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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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Ranked #53 of 2,169 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $101
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Natick
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A small cramped dining space with a sense of grubbiness about it. The menu (tattered and old) offered small but creative choices. We were going to order oysters but felt they were overpriced. Started with a chowder soup which was tasty but split by over seasoning. Herring entree was small but presentation fine. Flavors were confused with the the spicy... More

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Ontario, Canada
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS PLACE!!!! The staff were amazing and very committed to service excellence and beyond! The food was to die for and probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten, anywhere in the world! I was amazed at how quaint the location is and how amazing the staff were. Timely delivery of food, EXCELLENT delivery of... More

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Ottawa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A very small place but it adds to the quainte and comfortable feel along with great food and music. Good beer selection with a nice bar as well. I would make a reservation as there is not much room. Certainly worth a visit for any seafood lover.

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Edmonton, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The food is fantastic. I love the atmosphere, a small lively neighborhood restaurant. The oysters are great. The price has crept up so they need to be careful not to price themselves out of the market.

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Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Had the clam chowder, trout and the seafood platter appetizer, and churros for desserts $100 for 2 people. Plus 2 beers. Food was very good. Loved the clam chowder! Seafood platter had a few types of seafood such as oysters (fried), smoked oysters etc. it was ok as an appetizers. The main dish (trout) was also quite good. The service... More

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Bronx, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Excellent place - loved it. Went there twice while staying in Ottawa in mid August. Ate oyster special. My wife had one only oyster, I had the rest. Diarrhea started two days later and very painful lower stomach ache a week later. 2-8 days incubation process for the bacteria to show itself up in your system. Went to the doctor,... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We are picky, especially for my wife's passion - oysters. Whalesbone is a tiny restaurant. Aside from one 6 place table at the front, space is tight, but with a very warm atmosphere. The servers are slightly eclectic - large man doing shucking, balding, skinny older doing other service, hip hop young guy as another server, and an older funky... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Dropped into this restaurant on Bank Street on a impulse as we were passing by on a Friday night. I had read the reviews and I was quite looking forward to eating here but hadn't yet because of the high prices. I have been to the Whalesbone Oyster House on Kent for take out - a dozen oysters and a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I wanted to eat at some of the best restaurants when we were in Ottawa. The Whalesbone looked interesting. However, we found the atmosphere not to our liking. The atmosphere resembles a "clamshack" but with the prices of a fine restaurant. It is a very small space and was very cramped and crowded. As a result of... More

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Northumberland. UK
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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were only able to get booked in this Restuarant on the last night of our stay in Ottawa, ŵell we certainly saved the best till last. We called In earlier in the day to make our reservation and were met by a charming gentleman who made us feel at ease and exchanged a few jokes with us, he suggested... More

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