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Sky Bistro - Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola, Banff, AB

Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

4.6
4.6
1174 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 73 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 762-7486

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Scott Hergott

  • Private party contact

    Marilu Adams Manager, Brewster Group Service : (800) 661-1750

  • Neighbourhood

    Banff

  • Cross Street

    100 Mountain Ave, Banff

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Banff Roam Bus Transportation - www.roamtransit.com Note: Sky Bistro is atop Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park. Access is either by Banff Gondola or from the hiking trail. ***charges apply for Banff Gondola

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Most Booked

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Ambience

  • Banff / Canmore

    Scenic View

  • Banff / Canmore

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

    Most Booked

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  1. DW

    DonW

    Tahoe

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic views! Food and service were top notch!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très bon service et personnalisés (en français pour nous) nourriture très bonne et le chef s'est donné la peine d'adapter mon repas selon mes allergies et toutes les saveurs à rendu notre repas délicieux
  3. j

    jedinyte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a must if you are going to Banff. Go up the gondola early to explore. The food is amazing but the view is insane. Good luck getting that reservation.
  4. CG

    CraigG

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Chop and Fries, the was enough chop for 2. Could cut back on the portion size and charge a little less. Also, the desert was on the small size. I would still recommend.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, amazing view!
  6. S

    Seema

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric was fabulous server — we had a great evening b/c of his service & recommendations!
  7. NL

    NickL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great service from Sophia, super nice. Food came our fast and was outstanding. Free preseco from the restaurant for our anniversary which was super kind. Overall great experience.
  8. MJ

    ManuJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was all good, but our server Maddie made it perfect. She went above and beyond and really took an interest in us and our lives. Maddie is the reason we will come back!!
  9. PR

    PRH98

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot for a nice meal with outstanding views. Even from the tables farthest from the windows, the view is still amazing. Good time for sure.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good, our server Ian was chill and caring.
  11. L

    Louisep

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great view, service was quick but felt a bit impersonal. food was very nice, portions a little small and cost a little high.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food at 5800 ft elevation. Loved our pork and short rib dinners. Both were delicious!
  13. F

    Foodguy

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Worth it if only for the views. But the food was really quite good and not too pricey. Interesting to try Canadian wines as well. Note however that access is via a pricey gondola ride. But while up there, the outdoor boardwalk and upstairs lookouts and such are an added perk.
  14. GF

    GinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food in one of the most unique, beautiful places
  15. GK

    GeorgieK

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely views and decent food - got some local recommendations from our server also.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We booked a reservation for 7:30 pm, arrived early and asked if any table was available. They said no and to come back at 7:30. We asked if we can drink at bar and they refused. When we came back at 7:30, hostess said no table and we cannot guarantee one. When we reminded that we had a reservation, she was very rude and said we didn’t tell her but we did. Another group arrived and were told to wait 2 mins while we were told to wait 10 mins. I complained and eventually got seated. Food was average. I asked for steamed broccolini for my son and they said they have it but then served a sweet and citrusy glazed broccolini. The mains were bland. The only thing going for them is the view and captive market. Not going back again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal and phenomenal service!!!
  18. JC

    JulienC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and knoledgeable staff. Good very good. At a particular place
  19. EH

    EmilyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This might have been one of the best meals we've ever had! The service was super and friendly, with our server Raylene making our first night in Banff and especially the dinner, so worth it! The food was amazing and the drinks were so tasty. It's pricey but we knew that going in and it was worth every penny!
  20. AM

    AMSS

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated right on time, excellent service and food - what more can ask for with those views?!
  21. MC

    MariaC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our experience at Sky Bistro! Our server Hugo was fabulous, very knowledgeable about the menu, gave excellent suggestions which we enjoyed and made us feel at home speaking to us in Spanish.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Terrible experience. We made a reservation in advance and we weren’t greeted until after 15 minutes. The food was not good and it’s overpriced. Would not return nor waste time there again.
  23. W

    Waxie

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sky Bistro was a highlight to our visit in Banff. Definitely recommend-
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is probably the most amazing eating experience I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying! The views were breathtaking the restaurant was stylish and the temperature was very comfortable too. The food was outstanding- I HIGHLY recommend the duck wings if they are on the menu. We got the chicken supreme and the short rib along with the house bread (which I probably would have like a bit more oil on it since it was not served with butter but a very minor preference). Our waitress was Sophia and she was so sweet and gave great recommendations and was so patient with us as we asked her to take our picture on more than one occasion since our dinner was around sunset and we wanted different sun angles (we were being extra and we knew it) we also enjoyed a chocolate cake for dessert which she liked sky decorated for my boyfriends birthday - the special occasion we were there for. Overall I cannot speak I’ll of this experience in any way and If I had to recommend any dinning experience (not just in Banff but anywhere ) this take the cake.
  25. RM

