The Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern
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.
horseradish, crème fraiche, crumbs
clams, fish, potato, scone
coconut milk, kaffir lime, peanut, basil
Wonderful food and fabulous staff
As usual excellent food and service.
There are no misses on this menu. Always a great night
As usual great food great service. Celebrated our daughter’s birthday had a great time.
My favourite place for oyster with the girls !!!! Always amazing service and food !
Had a great night out with the buds. Great food and reasonable priced beer. Sweet.
The calamari was meh, the server was not much better. Chairs are uncomfortable and it was over priced. Unfortunate as we had high hopes.
Nice to do something normal again at a favourite local spot. Super tasty food, great music, relaxed atmosphere and awesome staff! Already looking forward to next time.
Fried chicken was awesome, as was the beef tartar and my partners Lobster and Shrimp roll. Only complain was the fries were salty. Overall great value. Without drinks, a shared App and two mains were 65 bucks.
Once again great food and great staff. Busy but they all handle it well. This place deserves to do well. It has been our local for a year now since we moved back to Ottawa. Everyone has sure made us feel welcome and at home.
Ad usual great food great service.
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.
Delicious food, great service. We will be coming back!
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.
A great night! Such a good vibe here...great food and great service.
Thanks especially to Spencer for looking after us
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.
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!
Excellent service. The food was delicious. Oysters were yummy. It was a great night.
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!
Food was under cooked (scallops ) and sandwhiches were extra extra fatty vs meaty.. was looking forward to eating here but was a big disappointment.
Great service as usual.
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.
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.
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 !!!!!
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.
Great food and service as always
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!
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.
Excellent restaurant! Would highly recommend!!!!!!
Great food. Menu was slightly different than online with more options. Staff service was outstanding.
As usual excellent food, excellent service. Always a pleasure and we are so glad we discovered this Tavern when we moved back to Ottawa.
As always- the food, service, and drinks were great. A definite neighbourhood favourite.
Fabulous food and staff!
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
Service is always amazing! One of my favourite places
Once again great food great service,
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
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.
Most.. not organized...slow service
As usual the food was good. Server was good not as attentive as we are use to. The food was as always great.
The Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.