Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

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442 reviews
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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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, views, and service. Get reservations in advance for dinner or it will be booked solid! We had to take a 5:15 pm seating.

ZM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The server we had was not friendly when it came to our service. Given that we were a big group I can understand that it can be stressful, but the way he treated our party was subpar to what I would expect would come from this restaurant.

MS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our 4th anniversary with a dinner at Sky Bistro while vacationing in Banff. The food was delicious and the service was great. It is pricey when you figure in the cost of the gondola (we were a party of 5).

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sky Bistro beautiful location at the top of Banff Gondola. The mountain top views are breathtaking. Staff is friendly and organized. Even got to speak to the chef. The food was delicious. We did a sky dining experience which initially were skeptical about but the meal choices were the same as regular menu. Definitely would recommend dining here while visiting Banff it was worth the cost. Just make reservations well in advance.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and even better views! Would highly recommend Sky Bistro for a nice dinner in Banff and a very fun experience.

JA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great value with a great view. Excellent service, too.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

I rarely leave any reviews on OT. Unfortunately I had a terrible experience at sky Bistro. We were sat at the window with view of a roof with electrical equipment. There were many sits available at the window with the view of mountains but they refused to move us to better spot. We asked for the manager and he said he does not see anything wrong with the view and it is quit wonderful! He also offered to give us his business card!!! The wine was really bad and no one asked us if it tasted okay. Then the appetizer came and it tased terrible. We couldn’t take anymore and without drinking our wine, and awful appetizer we paid and left. Please be aware that this place is not a fine dining establishment and do not expect good service here.

SG
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The trip up the Gondola was pleasant, and the walk towards the restaurant, through three floors of stunning views were also great. Would have given better reviews, but for the lack of room for “window” seats. We were told that the seats by the windows would not fit any party over two people for “fire emergency evacuation” reasons, which while I understand, I feel like it ruins the whole reason we decided to book the restaurant. The restaurant next door, Northern Lights Cafe(?) must have had 10-15 large tables next to the window, and price for food was much lower ($34/person buffet). The layout of the restaurant did not allow for equally impressive views anywhere you dine. Instead, we were seated at one of the booths and all we saw were other diners and the sky. We probably could have saved a lot of money and did the same somewhere in town.

The food itself was good, appetizer and main dishes were tasty and well presented. Wait staff were professional and courteous. One of the wait staff did run into another wait staff which caused a glass of pop soda to spill onto me. I did not take that into consideration of the ratings as I understand that accidents happens and I was just on the unfortunate end of it.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome! Eric was amazing waiting on us. Everybody was so professional food was outstanding it was truly five stars!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great way to spend our last night of vacation. We had our grown boys (ages 28-31) with us, and their wives... food was outstanding, and our waiter, Eric, was very engaging and attentive to our needs. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

TS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful view and the food was phenomenal!! Everyone was super kind and welcoming

IB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The view is fantastic, restaurant staff is friendly, the food is pricey (main course around 30$) but good and elaborated (the chicken plate was very tasty).

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We had a wonderful Anniversary experience! The service, views and food were excellent. Appreciated getting moved to the front of the gondola line with dinner reservation.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A must venue while you visit Banff!

RD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Would have given it 4 stars but having your server stand and look over your shoulder while you decide on a tip is supremely tacky.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

More than one hour to have a plate. It’s To long and it’s very noisy

t
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Great views, Decent food, we thought below average service. Expensive for sure, especially when you add in the lift fees. Glad we did it, but would not return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Bellissima serata in terrazza con amici mangiando ottima Cesar e bistecca

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A special evening with the most delicious beef. This restaurant was worth every penny. Highly recommend it as the perfect way to enjoy a special meal while in Banff.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Having a larger group was not worth coming here because you don’t get to sit near the window and enjoy the view. If there are only two people making a reservation, then it would be worth it. Food was good if you are looking for something fancy. It was extremely noisy in there and we could barely hear our waitress, or have a conversation among the 6 of us.

CA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

All of the food that I tried at the bistro was pretty bland. Between my husband and I we Tried the beet gnocchi, the lentil fritters and the chicken and all of them were very bland. While I think the quality of the food was high the taste was average.