    RMC20

    Portland

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful setting at the top of the gondola ride. Food was better than expected and service was attentive. Touristy and not best place in Banff but we enjoyed it very much.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service from Ian was incredible. Food was fantastic. Well done !!
  27. TS

    ToussaintS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Our server was a young gentleman from Ireland and he provided outstanding service
  28. CB

    CathyB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Belle vue et excellente nourriture, mais nous avons trouvé que le service était trop rapide. Nous sommes restés à peine 1h.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super accommodating for our large slow moving group. Excellent service and spectacular views. Food was awesome!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stayed in Banff National Park for a week. This was hands down the best meal. Food was superb. We stayed at the Fairmount Lake Louise and the food at the restaurant Fairview was also very good but it was twice as expensive as sky bistro. Remarkable food with an equally incredible view. Make reservations early as they booked up the same day reservations opened for the month. Must visit if you’re in Banff!
  31. M

    Morgan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Tried to take the free shuttle to the gondola as recommended. Arrived 15 min. Before the shuttle was supposed to come at the pick up location. 1 hour before our gondola reservation and 1.5 hours before our dinner reservation at Sky. First and second shuttle couldn't accept anyone because it was full. Had to walk 5 blocks to try and get onto Roam transit. Arrived at gondola 15 min after our ticket. It was still honored. It was a hassle and honestly so many people on the transit and gondola that it made it more stressful. The food at Sky Bistro was not worth the cost. The view, drinks, and our attentive server were great. Food not so much. I got the salmon. It was not satisfying. The side was not cooked all the way through. If you want an overpriced gondola ticket to see a view you can in other ways (hike, drive, etc) or want food that leaves you questioning your decision to go there.. then Sky is for you. I wouldn't go again.
  32. MG

    MehtabjotG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The view is out of the world. One of the best thing to on sulphur mountain
  33. A

    Ashs

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Then most amazing experience! Had the short rib it was amazing! They went above and beyond!
  34. ES

    ElizabethS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our time at Sky Bistro. Well worth the process of snagging a reservation 28 days in advance of our visit. The noise level was pretty high but the view helped to make up for it. The pictures are very accurate for the restaurant and food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The pasta is really hard to chew, but chicken was tender and juicy. Different servers came to our table several times which was really confusing at the end when we call for the bill.
  36. j

    jgugie

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Incredibly beautiful location and views. Tables for 2 by the window offer the best experience. I tried the grilled cheese which was good but the cheese was very strong and not my personal preference. If you order the fries, which are more like potato wedges, please note that the ketchup is homemade and has an odd zing to it. Again not my personal preference but okay. The burger and salad was quite good. I think the flavors and spices were a bit not what I am used to but well worth the visit just to sit and enjoy the views.
  37. CD

    ChipD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic view with better than expected food! Leave time before or after to walk through the displays.
  38. GB

    GabrielleB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I ordered the short ribs they were good but they the portion on veggies was very small. They said they would have carrot purée but it was just a décorative line. The fudge cake was disappointing. Ambiance and service was great.
  39. CJ

    CandiceJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sky Bistro was the best restaurant we visited while vacationing in Banff for our 20th wedding anniversary. We had a table by the window with amazing views. The food was incredible. I half expected the food to be mediocre with the view being the main attraction but I was wrong. My husband had the salmon, and I had the short pork rib and both were absolutely incredible. It is worth the effort to get a reservation and visit this restaurant. The gondola up was also a great experience. We even had a chance to hike the stairs up to the top of Sulphur Mountain following our dinner. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view was amazing and our server Maddie was excellent. The food and cocktails came out quickly and everything was really good. We will definitely visit again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola is rated 4.6 stars by 1174 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 73 times today
Google Map for Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

1 Mountain Ave PO Box 1140 Stn Main, Banff, AB T1L 1J3

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    100 Mountain Ave, Banff

  • Neighbourhood

    Banff

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Banff Roam Bus Transportation - www.roamtransit.com Note: Sky Bistro is atop Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park. Access is either by Banff Gondola or from the hiking trail. ***charges apply for Banff Gondola

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Scott Hergott

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 762-7486

  • Private party contact

    Marilu Adams Manager, Brewster Group Service : (800) 661-1750

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