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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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Ranked #36 of 2,222 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $101
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
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Whitehorse, Canada
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152 reviews 152 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

...although the the entrance to this nook is highlighted by its wooden carved sign, the entrance is a bit unassuming. The Whalesbone has apparently been here nine years and what lies behind the hidden entrance is a hidden gem! With warm brick walls and spinning vinyl to great you once you enter, this narrow but busy eatery will absolutely surprise... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I ate at Whalesbone a couple of nights ago. It cost me $100.00 plus a tip - so it isn't cheap. But that included coffee, wine, a pint of craft beer, my share of a $50.00 oyster plate, two impressive "starters", and dessert - so I guess I didn't do too badly, especially when you consider that on all fronts,... More 

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Regina, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Absolutely fabulous. I had the Thai Mussels and Chowder, two items on the appetizer menu and loved every bite. It is a $10 cab ride or 35 minute walk from Byward Market into an eclectic neighbourhood and so worth the trip. We were lucky enough to be seated at the back in a little corner across from the kitchen watching... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Cozy, wonderful place for delicious seafood and wine. Focus on good environmental food choices I liked the music and the ambience. It felt very comfortable so I would return any time.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Early Saturday night dinner, our first time here. Casual setting with friendly staff. Not much seating or space but that's truly the only downfall. The food is ammmmmazing! We had lobster risotto and the mackerel. Both were absolutely delicious. We didn't try any oysters but will next time as we will definitely return. Yes it's expensive but good food always... More 

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Natick
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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58 reviews 58 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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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 - 101
Cuisine: Seafood

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