Nourish Bistro

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 86 reviews )
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110 211 Bear St, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1A8

Vegetarian cuisine restaurant, re-opened Aug 2013 after move. Small space, one might share a table with others. Creative bar menu. Live music some nights. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering

86 Reviews

First Review by Loudan1979

Fantastic! - Edit

Cute, artsy cafe with a great wait staff and fabulous food! We both had the ramen and a side of bread wedges. The ramen was sublime and perfectly seasoned. This was easily THE best ramen we have ever had! The Shotgun Wedding Brown Ale was smooth with a nice balance of chocolate and caramel. Everything on the menu is vegan except two vegetarian selections.

Pros: Almost every item is vegan.

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So good! - Edit

After hearing all the hype of this place I had to try it out, and I must say, it did live up to the hype! Yes, the prices are high but as most are saying, everything it Banff is. After a long day so skiing the Chili Chai hot chocolate with vegan whip was amazing! Will definitely have to go back before my visit is over!

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Tasty tacos! - Edit

It was hard to chose from their impressive menu so we went for the Tuesday special, which was tacos- $12 for two instead of the usual $18. We had the vegan versions and they were delicious. Although they didn’t look huge they were filling. We also ordered char Sui tofu which was yum. Staff were friendly and the place has a nice atmosphere.

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Same as everywhere but better - Edit

Everywhere in Banff is expensive. So is Nourish. But besides being expensive the restaurant is definitely our favourite. Vegetarian fare that is easily made vegan. Service was pleasant and helpful. They can make a huge variety of sodas. Just think of it and they can probably make it. I think I had a gnocchi or pasta dish and it was superb. Everything was great. Only knock is the expense.

Pros: delicious, lots of vegan, make your own pop

Cons: expensive

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Super weird but good! - Edit

Haha pretty sure our hostess was high, she was wandering around the restaurant with huge glasses on and was a bit awkward but the meal was good! My fave part was the Chili chai hit chocolate with vegan whip! The natchos were super weird haha strawberries, pickles, and a bunch of random stuff but we ate them. Probs wouldn’t order them again. Vegan pizza was delicious!

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Delicious and Amazing - Edit

Everything on the menu sounds so tasty. I went on taco tuesday where i was able to get two (well-filled) tacos for $12. These were phenomenal and so packed with flavour. I couldn't decide which one I liked more. My friend got the ramen and she spent a short period seriously debating whether or not it would be rude to drink the broth straight from the bowl because she loved it so much. We both ended our meal with the raw cheesecake which was a bit of a splurge but worth every penny. The flavour of the day was 'orange and coconut', and was beautifully plated.

Our waitress was lovely and we were seated quickly. We did not have to wait long for any of our food or drinks.

Pros: Extensive vegan menu, Vegan desserts

Cons: Smallish space

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One of the few vegan options in Banff - Edit

Excellent food and service with an all vegan menu. We ate fajitas with of course vegan cream cheese, the seasoning was excellent. Kudos to the chef and server who was very pleasant.

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Interesting nacho's! - Edit

My boyfriend and I visited Banff and decided to try Nourish Bistro after hearing all the hype. We found that the prices were quite high (but all of Banff is expensive). What we ended up getting was the Nacho's with the $6 size-upgrade. It was a really good amount for the two of us (and we eat a lot). I think that would be the cheapest, most filling option for two people. The nachos were so unique though. There was a delicious dairy-free cheese sauce (that we had to specify as vegan) and I believe it said 27 other toppings. There were even fruits. It was such a weird combination of food, but somehow it all tasted amazing.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Unique food

Cons: Price

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expensive for not that great food - Edit

It's pretty much like the rest of banff
Overpriced but nothing special

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Unique dishes but very "nourishing" - Edit

They have a TONNE of vegan options and is situated a little bit out of the hustle and bustle of the Banff main street. The food wasn't quite worth the money it cost but was still pretty good and I'd probably go back again to try something different. I had the "let-us-rap" and it was an interesting combination of flavours. Didn't hate it but probably would order something different if I went back.

