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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice setting on the rooftop at lunchtime. However while not busy the service was quite average. Didn’t find the staff attentive- repeat order of drinks was forgotten. Required a couple of reminders. Food order slow. Food was okay but overpriced .I didn’t feel we got...value for money.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Mayo and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We would appreciate feedback on how we can improve. Please call (403) 762-4616 at your earliest convenience.

Reviewed April 23, 2024

The service was amazing! The cheese burger was missing the cheese. The steak sandwich very tough for triple A beef! Pesto Pasta and Elk dip awesome. Very very noisy . Not a good place to chat. Would not recommend highly unless for watching sports.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Beverly P. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the service and some of the dishes you tried. We apologize for the issues you experienced with the cheeseburger and steak sandwich, and we appreciate your...More

Reviewed March 28, 2024 via mobile

Ate (and drank) a number of times recently here. Their Elk dip is to die for and the elk ravioli my hubby ate was just amazing. Great place to watch the footie- can always get to watch an English game here. Will keep coming back...to eat and drink- they have happy hour for drinkies and specials through the week 🤤More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2024

Hey there! Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear you've been enjoying our elk dishes and finding them delicious. It's awesome to know you're a fan of our spot for catching the footie too! We'll be looking forward to...More

Reviewed March 24, 2024

Ate here 4 nights out of 7! The specials are great - especially the steak sandwich or rib racks. Great service, good food, nice vibe. Worth a visit, I'd recommend a table by the fire.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2024

Wow, 4 out of 7 nights? You're officially part of the Elk & Oarsman fam! We're thrilled you enjoyed our specials, especially the steak sandwich and rib racks. Thanks a bunch for the love and recommendation!

Reviewed March 13, 2024 via mobile

Recently visited banff from South Wales, UK. As rugby fans we were looking for a place to watch the 6 nations rugby games last weekend. The name of this bar kept cropping up, so we gave it a go. All staff, and management, Tim, Jordan...and Jessica, were very welcoming, and looked after us so well the two days we came in, and all the other rugby fans. Breakfast was good both days, loved the French toast. Good atmosphere, great place if you want to catch up on sport. Thank you.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2024

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, Tracey! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed watching the 6 nations rugby games at our bar and that our staff, including Tim, Jordan, and Jessica, provided excellent service. We're delighted to hear...More

Reviewed September 27, 2023

A stunning view from the main bar level as we relaxed over a few drinks. The drinks menu was quite extensive with several choices of cocktails and local brews alongside the usual favourites. Hard to chose what to have for dinner as there are plenty...of dishes. W had the open steak sandwich and Elk Ravioli-both large served and delicious. Staff attentive and very friendly. Great atmosphereMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the stunning view from our main bar level and that you had a relaxing time over drinks. It's fantastic to know that you found our...More

Reviewed September 13, 2023

We were only there for drinks so can't comment of food. But the views are stunning so worth the tall climb to the rooftop (not sure if it is handicap accessible). Drinks are drinks and service was slow (by this point in our trip we...were accustomed to ridiculously slow service).More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the stunning views from our rooftop. We apologize if the service was slower than you had anticipated. We appreciate your feedback and will take it into consideration to...More

Reviewed September 12, 2023

Do not go to this place unless you want to listen to the local people complain about every nationality. I couldn’t even finish my beer. Had to get out ASAP.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are sorry to hear about your negative experience at our restaurant. We value diversity and inclusivity, and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination or negative behavior. We apologize for any...More

Reviewed September 2, 2023 via mobile

Only stopped in to watch an NCAAF game if it was one of their 22 big screens. Rob, the Asst. Mgr. searched their database, found the game, put it on the main big screen. Sat 3 hours in a very delightful setting. Watched game then...stayed for dinner. Excellent. Wings during were as good as they get.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, James. We're delighted to hear that our assistant manager, Rob, was able to locate the NCAAF game you were interested in and display it on our main big...More

Reviewed August 24, 2023

Pretty good place. Lots of draft beer selection which was nice. Food was pretty good. I had a nice salad although it didn't have any dressing to speak of.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2023

Thank you for your kind review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our extensive draft beer selection and found our food to be pretty good. We apologize for the oversight with the dressing on your salad and will make sure to address this issue....More

Reviewed August 12, 2023

Great roof top terrace. We stopped here for a light lunch after walking all morning. We shared nachos and my husband had a burger with 2 sides. Plenty of food for 4 of us. Great views and great service, I would recommend a visit here.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our rooftop terrace and had a satisfying lunch with your family. It's wonderful to know that our nachos and burger with...More

Reviewed August 3, 2023

Service was slow. We each needed to ask for a second drink even though the patio wasn’t very busy. I also thought the ravioli was a very small portion for the price.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent visit. We strive to provide prompt and attentive service to all of our guests, regardless of how busy our patio may be, and we're disappointed to hear we may have missed the mark....More

Reviewed August 2, 2023

This pub was recommended by a local and it was the BEST food and the prices were very reasonable! It also has a rooftop patio with great views. I highly recommend this place when visiting Banff!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our delicious food and found our prices to be reasonable. We are also glad that you had the opportunity...More

Reviewed July 22, 2023

Terrible service; recommended by the Visitor Center. Horrible experience! Had to ask for service (menus, several times where was our good, had to ask for check). Food came out cold.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2023

Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention, Robert. We are truly sorry to hear that you had a less than satisfactory visit to our restaurant. We strive to provide excellent service to all of our guests, and it is disappointing to learn that...More

Reviewed July 17, 2023

We had been touring and walking all over Banff and found this place for an earlier dinner. What luck-we were there when the steak sandwich( actually steak on a toasted bread) was half price!!! The steak was flavor ful and tender no matter which way...it was ordered by members of our group. We liked it so much we stopped 2 days latter, and the ribs were on special. These were the meatiest ribs I have ever had. Their salads were large. Drinks were great and the bartenders each night made a expresso martini to one members exact specifications- she declared it the best she ever had! Waitstaff were attentive and helpful.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Verre YVR, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our steak sandwich and found it to be flavorful and tender. It's great to know that our ribs exceeded your...More

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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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When I ate at this restaurant they had just seated a bus tour of 50+ people.
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