Sleeping Buffalo

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Wild Game
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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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and dining room is good, just a couple of things. I needed to ask for the bread, I’m lucky I noticed the disclaimer on the bottom of the menu “Freshly baked bread will be served upon request” It wasn’t offered I needed to ask for it, like some peasant asking for a handout. Even though I did read this disclaimer on the menu it still made me fell quite small having to ask for it. It should be offered, let me refuse, or welcome it, but don’t make me beg for it.
We were asked if we would like deserts but no coffee offered.
Any of the normal complementary items you must beg for, because none will be offered.

F
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. I had the cod which was good but, being from Houston, I felt it could have used a little more seasoning or a bit of light sauce. Appearance was lovely, but curled, shaved carrots or other vegetables were tasteless. Strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwich was delicious. However, shortcake cookies were so hard could hardly break them to eat.. Great taste though.

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As soo as we arrived at Sleeping Buffalo the staff made us very welcome, sat us at a cozy table and explained the menu. Great atmosphere, good food and great service.

KH
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting dining room with a smallish menu but the dishes we had were cooked to perfection. I can remember coming to the same dining room (maybe a different name) over 30 years ago and mentioned it to the waitress. The son of the original owner is now running it.

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

Vriendelijk en goede kwaliteit

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

The food and service was amazing. Carleen was very attentive and made our dining experience exceptional.

d
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and our server Melissa was awesome!!!!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary to Sleeping Buffalo. Staff were super friendly and our server was very attentive and nice. Didn’t like the ambiance as it looked more of a hotel waiting area than a dinning room.
My wife an I ordered Alberta beef and Elk strip-loin. The food was just average. My wife didn’t like her Alberta Beef so I ended up eating her food. The Elk was ok, had better Elk before. Overall it’s a good place but nothing great or spectacular. Can get tastier meal for the price elsewhere.

NB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Elk dishes from their own ranch. Highly recommended.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good and the staff had a very good grasp of the food contents. Atmosphere was very good with a great view. Food was excellent especially the bisque. A dining pleasure.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The menu had some very interesting and well executed wild game options, like elk and boar, and the food was excellent. However, the atmosphere lacked something - it was not at all cozy and didn’t have a welcoming vibe somehow - and the service was downright lousy. Honestly, I wouldn’t go back for that reason.

OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere. Enjoyed the meal. Pudding very good! Server experienced & friendly.

J
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Food was very tasty and good size portions.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Canada Day with the Family. Great dinner. Tuna and halibut were wonderful

PB
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables were spread out and noise levels low actually allowing a dinner conversation at normal volume without being able to hear your neighbor! Food was excellent. Especially liked the elk loin that we paired with a very good Canadian Pinot Noir recommended by the waiter. Plenty of great wine choices besides Canadian, but we wanted something “local”. Very pleasant evening!

RG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
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.

OT
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.

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.

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.

B
Miami
4 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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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 .

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!

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

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

OT
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!

JJ
Calgary
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!

FF
Calgary
29 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.

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.

CG
Tampa
3 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!

RC
Phoenix
5 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!!

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!

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

The service and food were excellent!

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