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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#18 of 2,161 Restaurants in Ottawa
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 119
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Holy fish!

Always a very busy place due to the limited size of the room, we finally managed to have 2 seats at the bar. We should probably have reserved much earlier for a table. I started with the seared Tuna, small portions but tasty, even if the garnish overwhelmed the tuna. moved on to the best walleye in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Nolinice
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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188 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
232 reviews 232 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Always a very busy place due to the limited size of the room, we finally managed to have 2 seats at the bar. We should probably have reserved much earlier for a table. I started with the seared Tuna, small portions but tasty, even if the garnish overwhelmed the tuna. moved on to the best walleye in the history of... More 

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Halifax Region, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Creative, fresh in a vibrant but relaxed setting. I recommend making a reservation well in advance of your visit. Tight quarters but worth the loud conversation buzz and being close to the other patrons. If you can get a spot at the bar, do it!

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

One of the BEST meals I have ever had!!!! We were 3 and we shared everything. Tuna, 3 different kinds of Oysters and the platter with the smoked oysters, fried clams and spicy mussels. The wine was excellent but sadly there was no room for dessert. You must get reservations and even with them you may share a table. Which... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Whalesbone was recommended by Ottawa friends. It's fun, funky and the food is delicious. Get the Oysters. Fantastic!

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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100 reviews 100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Called in early evening and got a couple of places at the bar. Friendly welcome from all and we could see how the fresh oysters were being prepared. Wine and drink ordered we had a few chats with the team who were delightful. Food great and with superb taste. Shame we were not staying longer in Ottawa.

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Peterborough, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Fantastic! What a great evening! Being from the East Coast, I am not easily impressed by inland seafood restaurants...but this one is terrific! The oysters were amazing...the chowder reminded me of back home. We both had the walleye and it was very tasty indeed. Some great local craft beers on tap and a good wine list. The staff were first... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I tried this place for a lunch with my boyfriend. The place is little and cozy. The service was good and attentive. Everything in the menu sounded good and we wanted to try several dishes, but be careful, their portion are really large! We appreciated in particular the lobster roll and the banana cake dessert. It is a little expensive... More 

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Buckhorn, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Eat at whalesbone when on business in Ottawa. Great for a group or sit at the bar if by yourself. Reservations are best but the staff always find a seat. The atmosphere is relaxing and unique, I recommend the fresh oysters, lobster dish and chowder. Sit back enjoy the music and enjoy the beer selection.

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

If it is seafood you crave then you must go to The Whalesbone. I have been many times and it never has disappointed me. That's why we keep coming back. The décor is very simple and rustic but do not let that fool you. Its a small place too with an open kitchen but the hustle and bustle just adds... More 

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British Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Been going here every few months while in Ottawa for business. The food is always good. Make a reservation if you want to get in. Small place with only a few tables. Oysters are prepped freshly in front of you, with great attention to detail. Steelhead is great and I highly recommend the Dark and Stormy to drink.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-231-8569

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 101
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?