Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

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DINE ABOVE BANFF Anchored at over 2,200 meters above sea level, the Banff Gondola’s Sky Bistro sits on the summit of Sulphur Mountain. With six Rocky Mountain ranges as a backdrop, this remarkable restaurant promises an exhilarating gondola ride followed by a mountain top dining experience. Lunch and dinner menus celebrate the panorama of Canadian cuisine, with ingredients drawn from both ocean coasts, plus wholesome prairie staples including world-renowned Alberta beef. Complemented by local wine, beer and spirits, it makes for a unique dining experience above Banff.

***please note all seating requests at Sky Bistro are subject to availability.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great views and awesome service.

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KitB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Short ribs were fantastic! Service was as well. Dine there if you can.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at 7500 feet above sea level is magnificent!
My wife and I had chowder to start. We were served by a very friendly waittress Sidney. She gave us food suggestions and they were perfect. I had arctic char and
my wife the Sushi appetizer. The food and service was a 10 out of 10. We were celebrating our 25th Anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining with greatest view. Amazing service from our waiter Tim.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening with great service. Tim was extremely nice and helpful. Great suggestions for the wine and menu.

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HelenK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Surprisingly high quality and unique food across a wide selection.

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RyanH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A must do- if fine dining at 7500ft in the Rocky Mountains interests you. The food is spectacular and delicious with service to match.

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KarlaW
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

Definitely wouldn’t go back!
I booked this well in advance knowing we we would be the last reservation time of the evening, wanting a window seat which we gladly would have waited for. We did not get that & got seated at a normal table, the host told us we would be moved as soon as a window seat became available... this didn’t happen, as soon as we got our water a table was available and another couple at the door got seated there which sucked for us I guess.

Our server was good, don’t remember his name but he was good.

Food....
tuna app was good
Duck was over cooked and very crispy but good
The pork was not 14 ounces and on the smaller little bed of vegetables ever & the sauce tasted burnt
The beef was nothing to write joke about it, it was well cooked but had zero flavor at all.
All in all when paying 245 for the gondola and the sky view experience it was definitely not worth it even for the view.

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Audrey
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Service, Food was amazing, can't beat the view, would definitely recommend.

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MarieB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff and the service I received was over my expectation. All the employees were respectful and welcoming. Since I’m a French speaker, everyone was nice and patient while talking to me to make sure I understand everything. The food was delicious and the view was astonishing! I really enjoyed my evening

The only thing that disappointed me a little is that I asked to be next the window ... which didn’t happen but I guess you probably received a lot of requests so it’s hard to please everyone.

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AndreS
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Was perfect only problem reserved in advance for window view table
and was on a first come first served ???
Thank you

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PamW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We spent a wonderful evening at Sky Bistro to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.
The food was delicious and creative, the setting was stunning, and our server, Courtney, was amazing. It was the perfect way to celebrate each other. We will recommend Sky Bistro to all of our friends and will definitely come back again!

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CherylR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place to have dinner. The food and drinks were amazing! The service was great and the view outstanding. A must do in Banff

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Breathtaking views, good food, great atmosphere. Overall an enjoyable experience for the family. Thank you

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Maria
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Scott's dinner menu was so tempting; we wanted to try everything! Bison, gnocchi, and soup to start let us know we were in for a treat. The beef, pork, and arctic char entrees were done to perfection and every dish was complemented with perfect pairings of sides and sauces. The coulis and reductions were delicious! We also had trouble choosing between the desserts so we were glad to share and try them all! The strawberry was light and full of flavour, the lemon was exquisite, and the chocolate was melt-in-your mouth delicious! To top it off the service was outstanding. Thank you Courtney!

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Mikey
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible place to enjoy a meal with a view. If you’re already planning to go up the mountain in the gondola, I would definitely incorporate a meal at Sky Bistro. Incredible view and an all-around delicious meal (had the duck wings - outstanding, the chowder - very good, the short rib - so tender it fell off the bone and the strawberry shortcake - excellent, but wil ask for a bit more strawberry sauce next time). This experience topped off an amazing week in Alberta and made the trip truly special.

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ColleenC
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only do you get an amazing meal, you get amazing views while you dine on the top of Sulphur Mountain. Mountains all the way around you as well as a view of the trail up one of the mountains. The food was delicious and the presentation was wonderful. Our wait staff Danielle was delightful, attentive and fun.

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donluvs2dine
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice, romantic dinner with good food and a fantastic view.

