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Elk and Oarsmen Pub & Grill

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119 Banff Ave., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada
(403) 762-4616
Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • 147
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food and drinks

I have been here a couple times and the food is always good. The ribs are awesome and the wings are good too. Sangria is very refreshing in the summer (although they just use frozen berries).

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
sierratreesea
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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431 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

I have been here a couple times and the food is always good. The ribs are awesome and the wings are good too. Sangria is very refreshing in the summer (although they just use frozen berries).

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alberta,canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a pub that is family friendly until 10pm so we thought we would check it out with our kids. They do have highchairs and a kids menu which is good and the kids food was reasonable and good. Our food however left us lacking. I had the Alfredo pasta and it was very bland, tasted like pasta in... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Had dinner here the first night we were in Banff. Food was great and great value for money. Had great service and was no trouble fitting 9 of us in without a booking during the Christmas season.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Came here for NYE 2014 and was not disappointed, for the cheap cheap price of $35pp we got entry, free coat room, party hats, champaign and fireworks at midnight (albeit just viewing other peoples from the roof of the bar) a live band and the following morning a complementary breakfast that was varied and delicious. We managed to get in... More 

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Stopped by for a few beers and a plate of elk poutine. Was a great meal. Perfect place for a few applies after a day of skiing!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is my favorite pub in banff. Great atmosphere. Live music is always awesome. Also a great place to watch the game. Food is awesome and several elk dishes on the menu which is very banff. I recommend the elk poutine its possibly the most canadian thing you will ever eat. Only thing is it seems like the servers rely... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We booked NYE at the Elk, we also ate there one lunchtime. The food was good, although no red velvet cheesecake as billed on the pre release menu. The service was good but we did feel that our waitress was disinterested and would preferred not to be in work. ( it was NYE's after all!) The fireworks at midnight were... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We have eaten here a couple of times and it's a lively place - lots of young bucks - but it is also good for families. The food is pub/bar/grill type stuff but it's nicely done with some more interesting / creative dishes. A good centrally located choice for informal dining plus reasonably priced wine @ 22 CAD for a... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Wicked spot we ate here twice. Christmas dinner was amazing. Thanks for the good food and good times

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

The burgers came out missing ordered toppings and the top of one bun was missing a large piece. The bill had the extra cost toppings on it, but weren't served with it. Therefore the cooks knew the order just didn't care enough to do it right.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 Banff Ave., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: (403) 762-4616

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 70

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?