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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” (169 reviews)
“walleye” (18 reviews)
“chowder” (25 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 husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. We really enjoyed 12 oysters...I've never had them before, but the waitress kindly explained what to do. Unfortunately the lobster was sold out, so I had the octopus instead which was delicious!! My husband found his...More

Thank neshr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went without reservations and were able to sit at the bar. Very casual place that filled with diners in the early evening. The bartenders were fun and we enjoyed an excellent French wine, superb oysters, a great chowder and very good cheese platter. We...More

Thank BuckyandChris
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great adventure awaits you as you choose from a clipboard your choice of meal. Mostly Seafood and Steak, the fair will keep you coming back for more - Lobster, Oysters, Scallops and a variety of fish meals and more will light up your taste...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Once again the Whalesbone made dining fun with friends. Loved the oysters! The record player tops the evening with great music!

Thank amckinnon2016
Reviewed 4 June 2017

A cosy restaurant in downtown area noted for its excellent seafood. Wonderfully fresh oysters. The seared scallops were perfectly prepared. Our party also loved the unique combination of mackerel and pork belly. The deconstructed banana cream pie was a hit.

1  Thank susanbrien
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Okay I have been here a few times and although disappointed the last time everything this time was completely different. I suspect they have changed management or ownership and it IS AMAZING! Last time there was too much focus on the hipster scene with specialty...More

Thank Sunsequitur
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

We lucked into this little restaurant who went out of their way to squeeze us in without a reservation! The three of us enjoyed oysters and a couple of entrees and I just cannot say enough nice things about this place! Service was amazing and...More

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

great restaurant on elgin. attentive staff. Prices are on the higher side of mid range. great wine selection and a good place for a small group to meet and share dishes

Thank Irene H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a small crowded place (35 seats total, 10 at the bar), so you need reservations for a table, unless you are prepared to wait for a place at the bar. It is not inexpensive, but for food of this quality, it's well worth...More

Thank OntarioPacked2Go
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Came here with a coworker for dinner and ordered the mussels appetizer for $18 (about $23 after tax and tips). Be warned that the restaurant does not have air conditioning, but there are large fans placed throughout the area. Avoid sitting near the window if...More

Thank sn1r
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15 September 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
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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
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
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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