The Bison Restaurant

4.6
1034 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
'The Bison Restaurant' is committed to using regional, seasonal and Canadian ingredients. Our intimate dining room has windows on all sides, with Banff's best mountain views, and large sunny terrace. Watch as a brigade of chef's prepare your meal in our open concept kitchen led by executive chef Sal Polizzi.
The Bison is open daily from 5pm.
Children are welcome and reservations are recommended.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Bison Restaurant: open daily for dinner service from 5pm.
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Phone number
(403) 762-5550
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Sal Polizzi
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Catering
We can customize menus for cocktail hors d'eouvers, as well as full menu options for both large and small functions.
Contact Jessica Pacheco, Sales/Events Manager for details. direct 403 760 5088
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Caribou
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Parking Details
We are located across the street from the open air parking lot on Bear St. You can also find street parking on Bear Street as well as a secondary parkade located beside the Nester's Grocery Store, one block South of Caribou Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

CHRISTMAS AT THE BISON Come to celebrate the holiday season with us here at The Bison! Enjoy our a la carte menu as well as our chef’s regionally inspired turkey dinner. $45 plus tax and gratuity along with our a la carte menu. THE CELEBRATION BEGINS AT 5PM

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

FAMILY SEATING 5PM – 6PM, A la carte menu served. Children’s menu available. All family seating reservations are for a maximum of 2 hours ////// CELEBRATION SEATING 8PM – 10PM, $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. No a la carte menu available. No children’s menu available.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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d
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful, modern decor, great menu and service. I would recommend!

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic in every way. The 12 oz bison rib eye was to die for!!

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

Excellent food and service. The quality was amazing and nice atmosphere. Fast service.

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GW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We booked for my husbands 40th birthday and no special treatment. (Did tell them it was his 40th)Was sat on a small table at the side later than booked. The people before us hadn’t booked got seated before us in a nice corner table. The server was very knowledgeable and recommendation was spot on. My food was superb but expensive! My husband ordered the duck, he said it was tasty but it was a little overdone. The burrata and beet salad was delish but hardly any beets. The flatbread with salad made up for the lack of beets! It was one of the tastiest meals we’ve had in a long time.

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GS
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing menu items, speedy service, great wine selection, beautiful ambiance

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BD
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary at the Bison. Although we were seated at the bar, we felt as if we had the best service in the house! Two bartenders' undivided attention, lots of amazing food, superb drinks and wonderful ambiance. Thanks!

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SP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We were really disappointed. We have been going to the Bison since it opened to mark almost every special occasion in our lives, from engagement to marriage to finding out pregnant, to out little ones’ first and second birthdays. We went on Friday to celebrate finding out we were expecting again and we found the food has gone dramatically downhill in quality (the burger has downgraded from bison to beef, used to come with poutine), quantity and clarity (ie food served didn’t match the menu — like one order was a burger that was supposed to come with fries that my husband adores came with flavorless baby potatoes). Further, I got the cauliflower main... and it certainly should NOT have been under the mains. I had to eat when I got home, it lacked protein and flavour. Meanwhile the prices have gone uphill! A kids meal for $18??? And didn’t even come with a drink? Pretty outrageous!!!!

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

So hot in the restaurant. Food is overpriced. Server totally apathetic about serving us. Too bad. Used to be one of my favourite restos in the Rockies.

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MD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent, the decor has been updated and is very nice. The food was excellent but at the first bite, we noticed that it was way too salty. Probably a week's sodium intake in one dish.

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I
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mad props to our fabulous server... I don't know her name :/ hopefully you can track her down via our reso... Antoine will know. We were seated by the window @ 20:15 she was lovely! That was the best locals menu meal I've had In 4 years, no joke.

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service! Waiter was detailed and helpful. Food was very good. Overall amazing experience

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating an engagement and it was absolutely wonderful!

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

We had an amazing sever on Saturday night. In fact the services is excellent every time we attend. highly recommend!

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

Wonderful food, really great service and enjoyed the local ingredients! Would highly recommend!

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RL
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at the Bison for my girlfriends birthday. Excellent value with a fall promotion. Our server Ryan was knowledgeable both of the food and even mixed my special request cocktail without any trouble. A true professional and exceptional experience. Thanks Bison squad!