Also I had thought that all of the tables would have been along the window and then weren’t. Next time I would eat at northern lights so that I can get a table along the window and eat average food for cheaper.

e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary on a bucket list trip. We expected the view to be outstanding and didn’t really expect much from the food. We couldn’t have been more wrong—Yes! The view was truly out of this world. However, the attention to detail in food presentation and flavor as well as the level of service from the hostess to the server to the chef dropping by our table and the manager making small talk was just so unexpected and greatly appreciated. It was a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. Thanks to Megan, Robert and Jamie.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing view!!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Sky Bistro for my husband’s birthday, during the summer festival series. It was awesome! We were able to go up the gondola just the two of us because we had an 8 30 pm reservation and by going up at 7 30 pm we didn’t have to wait in line. We were seated near the window, which I didn’t ask for, but I had been asked when making the reservation if it was a special occasion so I appreciated that they sat us at the window. The view was of course spectacular! We had eaten there once before during the fall locals special, for my birthday, but because it was fall, it was dark when we were there. That was a neat experience to be on the gondola on the dark but there was no view during dinner. So this time it was a treat! Eric our server was awesome. The cocktails and wine selection was great. My husband’s beef was excellent. My fish was good. My dessert was perfect, a different take on strawberry shortcake. The ambiance was really nice. We were the second to last table in the restaurant. I think we went back down the gondola around 10 20 pm. All in all we had a wonderful time!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance and the service was phenomenal. As far as the actual dining.... the food left us feeling unsatisfied. The portions were small and not great. If you’re going for the view, I recommend going to the bar upstairs for hot dogs and beer by the fireplaces.

HM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Front desk was perfect. Waiter was too lame and service was awful. Food was not as good as you expected for the price you pay. Drink and food price was as twice as the same in other restaurants. Over all I didn't like it and don't recommend to others. I was there two years ago and I loved it back then but, this time was not good experience at all.

DM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Views are spectacular, food incredible and service very good. Best meal our family enjoyed during our Banff vacation!

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting and a delicious meal. Very friendly waitstaff too. This place is a gem!

FB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Food is good although prices are high for the value. The waiters were very friendly but there was a huge delay because clearly they accept more reservations than the number they can handle appropriately. I recommend to visit Sulphur Mountain but not to eat at the restaurant.

BS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Top service that matched the views

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, nice ambience, stunning view

P
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Very disorganized with reservations and walk-in lounge. Very very loud with uncomfortable surroundings in cramped quarters. With gondola price, at least $100 per person and with alcohol and desert around 130 per person.
Which is reasonable but not for a cafeteria.
Go to the cafe next door or a pack a sandwich and skip the poor experience

SD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED IT!! Highly recommend. The service was excellent and would go back in a heartbeat!

JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain is so fun! Once you get to the top (7,500 ft) there is so much to see and do - stairs to enjoy different views, cafe, gift shop, Sky Bistro, look outs, fire pits, live music. We were up there for several hours and had a wonderful time! The very pleasant hostess sat us at our table which was right against the glass with stunning views. We were lucky enough to have Nicole as our waitress who also happened to be their wine sommelier. Her recommendations were spot on - we ordered 3 starters and split 1 entree. Go with the bison tartare - so good! She explained the wine menu and different regions to us and was very patient with us while we were deciding on wine. We went with two glasses of the red 2017 Gamay - very low tannins and delicious! I would definitely recommend Sky Bistro not only for the view of Banff, but for the incredible ambiance, flavorful food and quality service!

CC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very helpfull waiters and delicious food, that together with a beautiful view made an amazing experience!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most perfect dinner with a view that could not be beat. The food was amazing, but the Caesar salad was probably the best I’ve ever had! Dinner was very light and refreshing. Would definitely return!

JD
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We were seated at a window table - at our request - which turned out to be a big mistake. The view was amazing but the 7 pm sun was blinding and hot. The restaurant needs to consider shades for that hour or so of intense sun. The service was at a good pace but our server was all business - no charm at all, we felt like another number. Our food was good, not great - and not memorable. If I had to dine at the top of Sulphur Mountain again, I would probably go with the more casual Northern Lights across the hall.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything from the meal to service to the view was amazing! Highly recommend when your in Banff!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, service good but not perfect, not a tourist trap like we expected

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