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The Bison Restaurant

4.8
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1547 Reviews
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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 a large sunny terrace. Watch as a brigade of chef's prepare your meal in our open-concept kitchen led by executive chef Jamie Staples.
The Bison is open Thursdays through Sundays from 5pm.
Children are welcome and reservations are recommended.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2020

Family seating 5pm–6pm. Join us for an early celebration with locally inspired a la carte menu. Kids menu available. Family seating reservations are for a max. of 2 hours. Celebration seating 8pm–10pm. Serving a spectacular 4-course set menu. $135 per person + tax & grat. No a la carte or kids menus

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2020

Come to celebrate the Holiday Season with us here at The Bison! 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 and kids menus. THE CELEBRATION BEGINS AT 5 PM!

What 1547 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndreaG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed our night there.

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LaurenR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great cocktails and high quality food. Would recommend!

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SusanG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is definitely a place that you should be prepared to splurge! The food was very good, and the ambience is awesome! Great for a special night out!

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BuddB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great time. Food was fantastic, must try in Banff. Staff were great and helpful. thank you!

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ShawnO
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server Jenny Lee was a treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Bison platter on special was perfect for two. While the sausages were a little on the dry side, the bison ribeye and ribs were cooked to perfection and tasted phenomenal. The house Caesar was also spectacular!

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a phenominal experience. I really love the open concept kitchen so you get to see the excellent food being prepared. It just makes the entire atmosphere more inviting and engaging; on top of having a live band! The food was just even more better than I could have ever expected. Highly recommend to anyone.

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Yumsteak
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was just as good to match. We had the platter and ate all of it. Will go back when I’m in Banff again.

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MarianneD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - We visited for Sunday Brunch, service was fantastic, meal was delicious and the ambiance with the live music was lovely. Would definitely go back. One of the most enjoyable meals we had during our trip to Banff.

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JennyF
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate a 30th dinner. I had put that on the comments on OpenTable. However, nothing was mentioned with it or done. It would have been nice for it to be acknowledged. Other than that it was a wonderful experience, fabulous food, great recommendations and service!

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AndreaR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Would highly recommend the Bison rib eye, without a doubt 10/10!

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JodiY
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere! We will definitely be back!

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EsseJay
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal on the patio at The Bison. We were bundled up and enjoyed the lights and exceptional service. The pastas were absolutely outstanding, especially the gnocchi with bison ragu and ricotta which was absolutely perfect - like an elegant version of poutine! Our server was friendly and helpful and cocktails and food were excellent.

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YYCski
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of four, had starters then shared Bison platter. Quantity was good for us (although we eat a little less than some). Elk tartar was very nice from the starters. Apparently the tagliatelle starter was very good although I didn't personally taste it. The short rib, ribeye and bison sausage were all very good. Steak was on point - rare with a nice crust. Short ribs were very flavourful and tender. Nice wine list with some interesting Canadian selections at reasonable price points (if you are looking for "investment banker*" wines, then this is not your place). Waitress was excellent, great service. Will definitely return.

* super expensive $500 + bottles

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Mary
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply amazing! I can't wait to go back.

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H33M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant was decent but not worth the price nor worth a top 20 rating on Tripadvisor. It was a decent night out but I wouldn’t need to return.

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vipBarb
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful dinner at The Bison. Shared Bison platter and took home leftovers. All 3 presentations of the Bison were delicious. Very friendly and attentive servers. Unfortunately had to walk through lots of construction to get to the restaurant and the window seat had a view of bulldozers. Still would recommend this restaurant highly. Once the construction is complete ambiance will improve greatly.

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MarjorieS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Great ambience with a female singer playing the guitar. Just the right noise level. Shout out to our waiter Eric! He had awesome recommendations. Will definitely be back!

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LouP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always, service the best, and the artist playing on Thursday evening was amazing. Look forward to the construction being over.

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MariaT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and outstanding staff! Highly recommend the bison ragu!

