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The Whalesbone Oyster House

430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (176 reviews)
“walleye” (18 reviews)
“mackerel” (18 reviews)
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pmAll hours
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
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1 - 10 of 364 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not an oyster fan, but my wife had cravings for them so I looked up and this was recommended as the place to go if you are in Ottawa wanting for oysters. Place is small and cosy, very agreable. Service was stupendous. My wife...More

Thank Alvaro A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We popped into the Whalebone on our first evening in Ottawa, purely because it was close to our apartment. It’s a small restaurant that specialises in Oysters. We aren’t oyster lovers so had the ‘Mackerel & Pork’ and the Salmon. Both meals were very good....More

Thank Phil G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's been here for years... and is still packed. It has been so successful that they opened up a sister restaurant in Westboro (Elmdale) and then a bigger spot closer to the nightlife (Whalesbone Elgin). But success hasn't gotten to their head. In fact with...More

Thank Derek H
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A nice little restaurant specializing in fish and seafood. The ambience, food and wine were all fine but prices on the high side. Special occasions only (unless you have money to spend).

1  Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 31 August 2017

A complete package! We didn't have reservations and this is a small restaurant, so we sat at the bar ... which was a plus, because the bartender catered to us and was very friendly and helped us with our order. I had the Cod, which...More

Thank danger2015
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

The food was amazing, cozy and super friendly and amazing customer service! Delicious oysters, mussels and seafood risotto!

Thank Ana H
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Oysters might be the novelty and the focus, but judging by what we ordered and tasted (walleye and chocolate dessert)' the rest of the menu ain't up to much - or certainly the taste, quality and portions don't match the price. A good atmosphere, but...More

Thank JoolsFH
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. We really enjoyed 12 oysters...I've never had them before, but the waitress kindly explained what to do. Unfortunately the lobster was sold out, so I had the octopus instead which was delicious!! My husband found his...More

Thank neshr
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We went without reservations and were able to sit at the bar. Very casual place that filled with diners in the early evening. The bartenders were fun and we enjoyed an excellent French wine, superb oysters, a great chowder and very good cheese platter. We...More

Thank BuckyandChris
Reviewed 17 July 2017

A great adventure awaits you as you choose from a clipboard your choice of meal. Mostly Seafood and Steak, the fair will keep you coming back for more - Lobster, Oysters, Scallops and a variety of fish meals and more will light up your taste...More

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16 September 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't have one.
Gabrielle R
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
USD 25 - USD 101
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, 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
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 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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