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The Bison Restaurant and The Bear Street Tavern
The Bison Restaurant and The Bear Street Tavern

The Bison Restaurant and The Bear Street Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebison.ca
  • Phone: (403) 762-5550
  • Hours of Operation: Bison Restaurant: open daily for dinner service from 5pm. Brunch served Sunday's from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

    The Bear street Tavern: open daily from 11:30am until late. Please note we do take reservations in The Bear Street Tavern after 5pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Comfort Food, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Liz Gagnon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering:


  • Private Party Facilities: The Bison is available for private functions for up to 100 people seated or 150 people reception style.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Pacheco (403) 760-5088
  • Entertainment: Keep an eye on our website for our feature menu's

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Caribou
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located across the street from the open air parking lot on Bear St. You can also find street parking on Bear Street as well as a secondary parkade located beside the Nester's Grocery Store, one block South of Caribou Street.

A word from The Bison Restaurant and The Bear Street Tavern
Our venue hosts 2 different restaurants... Reservations made after 5pm are in The Bison Restaurant. Please note we do not take reservations in The Bear Street Tavern in the evenings after 5pm.
Upstairs, 'The Bison Restaurant & Terrace' is committed to using regional, seasonal and Canadian ingredients. Our intimate dining room has windows on all sides, with Banff's best mountain views, and large sunny terrace. Watch as a brigade of chef's prepare your meal in our open concept kitchen led by executive chef Liz Gagnon.
Our main level houses the 'Bear Street Tavern', a Banff National Park inspired hot spot serving up Banff's best pizza and cast iron specialties. Our courtyard patio is perfect for cocktail sipping or enjoying a local pint.
The Bison is open daily from 5pm with brunch served on Sunday's from 10am until 2pm.
The Bear St Tavern is open daily from 11:30am until late
Children welcome in both of our venues.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant has great food but needs a solid cleaning. We were seated at a table next to the window which was nice except it had a handful of dead bugs on the ledge (right next to our plates) and at least 10 bugs flying up and down the window while we were seated. Asked the host to change us to a different table and he gave us some flack (multiple other open tables that he said were resereved). The waiter moved us to another table and there were a couple bugs at the next window table too. Very unappetizing."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A fabulous find, plenty of quality beer, wine & food choices. Service was excellent too."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Bison restaurant is still a leader in the Banff dining scene but misses on enough marks to bump it down from outstanding to very good. Dishes lack the creativity of a few years back but execution is mostly excellent. The wine list could be more imaginative. The restaurant would also benefit from offering the draft beers they have directly below in their sister restaurant. Bottle selection is limited."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good food, extensive wine list and enjoyable atmosphere! It is nice to know food items are obtained from local and regional sources where possible!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Delicious Sunday brunch in banff for my family. Plenty of choice for children and adults. The food was tasty and well thought out - the kids devoured their French toast!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Love the Bison's brunch menu, especially the four types of eggs benny to choose from. As a local I always recommend the Bison and The Tavern to anyone asking! The food is fantastic and the ambience is one of the best in town."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Bison used to be our favourite mountain restaurant, but over the past three or four visits (spanning approximately 2 years), we have been somewhat let down by the lackluster changes made to the restaurant's menu. We likely won't return anytime soon, until the food quality improves to what it was two or more years ago. This saddens us, as the service has always been great, and we genuinely love this spot."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Friendly, accommodating staff and great food! The bison ribeye and beef tenderloin were excellent and the wine list was great, especially for Canadian wines. It got a bit loud in the restaurant because there were a couple big tables but overall it was a great experience and I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed Sunday brunch at Bison. The spinach and mushroom frittata is delicious. The vegetables are well represented in the dish and the goat cheese evident in each bite. Equally delicious - the eggs benedict with smoked salmon. Good craft beer - grasshopper wheat - finished off a well constructed and served meal."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The Bison ribeye was burned and the meat was poor quality. To bad as I was here a couple times before and the food was good. The Korean chicken was also just average."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Can't go wrong at Bison in my view--I have dined here many times, usually for Sunday brunch. This past Sunday we had both brunch and dinner. The brunch was perfect for a Sunday morning. Both times we ate on the second floor deck, which overlooks the courtyard and has a nice view of the nearby mountains. Later that day we had dinner--several appetizer dishes instead of mains, and they were all outstanding. Love it, will be back!! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "the porabello and leek pasta was bland, overcooked. