Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

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371 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 on a first come, first serve basis.
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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We sat and waited for no less than 10 minutes when a waiter came over all apologizing saying there was a mix up and she didn’t realize they seated us, with that over all you cannot fault the food or setting. It is a highlight of the trip but our service was not great. Lots of waiting and downtime - my family made it to the peak and back while I waited to be recognized by staff as ready and wait to pay the check. 3 apologizing team members later, Not the service we expected for the experience.

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TH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were a little disappointed that we weren't given a table at the edge near the glass, even though there were a few available. We were told that these were for the "VIPs" and these tables remained open for the entire duration of our meal. Other than that, the service and food were fantastic.

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SC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Apart from the beautiful view, the food and service was exceptional. Loved every minute of it.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top of Sulphur Mtn with eye-popping views and superb service from Kristen. Excellent food and drinks. An experience you should not miss.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Nice restaurant & view. Not many food selections which is a turn off. Also requested a window table in my reservation but didn’t get that. Our waiter was kind enough to try for us and ended up getting us moved to a window which I appreciated. The food isn’t really worth the value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Food was original, tasty, & beautifully presented. The staff was very friendly & accommodating, we felt well taken care of & didn’t feel rushed. The ambiance was delightful - will return the next time we are in the area.

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BL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a nice place for a meal, especially the incredible views. The food was great, and the service was excellent. Love this place.

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C
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cannot beat the view! Food is very good. However, portions are extremely small.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved every minute of this experience. From the breathtaking views from the Gondola to the top, views from our restaurant table, sumptuous food and top notch service!

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the food was great but portion were a bit small. The restaurant was very loud but everyone was enjoying themselves.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Very very hot during the summer. The AC did not work and it turned into a greenhouse. Portions were very small. Not a great value. Bartenders were amazing though.

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TC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service staff and beautiful location. Food was outstanding.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and the server was very friendly!

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Will do so on tripadvisor. This was a unique experience!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Can not beat the view. Amazing individual attention from the wait staff and hosts. And, this is not a gimmick restaurant at the top of the gondola...the food is very good!

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AB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic evening, great food and great views! Not to be forgotten!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Family reunion at fine dining. Reservation was made prior to arriving. Sat down at 5pm, but entree was not served until 6:20pm for parts of the group. We didn’t end up leaving until after 7pm, not ordering neither appetizer nor dessert

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R
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

We were so disappointed in the food....green salad was so small and no color to it. My halibut was cold and one tiny scoop of succotash. My husbands beef was cold and maybe one asparagus underneath. We received 2 tiny pieces of bread and had to ask for more and then received another 2 tiny pieces.

For that kind of money, we were not impressed at all.

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AV
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What a view! Great service, nice food, and a beautiful setting. Would highly recommend this place, was such a perfect meal.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was excellent food and great views. An unforgettable experience

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola has million dollar views. The food and drinks are decent compared to other top rated Michelin Star restaurants I have been to although the taste and texture were good. However, the Service is exceptional and you cannot beat the floor to ceiling views of the Banff Valley...

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J
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The food was cold and the food quality was not worth the price. Will not recommend to any friends

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FA
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Five Star Gondola ride and Dinner at Sky Bistro. You must come here when in Banff. Amazing food and views!!! You will not be disappointed.

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c
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Superb venue. Wonderful food.

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Between the gondola fee and the moderately pricey menu, dinner and drinks at the Sky Bistro will set you back a few dollars... But the experience is worth it, especially on a nice day! The restaurant ambiance is cool, service is great, and of course the views are outstanding! Give yourself enough time to walk out to Sansom Peak, and also check out the observation deck at the top of the main building before you head back down to the base.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for the first time for my birthday and an anniversary. It was phenomenal!!! Highly recommend the duck wings! We ordered two!!!

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JK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Planned a wonderful 50th Birthday celebration for my wife, myself and 2 others. Portion sizes are ridiculously small for the price you pay at this restaurant. Would never recommend. My wife is allergic to mushrooms so she asked for a substitution, and was assured this would happen. My wife received the exact same amount of brussels sprouts as me. We have fine dined many, many times, and even though we had an appetizer and dessert, it was nowhere near enough to satisfy an appetite. Very disappointing to say the least.

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

Food and drinks were great, not over priced. The view is amazing, I absolutely recommend this place.

