The Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern

4.7
236 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent service from Melanie. Food was as spectacular as always. New additions to the menus are great. Always look forward to our Thursday night visit.

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KatB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. We will be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As usual the food was outstanding. Our server was less than stellar and made our experience less enjoyable. She spoke to us in very short almost curt terms. She was not like this with the young couple seated beside us so, we are left wondering if it had something to do with our age(seniors). We frequent this restaurant weekly and have never encountered this kind of service before. If this had been our server on one of our first visits we would not have gone back. This is the first time we are in and out in an hour.

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DonM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night! Such a good vibe here...great food and great service.
Thanks especially to Spencer for looking after us

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Wayne
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Excellent oysters.
The in house ice cream is excellent.
Good prices on drinks.
Other menu items are not of consistent or relevant quality for the prices charged.

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vipJoe3
Toronto
153 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Contrary to some reviews we read prior to visiting, we found the staff to be cheerful, helpful and efficient. Oysters were great, atmosphere is that of a bar more than of a restaurant. All good!

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vipParj
Montreal
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was delicious. Oysters were yummy. It was a great night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We’ve been going to the Elmdale for years and this was our first disappointing experience…hence why we will share.

The beef tartar was perfect, and the drink selection and service great as always. The Arctic Char was extremely salty , but cooked very well. there was a large pool of “sauce” that seemed to flud the plate and everything in it (and was not complementing anything). Potatoes where overcooked, and carrots borderline raw. The plate of fried seafood was well done, but the side Caesar was overdressed and nit what we’ve had before.

We’re not looking complain, or be compensated, but rather informe you of our experience in the event our feedback can be helpful .

We will be back!

Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was under cooked (scallops ) and sandwhiches were extra extra fatty vs meaty.. was looking forward to eating here but was a big disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual great place. Food was left in the fryer a little longer than needed both chicken sandwich and fries. No biggy just an observation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service great food. Ribs were a little tougher than usual..not fall off the bone. Probably just a one off but it was a little disappointing.

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ScottU
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Calamari, Beef Tartare to start ... both excellent ... and then 50 oysters for the three of us ... great food, service and a beautiful evening with some beer and wine on their patio. Our server was excellent !!! Not from Ottawa but will be coming back for sure !!!!!

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EmilyW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have the best time here and enjoy their food so much!! I was with my mom and at first we got placed at the bar but she doesn't drink so I asked if we could move and they were super accommodating and gave us a new table which we really appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

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SheriR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first experience here as new members of the neighborhood. The service was great, the oysters were delicious, the food in general was yummy. We didn’t enjoy one of the dishes and they were incredibly attentive and accommodating. We’ll be back and would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great service and great food. We never feel rushed which is great because we are never in a hurry. Its so nice to have a neighbourhood establishment where we always feel welcome.
See you next Thursday.

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Cady
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant! Would highly recommend!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Menu was slightly different than online with more options. Staff service was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual excellent food, excellent service. Always a pleasure and we are so glad we discovered this Tavern when we moved back to Ottawa.

MM
vipMaureenM
Ottawa
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always- the food, service, and drinks were great. A definite neighbourhood favourite.

FL
Foodie4Life
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and staff!

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Hargunie
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elmdalw is my go-to spot on Wellington especially when I’m craving oysters! Best assortment in town. And they new patio lis just amazing <3

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always amazing! One of my favourite places

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great food great service,

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Westborofoodie
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the mussels and they were wonderful and huge. I prefer a bit more oomph to my wine sauce and I found it a bit too delicate. My partner ordered the seared char and the fish was excellent but it came with beets. My partner hates beets - his problem. I’m sure that if he had paid attention he could have asked for a substitute since there were potatoes on offer with one of the other specials. But hindsight is … All this notwithstanding we will return. Cheers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, great food and great service. It seems that since reopening there is a minimum purchase of 20 oysters required. Previously you could order less.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Most.. not organized...slow service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual the food was good. Server was good not as attentive as we are use to. The food was as always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual. Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was lovely! We had a great time with outstanding food and service.

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GrantG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a real treat to experience The Elmdale again, and all the food was amazing! We felt very well taken care of.

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VeronikaF
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was very good. I was just expecting more raw food as I saw on the menu on the website.

MM
vipMaureenM
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Service, food, drinks, etc.

We felt perfectly saafe. COVID protocols were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible and the service is so lovely. I always have a great time at the Elmdale.

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NancyG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, excellent service. This restaurant was recommended to us and I recommend it as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and exceptional food. Will always come back xo

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Exceptional service again.

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Emie
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value, fun ambiance and good service! The fried chicken sandwich was amazing. I will definitely go back!

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The Elmdale Oyster House &amp; Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 236 OpenTable diners.

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