The Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern

4.7
112 reviews
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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 112 People Are Saying
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EL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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YO
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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KL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little storefront restaurant. Very casual and friendly. I had oysters with a good variety of home made sauces. I especially liked the mignonette. I recommend reservations as I got very busy.

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MA
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great tavern in Ottawa, serving a varied selection of delicious food and beers. Their daily specials offer great value, we went on a Thursday night (oyster night) and it did not disappoint! Oysters were great and their calamari and tuna toast were fantastic. Can't wait to go back to try their fried chicken or lobster nights.

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RD
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great meal at the Elmdale. Can't beat the "buck a shuck" $1 oysters on Thursdays, plus the live music. And the clam chowder is awesome. Fast and friendly service. Make sure you make a reservation because they fill up.

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PH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and ambience. Really good live music as well.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place and great neighbourhood spot!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience and definitely not our last. The service was fast and consistent and the food was AMAZING! Can’t wait to come back!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance, great oysters!

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic seevice, live music and $30 lobster on Wednesdays...amazing!

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NG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was delicious - try the brussel sprouts with kimchi! My only complaint is the chairs are a bit small and uncomfortable. But otherwise everything was great. Our server was very busy, but still took good care of us!

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The seating is very uncomfortable and our server seemed to be having a miserable day. The manager (at least we think he was the manager, he never actually told us) basically told us not to stick around after they attempted to run our gift card via email since we hadn’t printed it, when my drink wasn’t even done! The bathrooms were messy, the music was unpleasant. The food was good, not great. My husband’s steak was very fatty.
And to end it all, when we left, the hostess ignored us, waited until we were out the door to shout “thank you!”

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing evening with friends! Sat at the bar; oysters, burger, calamari, tuna toast, chicken sandwich!! So yummy! You can't beat The Elmdale for food and atmosphere! We will be back :)

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, great service, interesting place. Different. Good vibe.

Chairs are *very* uncomfortable for an average body type. I am 6 ft+ and 190 lbs and I could not get my backside into the chair. It must be a no go zone for one with a more "generous" caboose.

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MG
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great fare thanks again for a wonderful evening.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern steak night was delicious and perfectly priced for a low key date night :)

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing including food and atmosphere. My only complaint is the music was a little too loud. We couldn’t hear one another. Otherwise, fantastic. And great service!

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k
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were delicious and were on special for $1 (Thursdays) I had the fried chicken sandwich which was delicious and one of my friend's had the thai mussels which she raved about. Service was above and beyond. The only thing was that later in the evening there was live music which was great but the volume was too loud.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Great service and a wonderful atmosphere.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved everything about our experience at The Elmdale Tavern. Our server was great and the food was absolutely delicious. We went specifically to try their steak & fries deal on Fridays and we were not disappointed. The steak was cooked to perfection and the fries are SO GOOD. We also had the tuna toast and calamari and both were also super tasty. Definitely worth going early (5-7 pm) to get the Happy Hour deal of $11 for a selection of their appetizers. We're looking forward to going back soon to try their Tuesday fried chicken deal!

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P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome buck a shuck, great beers, excellent music on Valentine’s Day, we come by more and more and want to try every evening special.

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J
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Oysters were great, but not impress with rest of menu. Found expensive menu for what it is. Was expecting more sea food, but was disappointing. Although I recommend for oyster, my date does not recommend at all (she does not eat oysters) with what she had.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was amazing. The staff are super friendly and provide fantastic service.

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KV
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely loved our experience !
The food was delicious and we could not believe the atmosphere! Hard to believe this was our first time, we can’t wait to be back !

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TB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great opportunity to have a delicious bite, beer and conversation with friends. Casual and comfortable atmosphere.

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GD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was there with my daughter for the oyster night. We both loved the oysters, the service and the appetizers that we ordered. I will want to go back for lobster night with my wife. It is a great neighborhood eatery and with a short walk from home. Keep up the good work to all of the staff and thank you.

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GC
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent chowder, and fish and chips... best in town!

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NB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food and service were excellent, wine recommendations were solid and oysters were fantastic, as usual. We were there on a Thursday night, and the music was kind of bad (like out of tune Tragically Hip covers) and waay too loud - we could barely have a conversation.

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OH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful staff, very fresh and sustainable seafood at excellent prices

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love this place! It is definitely a favourite in Ottawa. The food is on point and if you want fresh seafood this far away from the ocean this is the place. Overall their service is a little pretentious but it is the area of town that you can expect that kind of atmosphere. Please do not let that deter you, YOU HAVE TO EAT HERE. Order the oysters, the calamari and jerk chicken wings. It's also a great place to spend Saturday night, the music is good and the dance floor is full.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good value - live music entertaining but can be loud.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal at Elmdale immensely! New to the neighbourhood we've had several people recommend this spot for seafood and live music - we're so happy they did! Our group sampled oysters (BUCK A SHUCK!), seafood chowder, truffle fries, fish and chips and caesar salad, and all of it was outstanding! Best chowder I've ever had. Will most certainly be back.

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Whalesbone quality oysters great buck a shuck price on Thursday nights! Looking forward to trying the cheap lobster speacial on a Wednesday night!

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OT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

A great spot to gather with friends and on a Friday night, their steak special is always welcome. Great atmosphere and the oysters are always awesome...but, on this night, the service was completely inattentive and lacking. Food and drinks were forgotten, she could not be found...overall, disappointing and honestly, not the norm. Hope this does not become a trend because its a great place.

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MG
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whalesbone standard was on display once again as we've come to expect at all their locations. Great food, service, prices, ambiance,etc. Happy hour buck a shuck Thursdays at the elmdale location will always hopefully be part of our every other week dining outings. Thank you once again.

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JG
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coolest real place I’ve been in Ottawa from people of all ages and walks of life . Live music on Wednesday and Thursday just as to this wonderful surprise!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small menu but this helps them get everything right. Enjoyed the food, ambiance and service.

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