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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#28 of 2,182 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Chilliwack, Canada
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124 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant was recommended by the front desk at our hotel. We weren't really sure when we walked in - a little dark and noisy and "cramped" feeling. Not much room to move around. We were immediately greeted by one of the friendliest wait staff I have ever experienced. She walked us through the food and drink offerings. We shared... More 

Thank ctichel1
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I want to write my review because of the Steelhead Trout. Visited Ottawa from T.O., my buddy surprised me by taking me to a tiny place on Bank St. Didn't quite know what to expect (since Ottawa has only few (2) good restaurants)...so I went along. The place is very small and shady by the look of the hosts/waiters and... More 

Thank Ri B
Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A casual atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, and excellent food. We started with the tartar, which was delicious, followed by the salmon, which was tasty and well prepared. I will definitely go back next time I'm in Ottawa!

Thank Robyn B
Buckhorn, Canada
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have reviewed before but continue to love this restaurant. Visited again in February with customers and had a fantastic dinner. Favorites: Oyster stout Clam chowder Lobster risotto Any desert Staff are attentive, caring and efficient. Cooking staff at grill are friendly and helpful. See you next time in ottawa

1 Thank Andrew S
Antwerp, New York
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our meals were really tasty but I expected a bit more for the price. The average meal is $30 and don't plan on a doggy bag. A dozen Oysters were $35, the Steelhead Trout was a substitute for the Salmon @ $32 and the Octopus w/ fingerlings was $30. We each had 2 small slices of bread and would have... More 

Thank Lisa K
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

We stopped by for lunch, near our hotel. Small, cozy place with excellent food and service. Creative cooking with excellent results. We had mussels in a coconut broth with fries on the side. Enjoyed our experience to the extent that we also booked for dinner that night. Again excellent results. My wife had an exceptional seafood chowder to start and... More 

Thank Cedarstrip
St. John's, Canada
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This might have been the nicest meal I have had in awhile. I ordered the walleye and it was cooked to perfection and the sauce was very tasty. The home made bread was also a nice touch and was great to soak up any extra sauce. The space is fairly small but was quite busy for a weekday so I... More 

Thank NLtrout
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Perhaps for culinary experts, Whalesbone does not have the greatest food or the best even seafood in Ottawa but it is hard to find a place with more exquisite atmosphere and food combined. From the bench for 4 right overlooking the kitchen to the incredible bar, Whalesbone delivers in spades. Don't mistake it, this is a small place with room... More 

1 Thank Peter k
Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Tried to go to their new location on Elgin and for a second time (spontaneity with out of town guests didn't work out) I was disappointed. The bank street squeeze into the bar last spot left did not disappoint. The staff are packed full of personality and warm energy. They even has spare reading glasses. AC/DC on vinyl. Fun fun... More 

Thank CapCityNomad
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Best selection of oysters in a super casual environment. Everything we have tried here we have enjoyed. The only suggestion would be a few more red wine options.

Thank LizSeabright

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$101
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?