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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.

Menu Samples

  • Appetizers: Chicken Wings: BBQ, hot, salt and pepper; Pork Bites; Nachos; Elk Poutine; Cast Iron Queso: ground elk with jalapeño and tomato in a homemade cheese sauce; Yam Fries; Elk Chili; Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • Salads: Elk Chop Salad: grape tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, romaine, arugula, citrus herb vinaigrette; Winter Roast Beet Salad: roasted beets,  goat cheese, toasted pistachios, arugula, citrus vinaigrette; Caesar Salad
  • Pizza: Elk: beer braised elk, arugula, red onion, marinara, mozzarella, parmesan; BBQ Chicken: grilled chicken, bacon, jalapeños, red onion, marinara, mozzarella, parmesan, BBQ sauce; Canadian: pepperoni, bacon, mushroom, green pepper, marinara, mozzarella, parmesan; Margarita: cherry tomato, fresh basil, marinara, mozzarella, parmesan
  • Burgers: The Oarsman: elk patty, ground bacon, pepper jack cheese; Cheeseburger; Grilled Chicken Sandwich; Spicy Chicken Sandwich; Garden Burger
  • Entrees: Baby Back Ribs: house rib sauce, thick cut fries, coleslaw, full or half rack; Fish and Chips; Baked Chicken Parmesan; Steak Sandwich
  • 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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