About The Whalesbone

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

THE WHALESBONE GROUP IS A COLLECTION OF 3 LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS AND 1 RETAIL/WHOLESALE OUTLET. WE HAVE CORNERED THE MARKET WITH A REPUTATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES, CATERINGS, OYSTERS AND OCEAN WISE CERTIFIED FINFISH.OUR ESTABLISHMENTS ARE RENOWNED AS UPSCALE FOOD AND SERVICE WITH A CASUAL ATMOSPHERE. IT IS VERY COMMON TO WITNESS WORK BOOTS NEXT TO SUITS.WE ARE VERSITILE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF GUESTS.

(2001) THE WHALESBONE CATERING & CO.

In 2001, we started The Whalesbone Catering & Co. Feeding and planning parties from as small as 6 to larger than 2000 – with oysters. The idea was to create a demand and loyal following of oyster lovers in the Ottawa area. At this stage, founder Joshua Bishop executed events from his parents home kitchen. Whereas nowadays the catering operation is executed from The Whalesbone Kent Street at 504a Kent Street. Sticking to what we do really well; we have grown our famous oystering experience, as well as a chef inspired offering of charcuteries, smoked fish platters, and other custom food items. We have opened oysters for the queens jubilee, prime ministers, governor generals, brides&grooms, barmitzvahs, bbq’s – you name it we’ve opened oysters for it. Contact – catering@thewhalesbone.com

(2005) THE WHALESBONE BANK

More than just Oysters!!! The FlagShip Store – opened in June 2005 at 430 bank street. This “shoebox” of a space has become famous as “ottawa’s oysterhouse”. Its original bricks, wood and rust décor is ottawa’s original rustic funky space. The music is nostalgic in that we spin vinyl records and we’ve become famous for that too. “Where to eat in Canada” has endorsed us since 2007, which really indicates the team on board at this space is really committed to providing outrageous food and service. “Some call us loud – We call it lively!” info@thewhalesbone.com

(2007) BYTOWNE OYSTERFEST

Just remember “the last Sunday in June” since that’s when it happens. Started in 2007 (we didn’t host in 2008) this year marks 10 years of the festival. We’ve taken pride in offering shucking competitions, live music and fun based around our annual Bytowne Oyster Festival. info@thewhalesbone.com

(2008) The Whalesbone Kent (wholesale & retail outlet)

The Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply opened is doors in February 2008. Originally The Whalesbone Bank Street was wholesaling a small amount of oysters from its back doors to local restaurants. Purported with great oysters, many restaurants were asking for finfish (swimming variety) too. Not ones to pass up an opportunity we granted those finfish requests, however what made us different in the marketplace of fishmongers locally was our moral and ethical stance on the finfish we offered. We market and supply Ocean Wise whalesbone_ocean-wise certified finfish exclusively. This means we are hyper concerned about how&where the animal is caught or harvested? And the status of its stock. We grew into the Kent Street store in February 2008 where we continue to supply local restaurants. The Retail shop is open to public Tuesday to Saturday. Info@thewhalesbone.com

(2013)THE ELMDALE TAVERN

The Elmdale Tavern, our oyster house in Hintonburg, has been in business since 1934 and joined our family in 2013. It has seen countless personalities come through its tavern doors and served those who needed a place to eat, drink and be merry; prime ministers, NHL players and working-class heroes of the Hintonburg neighbourhood and beyond, for generations. These days the space is opened Tuesday to Sunday services. It has become renowned & famous as an exceptional spot for Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, as the historical tavern allows all whom enter to just be themselves. info@thewhalesbone.com

(2016) THE WHALESBONE ELGIN

IN JULY 2016 WE OPENED THE DOORS TO 231 ELGIN STREET. THIS STRETCHED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL SPACE ON BANK IS COMING OUT OF THE GATE WITH A CRITCALLY ACCLAIMED MENU. WE CONTINUE WITH OUR OYSTER HOUSE ROOTS, AND WITH THE SPACE HAVE INTRODUCED A MEAT AGING ROOM. DRY AGED CUTS OF BEEF ARE QUICKLY BECOMING A PART OF THE WHALESBONE’S GROWING REPUTATION. INFO@THEWHALESBONE.COM

OCEAN WISE CERTIFICATION

The Whalesbone Group is a certified Ocean Wise supplier; we’re committed to protecting the environment and maintaining sustainable practices, from catch to consumer. As the region’s only 100 percent sustainable supplier, we bring you value and selection that are second to none. All service staff have taken online Ocean Wise certification and have a working knowledge of the hows and whys with regards to the fish we do or do not purvey.

AND SO, THAT’S WHO WE ARE!