Sleeping Buffalo

4.2
291 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Wild Game, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast (Buffet Only)
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 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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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 291 People Are Saying
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L
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 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 25, 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 24, 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 15, 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 22, 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 14, 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 14, 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 6, 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
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 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 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner of game meats, with attentive service.

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CD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 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 24, 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
6 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 14, 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 2, 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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JN
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious dinner with great service. Loved the after dinner hot apple cinnamon tea cocktail!

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MD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was cold and over cooked, server was alone in the dining room with a least 10 tables, no manager came to help him, bartenders first day didn’t know basic drinks, we will not return

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant although no views. Atmosphere is very nice. Service was excellent. Good wine list but bit pricey. Food was good but had better salmon and portions but small especially for the bison steak. Bit pricey for portion size

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RL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service was good but the menu was not as good as when I have dined here in the Winter

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AS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were the only family in the restaurant, for a late lunch at 1:30pm. Yet, the waitress didn’t fill our water glasses, realize a drink had been spilled, or check on the quality of the food. The food was cold when it arrived. The “fresh baked bread” was still cold on the inside, like it had been reheated from frozen. Plenty of great options in Banff, this didn’t make the cut.

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NP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We met at Buffalo Mountsin Lodge, and had oor first date at the Sleeping Buffalo, 23-years ago. Here celebrating our 20th Anniversary. Service was fantastic! Thank you for the menories.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We've been to the Sleeping Buffalo many times and the atmosphere and food are always great. On this occasion we were joined by friends from Europe. It was good but the main course took almost an hour to come to the table after our starters. A bit long. Other than that great. Very knowledgeable and friendly waiter, great food.

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S
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was totally awesome. Great food. Great atmosphere and great location!

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate here while on vacation. It was delicious. We started with a half charcuterie board. My husband had the bison duo and I had the boar tenderloin. We finished with the Apple strawberry crumple. My only regret was not being able to try more dishes!!!

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Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was our 45th anniversary. We started with the charcuterie board for 2, and it was really good. For a main course. I had the salmon and my husband had the bison duo.....both excellent. The dining room is beautiful so the ambience is there.

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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B
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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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H
Calgary
257 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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S
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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RB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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j
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely date at your restaurant

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RC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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