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About The Bison Restaurant

'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 Kyle Nelson.
The Bison is open daily from 5pm with brunch served on Sunday's from 10am until 2pm.
Children are welcome and reservations are recommended.

Box 3959 #213, 211 Bear Street
Banff, AB T1L 1E4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Bison Restaurant: open daily for dinner service from 5pm. Brunch served Sunday's from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Cross Street:
Caribou

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 762-5550

Website:
http://www.thebison.ca/

Catering:
We can customize menus for cocktail hors d'eouvers, as well as full menu options for both large and small functions.
Contact Jessica Pacheco, Sales/Events Manager for details. direct 403 760 5088

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.

Executive Chef:
Kyle Nelson

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

The Bison Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.6

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4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (14)
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Good for Groups (5)
Seasonal (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (3)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was excellent and delicious and our waiter Ryan made a delicious negroni. Would come again anytime.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Good atmosphere, great food and wine selection, excellent service.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 13, 2018

A wonderful gem in Banff. Upscale casual feel. Very comfortable and classy ambiance. Friendly and professional service. Delectable dishes, excellent selection of wines. Perfect for a date or special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Nice restaurant, lovely eclectic menu. Small plates were yummy. Tried the bison short ribs and found the meat rather tough (?not slow cooked enough?). Wine selection good but excessive markup. Waiter good but tended to push expensive items and was not very warm.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The steak was not cook properly and the veggies was burned.
Very small portion and expensive for what you get

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I loved the appetizers and desert. Great vegetarian options. My husband found there were too many toppings on his burger. 7 dollars for tea was a little much, but still tasty.

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 (Key West)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Just perfect... :)

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazing food! Great service. Ask for Jessie - knowledgeable, patient and amazing!

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 (México)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excelente!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 2, 2018

All the criticism of recent reviews was accurate. Although the service was excellent, the portions were extremely small (especially for the cost) and the appetizer and mains came out one on top of the other, feeling rushed. We ordered cocktails and neither of them were enjoyable. The description of my drink in the menu was not accurate (described as though it would be sour and citrus but was actually quite syrupy and overly sweet). The dessert was completely fine but not redeeming enough. Our server was absolutely lovely and the ambience was nice but I would not go back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We were disappointed. The food is pricey and mediocre at best. Same for the dull wone list. My group is well traveled and quite knowledgable about food and wine. We were all expecting a fantastic meal but everything came up short.
With an open kitchen with a pricey menu you would expect professional chefs not the kids texting as they leaned over their stations. It is clear that who ever owns this restaurant lacks the leadership to make this a great eating establishment.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My husband and I had dinner here after a day skiing at Sunshine Mt. While visiting Banff. We loved the food, the entertainment of the open kitchen and our server was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 27, 2018

After enjoying a number of sharing plates (small portions), we expected the entrees to be small as well. NO need to order extra entrees as those portions are reasonably large. Disappointed the server didn't explain that the appetizer items we ordered came in multiples of '3' (example; 3 dumplings), whereas we were a party of 4. He apologized and asked if we'd like to 'double-up our orders', Still doesn't resolve the issue.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent restaurant. The online reservation seemed to provide limited options however, that weren’t reflected when we were there (many tables were free even though online they said they were full). I recommend calling to reserve - you’ll likely get more choices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food with a Canadian focus. Really enjoyed the bison shortrib. Large portion, creative presentation on a big rib bone. Nice wine list, although not overwhelming.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Inspired cusine in a chic yet relaxing environment

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Love the open concept with the view of the “brigade of chefs”.
Delicious farm to table dinner options and nice presentation! Very attentive servers and staff.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was good. Noise level is high. Made conversation a bit difficult. Overall good experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great eclectic menu. Unique and not afraid to try out of the box preparation

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was fantastic!! The food was amazing. Staff were knowledgeable about all the food ingredients and prep on the plate. And if you sit close to the grill it is like watching live theatre with the head chef in his starring role. Yeah! Great experience for final night of vacation.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My partner and I came to celebrate our anniversary at the Bison. We received some excellent table service from Ryan, who was always there to offer recommendations and assistance. The beer/spirits/wine selection was outstanding, though having had cocktails elsewhere in town our attention was focused on the food.

We found an excellent selection for vegetarians on the menu, and ended up sharing four dishes. All were excellent, though two stand out as exceptional: the celery root dumplings and the homemade tofu. The celery root dumplings were absolutely delicious--and I could eat the mushroom broth that came with it every day. The homemade tofu was also outstanding and was completely unlike store-bought tofu--it had flavour, character, and texture that went perfectly with the fried shallots and black rice. We also had a dessert--though found it far too subtle after the punchy and interesting flavours of the sharing courses.

All in all, an excellent night--and though not a vegeterian restaurant, has ranked high on the list of best vegetarian meals I've had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

A friend, who teaches the food and nutrition classes at my kids’ high school, recommended this restaurant, since my husband and I were spending one night in Banff town on our way home from Sunshine ski area. Also along for the meal was my nine-year-old who subsists almost entirely on noodles with butter.

