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Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
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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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“elk burger” (89 reviews)
“pizza” (92 reviews)
“ribs” (68 reviews)
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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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1 - 10 of 890 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

The only place in Banff to order ribs - quite simply the best meal of our trip. The atmosphere is great, the beer is tremendous and the staff are friendly.

Thank Calum J
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beer and a burger type of place. Staff were nice and it was clean, has a good view of the mountain too.

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a birthday party and we're very happy with our service. I enjoyed the elk nachos, very tasty and a large portion! Nice place on the 2nd level in downtown Banff.

Thank BHakes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The website did not make this look like just a bar and we thought it would be more family appropriate. While the waitstaff was friendly, the atmosphere was just a bar. Food was just okay and overpriced.

Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here for supper on a girls trip. The service was quick and prompt even though it was a fairly busy long weekend. The food was tasty and reasonably priced and we drank several pitchers of delicious sangria.

Thank Natalie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was pleased to see some Gluten Free food options, but it was odd that they didn't have any Gluten Free beer! Usually the two, as you would think, go hand in hand. Especially now there are several decent options for gluten free beer, so...More

Thank Mitchrj1
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

It's was very busy so we're seated at the back away from the main bar. Which was ok as we didn't want to wait to be seated.The downside was that staff forgot us so the service was very slow.We both had the Bison Burger which...More

Thank frabel
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We stopped at the second floor Elk and Oarsman after a recent work stint in Banff. Like most pubs in the townsite, it caters to a younger demographic than myself – I think I increased the average age of the clientele by 2 years when...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 25 October 2017

A dull bar with a dull selection of beers and dull service. How do so many Canadian bars get away with calling something that isn't a pint a pint?

Thank Ash M
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We tend to head to Banff for the Elk's steak sandwich special as it is of an excellent quality at an amazing price. The Elk always has a good atmosphere and decent service.

Thank UkSil
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Questions & Answers
24 January 2017|
Response from Dean119 | 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
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
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
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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