Pros: Friendly service, vegan-friendly, great location

Cons: A little pricey, unusual flavours

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Nourish Bistro - Edit

I had the delicious "Mac & Squeeze" plate. It was a large portion.
We sat outside which was very nice.

Cons: No WiFi

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Unexpected find, great cheesecake - Edit

I visited Banff in June 2017 and wasn't expecting to find much in the way of vegan delights. This place even has vegan poutine, although I wasn't a big fan as the potatoes were undercooked. Varied menu and friendly staff happy to make recommendations. I absolutely loved the vegan cheesecake, worth a visit for that alone! I rejigged my travel plans to return for a second visit.

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Two really enjoyable meals - Edit

We were concerned that we may struggle to find good plant based food in Canada. We need not have worried about it, in Banff anyway. Nourish Bistro was highly recommended by the hotel. The restaurant just does vegetarian and vegan dishes. We had a big menu choice. We enjoyed our meal so much that we came back again the second night of our stay. The first evening we shared bean burrito and a noodle dishes. I'm glad we opted to share as I preferred the bean burrito which my wife had chosen! The noodle dish had a coconut base and was a little bit too sweet for my taste. The second evening we shared burrito and portobello mushroom fajitas ~ both dishes were delightful and I would highly recommend either or both. Overall Excellent food and friendly service. Also a great selection of drinks including locally brewed craft beers and cocktails.

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Great experience - Edit

I did not check happy cow and only stumbled in this place because of the live music. Did not plan to hVe a dinner but I had to order something after I found out they offer tons of vegan options.
I had the Brussels sprouts and I was amazed what you can do with a veggie starter. They where so good!
I came again the next night to order a main (rice noodles in coconut peanut sauce). Was absolutely delicious and I am wondering why there are so many bad reviews here.
The other thing I liked was the big drinks card -they have a great selection of beers and ciders and cocktails.

Pros: Really great food, Nice staff

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curry hot pot - Edit

Curry hot pot indicates its vegan. However, the nan they serve with it is NOT.

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I agree overrated - Edit

Veggie restaurant with vegan options. However you have to make sure to ask for the vegan options. We enjoyed our two choices but none had an amazing pop to be super tasty. The fake cheese sauce on the nachos was good, on the mac and cheese it was good too but a bit more like curry sauce. I know it's Banff but super expensive for what you get. I agree with the meh reviews. However we did want to support a vegetarian business.

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Lovely food - Edit

As vegans from Oregon our Canadian cousins told us we would starve in Alberta. I'm so glad that they were wrong. Nourish in Banff was a wonderful surprise. It was a wait for the food but when it arrived it was clear that the chef put his heart into it, lovely presentation and lovely flavors.

Pros: nice interior, great food, friendly staff

Cons: food took awhile, get a drink, appetizers, relax

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Poor .... and best avoided. - Edit

My daughter and I stopped here for dinner yesterday. I ordered the Thai curry dish. Quite possible one of the worst "Thai" dishes I've ever tried to eat. An oily watery broth with no real flavour at all, a few overcooked vegetable bits and four small pieces of fried plain tofu. Oh and a small bowl of under cooked and gritty cheap basmati rice. All yours for the princely sum of $24.00 plus tax. Oh and you have to pay extra for the protein part of the meal!

My daughter ordered the mushroom ravioli, which arrived partly raw and uncooked! She felt quite queasy after tasting it - perhaps because just a few minutes before she'd returned open mouthed from the washroom which she'd described as filthy and "disgusting" with no soap to wash her hands with!

We called over the manager, who initially attempted to assure us that he knew better than we did and that the food was fine. I did find this somewhat amusing at first - I have been a strict vegan/vegetarian much longer than the young man in question has been alive, and have worked for the same amount of time in the organic food industry (nearly 45 years!).

Funnily enough the resto had a superb wine list - one of the best I have seen for organic vegan options (in Canada)!! Of course the prices were just ridiculous ..

Such a shame that I cannot recommend the only
'real" vege resto in Banff. This place is simply not deserving of your time, money or taste buds. Avoid at all costs!

