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The Bison Restaurant

4.7
4.7
2122 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
The Bison - REGIONAL, SEASONAL, CANADIAN.

Named in Trip Advisor's top 10 Canadian Fine Dining Restaurants, we proudly feature locally grown, organic, sustainably farmed protein & produce. Enjoy your meal from our mountain view dining room, or enjoy our rooftop terrace where you can watch the action on Bear Street. Often featuring live acoustic music and home to one of Banff's favourite Sunday brunches.
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Bison offers group & private dining options accommodating 8-100 guests.
Mountain-view dining room / Open-air terrace cocktail receptions / Total venue experience
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Learn more/connect about group dining:
https://www.banffcollective.com/bison-events
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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 762-5550

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We can customize menus for cocktail hour, as well as full-menu options for both large and small functions. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

  • Private party facilities

    The Bison is available for private functions for up to 82 people seated or 120 people reception style. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

  • Neighbourhood

    Banff

  • Cross Street

    Caribou

  • 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. <br /><br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 🥂Bison NYE Celebration

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Starting at 8:00 pm: Step out for an elegant grand finale to 2023 complete with live acoustic music and candlelight. Enjoy our 4 course chef-driven menu highlighting the best of our region. Oh yes, there will be bison. No minors (under 18), regular menu not available, $149/person, reservations required. Terms & Conditions: The booking deposit will be refunded on the night of the event but is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or no-show. Please allow 5-10 business days for refund to process.
  • 🎉Bison Early NYE Dinner

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    5:00 - 7:30 pm: If you have little ones or a late night party to attend why not join us for an early dinner. Full menu available, reservations recommended. Terms & Conditions: The booking deposit will be refunded on the night of the event but is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or no-show. Please allow 5-10 business days for refund to process.

What 2,122 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Food

  • Banff / Canmore

    Best Service

  • Banff / Canmore

    Fit for Foodies

  • Banff / Canmore

    Healthy

  • Banff / Canmore

    Special Occasion

  • Banff / Canmore

    Canadian

  • Banff / Canmore

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    Adrien

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Much too expensive for the quality and quantity !!
  2. S

    Stephen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very accommodating. The food was excellent although it was pricey. I highly would recommend it. This place is a must try in Banff!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It was mediocre. Would not return.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Milestone birthday
  5. SD

    SoccerDad

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent the service was very very good the ambience was excellent overall a really good experience just a tad pricey
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Used this for a family dinner after getting married in banff. We didn’t rent the space out just reserved an 8 person table. We were promptly seated with little to no wait (not that it matters with the stunning views to behold). Cocktails were good, food was cooked perfectly and came at the correct speed and timing. The wait staff was very accommodating (special shout out to Sophie). We skipped speeches and toasts just because there were other families in the area and at times it was hard to hear. Everyone tried the chowder A+, got some starters to share, and then did their special fish with a dessert at the end and the next day everyone commented on how satisfied they were. Make sure you reserve early as it fills up asap!
  7. DA

    DavidA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lived up to all expectations and then some...my wife had the halibut and I had the rack of lamb for our entrees. We shared a Caesar salad and the Barreto appetizers. Presentation, service, and most importantly the cuisine were all excellent. We don't typically write a review but The Bison was a cut, way above, well done !
  8. GK

    GeorgieK

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, knowledgeable staff and an all round delightful evening.
  9. JG

    JeffG

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Marvellous scallop starter! Everything else well cooked and perfectly served. Good location, comfortable room. Recommended.
  10. CE

    CharlotteE

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak we have ever had! Service was delightful and very accommodating. Recommended wine went very well with the steak. Highly recommend.
  11. E

    Elsie

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyable evening - server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and the food was delicious.
  12. CD

    ChicagoDiner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was wonderful in all respects. It was one of the best meals I've had, period.
  13. TS

    TiffanyS

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely out of this world, amazing food and incredible staff!
  14. DP

    DaciaP

    Tulsa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, drinks, and food all amazing. 100% recommend.
  15. L

    sandyL

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Definitely recommend visiting the Bison.Food is excellent and service was top notch.
  16. PH

    PhilH

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Service and ambience was good. Food was just ok for the price.
  17. ME

    MikeE

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal for a special occasion. Best we had in banff
  18. BP

    BenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. Our server Chris was also awesome, he was very knowledgeable with the wine menu and was not pushy with anything. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a nice sit down place to eat.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Servers were fabulous!!! Food was not at all to our taste. Caesar salad had anchovies which were not listed in the ingredients. Beet and seasonal fruit - so so. There was either the beet or fruit that we had - we couldn’t tell but we didn’t see both on our plate. Our main dish was bison with gnocchi- it was ok but not at worth all the hype or the price.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried The Bison on a whim to celebrate the start of our honeymoon and boy are we glad we did! Their food is incredible with creative and explosive flavours. We enjoyed every dish and drink brought to us. Our server was also super nice and helped us a lot with her recommendations. We ordered the seared scallops, southern maitakes, Bison ragu with gnocchi, and for dessert, a chocolate pave with black cherry sorbet! All of this was gluten free, which is just unheard of for us! We will definitely be back and recommend The Bison to all!
  21. AD

    AmyDinMV

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remarkable experience and totally creative and delicious food! We went for dinner with friends and everyone loved the service, food and cocktails. Our server Nicholas was terrific- really helpful, informative and fun. Best cocktails we’ve had in Banff (and were on vacay so we’ve had a few…). But people- get here r now for the food. The Caesar salad was literally perfect. How did we not know that bacon lardons are the best croutons ever? The dressing is sublime, flavorful and exactly the right amount. The fried miatake mushrooms are not to be missed. Like nothing we’ve had before, but now we need to have them again. Beet salad and the mushroom pappardelle were both excellent. Chocolate pave dessert was also unique and delicious. We’ll be back!!
  22. V

