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Elk & Oarsman

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Second Floor, 119 Banff Avenue
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One of Banff’s most popular sports pubs and restaurants, the Elk & Oarsman features house-cut steaks and house-ground burgers from Canadian beef. Their game specialties include elk, of course. The food here is “as homemade as it gets” and the venue was voted among Buzzfeed’s top 12 mountain pubs in Canada.


Timber and river rock décor (and local sports memorabilia) impart a Rocky Mountain feel. The spacious rooftop patio is a great place to meet friends and admire Tunnel, Rundle and Sulphur mountains in summer. In winter, seats by the huge stone fireplace are coveted. Window-side view tables are popular year ‘round.

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  • Appetizers: wings (mango bourbon, salt and pepper, BBQ, hot, suicide); bruschetta; nachos; spinach artichoke dip; elk poutine; calamari fritti; dry ribs
  • Salads (add chicken or shrimp): Caesar; seasonal
  • Pizzas (with gluten-free options): bourbon chicken (grilled chicken, mozzarella, mango bourbon sauce); Elk & Oarsman deluxe (elk, bacon, caramelized onions, mozzarella); Canadian (pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, mozzarella)
  • Burgers: house-ground bison, beef or elk; choice of two sides
  • Sandwiches: crispy chicken wrap (cheddar tortilla, ranch dressing); 6-oz steak (onion frizzles, garlic focaccia)
  • Guinness Battered Cod Fish and Chips with Coleslaw
  • BBQ Baby Back Ribs
  • Steaks: AAA Alberta beef aged a minimum of 28 days; 8-oz New York,
    6-oz top sirloin
  • Gluten-Free Menu: nachos (corn tortillas, melted cheddar and
    Jack cheese, bruschetta, green onions, banana peppers); chicken wings
  • Desserts: gluten-free chocolate almond torte; New York cheesecake

Mains$15 to $30; daily specials; kids’ menu from $8; vegetarian, gluten-free and late night menus

Drinks: wines $35, 10 choices, $8 to $12 by the glass, 10 choices; 14 beers on tap, 16 bottled selections

11:30 am to late; children welcome until 10 pm
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