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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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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (172 reviews)
“walleye” (19 reviews)
“chowder” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

The restaurant has great and very friendly service but you're really going there for the fresh oysters! So fresh they convert even those who dont like them into eating almost half of them! Had the fish of the day with veggies and a cumin flavoured...More

1  Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food. Even better service. The staff was very knowledgeable about the type of food, how it is prepared and ingredients

Thank guinnessfillier
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We decided to go for plates that were easy to share. We chose a platter that offered mussels, clams and smoked oysters (smoked in house). The mussels were to die for. The smoked oysters were very good. The clams, on the other hand, were tasteless...More

1  Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 27 March 2016

In such a small place you would expect warmer atmosphere. Service was polite, just that. Their seafood is good, but 50$ for the lobster... in a huge plate (half of it is empty, not nice presentation). Portions are too small and too expensive. Their churros...More

3  Thank Eric L
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is the second time we went to this restaurant and were are not disappointed. The fish and chip are great the lobster and shrimp roll delicious the brioche that the roll was served was very tasty. The second time I had the mussel with...More

1  Thank mtr1945
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Nice decor, cool vibe, a bit on the loud side so definitely not an intimate venue but great for dinner with friends. Found this random Yelp search when looking for a quick bite after a Sens game. This place did not disappoint, really great oyster...More

Thank hashman_TO
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Had a few beers, appys and dinner. The place was packed but the waiter had no problem taking some time to explain the menu to us. Everything was exceptional...except the coffee I had post dinner was nearly cold!! I was likely the only person in...More

Thank SnowmachineYK
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Amazing oysters! Great knowledgable staff! Fun decor and atmosphere! I was here with a grind in early February. Thankfully we arrived at 5:30 - because less than hour early the place was packed. This place has a wide variety of oysters , so we tried...More

Thank scarlett_atom
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Went to this place based on an overwhelming co-ordinated response (almost all said the name at the same time) by staff at another restaurant when asked where to get a good meal of oysters. We were able to get a table at the last minute...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 17 February 2016

This gritty, hole in the wall continues to astound my taste buds with their cutting edge cuisine and consistently the BEST oysters. I'll even go out on a limb and suggest they have the best oysters in Ontario! Great wine list. Local and import beers...More

Thank Chris H
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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