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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#32 of 2,268 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
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 45
    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
Hands Down Best Seafood

I love this place. In fact I liked it so much that when I had mackerel there for the first time, I went back the next day to have it again. There is also an incredible and most importantly fresh oyster selection that you can count on finding a gem. If you love seafood, you ought to try this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
oclimova
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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178 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I love this place. In fact I liked it so much that when I had mackerel there for the first time, I went back the next day to have it again. There is also an incredible and most importantly fresh oyster selection that you can count on finding a gem. If you love seafood, you ought to try this place.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The oyster platters raw or cooked are a must, as well the seafood dishes are superb. This is a little more costly than some restaurants however well worth it for special occasions.

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Kanata, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to the Whalesbone which had been recommended as a good seafood restaurant, and the couple we went with had been to before. We went with another couple and did not have a reservation as we thought that they did not take reservations on the weekend (I recommend that you always make a reservation on the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The service here is excellent and friendly. The food is always amazing. It is small so you need to reserve. The open kitchen adds to the atmosphere.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We were treated to quality service and excellent seafood (lobster and risotto). Wow fantastic. Finished off with a plate of churros made fresh on-site.

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Thornhill, Canada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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222 reviews 222 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
510 helpful votes 510 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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

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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?