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The Whalesbone Oyster House

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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” (186 reviews)
“walleye” (20 reviews)
“mackerel” (19 reviews)
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Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited The Whalebone on Elgin on a Tuesday night with 3 friends. No one was particularly thrilled with their meals, especially since one of our friends has frequented the Bank St location on numerous occasions and had given rave reviews. My friend and I both...More

Thank LLD40
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow the oysters were fabulous the different condiments were excellent. You must try the lemon Scotch condiment_ wow. The oysters were fresh and shucked when we ordered, they were so fresh. The service was above excellent. You must try this place. Its out of this...More

Thank bsrosie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first time at The Whalesbone, and won’t be our last! We were very impressed with the service and the food. The ambiance was nice as well, well spaced out, good for a small, medium, and larger groups.Our server was very knowledgeable, and able to...More

Thank Mikmar_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is tastiest seafood I have ever experienced. The staff is fun and friendly. The funky music and lively, casual atmosphere is amazing and inviting. I highly recommend: - a dozen assorted oysters - thai lime mussels (the smell is intoxicating) - seafood chowder (amazing...More

Thank MalRaddalgoda
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

This tiny restaurant has what you need; fresh oysters, fish, soup, good wine, friendly attentive staff and music played on record player. You must simply love this place.

Thank Anneli N
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

You’ll never disappoint anyone having a business lunch here. Nice food. Great drinks. Nice cozy atmosphere.

Thank Michael P
Reviewed March 29, 2018

I have been to the Whalesbone in the past few years for Lunch at least 6 times, had a good experience each time. Dinner there however is quite a different thing. On March 28th for 8pm we had booked the large table in the front...More

3  Thank SenatorsRock
Reviewed March 18, 2018

I had heard positive comments regarding this restaurant and I now know that it was all deserved. From the oysters (with fresh grated horseradish), to the salad, to the main (seafood with risotto- perfect plate to share) and the dessert, everything was absolutely delectable. We...More

1  Thank Dani U
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

I have been to the Whalesbone on Bank street many times and have always recommended it to others as one of my favorite restaurants. After this visit, I’m not sure I will go back. The oysters and service were excellent as usual. The mains were...More

Thank MsBuckhorn
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

I regularly choose the whalesbone when in town for business. This trip was very disappointing as both meals served were cold including the seafood risotto which seemed like it had been cooked then stored in the cooler. The restaurant did comp the main dishes but...More

1  Thank Andrew S
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September 15, 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-231-8569
  • E-mail
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