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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KF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server courtney was excellent..pork fish outstanding

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, our server was Alex who provided excellent service

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous!!

DY
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and fantastic views. The service was amazing

SC
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views and great service, everything was awesome!

AJ
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food. A little busy which led to longer waits for service. Overall you go for the view

KP
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! The duck wings and seafood chowder were unbelievably good!
Our server was great. We were disappointed that we didn’t get a window seat but the view from our table was still outstanding😍

PB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

View and service were awesome. Chowder was excellent. My Halibut was tasteless. My wife’s “striploin” was tough and tasteless - seemed more like pork than beef.

RK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was also a sommelier and helped us select the perfect wine for our dinner. The chef was nothing less than amazing. He has won an award for his roast pork. And he has an outstanding duck leg recipe that we had as an appetizer. It was so good, we had it again for dessert.

JC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Sky Bistro. Our server, Nicole (I think) was friendly and informative. Our party of four enjoyed everything that we ordered but two of the things that I particularly enjoyed were the duck wings with Saskatoon berry compote and award winning pork tenderloin. If you are in Banff you should dine at Sky Bistro. Amazing food with amazing views!

LM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food with stunning ever changing views at the top of the mountain. Wine list is not cheap though but food portions generous and very tasty. Perfect 👌

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Then pork entree was absolutely the best I've tasted on this trip.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Greet food but poor service which is really irritating considering the money and effort you have to put forth to get there.

V
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. The food was top notch, the views spectacular.

c
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Panoramic view also at early night. Attendants friendly and efficents. The food is like amazing! We ate beef and seafood and both were very tasty and soft. Need reservation. Fair price.

RL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place with delicious food and great service! Memorable!

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