We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Whalesbone Oyster House

#25 of 2,172 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

323 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 307: English reviews
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Whalesbone has the best seafood in Ottawa, they recently opened up a bigger location on Elgin St. but it's always super busy just like the smaller location on Bank St. Make a reservation and try everything you can, the menu changes frequently and everything is delicious.

Thank taylorsicard
Level Contributor
181 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived on a Monday for a 7 o'clock supper. The spot is loud and has a great atmosphere. So if you are looking for something quiet and romantic, this is not your spot. We started with a few oysters. Good and excellent quality, but still very expensive. We next followed up with The special of the day and the... More 

Thank Keith M
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time visited. We ordered some oysters, fish& chips, chowder soup, and mussels. Oysters was very fresh. The batter of the fish was just right. Chowder was a bit different than usual, but it was full of ingredients. And last but not least, the mussels....... It was perfect. Will be back for sure.

Thank Iris L
Haarlem, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

we had a super diner, with good service. the oysters were served with freshly grated horseraddish, delicios!

1 Thank Jennifer99999
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went there, for the first time, with my husband and my brother for a dinner. At the beginning we were disappointed because the place is very small and noisy. We sat at the bar but once we had the food our impression changed. The bread, the Oysters half from Prince Edward island and half I believe from New Brunswick,... More 

Thank mother123458
holland landing
Level Contributor
23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently had dinner at the Bank St location. From the street it looked liked a pub that happened to serve Oysters, but boy were we wrong. We sat where we could watch the chefs in action and they were mesmerizing. The food was innovative and delicious, and all of the staff were friendly and helpful. It is a busy... More 

1 Thank sue m
Level Contributor
76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I brought my wife here for her birthday. We were, initially, a little disappointed by the decor and noise but the food changed our minds! We had oysters for a starter, they were delicious, served with a good array of condiments and the server knew which were which and from where. I had the mussels (an appetizer) as my main... More 

Thank Retired470
Level Contributor
20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I went in with a couple girlfriends and we were craving oysters. We got a couple dozen and then decided to keep it light by ordering three of their vegetable sides (mushrooms, mixed, and cauliflower). The oysters were quite possibly the best I have ever had. The vegetables were incredible, the different sauces and seasoning they created were just delicious.... More 

Thank Ashley S
Level Contributor
33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I went with my husband to this restaurant for the first time last night. I was a really nice spot on Elgin. The atmosphere was pretty noisy so everyone had to talk very loud. The bread that they served with butter was AMAZING (we purchased a loaf) I had the market price lobster for $50 and my husband had the... More 

1 Thank Ottyb
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

We were 2 for lunch, my friend ordered fish & chips and I had what was referenced in the menu as Nicoise salad. My friends fish portion was ample but the batter was oily - my salad was under-seasoned (no s&p tableside) and consisted of three small pieces of seared tuna on a bed of shaved fennel, very few greens,... More 

Thank ernestopesto55

Travelers who viewed The Whalesbone Oyster House also viewed

Ottawa, Ontario

Been to The Whalesbone Oyster House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $101
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-231-8569

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Whalesbone Oyster House and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from The Whalesbone Oyster House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?