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Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar

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Established in 2005, The Elk & Oarsman is Banff’s premier sports pub & restaurant. The timber & river rock décor & beautiful stone fireplace make The Elk & Oarsman a favorite for locals & tourists from around the world. The Elk offers the best in food, live entertainment, twelve draft selections and true hospitality. Our summertime rooftop patio offers an amazing 360° view of rocky mountain scenery, and in cooler weather our inviting wood burning fireplace will warm you as you relive a day on the slopes.
PRICE RANGE
US$70
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing server, quick service, good drinks and great food. Loved being there, would go back in a heartbeat

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank K E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with 10 friends on first night of trip. We were seated promptly for a large group on a Saturday. Great service had several rounds. Good food we had nachos, poutine and chicken wings. Nice ambience and a good start to the week!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mwoodgate
LoriPaton, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad to hear that your week got off to a good start. Come back and see us in the summer and enjoy the best deck in Banff. Look forward to seeing you and your friends again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Customer service was excellent! We were a party of four all had different meals, mine being vegetarian, all meals were delicious..only picky comment would be the washroom...not as clean as they could be. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank FrequentFlier783048
LoriPaton, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thanks for your review. We are thrilled that you received excellent customer service. We pride ourselves on our staff and the service they provide. I have made mention to out general manager with regards to the washroom. We look forward to seeing you again....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a drink but ended up staying for dinner. Great location and the service was excellent. We came during happy hour which was a bonus. My husband had a few Moscow mules and you could taste the alcohol. I had a craft bear...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Goaliemom53
LoriPaton, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank-you for taking the time to review the Elk and oarsman. We are happy to hear you had such a good meal experience and atmosphere was relaxing. We look forward to seeing you again when you are back in Banff. Lori

Reviewed January 12, 2019

Situated above the shops on Banff Avenue it is easy to walk passed this restaurant but once inside it had a nice atmosphere. The menu has favourites like pulled pork and burgers but you can also opt for something a bit different like Elk bolognese....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank nickic310
LoriPaton, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank-you for taking the time to review The Elk and Oarsman. So glad that you found us. We are always improving our menu bringing you more favorites. We hope to see you again soon. Lori

Reviewed January 6, 2019

I booked this from the Uk back in September. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. There were 8 of us and when we arrived our allocated table was at the back of the restaurant next to the toilets with no atmosphere. The food was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gillianweatherburn
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Looks a bit rough and ready from downstairs, but very friendly once you are up. We had a booth which frankly was a little small, but it was OK. Typical sports bar but not too loud, food was usual fare but not bad actually, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rb3333
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

Thank-you for taking the time to review The Elk and the Oarsman. We are sorry that your service was just ok under normal circumstances our staff goes above and beyond to provide the best customer service possible. We are thrilled that you will recommend us...More

Reviewed January 4, 2019

We often find ourselves having lunch here. The entire family loves the atmosphere and the good food. Prices are great too. Definitely a place to have a bite or a pint. Always sports on the TVs (Liverpool vs MCI had the place rocking yesterday)

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank markandcathycalgary
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

Happy New Year Thank - you for writing a review of the Elk and the Oarsman. We are thrilled that your family enjoys the atmosphere and the food . We look forward to serving you again in the near future. Lori Paton Owner

Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Beers were good but the food was average. We had their elk burger as well as their standard burger. Both of us had issue with the buns being very dry/stale tasting. The patties also were dry. At $18 each we were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 883JillF
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

Hello, I happy to hear that the beers you had were good but sorry the Elk and Oarsman's food was not up to our high standards. I have passed your comments on to our kitchen manager in hopes that this will not happen again. Lori...More

Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

It has a bad reputation in town for the way they treat staff. The food is good but service not so much. I’ve avoided the place for a few months because of it but gave it another go. They have a habit of adding drinks...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RossB88
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Good afternoon, I am the owner of the Elk and Oarsman. My email is craigpaton7@me.com. I would like some more information on how we treat our staff. I know that at times staff may not want to work to the standards we put forward but...More

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stillwaiting4201
January 24, 2017|
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Response from LoriPaton | 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
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kevfriend
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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
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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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