The Whalesbone Bank
Fish and Chips at The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
The Whalesbone Bank
Salmon at The Whalesbone Bank
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Oysters at The Whalesbone Bank
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2013 Aug 20
Thanks FoodTravel! Totally forgot about the crawl. Would love to join except we're bidding adieu to a friend who's leaving the country and will also have kids in tow. Will watch to see if anyone posts more recent reviews today. If we do end up at Whalesbone, I'll be sure to stop by and say hello. They might not have room for us now though, in any event....

2013 Aug 20
Cardamon,

We are doing the Bank/Somerset crawl Tuesday Aug 20th starting at 6pm at Whalesbone. If you want to join us there, just add your name tomorrow am on the thread.

From the reservation experience they were much less flexible and more rules on this and that. Jen Wall was much more relaxed and the food was excellent when we did started there at the July crawl.

2013 Aug 20
Has anyone been lately? What did you think? I'm trying to decide between Supply and Demand (went recently and loved it) and Whalesbone (have only ever tried lunch, never dinner) for Tuesday night.

2013 Mar 28
Date of Visit: March 13, 2013

Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply not only maintains a retail seafood outlet that supplies oysters and other maritime delicacies to restaurants around Ottawa, it also operates a very nice little restaurant (the ‘Oyster House’) downtown on Bank street. I visited there for dinner one evening a couple of years ago and, on my last trip to the city, I made a reservation for lunch. The current lunch menu, as opposed to the dinner menu, is a bit limited, consisting of two sorts of salad, fish and chips, chowder or a steamed mussels, but that didn’t matter to me as I was going for the oysters…

The Oysters
Malagash Thrumcap – 4 out of 5.
St. Simon – 3 out of 5.
Marina gold – 2 out of 5.
Lucky lime – 3 out of 5

Overall
This lunchtime visit to the Whalesbone Oyster House was every bit as pleasant as my first dinner there and I really enjoyed my oyster meal and the general ambience of the place. I look forward to taking my wife there on a future trip to Ottawa. Rating 5 out of 5

See full pictorial review at: sybaritica.me

2013 Feb 6
I stopped by last week for a quick lunch and it was quick! I ordered the fish and chips and it was the best fish I have had in Ottawa. It was crispy and creamy, and the fish had some great texture. Pickerel I think. The chips were good, the slaw was great, but the fish was the star. So good that it did not need the lemony tartare sauce. Great lunch!

2012 Aug 10
Went to Whalesbone twice over the past few months and both times were great. First visit was about 2 months ago with my significant other and my father. They are huge seafood and fish fans so I knew they would love it. They started with a selection of raw oysters and were quite content, they really liked the tray with all the condiment options that was brought out. I had the oysters rockafeller which were the best I’ve ever had, wouldn’t share any with anyone. For dinner, don’t remember what the guys had but they both agreed it was the best dinner they’ve eaten in Ottawa by far. I had the steak (not a fish fan) and loved loved loved it, can’t say enough great things. Perfectly cooked, veggies were tasty, and sauce was super flavourful. Server brought us a complimentary tuna platter after dinner, not sure why but it was greatly appreciated. I ordered the ice cream sandwich for dessert. They were out of the honey truffle ice cream as well as vanilla so I was offered raspberry instead. It was a weird combination and not my favourite but because it was not what it was intended to be, we were not charged for it. Service was good, they clearly are all about food and decor & atmosphere are secondary which I really appreciate. I go out for dinner for great food with great people not to sit in a pretty room and be served mediocre food. The food was so good, my father not only left the server an excessively large tip but went to the kitchen and personally thanked and tipped each chef. All in all, it was a pricey dinner but worth every penny. Can’t afford to go every week but I’ll definitely be back when my wallet allows.

2012 Mar 5
That's why I don't wear clothes when I go there. It saves a lot of time.

2012 Mar 4
Known in Ottawa as THE maritime-hillbilly, loud and rowdy, tiny postage-stamp-sized place with the morals of a sailor and the ethics of a librarian; The Whalesbone Oyster House is a downtown haven for seafood lovers with a heart.

The all Canadian, sustainably sourced, Ocean Wise approved menu is tight and lean; four appetizers, four mains. The ambiance is rustic maritime with a hint of redneck.