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Carlo
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food and ambiance. Julian was friendly and welcoming as our server. The portions were huge and delicious down to the last bite. Not only high quality food here, but good value for what you get.

Couldn't get a dinner reservation but we were very happy with Sunday brunch.

Bravo to the whole team at The Bison!

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LindsayB
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Make sure to have a reservation or you'll be waiting quite awhile. We went for brunch. As we had a reservation, everything was ready upon arrival and we were greeted and seated warmly and quickly. Our server Chris was great, personable and efficient. I thought the food choices were very good, but it would help to have dietary restrictions listed on the menu. Fortunately, Chris knew the menu well and was able to help with questions. Portion sizes and quality were excellent. There is nothing more annoying than leaving a restaurant hungry or unhappy. This wasn't the case here. Coffee is really good. Wish they had Splenda, but not a major concern. Had I not been driving afterwards, I'd definitely have had a cocktail, which looked delicious. I had the Huevos Rancheros and I found it to be excellent. My friend had bison poutine, which was excellent, but could have benefitted from more ragu sauce to substitute for gravy. There was enough of everything else, just a wee more saucy and it would be spot on. Ultimately, the flavours were next level and very tasty.
Had we known how good The Bison was, we would have booked a dinner reservation also for comparison. Something to look forward to next time. Bon Apetit!

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DallasW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a delicious brunch and it was a nice atmosphere with the live music!

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WendyJ
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Banff to eat for brunch, lunch or dinner. Been here 6 times now and it's always fantastic.

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viproxy
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the bison board cooked 3 ways.... it is not on the menu and was done perfectly. Service food and ambience was great.

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Kstark
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was OK - pasta came out and it wasn’t very warm
Tasted good

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vipBear
Calgary
57 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bison is my favorite restaurant in Banff. Perfect place for a special occasion. The menu was very limited and missing a lot of our favorite items such as the meat and cheese board. They had a peach and tomatoe salad that was phenomenal, so delicious ! The carbonara was really good however I would have preferred the guancile to be cooked and render the fat more. We had the chefs special feature bison 3 ways (rib eye, sausage and short rib) for $129 it was really delicious the aujus on the side was sooo amazing. Highly recommend.

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Sandra
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trout with chickpeas was amazing. Beef was melt in your mouth.

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LudmilaP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fancy restaurant with fair price for the meals. The bison ragu with ricotta gnocchi was very tasty and filling.

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bison trio. We will be back! Thank you for the hospitality and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service with wonderful and delicious food.

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Sandra
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The elk tartare was the best tartare we have ever had. Both desserts were delicious. The duck and trout mains were very good. Both portions were very generous; it would have been better to share an appetizer rather than have one each.

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice place. Really nice live music being played at a perfect level. Not too loud.

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KatieSunshine
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our time at the bison to celebrate my birthday. Was delightfully surprised to see they had live music which was just perfect! Though the construction outside the windows takes away from some of the ambience… It didn’t deter from the wonderful food and the awesome service that we received.

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, amazing food. Will definitely be returning in the future. The Duck was incredible

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LisaL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must go to in Banff! One of the 10 best restaurants in Canada - well deserved award!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday dinner! Highly recommended for a special night in banff

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RossCoe
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and menu choices were excellent. Our server, Elisabeth, was exceptional both with her wine knowledge and her server skills. Outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! Service was good but

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MelF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok so we came in August for a special birthday dinner and had the tomato peach salad - it was so so good! I couldn't stop thinking about it. Of course it is a seasonal dish so we had the chance to come back in September for our anniversary dinner and we were so excited to see it still on the menu. I've never had such a memorable salad! We also really enjoyed the bison ragu gnocchi and the trout. I am curious to come back when the menu changes again in October! Both times our server was so friendly and knew the food and menu well. It made for a great overall experience. The social distancing practises were really great too, we found the restaurant very spaced out with tables and felt safe dining. Anyways, I don't usually write reviews on restaurants but I think the Bison is my new fav spot, worth the drive from Calgary so we will be back soon as we can.

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The Bison Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1547 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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