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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 brunch, lunch, dinner and bar snacks , live entertainment, 14 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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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
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American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i am a very patient individual and very understanding as i work in the restaurant industry. this establishment needs a wake up call. i received horrible service and was given poor excuses from a server. we started out by being sat by an unhappy hostess...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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LoriPaton, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Sports Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good Morning, I just read your review and would like to apologize for our performance. The series of subpar service and product experiences you received are well below the standards expected from both our staff and management. I assure you we will be having very...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for some drinks and they had 3 different sangrias by the pitcher for I believe $18. All 3 were really good, the Very Berry was our favourite but not very much alchohol in them. We also shared the Elk pouting which was really...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first time in Banff we decided to check out some bars on Saturday night. This places was excellent, good beer selection, atmosphere and freindlt fast service.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 18, 2020

In Banff near lunchtime, we stopped in here. It was very busy but we managed to find a table and ordered the full rack of ribs and chips to split. Food was tasty and filling and provided good value. Service was good.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed June 13, 2020

Big plates for the price. The fish and chips is really good and there’s a special every friday for it ! The poutine is alright... quite expensive tho ! And the ribs are good. I recommend the strawberry vodka slush !

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 13, 2020

Happy hour so good prices for food and drink. Large servings, even of appetisers. Elk tacos were different and quite nice.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Once again I had a good time here. A great place to eat, have some beers and watch a game. In my experience, the best sports bar in Banff. Sitting at the bar I got a front row seat to how hard the bartender and...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

You can never go wrong with Thursday Rib Night! $20 for a full rack of absolute perfection. I love the atmosphere of this Bar/Restaurant too, it’s very laid back but super tidy with that premium quality of food and drinks.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Went for Happy Hour and was not disappointed. Burger was delicious, one of the best burgers I have had. Very good service as well. Will be back.

Date of visit: March 2020
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W2515YWlorip, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Sports Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to give such a stellar review of the Elk and the Oarsman. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Had a awesome brunch here!! Ham Benny was delicious! Great service from the lovely Zoe!! Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: March 2020
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W2515YWlorip, Owner at Elk and Oarsman Kitchen and Sports Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to pop onto Trip advisor and your positive review. I will let Zoe know you thought she was a good server and lovely as well. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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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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kevinfriend
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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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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