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DF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was much to salty. But the ambiance was great.

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MJ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was my third time dining at the Bison. It was the perfect meal to reconnect with family after 5 years. Cocktails and wine selection were varied and the cocktails were enjoyed by all - good balance of flavours. We shared several dishes and all were very well executed. Thank you for showing us a great time in Banff!

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MO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great start with duck wings. I had tenderloin for a main. It was not great. Dessert which had caramel on it was completely off. Both guests had to return it. Not a ‘sorry’ to be heard.

I’ve been there few years back and the food and service was much better. Overrated nowadays.

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AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We were quite disappointed after reading good reviews. Our server was very rushed and made minimal effort, we were seated halfway to the washroom, away from the main dining area and the food was quite expensive for the quality we received. We visited much nicer places in Banff while we were there

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DD
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, a trip to the Bison for bison ribs is a must when in Banff. You will not regret the food and the service is excellent. Liked the renovations too!

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M
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Food was superb a bit pricey for the overall experience.

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MG
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed everything about this place except that it was very warm in there. Other than that the night was perfect.

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

Best meat I ever had! You have to go there if you are a meat lover!

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SA
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was great, service a bit slow but good. Only issue, the restaurant was extremely hot inside. Turn dow the thermostat, please!

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MB
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good meal in a semi-casual atmosphere. Enjoyed the experience.

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DG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was professional and attentive. The food tasted very fresh. The ricotta dumplings were excellent. The game meats including the duck were very well prepared. Just downtown!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch. The singer/guitar player gave it a nice ambience and he had a good voice.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was one of the best things I’ve ever had! Would recommend to anyone

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KB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the Bison SO much! For the first time ever, my husband couldn't finish a steak, it was just so hearty. Service was wonderful, they went out of their way to make us comfortable.

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WO
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Summer was our server and she was excellent! Some of the best service we received on our journey through Canada. Food was good. It is farm-to-table so everything seems very fresh. selections, while appropriately limited seem very appropriate for the area. I had the Bison short ribs and the sticky date pudding for dessert, both of which were very good. Would definitely dine here again if in the Banff area.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bison had great food and ambience. This is a gem in Banff. Must go.

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i
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice staff, great ambience, the escargot is exceptionally amazing!

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5
Edmonton
48 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! We shard the meat and cheese board, scallops, and the ricotta dumplings. All delicious!
Our server Emma was knowledgeable and very efficient. It is a beautiful restaurant. We would recommend the restaurant to everyone.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We decided on the bison restaurant after reading many positive reviews. We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and it exceeded expectations, the food was cooked perfectly and the service was great. We had the venison strip loin and the Alberta beef tenderloin which were both fantastic. We would highly recommend The Bison to those visiting Banff.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the bison tasting menu and it was amazing!!!

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MG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While in Banff, we were fortunate to choose a night out at the Bison. If you like creative offerings of well-prepared food, this is the place . The servers were top-notch and ours was fluent in three languages. We were able to savor our meal in a non-hurried manner over a very reasonably priced bottle of wine. Meet friend here the following evening. Four people, a total of six meals over two days; everything we tried: short ribs, carbonara, lamb, scallops, rocket salad, tenderloin.........all terrific!

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found it on TripAdvisor as option away from Banff Springs Hotel. Hotel shuttle dropped us at door. Unassuming facia and reception downstairs before being taken upstairs to table. Warm, casual and comfortable ambience. Joe, waiter, was informative and made us feel very welcome. Ate rocket salad, Bison tataki, then Bison platter - enough for 3 adults. The four different presentations of bison were tasty and varied in flavour. Chèvre cheesecake was novel, rich and filling - needing a coffee to wash it down. A bit pricey but well worth it.

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A
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate here twice during our stay in Banff. The food was great and the staff was even better. Don’t miss this one

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R
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, inventive recipes, lovely decor. One of our favourite places to eat in Banff.

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T
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner of Bison trio special to share. The rib eye was perfectly done and the short ribs were very tender (pleasantly surprised having not had bison before.) The sausages were very juicy and well seasoned. All the roasted vegetables were perfectly cooked as well. We did not have dessert as the meal was quite sufficient without additional courses. Freddie, our waitress, was very attentive and helpful with assisting us with ordering. A delightful meal in a beautiful location!

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