Pros: Good Wine List!

Cons: Terrible food!, Dirty facilities and disgusting washrooms!, I'd give it one star if I could!

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Great Vegan Food and Friendly Staff - Edit

This was a great dinner with a friendly staff. We had the Curry Hot Pot which was really good. The booth at the back of the restaurant is perfect for a family with kids because you are away from other diners.

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

My husband and I were quite surprised to find a fully vegetarian restaurant with TONS of vegan options. Really cool atmosphere and great staff. The staff was very knowledgeable and catered to the vegan options; they really get you excited about the menu as they seem to have a lot of passion for the food. My husband and I had the Mac and Squeeze with potato Gnocchi, the King Kong noodles with tofu, Poutine, and 3 hangover smoothies (best smoothie I've ever had.) The food was amazing and we will definitely go back! Highly recommend.

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Meh indeed - Edit

Since this place has good reviews overall I was hoping the review just before this one was a one-time experience. Unfortunately, "meh" is exactly what this place was for us.

I really wanted to like it because I want to support full veggie restaurants, especially in towns like this. However... Both the food and drinks are very overpriced for what you get. I ordered a $7.50 ginger soda and got some watered down stuff that perhaps remotely tasted like ginger. As for the "porto fajitas", it was pretty hard work to find roughly 1.5 regular mushroom in it - no portobello to be found anywhere. The vegan "cheeze sauce" tasted more like curry. The staff seem to be very pro-active though, as they will ask you what you think of the food before you have even had a chance to take a bite and also take away your plate before you are fully finished if you are not careful.
The only reason for me to go back would be to support the fact that they are a vegetarian restaurant.

Pros: Full veggie

Cons: Overpriced, Food not very tasty

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faunus 05 Aug 2017 - Matches my own experience. I'm really somewhat amazed at the good reviews this place has - perhaps the reviews can be gamed here?  


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Meh - Edit

Just had dinner here last night. We ordered the kale salad, the brussels sprouts, and the curry hot pot. The first two were passable; the curry was really subpar. It tasted watered down and very weak. The so called "naan" was three tiny pieces of white bread. All food seems to lack vegan protein by design, so you feel like you have to fork over another $6 to add tofu to your order, which in our case was three small slices of soft tofu that were unseasoned and pretty much tasteless. What a rip-off!

You're being price-gouged by eating here because they know they're the only game in town. The food was average at best and overpriced for the quality, even for Banff. Charging $24 for that wishy-washy yellow sauce they call curry with some filler veggies and tofu thrown in is egregious.

This place is somewhere between 2 and 3, I rated down because I can't really think of one thing that I'd come back for.

Cons: mediocre food, pricey

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An amazing restaurant! - Edit

Nourish Bistro is in fact an amazing restaurant. Food is delicious although it is a little bit pricy, but well you're in Banff, AB so it's something you would expect.
The times I've been there, the customer service has been great as well. And most of all the place is so cozy and well decorated that it just makes you feel amazing eating that great food.

Pros: Excellent taste, Great menu, Great customer service

Cons: Expensive

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great place - Edit

Great food with so much choice, great service? Cool music and atmosphere.
The only place I will be eating during my time in Banff
(Also as there is a lack of Vegan options elsewhere)

Pros: fab food and interesting menu. cruelty free eating

Cons: sharing dishes in the evenings won't suit, all parties and nationalities

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THE place to go in Banff (or anywhere in Alberta really) - Edit

Been there couple of times now and the food was incredible and prepared with love and care every time! Amazing spirit in this restaurant and I love the concept of big dishes to share with friends :)

Pros: Plenty of choices for vegans , cool atmosphere, big dishes to share

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fricken awesome! - Edit

Broccoli coconut soup is delicious as well as the nourishment bowl. Mmmm

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veg Gem! - Edit

Noorish is a vegan's dream in Banff. The entire menu is vegetarian & almost everything is available as a vegan dish. The vegan Mac & cheez is done with gnocchi when you get it vegan. So good!!!!!

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