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The Bison Restaurant & Terrace

the Bison

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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
  • Appetizers: Pink Peppercorn Caesar; Rocket Salad: tomatoes, radish, pistachio pesto, dehydrated onions, goat cheese, buttermilk dressing; Ricotta Dumplings: mushroom cream, chili oil gorgonzola, crispy chicken chicharron; Local Meat and Cheese Board: crackers, mixed nuts, preserves
  • Wood Fired Appetizers: Escargot: bone marrow, gruyere, gremolata, garlic bread; Peking Duck Wings; Alberta bison Tataki: shimeji mushrooms, ponzu, bonito, preserved orange zest
  • Bison: Bison Ribeye: poblano cream potatoes, broccolini, chimichurri, red wine jus; Bison Short Ribs: bacon lardon, mushrooms, baby potatoes, root vegetables
  • Benchmark Beef Tenderloin: celeriac purée, baby squash, bone marrow butter, jus
  • 12 oz Beef Striploin: thrice cooked potatoes, spicy tomato aioli, mushrooms, merlot blueberry BBQ sauce
  • Pomegranate & Molasses Duck Breast: beet barley risotto, butter vegetables, jus
  • Bow Valley Trout: quinoa, squash, kale, grilled lemon, parsley persillade
  • Venison Striploin: juniper rub, market vegetables, polenta, brandy jus
  • Bucatini Carbonara: egg, cured pork, black pepper, parmesan
  • Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dish of the Day: ask your server
  • Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake; Sticky Date Pudding; Chocolate Cake; Goat Cheescake; Fresh Fruit Sorbet

Mains: $23 to $56; brunch $15 to $18

Drinks: wines $43 to $320, 100+ choices, $13 to $17 by the glass

From 5 pm; Sunday brunch 10 am to 2 pm
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