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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 2,158 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
Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Was visiting Ottawa for a few days in early April to take a professional exam, was pleasantly surprised to discover the Whalesbone on Bank Street, its very tight and cozy inside, and I was able to take a seat on the bar. I ofcourse had to try the Oysters and I was given a selection by the sweet girl behind... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Trip Advisor states that this superb fish restaurant is "romantic and for special occasion dining." Well, it is neither romantic nor for special occasions. It is a small, cramped restaurant that plays semi-rock music so loud that it is difficult to have a conversation with your dinner partner sitting across a small table. As it caters to a mostly younger... More

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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I had experienced Whalesbone's catering previously, so on a recent visit to Ottawa I visited them. The selection of east coast and west coast oysters was excellent, very fresh, and interesting to see the variation in species. The Pickerel (they referred to it as Walleye) was simply wonderful. Dessert was delicious, but they do change menu's daily. Great collection of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I been to this place for dinner Thursday night 5/28/2014,our waitress Mirelle greeted us in very lovely smile and our table was ready...the menu is small but very special recipes ...we got two appetizers the scallops and the smoked oysters ...OMG .the most tasty thing ever .I cannot describe it..then I had the fish with the eggplant and tomato,everything was... More

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Quebec, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was my second visit to the Whalesbone, and I was still impress by the incredible ambiance of the place, the super friendly staff, and of course, the excellent food. The only deception was that the menu was exactly the same has my last visit 5 months ago.

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Calgary
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114 reviews 114 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Really nice food! Best chowder I've eaten. Gorgeous lobster risotto. Food steaming hot...no dishes languishing around waiting to be served. Tiny gem, not to be missed.

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Ottawa, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Went here for the first time this weekend and must say......WOW! Its just a tiny little spot on Bank St, reservations definitely required ahead of time but what a pleasant surprise. The food was stunningly fantastic and the great throwback atmosphere, we loved it and will recommend to any of our friends and family! Loved the music being played off... More

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