Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola

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DINE ABOVE BANFF Anchored at over 2,200 meters above sea level, the Banff Gondola’s Sky Bistro sits on the summit of Sulphur Mountain. With six Rocky Mountain ranges as a backdrop, this remarkable restaurant promises an exhilarating gondola ride followed by a mountain top dining experience. Lunch and dinner menus celebrate the panorama of Canadian cuisine, with ingredients drawn from both ocean coasts, plus wholesome prairie staples including world-renowned Alberta beef. Complemented by local wine, beer and spirits, it makes for a unique dining experience above Banff.

***please note all seating requests at Sky Bistro are subject to availability.
What 595 People Are Saying
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Celine
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dining experience. Perfect for our 15 year wedding anniversary. Friendly staff and view was spectacular. The music in the background was tacky but not bad enough to ruin the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing view and great service from DJ! The pork was excellent, as was the chocolate dessert!

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vipJadeV
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely! Had Robert as our server, he went above and beyond to give the best possible experience in this gorgeous restaurant!

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TylerP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, we came for our anniversary and they made the moment one to look back on for many years thank you so much!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a wonderful dining experience at Sky Bistro. The views are spectacular and our server, Robert, was delightful! He took our experience to the next level! Robert was attentive and conscientious from the start. He offered detailed explanations of the menu items and made excellent recommendations. He was so friendly and genuine, and even shared some history of Canmore and Sulphuric Mountain with us. Robert was always smiling and very polite. Robert was also attentive and observant... he checked in with us at the perfect time and our water was always replenished. He even noticed from far that my dad was trying to take a selfie photo of us at the table and he came over to take some photos for us!

At the end of our dinner, the sun began to set and it was the most spectacular sunset. The staff at Sky Bistro also hadn’t seen a sunset like that before. Ourselves, other guests and the staff were all taking pictures/time lapse recordings of the beautiful sunset. It was the perfect end to a perfect dinner.

Thank you Robert!! We hope to see you again soon!

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CoryW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, amazing food and good service! Highly recommend for anyone visiting Banff.

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RyanW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant has stunning views and an amazing atmosphere. The menu is very attractive and the food was incredible. Eloquent and perfect for an anniversary or other occasion. Service was fantastic and DJ our server was very helpful with suggestions.
Can’t wait to go back

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EralynC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went for my husbands birthday. I had requested a window seat, which they had, when I got there, We could here the staff talking about our reservations and the birthday, but moved the couple that was already seated to the window and put us in their seat.. fine...
My meal was way below what I expected... when it said asparagus linguini I thought pasta made with asparagus, not shaved up asparagus stocks... which ever, I have a small appetite like that of a 8yr old, and left hungry, then once we were done, 20min waiting for the bill, which I ended up going to the bar to get... for the hi light of our birthday adventure it was a huge let down.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good. Default Tip was too high

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lenaR
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We chose Sky Bistro to celebrate 24 years of marriage. The ambiance, food and service did not disappoint. The staff was very attentive and informative. Food was well presented and very tasty. Although we were not able to get a table by the window, the setting of the restaurant is second to none. A very enjoyable experience.
The only disappointment was observing the people spending more time looking at their phones rather than the spectacular scenery or the people they were with. However, that is their problem, not that of the Sky Bistro.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Thank you

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PaddyO
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with my wife, Ysabel, on our fourth wedding anniversary. The service was exceptional from Courtney and Tim. Chef Anthony came by to say hello. The views were sensational and the ambience of the restaurant was perfect.

We did not give the food a 5-Star because we felt the beef entré was missing a starch, such as roasted potatoes. It was delicious nonetheless.

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JaniceG
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sky Bistro offers an amazing experience - amazing views, great service, and amazing food! Highly recommend !

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JonathanL
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Absolutely beautiful setting with incredible views over the Bow Valley and the surrounding mountains. Cocktails were very tasty.
Food was ambitious, but seemed to miss the mark.
We had a Japanese-Italian style jack-fruit tortellini in a mushroom broth where the pasta tasted raw and doughy. The tuna crudo was fishy slices of poor quality sashimi with a pile of quinoa and guacamole.
Portions were also small.
If we came again, we would come for a drink with the most incredible view!

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Yumyum
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live about an hour away and have been back to this restaurant about 4 times now. A bit pricey since you have to include the gondola but excellent food and the view isn't too bad either! Menu is seasonal so I haven't had the same thing twice but everything we have ordered has been excellent. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and dinner was great !! Thank you !!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food, atmosphere, drinks, and our server were fantastic. However, we had an issue with the manager. Our reservation was for 7 30 but we arrived early at 7 20. We were led to a table that was not immediately by the window. One of the couples seated by the window finished their meal and left shortly after. When we asked to be moved to this table, our server was happy to comply and went to ask if it could happen. However, the manager was unreasonable and, for lack of a better word, rude towards us for requesting this. He said it simply would not be possible because another reservation was set to come in at 7 30 - which was also our original reservation time. The other couple did not arrive until 7 45 (15 mins late!!). When they came, they were seated at this prime location whereas we were penalized for arriving early. Very disappointed.

