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Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Adventure Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
+1 403-762-4616
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Overview
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Adventure Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Situated above the shops on Banff Avenue it is easy to walk passed this restaurant but once inside it had a nice atmosphere. The menu has favourites like pulled pork and burgers but you can also opt for something a bit different like Elk bolognese....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank nickic310
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this from the Uk back in September. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. There were 8 of us and when we arrived our allocated table was at the back of the restaurant next to the toilets with no atmosphere. The food was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gillianweatherburn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looks a bit rough and ready from downstairs, but very friendly once you are up. We had a booth which frankly was a little small, but it was OK. Typical sports bar but not too loud, food was usual fare but not bad actually, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rb3333
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for taking the time to review The Elk and the Oarsman. We are sorry that your service was just ok under normal circumstances our staff goes above and beyond to provide the best customer service possible. We are thrilled that you will recommend us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We often find ourselves having lunch here. The entire family loves the atmosphere and the good food. Prices are great too. Definitely a place to have a bite or a pint. Always sports on the TVs (Liverpool vs MCI had the place rocking yesterday)

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank markandcathycalgary
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Happy New Year Thank - you for writing a review of the Elk and the Oarsman. We are thrilled that your family enjoys the atmosphere and the food . We look forward to serving you again in the near future. Lori Paton Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Beers were good but the food was average. We had their elk burger as well as their standard burger. Both of us had issue with the buns being very dry/stale tasting. The patties also were dry. At $18 each we were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 883JillF
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, I happy to hear that the beers you had were good but sorry the Elk and Oarsman's food was not up to our high standards. I have passed your comments on to our kitchen manager in hopes that this will not happen again. Lori...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It has a bad reputation in town for the way they treat staff. The food is good but service not so much. I’ve avoided the place for a few months because of it but gave it another go. They have a habit of adding drinks...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RossB88
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good afternoon, I am the owner of the Elk and Oarsman. My email is craigpaton7@me.com. I would like some more information on how we treat our staff. I know that at times staff may not want to work to the standards we put forward but...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going here aprés ski for years. The quality and service has gone downhill significantly. Nachos 1/2 cooked and barely any toppings. One of our daughters is vegan and the only option was the skillet cauliflower. Apparently This was “roasted “ and came...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Xcountryjill
Dean119, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for taking the time to review The Elk and Oarsman. Im sorry that you have found the quality and service has gone downhill. We take great pride in our staff who normally go above and beyond to provide the best customer service. I have...More

Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner at the last minute. Called when we were down the street and they had a perfect table waiting. Very nice. My friend ordered the chicken wings and Omg did they sound amazing: honey and sriracha. They arrived and were HUGE. Literally...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Crowlberg
Reviewed November 26, 2018

We made a reservation and had 24 people on the weekend. They went over and above what we expected. Appys were fantastic, drinks were so great, and the service was phenomenal! We will definitely be back. Thanks for taking care of us!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank OnAir791907
Reviewed November 9, 2018

This is a pub type setting. We loved sitting by the fireplace while we sipped speciality coffees. The soup and salads were delicious. The server was very friendly and personable.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lynne E
Dean119, Manager at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

Hi, Thank - you for writing a review of the Elk and the Oarsman. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your soup and salad and your server was friendly and personable . Our fireplace is an added bonus at this time of the year the...More

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stillwaiting4201
January 24, 2017|
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Response from LoriPaton | Property representative |
Hi if you would like to call us on 1-403-762-4616 and ask for either Dean or Brady we can discuss this further. Thanks
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kevfriend
October 3, 2015|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
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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PennyT47
September 30, 2015|
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Response from Rmt2507 | Reviewed this property |
When I ate at this restaurant they had just seated a bus tour of 50+ people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$70
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Banff Avenue | Second Floor Above The Adventure Hub, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-4616
  • E-mail
Description
Established in 2005, The Elk & Oarsman is Banff’s premier sports pub & restaurant. The timber & river rock décor & beautiful stone fireplace make The Elk & Oarsman a favorite for locals & tourists from around the world. The Elk offers the best in food, live entertainment, twelve draft selections and true hospitality. Our summertime rooftop patio offers an amazing 360° view of rocky mountain scenery, and in cooler weather our inviting wood burning fireplace will warm you as you relive a day on the slopes.
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