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The Bison Restaurant & Terrace

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211 Bear Street
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Upstairs at The Bison, chef Dave Cousineau and his team craft regional specialties with care. Dishes reflect foods of the Rocky Mountains, and the menu changes regularly to deliver fresh seasonal ingredients. Diners can watch the culinary action in the open-to-view copper kitchen with wood-fired oven. Dietary restrictions and allergies are happily accommodated.


Walk up the stairs to rustic elegance. The Bison features massive Douglas fir beams, windows on three sides and a dress code from “high heels to hiking boots.” Enjoy stunning mountain views from the terrace, which benefits from full sun in the summer months and a roaring campfire in the winter.

Menu Samples

  • Seasonal “farm to table” menus are posted on The Bison‘s website
  • Share: local meat and cheese board with crackers, mixed nuts, preserves
  • Appetizers: pink peppercorn Caesar; bison carpaccio (edamame beans, cracklin’, pickled mushrooms); tuna salad and toast (taragon aïoli, lemon)
  • Bison Ravioli and Scallops; Lamb Ribs with Ranch Dressing and Purple Slaw
  • Wood Fired Appetizers: escargot with bone marrow (bacon, garlic butter); gnocchi poutine with 24-hour braised elk; fire roasted flatbread (broccolini, jalapeño crema, peppers); Brussels sprouts (pine nuts, crème fraîche)
  • Bison: Carmen Creek bison ribeye (lyonnaise potatoes, thyme butter, jus); bison burger (cheese curds, bacon, red pepper relish, poutine); braised ribs
  • Beef: Top Grass Beef Ranch (variety of grass-fed beef cuts); beef tenderloin (spun potatoes, pickled hedgehogs, Brussels sprouts, onion sauce)
  • BBQ Half Chicken: potatoes, chicken crackers, pickled melon, blue cheese
  • Brome Lake Duck Breast: beet greens, snap peas, fried duck tongue
  • Broek Pork Chop: apple jam, spätzle, pickled onion, bacon, maple whisky glaze
  • Carmen Creek Bison Ribeye: scalloped potatoes, smoked cherry butter, jus
  • Venison Striploin: cocoa chili rub, croquette, beetroot, Saskatoon berries
  • NY Beef Striploin: duck fat fingerling potatoes, parsnip chips, coffee butter, jus
  • Bucatini Carbonara: house bacon, fried egg, arugula
  • Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Zucchini Cakes: potatoes, cauliflower, chickpeas
  • Pacific Ling Cod: purple potatoes, ginger, pickled avocado, citrus salsa verde

Mains: $19 to $47; brunch $12 to $18

Drinks: wines $43 to $245, 100+ choices, $9 to $13.50 by the glass

From 5 pm; Sunday brunch 10 am to 2 pm
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