Sky Bistro, Mountain Top Dining @ Banff Gondola
Responded on 24 June 2020

Thank you for your positive comments about Sky Bistro's food, atmosphere, drinks and service. As the manager on duty, I sincerely apologize if I came across as rude or unreasonable, that was certainly not my intention. Regarding dissatisfaction with your table, as indicated on our web site, seating requests are subject to availability upon arrival. However, you neglected to mention your request for a direct window table was in fact accommodated, where you were able to enjoy your main courses.

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WineNDine
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and views. Good service. Recommend 100%!

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JeffJ
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing with great food.
The service is great and there is a good selection on the menu. We had a very enjoyable evening.
The only negative is when you add in the gondola pass the evening doe get to be a little pricey, but still worth it.

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JUSTME
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

My item I ordered said it had mushrooms and angel hair pasta asparagus etc. There was no asparagus at all and definitely no pasta. I sent it back and nothing was done at all.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Beautiful view. Would definitely recommend

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LaurieL
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the food alone, I would have to say it was probably the best meal I've ever eaten. But, with the view added to it it was spectacular. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sky Bistro was absolutely amazing and a must for anyone visiting Banff! The food and service was excellent. Every dish we had was fabulous. Definitely recommend the escargot and dessert platter. Would go here again in a second, absolutely stellar experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Professional , very good waiter, We felt welcomed and appreciated. Food was perfect Setting is 10 !!!!!

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MaricarE
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat. People are friendly too. I would certainly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was awesome

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vipElaineB
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was just ok was expecting more for the price. Place was rammed they really squeeze you in there. Service was very good.

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LaurL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was accommodating and friendly, and the bar service very good. The food was good, not great, but the portions were so small they were appalling. We asked the server if a salad was sufficient as an entree, his answer wasn't very clear, so we ordered a salad and an appetizer + an entree all to share. Usually that is enough unless the server tells us the menu is made to share (tapas style) and he/she recommends more - that did not happen here. Also, we asked for some of the salad toppings to come on the side so the salad itself could be vegan. This was honored; however, the items were put in ramekins on the side of the plate rather than on a separate plate, and in short, as a result, the salad was barely a handful. We even saw the table next to us receive their salad as-is, and it was MUCH larger and in an even larger plate. It's such a petty thing but also such a simple thing to have avoided by the BOH and FOH staff. We were generally displeased with the overall experience and walked away hungry - we skipped dessert for fear of it being disappointing and overpriced, and we instead ate granola bars after our meal... Between the cost of the exorbitant gondola and the subpar meal, we could have gone back to Lake Louise to ride the gondola on the mountain again and eaten a much better meal with better service again at the Post Hotel and Spa. Pretty unfortunate.

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vipMALO
Montreal
24 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Endroit unique où le paradis rejoint de l’excellente gastronomie. Que des produits locaux, la cuisine et produits canadiens sont mis en valeur et c’est une grand succès. Très bon service en plus, ce fut une très belle expérience!

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dining experience with great food and staff, portion size was small for the price. The view while eating was second to none and the whole establishment was so welcoming. Great for a fine dining experience for delicacy food and amazing wine/drinks, just don’t come super hungry.

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Gourmetfoodlover
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible - service was excellent, food was way better than I could have ever imagined, and the VIEW!

Best part about the whole night; the kitchen and service staff all signed my husbands’ birthday card! They were so kind!

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vipCatherineF
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner with visitors to Banff. Views combined with superb food and service. We love it here!

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KristineE
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Thought the prices were a little steep especially since you have to take the $60 gondola ride up but it’s totally worth it. Everything that we were served, including drinks, was amazing!!! Been craving it all after walking out the doors.

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GutiGuti
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To dine with this view was a once in a lifetime experience. The venue was clean, welcoming, and lively. The staff is very alert and happy to please - a huge shoutout to the manager who made it around to every table getting to know each of us and ensuring a pleasant experience. Our server was informative and friendly. The food was delicious; zero complaints. I would highly recommend this location to anyone looking to experience the best of Banff.

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Cincyfied
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could only get a 4:30pm reservation and it turned out to be the perfect way to enjoy the daylight view on our way up the gondola and then sunset during dinner. My friends had the polenta which had too much of a chili powder flavor but I had the chicken and it was one of the most delicious things I’ve eaten in my life. Had the Cherry-O cocktail which was beautiful but too richly flavored with spices for my taste. Our server Andy was great and the hostess who helped get our coats was genuinely friendly. Would definitely recommend the dining experience while at the top of the gondola. It’s pricy but less so than many of the Banff restaurants we dined at.

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Terra
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view, delicious food, wonderful company.

Worth the prepaid “gondola experience” if you’re planning to eat dinner.

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AnnaD
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome view! The ceased salad and tomato soup were amazing. I highly recommend during the day or as the sun is setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Really good selection. The soup and duck salad were great. The venison was tender. The beef was also very good.

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JasonB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The view really can't be beat. The food and service were outstanding. The only negative is the dessert menu was somewhat limited but the items were very good. The other thing to keep in mind is you have to purchase a $65 ticket to get there.

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