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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 David Cousineau.
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:
Northwest, Comfort Food, Steak

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, 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:
David Cousineau

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Join us for a Rocky Mountain Christmas celebration. Amazing views, roaring terrace campfire, and terrific home cooked 3-course choice dinner. Book your seats for $65 per person. Kids menu available.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Experience the newly renovated Bison at its best with a culinary journey into the New Year. Lean back and allow our team to make this a memorable night.
Early menu reservations between 5pm and 6:30pm for $95 per person. Late menu reservations starting at 6:45pm for $145 per person.

The Bison Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Local Ingredients (23)
Special Occasion (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Authentic (8)
Scenic View (8)
Great Beer (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
People Watching (6)
Seasonal (6)
Business Meals (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were seated quickly and ordered our drinks and food soon thereafter. Our drinks were quickly followed by the arrival of our entrees (and I mean quickly! From ordering to getting our food, it was probably ten minutes). That's where the good service ended. Our entrees were brought to us by another server and we soon realized that they had forgotten our appetizer. Deciding to start eating our entrees, our attempts to find our server and flag her down to ask about the appetizer failed. She was no where to be found, despite the fact that the restaurant was only half full.

Our food experience here at the Bison was completely different. My boyfriend ordered the (last) pork chop (they ran out of pork chops and chicken by the time we had ordered) and his meal was delicious. Mine, however, was a massive disappointment. I ordered the pappardelle pasta. It seemed like what I got was the dregs of the pasta - the small broken pieces that were leftover. All the pasta was short stubby pieces and it was cooked until it was so soft that it almost fell apart (maybe that's why the pieces were so stubby?). It was underseasoned and underwhelming. Not only all of this, but it was the WRONG kind of pasta. It was not pappardelle (long, wide, flat noodles) but was instead fettuccine.

By the time our server finally came back to our table, my boyfriend was done his meal and full and I was so disgusted and disappointed by my meal that we didn't want our appetizer anymore. Our server apologized for the mix up and said she would take it off our bill. I am not one to complain about food, although in retrospect, I probably should have.

In summary, I was hugely disappointed by this meal and would not waste my money here ever again. I can't believe that this place is supposedly "one of the ten best restaurants worth travelling the world for". I'd want a refund on my entire trip (not to mention my meal) if I travelled for such an abysmal meal and terrible service.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Manager arranged for a window table and our server Ryan took exceptional care of our dinner needs. The dinner allowed new memories of Banff and Canada.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I had an amazing anniversary dinner here! Every part of the experience was second to none! My birthday was also the same day and our server just made it extra special. Every dish brought to our table was not only mouth watering delicious but the presentation was just beautiful! They gave us complimentary desserts for our special day and I thought that was just so thoughtful. I am so thankful for the wonderful memories my husband and I made there that night. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was delicious the staff were friendly and super accommodating. Wonderful way to spend our last morning in Banff

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fantastic food and service! Had a great time. Farm to table and fresh, made to order.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The way the food was described was farm to table which is great. Their meat is butchered at the restaurant so it’s supposed to be really fresh. I went there to get bison but was told the Bison cuts they had were very tough so we were stearred away from that. We were told the steak was very good so I decided to order that. The cut was so fatty I couldn’t chew a good bit of the meat. It looked appealing but did not taste good and I spit most of the meat out because it was all hard fat. The sides that came with it weren’t tasty and did not compliment the dish.

I had high hopes because it was recommended by so many people but it did not live up to expectations. I would go again to get my original optu N regardless of what the waitress told me.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Bison Restaurant was absolutely delicious! We had the bacon wrapped scallops, to die for, nailed it. Then Bison carpaccio, to die for, nailed it. Beef tenderloin w/ wild mushroom and onion purée, medium rare, perfect cook, melt in your mouth and the smoky onion purée... WOW!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I came to Banff for our anniversary and had dinner at The Bison the last night of our trip. Absolutely PHENOMENAL. Everything was perfect - food, atmosphere, and service!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Amazing food and service. We had the turkey and bison ribs which were delicious and tasty.
Our server was a really nice local guy. Loved it and would recommend all day long!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere, service and food. Infant friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Good place with awesome food and fantastic service

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Appetizer of escargot and bone marrow was delicious. Pork chop tough and over cooked but seasoned well. Bison ribeye was good. Server was disinterested and made me want to try a new restaurant in Banff even though this was previously my go to.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Berlin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were in town for a wedding and were told that we should make a reservation for Sunday brunch. We weren't disappointed! Great brunch cocktails and fantastic food. The eggs benny were incredible. Highly recommended!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Nice upscale food, nice atmosphere, great service in Banff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Good service, interesting menu, unusual dishes. Great cocktails, good selection of wines

