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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#18 of 2,169 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Seafood, Canadian, Pub
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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
Closed now
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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To begin, the staff were warm and friendly. It felt like visiting friends. The restaurant is small yet inviting and the music is great played from good old vinyl. We had the chowder to start and having eaten a lot of chowder in different parts of Maine, I can definitely say this was the best I've ever had. We then... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great low key environment, small but lively and fun. Love the Oysters both in selection and in terms of paired sauces. Naturally the seafood was top notch as well. Not my first visit and won’t be my last.

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Thank Dr3z
Ottawa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The décor may bed oyster shack chic but the noise level is truly deafening. Even the teenager in our group said there's something wrong when you are forced to watch the chefs prepare food because you can hear enough to have a c conversation with anyone at your table. As for the food - very uneven. Apparently the chicken was... More 

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Thank GeraldineOttawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant is known for its oysters which were amazing. The mackerel and the tuna were excellent. Excellent service. Cozy. Best to reserve if you want to ensure you get a seat. A little pricey. Only downside was that it is not air conditioned - although the windows open.

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Thank TravelwithLaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, if this was my last night on earth, you could put it on my tombstone: Died Happy. Seriously though, this food was to die for. Lobster risotto, rare tuna seared on one side, oysters like you wouldn't believe. Go. Sit at the bar. Get the oyster stout to wash it all down. It will be perfection.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with 2 little kids for dinner. We had a dozen oysters and the salmon, both amazing. They were super accommodating with our kids and made them fish and chips even though that wasn't on the dinner menu. Lots of people stopped by and everyone was super friendly. Someone else wrote there is no AC and we found that... More 

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San Francisco
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We previously had dinner at Whalesbone and enjoyed the meal although the menu is limited and pricey. It was a good meal with great service. Yesterday we wanted to take another couple to dinner and were happy to get a last minute reservation. What we didn't know, and clearly we weren't advised, the property is not equipped with air conditioning.... More 

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Waterloo, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Superb chowder (potion is huge although it is listed as an apetizer!) Wonderful oysters. Great winelist. Tasty fish! My husband loved his lobster risotto (he ranked it top two of his life).

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Thank ccsk2015
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a must go! We were a party of seven. Had a reservation for 6 pm. Would recommend reservations as this place is busy and small. Worth the price! Everyone's meal was excellent! From the oysters, muscles for the appetizer to the main meals which included an exceptional tuna fish and a mackerel dish. The atmosphere was comfortable... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was really small. Only a few tables but it does have a long bar to sit at. If you want to watch all that goes on, sit at the bar. Food was excellent! The experience was entertaining.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $101
Cuisine
Seafood, Canadian, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 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?