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our server was great! I was late so I didn't catch his name, but he was fun (grooving to Motown while pouring water isn't easy!), attentive and helpful. The toffee pudding trio for dessert was fantastic - bacon dust cotton candy FTW! I dine at the Bison every time I'm in Banff - it's a definite must for any "foodie" coming to this mountain town. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Bear Street Tavern is a great little pizza place, fit for kids, groups, and has a great patio in the summer. Every time I'm in Banff, I find myself back at this place. I have never had a bad experience. Has some good micro-brews, thin crust pizza's.. great service. Bison - I made a reservation here not knowing it was the same owner as Bear Street (my attempt at eating somewhere else) - ended up here for Sunday brunch. I thought it was fantastic because it was high quality food without the outrageous pricing of other breakfast places in town. I had the eggs benedict and my boyfriend had the bison breakfast sandwich. Highly recommended for couples, foodies even just people wanting a grade A brunch without the price tag."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I absolutely adore hamburgers. I have tried many different ones from different places for the last 20 years. By far the Bison burger at this places was the best I've ever tasted. It was juicy, had lots of flavor and has just the right condiments."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been going to Banff since I was a little kid and growing up I remember a few of the great restaurants my family and I have dined at and now i can add The Bison to that list. I'm glad my hubby and I decided to finally try it out, since it was recommended by a friend. The food was absolutely delicious. Our waitress was so friendly and the atmosphere was cozy. I highly recommend this restaurant. We came for brunch but would definely love to go for dinner some time. Best restaurant we've been to in awhile. Very pleased with everything. Can't wait for our visit and if you plan on going to Banff try it out. Resos are recommended as it does get busy :)"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We were seated at a great table by the window with big comfy chairs. Our server was chatty and pleasant. She recommended the Duck Confit Benny which my husband ordered. I ordered the Broek Back Benny and we swapped Bennies so we had one of each. Both were delicious! My daughter ordered Bacon and Eggs from the kids menu and my son had the Mountain Man Breakfast. They both cleaned their plated. Their homemade ketchup is outstanding. I would buy a bottle if it! The food took a while to arrive at our table but it was hot and our eggs were all perfectly cooked. It was busy and the room had a great bustling vibe going on. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We were attending the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Conference at the Banff Centre and had heard The Bison was outstanding. This proved to be absolutely true. We started with a reservation for 4 people, which turned into 7 and eventually had an 8th person show up. Our server, Katie, was outstanding, didn't miss a beat with our changing demands, and helped make our evening a big success. The food was fantastic, accompanied by wonderful BC wines, and the ambiance was perfect for a slightly rowdie group with an appreciation of great food, wine and fun!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The restaurant was busy when we arrive for our 8 o'clock reservation. We were seated right away. Our server was very pleasant and helpful with choosing our wine selection. My husband had the beet and goat cheese salad, it was light on the beets but flavour was ok. I had the trout as a main it was a little undercooked...the server told us that the chef recommended medium for the trout but it came to the table more medium rare. My husband had halibut cheeks, he said it was good but would not order again because of the texture. The noise level increased over our meal as was too loud for normal conversing by the end of our meal."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had a reservation in the Bison upstairs, but decided we would rather pick from the menu downstairs at the Bear Street Tavern. The service upstairs was decent, for the time we were there, but when we moved downstairs, it was dismal at best. The table we were sat at overlapped with two booths, so there was no personal space. Our server made it very clear with her behaviour that we were an inconvenience to her. She didn't explain that their "deep-dish pizza" was simply a pizza put in a cast iron pan, she never returned to ask how our meal was, didn't fill our water glasses, didn't offer more drinks, and didn't have a single smile for us. All this in spite of passing our table at least 10 times while we were there. Terrible!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This is our favourite Banff restaurant for dinner and brunch. We visit very time we stay overnight in Banff. This was our first trip with our 4 week old son and everybody went out there way to make sure we were well seated with a safe space for the car seat. We made it for a Friday night dinner and Sunday brunch this trip. Food, as always, was delicious and our server Antoine was super attentive. :-)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I've been to this restuarant twice now. The first time was an amazing dinner with my boyfriend. This time I was able to share this incredible dining experience with one of my best friends that was out west for the first time. I absolutely love the duck. And I strongly suggest sharing the roasted cauliflower to start."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our meals were beautifully presented, savoury and lived up to the lavish descriptions on the menu. Only disappointment was our server, who seemed not all that interested or invested in his job."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Fabulous food, amazing service! We came back partly because Jade our server was incredible and recovered the bad experience we had with a server the week before! Food was great, we didnt feel rushed out the door and we camp sometimes (but tip well!) great for brunch or larger parties. Definately reccomend."