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great place to eat! All folks working there worked very hard to make it a great evening for all the patrons I witnessed. There was a genuine feel that they were enjoying the work. Local ingredients and breweries. Unique foods - we had escargot in a bone with the marrow, braised bison tongue, and the bison short ribs. All were delicious especially the escargot - we aren't snail type of folks by the way but this was a recommendation from our waitress - delicious! I would highly recommend if you are in Banff!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Just an overall excellent experience for a special occasion. The quality justifies the price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Its out first time here. I always loved the concept "Farm to Table". Restaurant was fully booked so we had to be here early at 5:15. The 3 of us wasnt too hungry so we ordered some food to share. We had crab salad and the scallop as starter, and the short ribs was just amazing, very tender and flavorful. The service was great too, our server Ryan was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. We would definitly visit again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Both the bison short ribs and venison striploin were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Unique menu, food presented beautifully. Fun to watch the chefs in the open kitchen.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great dinner! Great staff! Wonderful cocktails, and have to have the cheesecake!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service by Brian was very good. Made up for a big of lag in servie time. Great Banff style restaurant. Had fun and enjoyed the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

I've never written a negative review and am hesitant to do so now because I didn't complain that night but here goes.
On positive note, the service was great, loved the crab salad and wood fired tomato appetizers.
The negative, we were seated near the open kitchen and it was so hot. I should have asked to be moved but didn't want to complain in front of my guest that evening. By the time our entrees came out, we took 1 bite and asked for the check. I've never been so uncomfortable in restaurant before. Later realized my guest was burning up too.
Don't let them seat you near the open kitchen.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We booked the Bison restaurant as both my wife and I had never tried bison meat before. We ordered the bison tongue, escargot as appetizers and a bison ribeye for the main course. Overall, we can taste the freshness in the food being served. The bison ribeye although on the pricy end was quite delicious. The server we had was polite and the food was served quite quickly.

Overall a good pick if your looking to try something outside of the ordinary.
DC.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Perfect food and excelent attendance!!! The bison and gnocchi poutine are great!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 4, 2017

One of the best meals I've ever had! This place is a MUST.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food and ambiance. Highly recommend the bison ribeye and the gnocchi poutine.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

First time to this restaurant and it was amazing. Food, service excellent. Will be back Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

A bit of a delay upon arrival, the hostess was missing. Our server was great -Tommy. Our meals were awesome - bison ribeye and venison strip loin , baked Alaska for desert was also outstanding.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Best restaurant in Banff in my opinion. Great food, great cocktails, and great service. A must try.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 22, 2017

De bons plats bien savoureux ; malgré tout un peu trop cher !

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food and service was amazing! However, I was very shocked by the conditions of the bathroom. I hate to say that Wal-Marts bathrooms are cleaner then these ones were. If it wasnt for the bathrooms it would have been a definite 5 out of 5.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful food and excellent service. If you're a couple then try to get a later time slot or you will have to put up with kids running around shouting - it's a shame but that's life these days! We would have preferred a seat away from the big family groups but weren't given that option sadly. Bison and venison steaks superb! Great wine list. Would definitely return but would specify edge seating and a later time slot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Highly recommend. Venison and bison fantastic, vegetables perfectly prepared. Baked Alaska was very good and a nice and rare dessert option. Great specialty cocktails too. Best all around in Banff to date.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

The service was incredible! When we arrived we were put at a very central table that was not ideal for an anniversary date but the staff was extremely accommodating to move us to another table. Our server was able to recommend wonderful meals and drinks and was extremely friendly. The food and drinks were delicious and unique. The gnocchi pouting was absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Great Beer, Tapas, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Love the Bison! we had the pork belly,loved the Asian sauce,our server shared the recipe,she was very attentive,one of us is gluten free,no dairy,we were very well taken care of.A perfect meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. The staff was friendly and very welcoming waitress (Louise) was excellent. We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco. We enjoyed the wood fired escargot in a bone, very unique and exceptional. We shared the Bison short ribs and the Bison ribeye. All was prepared exceptionally and had a wonderful time

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Excellent service, nice casual atmosphere and excellent food. In particular, the venison was the highlight. I had the bison ribeye which was full of flavor as well. The trout was quite good as was the New York strip. Oh and a nice wine selection as well. The 1A red was a great pairing with the red meats.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We have been to The Bison many, many times and this time we were disappointed. We arrived early for our reservation and the restaurant was busy. No problem. Then were seated at a table in the middle of the room on the way to the washroom. Finally received the table we were to have had originally. (requested) Service was very slow. After appetizers we waited 45 minutes for mains. (on a Sunday night) Food however, was very tasty and nicely prepared.
Hope to be back again for slightly better experience.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The hostess was very accommodating as our reservation for a table for two grew to a table for six. Tommy was our server and he was wonderful. We tried the bison tongue as an appetizer and were blown away. Cocktails, wine, and beer recommendations paired nicely with the bison ribeye, bison rib dinner, and the tenderloin. Dessert of baked Alaska and cheesecake finshed the meal on a high note. The booth seating allowed all of the group to join in the table conversation. It was the BEST meal of a six day trek thru Alberta for our group of six travelers from Indiana Highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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