The Bison Restaurant

4.8
1950 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
'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 a large sunny terrace. Watch as a brigade of chef's prepare your meal in our open-concept kitchen led by executive chef Jamie Staples.
The Bison is open Thursdays through Sundays from 5pm.
Children are welcome and reservations are recommended.

Experiences

  • The Bison's Valentine's Day and Live Music

    CA$5.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Celebrate Valentine's Day in style in our beautiful dining room, complete with live entertainment by our lovely local Artist Alanna J Brown. ***Terms and Conditions*** This Experience guarantees you a window table. The booking fee is non-refundable A la carte menu available ***Choose to upgrade your reservation and have 2 glasses of Prosecco waiting at your table upon arrival***

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1950 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had the Bison platter and the duck. The Bison short ribs are to die for.

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GeoffR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had not eaten there in 2 years because fo the pandemic but the Bision did not disappoint. All the food was great but we especially loved the elk tartare and the duck. The duck might have been the best I ever had.

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SusanneW
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, there is no question, but $47 for a medium sized piece of salmon with two mini turnips is a bit stiff.
Other than that everything was highly enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

We went for Sunday Brunch with high expectations based on the reviews. It is a great venue and the live music is really nice. We started off with drinks which were both creative and very good. For entrees I ordered the Moroccan spiced bison ragu which I found rather bland and tasteless with way to many potatoes, and so little mint yogurt I nearly missed it. My wife had the mountain breakfast and while the bison sausage was amazing the rest of the dish was just your basic breakfast. We did see the Benny dishes being delivered to other tables and they looked very good. What we really found surprising was there was no dessert offerings. Really, nothing not even a basic cookie to end our meal. Our waiter even checked the fridge and came back empty handed. I will acknowledge that Banff is struggling right now to find staff so I hope this was a one off event. We will give this restaurant a second chance, but if you are going keep expectations low so you will not be disappointed and hopefully even pleasantly surprised.

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VickiA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch spot, food is always amazing. Live music to top off a great experience.

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AlannaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Worth the money! Loved the live music too. Would go again and would recommend

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Bobby
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a higher end restaurant and the food always reflects this. We visit when we are in Banff and are never disappointed. You pay a little more, but it’s worth it.

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Rachelle
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

The food was beyond amazing and the bartender and my waiter had a great attitude and was a wonderful atmosphere. What made the experience for us not pleasant was a woman working at the bar. She not only asked me three times to put ona mask on separate occasions but I specifically told her that I had a medical mask exception and basically kept on pushing. She made our experience in the end quite u pleasant and was not wonderful. This experience alone makes us not want to come back especially if she was working.

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deannar
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!! The salmon was cooked to perfection! They have a variety of cocktails and wines. The small plate mushrooms were phenomenal and the 12 oz steak was well worth it!

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vipMarjo
Edmonton
28 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The live music was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner great service. This will be a go to for us when we are in Banff

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michellew
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was phenomenal! She was so quick and on point with everything. Food was incredible as always!

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Daphne
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was incredible! Loved my first experience at this restaurant! Good job to all the staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Live music was excellent

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Babs
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food here is incredible, it's a must go to. Took the server a little longer than usual to serve us, most likely due to staff shortages everywhere. Amazing meal. Our favorite place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server was really nice and the food really good.

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PeterB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we had a lovely dinner, nice setting, great food, just an espresso at the end was missing

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KelseyC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food my husband had the best bison stake he ever had and the sweet potato was delicious I had the duck it was very good but loved the old style even more but fantastic romantic night out

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James
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and had a fantastic live singer when we were there. Couldn't fault the service either, very attentive and informative. Definitely be back again!

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SophieC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Banff! Always perfect! I love it!

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vipkk821
Vancouver
139 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always come to The Bison Restaurant when we find ourselves in Banff. The bison trio is always delicious and never disappoints. They always change it up with the seasonal vegetables which gives the dish a nice twist each time we order it. Get a table by their open concept kitchen and watch the chefs prepare the meals — we thought it provided a really nice atmosphere. We love it here and will definitely be back again.

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MatM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our waiters knew so much about the food and drinks and even called out cab at the end of the meal. Highly recommend a visit if you’re in Banff!

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JasonL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, very knowledgeable and friendly staff!!! Only problem they charged my credit card to hold the reservation and never took the payment off so my credit card was charged an extra $137 dollars on top of a $350 dollar meal.

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LauraB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing dinner!! Our server was excellent. The Cod and the Salmon were both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best cocktail I ever had. Every food item was incredible. Staff were friendly and eminence was great

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! The duck was incredible and so was the 8oz striploin! Service was friendly and prompt. Ambiance and environment were very nice aswell. Window seat was a little cold but other than that, had an anniversary dinner worth remembering.

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ClaudiaG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the six course meal and its wine pairings. We had a lovely NYE dinner, thank you.

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AmyF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Inventive and flavorful craft cocktails and a diverse selection of locally sourced food, all of which was well presented, perfectly cooked and delicious. One of the best meals we have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food

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PattiP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The appetizer courses were outstanding. My steak was a bit overdone and underwhelming. Cocktails were amazing.

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SusanN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The limited farm to table menu exceeded expectations. Service was stellar, shout out to Kevin. He was very informative. Four of us shared all our plates - not one disappointment. The bison was cooked to perfection, the cod melt in your mouth, the mushroom pasta, heavenly. It was a perfect way to end our stay in Banff. Would highly recommend.

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MarinellaA
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, just amazing. Ordered a few things (Bison ribeye, mushroom pasta, etc) and they all turned out super delicious. Will for sure go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely bison trio and wine bottle to pair. Sides were great. The Brussels Sprouts were to die for. Dessert was a blackberry sorbet which was soft and creamy.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, me and my fiancée love bison and elk, and this place has it! Delicious 🤤 bit pricey but it is a fancy place so I’m not complaining

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AshtonE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! What amazing service and food! The servers at the bison are amazing and go above and beyond to make sure every accommodation is met.

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CandiceS
Edmonton
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic Christmas dinner at the Bison during our stay in Banff. Not only was the food incredible, but our server was amazing and providing great options for our food restricted guests, and helping us decide on some fantastic dishes we might not have considered.

We had a great time, and it was such a beautiful venue. A must stop while in Banff!

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BrennanD
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My ten year old son, eighteen year old nephew and myself had a fantastic meal. The staff were great and Kevin catered perfectly to all three of us. His beverage and food recommendations were bang-on which made selections seamless. The appetizers, particularly the elk tartar, impressed all three of us, but, the cutting block covered with bison really got everyone's nod of approval.
All-in-all it was a great experience.

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KimH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’d heard great things about The Bison. We booked for Christmas Day and it did not disappoint!! Highly recommended. If I’m ever back in Banff from the uk I will 100% visit again.

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JulieM
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals we have ever had. Got the roasted squash for starter and Bison for main, both cooked to perfection, so tasty and just the right amount. Waiter (Steve) was extremely knowledgeable and the atmosphere was so cozy. On a cold winter day in Banff this was the perfect place to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went with our family for a nice Christmas Eve dinner….it totally didn’t disappoint. It was amazing service and an even better meal. We would go back in a heartbeat!!

FAQs

The Bison Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1950 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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