Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

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DINE ABOVE BANFF Anchored at over 2,200 meters above sea level, the Banff Gondola’s Sky Bistro sits on the summit of Sulphur Mountain. With six Rocky Mountain ranges as a backdrop, this remarkable restaurant promises an exhilarating gondola ride followed by a mountain top dining experience. Lunch and dinner menus celebrate the panorama of Canadian cuisine, with ingredients drawn from both ocean coasts, plus wholesome prairie staples including world-renowned Alberta beef. Complemented by local wine, beer and spirits, it makes for a unique dining experience above Banff.

***please note all seating requests at Sky Bistro are subject to availability.
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JA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Ambiance is nice, service is decent, but value is outrageous. Very small portions and extremely overpriced. I'd recommend several other places in Banff before this one.

AS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Yes but on summer only because in November everything is dark so you can't see anything outside for the view. We came because it was "local day". Food was ok, but not very much in the plate for the price. I took the fish and tomatoes that come with it were burnt, so I just eat the fish and the purée ...

GT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing setting and food and service were very good.

BS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Sky Bistro was one of a kind! From the gondola ride up to the menu, everything was perfection.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and prompt service and catered to a celiac diet as well.

GB
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going for the locals’ special ,looking forward to the included gondola ride and 50% off Canadian wines but with low expectations for the food. Wow, we’re we wrong The food was outstanding! We shared the bison tartar It’s complex flavours make it a delight worthy of being a signature dish anywhere I had the venison loin and MaryAnna had the cod both were again very complex. The BC Meritage was perfect We shared the toffee cake Service was as good as the food and the views are spectacular
This is a restaurant whose quality deserves to be a “ go to” place on its own merits apart from its location

j
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are very accomodating and friendly. The dish and wine are delicious

DZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sky Bistro was very nice, and we very much enjoyed our visit. It's a loud restaurant on a Saturday evening, so be prepared for that if you're looking for a more quiet, romantic intimate setting. Also, factor in the cost of going up the gondola into the overall experience as well - very cool, but later on a Saturday evening in the blistering cold, there wasn't much else to see and do after about 630 pm as the outside area was far too dark and cold to enjoy (even the fireplace areas). Cost per person to go up to the summit is $66. All in all we had a lovely visit and would definitely dine at Sky Bistro again.

LG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience. From the ride in the gondola to the great service and food. We loved coming here to cap our Banff & Yoho National Park trip. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We also received a beautiful card from the staff saying they wished us a very happy marriage.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One if the best meal experiences I’ve had in Canada. I would highly recommend for any trip to Banff!

KF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere, food and the view of course ... Nikole was informative as well as professional as our server. She made the night the best for us.

R
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table a month ago for our trip to Banff for our last night and we were so incredibly delighted with everything! The gondola ride was fabulous, early. We sat at the bar for an hour having cocktails before being placed in the corner window seat ( in my opinion, the best in the whole room) and we were lucky enough to get Courtney as our server. Courtney was so on point, drinks on time, recommendations for food and wine, friendly helpful kind service. The food was magnificent. The views - just stunning. It was one of the best evenings out this year. Thank you Courtney and Sky Bistro team for making our night so incredibly wonderful

CL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The view and restaurant is nice but I asked the waiter about bringing out a small dessert for the birthday person and had also wrote it in the notes on the online reservation and they forgot. They never brought out anything by the end of our meal and had only brought the bill. Also the olive sauce on the steak was a little off.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The request to be seated at windows side table was rudely ignored despite an empty table by the window side. But the services provided by Jessie from Australia was very professional and friendly. She arranged an awesome fruity mocktail for me which was wonderful! The boy who delivered the drink without saying a word was strange though. The seafood chowder was fantastic and the pork loin was juicy and unbelievably delicious!

J
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend a nice dinner up at Sky Bistro on your trip to Banff. We hiked up Sulphur mountain, soaked in the views at the decks, then freshened up before drinks & dinner. The drinks, food, view, and staff were amazing!

A
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. The atmosphere was very nice. Beautilful mountain views. I would reccomend it

CT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extraordinary dining experience. I had feared that the food would be secondary to the food, but it really wasn’t. Both were exceptional.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Our server Nikole was extremely professional and excellent at her job.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a perfect little spot to finish off a mountain top adventure. It’s a little touristy - of course - it’s the Gondola at Banff. However, it’s quite charming. The view is fantastic and the food is great. Service is world class. Be sure to make a reservation (good chance you won’t get in without one) and have Sky Bistro be a perfect capstone to your experience.

