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About Sleeping Buffalo

Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

700 Tunnel Mountain Road
Banff, AB T1L1B3
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Wild Game, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 760-4484

Website:
http://www.crmr.com/buffalo/dining/

Executive Chef:
Kelly Strutt

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Sleeping Buffalo Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
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Worth the Drive (8)
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Special Occasion (8)
Romantic (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (5)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fabulous food, friendly and attentive service. This is a relatively expensive restaurant, but we are never disappointed when we go.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went to the souviener shop by mistake. The restaurant is located on Tunnel mountain.

There were lots of parking and the staff was wonderful.

The food was even better. the dish I wanted to try was sold out so I decided to try the caribou and it did not disappoint. Very tender and flavourful, even my picky eater 5 year old loved it.

Will definitely return if we make it back to Banff in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a lovely meal as part of the Taste of Banff promotion. I was especially impressed with how accommodations were willingly made for my food intolerances. Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

we went for the taste of Banff menu and were very pleased with the meals. We will be back. The service was excellent and the ambiance was great

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for the Taste of Adventure menu and it was excellent. Great value. Be aware that there wine selection is on the pricier side. Not sure what the value is like on the regular menu but this was great. My duck was cooked perfectly.

On a side note went for breakfast the next morning and overall that was pretty disappointing, so I'd try somewhere else for breakfast.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was delicious, really enjoyed how well they prepared the game meats. Service was excellent. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was wonderful and the service excellent. My husband and I had a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 9, 2017

It was our first time to Sleeping Buffalo and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Great ambience and good food - a wonderful combination...

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We were staying in the neighborhood and stumbled across this dining room, glad to find it. It is very comfortable, with tables set far apart, and the staff was gracious.

The food was a bit disappointing: my steak was flavorful but not at all tender; my husband's caribou was "ok" but his black rice was white and dry; everything came rather tepid. The best food on our plates (a stalk of broccoli and a piece of carrot) was negligible but not over cooked.

I started with a hot toddy that was small, expensive ($12 I think), watery, and not potent.

A few nights later we had dinner in the fireplace lounge adjacent to the dining room. Again, the staff was welcoming and professional. I had two appis (soup and Ahi tuna); my husband had the caribou burger. Not great, but convenient, comfortable, and saved us a drive into town.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The Food was fantastic! We were looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary! Also we wanted to try something special like elk or bison.
It was delicious!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful dining experience in a marvellous mountain setting

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing! I don't usually eat game meats, but the bison pate was particularly wonderful. Our servers were excellent. They were well versed in the food and drinks we were interested in having. It was one of the best dinners I have ever had.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Disappointed after a recommendation from our hotel. Steak was not the greatest quality.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Just outstanding! Everything from the food to the service to the ambiance was wonderful! A bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion!

Tags: Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was very friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend this as one of the best restaurants in Banff

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was pretty good, very pricey, and I ordered the artisan salad and it was so drenched in dressing it was inedible!! It was my sons birthday so I didn't want to make a fuss so I didn't send it back, but the waitress saw it was uneaten and didn't volunteer to bring me another with less dressing (I told her it was too much dressing). Given the fact that we had ordered the most expensive entrees on the menu, I thought this was obnoxious. In addition, you have to ask for bread with your meal. We ordered a lot of food as my young sons were climbing a big mountain the next day--and the waitress made a comment that it was so much food did we really need bread?!!! I mean, I really thought that was inappropriate and ignorant of how much young fit 21 year old boys can eat! Frankly, I don't go to an expensive restaurant to have comments made about our order.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We went to sleeping buffalo for an intimate birthday celebration. Overall the food was well prepared and did not disappoint. The restaurant was a little noisier then expected this could be due to the size and the mix of families with couple diners.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I was responsible for selecting a restaurant for a group of colleagues. Always a high pressure situation when you aren't from the area. I was delighted with the relaxed, quiet ambiance, the charming decor, and the fantastic food. My caribou was delicious.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The caribou is the real winner but the elk and bison run a very close second. The vegetable accompaniment was tasty and artfully arranged. A real winner all around. Our server was wonderfully warm and knowledgable. Best of Banff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent food with a very nice selection of entrees. The elk was superb and there are several offerings for just about anyone's taste. Don't miss out on the exceptional desserts. The berry tart was the perfect end to a lovely meal. Excellent wine list. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We tried the Bison short ribs, caribou medallions, and Elk. They were all excellent... beautifully seasoned reductions some served with wild mushrooms. Even the salads were outstanding.

They also had a another dining room with a large fireplace (under a mounted Bison head); it was all very comfortable.

