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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LaurieL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Considering the food alone, I would have to say it was probably the best meal I've ever eaten. But, with the view added to it it was spectacular. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sky Bistro was absolutely amazing and a must for anyone visiting Banff! The food and service was excellent. Every dish we had was fabulous. Definitely recommend the escargot and dessert platter. Would go here again in a second, absolutely stellar experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice. Professional , very good waiter, We felt welcomed and appreciated. Food was perfect Setting is 10 !!!!!

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MaricarE
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place to eat. People are friendly too. I would certainly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alex was awesome

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LaurL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The service was accommodating and friendly, and the bar service very good. The food was good, not great, but the portions were so small they were appalling. We asked the server if a salad was sufficient as an entree, his answer wasn't very clear, so we ordered a salad and an appetizer + an entree all to share. Usually that is enough unless the server tells us the menu is made to share (tapas style) and he/she recommends more - that did not happen here. Also, we asked for some of the salad toppings to come on the side so the salad itself could be vegan. This was honored; however, the items were put in ramekins on the side of the plate rather than on a separate plate, and in short, as a result, the salad was barely a handful. We even saw the table next to us receive their salad as-is, and it was MUCH larger and in an even larger plate. It's such a petty thing but also such a simple thing to have avoided by the BOH and FOH staff. We were generally displeased with the overall experience and walked away hungry - we skipped dessert for fear of it being disappointing and overpriced, and we instead ate granola bars after our meal... Between the cost of the exorbitant gondola and the subpar meal, we could have gone back to Lake Louise to ride the gondola on the mountain again and eaten a much better meal with better service again at the Post Hotel and Spa. Pretty unfortunate.

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vipMALO
Montreal
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Endroit unique où le paradis rejoint de l’excellente gastronomie. Que des produits locaux, la cuisine et produits canadiens sont mis en valeur et c’est une grand succès. Très bon service en plus, ce fut une très belle expérience!

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing dining experience with great food and staff, portion size was small for the price. The view while eating was second to none and the whole establishment was so welcoming. Great for a fine dining experience for delicacy food and amazing wine/drinks, just don’t come super hungry.

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Gourmetfoodlover
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was incredible - service was excellent, food was way better than I could have ever imagined, and the VIEW!

Best part about the whole night; the kitchen and service staff all signed my husbands’ birthday card! They were so kind!

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vipCatherineF
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a winner with visitors to Banff. Views combined with superb food and service. We love it here!

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KristineE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Thought the prices were a little steep especially since you have to take the $60 gondola ride up but it’s totally worth it. Everything that we were served, including drinks, was amazing!!! Been craving it all after walking out the doors.

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GutiGuti
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

To dine with this view was a once in a lifetime experience. The venue was clean, welcoming, and lively. The staff is very alert and happy to please - a huge shoutout to the manager who made it around to every table getting to know each of us and ensuring a pleasant experience. Our server was informative and friendly. The food was delicious; zero complaints. I would highly recommend this location to anyone looking to experience the best of Banff.

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Cincyfied
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We could only get a 4:30pm reservation and it turned out to be the perfect way to enjoy the daylight view on our way up the gondola and then sunset during dinner. My friends had the polenta which had too much of a chili powder flavor but I had the chicken and it was one of the most delicious things I’ve eaten in my life. Had the Cherry-O cocktail which was beautiful but too richly flavored with spices for my taste. Our server Andy was great and the hostess who helped get our coats was genuinely friendly. Would definitely recommend the dining experience while at the top of the gondola. It’s pricy but less so than many of the Banff restaurants we dined at.

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Terra
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great view, delicious food, wonderful company.

Worth the prepaid “gondola experience” if you’re planning to eat dinner.

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AnnaD
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome view! The ceased salad and tomato soup were amazing. I highly recommend during the day or as the sun is setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food. Really good selection. The soup and duck salad were great. The venison was tender. The beef was also very good.

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JasonB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The view really can't be beat. The food and service were outstanding. The only negative is the dessert menu was somewhat limited but the items were very good. The other thing to keep in mind is you have to purchase a $65 ticket to get there.

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IliaD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, wonderful view. Great service and delicious food. Great value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, definitely worth it to purchase the gondola and meal package. Food and service was fantastic but the view is the real star.

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ChrisF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a fantastic place. If you go during the winter, bundle up enough to do the boardwalk, and I’d recommend eating before 6pm, so you can see the sunset. The food was absolutely on point and the views coming down at night were beautiful.

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CarlosH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was spectacular. Service was amazing and our server treated us well. I loved how the workers would come and check up on us even though they weren’t serving us. I would recommended this to anyone that comes to Banff. An experience you can’t miss. Only bad side was the wine listings were a bit to high priced for what they were worth for.

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BooBear007700
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic event, view and a fabulous dinner, can’t go wrong, great anniversary date!!!
Thank you will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We tried the salmon salad, escargot, chowder, beef entree, and chicken entree. Everything was exquisitely plated and tasted amazing! We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The experience was amazing the only complaint would be our waitress asked us where we were from and told her we were from Toronto and told us people in the area don’t like people from Toronto, wasn’t the best intro. The food, drinks & view was amazing

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ssrikula
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Got there a little earlier than our reservation but they couldn't seat us. Too bad the sun set a little earlier, but still a great time. Food was the star of the show. The mountain mule is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

While our soup and meals were very tasty, my husband’s short-rib meal was cold. He was disappointed.

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JackieR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was amazing and the service very good. Our reservation was for after dark, so we lost the view, but the ambiance was very nice. The restaurant was at 100% capacity, but we didn't feel crowded or too close to other diners. Prices are a bit of a splurge, but WELL worth it.

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YekaterinaM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was overpriced and underflavored. Not very many options on the menu. Definitely great place for drinks but head down the mountain for food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the view but was more impressed by the food! The tomahawk chop was one of the best I’ve ever had. Bison tartare and Beet salad were amazing as well.

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Brent
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was worth it. The views, the food, the service. I would recommend it to anyone in Banff either visiting or permanent residents.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience with stunning view.

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vipFoodDiva
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, view and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Family trip

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vipKellyC
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Nee Year’s Eve and it was delightful. Food tasted amazing, service was perfect and ambiance was exactly what we were looking for.

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annamariabucaro
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating early New Year’s

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MartonR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

everthing was great. just wish the portion sizes would have been bigger for the price. I would recommend. :)

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, views and service. Our server Alex was outstanding! Would highly recommend to anyone.

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vipFoodexpertyum
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful views. Fabulous food. Wonderful ambiance. Food took a while to come out but otherwise a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, food and views are spectacular

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