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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#21 of 2,156 Restaurants in Ottawa
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 12
    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
Oh yea. This is a great place.

The Whalesbone was recommended by Ottawa friends. It's fun, funky and the food is delicious. Get the Oysters. Fantastic!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Keith J
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Whalesbone was recommended by Ottawa friends. It's fun, funky and the food is delicious. Get the Oysters. Fantastic!

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Called in early evening and got a couple of places at the bar. Friendly welcome from all and we could see how the fresh oysters were being prepared. Wine and drink ordered we had a few chats with the team who were delightful. Food great and with superb taste. Shame we were not staying longer in Ottawa.

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Peterborough, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Fantastic! What a great evening! Being from the East Coast, I am not easily impressed by inland seafood restaurants...but this one is terrific! The oysters were amazing...the chowder reminded me of back home. We both had the walleye and it was very tasty indeed. Some great local craft beers on tap and a good wine list. The staff were first... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I tried this place for a lunch with my boyfriend. The place is little and cozy. The service was good and attentive. Everything in the menu sounded good and we wanted to try several dishes, but be careful, their portion are really large! We appreciated in particular the lobster roll and the banana cake dessert. It is a little expensive... More 

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Buckhorn, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Eat at whalesbone when on business in Ottawa. Great for a group or sit at the bar if by yourself. Reservations are best but the staff always find a seat. The atmosphere is relaxing and unique, I recommend the fresh oysters, lobster dish and chowder. Sit back enjoy the music and enjoy the beer selection.

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Ottawa, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

If it is seafood you crave then you must go to The Whalesbone. I have been many times and it never has disappointed me. That's why we keep coming back. The décor is very simple and rustic but do not let that fool you. Its a small place too with an open kitchen but the hustle and bustle just adds... More 

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British Columbia
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Been going here every few months while in Ottawa for business. The food is always good. Make a reservation if you want to get in. Small place with only a few tables. Oysters are prepped freshly in front of you, with great attention to detail. Steelhead is great and I highly recommend the Dark and Stormy to drink.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I love this place. In fact I liked it so much that when I had mackerel there for the first time, I went back the next day to have it again. There is also an incredible and most importantly fresh oyster selection that you can count on finding a gem. If you love seafood, you ought to try this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The oyster platters raw or cooked are a must, as well the seafood dishes are superb. This is a little more costly than some restaurants however well worth it for special occasions.

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Kanata, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This was our first visit to the Whalesbone which had been recommended as a good seafood restaurant, and the couple we went with had been to before. We went with another couple and did not have a reservation as we thought that they did not take reservations on the weekend (I recommend that you always make a reservation on the... More 

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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: Special occasions, Romantic
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?