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Elk and Oarsman Pub and Restaurant

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American, Pub, Canadian, Pizza
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119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Ski Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
(403) 762-4616
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Television, Waitstaff

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  • 203
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  • 228
    Very good
  • 99
    Average
  • 37
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  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food & drinks!

We visited the Elk and Oarsman for dinner during our recent ski trip to Banff. The service was fast and friendly and we were immediately shown to our table with our drinks following soon afterwards. For dinner, I was initially going to have the burger special but was talked into trying their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Moondoggie317
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Woodbridge, Canada
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Woodbridge, Canada
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245 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Elk and Oarsman for dinner during our recent ski trip to Banff. The service was fast and friendly and we were immediately shown to our table with our drinks following soon afterwards. For dinner, I was initially going to have the burger special but was talked into trying their ribs which the server said were best she... More 

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Thank Moondoggie317
Leeds, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A firm favourite from a previous visit to Banff. Good food and good atmosphere, beer great too. Visited twice for dinner and had excellent burgers and sweet potato fries. Service was good too.

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Thank Deb_Ian1976
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thursday night the full rack of ribs were 30% off in price. Good value for this town. Tender ribs with a small serving of slaw but a good side of fries. I noticed on other nights they had specials e.g. Wed night was $10 burgers. They offered a game with the opportunity to win drinks or $ off your bill... More 

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Thank Aussnowboarder
Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Elk is always our first port of call for food when we arrive in Banff, after a long flight and jet lag taking its toll we just want a nice casual meal in a comfortable surrounding. Service is good, food is good. Fab ribs on rib night (Thursday). Always ask to sit in front of bar area as back... More 

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Thank lucyjanemitchell
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79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little pub to go to after a day on the slopes. Tons of great food and drinks. Lots of good specials. Is close to everything.

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Thank Matt G
Annapolis Valley, NS
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130 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Elk and Oarsman twice during our time in Banff. The first time was for a drink before dinner elsewhere. They have a good selection of good draft ale and the barman was quite friendly. He recognized us 3 nights later when we returned for dinner on Sunday night. My wife enjoyed her salad with... More 

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Thank Valleyguy2008
Edmonton, Canada
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99 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is unbelievable - good portions and daily specials and happy hour deals - The pub is upstairs and does have some good views of the main street

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Thank wayne p
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here with friends one Friday night. There were several tables open in the front section, but they led our foursome around the bar and seated us at a table in the back. We were the only ones seated there during our entire meal. The food was fair. I did not like the elk meatballs and the sweet... More 

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Thank bluebonnet-and-bat
Innisfil, ON
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay bar for a drink and to watch the game, however the service and food were extremely disappointing. Had the Pulled Pork Sandwich; there were no options for a different bun type. I asked for no coleslaw on the sandwich, and no citrus vinaigrette on the salad, and neither occurred. They did provide a fresh pulled pork sandwich, but only... More 

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Thank thedogcomesfirst
Perth, Australia
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87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't been to the "Elk" for years but decided to return for dinner for Thursday night rib night to see if the ribs were still as good as they used to be. If anything they were better! For $19 you get a full rack ($29 normally).

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Thank Terry B

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Restaurant Details

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: (403) 762-4616

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 70
  • Cuisine: American, Pub, Canadian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?