Sleeping Buffalo

4.4
316 reviews
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Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room features Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ signature Rocky Mountain Cuisine, which highlights Buffalo and Elk raised on the CRMR game ranch, as well as Caribou, Halibut, Salmon and Lamb, served with regionally grown vegetables. The award-winning menu changes seasonally. The carefully selected wine list consists of vintages from the very best boutique producers from around the world has been highly acclaimed in Wine Spectator and Gourmet Magazine. The elegant and rustic dining room features high, knotty pine ceilings with exposed post and beams.
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RG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was grossly understaffed and the waitstaff kept on forgetting requests. Several people had to walk the bill to pay. The food was average and the pasta vegetables and chorizo was absent the chorizo and taste.

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

We had a very nice evening here. Service was excellent and food good. It took awhile to arrive though.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal! The service was delightful and the food timing was perfect. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone coming to Banff.

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MD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wait staff were immature and manager lacked experience for this caliber of restaurant,food was very well prepared,delicious. Ordered a charcuterie platter and just as we were enjoying ,,,our main entrees arrived ,,,,very poor timing! Manager did not offer any consideration for this.

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BD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was high quality and well-prepared. We had the Elk tenderloin and Cod dishes. Pricing is reasonable for the quality of the food and location. Service was friendly but slow, which seems to be typical of Banff restaurants in shoulder season. They offer bread if you ask for it, and the bread was very good. If your expectation is fine dining you'll be disappointed, since this is a lodge setting, but I would happily eat here again.

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PM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Sleeping Buffalo was not what I had expected from a CRMR restaurant. On the positive side the service was good, our server was attentive and chatty. He made an excellent whiskey sour which I love. They had a good wine selection with lots of Canadian representation. The food wasn’t great. We ordered the beet gnocchi which was extremely dry and tasteless almost as though it had been frozen and thawed a few times. The mussels were nice, but we ordered the wild boar main dish and it was almost impossible to cut through. We struggled with it for a while but left quite a bit of it behind. The price of the food did not reflect the experience we had.

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LE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I asked for a med steak and the steak served was rare.

My husbands boar meat tasted like a beyond in chewable pork chop. Very disappointing.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 10 which in itself is a challenge to accommodate in Banff on a Friday night. The Sleeping Buffalo delivered a flawless evening for us. Each person was extremely happy with their food and the experience. The atmosphere was relaxed and conversational, we couldn't have asked for more!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic and so was the service. If you're looking for a quite, intimate evening this is definitely the place. We initially felt uncomfortable speaking above a whisper because it was so quiet, but I suppose that should have been expected given the name!

In the end it was a great experience. The service and the food was top notch!

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B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and was pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing! The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was nice. We had to take a cab from Banff but it was worth it. While we enjoyed everything, the Bison short ribs were the winner of the night, very tender and not at all gamey. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Courtney was amazing! She was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. We will definitely be dining there again

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R
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Service was awesome!
Kyle our server was attentive and personable we brought our infant daughter with us and had an enjoyable night with the family.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambiance, and food!!! I highly recommend it for dinner and breakfast

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meals in the restaurant . The staff are all very attentive . The only negative would be it is rather expensive .

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JD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went the extra step to accommodate my wife's dietary limitations. Outstanding locale, quiet ambiance perfect for intimate conversations. Tables well spaced apart. Excellent service and well appointed wine list. Please keep up this winning combination!

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant
Great workers
Very accommodating and tolerated my younger children even though they were blowing out candles
Nothing but giggles and understanding
Great choice and food too

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was awful, we felt so bad that we still took it home but quickly threw it away. Wasn’t for us

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are on our 10 year wedding anniversary trip and like to enjoy fine dining. It was excellent!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing night and atmosphere to set the tone and mood for a newly engaged couple to start talking about their future wedding plans; the service (Michael) was sensational and extremely personable. The food was incredibly delicious, and the ambiance truly made it a special night to remember! Thank you Sleeping Buffalo!

