Good food enjoyed the Bison burger and loved poutine. It is too bad this Orlando location is closing and they are consolidating the business in Downtown Sanford. It will be more of a trip to go get this yummy burger.
From the moment we walked in, we knew it was going to be a great dinner. We were promptly greeted and seated. We thoroughly enjoyed our entrees and even though we were full we decided to order dessert. Big mistake, it put us over the edge but boy was it good! Go, you won't be disappointed.
I've been wanting to try this place for awhile. Went with some friends that had been here before. Great time!! Food was some of the best that I've had in Orlando. We decided to share everything that we ordered. We started with poutine and the pickles and preserves great for sharing. Then we got chicken sausage ( well made sausage made in house with the perfect amount of smoke on it), the bison burger( one of the best burgers I've had), and the duck pizza( I love duck so it was incredible). Great meal. This location will be missed when it closes (hopefully they find a new location in Orlando) but they still have their Sanford location.
Delicious food. Excellent service. Very casual atmosphere. Unique foodie choices. Can't wait to return.
Very disappointing...I order d a hamburger for $13 which should have really been labeled as a slider on the menu! The taste was good but not fulfilling specially for the price. I also orders the bread service for $5 which was 4 thin strips of bread (sort of stale) and a scoop of their honey butter. Again not worth it!
Lastly, this restaurant does not serve any soda product (neither Coca Cola nor Pepsi products) and their non alcoholic drinks is very limited not to mention that their beer/wine is not extensive either!
Great food and excellent service.
The food and service where excellent but the food took a hour.
We took several out-of-town friends to the Smiling Bison on a weeknight and were not disappointed. Food was very good and service was outstanding!
First time there. Great food. Will definitely be back!
WE all had the bison burger, because we wanted to try it and it was the most affordable bison option. The meat was very tender and tasty. My only grouse was that it was so 'high' that it was impossible to eat as an actual sandwich. I had to cut it up and eat the toast with the bread in bites. The fries were great, but the overall presentation was kind of bare bones, minimalist, but it did lack creativity. Our server was very friendly, and we will definitely be going back there. That night had a musical guest and although it was audible, it was not overbearing from where we sat, which was good.
It was my 2nd time here. Loved it once again! One of Orlando's premier gastro-pubs!
I was disappointed in both our meals. They sounded interesting and innovative but were lacking in execution. The paprika spaghetti unfortunately had the paprika in the pasta and not as a sauce. There is a reason hydrocolloids like pasta are traditionally seasoned on the outside and its because they keep there flavors locked in. I was left with a beautifully orange but tasteless pasta. The black garlic pork belly was nicely cooked crispy and rich but there was no hint of that unique black garlic flavor promised.
As far as the cocktails (Starry Nights , Chin-Chin) we orders they both had a good base flavor profile but the base spirit was woefully under poured leaving the drinks tasting like a vaguely alcoholic tasting syrup. I would have been disappointing at $5 but with a price of $8-$9 I'd steer clear of them in the future.
Disappointment aside they have their base culinary technique down and I'd love to see them iron out the kinks in their food. If so they could become a nice addition to the local restaurant scene.
The food and service were terrific. Choice of music was also great and made for a nice atmosphere. I'll definitely be back
Great Bite30 menu! The Duck Lovers Pizza was AMAZING!!!!!!
The band was ridiculously loud and way too close to our table. The food was good but I couldn't speak with anyone at our table, which is the reason I went out to dinner in the first place. We ate at 8:30 and the band was already at full blast by then. Not sure why we didn't get a warning from the hostess as to the noise level.
The food was incredible!!! Service is on point. Love this place!!!
Great brunch and drinks! They have live music every other Sunday too.
Ehh, sounded good poorly executed. Went for brunch and had the brunch dog on French toast with And apple slaw, not very good. They had no syrup to dress it up. Husband had the pouting and it was fair to poor as well. Also got a lemon poppy seed donut that we said we'd take before the meal, it came out with the meal and was very dense.
My first visit so I had to go with the Bison Burger based upon all of the prior reviews. I was not disappointed! Cooked perfectly to order, the burger was very flavorful and presented nicely on the Texas toast bun. I WILL return for this!