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Emilie
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing experience ! The view was incredible, and the service was on point. Food was tasty, and a lot of great cocktails too ! Would go back, anytime.

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AnnieC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super impressive restaurant with amazing views. Highly recommend if you're looking for a special night out.

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Subin
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would really recommend this place to celebrate a special occassion or family dinner for fine dining.

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vipkk821
Vancouver
112 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

This was our second time here and the food did not disappoint! We ordered the soup special which was a mushroom truffle oil purée soup, the bison tartare, the pork, the beef, and the lemon. Everything was delicious!! We were disappointed to learn that they change up their dessert menu seasonally as we had our favourite dessert here and now it’s no longer on the menu, but overall, still a spectacular experience to explore Sulphur Mountain and then have dinner while watching the sunset view. The only complaint we have is the manager was very rude upon arrival to the elderly couple in front of us. He made a snarky comment about them to a server right in front of us. He didn’t say anything rude to us but the fact he would talk so rudely about customers in front of us, was just not a good impression upon entering the restaurant. Our server on the other hand, was attentive and very kind!

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JazanG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Gnocchi my husband ever had. Our server Danielle was very helpful and offered great suggestions. Will definitely go again!

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Harold
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

All menu is excellent recommend the pork outstanding

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JoseeC
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We were a group of 6 and tried 5 different appetizers and 5 different entrees and all the desserts. So good!! Enjoyed everything. Quality and flavour is top notch! Great for date night or adult outings!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! Bison is a must try

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DrBak
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I usually never leave any reviews, but our experience was so outstanding that I had no choice but to share how amazing everything was. It's easily the best food we ever ate in a restaurant. The view is breathtaking and the staff genuinely cares about your experience and want you to have the best. If you're planning a trip to Banff, this is your main attraction right there, DO NOT SKIP THIS. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! The decor, the service, the food and drinks were simply astounding. What a fantastic experience especially with that view. It's pricey but you really get a good portion for what you are paying. Really fantastic, can't wait to go back again.

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VishP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I would suggest to go for Northern Lights restaurant instead of Sky Bistro because of 2 advantages. 1) its cheaper
2) all the tables for the Northern Lights restaurant offers direct view of the valley whereas Sky Bistro has 5 to 6 tables for couples that has direct views.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience5

You’re paying the for the view and the ambiance, like any other restaurant of this caliber. It took us 30 mins after being seated just to get our first drinks. Extremely short staffed. But the views are unbelievable. Skip the food, just get drinks.

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Darren
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Overall it was very nice. They rushed us through crazy fast with the entree arriving 5 minutes after the starter. The view is amazing but the ambiance was lacking. Seemed a bit like an assembly line to get em in and get em out.

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Barb
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lively yime. Food was great. We would recommend having dinner here.

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ycoco77
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience2

Window seating is not guaranteed. We put in the request multiple times. We were quite disappointed that the request could not be met as it was our anniversary dinner. The food is nothing memorable. Duck confit and beef on the drier side. However, service was great. Our waitress provided attentive service.

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The view was pretty spectacular however the service seemed a bit slow. Our first course came out before our drinks did & at the end of the night we waited around 30 minutes for the bill to come. All in the experience was pretty good although a little expensive, if service had been on point I might have a different view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Head up the Gondola more than half hour before your dinner reservation. You have to pay for the gondola ride so you might as well check out the mountain/observation decks. Tip: for a nice spot to relax before dinner, go up to the firepits on the third floor!

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vipKarenA
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed evening dinner, the atmosphere was energetic, the view was gorgeous even though we weren't that close to a window. The food was delicious ( i had the Pork). The service was very good... the only negative was the cost of the Gondola. I think if you have dinner reservations you shouldn't have to pay the cost or at least get a significant cut.

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LucT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Wine glace was not clean, you need to fix your washing machine or look at if the y are clean. This is a priorité in a COVID period

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JaniceG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second time at Sky Bistro - I love the view, the food, the service! Courtney was a great service and we had a fantastic time :). Thanks Sky!

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ShahanaG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing experience!! Would absolutely recommend!!!

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Yvonne
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambiance! The view is picturesque surrounded by majestic mountains. Our server Tim was fun and friendly. Our family enjoyed the delicious food and the food presentation was fantastic ❣️ We will definitely be back 😁

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Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola is rated 4.6 stars by 709 OpenTable diners.

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