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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 154
    Excellent
  • 173
    Very good
  • 74
    Average
  • 32
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best ribs in town

In my season in banff, I have visited the elk many times on a thursday for rib night. As the ribs are superb and the fries that accompany them are top draw to!! Service is nice and friendly, made to feel very welcome there and often walk in as a large group of 10+ and are seated right away... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
feedthebees
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Midhurst, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We picked this pub to watch the Calgary Flames playoff game! Great choice! We walked in earlier in the afternoon and asked for a reservation. They set us up with a great table in what I call "The flames fan section". We had a blast! Great drink specials, great table and lots of TV's to see all the action! Food... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Late meal, salad was soggy, food didn't have much taste. Others around us said good things - maybe we just ordered the wrong food

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Milwaukee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

First time to Banff and selected the E&O to hopefully watch the NCAA basketball playoff game. Hockey was on all the TVs, however the manager graciously put the game on two large big screen TVs just for the four of us Wisconsin Badger fans. During the game we grazed on elk sliders, elk pizza and elk poutine. All of the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited with wife in April. Bar staff less than engaging.. Had to go to bar to get a drink. Couldn't get a second drink so we left after having to go the bar to get bill.. The bar was not busy! We went across the road to Banff Ave. Brewing Co. Infinitely better..

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

In my season in banff, I have visited the elk many times on a thursday for rib night. As the ribs are superb and the fries that accompany them are top draw to!! Service is nice and friendly, made to feel very welcome there and often walk in as a large group of 10+ and are seated right away. Excellent

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

After waiting to be seated for Sunday Lunch, we were finally shown to a table directly under a cold air vent. However, we were not offered a food menu (the drinks menu was on the table, so why could the food menu not be there too!). We waited 15 mins and after several waiters passed us by with no offer... More 

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Edmonton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Our favourite mountain restaurant! Great service, great food, and our visit is never complete without a visit to the Elk. Casual dining at its absolute best. No better place to go after skiing or a hike. Skip the chains! Eat local!

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Toronto, Canada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Standard pub fare here. Food was decent and good beer selection. Friendly waitstaff. Best part was the lodge-style decor inside - made for comfortable surroundings. Overall a good restaurant.

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Regina, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Relaxed place for a beer and to warm up by the fireplace. The menu had lots of comfort things I wanted to try, in the end I got the steak which was just okay. My family got some very good dishes though. Overall I would go again, but would prob get the tomato soup and grilled cheese to have by... More 

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Alberta
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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We enjoyed a pint along with sharing the very generous portion of artichoke dip/chips. It was serviced with a HUGE amount of nan bread that was delicious as was the dip. Beautiful view from the large windows and sports playing on the multiple tv's in the pub.

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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 70

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
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?