About Us

If these walls could talk

Open in Ottawa since 1934, the Elmdale has seen countless personalities come through its tavern doors. As a charming little pub, it has 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.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier, former Prime Minister of Canada (1896-1911) sat here and played checkers with alderman Ernest Laroche; the Elmdale’s original owner Bill Cowley won Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins (1939, 1945); Prime Minister Jean Chrétien once came by for refreshments after a basketball game, and as the tale goes, may have decided not to send troops to Iraq after a lively discussion with other patrons.

Elmdale Tavern Sign
Through several ownership changes, it was bought by The Whalesbone Oyster House in 2013 and small changes were made – the addition of fine tavern fare, local craft brews and the new focus on live fresh oysters. With regular live music ranging from DJ spun dance music to duelling pianos and local artists, The Elmdale Tavern & Oyster House is still a home for Hintonburg and Ottawa residents.

The Elmdale was, and is, a place where people from all walks are welcome and stories are always being told. Come on down and tell your story.

Elmdale Artwork

People are Talking

The Elmdale got its groove back: Anne DesBrisay’s Capital Dining says “What I’ve tried has been been terrific. I’d say this modern tavern has found its groove.” Read about her tasty tasting experience here.

People are talkin’ about the Elmdale’s Sunday Sessions! March’s band, Bumpin’ Binary, was described as an “infectious mixture of jazz and R&B” by OttawaJazzScene.ca.