We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Whalesbone Oyster House

) #32 of 2,246 Restaurants in Ottawa ₹₹₹₹ Seafood, , Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
+1 613-231-8569
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (169 reviews)
“walleye” (18 reviews)
“chowder” (25 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
430 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Y8, Canada
All Details
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (376)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

111 - 120 of 357 reviews

Reviewed 21 March 2016

Nice decor, cool vibe, a bit on the loud side so definitely not an intimate venue but great for dinner with friends. Found this random Yelp search when looking for a quick bite after a Sens game. This place did not disappoint, really great oyster...More

Thank hashman_TO
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Had a few beers, appys and dinner. The place was packed but the waiter had no problem taking some time to explain the menu to us. Everything was exceptional...except the coffee I had post dinner was nearly cold!! I was likely the only person in...More

Thank SnowmachineYK
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Amazing oysters! Great knowledgable staff! Fun decor and atmosphere! I was here with a grind in early February. Thankfully we arrived at 5:30 - because less than hour early the place was packed. This place has a wide variety of oysters , so we tried...More

Thank scarlett_atom
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Went to this place based on an overwhelming co-ordinated response (almost all said the name at the same time) by staff at another restaurant when asked where to get a good meal of oysters. We were able to get a table at the last minute...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 17 February 2016

This gritty, hole in the wall continues to astound my taste buds with their cutting edge cuisine and consistently the BEST oysters. I'll even go out on a limb and suggest they have the best oysters in Ontario! Great wine list. Local and import beers...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Went for lunch recently, has been in a couple of years. It is so good! and everyone is so friendly. The oysters are expertly shucked...better than the elmdale, I mean perfect! It's small, and cramped, but we always had what we wanted, and could have...More

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 18 January 2016

Based on a recommendation from our cab driver we went to the Whalebone. We did not have reservation, but managed to get the last two seats in the place, at the bar. It turned out to be a great place to sit as we could...More

1  Thank RussandJohann
Reviewed 15 January 2016

Before going to Ottawa, I tried to find a oyster house in Ottawa and I found this place and we decided to go on Friday night. When we arrived in front of the place, I thought it would be a big place, so I was...More

1  Thank 949Francine
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

Great for solo bar dining. Did an oyster tasting and ordered a few apps. Everything tasted fresh and bright. Big flavour and very knowledgeable staff. Worth the price.

Thank Mauro C
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Went on a Tuesday night. Needed to get reservations two weeks in advance and provide a credit card number. Ambiance was nice. First course oyster sampler was good with many offering from both coasts and nice dressings. Mussels were mediocre and too chewy. The whole...More

2  Thank RCBF
Nearby Restaurants
Wilf & Ada's
165 reviews
.25 km away
Fauna Ottawa
216 reviews
.02 km away
Burgers n' Fries Forever
84 reviews
.27 km away
Nearby Attractions
Canadian Museum of Nature
1,595 reviews
.39 km away
Ottawa Walking Tours
298 reviews
.30 km away
Gray Line Ottawa
62 reviews
.39 km away
Yuk Yuk's
34 reviews
.58 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
16 September 2016|
Response from TouristPilot | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't have one.
Gabrielle R
5 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Lobsterrol | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea. Sorry. I know the menu changes daily.
Improve this listing

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
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing