Sleeping Buffalo

4.4
265 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Wild Game
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Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday- Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Wild Game, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 760-4484
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kelly Strutt
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 265 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Das Essen war hervorragend !!! Wir hatten das Bisonfleisch . Auch die Beilagen sehr lecker !!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The charcuterie board for $30 was advertised as “serves two” was hardly enough for one person! Was shockingly small. One small piece of cheese on it. Were the two people supposed to share the one piece?

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We ate here prior to a concert at the Banff Centre. Quiet place away from bustle of downtown. Our entrees - steak/bison were very good and our server accommodated our timeline

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was good. The ambiance was nice. It was a lot more expensive than I thought for the meals. Overall a good experience but a little hard on the wallet.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Place was awesome. Food was fantastic. The server very knowable and also super friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Started with an excellent pear blue cheese and cashew nut salad. All ingredients complimented each other. Main meal was the caribou medallions. Meat was lean and flavorful accompanied by a fig mixture and assured veggies. Wine by glass options were limited in choice but did enjoy both the Pinot and Malbec.
Chocolate decadence for dessert lived up its name and was the best dessert I have had for a long time.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Excellent food, and a great evening had by all. Service and selection were perfect

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was really excellent. The service started off strong, but then the restaurant seemed to be overwhelmed and understaffed as our waiter was also tending bar and seemed to be servicing the lounge area. The restaurant then also allowed young kids to run around and another kid to throw snowballs at the window outside for ten minutes, which was really jarring. But, the food really was great and it was, overall, a very lovely dinner. Even the craziness of the undisciplined kids was somewhat entertaining for the novelty and brazenness of it all.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a great meal. All of the proteins (beef, bison and caribou) were cooked perfectly. My only suggestion would be to offer some reasonablely priced bottles of wine.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

One of our most favourite places to dine in Banff. The caribou medallions are to die for. Great place, great service, superb food. Can’t say enough great things about it

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a lovely date at your restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Caribou medallions were the most tender cut of meat I've ever had. Ordered medium rare is the perfect temperature. Okanagan pinot recommended by Kyle was excellent! Fantastic, genuine service & lovely room. Thanks for a great time!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We were celebrating our first anniversary. The food was fantastic, cooked perfectly and amazing flavours. In two mains and two appetizers we were able to have duck, elk, bison and caribou. Drinks were quick to table and service was well paced, we didn’t feel rushed at all. Very highly recommend

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

This restaurant is a safe bet if you have picky people with you. Everything was 'fine'. Nothing blew us away or intruiged us. Mains were not all too flavorful, which is strange since they were both nice cuts. Appis were fine. Service was fine. Wine was fine. Would rather go somewhere more exciting to spend that kind of money.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve Dinner with my girlfriend....not just pleasantly surprised but blown away by the food. I had tenderloin and elk - AMAZING. The meat was like butter!. GF had scallops - again...AMAZING. Service was great, wine list was very nice and overall we loved this place! Not sure of the usual pricing but based on the food we were served it is on our return list!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic dining experience in an incredible facility. The ambiance was great for a couples night out. Service was exceptional. The menu selections were diverse and delicious. I had the Caribou cooked perfectly medium rare and the Buffalo Pho. Exquisite. We will go back every time we're in Banff.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Wile the food was good for the price it wasn't execptional

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything was great but the service was excellent!

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a reservation the place was empty and we wanted to sit on a four top the waiter said we could not. huh why not he the sat four other duces on big tables.we order a ceaser salad the anchovies were inedible . Entrees were ok final bill was $200 .

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Always come to Sleeping Buffalo when we are in Banff. Lovely touch on dessert plate saying Happy Birthday. We have never had a bad meal there. We specifically go for the Caribou! Love it.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 18, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 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!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 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

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5.0Dined on November 3, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on September 21, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 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!

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Wonderful dining experience in a marvellous mountain setting

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5.0Dined on September 12, 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.

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3.0Dined on September 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 23, 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!

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5.0Dined on August 21, 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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3.0Dined on August 12, 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.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 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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4.0Dined on August 9, 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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5.0Dined on August 5, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 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.

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