Bullocks’ Bistro in Yellowknife

Bison ribeye

Bullocks’ Bistro located at 3534 Weaver Dr in Yellowknife

February 24, 2018:  I had heard all about Bullocks’ Bistro in Yellowknife and definitely knew that I wanted to visit if I had the time to.  I read about it both in Stephanie’s blog post when she went to Yellowknife and also when my mom read another blog post that said if you go to Yellowknife without visiting Bullocks, it’s like you never even went to Yellowknife.  For that reason, I’m really glad that after our dog sledding adventure, our tour guide was able to accommodate my request to drop us off at Bullocks’ Bistro.  It needed no introduction and he already knew where it was.  When he got off the car, he told us that there was going to be a wait list for us to put our names.

Bullocks' Bistro


Lo and behold, there was indeed a wait list when we got there.  It was a clipboard of names pinned up in their small vestibule.  We signed our name on the clipboard and waited to be called in.  It was about 20 minutes of waiting with two parties ahead of us.

Bullocks Bistro doorway

Any surface that is blank, it has been taken over by comments and signatures

Bullocks Bistro waitlist


Bullocks Bistro business hours

Business hours

Once inside, I admired the local aesthetics of the restaurant.  It was a tourist hotspot with thousands and hundreds of previous tourists who had left their marks with notes, photos, business cards, receipts, airplane ticket snubs, and messages all over the wooden table, wall panels, and ceilings.  It was definitely a cool spot to dine in.  I’ve never seen anything like it before!

Bullocks Bistro tables

Table covered with signatures and comments

Bullocks Bistro table

Salad dressing, ketchup, salt and pepper shakers already on the table

Bullocks Bistro walls

Notes from all over the world

Bullocks Bistro ceiling

Even on the ceiling!

The only server (who was also the hostess and cashier) gave us utensils and the menu right away.  She illustrated with a marker to the laminated menu of the items that were available to us that day.  It seems they had a rotating menu of available items.

Bullocks Bistro interior

View of the restaurant from my seat

The menu came with an accompanying sheet that showed how grilled, pan fried, or deep fried looked like in photos and which corresponding items matched up with which type of cooking.  It made it easy especially for those who don’t speak English well to order effortlessly and this method breaks the language barrier a bit.  This is also when you know you have ventured into a popular tourist spot catering to many non-English speakers.

 menu cover

Menu cover

Bullocks Bistro menu and prices

Rotating menu of items

Bullocks Bistro menu

Helpful accompaniment to the menu

The server also gave us a plate of freshly baked bread with butter and cinnamon bread buns.  I couldn’t resist and tried one of the cinnamon buns immediately.  It was good!  We then placed our orders with the server.  (Service here was curt and straight-to-the point.  Since they have so many customers and are so popular, the server was no nonsense when it came to ordering, which some people might perceive to be rude.)

I tried the sliced bread with the butter and it was so good!  (The tour guide also mentioned their bread was good.)  It was soft and a bit chewy :).

 Bread and cinnamon balls

Bread and cinnamon balls

I realized after making the order that instead of ‘half and half’ or salad and fries, I wanted one plate with ‘half and half’ and another with just salad. When I informed the server, she said they usually just serve with ‘half and half’ as the norm and implied she wouldn’t be able to make the change.

 Bullocks Bistro food sizes

Such large portions

Deep Fried Arctic Char

Deep Fried Arctic Char. $39.95

The Deep Fried Arctic Char and Grilled Buffalo Ribeye plates arrived shortly.  The portions were large and the food looked so good.

The arctic char was like a salmon and I was glad that the meat was moist enough and quite tasty.  Like the Elke’s Table from last night, the tartar sauce here was impeccable and improved the arctic char’s taste by a lot.  Their tartar sauce was provided in a small container with a spoon.

Grilled Buffalo Ribeye

Grilled Buffalo Ribeye. $39.95

The Grilled Buffalo Ribeye turned out to be the highlight of the meal despite Bullocks Bistro being most well-known for their fish and chips.  The buffalo ribeye was so tender and not chewy at all.  It came out in a nice medium rare as I had asked for.  Best of all, it came in a pool of sauce with sautéed red peppers and onions.  It was so delicious! :9

The salad was nice and fresh with the salad dressing self-serve on the table in a glass bottle.  I was so impressed with the fries too.  They were extra delicious when sopped up with the steak sauce. 🙂

 Bollocks Bistro lunch

Coolest restaurant I’ve had in recent memory

After our satisfying meal (we couldn’t even finish everything and doggybagged it. Good thing we didn’t end up ordering the Buffalo Stew after the server told us our order would be too much with a third item), we returned back to the hotel.

 Bollocks Bistro interior

So many interesting decor pieces

 Bollocks Bistro interior

Inside of the restaurant

 Bollocks Bistro interior


 Bread and butter and cinnamon balls

Bread and butter and cinnamon balls

So glad that I got to try Bullocks Bistro!  It really is a must-visit for tourists who come to Yellowknife.  If you come with a group, definitely share the dishes so you can try more of what’s on the menu!

Bullocks' Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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  1. Pingback: Day 3 in Yellowknife 2018: Dog sledding, Bullock’s Bistro, Stuck in the snow | stenoodie

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