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, fantastic service and food. Highly recommend. Do the gondola meal package - great value

BR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server courtney was excellent..pork fish outstanding

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meals to our surprise given the tendency of similar restaurants to rely on special views and not focus on cuisine. Not at Sky Bistro. They’re the real culinary deal. Beautiful sunset was the icing on the cake.

DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and memorable experience. Food was tasteful and creatively presented. Service was warm and genuinely friendly.
Great hospitality.

h
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We wanted to ride the Banff Gondola and experience the view so decided to eat at the restaurant. The main entrée was very good, we had the pork tenderloin. The wine list is limited to Canadian wines only , we had a very nice merlot. The not so good parts were the funny little pieces of dried bread they served with our appetizer and salad, and the fact it took an hour to get our entrees after being seated. Which is sort of hard to complain about since we were there for the view, but not considered great service at a normal restaurant.

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Food was great and came out quickly. Service was perfect. Everything was spot on.

S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. There is no other place on earth where you can have that dining experience.

JG
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing views if you are near the windows! Food was very good -- duck lets were to die for, cocktails were good as was the chocolate dessert. Our server, Alex, has a great personality and added to our experience making it a very enjoyable evening.

EB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, our server was Alex who provided excellent service

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous!!

DY
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breathtaking views, great service and delicious food. Would highly recommend. Only downside is having to pay for gondola ride up.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The best was meeting Hugo! He has amazing people skills and superb customer service!
From the minute we stepped in he was very welcoming!
While waiting for our table we ordered a drink and it was fabulous
Food was good, I recommend the tartare and the steak
Our waitress recommended the duck wings, I ordered but didn’t like them
The chocolate mousse was outstanding, highly recommended
We requested a table by the window but from anywhere you will enjoy the awesome view
Sylvia

GS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A relaxed feel with upscale service and incredible food. We loved our time at Sky Bistro. The service was friendly and professionally and our meal was top notch. I particularly enjoyed the ambiance, which was upbeat yet relaxed and of course complimented by incredible views.

J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I requested a table by the window for our anniversary, and while we did get a table by the window, it was one of two next to a big rooftop covered in solar panels and electrical work. Still a beautiful view above all of that... but not the picturesque table I’d been excited for over a month. Service was really friendly and lovely, but our server was very clearly overwhelmed with tables near the end of the night and we waited a while to order and receive dessert as well as the bill. The food was great but portions were small, and I don’t mean small considering the price, I mean really just a lot smaller than I’d expect from any restaurant. It was yummy though! Cocktails were also delicious.

I would go back, but I would be sure to ask for an actual window table not next to the rooftop. I’m really not one to complain but I suppose I had high hopes about a really romantic view so I felt quite let down by it even though I tried to not let it get to me... we live in Banff so we can always go back, but I feel like if I was a tourist and it was a once in a lifetime dinner I would have been really upset. I get that you’re paying to dine on top of a mountain and they have their own challenges to face and costs to make up for, but as a result the expectations are really high and I can’t help but say it didn’t really deliver on all fronts for me. I defs wouldn’t go back for an anniversary or special event. Not saying this as a complaint, but just as a recommendation to other diners. Truly appreciated the good food and service otherwise!

DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is more spectacular than you could imagine. Get there early and enjoy a pre-meal cocktail! The service and the quality of the food was excepetional. Far exceeded our expectations. Try the Old Fashioned, the Duck Wings, and the Chowder!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location with one of a kind views.
Gondola ride to the restaurant adds to the experience.
The food was above average and just needed some extra tweaks to take it up a notch.
We had the best seat in the corner window with great vistas.
Arrive early than booked and request a window seat it’s worth the wait.
The over all package was excellent with regards to all the components, arrival, views, food and service.

DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attention to detail was off the charts at Sky Bistro, the drinks and food were fantastic. The views and culinary experience are ones you will not get at many places.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food, view, service... Everything was amazing!

KA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and fantastic views. The service was amazing

SC
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Didn’t get a window seat, waited 15 mins after our stated reservation, waiter forgot the bread, seat right under air conditioning so it was too cold even after hostess turned it off. The food was a bit disappointing in the quality.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views and great service, everything was awesome!

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