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The Bison Restaurant

4.6
4.6
2185 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

11:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • 🥂Bison NYE Celebration

    CA$50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Starting at 8:00 pm: Step out for an elegant grand finale to 2023 complete with live acoustic music and candlelight. Enjoy our 4 course chef-driven menu highlighting the best of our region. Oh yes, there will be bison. No minors (under 18), regular menu not available, $149/person, reservations required. Terms & Conditions: The booking deposit will be refunded on the night of the event but is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or no-show. Please allow 5-10 business days for refund to process.
  • 🎉Bison Early NYE Dinner

    CA$25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    5:00 - 7:30 pm: If you have little ones or a late night party to attend why not join us for an early dinner. Full menu available, reservations recommended. Terms & Conditions: The booking deposit will be refunded on the night of the event but is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or no-show. Please allow 5-10 business days for refund to process.

What 2,185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Service

  • Banff / Canmore

    Fit for Foodies

  • Banff / Canmore

    Healthy

  • Banff / Canmore

    Special Occasion

  • Banff / Canmore

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was very good and the service was incredible! Overall, we really enjoyed our meal. The portions were a bit small for what we were expecting, the only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
  2. CR

    CurtisR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    I got the bison, expecting it to be unreal at 90$ a plate. Literally no seasoning, very bland. The cook on the ribeye was proper and the char on the outside was very nice, just tasteless. 3 carrots and some cauliflower purée, and terrible chimichurri. Not impressed at all to be honest. Drinks were top notch, the bartenders are artists. I got a free drink due to the lack lustre bison.
  3. LB

    LanaB

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Chantelle, our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Our second time here and it doesn’t disappoint
  4. AS

    AnnetteS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Make sure you do t get seated in the booth table in between the toilets and the kitchen door. Also the food can be extremely inconsistent in quality. We are here 4 days ago and had a much better dining experience. This time the mushroom pasta was lacking in sauce and flavour. The burger does not come with fries. The bison gnocchi had MUCH more ragu last time. On this I assign there was hardly any sauce. We probably won’t eat here again. For the price they charge, the service and dishes should be far more consistent in quality. Also, we asked them to replace a broken bulb above our table (it was dimly lit) and they were not able to do this.
  5. RM

    RonM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent variety, preparation and service. One of the best meals we've had. Server made excellent wine recommendations as well.
  6. JD

    JeanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We appreciate Kevin’s service He was amazing We had a great dinner
  7. LC

    LaurieC

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious in every way, great menu with legend included for us gluten and dairy sensitive people, very helpful! Only qualm is the boring dessert option for our restrictive diet - a seasonal sorbet seems like a disappointing option after such an amazing meal. We'll be back!
  8. AC

    AlexC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, staff were great especially the two guys behind the bar, they were brilliant!
  9. E

    Erin

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was a bit lacking as it seemed understaffed. I had the tenderloin, which was well cooked, albeit a bit salty. Great drink selection with wonderful interior.
  10. m

    margov

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was excellent. Bison ragú and burrata were favorites.
  11. YK

    YogaKate

    West Palm Beach

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! A contemporary atmosphere with friendly service. The food was outstanding. We loved the mushroom pasta and halibut.
  12. PT

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bit pricey but the food and service are excellent
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time in Banff. We received excellent service from Jill. she was friendly and helpful. Great dishes and drinks. Would recommend if you’re in the area.
  14. TK

    TKCRauser

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We ordered a bison bone- in steak for two, with baby potatoes, a chipotle aioli, broccolini, and a Caeser salad. We asked that the meat be cooked medium; it was served quite rare, but delicious. Although the portion of meat was enormous, we would have loved a bigger salad to go with the meal. Quality, service, ambience were all excellent. The desserts were in a class by themselves, with sorbets of delightful, inventive flavors. It was a very enjoyable evening. We would highly recommend The Bison for a special dinner in Banff. P.S. We had four beautiful slices of bison for our picnic lunch the next day: stellar!
  15. E

    Emily

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. Great service and food, nice to know their ingredients are locally sourced. Our server, Steven, was kind and attentive. Bison was well cooked and all of the sides were delicious. This will definitely be a spot we return to!
  16. JL

    JohnL

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Over priced . Also Kids food is small portion and no taste. Not treat kids as a customer.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Ok, too expensive for what quality and the quantity
  18. DF

    DaveF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When in Banff, a dinner at the Bison is a must. Arguably the best food in town. Ambiance is great, Jill our server was great. Can’t wait to go back.
  19. LB

    LB2022

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute must in Banff. Everyone should go.
  20. B

    Bbbbbbbbbb

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Prices are over the top for portions that are very small.. $39 for a bison burger that tasted no different to a $19 burger from any other decent restaurant. While locally sourced as much as possible they say, food taste and quality to our palate was average. Wine list said our blue mountain Sauvignon blanc from the Okanagan was a 2020, but realised later that we were given a 2019. Small thing, but get it right if you’re charging $76 a bottle.. unlikely, we’ll go there again on our future trips to Banff..
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing!!
  22. PM

    PaddiM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. A bit pricey but I guess to be xpected n a tourist town
  23. ES

    EricaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Food, service, excellent cocktails. A must do in Banff!
  24. FV

    FrancescoV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great!! Small portions unfortunately and pricy but it’s Banff so is understandable. However, I recommend the place
  25. CA

    CAth

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious! Make sure to try the bison of course. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Even offfered to make drinks off the menu
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the food to the service everything was top notch! Would highly recommend to anyone in Banff or visiting
  27. CL

    CindyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place in Banff. The food was great as well as the ambiance. Will definitely eat there again next time we are in town.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around. Unique flavorful dishes
  29. SB

    SBlocal

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Menu very limited! Could not understand waitress, she keep trying to get us to order more dishes. Portions small! Over priced.
  30. A

    Alexandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks and food were lovely. Service was attentive while letting us have our time to ourselves for date night. Will definitely be back!
  31. j

    johnw

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining under the stars on the outside patio, with nicely presented, intensely flavorful, locally-sourced food that matched the ambience. Our server was new to the role, but did a great job - with only one hiccup (the glass of Riesling she recommended wasn't to our taste, but it was quickly swapped out). This was the last dinner of our Banff stay, and definitely proved to be the treat we were hoping for.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exemplary! Kevin, our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive to our table. He explained several dishes and guided everyone to great choices for our meals. Our only regret was not being able to try the cowboy ribeye! We saw many coming out of the kitchen and they looked amazing! Definitely would recommend!
  33. J

    Jjoleigh

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t eat red meat, so I was a bit apprehensive about Bison, but I was pleasantly surprised! This was our favorite restaurant in the town of Banff. The seafood was fresh, and the burrata was the best I’ve had. I also appreciated their cocktail and mocktail selection. Our waiter was excellent as well. When we visit Banff again, we will definitely come back!
  34. MC

    MollyC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Bison burger I have ever had! Everyone at our table loved their food! The wait staff was very friendly and the service was prompt.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food highly recommended
  36. A

    Anonymous

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!!
  37. N

    Nancyjean

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Chantell was awesome! We enjoyed our entrees and our wine’
  38. DB

    DillonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUTSTANDING! We had the Bison Tomahawk for 2! Amazing apps, drinks, and staff! If you are coming to Banff this places should 100% be on your list to go! On the back of there menu, they also show where everything they serve was locally and sustainably sourced!
  39. ES

    EricS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good at had to sneak back for a second visit on our vacation. Highly recommend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and fantastic food! Would go back on my next trip to Banff. A little pricey but expected that.

FAQs

The Bison Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2185 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.
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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