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Elk & Oarsman

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Second Floor, 119 Banff Avenue
403.762.4616
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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.

Atmosphere

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.

Menu Samples

  • Appetizers: Chicken Wings: BBQ, honey garlic, hot, salt and pepper, sweet chili, maple sriracha; Roasted Cauliflower Skillet; Nachos; Elk Arancini; Elk Poutine; Calamari; Boneless Pork Ribs
  • Salads: Garden Salad: mixed greens, cherry tomato, cucumber, honey mustard lime vinaigrette; Winter Roast Beet Salad: roasted beets, whipped goat cheese, toasted pistachios, arugula, sherry vinaigrette
  • Flatbreads: Braised Elk: roasted red peppers, sweet onions, mozzarella, thyme, arugula; Pulled Pork: BBQ sauce, red onion, mozzarella, jalapeños, sour cream; Roasted Mushroom: button mushrooms, garlic butter, goat cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, arugula, truffle oil
  • Burgers: Classic Beef Burger: 100% Alberta beef, cheddar, house made burger sauce; Elk Burger: Monterey jack cheese, jalapeño mango aioli; Crispy or Grilled Chicken Burger
  • Sandwiches: Pulled Pork Sandwich: BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, pickled onions, coleslaw, ciabatta bun; Steak Sandwich: 6oz Alberta sirloin, sautéed mushrooms, onion frizzles, ciabatta
  • Roast Atlantic Salmon: pan fried, cucumber dill horseradish, mashed potato, seasonal vegetables
  • Baby Back Ribs: paprika dry rub, house rib sauce, thick cut fries, coleslaw, full or half rack
  • AAA New York Strip Loin: 8 oz Canadian striploin, mashed potato, seasonal vegetables, whiskey peppercorn sauce
  • Desserts: Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Torte; Apple Caramel Cheesecake
  • Gluten free menu is available, the kitchen also has a dedicated gluten free fryer

Mains$18 to $30; daily specials; kids’ menu from $8; vegetarian, gluten-free and late night menus

Drinks: wines $34, 11 choices, $8 to $12 by the glass, 11 choices; 15 beers on tap, 17 bottled selections

Monday to Wednesday 12 - 11 pm, Thursday to Saturday 12 - 12 am, Sun 11 - 12 am; children welcome until 10 pm
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