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The Whalesbone Oyster House

Kent St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
613-231-8569
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Ranked #27 of 2,088 restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $101
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Well, I enjoyed the first two times as well. Oysters to start and fish main. Great, I mean great, service. Tiny place. We needed reservations for Monday at six, even. They make just enough room that we were not stuck cheek by jowl to the neighbour. Good wine choices, from a small selection. Small place means limited choice, so look... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Not my first time here. Enjoyed first visit enjoyed nothing but the oysters this visit. First of all expect to pay $55-85 per person (one app, one main, one drink, no tax, no tip). My biggest problem here is actually the water - I am a watre drinker with my meals, especially "good" meals, it cleanses the palate and doesn't... More

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This restaurant is a bit pricey but worth every penny. The fish and seafood are sustainably caught and the food is exquisitely cooked. The sauces they have for their oysters are amazing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I live in downtown Ottawa and this is my favorite restaurant here.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Came here on a Saturday night during our short Ottawa trip the past weekend after reading the reviews here. Was expecting more choices on raw seafood but they only had oysters on the shell. I asked the server if they had raw clams on the shell, he looked at me like I was kind of crazy. Anyways, we got the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I decided to walk down to the Kent St take-out location for lunch. Previously I had ordered a shrimp salad which was fantastic so thought I get the same or a variation. I asked the cashier if they did salads to which he bluntly told me they didn't. It was only when a colleague joined him behind the desk that... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Scallop ceviche, PEI oysters... Ended off with Churros con chocolate! Carefully sourced ingredients and eclectic interior make this place a worthwhile experience. The restaurant is a bit small but we had a large communal table at the front so we were fine. The trout was simply divine - coriander seed and cilantro were quite different. I would highly recommend this... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Definitely my favourite restaurant in Ottawa. Pub atmosphere with high end dishes. Perfect oysters, beautiful food, friendly and attentive staff. Perfect combination of relaxation and mouth watering dishes.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

I have been walking past Walesbone for a long time now, peering in hopefully. From the street, to be honest, it is not very welcoming. Dull windows give into a long dark, bar-like room. There are several years of "Where to Eat in Canada" stickers on the window which in my experience is a positive sign but alas, no menu... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I was contemplating 4 stars but decided on 5 due to the very friendly service and the fact that the wait staff took the effort to run outside and see if they could return the hat to the young girl that forgot her at the table (as it was -5 the would need it) The oysters were nice and the... More

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Quebec, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This small location offers an intimate and festive experience. In an ecclectic decor, the staff welcomes you with a friendly attitude. The barman opens oysters and also plays the DJ with LPs from the 80s. The food is excellent but there is absolutely no rush, so don't go there if you are tight on time. After the oysters platter (4... More

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