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The Bison Restaurant

4.8
4.8
2078 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
The Bison - REGIONAL, SEASONAL, CANADIAN.

Named in Trip Advisor's top 10 Canadian Fine Dining Restaurants, we proudly feature locally grown, organic, sustainably farmed protein & produce. Enjoy your meal from our mountain view dining room, or enjoy our rooftop terrace where you can watch the action on Bear Street. Often featuring live acoustic music and home to one of Banff's favourite Sunday brunches.
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Bison offers group & private dining options accommodating 8-100 guests.
Mountain-view dining room / Open-air terrace cocktail receptions / Total venue experience
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Learn more/connect about group dining:
https://www.banffcollective.com/bison-events
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Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 762-5550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We can customize menus for cocktail hour, as well as full-menu options for both large and small functions. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

  • Private party facilities

    The Bison is available for private functions for up to 82 people seated or 120 people reception style. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

  • Neighborhood

    Banff

  • Cross street

    Caribou

  • Parking details

    We are located across the street from the open air parking lot on Bear St. You can also find street parking on Bear Street as well as a secondary parkade located beside the Nester's Grocery Store, one block South of Caribou Street. <br /><br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,078 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Overall

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Food

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Service

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Ambiance

  • Banff / Canmore

    Fit for Foodies

  • Banff / Canmore

    Healthy

  • Banff / Canmore

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Banff / Canmore

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

    Most Booked

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  1. JH

    JeonH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad service and low food quality!!!
  2. RK

    RobK

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was well executed. As a family of 4 I had the opportunity to try the Bison ragu, tenderloin, and lamb. I was impressed with each dish as well as the sides. The ratatouille was a very nice addition to the lamb. Only negative……Just a little pricy from a portion perspective. Would have been the perfect value if I could have had a salad as part of my meal.
  3. LB

    LynneB

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant. Great decor and ambience. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food was amazing!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious!! We loved the atmosphere and the service was wonderful.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Celebrated special occasion. All was very good except we ordered a Tomahawk steak for 2 and it was very tough and chewy and not very flavorful at all. Otherwise everything else was excellent. Staff was very nice and service was great. Ambiance perfect and bar staff superb. Can’t blame them on steak but should check quality before serving. Maybe even offer to return and offer another cut. I’ll still go back when I’m in town again.
  6. SM

    SeanM

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely the best restaurant we visited in Banff. Had the bison riveted on our 2nd visit which was outstanding. Service is always exceptional and chance to eat out on the terrace much appreciated.
  7. MT

    MichaelT

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    For visitors from the UK unfortunately the cost of restaurant food is too expensive compared to the UK. The food was very basic but well presented and tasty. The service was good and friendly too.
  8. S

    Senthil

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality food. Great service. Definitely worth visiting
  9. D

    Diane

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  10. IL

    IsabelleL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wow! Very good food, the service was perfect. Everything taste amazing. Good wine list (a beautiful nature orange wine on the list).
  11. LL

    LeeLeeLee

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good to ask for light salt if you don't want too much.
  12. C

    Cmcm

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience! Pricey but worth it, our waiter was so nice and the food was delicious! I would love to eat here again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food is overpriced and small portions. Ambience and layout is alright. Would not go again.
  14. MW

    MichaelW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and vibes
  15. l

    lizab

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rack of lamb was spectacular, well trimmed, perfectly cooked, with a potato dish to die for. A truly great wine list featuring Canadian wines.
  16. p

    plsafoodie

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ordered the Bison Burgers and beer. The burger was tasty. The menu is limited. The place is pretty pricey but it’s understandable being in a touristy town.
  17. B

    Bdot612

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible - got the bison ribeye, beef tenderloin, and lamb chops - all highly recommended. Open kitchen so if you’re lucky enough you can watch them work
  18. e

    evie

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Four of us had dinner at Bison and we shared everything we ordered. The food was very well presented and deliciously prepared. None of the plates were particularly large, but with 3 appetizers, 2 main courses and 2 shared desserts we left feeling satisfied. The service was outstanding with super friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Highly recommend Bison.
  19. SS

