The Bison Restaurant

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968 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
'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.

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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined a day ago

Order the bison rib eye!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The Bison is a fantastic dinner spot in Banff. It was wonderful & refreshing to enjoy a delicious meal that was not made in a chain restaurant, fast food, or hotel. Delicious, local, seasonal. Great atmosphere. I jsur wish I had remembered to order the burrata!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

What a wonderful evening at this beautiful and welcoming place! LOVED it!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Delicious food and great service. Definitely get a reservation, it fills up fast.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Delicious meal, great service. The main course was much better than the desserts.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Essen sehr gut. Service OK, sehr auf Routine. Raum viel zu kalt.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great service from Braeden and Jesse. Food was excellent and good wine list. Reasonably priced. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The view was spectacular and our hostess and server was very nice. I ordered the Salmon. The portion size was rediculously small for the price, but delicious and my boyfriend ordered the short ribs, again pricey, but not so flavorful. All in all, probably won’t return, but the view was stunning!

Thanks

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Such a great night! Outstanding food (get the bison trio!), superb service & great open atmosphere! When in Banff, eat here!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Went here for a bachelorette dinner and it was amazing! Food was incredible, drinks were delicious, and everyone was very pleased with the whole experience.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Delicious food. Interesting and unique combination of flavors. Fun to watch the kitchen staff at work while dining.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Very good but also very expensive. Ordered a bottle of the Vineland Cabernet Franc, great wine but priced at $60 and retails at the winery for $16. I’m accustomed to double by not more than triple the price of the wine. Restaurants like this one are making it very difficult for me to justify buying wine with dinner. The lamb was excellent the strip loin very good. The scallops were a tad overdone. The service was very good. Since the renos ambiance has significantly improved. Good value for a date or get together with friends.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Neil is an excellent waiter with great recommend dations and the food was amazing. The Bison Ribeye was outstanding as was the Lamb chops. The dumpling appetizers stole the show though. Would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The lamp is excellent, but bison is not so good.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

My wife and I were honeymooning in Banff when we visited The Bison Restaurant. We currently live in Chicago and The Bison rivals any steakhouse or fine dining restaurant here. I ordered the Bison Ribeye at medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. The meat was seasoned perfectly and the sides were all delicious. My wife ordered the Alberta Beef tenderloin at medium and it was also cooked to perfection. Similar to the ribeye it was seasoned perfectly and all of the sides were delicious. The Bison was our favorite restaurant of the entire trip. I would recommend a meal at The Bison for anyone planning a trip to Banff.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Service is EXCELLENT and I love the rib eye steak!!! It is really worthy to pay for it.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I was traveling solo, and was looking for a quieter, less "tourist trap" place in Banff to have a nice meal - The Bison (upstairs) was perfect for this. I ended up eating here multiple times during my trip. The bison short ribs are a must-order!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We picked this restaurant because it was one of the highest rated in Banff and it certainly lived up to the reviews! The appetizers, main courses, and desserts were all delicious and we appreciated the locally sourced cuisine. The service was outstanding! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Banff.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The bison rib eye was amazing

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The best part of our meals were the salads and veggies served with our entrees. The meats should have been the star but were overcooked and a bit gristley.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I must say that it has been one of my best meals ever. I had the dumplings (which were really gnocchi’s) and the bison WOW delicious!!!! Definitely recommend this place if you are staying or passing by Banff!

AV

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The three of us ordered a bunch of appetizers, all of which were complex and incredible. The atmosphere was lively but not too loud, with a clean open aesthetic. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I have been to the Bison a few times now. Most recently, my experience wasn't pleasurable. They are under similar managment as far as I know, but during a renovation in 2017, most of the chefs quit and never came back. This forced a change in their menu and it was noticed on a few of the dishes. They have removed their flagship dishes such as pulled elk poutine, bison tongue , and their pork chop.
I had the bison short ribs which also changed dramatically. The flavor was lacking, the accompaniments were weak, and there was about a teaspoon worth of charred embers in my dish that made it inedible.

In saying that, the appetizers that the 8 of us had were all amazing, and we would rate them 5/5. The main courses were a 2 or 3 out of 5. I believe that if they take some of the feedback from customers, they can make some well needed changes and get back to being an excellent meal. The problem I have now is that the menu and execution of main dishes has taken a hit, yet their reviews haven't. I am putting honesty here for the next person. I would recommend buying some appetizers that are well priced, and avoiding the mains until something changes.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Bison is an amazing restaurant. Our server was 10/10, the wait time on food was spot on and everything was lovely.

The only reason I cannot give it a 100% review is due to the very low vegetarian options. Under "mains" the only vegetarian dish was cauliflower. It came out more like a shareable dish, a big bowl of cauliflower. I was left feeling pretty dissatisfied, I think my only other option would have been a pear pizza....

Apart from this we still had an amazing experience and my parents from out of town loved it!!

Until the vegetarian options are updated I sadly don't think I will be back though :(

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Amazing tasting food, great service, nice atmosphere, trendy

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Superb food

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We had a delightful meal of Bison short ribs and a great beet salad. The wine was great and we sat by the window watching the Aspen trees shimmer in the breeze. We'll go back!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Enjoyed a lovely dinner even with two-year-old in tow.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Loved the food, atmosphere and service. The bison was outstanding. Juicy, tender and delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This restaurant is INCREDIBLE! Loved that they use local sources products and the food was amazing. Sitting on the patio with a view of the mountains was a great way to have dinner. 100% recommend to anyone visiting Banff.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Had a selection of starters and small plates which were all amazing. This is our second time here and we had to have the cauliflower again! A bit noisy - we had to shout.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Delicious bison, great ambiance & service - overall very nice experience for our first evening in Banff. Thank

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Some of the best meat I have ever eaten. Bison rib eye and venison strip loin were both incredible.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

One word: Great!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at the Bison. Every aspect of our evening was lovely - the food, the wine, the service and the space! I would for sure recommend The Bison to anyone!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Came recommended and did not disappoint. The design of the place is great with the open kitchen and multiple windows. The food was well portioned and excellent quality

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Expérience extraordinaire ! Magnifique salle à manger et un repas de bison mémorable! Je recommande fortement

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We wanted to have a special dinner with local food ingredients and it was totally worth it. The service was outstanding and the food super delicious... we had the bison plate for two.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Bision Ribeye was incredible 👏

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing food sourced from the area. Our server was great, managed our dietary restrictions and suggested a great wine to accompany our meal. Great views, amazing food! The price tag is quite high, but absolutely worth every penny.

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