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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (160 reviews)
“walleye” (18 reviews)
“chowder” (24 reviews)
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Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

great restaurant on elgin. attentive staff. Prices are on the higher side of mid range. great wine selection and a good place for a small group to meet and share dishes

Thank Irene H
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a small crowded place (35 seats total, 10 at the bar), so you need reservations for a table, unless you are prepared to wait for a place at the bar. It is not inexpensive, but for food of this quality, it's well worth...More

Thank OntarioPacked2Go
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with a coworker for dinner and ordered the mussels appetizer for $18 (about $23 after tax and tips). Be warned that the restaurant does not have air conditioning, but there are large fans placed throughout the area. Avoid sitting near the window if...More

Thank irs0phia
Reviewed 1 week ago

As visitors to Ottawa we read that Whalebone is a great spot for oysters and it proved to be right. The iysters were very fresh. Service was a bit slow due to back up in the kitchen but the scallops with uni risotto was excellent....More

Thank MarkandMina
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here tonight for dinner, and loved it. Small and cozy, a reservation is a good idea. I think I counted 34 seats. The menu is geared towards excellent seafood with a few non-seafood options. The cocktail menu is simple, geared to the classics....More

Thank MaraFromToronto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect oysters, perfect salmon sashimi, perfect mussels, perfect trout, perfect fried ice cream...perfect rose prosecco...perfect service...amazing from start to finish!

Thank Catherine H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited late in April, looking for a put together meal, and a pleasant night out. I did not mind paying a higher premium for what was to be a quality meal. My first impression was that the atmosphere felt subdued, and relaxing, though the...More

1  Thank Cntrygrrl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was extremely bitter to a young man who was in the restaurant to return bad fish, lousy service.

Thank David L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were there for Valentine's day, ordered from the special fixed menu. I can't say I was blown away by the food, but it was definitely good. The quality of service was a bit uneven throughout the night, even though we were among the last...More

Thank Maria P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, food was incredible and very tasty. Good for all sorts of occasions, even with kids. Menu is limited and sides are not included so you'll need to order it as well. Oysters are amazing with different types of sauces.

Thank sunshyne4ever
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Looking for a pic of the wine list. I had such a delicious wine there but cannot remember the name.
16 September 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't have one.
Gabrielle R
Is it possible to get the fish and chips at dinner time?
5 August 2016|
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Response from Lobsterrol | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea. Sorry. I know the menu changes daily.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$101
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-231-8569
  • E-mail