The service too was quite good.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We were so impressed we requested ROcky Mountaineer to include it in their quarterly magazine. Though I don't know how they make those choices anyway.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Central Texas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Lovely quiet evening to share a dining experience. Lost track of time and spent nearly 3 hours and never felt rushed. The food was incredibly delicious with a great balance of flavors and wonderful service from staff.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Our experience at the Sleeping Buffalo was great. We stayed at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge for our first year anniversary and had a great dining experience. Food was delicious and the restaurant has an amazing grand cabin vibe going for it. Service was amazing and very friendly. The only downside was the price of the food (which they aren't trying to hide it's on the menu before you walk in), and the lack of cocktails. The happy hour is amazing! $6 drinks potent enough to down an Ox but the selection was very limited. If I remember correctly their were only 4 signature cocktails on the menu. Beer menu was great, but if you aren't into beer (like my wife) than you are a little limited. Lounge has a different/more affordable menu than the main restaurant which we didn't initially know about but menu's were good. Would definitely recommend going especially if it is for a special occasion where you don't mind spending a little extra money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Surrey)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Mostly happy with the overall experience, but it was spoiled by very slow service and some irritating errors over our breakfast order.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Pleasant dining experience in a quit setting with attentive wait staff. Decent but expensive wine list.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Great! Meal good service

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Good value for Easter brunch. Nice relaxed setting.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 16, 2017

What a horrible experience, and for Easter Sunday brunch! The host/I'm assuming manager admitted to seating people without a reservation, so us and many others had to wait.

After we were seated we never did receive any additional service, other tables were given water and carafes of coffee. But it was a buffet and there was an additional coffee station so we enjoyed our conversation and the food.

We walked up to the counter to pay and there was confusion as to who should have our bill. The server who processed our payment apologized and it did seem genuine. But this should never have happened.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We would like to thank Ben Porter for his excellent, enthusiastic and professional service. He was attentive, polite and friendly.
We have eaten here several times and are always happy with the wonderful food. Portions are good and the presentation is beautiful. Lots of flavours and textures that all work well together.
The charcuterie plate is one of our favourites!
This would be a great place to bring visiting guests for a taste of local flavours.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Amazing food, rustic decor and an overall great experience. Been to Banff many times and eaten at a lot of places this was one of the best! Will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I have ate here before and there was something off about our experience this visit. Pricing and value seemed off. The pacing was off between our appetizer and Our entrée. I had the bison and elk duo and the elk short rib was cold and chewy. There was a lack of sauce on most of our dishes. Sad because I really liked this place before.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 11, 2017

OMG, so good!! The food is sooooo... good. We had 3 courses; scallops so tender and juicy, my husband had striploin and elk ribs, awesome, I had grilled tenderloin done to perfection with wine reduction, yummy!! We both had creme brûlée, huge portion for dessert, again delicious. The meal portions are small but if you eat slowly with small bites and savour it all, it is well worth it. We had wine with our meal. They also serve a very tasty fresh bread made with potatoe flour and rosemary. We gobbled that all up! The ambiance was very enjoyable and memorable. Hannah was our waitress, she was exceptional. Kudos to the chef and sous chef, they catered to our tastes, thank you all 😋

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 9, 2017

The food was excellent. They had a great menu. It would be nice if they expanded the number of wines by the glass that are available

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Excellent, love cozy room, hot tub outside and love mountain view.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Food was unique. It is the only place in Banff area that serves caribou, and nicely prepared at that! You can also enjoy locally raised beef, elk and wild boar preparations in the large, log cabin-like dining room. Would say that the appetizer cold cut platter that included elk salami, biar sausage, and other local meats and cheeses, nuts, dried fruits and sauces served with rye bread was outstanding. Nice wine list as well. Truly a place to try something local and special. Did not have dessert so can't comment on that. Shared appetizer and salad plus entree and wine was more than enough for dinner. Dining room is in the nice, clean, log lodge main building of the Buffalo Mountain Lodge Resort and includes separate bar area with large wood burning fireplace.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 16, 2017

We went there two days in a row, we were staying across the street but the food and service was so exceptional we had to go back a second day. We loved the wild meat.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Great food, but undisciplined children were running around screaming the whole time at an 8pm reservation. Not the restaurants fault per se, but nevertheless made for a poor experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Great service & food. Ambiance very disappointing

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2016

We were totally delighted with our choice to drive from downtown Banff to this hidden gem of a restaurant. The food was outstanding, the atmosphere was cozy and beautiful (decorated elaborately from Christmas). We enjoyed wine from British Columbia and wild game dishes.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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