Sleeping Buffalo
Sleeping Buffalo

Sleeping Buffalo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.crmr.com/dining-buffalo.php
  • Phone: 4037604484
  • 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 4037604485

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Sleeping Buffalo reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (12)fit for foodies (10)notable wine list (8)romantic (6)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant was advised it was our 40 th anniversary but we were assigned a table in the middle of the room beside a large group our request to be moved to a table by the window was not accepted. A table by the window remained unseated the entire time. The service was good as was the meal and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Buffalo Rules
    hal52VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • avoid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food
    MikeRS
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Wild Game!
    Svetlana
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Tea42
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Buffalo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time but won't be the last
    wbonville
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    noamateur
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent food, good service, will go back and will recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a nice dinner in Banff
    TracyBeth
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We loved the authentic architecture of the restaurant. The service was great and the food delicious. We would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the restaurant was overall awesome and a fun experience. The game and local foods were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    Mitch
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent quality.
    TandT
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Find
    diner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mom's 60th birthday
    meeshmaash
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local diner
    LJfood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 106 reviews are from the Sleeping Buffalo reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Very quiet and intimate restaurant. Our waitress (Jenna) was absolutely wonderful. Decent menu selection. Fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining for one.
    TTFNTT
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    KandD
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    DaveyA
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    IreneVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The duck breast was fantastic. Very enjoyable meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    pickles77
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Lebhotelier
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Banff dining experience
    Cookme
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and warm...
    CrowchildBob
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great Ambience, excellent food and excellent service. A tad on the pricey side but I would go back again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    TeacherChef
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun new years eve dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night out!
    Romantic
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bon Apétite
    Charly
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Fantastic experience. Exactly fit what we were looking for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    foodie
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    XCQuinn1969
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Kyle
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving
    Cash17
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    The special menu was spectacular! As was my companions rib eye! All was perfect with substantial portions :) definitely a do over
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • forgotten about
    Brad
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As in past dining experience
    pippi
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    John
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    katz58
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect menu
    JSSS
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.