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My wife and I loved our late Sunday morning brunch here. We sat at a cozy table for two by the gorgeous windows fronting Bear Street. The menu is creative. Both of our dishes were expertly crafted and were well presented. We were invited by our server to linger and take photographs from the gorgeous outdoor space, which affords fantastic views of Banff. To us, this ranks as a "do not miss" meal when in Banff."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Everything from the service to the food was beyond our expectations. Incredibly impressed with the use of social media: I tweeted a photo of the menu's description of the dessert item I was ordering and the kitchen tweeted a photo of it being made! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "How nice it is to make a reservation several weeks in advance and have a table with a view. My wife and I were treated to a most enjoyable evening thanks to excellent service, good food with an emphasis on local/sustainable farming and an atmosphere with a good vibe. The crowd was for the most part young and the restaurant was full. We had the bison short ribs and the duck with spring roll both of which were delicious. The pouding chomeur is to be recommended. The wine list has an excellent selection of Canadian wines."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It was an experience beyond expectation. Tucked away in a corner alcove staring at a view of the mountains through the window across was breathtaking! The warm and friendly service was inviting and the constant coffee refills refreshing. Most of all the phenomenally fresh flavored food made us feel as though everything was hand picked, freshly baked and home made, from the mouth watering tastes of the different eggs Benedict to the fresh potatoes, salad and even homemade ketchup. Our kids devoured their French toasts and commented on how delicious it was. We recommended it to our family the very night we got home and look forward to another visit soon to explore their Farmhouse flavors for April. A place one must visit when in Banff!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This was one of the best places we ate during our week long stay in Banff. The restaurant has a really cool deck, but unfortunately it was a bit too cold to eat on. The chairs at the table were very nice and the food was excellent from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Our waiter was particularly helpful and friendly. Definitely a must-stop if you like good, local food."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I've gone to Bison at least four times now. While the service is consistently excellent, the price you pay for minuscule portions leaves a not nice taste in your mouth even after you've sampled some excellent food. Bison really should market itself as a tapas bar..."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted to try something new for our anniversary and so we choose The Bison to eat. The food was fabulous the chef did a great job and the service was kind and very friendly. Thank you for making our day a very memorable one."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Ive been going to the Bison for years and it always puts a smile on my face! Only 2 times in about 4 years has my food been cold, although still full of flavor. I recommend this restaurant to everyone who wants amazing Brunch, lunch or dinner experience!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Open table did not say pub reservations not accepted so we thought we had a downstairs table. We didn't, however they found us one very quickly. Food is excellent. Fish tacos are the best."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We tried the Bison for the first time for a special birthday dinner and we were not disappointed. Excellent service combined with creative and delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Our almost 1 year old infant was welcomed and treated wonderfully by the staff. Truly a remarkable addition to the Banff cuisine scene."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We went for my daugheter's 18th birthday ! The food was great as always. We left confirming to ourselves that this is still our favorite restuarant in Banff. It is always great food and service and thie is why we return every single time we are in Banff."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had booked a reso for lunch...thinking we were booking at the Bison. Apparently there is a disclaimer that if it's outside certain hours, your reso gets booked for Bear Street Tavern instead (as Bison isn't open). We did not see that and thought we were going to the Bison until we got to the restaurant. Unfortunately the food and ambience isn't the same, so my advice is to make sure you see the disclaimer and know that you are booking for the Bison or Bear Street."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I hate to give them a bad review but the service was only adequate and the food wasn't pleasant to my foodie pallet in the least. My husband's steak and lobster combo was overcooked; he ordered medium rare and got medium and the lobster was rubbery. Our Hors D'Oeuvres was bitter and rubbery as well. Altogether a big disappointment....should have booked The Fairmont Banff Springs or Buffalo Mountain Lodge on Tunnel Mountain instead! My husband and I have been a regular patrons of this restaurant for the past 5 years, booking,entertaining and bringing business associates, family and friends for dinner whenever we come to Banff spending thousands ($$$$$) of dollars for what I had expected to be the best of the best food and services in Banff."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was the 2nd open table reservation in the last 2 weeks that we found our table to be the poorest in the house. In both cases they were small, in the centre, in the midst of high traffic areas (not conducive to a romantic meal). The bison was able to provide us with a more suitable table, teatro was not. The food and service were great, but there appears to be a bias against using open table ?"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Chef Liz and the team always wow the palate and this time was no exception! Great service! Thank you"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. The server was friendly and informative. Really enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 2/1/2014