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FF
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely cosy decor. Food was very good and beautifully presented. We would order everything again: scallops, duck confit, charcuterie board and gluten free flatbread. Excellent accommodation for gluten and dairy allergies. I would have rated this restaurant higher, however the restaurant was very quiet, 3 other tables yet the service was very slow. It took over 35 min from the time we sat down to get our first plate; and at least 20 min to get our first round of drinks.

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RJ
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quaint New Year's evening, with impeccable service and a 5 star meal.

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CG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine Loved the cozy ambiance by fireplace It’s fine dining by fireplace!

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RC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and professional yet friendly servers! One of our favourite restaurants in Banff!!

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T
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Sleeping Buffalo - the food is amazing, the staff outstanding and the atmosphere is so cozy!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent!

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L
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed the innovative Canadian cuisine and ambiance. As we enjoyed our delicious appetizers, gorgeous deer grazed outside the window under the Christmas lit lawn! We had mentioned that it was a special occasion in our reservation and regrettably no extra attention was given but the food and service were so good we will definitely return anyways 😊

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BM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience for my wife’s 50th birthday in November. It was quite and offered us the privacy for good conversation. The food was excellent as was the service. I would recommend Sleeping Buffalo to anyone.
Brad M

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary. They had flowers at our table .. complimentary glass of Prosecco. Amazing service . Once again we shut the restaurant down . Made our special day complete... thanks and see you next year

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Q
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Server was friendly and engaging, and was the only server on duty, consequently dinner took two hours, and we did not have dessert or after dinner beverages.

Food was mediocre, gnocchi was dense, heavy and needed better seasoning. I adore staying at the lodge, but will never eat there again.

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HI
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a hidden gem. We were having a mini honeymoon in Banff and we loved this restaurant. The reservation was easy to get, we were greeted like old friends, the food and wine were explained to us and the experience was exceptional. Thanks very much for a most enjoyable evening.

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J
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was yummy and the Rocky Mountain cuisine was unique. Our server, Courtney, was fantastic- funny, helpful and attentive without being too much. The cookies were excellent as was the Heirloom tomato salad.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a pleasant dining experience at Sleeping Buffalo. The atmosphere is quiet, you can have a conversation without any interferrance. Quite romantic if that’s what your looking for. If they had a fireplace in the dining area, it would have been perfect.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I had expected more ambiance and also food with more flavour. my wife had fisk, and we have tasted better, but it wasn't bad at all. but the total bill was (much) higher than what i felt i got for my money

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NS
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. Our server Luke was awesome. Very knowledgeable and provided great service throughout our evening. We have the mushroom ravioli as a starter and it was perfect. Could have that as a meal!!! Chicken dinner was fantastic. We will come back as it was a great evening out.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner of game meats, with attentive service.

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CD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Revisited the location on our anniversary. Great location. Would visit again.

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a huge surprise and delight. We had driven for 5 hours form Kelowna and wanted a good meal but really didn’t want to drive anymore. We were staying at Tunnel Mountain Resort & it was right across the street. Fab food, great ambiance & great service. We totally lucked out!

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H
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The chicken dish was random chunks of white and brown meet swimming in a bowl of cream I thought I was ordering a juicy chicken breast and leg. The salad was stingy with dressing, cashews and four thin slices of nectarine. The service and ambience was impeccable.

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SC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful...waiter, cocktails, food! I had the free range chicken in a cream broth with mushrooms. So tastey!! The potato/sweet potato gratin was also really outstanding. If I lived anywhere near Banff I would truly enjoy trying the whole menu. It was a wonderful end to a week in the Canadian Rockies.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Quiet, small dining room in Banff. We originally were interested in this restaurant for their game meats (we saw elk, bison, etc. on their posted menu). The actual menu seemed to be missing a few of the items we were interested in like the elk carpaccio and boar, which was disappointing. We got the charcuterie board which was lovely, their daily mushroom soup (tad too salty), the bison duo (delicious), and the gnocchi (underwhelming). Service was also slow - seemed to only be one server for the whole dining room while he was also running around the back doing things. Took a while for us to get more water. Felt a bit overpriced for what we got (our whole meal was about $140 excl. any drinks), but this is a nice option if you want to get away from the crowds and noise of the main village eateries.

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