119 Banff Ave
Banff, AB T1L

The Elk & Oarsman Pub & Restaurant

The Elk & Oarsman Pub & Restaurant is a restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 11/27/2013

    A food lover from Clacton-on-sea, E4 tried it.

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 Calgary, AB

Popular Banff Pub

The Elk and Oarsman is a rustic style pub, located on the second floor of a building right on Banff’s main thoroughfare, Banff avenue. It is decorated in wood and stone with memorabilia adorning the walls and a large stone fire place. The phrase “pub” can be misleading because they do allow minors in until 10:00pm. I have been to the Elk numerous times and always found it enjoyable. A must see is their stellar roof top patio. In the summer it has a spectacular view of the mountains that is unequalled.

They have a menu that has typical pub fare but with an emphasis on Canadian cuisine; like classic pub nachos with ground elk. One of the reasons why I frequent this place is one of their delicious signature soups; a roasted garlic and tomato masterpiece that is just the right consistency and perfect on a cold day. Other items of note that I have had are the grilled salmon sandwich, caesar salad and the oarsman deluxe pizza.

The grilled salmon sandwich is served open face on toasted foccacia, with crumbled feta cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and tatziki sauce. The salmon was cooked perfectly and was a good sized portion. I don’t know what kind of feta cheese they use, but this stuff wasn’t the dry restaurant feta I was used to having. Large chunks of delicious cheese were sprinkled atop a home-made tatziki, making for an excellent sandwich. Their caesar salad is served in a half and full size. The half size is plenty, and the salad is served just the way I like it; lots of garlic, lots of dressing and lots of parmesan cheese. The oarsman deluxe pizza is a thin crust pizza topped with lots of tomato sauce, ground beef, sliced grape tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. Generally I don’t like ground beef on pizza, but this was made in house and was a welcome change from the greasy meat I am used to seeing.

The service has always been polite, knowledgeable and fast. Although the Elk doesn’t have the best beer selection if you are looking for something new, they do have their own house brew and all the standbys to please any ale head. For the non beer drinkers they have a fully stocked bar and a few wines.

The Elk is a good choice weather you are looking for the BEST roof top patio in the summer or some great drinks and eats in a warm atmosphere after a day on the ski hills.

Grilled Salmon Sandwich


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