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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
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 149
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 32
    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
Nice Place

Loved the Greek Quinoa Salad! it was very tasty. They have a nice wood burning fireplace, and it definitely sets the tone. Nice decor and great service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Moira S
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Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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436 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Loved the Greek Quinoa Salad! it was very tasty. They have a nice wood burning fireplace, and it definitely sets the tone. Nice decor and great service.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Just one thing has really bugged me about this place. I ordered a "Rack of Elk" , the actual dish had one rib. Not impressed and feel the description is misleading. One rib is not a rack. It's more the way they handled it that has wound me up.

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Banff National Park, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We used to be regulars here for a Tuesday steak sandwich. Suddenly the service was horrible, the food was always served cold, and I was actually served mashed potatoes straight from the fridge. Not worth it.

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Bath, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Our second day in Banff and we were both suffering with the flu. We needed food but couldn't really face much. We wandered upstairs into this pub. It was basic with wooden floor and solid tables. We sat by a window and could look over the main Banff shopping area. Our server was friendly and helpful. I chose a steak... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My boyfriend and I ordered the Crab and Brie Crusted chicken. When it was brought out I cut into mine and it was a bit raw so my boyfriend cut into his and it was completely raw. The waitress apologised and took it away to have new ones made. The next ones came out and they were fully cooked. I'm... More 

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

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
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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?