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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.8
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4.4
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

B
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience with stunning view.

FD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, view and service.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service!!

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Family trip

KC
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.

a
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating early New Year’s

MR
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. :)

JC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

F
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!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, food and views are spectacular

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sky Bistro was the absolute most perfect ending to our Banff trip! The atmosphere was great, service even better, and food was delicious! We cannot wait to return in a few years! HIGHLY recommend!

IH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wish there was more stars for the quality of the food, 5 doesnt do it justice.

NK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

we had arrived on Christmas day for our reserved time. upon being told to wait 10 minutes for tables to clear (which we were okay with) other people that were waiting after we arrived got seated first which was a window seat that we requested.

NR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience and excellent service from staff was fantastic. The food was exquisite!!
Will definitely be returning!!!!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we walked up to the reservation desk to our last mouthful of dessert, we felt like we had found a truly spectacular restaurant. Our cocktail service by Jenny and Katie was exceptional. Courtney was an outstanding server who provided outstanding food and wine recommendations. Our appetizers of duck wings and bison tartare and with mains of beet gnocchi, the tomahawk chop, venison and roasted chicken made this more than just a dining experience. Courtney did not lead us astray! Thank you!!!

J
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was welcoming from moment we arrived at Banff Gondola , blankets were supplied for trip . Meal was amazing and wine list with Canadian content was well received by my family . This was second time at Sky Bistro so enjoyed the seasonal menu for winter . Will certainly be back

M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sky Bistro is a awesome place to go. High in the mountains, the view is unbelievable. The staff is very friendly, food is awesome.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was quite lovely. Very friendly and fun staff. It was great to be on the mountain in the evening hours . A totally different and delightful experience. Thank you.

JA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing evening. As locals we have been up a number of times it not at night. We loved the ride up, the beautiful seasonal decorations and our meal and service was exceptional. We felt quite special!

AG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Enjoyed the Polenta dish which was served with a crisp kale and baked tomato. Delicious. Excellent wine selection and great, professional service.

JH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A FANTASTIC experience overall. A wonderful treat. The entire complex is wonderful. I had been wanting to see the whole place ever since I saw the Architectural rendering that was in the paper as construction started on the renovation. We took advantage of the Locals Special for an anniversary dinner. Later on I remembered the wonderful meals I had at Georgio's in Banff. It's great to have that style and substance back again. Casual and classy.
House soup was very tasty, salads (beet and the squash) were wonderful. Entrees were great!!! (Tomahawk Pork Chop & Chicken) The rague under the chicken could be a dish on its own. Dessert: Raspberry gelato -Fantastic, refreshing. PB & Bannna Mousse - Not so great. Wonderful idea. The PB and banana part were stiff. Almost felt dried out, definitely not light or airy like expected for a mousse. Flavours worked well though.
I've already recommended the dinning experience to a few friends.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and phenomenal food! A must do when in Banff.

DO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food in a spectacular setting. There’s always a risk that this type of place could be a mediocre tourist trap, but not so here! The food is outstanding. Very high quality dinning experience. Unique dishes and good service. The Chef came out to discuss how the venison should be prepared, and it came out great!

MI
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service! cant wait to go back.

AP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time up at the sky bistro! Food and atmosphere was amazing

JG
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eric was fantastic !

Being locals in Canmore we would come more often if Gondola was free.

Too expensive to pay dinner & gondola.
And lots of choices for great food in Canmore & Banff.
So you need to make it worthwhile.

I noticed most of dinning room was from Canmore as
we knew a few tables.

Really enjoyed our evening.

RN
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I did not realize when I booked the Bistro that we needed to take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain. We did initially have an issue regarding paying for the gondola ride at a cost of $50pp. We would not have paid and gone elsewhere, so the ticket agent gave us tickets for free. Beyond that the location is unique, and our dinner was lovely. I ordered the pork, it was very tender. The wine selection was interesting, all BC wines. Both of our wines were above average. Our server was attentive and she made good recommendations. I cannot remark on the views because it was too dark outside.

BN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The servers were amazing and very accommodating. The views are breath taking. Gondola ride in November is pretty cold but they give you blankets on the ride down.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The venison was perfect all around. Bison tartare was delicious.

GQ
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is the perfect way to cap off a Banff Gondola trip - especially during the winter months. The dishes we ordered were perfect and our waitress chatted us up just the right amount.

KO
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great spot! We loved the ambiance and the food was amazing!

FC
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I dined here for our 29th wedding anniversary. So thankful that my wife made the reservations. This was a true 5 star experience. All staff from hostess, waiter, and manager were top notch. The ambiance was amazing...most beautiful views, noise level was on the quiet, light levels were low. Food was very good!

JA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Ambiance is nice, service is decent, but value is outrageous. Very small portions and extremely overpriced. I'd recommend several other places in Banff before this one.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Yes but on summer only because in November everything is dark so you can't see anything outside for the view. We came because it was "local day". Food was ok, but not very much in the plate for the price. I took the fish and tomatoes that come with it were burnt, so I just eat the fish and the purée ...

GT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing setting and food and service were very good.

BS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Sky Bistro was one of a kind! From the gondola ride up to the menu, everything was perfection.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly and prompt service and catered to a celiac diet as well.

GB
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were going for the locals’ special ,looking forward to the included gondola ride and 50% off Canadian wines but with low expectations for the food. Wow, we’re we wrong The food was outstanding! We shared the bison tartar It’s complex flavours make it a delight worthy of being a signature dish anywhere I had the venison loin and MaryAnna had the cod both were again very complex. The BC Meritage was perfect We shared the toffee cake Service was as good as the food and the views are spectacular
This is a restaurant whose quality deserves to be a “ go to” place on its own merits apart from its location

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