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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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Ranked #29 of 2,238 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $101
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
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Thornhill, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Small narrow space with talking points like a garage door window, an old bicycle on the wall and a hanging skeleton of a whale (I asked). Music was coming from a old vinyl record player that just added to the atmosphere The two of us enjoyed a wonderful "fresh" selection of oysters from both coasts shucked at the bar with... More 

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Picton, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

When visiting Ottawa we stopped here for a late night treat. Champagne and oysters! The server (his name escapes me) was very friendly and polite, and very informative with what each oyster tasted like and where it was from ect ect.... We sat at the bar and ate as he shucked for us. Thank you Whalesbone.

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Ottawa, Canada
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215 reviews 215 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
506 helpful votes 506 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I must be cursed. This is the third time I have been to eat at Whalesbone and each time I come away underwhelmed. I went for lunch with a friend and ordered the chowder, which turned out to contain a couple of small mussels, a few tiny scallops and not much else linked to the seas and oceans that I... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We showed up last night for our 8pm reservation. Unfortunately, we weren't on the list....and didn't have a table. Here's where we were first impressed (without yet tasting the food) - instead of pushing us out the door, the owner wanted to talk to us and confirmed the details of our reservation. He did a nice job trying to figure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

To show up at Whalesbone on a Saturday evening without a reservation is a recipe for disaster....we stopped by on the off chance and were rewarded with a seat at the bar. Tuna and Mussels to start, it's impossible to make a bad choice. Shared lobster risotto as our main is nothing short of sinful. Our server made a compelling... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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200 reviews 200 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My sister took us here while visiting O-Town. She booked the chefs table in the back which is great but a little smokey at times. The staff here are lively and love their tuques. We had awesome selection of east and west coast oysters then fried clams, baked oysters and very tasty mussels. As for main courses we had 3... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We have been trying to get into the Whalesbone Oyster House for what seems like forever. Everytime we went there, it was full. Finally today we got in for lunch and now I see why: its very small with only a few tables, a small bar and an open kitchen at the back. Service was very good. I had fish... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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151 reviews 151 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

...although the the entrance to this nook is highlighted by its wooden carved sign, the entrance is a bit unassuming. The Whalesbone has apparently been here nine years and what lies behind the hidden entrance is a hidden gem! With warm brick walls and spinning vinyl to great you once you enter, this narrow but busy eatery will absolutely surprise... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I ate at Whalesbone a couple of nights ago. It cost me $100.00 plus a tip - so it isn't cheap. But that included coffee, wine, a pint of craft beer, my share of a $50.00 oyster plate, two impressive "starters", and dessert - so I guess I didn't do too badly, especially when you consider that on all fronts,... More 

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Regina, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Absolutely fabulous. I had the Thai Mussels and Chowder, two items on the appetizer menu and loved every bite. It is a $10 cab ride or 35 minute walk from Byward Market into an eclectic neighbourhood and so worth the trip. We were lucky enough to be seated at the back in a little corner across from the kitchen watching... More 

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Additional Information about The Whalesbone Oyster House

Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
Phone Number: 613-231-8569
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 101
Cuisine: Seafood

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