Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

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317 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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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

This place has nice view of the mountains and neat atmosphere. But the food was not that great for the price you pay. The drink menu is very limited if you don’t want to have alcoholic drinks. Our server couldn’t give us any suggestions for nonalcoholic drinks so we ordered iced tea. However the iced tea was super diluted with over half glass of ice.The service was fair only. We asked our server to take a photo for us when the outside was still bright while she completely forgot about it and we missed the good timing for photos.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best views of the mountains!
Food was great and so was the service.

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience was truly wonderful, I loved the ambiance of the room, the view of the mountains was a special treat that made the experience an exceptional one. The ceaser drink I ordered was the best I've ever tasted! The general consensus of the meals was that they were ok but the portion size was disappointing. However the chicken and broccoli that one of us ordered was amazing! It's too bad the gondola ride up was so pricey, this will definitely be a deterrent to more visits in the future.
This is definitely a great choice for a memorable dining experience though, and would recommend it for special occasions and celebrations!

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DS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food combined with stunning views - who could ask for more? A holiday highlight.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good food, make sure you get up top well before your reservation. Take in the views outside before you settle down in the restaurant.

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V
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The views, food and service at Sky Bistro were unmatched. Very happy we added dinner here to our honeymoon itinerary. A beautiful experience, even on a cloudy day!

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dining experience on the top of the mountain!

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food and atmosphere.
You’ll see us again.

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RL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

New Years Eve

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s
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing evening at Sky Bistro. I feel like most restaurant at places like this are a tourist trap with overpriced and ok food but everything was amazing. The food was great. Everyone loved everything they had. The service was great. And even the price was good for what you got. I was very pleased and would certainly return again. We went in the winter so by the time we at 6 it was dark but we went up the gondola early to enjoy the views. This place is definitely worth it.

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RG
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Great view and food. Service was meh.

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MJ
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu, food, setting, service. We a dinner there on Christmas eve.....what an experience!! Such a unique and beautiful setting !

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good time like always

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are incredible and the food is done to perfection! I had a delicious rack of lamb and my partner had a flavorful bowl of gnocchi.... the chef even came by our table to see how everything was.. class!!

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GL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Ride up on the Gondola and terrific food. 50% off a bottle of wine for locals night made it extra special. Seated on time and excellent service. Will certainly go again!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

This was a great dining experience! We went up on locals night and it was definitely worth it. From the great service and complementary dessert for our anniversary, to half priced bottles of wine, we thoroughly enjoyed dining in. We had a reservation for 5:30, which was perfect for December, allowing us time to take a peak outside while it was still daylight and walk around the exhibits before going to dinner. A great experience and I’m thankful for this locals night opportunity that I wouldn’t have normally experienced.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Reservations don't guarantee a good place, best tables are offered first come first serve. Food is moderately expensive but not worth it. Waitress does not pay attention to requests. And takes too long to long.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Went to Sky Bistro on a Wednesday night for local's night. Made a reservation so we could have free Gondola admission, which was definitely great. Lovely views of the surrounding area - you can see Lake Minnewanka, all down Rundle, and past Mt. Bourgeau, so it's lovely scenery for sure.

Service at Sky Bistro itself was great - our waitress was upbeat and pleasant to deal with. Wife ordered a French 75 cocktail which was very nice. I had a local-ish brown ale that I don't recall the name of, which was also tasty. Our orders came promptly enough. I ordered the bison burger while my wife ordered the gnocchi. The burger was very tasty, but came somewhat cold. Not really what you want when you order a $28 burger. Truffle fries were warm and delicious so didn't worry about sending it back. The gnocchi was a huge disappointment - the "butter sage" sauce was really just water with mild butter flavouring and some sage sprinkled on top.

Overall, we are quite disappointed with the food, and especially the value. We like to go to nice restaurants for the food. Aura is important, and I would say Sky Bistro has a nice aura with great views and great hosts. Unfortunately the middling-to-poor quality of our food turned us off. Could not imagine spending full price on Gondola tickets to head up there and be so disappointed by the food. Definitely a nice place for some drinks, but not planning to go again.