We ordered the house-made potato chips, cauliflower appetizer, and the potato bread to start. All were delicious. My son loved the chips, even though they had vinegar and another non-standard ingredient. The yogurt sauce served with the cauliflower was a yummy counterpoint to the veg. The potato bread was amazing. I could have had just that for dinner. Perfectly and freshly baked.

For mains, we got the beef tenderloin (me) and the short rib. The beef was cooked medium rare, which I like, though I ordered medium. It was fantastic. My son ate quite a bit of it. The beans that were served with it were very good. I didn’t know what to expect from the description. The seasonal vegetable was carrots and they were perfectly cooked. My husband said the short rib was good and he cleaned his plate (as did I). He doesn’t get excitable about food, but even his blasé reaction is a positive one.

We shared the apple tart and chocolate cake for dessert. My son ate the cake and really liked the maple marshmallow but didn’t care for the apple sorbet, which had a barbecued vibe. The server described how the apple had been prepared and the flavor made sense but today I can’t remember what she said. The apple tart was delish, and the accompanying miso ice cream was unusual but very tasty.

Our server was knowledgeable and cheerful. She gave us her thoughts on the food when we asked. She gave us lots of time to sit and talk, though the restaurant was full.

I heartily recommend this to anyone. I wish we had this restaurant near us! Do make a reservation. We went on January 6, a Friday, at 7, and it was, as I said, full.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great Food.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a table reservation for 19:30, at first we were ignored by the door host, not even an acknowledgment whist she was busy looking at her computer screen, then eventually told our table wasn't ready. Instead of inviting us to wait at the bar, we had to wait in the doorway at the bottom of the stairs, I really don't know why, for around 15 minutes, until being led to a not very nice table just up the stairs. It all seemed very busy and no one server seemed to know who was supposed to be looking after us. After another 10 minute wait we put in our simple order for the Bison short rib and a couple of drinks. Within just a couple of minutes our food and drinks arrived at the same time, which now made us feel rushed! One short rib was obviously far larger than the other and when questioned about this, I wad told simply that they were all weighed equally, well I guess there's always one which slips through the net?! The ribs were delicious and the waiter did bring over a small extra protion to make up for the disparity in the sizes. We had not been offered any sides by our server, no bread brought to the table, no starters suggested, and didn't reslise that the ribs more or less come alone on the plate. Very dissapointed with our experience we decided to leave and not prolong the misery any longer, so we went elswhere to fill up with a desert. We have eaten out in Banff 9 nights in a row, almost all experiences oustanding, this one was very disappointing.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was great but my family of 4 all left still hungry. We stopped to buy snacks on the way home. Our waitress told us they recommend sharing some dishes so we did that for appetizers then all ordered an entre.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was delicious but size of the meal was a bit disappointing for the price.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bison is a favourite of ours in Banff. It was quite cold outside, so it was nice that it was close to the hotel. We had a reservation, so we were greeted and sat right away. Our server was finishing up with a couple tables, so the service was slow to start. She did, however, make up for the slow start with prompt service for the rest of the dinner and a great wine recommendation. The food tasted delicious and came quickly. We shared a few starters and a main, which worked well for a late dinner.

Bison didn't disappoint and we'll be back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was great. Good portions wine selection was pricey. Had a great night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner here. They have delicious and creative dishes that highlight local and regional ingredients. They have a nice selection of small plates so we were able to sample a nice variety of their offerings. The food was very good and the staff was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very good meal. I️ would call the cooking style more contemporary than other local restaurants. Not as many “traditional” dishes but that’s not a bad thing—just different. Highly recommended.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Way overpriced- food was different! They charge for bread and even butter! Bathroom is awful! The keg is way better for value and food

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 24, 2017

To - die - for! Our experience at The Bison was nothing short of amazing. What a great place to share the love, laughs, and small plates with friends and family.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was delicious however the main course portions have been substantially reduced and unfortunately the price has remained the same. Not cool.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 23, 2017

After just opening from a renovation, the staff seemed very well organized. Food and menu was spot on. Bison burger was fantastic as well as the tenderloin. The cauliflower and beets for starters were top notch. Overall fantastic meal

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was amazing! Our server Tommy was great! 5 stars!

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The service was exceptional and the food was very good. Our beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly. The bread and butter with shaved foie gras was great and so was the elk tartare. A great experience and a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The environment is stunning, loved the main course. My friend ordered bison prime rib and I got lamb, they were both great. We grabbed a shared bite which was recommended by wait staff. The octopus costed 19 dollars, had only 3 tentacles and some sauce on top. That was a huge disappointment. Dessert was not as good as well.
Additionally, with the price they are charging and potion size given, they are also charging 5 dollars for 2 slices of sour dough bread and butter. Overall, main course was great and environment was good, disappointed at the appetizer and dessert

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food is amazing. Very rustic, earthy, and locally sourced ingredients. Truly excellent experience all around. We will definitely be back very soon!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great place!!! Very tasty food and friendly stuff.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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