Nourish Bistro

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 79 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

79 Reviews

First Review by Loudan1979

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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Quirky veg restaurant bar - Edit

I came here with another backpacker (meat eater) to try out the vegan menu options and we both shared the lentil shepherd's pie along with some nachos. All was delicious & so filling and surprised even my meat eating travelling friend! Would definitely visit again for dinner if I go back to Banff. The only drawback is the staff could be more friendly and welcoming

Updated from previous review on 2017-02-06

Pros: plenty of vegan options , Live band

Cons: Host not that welcoming

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Delicious Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Food, Cozy and Laid-Back Atmosphere and Friendly Service! - Edit

I ate lunch at Nourish Bistro in August 2016. This was the first restaurant that I stopped at upon arriving in Banff after a long road trip from Manitoba and it was an amazing choice! Nourish was a charming and casual local restaurant that specializes in gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan foods, serving a variety of fresh, healthy and nutritious meals.

I ordered one of their salads, which was large and filled with lots of yummy ingredients and it tasted so fresh, flavourful and delicious. It was also beautifully presented. Their mild but fruity flavoured kombucha tea was also very refreshing and tasty. There was both indoor and outdoor seating and I sat on the sidewalk patio in front of the building, which was a great place to watch the bustling street activity and admire the beautiful surroundings with tall mountains as the backdrop. There were umbrellas over the tables to protect from the sun and it was a beautiful warm and sunny day when I visited.

My server was super friendly, warm, cheerful, personable and knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant had a funky and laid-back vibe and great welcoming atmosphere with relaxing music playing softly in the background and unique decor. It was a very comfortable and cozy place to enjoy a delicious lunch.

This restaurant is the perfect place to eat for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free eaters and anyone else who loves good, real food. I was very pleased with the quality of food and excellent level of service at Nourish and I will definitely eat here again when I return to Banff! Highly recommended.

Pros: Charming, Delicious Salads, Warm and Friendly Service

Cons: Expensive

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Finally. Made it to Nourish. - Edit

An intimate restaurant. Warm and friendly. Great staff. Welcoming, interested and knowledgeable. Spoiled for choice by the extensive menu. Everything had vegan options. Amazing.

Pros: Charming, Reasonable

Cons: None

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Seemed promising but was underwhelming - Edit

I ordered the nachos, which are labeled as vegan on the menu. I asked the server if they were automatically vegan or if I had to specify, and she told me they were vegan. When they came out, the cheese looked suspiciously legit, and it turned out the server had not requested vegan cheese. I would think that an item labeled as vegan on a menu would be vegan by default, or that the server would at least ask, especially at a vegetarian restaurant. The non-vegan appetizer made me reluctant to eat the mac and "cheese," which was very stretchy. Unfortunate, because it seemed like a cute place with interesting food options.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Vegan items not always vegan, A bit pricey

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Scrumptious food - Edit

What a wonderful little restaurant! We are only in Banff for one day, but lunch was so delicious that we simply had to go back for dinner, even though it meant waiting for a table. Everything we had was fantastically tasty and beautifully presented. We can recommend the burritos, the burger, the poutrine and ESPECIALLY the nachos.

For dessert the vegan cheesecake is gorgeous, and I could forgive the blood orange sorbet for being a little too sweet for my taste because of its beautiful presentation and array of little extras like dried strawberry slices!

We are visiting Canmore and Banff this Christmas as a family, and as two of my daughters are vegan we will most definitely frequent this restaurant, as, unusually, all of the dishes can be made vegan.

Pros: Exceptional food and friendly service

Cons: May have to wait for a table, and you will eat too

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Different - Edit

We visited while staying in Banff having done our research before hand on Happy Cow.
For us, a group of four vegetarians with differing tastes , the concept that each dish was a sharing dish was novel and ultimately disappointing.
We each chose a dish that we liked the sound of and it was explained that each dish would be served separately for each of the party to share. We chose two smaller dishes and one main (King Kong noodles). While the two smaller dishes were tasty the noodle dish lacked vegetables and nuts and certainly did not look like the picture on the website.
Perhaps this was just not too our taste but we left feeling very disappointed and still hungry

Pros: nice to find restaurant catering for vegetarians a, location

Cons: Could opt for sharing dishes in the evening, small 1/2 size portions (only just enough for one), main course nothing like image and lacking in veg

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amazing beautiful food - Edit

best vegan food possibly ever. we were there at lunchtime and first thing the waitress said to us was that anything on the menu could be made vegan- and not just by removing items. absolutely stunning food, highly recommend. would go to banff again just to eat here again. seriously.

Pros: everything can be done vegan.

Cons: nothing.

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