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Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Adventure Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
+1 403-762-4616
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Overview
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“elk burger” (102 reviews)
“ribs” (78 reviews)
“pizza” (106 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Adventure Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a pub type setting. We loved sitting by the fireplace while we sipped speciality coffees. The soup and salads were delicious. The server was very friendly and personable.More

Thank Lynne E
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi, Thank - you for writing a review of the Elk and the Oarsman. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your soup and salad and your server was friendly and personable . Our fireplace is an added bonus at this time of the year the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Met some locals who had 2 thumbs up for Elk & Oarsman. We were hungry after hiking Johnston Canyon. Chose the Sunday special of steak and lobster. Lobster was cooked perfect. It’s always disappointing to eat a tough lobster. Both out steaks were done perfect,...More

Thank kris r
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you Hungry Hikers We are thrilled that your meals were cooked to perfection. We hope to see you at the Elk and the Oarsman again soon to try another of our weekly specials. Peter does an amazing job and keeps up with all that goes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So disappointed with this place. We got a couple drinks and both glasses had lipstick on them and were completely dirty. Then I ordered the steak and lobster and the gravy tasted like windex cleaner. I literally thought they dumped cleaner in their gravy. My...More

Thank Freespirit_Foodies
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are very sorry that you had a poor experience at The Elk and the Oarsman. We take these reviews seriously and will be speaking with our chef and kitchen staff immediately. Lori Paton Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A favorite of ours whenever we are in the area! The burgers are great, and its fantastic that you get 2 sides for the price. Service was a little lackadaisical when we visited recently but they were a bit understaffed - we'll be back :)More

Thank Peaks2Pacific
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Elk and the Oarsman. We are pleased to know that we are one of your favourites and that you continue to come back for that great burger. We will do our best to ensure you receive...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You really cannot beat the E&O steak sandwich special. The steak is excellent quality, you would not complain if it served as a main meal. Great service and atmosphere to boot!More

Thank CheshireJetSetter
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank-you for taking the time to review the Elk and the Oarsman. We are please you received great service and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future to perhaps try one of our other weekly specials. Lori...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We shared a rack on Special Thursday! Great atmosphere. Step outside for a great view and pic.Good selection of beer. Server was knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank ekucz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Server was definitely new, wasn’t able to answer any questions I had, got the special wrong. I ordered a Guinness and Elk Poutine, the beer came fast enough but the food took forever and was obviously under the heat lamp for quite a bit of...More

Thank JamesTV27
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for taking the time to send us a review. We are very sorry that the server was not able to give you correct information. We take these concerns very seriously and the appropriate people have been advised. We hope that you will come and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go to the Elk and Oarsman after looking online and finding their daily specials. We arrived about 6:45 in the hopes of getting the evening's special dinner plate, spare ribs. We placed our orders, but the waiter returned to say that they...More

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with a friend for thanksgiving dinner and had already booked (which I highly recommend). There was a long wait for drinks and for the bill at the end. We almost felt like the staff were annoyed we were asking for drinks. I...More

Thank tamaralouisepollock
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Banff has lots of restaurants to choose from when it comes to food of all types. We found Elk &!Oarsman to be our favorite. You can smell wood burning in the large fireplace as soon as you walk in. Makes the place feel very cozy....More

Thank ESully
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stillwaiting4201
January 24, 2017|
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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
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kevfriend
October 3, 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
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PennyT47
September 30, 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$70
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Monday
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Adventure Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-4616
  • E-mail
Description
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.
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