    Virgil

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Very disappointing experience. Bison burger was small, average to below average in taste and overpriced. Martini was a small pour and expensive. Hostess seating us was abrupt and borderline rude. They didn’t have a specialty drink listed on the menu because only “one bartender knew how to make it and he wasn’t there that night”. Wouldn’t go back and wouldn’t recommend.
  23. A

    Acon

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our entire experience was superb! Our server, Chantal, was so friendly and attentive. The bison gnocchi and burrata were perfect apps to precede the bison entree
  24. SC

    SatisfiedCustomers

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding, Chantal was very friendly and very helpful.
  25. S

    Smedleys

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My Tenderloin was cooked perfectly. Our waiter recommended Medium cooked for the Lamb My wife wanted Medium Rare, but went with the recommendation & wished she had gone with Medium Rare. Very Tasty but a Wee bit overcooked. ,
  26. AM

    AnneM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommendations by our server Liz were delicious
  27. MC

    MikeC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening. Great steaks and excellent service
  28. OA

    OutAndAbout

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a fabulous bison platter for two with veg & salad all part of the platter. It was more than enough for the two of us and DELICIOUS! If you’re in Banff, you MUST go
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband & I dined with my father as well as my daughter who is living & working in Banff. Bison is by far our favourite restaurant in Banff. The food is outstanding from the delicious apps (beet salad, burrata & cod were all incredible) to the mains - the halibut melts in your mouth, the tomahawk steak was fabulous and the sticky toffee pudding was the best we have ever had! The service is above & beyond with such attention to detail! Thank you Nick! And a shout out to Steve, the bartender, thank you for the best martini in Banff & for your fabulous service! Can’t wait to go back to this amazing restaurant!
  30. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most delicious restaurant in Banff! If you are here for a visit. Stop into The Bison.
  31. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous service and view. The scallop small dish along with the mushroom pasta were excellent. The vegetarian eggplant dish and bison ragu were just okay. Dessert, however, was over the moon.
  32. LB

    LBoogie

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Bison was incredible. The starters were both unique and delicious. Even the Caesar salad had a unique dash of flavor I’ve never had in the hundreds of Caesar salads eaten in my life. The service was excellent. Jill explained all of the intricacies of each dish and offered modifications based on our dietary restrictions. There are excellent non-meat option with multiple fish dishes and many vegetarian based offerings that were so good. The ambience was amazing and they had a musician playing acoustic guitar in the dining room. Nice touch. If you can get a reservation here, don’t pass it up. I’d you can get more than one resi, take it, you won’t be let down. Best meal and dining experience in Banff. Try the Mich roll pasta and beet salad starters. Wow! Taste buds will be very happy even if those don’t normally appeal to you. The black cod crisp was excellent, but it is prepared in a ceviche meets sashimi style and is served cold. Delicious, even if it wasn’t what we expected. Apricot toffee dessert was delicious and unique. Fresh sorbet was FRESH and homemade and it was refreshing and like an explosion of flavor once it entered the mouth. Enjoy! And thank you.
  33. F

    Foodmonger

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve had . Food was fresh and flavorful. Would highly recommend coming here
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great spot to celebrate our anniversary. Though pricy, we had a great time, from the ambience, our server, the live music (young lady singing and playing guitar) to our drinks and food. We started our meal with a glass or wine and a smoked old fashion, the old fashion was amazing. We ate the burrata which was exceptional. My wife had the bison ragu over gnocchi which was a bit underwhelming as it didn't have any sauce and a bit over cooked all around. But the bison ribeye was the best steak we've ever had, beat our former best steak from Italy and even beat the wagu we had a couple years back. Amazingly Fatty, a clean melt in your mouth fat that was between butter and bone marrow. The steak was cooked perfectly and paired so well with the other falvours on the plate. Again it is very pricy but we're very happy to have chosen this place to celebrate our anniversary.
  35. JF

    JohnF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Imaginative and flavorful food. Prepared with attention to detail. I would go again if back in Banff
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and experience! I loved the halibut the mushrooms!
  37. MO

    MattO

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bison never disappoints delivering amazing food and great service.
  38. l

    lindar

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service and very savoury and flavourful food
  39. JT

    JenniferT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The value is quite poor. We ordered a starter for $30 of scallops. The plate arrived with 2 extremely small scallops (a bite a piece) in a lovely sauce. This was the best thing we ordered but very skimpy. My rack of lamb (again2 small chops) was tough. My husband’s bison ribeye at $89 was quite ordinary and served with carrots. The server plus two helpers was unable to open the bottle of wine. It arrived at long last with a mangled cork and was very vinegary. It is the first time in my life I sent the bottle back. Little plates adorn the table when you arrive but no food is ever offered, such as bread or rolls. I guess they are just there to hold the napkin. We left hungry and unfortunately were celebrating our wedding anniversary. I cannot recommend this overpriced place for food or staff.
  40. BH

    BrittanyH

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Oh my gosh, the bison burger was absolutely delicious! We also ordered the bison ribeye, which was ok. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. The prices were a bit high for the portion size but I would return for that burger again!

FAQs

The Bison Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2122 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 33 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Bison Restaurant

Box 3959 #213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, AB T1L 1E4

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Caribou

  • Neighbourhood

    Banff

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • 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. <br /><br />

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 762-5550

  • Catering

    We can customize menus for cocktail hour, as well as full-menu options for both large and small functions. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

  • Private party facilities

    The Bison is available for private functions for up to 82 people seated or 120 people reception style. For Availability and minimum spend requirements, please contact Stephanie Wilson at stephanie@banffcollective.com

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