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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PamW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent a wonderful evening at Sky Bistro to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.
The food was delicious and creative, the setting was stunning, and our server, Courtney, was amazing. It was the perfect way to celebrate each other. We will recommend Sky Bistro to all of our friends and will definitely come back again!

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CherylR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to have dinner. The food and drinks were amazing! The service was great and the view outstanding. A must do in Banff

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Breathtaking views, good food, great atmosphere. Overall an enjoyable experience for the family. Thank you

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Maria
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Scott's dinner menu was so tempting; we wanted to try everything! Bison, gnocchi, and soup to start let us know we were in for a treat. The beef, pork, and arctic char entrees were done to perfection and every dish was complemented with perfect pairings of sides and sauces. The coulis and reductions were delicious! We also had trouble choosing between the desserts so we were glad to share and try them all! The strawberry was light and full of flavour, the lemon was exquisite, and the chocolate was melt-in-your mouth delicious! To top it off the service was outstanding. Thank you Courtney!

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Mikey
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible place to enjoy a meal with a view. If you’re already planning to go up the mountain in the gondola, I would definitely incorporate a meal at Sky Bistro. Incredible view and an all-around delicious meal (had the duck wings - outstanding, the chowder - very good, the short rib - so tender it fell off the bone and the strawberry shortcake - excellent, but wil ask for a bit more strawberry sauce next time). This experience topped off an amazing week in Alberta and made the trip truly special.

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ColleenC
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only do you get an amazing meal, you get amazing views while you dine on the top of Sulphur Mountain. Mountains all the way around you as well as a view of the trail up one of the mountains. The food was delicious and the presentation was wonderful. Our wait staff Danielle was delightful, attentive and fun.

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donluvs2dine
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice, romantic dinner with good food and a fantastic view.

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Emilie
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience ! The view was incredible, and the service was on point. Food was tasty, and a lot of great cocktails too ! Would go back, anytime.

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AnnieC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super impressive restaurant with amazing views. Highly recommend if you're looking for a special night out.

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Subin
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would really recommend this place to celebrate a special occassion or family dinner for fine dining.

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vipkk821
Vancouver
111 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was our second time here and the food did not disappoint! We ordered the soup special which was a mushroom truffle oil purée soup, the bison tartare, the pork, the beef, and the lemon. Everything was delicious!! We were disappointed to learn that they change up their dessert menu seasonally as we had our favourite dessert here and now it’s no longer on the menu, but overall, still a spectacular experience to explore Sulphur Mountain and then have dinner while watching the sunset view. The only complaint we have is the manager was very rude upon arrival to the elderly couple in front of us. He made a snarky comment about them to a server right in front of us. He didn’t say anything rude to us but the fact he would talk so rudely about customers in front of us, was just not a good impression upon entering the restaurant. Our server on the other hand, was attentive and very kind!

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JazanG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Gnocchi my husband ever had. Our server Danielle was very helpful and offered great suggestions. Will definitely go again!

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Harold
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

All menu is excellent recommend the pork outstanding

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JoseeC
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were a group of 6 and tried 5 different appetizers and 5 different entrees and all the desserts. So good!! Enjoyed everything. Quality and flavour is top notch! Great for date night or adult outings!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Bison is a must try

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DrBak
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I usually never leave any reviews, but our experience was so outstanding that I had no choice but to share how amazing everything was. It's easily the best food we ever ate in a restaurant. The view is breathtaking and the staff genuinely cares about your experience and want you to have the best. If you're planning a trip to Banff, this is your main attraction right there, DO NOT SKIP THIS. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The decor, the service, the food and drinks were simply astounding. What a fantastic experience especially with that view. It's pricey but you really get a good portion for what you are paying. Really fantastic, can't wait to go back again.

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VishP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I would suggest to go for Northern Lights restaurant instead of Sky Bistro because of 2 advantages. 1) its cheaper
2) all the tables for the Northern Lights restaurant offers direct view of the valley whereas Sky Bistro has 5 to 6 tables for couples that has direct views.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

You’re paying the for the view and the ambiance, like any other restaurant of this caliber. It took us 30 mins after being seated just to get our first drinks. Extremely short staffed. But the views are unbelievable. Skip the food, just get drinks.

