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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#14 of 2,171 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
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 127
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  • 48
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 13
    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
Amazing sandwich

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Matthew H
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A simply delicious meal served in a vibrant atmosphere with excellent service. Young and old enjoyed the amazing food, and the up close and personal tables made you chat to your fellow fish loving diners. A must when visiting Ottawa, but you must book ahead to secure a table at this very popular restaurant. A great dining experience.

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Homer, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Went here with a group of six and had a great meal, the best chowder I have ever had and everyone in our group agreed. Oysters were fresh and served with multiple sauces, the trout was an added bonus on top of a great crew that answered all questions. Expensive but worth every penny.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

A cozy spot that is filled with regulars. The oysters are always fresh and perfectly shucked. The trout is amazing . Don't miss out on the crispy clams or coconut mussels. It gets a little smoky but that adds to the experience.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Tried this place because we were looking for a good seafood restaurant. We were quite happy with the meal and the service. There were only about 5 choices for mains, but the 3 we tried between us were superb. It is a small place, so reservations recommended. Service was good and the waitress certainly knew her stuff. It was a... More 

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Great atmosphere. Memorable. Let the server do the honours of choosing our menu experience. First up a tray of various fresh oysters - excellent. Second - mussels Third - lobster All served with a chilled bottle of Muscat wine.

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Caswell Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Some of the best fish I have ever had. The restaurant only sits about 15-20 people. We ate at the bar, which we liked. It had a very friendly atmosphere being that small. I would eat here every day it was so good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Always a very busy place due to the limited size of the room, we finally managed to have 2 seats at the bar. We should probably have reserved much earlier for a table. I started with the seared Tuna, small portions but tasty, even if the garnish overwhelmed the tuna. moved on to the best walleye in the history of... 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: Romantic, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?