The prefect place for a surprise party (SURPRISE!) and my first oyster. I was forced to chew, and I'm glad I did because it was that burst of salty, briny flavour that helped me understand what all the fuss is about. Cold and clean, like brisk breeze off the Atlantic with the tide out and the mudflats exposed; salty, windy and wild. Still not my favorite texture (read "slime"), but in small doses (with boozy chasers) I could grow to like oysters. (Surprise!)

Abridged from my blog, www.foodgypsy.ca where you'll find more photos and many, many more words (should you wish) on a wicked little treasure on Bank Street. The Whalesbone gets my vote as "a place for a hedonistic pleasure cruise without guilt, punctuated by shots and empty shells, after which you return home to tear each other's clothes off." Well, that's my interpretation anyway.

2012 Jan 27
I'm jealous that I don't own this place, it's cool from head to toe. Great oysters, good beer, and the fish & chip lunch leaves me speachless. I don't care too much for the regular dinner menu as it doesn't really seem to match the ambiance, but I remember it tasting ok.

2012 Jan 17
We went to the Whalesbone for a late bite to eat after a movie recently. It was about 9:30 pm on a weeknight and there was only a single table available. We didn't feel like a full meal so we did a roll-your-own-small-plates by ordering three appetizers. We had the Scallop Ceviche, White Pacific Shrimp and Lobster Roll. The scallops in particular were excellent, we could have eaten another few plates of those without a pause. The shrimps were very good too. The other stand-out was the cole-slaw that came with the Lobster Roll. The Lobster Roll itself was fine but probably our least favourite of the three. It was a bit overwhelmed by the accompanying ingredients; lobster rolls are probably best kept simple and eaten at a road-side seafood shack. Still, we ate it without complaint. The whole thing went perfectly with the Sokol Blosser white that we had. This was my first time at the restaurant (I've had many a lunch at their retail outlet) and I look forward to going there sometime for a full meal.

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2007 Sep 15
FINALLY went and tried not only oysters for the first time, but caught Vardy on his last night in Ottawa!
I asked the server which oysters I should try being my first time and she suggested one from the east coast (PEI) and one from the west. The bigger one on the left in the pic is west and the smaller east. I tried the east first and it was smooth and the texture creamy almost. Then I tried the west and it was completely different than the PEI oyster. West was 'fishy' tasting and had a grainy texture. Both were good but I definitely preferred the east coast oyster.




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2012 Jan 14
I chose the fish and chips for my lunch, as it is a kind of gold standard for any seafood restaurant. In keeping with the rustic style of this restaurant, it was served in a beaten up metal dog bowl of a plate -- a little too whacky for my taste considering the $17 price point.

I had high expectations for the fish and WOW did it deliver! Incredibly moist and succulent, with a perfect shell of crispy tangy batter. Certainly some of the best fried fish I've encountered anywhere. The only downside is that there were just three tiny fingers of it on my plate.

As for the chips, they were not my thing. Thick wedges of potato, fried to a dark brown on the outside, but tasting like oven-roasted potato on the inside. It's probably just personal preference but I didn't see this as an improvement over pub-style chips. I even left some on my plate, which is something I never do! The smear of tartar sauce was totally unnecessary for the delicious fish, but it did help moisten the potatoes. The sweet pickled onions are also a nice touch if you're into sweet pickles (I'm not).

So overall, I'd go somewhere else for my fish and chips. But if you want to see how perfectly fried fish can be simultaneously moist and crunchy, this dish is worth a shot!




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2007 Sep 15
This was my main dish. "Hot filicetti sausage, organic king eryngii mushrooms, pickled ramps and warm crushed heirloom tomatoes"
This was absolutely delicious!! The sauce, heirloom tomatoes, was so perfectly flavoured I wished I had some bread at the end of it so I could soak it up! I did find the scallops to be a touch overdone but nonetheless was still very good. The little sausages added a nice texture to every bite.




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2007 Sep 15
My bf ordered the Potato Crusted Red Spring Salmon which was described as "Organic young beets, pea shoots, "broken" soy-chevre-truffle sauce". The server asked how he would like it done and suggested that it should be medium rare but my bf not eating fish/seafood alot opted to have it done medium. He totally LOVED it! He couldn't stop saying how good it was and him being a lover of beets just couldn't get over how delicious it all was. I tried a bite of the salmon and yes, delciousness! The potato crust was perfect.


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2007 Jun 22
I can't comment on their oysters, but I had their angus steak in a pepper sauce last week. It was about $35 and fantastic. Much more flavourful than the the pepper steak at Hy's, presented in a more appealing way, and at 2/3s the price.