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Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar

) #30 of 105 Restaurants in Banff $$ - $$$ American, Bar, Pub
119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Ski Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
+1 403-762-4616
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Ski Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had the Elk burgers , Elk Bolognese and Maple Shack beer. Good Food, Good beer, great service, and decent prices

Thank letsbehonest21
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great second story bar...overlooking a main tourist artery in downtown Banff. Good food...nice, attentive wait staff....and so wonderful to be here to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins win game four of the hockey play off series.

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was fast friendly, however my burger was shaped more like a meatball and was overcooked. The fries were ok and the side salad was also just ok. I would not visit this place again to eat, however, I would stop in for a cold...More

Thank Otter2269
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here - there was a live musician playing at the time. Kinda a sports bar feel with simple bar food. Ordered the steak sandwich which was tasty albeit a bit chewy.

Thank Victor K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the food and atmosphere here! Have been here several times and it's probably my favourite restaurant in Banff. Love the kale caesar salad and broccoli cheese soup and service is very good.

Thank pumpkinsrock
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for food on a Friday during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The atmosphere was good - pretty loud for the time of day but Canadians love their hockey. The food was typical Canadian pub grub but was nicely done and the service we received...More

Thank captainplanet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My new hubby and I loved this place. We shared the grilled cheese (seriously THE BEST!) and something else and were not disappointed. We also ordered the berry sangria by the carafe, and I think we had 3 of them! So good. Would definitely recommend...More

Thank kmiller8410
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Upstairs pub/sports bar located on the main drag of Banff Ave. The menu features a lot of rather unimaginative pub items, save for Elk and a few other meats. Their Elk burger was good ( not great ). Elk meatballs also available (although didn't try...More

Thank Fantom_Gormay
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around Banff looking for a burger place and eventually came upon the Elk and Oarsman. Despite a fairly large party of 6 we were seated quickly by the lovely staff and enjoyed the atmosphere with hockey on TV. The veggie burger with coleslaw...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice bar restaurant with great views if you can get a seat in the front. Food and service were good and there are plenty of screens to watch games. Some interesting elk menu items and a nice happy hour make this a worthwhile stop if...More

Thank Bob M
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Hi There, I see a service charge on a receipt what is this for? (it indicates at the bottom of the receipt that it does not include gratuities)
24 January 2017|
Response from ElkandOarsmen | Property representative |
Hi if you would like to call us on 1-403-762-4616 and ask for either Dean or Brady we can discuss this further. Thanks
Hi there, were from the UK and are looking for an evening meal with entertainment on New Year's Eve. Your place looks great but need to ask if my 16year old son is allowed to spend the whole night there with us? I understand there maybe some licensing issues regarding age and evening times? We're trying to book somewhere asap to tie in with our vacation so a speedy response to this would be much appreciated. Many thanks Kevin
3 October 2015|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kevin, I was just a patron of the pub but since I live in the Calgary area I gave Elk and Oarsman a call. They stated that 16 year olds can go into the bar but only up until 10 p.m. Good luck with your New Year's plans... More
Can this restaurant accommodate a Rehearsal Dinner for 60 - 70 people on Thursday, May 26, 2016?
30 September 2015|
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Response from Rmt2507 | Reviewed this property |
When I ate at this restaurant they had just seated a bus tour of 50+ people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 12:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 12:00
11:30 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Ski Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-4616
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