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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 good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (183 reviews)
“walleye” (19 reviews)
“mackerel” (18 reviews)
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Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I had heard positive comments regarding this restaurant and I now know that it was all deserved. From the oysters (with fresh grated horseradish), to the salad, to the main (seafood with risotto- perfect plate to share) and the dessert, everything was absolutely delectable. We...More

Thank Dani U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to the Whalesbone on Bank street many times and have always recommended it to others as one of my favorite restaurants. After this visit, I’m not sure I will go back. The oysters and service were excellent as usual. The mains were...More

Thank MsBuckhorn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I regularly choose the whalesbone when in town for business. This trip was very disappointing as both meals served were cold including the seafood risotto which seemed like it had been cooked then stored in the cooler. The restaurant did comp the main dishes but...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, however the service was a bit slow for a restaurant with such few tables. The oysters were very good and they had a good selection. The meal itself was average. I order the scallops as an appetizer and it was as if they...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most fun staff, the best variety of Oysters and the variety of sauces included made for a great evening 'pigout'.. Get there early or expect a wait in high season. It is smallish and noisy when the young'uns are out and about... but it...More

Thank Highwayqueen
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Went to dinner with my wife. Got there early so sat at bar. Staff were great in explaining different types of oysters. The gnocchi side mixed in with beef main course were amazing. Place is small but part of the experience. Maybe about 5 percent...More

Thank Tony T
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

I go to Ottawa a couple of times a year and when I go, I love to have dinner at the Whalesbone. It is a cozy little place, holds about 25. You definitely need a reservation to get a table. I’ve seen singles walk in...More

2  Thank MsBuckhorn
Reviewed 24 December 2017

This has the feel of an upscale bar and eatery. Fresh fish and seafood is the major offering. The menu has some very different fish items. The oysters are always fresh and the fish is excellent. A good wine list is offered as well as...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

We recently enjoyed a meal here. The place is quite small and has a cosy atmosphere. The oysters were shucked and plated before us and served with a selection of condiments. We ordered appetisers and found these tasty particularly the mussels. Drink prices are on...More

Thank rodlois
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We were a party of four. This was a small restaurant, but excellent food and services. We had 30 (fresh but small) oysters and all had different dishes. The staff was attentive, knowledgable and offered great tips for the menu. Though it was rather expensive,...More

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16 September 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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