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Little Whale, Boston, MA

Little Whale

4.7
4.7
622 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Little Whale Oyster Bar is a Classic New England Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar from Chef Michael Serpa on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. An ode to the seaside clamshacks are raw bars of the New England coast, Little Whale is a casual neighborhood spot focusing on local products and seafood friendly wines.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (857) 277-0800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Reggie Da Silva
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact matt@grandtourboston.com for event inquiries.
  • Neighborhood
    Back Bay
  • Cross street
    Newbury Street and Hereford Street
  • Parking details
    Meter Parking 2hr. Prudential Center Lot. Dalton Street Lot. Closest Valet at Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street.
  • Public transit
    Green Line Hynes Convention CenterOrange Line Back Bay
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 622 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Seafood

622 Reviews
  1. Riccardo

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A lovely, casual place, conveniently located. The price is a tad high for what you get but the dishes are fresh and well-prepared.

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  2. HeatherW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Great atmosphere and yummy food. Pleasant staff.

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  3. mikem

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience - food was awesome great portions!!

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  4. STma

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and oysters were excellent!! Great wine selection and the servers were very attentive. One negative is they don’t have dessert!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic overall. But they do need a liquor license

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  6. foodiesisters

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All food is delicious! Wine is top notch. Servers are knowledgeable and attentive. Will be back!

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  7. Jonathan

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolue exquisite service, wonderful food, perfect atmosphere.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Little Whale is a gem! The food and wines by the glass were fantastic. The flavors from the seafood apps to the mains were really fresh and delicious. Both my husband and I loved everything we ate and the vibe was casual and friendly. The decor is great too. We can’t wait to go back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dinnig in this location. Great experience,..halibut was great. Good selection of well paired wines. Definitely will be back.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and scene. Being asked to leave 90mins after putting up a $400+ bill with a mandatory 18% gratuity charge should rub any rational person the wrong way. Otherwise, great!

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  11. WilliamA

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and service was exceptionally attentive which made for a most enjoyable lunch .

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They should put all children upstairs in the restaurant

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  13. Rimo

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Food, service, everything was terrific

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and amazing food! Great value, everything was delicious.

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  15. GreatFood

    Newcastle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food and some of the best service I've experienced - definitely will be back!

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  16. Kels

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat downstairs, near the bar. Better, more lively atmosphere than upstairs. Our server made the night! Very helpful, just the right amount of attention, great recommendations. Oysters, veggies, fish all terrific. Great wine list. Fun meal. Hope to be back.

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  17. JamesQ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The servers were very professional and took the time to make sure we were comfortable with our orders.

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  18. Krista

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was great, but then as we were leaving two mice ran across the restaurant. This is too nice and expensive of a restaurant to have mice running around.

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  19. CathyB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A special (late) Christmas gift from our daughter! Island Creek Oysters, crabcake, branzino, and haddock dishes were all perfect & tasty!

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  20. TimKaren

    Portland

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Little Whale obviously is dedicated to caring for their seafood. The fresh oysters on the half shell with sheer perfection. Our server,Francesca, excellent in all ways. Prompt, observant in our needs attentive, friendly, and truly delighful.

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  21. blungo

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed this experience on every level. The food was fabulous, service was great, music was fun, ambiance was amazing. We were not rushed and very much enjoyed from beginning to end.

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  22. Jamy

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not impressed by the ceviche or the white clam flatbread, lack of flavour or seasoning. Bronzino was pretty nicely done.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal and service!, will definitely be back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic! It is a typical newbury street space though, very small, so be prepared for that. Otherwise, I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu. I had the crab cake, and it was fantastic.

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  25. Teach

    Greater Boston

    91 reviews

    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our meal! Starters and mains were all delicious. The sea bass special was fantastic. I would have rated the evening as 5 stars if coffee and tea were available after the meal. Service was attentive and friendly.

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  26. foodiesisters

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for great food and service and a lovely ambiance.

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  27. JamieB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Service was fine. We felt it was very overpriced for what it was. We had the beet salad, tuna tartare, crab cake entree, steak frites, a dozen oysters and a bottle of wine and our check was close to $400 with gratuity which they include in your check. Enjoyed my meal but probably wouldn’t come back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is good but the menu is limited as far as the Mains. Ambiance is a little cold. We felt extremely rushed despite the restaurant being 1/3 full. Our server hovered and was at our table about every five minutes. It was distracting, annoying and impossible to relax. The price point was high for the experience and food and don’t worry you have no choice with the gratuity because it is included. The crowd seems to be an older, early dinner crowd or post- shopping. We sat at 7:45 and the place continued to empty out thereafter, despite the random and loud mix of music.

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  29. PaulineK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best spot on Newbury Street! I have already recommended it.

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  30. richardw

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and oysters were fresh and delicious.

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  31. ZachF

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service / bar was exceptional! A bit pricey but the food is delicious.

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  32. Out4dinner

    Greater Boston

    105 reviews

    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Little Whale is one of our top favorites. Food is always delicious and creative and our Server, Michele is the best!

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  33. Janice

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time here. The food was delicious. We split the spicy clam appetizer and both had swordfish. Yum. Would recommend and look forward to going back

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  34. LeoRuiz037

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic raw bar. Great selection of wine. Love the location.

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  35. Jennifers

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have dined at Little Whale at least 6 times. There are dozens and dozens of seafood restaurants in boston, but this is my absolute fav. Their food is fresh, simple, elegant and flavorful. The vibe is great and service is always excellent!

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  36. Anonymous

    Greater Boston

    341 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    341 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can’t believe it, but somehow the food is even better now. I’m a diehard regular and I just had the best dinner there ever. Wow. The best of New England seafood anywhere

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    staff was very attentive and professional! Food was delicious too!

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  38. Lexi

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and atmosphere. Food was great as well as the oyster selections

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  39. Dutchtreat

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great oysters from Massachusetts, the best clam chowder I have had anywhere!! really fantastic Loved the Gloucester swordfish; perfectly cooked great sauces and sides Great service and recommendations Definitely come back when I visit Boston again

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  40. JenniferL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely little place— the oysters were excellent! We plan to return when we are back in Boston

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Little Whale is rated 4.7 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Little Whale

314 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Newbury Street and Hereford Street
  • Neighborhood
    Back Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Meter Parking 2hr. Prudential Center Lot. Dalton Street Lot. Closest Valet at Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street.
  • Public transit
    Green Line Hynes Convention CenterOrange Line Back Bay
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Reggie Da Silva
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
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