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Darren
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall it was very nice. They rushed us through crazy fast with the entree arriving 5 minutes after the starter. The view is amazing but the ambiance was lacking. Seemed a bit like an assembly line to get em in and get em out.

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Barb
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lively yime. Food was great. We would recommend having dinner here.

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ycoco77
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Window seating is not guaranteed. We put in the request multiple times. We were quite disappointed that the request could not be met as it was our anniversary dinner. The food is nothing memorable. Duck confit and beef on the drier side. However, service was great. Our waitress provided attentive service.

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The view was pretty spectacular however the service seemed a bit slow. Our first course came out before our drinks did & at the end of the night we waited around 30 minutes for the bill to come. All in the experience was pretty good although a little expensive, if service had been on point I might have a different view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Head up the Gondola more than half hour before your dinner reservation. You have to pay for the gondola ride so you might as well check out the mountain/observation decks. Tip: for a nice spot to relax before dinner, go up to the firepits on the third floor!

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vipKarenA
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed evening dinner, the atmosphere was energetic, the view was gorgeous even though we weren't that close to a window. The food was delicious ( i had the Pork). The service was very good... the only negative was the cost of the Gondola. I think if you have dinner reservations you shouldn't have to pay the cost or at least get a significant cut.

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LucT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wine glace was not clean, you need to fix your washing machine or look at if the y are clean. This is a priorité in a COVID period

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JaniceG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time at Sky Bistro - I love the view, the food, the service! Courtney was a great service and we had a fantastic time :). Thanks Sky!

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ShahanaG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing experience!! Would absolutely recommend!!!

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Yvonne
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance! The view is picturesque surrounded by majestic mountains. Our server Tim was fun and friendly. Our family enjoyed the delicious food and the food presentation was fantastic ❣️ We will definitely be back 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We visited the restaurant on our last night in Banff. The views are unbeatable. As expected, portion sizes were rather small considering the higher price tag. I ordered the mushroom dish which was served with a tiny amount of zucchini - I would not recommend. However others on my table ordered the beef dish and Arctic char which were both delicious (and larger in size)!
Overall price was steep but it is worth visiting for a special occasion.

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vipPJMfoodie
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The view is fantastic. The service was OK; decently attentive but a little slow. The menu is limited but the selections show a nice variety. We enjoyed the chicken (a little over cooked) and the braised bison (done just right). The food came out like-warm though. Not enough to complain or send back, but still, for the prices being charged, it should be just about perfect. The seating is good and although not everyone can be right by a window, all have a view. If price isn’t a concern... meal plus gondola ride, then this is a good option for a special occasion while in Banff.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice experience, good view, food was great. Will recommend this place

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Mkrp
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was defiantly on the pricey side but the quality of the food was amazing! The Beef Portion size is very small however for $35. But the Pork was great portion for $38.
The view itself made every penny worth it would defiantly go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, the sunset, the food, the wine and our waiter (Tim) : everything was amazing ! We had a really great time :)
You need to try it at least once in your life :)

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BrittanyB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. The staff were so accommodating as it was my friends birthday dinner. They organized a dessert platter with a candle which was very sweet. The food was incredible. I will definitely be recommending the restaurant to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was like art! Absolutely delicious too. The incredible views were an added bonus.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just visiting Banff and someone recommended the restaurant. The view was spectacular, the service was great (Tim was very attentive) and the food was amazing. It was a great all around experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had great service from Ella and knew the menu in and our giving great recommendations! Loud at dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything it was amazing!

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AART
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

When we got in the server at the door was a bit cold, when we got seated the server heard our order and that we were non alcoholic and after that we felt that she was also cold and rude. It took forever to get her attention and I felt awkward to ask for anything lol. Very weird experience I felt out of place. The staff at the gondola ride were really nice I would probably just do the ride and eat elsewhere.

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Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola is rated 4.6 stars by 699 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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