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P
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The food and service were excellent. The view for the Restaurant and rooftop were amazing. Highly recommend!

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was really friendly, the food was amazing. Usually we hike up to the top of Sulfer but it was nice to get the free ride with a dinner reservation on local Wednesday. My birthday celebration was perfect.

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the winemakers dinner and it was great. The food, wine and atmosphere was a 10. Very professional and an experience worthy of a return visit.

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JG
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely Outstanding Evening !
Food & Service was excellent !
And an unbelievable view !

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attended a Gourmet Dinner with Wine Pairing last Friday night and it was superb. Have recommended it to several people since. Thanks for the lovely evening!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible and service was great. My only suggestion would be that they make earlier bookings available. I had a 7pm appointment after and could only book as early as 5.45 which meant we only had time for some starters and a drink. In saying that, 3 starters between the 2 of us was filling and delicious, it would have been nice to have a little extra time to sit and enjoy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good, served was excellent. However we were seated 50 minutes after our reservation. At least the manager gave us a large discount on the meal.

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food and wine, reasonably priced and fantastic and breathtaking views! A must visit in Banff!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food here is outstanding! Delicious, creative, and artfully presented. The views at sunset were breathtaking, too.

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff, super friendly. The view was unbelievable and the food was incredibly good

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SV
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sky Bistro was everything I had hope for and more. Absolutely beautiful view of the mountains from everywhere in the restaurant, would be increadible to see the stars on a clear night. The food was honestly the best I had ever tasted and the service was nothing short of amazing!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We made a reservation to dine at Sky Bistro at 7:15pm. We arrived early and were told to wait at the bar until our table was ready. While the food at Sky Bistro is fine, the real sell and value is the view. 35 minutes past our reservation, the sun had mostly set. The staff kept insisting that we would get a table next to the windows, but at that point it wasn’t worth it. We were finally sat at 8:10, when it was completely pitch black outside. Very disappointing, given that it was an expensive meal and difficult to get a reservation at.

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r
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We visited the sky bistro with friends as we were both celebrating special anniversaries, 35th & 40th.
I booked on line with a request for a window seat for us all. This being our first time in Canada.
On the evening when we checked in we were informed there was no tables for 4 at the windows, these were only for two's this was a great disappointment initially as it would have been nice to have this info when we booked?
We were shown to a table of 4 our waitress was very pleasant and our food was lovely - my husband and I had the Bison and our friends had the lamb - portions were small but very tasty.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant, the head chef and sommelier came out to introduce themselves and have a chat too. Was a great evening :)

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Poor food. Fish was fishy. Green beans were stale. Soup was lukewarm. Second time I eat there btw. The risotto is NOT a risotto. Totally oversold and undelivered. As often in Banff these days unfortunately.

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EL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The menu was limited and small portions. Salmon was salty. However excellent views, and once in a lifetime experience especially to watch the sunset.

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EB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary....delicious fare, very creatively prepared and beautifully presented....excellent service...just a very memorable time

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great view! Helpful staff. Good suggestions. Great meal. Right amount. Desert menu thin.

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KT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view from the windows at Sky Bistro was spectacular! The food was wonderful and our server, Claudia was helpful and attentive. We enjoyed our anniversary dinner immensely!

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AA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We'd absolutely visit Sky Bistro again, but hopefully on a less hectic evening. We happened to be there on the first good-weather evening in a couple of weeks, so the staff was under a lot of pressure and it showed. For example, we arrived on time for our 7:15 p.m. reservation but didn't get sat until 7:45 p.m. Bar service was a bit slow because there was only one (new) bartender staffing the bar--though she was very friendly. Also, we had requested a window table and mentioned we were on our honeymoon. Despite that, we were sat in the middle of the dining room even though there were window tables available. We requested and then moved to one of them after we were sat. Once we were at our table, our server was very friendly and prompt, and the meal was delicious. Of course, the best part of the evening was the view: we had front-row seats to a marvelous sunset over the mountains!

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KR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Overall was disappointing . Food did not live up to reviews and was mediocre at best. Go for the view at sunset but you would have a better experience having a picnic on the grouds. Skip the bistro.

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