The Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern

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Seafood
Welcome to the Elmdale Oyster House!

The freshest Whalesbone oysters & sustainable seafood focused menu. We provide fabulous family style diner options with our main drive being Oysters. Open daily at 5pm and Friday through Sunday at 11:30am. We can accommodate groups from a single person right up to 100 plus!

On Tuesday's we have a Fried Chicken special.
On Wednesday's we have a Lobster special.
On Thursday's we do buck a shuck.
What 147 People Are Saying
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JG
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s always good with great special! Can’t wait to go back and try something different...

KP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very loud, difficult to have a conversation. Waitstaff was very busy. Didn’t bring bread at any point and half our sauces for the oysters were missing. Food was very good as always!

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Elmdale is a great place to go for an excellent meal. We've done the Friday night steak-frites special a few times - delicious, tender, juicy steak and perfectly cooked fries. Most recently we went for the buck-a-shuck Oyster night (Thursday night) - the oysters were super fresh and yummy. My only complaint is that some of the condiments for the oysters (and there are many) seemed less than fresh.
The service is always friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is convivial and lively.
The Elmdale is deservedly one of the neighbourhood's most popular dining spots - excellent food, service, atmosphere and value.

CH
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Buck a shuck oysters and awesome live musician!

NM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun venue! The music was really good, service friendly and professional and the food outstanding.

TB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav spots. Simple food done really well. Atmosphere is hipster and good music on the weekend

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a little surprise for my friends birthday here last night. It was so lovely 💜 the food was great but the service was exemplary! See you again soon.

LG
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great, way too warm in the restaurant, no air circulation.

O
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My wife and a friend of ours went after work. The restaurant has a great vibe - old and young - families..great energy. Chowder was a little salty...fries amazing....chicken sandwich good. Everyone gave to food a solid good. Will go back again for sure.

KL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday prime rib special is a super deal. The mash potatoes were a bit dry but everything else was superb.

MF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Always exceptional service and food. Great bang for your buck as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food great service, cant wait to go back

P
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Oysters were delicious and the clam chowder was hearty.

JG
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a cool place to go ! Nice atmosphere good people working there

CD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at the Elmdale! Food, ambience and staff were terrific as always.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Worth going on Buck a Shuck day. The music was very loud and it was difficult to talk but overall great atmosphere.

BV
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good restaurant! The food was amazing! Well done :-)

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Service was amazing as usual and food was delicious and well plated!
Great night out at the tavern!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ordered $20 pasta dish for dinner.. Served lunch sized portion. It's pasta.. No need to be cheap and stingy.

Great service and ambiance

n
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

oysters and salad were average, truffle fries were awful. Not impressed with the place at all.

M
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great buck a shuck night. Live music was great too. On a hot summer’s day, it gets hot in here so dress appropriately. Good selection of local beer on tap. Wish they had more creative cocktails.

YO
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always love going to the elmdale oyster house! The drinks are always made well and the oysters are handed out really quickly! Our waitress was great! We tried the truffle fries this time and they were awesome! They were also willing to accommodate the other person with us who is celiac which was appreciated!

GC
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Great service! Great food!

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for a couple years now for several occasions and, I am never disappointed with this place. The food is always excellent and the service is friendly, welcoming and exceptional. Highly recommend this place!

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the seafood, the staff and the live music. One our faves for date night!!

SO
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the deep-fried lobster and it was a life changing experience. One of the best restaurants/bars/taverns on the planet, hand down.

P
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Simple menu but done right.

s
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutlely amazing! Ordered oyster, steak and fish & chips. Looooove the oyster (and various in-house sauce) and steak. Beat steak ever! Juicy and fresh. Will be my to-go place in Ottawa.

B
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Such a great venue! Live music was excellent. Please get fresh olives for your Martinis. Well mixed cocktail with old olives really bites!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to go in Ottawa

c
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seafood was nicely cooked - NOT overcooked, as most places tend to do it. The service was great; we mentioned sharing everything so the chowder came out divided into two smaller bowls.

MH
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t tell anyone...but this place is awesome. Servers, food...everything.

LD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb chowder, beef tartar and fish and chips. Great kickoff to a weekend. Will come back for Wednesday’s cheap AF LOBSTER.

SQ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Oyster Martinis are terrific, and the food is also very good. Not so great for conversation if you are seated under a speaker... we were yelling at each other.

YO
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for retro steak night and it was a great experience! The steaks are huge and wonderfully prepared. We also tried the beef carpaccio and the mussels and both had excellent flavours. Our waitress was kind and attentive as per usual. Keep up the great work Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern.

EL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional. Amazing food. Truffle fries were to die for and I've never had such plump, perfectly cooked mussels in my life! Started to get a little loud closer to 9pm, but the experience was worth every penny!

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Don't show up without a reservation! We do love this place ,we even set out a plan this evening to visit weekly over the summer to hit up every night of specials. The food is always on point. The atmosphere is cramped and the live performance is very loud which makes it hard to have a conversation.

OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wednesday night -cheap lobster night! They had a great guitar player too! Fun time!

YO
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern has been a great experience both times we've been. Their buck a shuck night is awesome and the staff is always friendly!

KL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible value of food. The entertainment is exceptional and I have always had wonderful service.

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