    StantonS

    Yosemite

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Some of the best food in Banff
  20. ET

    ElizabethT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our experience at the Bison! The special (bison tomahawk) and the wine recommended was great and menu was focused on local &amp; sustainable food. Great place to go for our honeymoon!
  21. JB

    JohnB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, prepared expertly. Our server gave us the right amount of attention and provided very good wine descriptions. Pricy but worth it.
  22. d

    darcyh

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Food was very good, not sure it is worth the high price though. Service was good, but they really hussle you along. Table turn over seems important.
  23. KN

    KaylaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are incredible, the food was exceptional and the room is beautiful. Highly recommend this spot in Banff!
  24. k

    kimh

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The eggplant was under cooked and hard. When we let the server know. He was indifferent. Also voiced concern that a rare steak was charred on the outside. Again unconcerned
  25. LV

    LVRD

    South Wales

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, ambience, cocktails and service was great too. Would highly recommend to people visiting Banff to try Bison!
  26. MP

    MitchellP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails, food was delicious with amazing attention to detail. Romantic and fun; our favorite spot in Banff so far
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine at the Bison every time we visit Banff and we always have good experiences. The atmosphere is nice. The service is great and the food is excellent.
  28. TH

    TimothyH

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish we loved our dinner at the Bison. Nick our server was so lovely and knowledgeable on the drinks and menu. He recommended an IPA to my husband which has ended up being one of his favourites! The duck main was delicious , 10/10!
  29. JC

    JeffC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! We’re a party of three so selected different starters and mains. The server was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained everything on the menu so it was easy to make food choices. Every dish was well prepared and cooked perfectly. Highly recommended!
  30. J

    John

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and wine were great. Our server was amazing, so knowledgeable and attentive. An asset to the restaurant.
  31. S

    Sarah

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant was amazing!!! The service was excellent!!!! Highly recommend the duck!!!!!
  32. BN

    BairdN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious selection of local ingredients and a thoughtful menu combine with attentive service and a stunning view to make a great evening. A wonderful memory for our trip to Banff!
  33. j

    jennyp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice location One main dish came a little cold and had to be returned - but they managed the situation well and offered a small reduction on the bill
  34. CM

    CMeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Unique but satisfying menu, highly knowledgeable and kind service, and beautiful views and atmosphere. Highly recommend!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    BURRATA WAS So small, literally A BOUT 2 tablespoons of size or even smaller, 24$, Do not Order the Pasta, very average and salty. bison sirloin was okay, The only really good meal we had was Black Cod Crudo
  36. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food in a nice setting. Attentive staff. Pricey for what we had but hood quality.
  37. N

    Nick

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    For what we paid, we left the Bison very hungry. Some aspects of our three course meal were tasty, while others had barely any flavor at all. We wrote on our reservation that it was our honeymoon and we seated in a spot without a good view. Our drinks were outstanding, and was the best part of the meal. Unfortunately, this just isn’t worth what you pay.
  38. M

    Melissa

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and inventive food. We loved the southern maitakes with hot honey and the burrata was superb. Great cocktails that were well balanced and subtle. Our servers Chris and a guy that resembled Chris were attentive and made great suggestions. Fabulous experience overall.
  39. L

    Lily

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and our server was very knowledgeable and kind! Would definitely come back again!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best meal of my year. Very nice tataki and seared steelhead was just right: skin crispy and flesh rare. Sour cherry sorbet not too sweet. If they had an espresso machine it would be perfect. Really, no excuse not to, these days.

FAQs

The Bison Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 2078 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for The Bison Restaurant

Box 3959 #213, 211 Bear Street Banff, AB T1L 1E4

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Caribou

  • Neighborhood

    Banff

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We are located across the street from the open air parking lot on Bear St. You can also find street parking on Bear Street as well as a secondary parkade located beside the Nester's Grocery Store, one block South of Caribou Street. <br /><br />

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 762-5550

  • Catering

    We can customize menus for cocktail hour, as well as full-menu options for both large and small functions. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

  • Private party facilities

    The Bison is available for private functions for up to 82 people seated or 120 people reception style. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

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