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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#27 of 2,197 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
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 132
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Busy restaurant on a Monday!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Toronto
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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Midhurst
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Fun spot from the get go. Vinyl was on the turn table, so we knew this would be good. Friendly service with knowledge of ingredients. But the food! Chowder was the greatest, -yes I use to live in Boston. I finished with a spectacular salad. Noticed other tables sharing mussels and oysters. Everyone was enjoying the place.

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Tried to call for two days in a row in order to make a reservation, as online only works if you are booking a few days in advance, but no one picked up, despite numerous attempts. Thought we'd give it a go without - walked in, waiter said that we can have a pick of the two tables that just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Had the smoked sandwich. Wife had Catch of the day. So damn good. Oyster fest tomorrow place is can't miss

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The food was pretty tasty but cost us $50 per person for a serving about the size of a tennis ball. We left very hungry and ended up forking out more money to eat a second dinner at a cheap and cheerful fast food place up the street. I would not eat at Whalesbone again.

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London, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

First time to this restaurant and went to celebrate a graduation. The food was fantastic and rounded out a great day. Every bite delicious. We had never had oysters before and the waiter set was fun and guided us through the experience. We are hooked. They were tasty and accompanied by a variety of sauces. The trout was cooked perfectly... 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 to $101
Cuisine: Seafood, Pub

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?