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The Whalesbone Oyster House

#30 of 2,184 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
5:00 pm - 10:00 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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Mississauga, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Met a friend for lunch on a blustery Fall weekday. The reviews had led me to think it would be noisy, but it wasn't busy. Service was casual but quick. I had a big, flavourful bowl of chowder, which was what the weather called for.

Thank ClarkKent007
Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 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
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183 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 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
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank Jennifer99999
Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

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
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

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

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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
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
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?