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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#14 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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5:00 pm - 11:00 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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 166
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  • 59
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    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
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Based on a recommendation from our cab driver we went to the Whalebone. We did not have reservation, but managed to get the last two seats in the place, at the bar. It turned out to be a great place to sit as we could have a continuing conversation with the expert oyster shucker to learn more about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
RussandJohann
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Edmonton
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Edmonton
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on a recommendation from our cab driver we went to the Whalebone. We did not have reservation, but managed to get the last two seats in the place, at the bar. It turned out to be a great place to sit as we could have a continuing conversation with the expert oyster shucker to learn more about oysters and... More 

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Before going to Ottawa, I tried to find a oyster house in Ottawa and I found this place and we decided to go on Friday night. When we arrived in front of the place, I thought it would be a big place, so I was a bit disappointed and didn't know if I wanted to go in. It did not... More 

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Thank 949Francine
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for solo bar dining. Did an oyster tasting and ordered a few apps. Everything tasted fresh and bright. Big flavour and very knowledgeable staff. Worth the price.

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Thank Mauro C
Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Tuesday night. Needed to get reservations two weeks in advance and provide a credit card number. Ambiance was nice. First course oyster sampler was good with many offering from both coasts and nice dressings. Mussels were mediocre and too chewy. The whole table had fish for mains which were unmemorable and average tasting at best. Limited drink... More 

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Thank RCBF
Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Ate there with a business friend in October. Noisy and small tables made any serious discussion impossible. Ordered the lobster rolls - sounded great on paper but they were laughably small. Salad was too citrusy. Overall I would go back but not for a business kind of lunch.

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Thank David B
San Francisco, California
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101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Dropped by early for supper and was able to sit at the bar -- which I really like as it is easy to visit. Oysters fantastic (both East and West Coast) as was the chowder. It's a tiny place and hard to get into without a reservation, but great food! Staff terrific and knowledgeable as well. A touch noisy, but... More 

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Thank REJ810
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Wonderful fresh fish and oysters. I have been several times and impressed each and every visit. The atmosphere is charming, and the food is top notch.

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Thank TnT613
Ottawa
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a great restaurant for a small group or a date. We enjoyed the selection of various oysters and their many accompanying optional sauces. We went with a group of eight people and everyone enjoyed their main dishes. Two in our group are not seafood lovers and were able to order the duck. I think there were other non-seafood... More 

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Thank RBOttawa
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Very small place. Informal atmosphere yet they take their food very seriously The food is a;; prepared in front of you eyes and is refreshing in flavour and appearance.

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Thank Rony P
Cantley, Canada
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Wonderful small restaurant with a warm ambience. Music from vinyl records (Cheap Trick!) and excellent fish dishes and oysters. I will come back again.

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, 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?