right. For dessert we shared a trio of creme brûlées and the staff wrote "Happy Birthday" on the plate to surprise my sister, which was a lovely gesture."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great Ambience, excellent food and excellent service. A tad on the pricey side but I would go back again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "It was very obvious that great care was taken in the preparation of our food. Our main dishes were perfectly cooked, as were the well thought out and balanced accompaniments. Dessert was maybe even more impressive in terms of flavours and balance. We had the Alberta Beef Rib Eye and and the Caribou Medallions; the Beignets and the Mille-feuille. Service was efficient. We also ate there for lunch the next day which was equally good food. The game burger was not gamey, cooked to order - juicy and delicious. The steak was average but its accompanying truffle fries were great."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We were in Banff on a vacation and booked the Sleeping Buffalo for dinner on New Year's Eve. It was a fun evening. They had a DJ playing great tunes and had gone all out in festive, yet tasteful New Year's Eve decorations...including tiaras for the women and fedoras for the men! The food was good, but nothing remarkable and the menu was limited due to the day. The service was fine, we had a late reservation and never felt rushed. It was a bit expensive for the menu that was offered."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was our first time to dine at Sleeping Buffalo and we enjoyed every aspect of our experience from the ambience to the food and excellent service. Will definitely go back next time we dine in Banff!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Fantastic experience. Exactly fit what we were looking for."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "A great dining experience, once again. Brought international visitors and were not disappointed. Incredible service, wonderful, tasty food. Great ambiance for visiting. Definitely will be returning."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Excellent and romantic evening. Our server Chris was attentive and knowledgeable. A beautiful setting and an enjoyable evening. Menu features regional dishes and wine menu is also diverse and well rounded. One small concern, some families brought their children and allowed them run around and play. We love children but could have done without the screeching and crying. Not the restaurants fault, but it may be an idea to decide if Sleeping Buffalo is a romantic getaway or a family restaurant."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "It's a great place to go for a romantic dinner or meal with friends. Food is high quality and cooked perfectly everytime. The rustic ambience makes you feel nice and cozy."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The special menu was spectacular! As was my companions rib eye! All was perfect with substantial portions :) definitely a do over"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "We had our anniversary dinner here, the restaurant was about hald full with one large group, that our waitress was taking care of. We were her other table, the forgotten ones. Bought a very nice bottle of wine ordered appies and drinks, dinner, she brought the drinks and we didn't she her again until our meal was over. Rhe other waiter was nice enough to pour one glass of wine for us . If we return here we will ask not to be seated in Jennifers section."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "As in past dining experience here, Sleeping Buffalo was outstanding in the food ingredients, preparation and portion size. Menu was varied for different tastes but not too ambitiously large.... Caribou remains a real treat here! And the biegnets for dessert... yum"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We had a milestone birthday dinner at Sleeping Buffalo and enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere, food and service were all very good. I would certainly recommend Sleeping Buffalo for any special occasion dinner."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We were so happy to have had this experience. We booked this place for our annivsay weekend and it was very much worth it. The food was amazing and the service was fast and friendly. The menu online was an old version but the new menu was similar and it was very easy to change out a menu option with no fuss from the wait staff. I liked the large selection on the wine menu with a wide range of price options."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "This meal was one of the best we have had in a long time. I had the caribou and it was done to perfection as was my husband's bison plate. A wonderful scallop appetizer and the creme brulee dessert was plenty for two. Presentation was superb! Our waitress was charming and very pleasant."
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "Great gem in the Canadian Rockies -- beautiful restaurant and excellent food. We went for the game and were not disappointed. Charcuterie platter was excellent. The opportunity to have caribou for dinner was not to be missed. All in all, a perfect dinner. Staff was attentive, food was excellent, and restaurant has an upscale lodge look."
    Dined on 9/9/2013
  • "Unexpected rustic elegance with fantastic food and lovely quiet atmosphere. Our food choices of wild boar and caribou were lovely - although I'd recommend the caribou the most. Respectful and friendly service, no long waits, great wine selection. Deserts were good but all very sweet - if they wish to branch out to something light and refreshing that would cap off the experience even more. Definitely going back in the future!"
    Dined on 9/9/2013