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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#26 of 2,198 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Canadian, Seafood
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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St. John's, Canada
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247 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This might have been the nicest meal I have had in awhile. I ordered the walleye and it was cooked to perfection and the sauce was very tasty. The home made bread was also a nice touch and was great to soak up any extra sauce. The space is fairly small but was quite busy for a weekday so I... More 

Thank NLtrout
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Perhaps for culinary experts, Whalesbone does not have the greatest food or the best even seafood in Ottawa but it is hard to find a place with more exquisite atmosphere and food combined. From the bench for 4 right overlooking the kitchen to the incredible bar, Whalesbone delivers in spades. Don't mistake it, this is a small place with room... More 

Thank Peter k
Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to go to their new location on Elgin and for a second time (spontaneity with out of town guests didn't work out) I was disappointed. The bank street squeeze into the bar last spot left did not disappoint. The staff are packed full of personality and warm energy. They even has spare reading glasses. AC/DC on vinyl. Fun fun... More 

Thank CapCityNomad
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best selection of oysters in a super casual environment. Everything we have tried here we have enjoyed. The only suggestion would be a few more red wine options.

Thank LizSeabright
Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our daughters were so impressed with this restaurant they gave us a gift certificate as my birthday present. We walked in with quite high level of expectation and left with no disappointment. Oysters we had as appetizer were from east & west coasts, very fresh and enjoyable. I ordered a lobster dish, and my wife a mackerel, and we both... More 

Thank S_Cube43
Ottawa, Canada
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Two couples out for oysters and appetizers with a glass or two of wine. Great ambience at the bar area where we were sitting. The oysters were shucked in front of us and were fresh, salty and delicious. 18 oysters later and two chowders (a bit too much dill, overpowered the delicate flavour) and three glasses of wine came to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

I had heard a lot of about this restaurant before I finally tried it. It is known as the best high-end fresh seafood restaurant in Ottawa. The venue is very small and loud, and featured music played from vinyls. Decor includes an entire bicycle hung on the wall. It is more a cool, loud spot, than a place for a... More 

Thank PhatEatsNow
Mississauga, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

A fav resto - time & time again doesn't disappoint. Small, loud and quaint - Chef is a genius taking food prep, creativity to a whole new level.

Thank pat d
Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Nice overall atmoshpehere, though a bit noisy. Our table was right next to glass window into the kitchen, so it was cool to see the masters at work. There were 6 of us there for dinner, and everyone loved their meal. Their oysters were fantastic, and whether we ended up with a fish or steak meal, it all got top... More 

Thank Mike C
St. John's, Canada
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

This place was awesome, recommended by a friend , did not disappoint. We went all out and racked up a 400 dollar tab between 3, was worth every penny. Had the 80 dollar rib eye, most expensive main I ever had, was worth it, amazing. Service was fabulous. Good bread. Oysters magnifique !

Thank andrewlee709

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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
Canadian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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: +1 613-231-8569

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?