The Bison Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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'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

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and outstanding service. Definitely recommend

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food is not fantastic neither is the service.

KT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff is top notch and so is the food! The elk poutine, bison sirloin and bison short ribs are not to be missed. The only thing I docked a point for are the desserts. I’ve been here twice now and I have had the strawberry pavlova (out of this world good!!!), the funky banana split and the orange truffle cake. The funky banana split is too busy, too many flavors to savor, but a creative concept. The orange truffle cake is not my cup of tea. Maybe if you are a dark rich chocolate lover. It’s dense and left me puckering from the dark flavor and also left a dry mouth. But their name is Bison and they do Bison like no other! Go for the apps and the main dishes - have a liquid dessert to cleanse the palate!

CT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good we went back twice in one week

KZ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered the bison platter which was amazing. Fall off the bone bison that wasn’t gamely at all. Elk poutine gnocchi could have been warmer, the gnocchi was room temp though the cast iron pan was hot. Making me think they warm the gnocchi in the oven. Which is fine but I think it needed more time.

Server was good but a bit slow. Our appetizer came before she took our order. We were on our honeymoon and told her and didn’t get special treatment or anything (which is fine we weren’t expecting anything but if you’re going for a special occasion just don’t expect the restaurant to celebrate it with your typical dessert or champagne etc)

The restaurant was a lot more casual than I expected. I like that it didn’t have a stuffy fine dining atmosphere but still had good quality food. All in all we had a good experience.

DD
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the fourth consecutive year we have dined at The Bison, during the Thanksgiving weekend. it has become somewhat of a tradition for our family. In fact, we have had the same table for the last three years! The food is excellent and our server Willow, was friendly, prompt and very attentive to our needs. Kudos to her. While the fare may be considered a little pricy, the portions are generous and the bison ribs are second to none. They truly are "fall off the bone'.

Well worth the cost and time to make a reservation. The good Lord willing and the river don't rise, see y'all next year!

Dr. Dave

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Food was incredible, service second to none. Will definitely be back

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu is fantastic, something for everyone. Very unique, allows foodies to enjoy a variety of delightful dishes.

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way Bison Rib Eye was fantastic. Service was also great. Large portions and all done to perfection.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food!! Well with it!

SP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Extremely expensive and you used to be able to get an amazing bison burger at the bison restaurant now it's a beef burger

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing decor and service was perfect. Worth many repeat visits for sure.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is locally sourced. Open kitchen —-able to watch food being prepared. Service is excellent. Recommend this highly.

PO
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great! The meat was tender and flavorful. The waiter was very informative about the local sourcing and the wine. We have had really good meals on this trip but this was the best by far!

CT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge portions, perfectly prepared and extremely pleasant serve.

JS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A great place to try in Banff. The service and atmosphere were great. The food was good, but definitely in the pricey side.

EE
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

EXCELLENT DRINKS, DELICIOUS FOOD, & GREAT SERVICE! What more is there to ask for?!

The bison strip loin was my dish of choice, and it was incredible! The panko crust was not overpowering, and the meat was ever so tender with the best flavor! Not gamey at all for those of you wondering.... also shared the gnocchi poutine, which was DECADENT in only the best way.

The service was outstanding. Our server made the BEST recommendation for a good Canadian wine! I’m glad she broadened our Californian eyes to wines from our northern neighbors. So friendly, informative and accommodating.

I highly recommend eating here during your stay in Banff!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The escargot appetizer was delicious and we split the bison trio special which was to die for. The wine was great as well. We loved it so much we went back for breakfast the next day.

MS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, service was outstanding, drinks were awesome. This is a must go if you are visiting Banff.

KC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for us to celebrate our anniversary!! Loved it

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellente viande de bison cuite à point comme notre demande.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent ribs with amazing brown butter spaetzle and superb bison sirloin. Creatively presented cherry tomato, basil and fresh buffalo salad, served with crostini. Deconstructed banana split dessert. Very good selection of wines from all over the world. Staff friendly and attentive to needs but not intrusive.

g
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, views of the mountains are awesome. We had the escargot in bone marrow and meat and cheese plate. All outstanding!

UC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly exceptional food and service. Long queue even in low season. Reservation is a must.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, awesome ambiance and excellent service!! I highly recommend it. Best place I tried in Banff.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was fantastic. Large portions, definitely get what you pay for.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bison ribeye was ordered rare to medium rare, but arrived very rare. The server noted it rightly, and said she could take it back to the kitchen and they could finish it for another minute or so. I agreed, but the chef wanted to make it just right, so they created one that was perfectly done. I really appreciate that they went the extra mile to make it so delicious!!

DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Bom restaurante !!! Caro !!! Porém ambiente aconchegante e bonito

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SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner! We had the Bison tasting trio - exceptional! Our server, Joe B was knowledgeable and gave us some great tips for less known sites to visit. The Bison is must when visiting Banff.

RH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Realy nice restaurant: good food, high quality, nice atmosphere, ambiance, friendly staff and most important.. very nice plates and tastes!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about The Bison. Great service. Ambiance was beautiful and most important the food was delicious.

a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere! We are so happy someone recommended this to us. Probably wouldn’t have found it otherwise- it’s a great spot for Canadian food. Definitely make a reservation ahead of time if you can. Will be back if and when we return to Banff!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner with excellent recommendations from our server/bartender. We sat at the bar and enjoyed a Canadian wine that our server suggested...one that we probably wouldn’t have tried. The bison special for 2 Gabe us a good taste of the local fare. Overall a great night!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! It’s also a really fun restaurant. Very open, you can see the kitchen. We had the bison short ribs, beef tenderloin and for dessert the banana split and the caramel creme. We loved it so much, we made a reservation to stop back by at the end of the trip.

q
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellant in all aspects. Juat alittle loud.
Dessert was the only thing we didn't enjoy
It was Pavlova

DG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was once of the best meals we've had from apps to dessert. I also loved the fact that we never felt pressured to hurry so they could turn the table & while the restaurant was busy it never felt overwhelming or "bustling." We had escargot, beef tenderloin dish & hazelnut crusted halibut dish. Chocolate cake with crispy orange for dessert with a glass of port. Amazing! All flavors and textures blended perfectly & preparation was spot on. All ingedients are locally sourced from Alberta (including the drinks!) & the menu has a map showing you where it all came from. You won't be disappointed eating here

JA
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uno de los mejores restaurantes a los que he ido!! Excelente servicio y un menú con platillos que te impresionan! Las recomendaciones del mesero fueron excelentes! El tuétano, la ensalada cesar, los cortes de Bison y los gnochis con elk fueron espectaculares

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Z
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was our waiter and he was amazing!!

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