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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (174 reviews)
“walleye” (18 reviews)
“chowder” (26 reviews)
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Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife & I were in Ottawa for Remembrance Day weekend this year and found Whalesbone Oyster House on Elgin, and it became our favourite place to eat! They have a great selection of oysters, as well as the rest of their menu, but it...More

1  Thank Dale P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an experience!! I had oysters from four different parts of Canada and the absolute BEST clam chowder I have ever had...Sasso and Phil at the bar made me feel like they were greeting a long lost friend. Add the wonderful food and great drinks...More

1  Thank lloydrweaver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous clam chowder and the service was excellent. Highly recommend for seafood. If you like seafood and a unique spin on your meal try this restaurant.

Thank cjfarms
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

I'm not an oyster fan, but my wife had cravings for them so I looked up and this was recommended as the place to go if you are in Ottawa wanting for oysters. Place is small and cosy, very agreable. Service was stupendous. My wife...More

Thank Alvaro A
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We popped into the Whalebone on our first evening in Ottawa, purely because it was close to our apartment. It’s a small restaurant that specialises in Oysters. We aren’t oyster lovers so had the ‘Mackerel & Pork’ and the Salmon. Both meals were very good....More

Thank Phil G
Reviewed 16 September 2017

It's been here for years... and is still packed. It has been so successful that they opened up a sister restaurant in Westboro (Elmdale) and then a bigger spot closer to the nightlife (Whalesbone Elgin). But success hasn't gotten to their head. In fact with...More

Thank Derek H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A nice little restaurant specializing in fish and seafood. The ambience, food and wine were all fine but prices on the high side. Special occasions only (unless you have money to spend).

1  Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 30 August 2017

A complete package! We didn't have reservations and this is a small restaurant, so we sat at the bar ... which was a plus, because the bartender catered to us and was very friendly and helped us with our order. I had the Cod, which...More

Thank danger2015
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The food was amazing, cozy and super friendly and amazing customer service! Delicious oysters, mussels and seafood risotto!

Thank Ana H
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Oysters might be the novelty and the focus, but judging by what we ordered and tasted (walleye and chocolate dessert)' the rest of the menu ain't up to much - or certainly the taste, quality and portions don't match the price. A good atmosphere, but...More

Thank JoolsFH
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15 September 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't have one.
Gabrielle R
5 August 2016|
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Response from Lobsterrol | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea. Sorry. I know the menu changes daily.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$101
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-231-8569
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