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r
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The combo ticket for dinner and gondola experience is a great value. How they manage to offer gourmet dining on a mountain summit only accessible by gondola is a wonder. Make your dining reservation through Open Table then go to the gondola station and add it to the experience package. Go a couple of hours before your reservation to enjoy all the features at the summit.

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service, atmosphere and food are amazing! This was my first trip - a girl’s weekend - and the bistro was definitely a highlight. Amber took great care of us, and spoke to the chef to accommodate a dietary need. An aside, we did feel the salmon was cooked a little under what were used to but it was delicious nonetheless. Highly recommend!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!!! 😃🏔⭐️

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a wonderful time at Sky Bistro. From the moment we checked in at the Gondola base to the minute we left we were greeted warmly by every person we encountered! We loved the idea of a window seat but none were available at our reservation time. We still enjoyed a nice view regardless but when we ordered dessert, our server Eric informed us that a window seat had become available and offered to move us over! What a nice gesture. Kristin the manager came by a few times to check in on our dining experience and we couldnt have been more grateful that everyone cared so much. Eric our sever also asked if we were local and when we informed we were, he got us the locals wine list that had some discounted wines available. We gladly ordered a wine off the list which was delicious and paired well with our food choices. The food was incredible! Bison tartare, halibut cheeks, lamb and short rib! We cleaned our plates! We will be back for sure! Thanks for a truly memorable experience.

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VP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It is certainly a must do on your bucket list, incredible moment in the sky that you will share for a lifetime
With a lot of panoramic pictures. Wow effect at 360 degrees. Love it .

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JG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lamb will keep me coming back. Great idea to have a locals' special with free gondola service!!! I'll come for that for sure!!

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E
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

The dining room is beautiful. Wonderful views from all tables. However our meal didn’t meet our expectations. Weirdly we received our 2 ordered appetizers plated on 2 plates as if we asked to have them split, which we didn’t, we love to share. The bison tartare was then plated with both plates having their own egg yolk which for the portion size (being split) was way too much yolk. Brussel sprout salad (again was split) plated in 2 tiny soup cups, again weird. Found the dressing to lack flavour & the beet on bottom a little out of place. For our mains we ordered the lamb which was so over cooked, flavour was good, close to being too salty but recieved well done instead of medium rare. The gnocchi was heavy on the blue cheese & the gnocchi dumplings themselves were undercooked & kind of gummy.

We were never offered a dessert menu after our mains were cleared, only received the bill. We were aware of the last gondola being 8:30pm this time of year but it was only 7:50pm so there was still plenty of time for us to finish with a dessert or coffee.

We did really enjoy ourselves, the view is spectacular & we realize writing a review like this is somewhat silly, it’s better to have said something while we were dining. We tend not to complain about anything when we dine out & just go with whatever the flow may be. Thought maybe this would be more of a constructive review. Hope it helps for future diners.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is amazing, the music enjoyable. The food was perfectly cooked and really tasteful.
Our waitress was Claudia, so kind and perfect in attendance.

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AG
Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The gondola ride plus 2 course dinner for 89 CAD per person was an outstanding value. They have separate dinner menu to accommodate kids as well. The food and the views from the restaurant were spectacular! We had early dinner starting at 4.30pm and finishing at 6.30pm. Their bison tartare starter was rendered perfectly. Their trio of pork in pork fat roux was excellent. All ingredients were local and fresh. Their wine selection from all over Canada is pretty decent as well. Desserts were lovely too. After dinner we explored the different levels of the building in which the restaurant is located. It has a mini museum and a mini theater that shows 5 minute shows on Banff history. The rooftop is not to be missed as it is set up for dining as well amidst spectacular mountain scenery. Finally, we went on the Sulfur Mountain boardwalk all the way to the top to enjoy the vistas as the sun set over the Canadian Rockies from our vantage point at 7500 feet. All in all, a memorable evening indeed!

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very delicious meal with a great view. Unless you are hungry, the meal/entree coupon will have you bringing food home, big portions. Many drink options and service is very personable, friendly and attentive. Outstanding view makes it a must experience.

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GF
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good service, very good food, decent portion size, little bit pricy but well well worth the view you have while dinning!

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AW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable atmosphere, fantastic views, and stellar service. No, but really. BEST night of my life.

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