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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#31 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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5:00 pm - 11:00 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: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 136
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    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
great atmosphere

This place have a great atmosphere and the food is great. We mainly go there for the oysters, the food is good too also they have creative dishes. The restaurant is a little small but over all the restaurant is always packed with people.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Shun C
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This place have a great atmosphere and the food is great. We mainly go there for the oysters, the food is good too also they have creative dishes. The restaurant is a little small but over all the restaurant is always packed with people.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you are looking for good fish and chips or oysters, you must try this place. It's very good and nobody in Ottawa can come close to their food. I give 5/5 in comparison to other places that specialise in fish here in Ottawa.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Good food with limited menu. Must try the fresh oysters. They specialise in seafood and they do well in what they offer despite the limited menu. Small seating capacity and very popular for dinner between 6-7pm. The crowd thins out after 7pm, so you'll be alright if you go after 7.

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The restaurant is small and fairly casual. You could easily miss it and just walk by. But that would be a mistake! Definitely worth stopping in. If you can get in! We arrived early and had a reservation so it was not a problem. But some walk ins had to be turned away. The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I've eaten here twice. The food was nice enough, but nothing spectacular. Portions are small and I've found it a bit pricey for what you get. Both times I left here I was still hungry after spending $20. It's cozy, with a nice atmosphere and I found the staff friendly.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Busy little restaurant with great athmosphere. We arrived without a reservation and it was busy on Monday night. We were easily accomodated by a very friendly waitress, someone hadn't shown up. She said we would have found a place for us. Very much a gournet food restaurant. NIce selection of beers, I had the Oyster Stout quite good. I ordered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a definite must go to place! The food is out of this world, the staff are the best anyplace could imagine having and the Raw oysters and more than perfect. You haven't lived until you eaten here!!!

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I absolutely love the oysters and the home made sauce. I have the lobster rossoto and it was heavenly. They just need to expand. So hard to get a table. The service had always been very good. Been here about 5 times and still in love with this place

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had dinner at The Whalesbone Oyster House last night. We ordered the tuna and oysters as appetizers and the trout and mackerel as mains. All of us who had the tuna appetizer got food poisoning afterwards. Definitely not something we were expecting from a restaurant with such great ratings and such high prices. Won't be going back there ever... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Without a doubt, best restaurant in Ottawa. You must like fish of course. Best food, service, ambiance.

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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 to 101
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
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?