Excellent food, service and ambiance, this is a type of restaurant for foodies
From the moment we walked in we knew we were home, from the cocktails to the apps to our main course everything was spectacular. We drove a hour to eat here and it was worth every minute and mile. I am still longing for another Bison Burger.
Found it using google maps. Hilarious, goofy, yet well mannered staff. Nice beer selection, enough diversity to pair the beer with their delicious meals. The menu isn't massive, but what they have is great.
I like the Smiling Bison, but not so much for brunch. I'd definitely go for their dinner options instead. The brunch items just need a little bit more added to them to make it delicious.
We had 5 people and ordered 5 different entrees and 3 desserts. ..and everybody LOVED their meals. Great portion size, great arrive. .. definitely going back for more
I was fortunate to visit when venison ragu was a special offering. Indeed it was , preceded by a strawberry salad and complimented by a very talented live band. Small and rustic, servers as enthusiastic as this reviewer . A pleasant surprise in an out of the way location .
My mom and I are big brunch people. This was our first time at The Smiling Bison and holy brunch, this place is wonderful. Amazing service (waitress, Jess) and some really great food. We WILL be back! Can't wait to try more on the menu!
The food was amazing÷
The bison is a real gem in Central florida- both locations!
The restaurant has potential but the menu need more variety if it is going to advertise itself as a gastro pub. The portions are too small for the price. The carrot cake was bad, take that off the menu but the cookies and cream were great. They need some more small plates and to cook the brussel sprouts better.
Great overall experience! The food was ALL so delicious. My favorite was the duck pizza, but the brussels, kale salad & Bison burger were really tasty too! To top it off the service was on point and there was a great live band playing. I'll definitely be hitting the Smiling Bison again for dinner and drinks soon.
Enjoyed the cookies and "milk" very much.
That' all I have eaten there. It's amazing, and I'm not even remotely close to a duck lover! It's delicious. Everyone else enjoyed their meals as well. Good beer and cocktail selection, nice staff. Only downside is the parking, which can get tricky.
Menu on-line does not match real menu.
Seating is not comfortable.
Servings are small for the price.
Food is good but not exceptional.
Beer list is very good.
Wait staff is great.
Just an amazing experience. Great food, great service! Will definitely dine there again!
This is a small lacal bar that does farm to table food. Our server Brittney was excellent. She was friendly and attentive. They had excellent food. My husband got the bison burger that was excellent. I had the duck lovers pizza. I would highly recommend it. I also had a glass of the winter sangria which was perfect.
Dessert we shared the lemon tart which had just been added to the menu. It was good.
We will be going back again I am sure.
My husband and I went on a Saturday night for a date and had a wonderful time. Not too busy that we had a crazy wait, but plenty of people there. We had the poutine, bison burger, rock shrimp roll, and a slice of buttermilk pie for dessert, all of which was exceptionally good. A pretty good selection of beers on tap, my husband had one recommended by our server and was very pleased. Overall we had a wonderful experience and would gladly go back to see what's new on the ever-changing menu!
The pork belly is real good. The beer list is nice.
I've been several times to Smiling Bison and needed a good/cool/hip place to take my brother and his wife while they were in O-town for 1 night. There was live music but our table was perfect so we could still hear it but yet enjoy each other's company. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful, attentive and fun. The food was AMAZING!! Putine is a staple we always get. Brussels sprouts were delish. My bro got and loved the bison burger. I split the bison steak with my hubby and it was interesting to see/ try the bison both ways. Desserts are not to pass up along with their uniquely crafted cocktails from wine/beer base. Being from a small town in PA, my bro & his wife don't have the accessibility to cool restaurants and were so blown away by how amazing their dining experience was at the SB👍🏼👏🏼😁
This was our 3rd visit and I can't say enough about how excellent the food is! My only wish is that portion sizes were a bit bigger. Great service and good choice of craft beers too!
I've dined at the Smiling Bison twice now. The first time I had foie gras and a duck lovers pizza. Both were delicious. I could tell that each course was carefully crafted, which made me want to come back again for a date night to try something new. This time I had poutine and the bison burger. The burger wasn't as good as the duck lover's pizza, but I enjoyed it very much. If you're looking for unique dishes and a quiet atmosphere, this is the place to be.