The Bison Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
'The Bison Restaurant' is committed to using regional, seasonal and Canadian ingredients. Our intimate dining room has windows on all sides, with Banff's best mountain views, and large sunny terrace. Watch as a brigade of chef's prepare your meal in our open concept kitchen led by executive chef Sal Polizzi.
The Bison is open daily from 5pm.
Children are welcome and reservations are recommended.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy our a la carte menu as well as our chef’s regionally inspired turkey dinner. $49 plus tax and gratuity along with our a la carte menu. THE CELEBRATION BEGINS AT 5PM!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

5pm–6pm: Join us for a family-friendly celebration and enjoy the Bison’s locally inspired a la carte menu. Kids menu avail. All family-friendly celebration bookings are for max 2 hrs. 8pm–10pm: 4-crse set menu in a stunning Rocky Mountain setting. $135 p.p. +tax+grat. No a la carte or kids menu.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1348 People Are Saying
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MD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Bison rib eye was the best steak I’ve ever had in my life. I have dined in Michelin star restaurants and haven’t had a steak like that before.

WM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING! Delicious unique food, thoughtfully plated with fresh, tasteful ingredients! The atmosphere and decor are both inviting and unique. Great wine! Great service! Definitely a must try! (Make a reservation as the place fills up fast!)

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was very poor. A shame because the food was exceptional. Will not recommend.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was excellent in quality and taste. The bison ragu and the banana split were exceptional. Highly recommend it.

d
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a relaxed and fancy dining environment

J
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

AD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of four had three appies, 4 mains and 2 desserts which were all perfectly done. It’s hard to find a restaurant that executives everything to the highest level and they succeeded. Not to be missed is the poutine, Brussels sprouts, the duck and the chicken. Can’t wait to go back and try some more of the menu

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Beautiful restaurant and ambiance however we found our dishes to be overly salted.

ML
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night out for the locals special. Everyone in our party left feeling like 'that was an amazing meal'. The steak was to die for as well as my soup du jour. Highly recommend this beautiful space. Thanks a bunch! We will be back :)

JT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, menu selection has it all, and the location is great. Highly recommend it to anyone

BL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience4

Went for the locals menu special.
Serving sizes were smaller compared to regular menu items.
Server was pleasant, but a bit absent during our visit. Was hoping to get drinks with our main and dessert, but we did not see him.
Two steaks were ordered, one medium, one medium rare, both came rare.
Sides on the steak were underwhelming.

Experience and food were fine overall, however would not pay full price to visit this restaurant again.

JP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the rustic atmosphere with great seasonal farm to table menus choices. Bison short ribs were great, can't go wrong with any of the meat choices; good selection of hand crafted cocktails as well. We will be back at our next time in Banff.

GW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dani was very good and the place had a cool vibe. Bison Ragu was very tasty, as was the pizza.

CN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service but very pricey. The portions were huge and the quality superb.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are great. We have eaten here a few times and never been disappointed.

T
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bison restaurant is our favorite restaurant in the world. We always try to make a reservation because it's always busy. The atmosmosphere is very open and fresh. I love how it seems like an upscale restaurant but the servers are not pretentious at all and you feel relaxed during your dining experience. Overall, we are still very impressed by The Bison after several years and menu changes.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food.

M
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Off the chain. By far the best culinary experience in the area without being pretentious. Better than before and we loved you then. The new menu is spectacular. Very very well done. Wow.

IF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and attentive service

MA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service and supreme food!

AP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Food was delicious and portions were perfect! Would definitely return!

j
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing everything as far as that perfect. Food a solid meh I mean goood but for the price meh. I understand it’s Banff but at the market in Calgary something was hoping for wow

CC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible!!! Like a taste explosion in your mouth!

A
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had diner with my friend, and it was my first time at Bison.
I must say that I really enjoyed it, we had the local special.
I had the bison carpaccio, I was a bit scared but it was actually so flavourful and meat was melting right away in my mouth.My friend had the soup and she also really enjoyed it.
As a main we both had the trout filet, and OMG it was very tasty ( a bit too salty for me ), but overall again very good.
For desert we got lucky as we got serve the chocolate tart with an amazing sorbet. The sorbet was perfect, not too sweet, really perfect.
The waiter was nice, and friendly, he gave me a great advice for my drink, I had a cocktail based on tequila with cucumber and pineapple juice and I something else, I can't remember but I loved it!!.

It was a great experience, can't wait to go back and try something else.
Thank you

KW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely fantastic experience! We sat at the bar due to making the reservation quite late in the day, but now I’m not sure I would want to anywhere else. Engaging staff, delicious food, great atmosphere. It was the highlight of our trip to Banff.

AC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. We had the duck and bison burger.

C
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was just ok. Manager was great. Restaurant had just changed menus, which was disappointing as we had seen previous menu and were excited about it, but new menu was underwhelming. Most expensive children’s menu I’ve ever seen - $18 for a kids cheese pizza (& nothing else) that the kid didn’t really like (because fancier cheese & sauce).

L
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Benny’s I’ve had with an abundance of food! The personal french press is a lovely touch!
Beautiful ambiance!

RM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Overpriced food and wine. Service was poor. Food was not up to standard.

EG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I honestly had the worst experience ever with management here. Food was average and the management treated me liked crap. I would never Recommend this place to anyone. Terrible restaurant.

M
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

This had to be the most bland and flavourless food I have ever eaten in a restaurant. I had the burger and the only thing that you could taste on it or the pickles. The meat had no flavour whatsoever, the bun was dry and soaked up all the flavour from everything else that was put on top of it. My wife had the Ragu, and it too was a bland, flavourless mess. Our server was fantastic and the restaurant itself was very nice but the food, was awful.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall, we really enjoyed our dinner at The Bison. It's a great place for date night or a special occasion. The cocktails were amazing. The elk poutine is a must have. We had a bison special that was fantastic. Highly recommend the rib eye. The short ribs were ok. All of the service staff were were friendly and they remembered we were there for a birthday. We will be back!

OT
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Beautiful space, ok food.

R
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent place for a delicious Anniversary dinner. Will definitely return.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, lovely service, exceptional food.

C
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here based on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. The service was exceptional the moment we walked through the door. The food was insanely delicious, we had the special which was a bison trio with steak, short ribs and sausage. It was also served with duck fat fingerling potatoes, roasted carrots and broccolini. I understand why people travel to Canmore for this restaurant. If we were staying longer we would come here again.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service. Definitely recommend

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food is not fantastic neither is the service.

KT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bison is an amazing restaurant in Banff. The food was fantastic and service was great. It is definitely not cheap but well worth the money.

CG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unbelievable. If I could afford to eat there more often I definitely would.

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