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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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Ranked #46 of 2,171 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
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Bronx, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Excellent place - loved it. Went there twice while staying in Ottawa in mid August. Ate oyster special. My wife had one only oyster, I had the rest. Diarrhea started two days later and very painful lower stomach ache a week later. 2-8 days incubation process for the bacteria to show itself up in your system. Went to the doctor,... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We are picky, especially for my wife's passion - oysters. Whalesbone is a tiny restaurant. Aside from one 6 place table at the front, space is tight, but with a very warm atmosphere. The servers are slightly eclectic - large man doing shucking, balding, skinny older doing other service, hip hop young guy as another server, and an older funky... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
46 helpful votes 46 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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