The Black Whale

4.7
1660 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Serves fresh, bold and innovative food that reflects the history of New Bedford and celebrates the New Bedford fishermen, their catch and their culture.

Menu focuses on local fishermen’s catch of the day, old school seafood favorites and a sprinkling of modern seafood interpretations. Menu ranges from raw bar, to warm and cold lobster rolls, baked cod, bacon wrapped scallops, bouillabaisse and peppered 14oz rib eye.

Large bar and spectacular views of the artful New Bedford Fishing Fleet. Large covered outside deck overlooking the fishing boats and harbor. Centrally located beside the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Ferries. Large parking lot.

And, of course, the hospitality is second to none. Service is what built the business.

Offers

  • For Parties of 5 or More & Online Availability

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Wed 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM, 4:15 PM - 9:00 PM, Thu 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    We accept online reservations for parties of 2-4. If your desired time isn't available or a party of 5 or more, please contact us directly to inquire about additional options. You can reach us at (508) 990-7100.
What 1660 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated quickly. Waitress was very friendly. Food was very good.! Highly recommend and will be back!

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vipYummy
New England
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, just had a few apps and a few drinks on a gorgeous fall evening! Everything was excellent as usual, from the curtesy of the staff, to the food , service and ambiance. Love the convenience of open table! See you again!

MB
MicheleB
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit and we enjoyed it as much as the first. We'll be back!

DK
vipDonaldK
New England
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual very good waitress

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Pedro
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent survive and great draft choices. Food was top notch for the price!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The full boat sushi was amazing. The flatbread and mussels were great as always. Drinks are strong but still taste great! Great ambiance even on a cool autumn day outside!

DR
DianaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Service as great. A little noisy outdoors. Prices are reasonable

MB
MrsB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our second time going there and much much better than my first experience. Food was really good.

AM
AnaM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time going there. I have nothing but great things to say. The waitresses Trisha was great, the food was great.
Definitely going back there!

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Courier
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Patio was a little loud. Not sure really need music out there

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great. Smart friendly very knowledgeable
Thanks Lauren and the Black Whale for a great dinner

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good as was the service. Will definitely be back!

PG
PattiG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my granddaughters for a special dinner as we traveled to Roger Williams Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular. Perfect midpoint from Cape Cod to Providence. I had never been to the Black Whale before. Everything about our experience added to the joy of our evening. From being greeted to our goodbyes the experience was delightful. Waiter, food, lighting, warmth of outdoor patio, perfect!

Thank you!

LS
LouisS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service ,meal was very good ,enjoyed
Would return again

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were amazing. Bottle of wine was great. Good vibes.

SH
SharonH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A few months ago we were not rally happy with our dinner and drinks. We have been back several times and have been pleased. We recommend this restaurant to all our out of town guests.

MS
MarthaS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service a little noisy because the restaurant is close to a big avenue but everything else compensate the noise, definitely we are going to come back! Super recommend it.

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Robert
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. loved everything about the restaurant and will be back... Sat outside on a wonderful day for it

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vipBill
New England
81 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. I had the salmon very big piece well cooked. Chowder was also good. My wife and our guest had sushi. Very good from all reports

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink was amazing

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Batina
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

BN
BillN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like the restaurant and have dined there multiple times.
Everyone was professional and courteous.
We understand service will suffer a bit due to labor shortages.
We think the restaurant has held up well through the pandemic and plan to return soon.

JB
JamesB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have a daughter in College near New Bedford. We have dinner there every time we visit. It may be 15 times now and they are great. The Host gentleman always has a smile. The food is creative and delicious. It’s a no brainer when we are nearby.

GS
GeriS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we had was outstanding!! The attention to detail from the staff was top notch - I watched as many of the waitstaff were preparing tables and attending to guests with genuine care!! Can't wait to go back soon!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A bit upset I request window and was seated in center..I do understand sometimes window not available BUT a table at window was empty ( usually sit there) and remained empty until 5 minutes before we left

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service. The chowder was excellent.

NC
NicoleC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service, good food, wonderful environment. We were celebrating our anniversary and received complimentary glasses of champagne. Also, a number of staff wished us a happy anniversary. The staff made us feel very special.

MW
MikeW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very busy place, a little short-staffed (so is everyone else!). However, the waitstaff was very friendly and did their absolute best. The food was excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. We were out to celebrate our 1st anniversary and we’re very happy with our choice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful customer service!

RT
RogerT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and delicious. Korrina our server was friendly energetic and very attentive. We had an amazing time. A must for all. Be back very soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Friends had given us this recommendation and we thought it was going to be better than it was. Great for a quick bite for so so food. Probably wouldn’t go again.

RL
RichardL
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

After looking forward to a birthday dinner, I left disappointed as my cod was dry and ordered kale as a side without the garlic was like eating grass.
Comparing the meal to my previous visit with the same meal including the kale which was prepared differently, it did not meet my expectations.
Unfortunately I left disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Anniversary

JC
vipJimC
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating Donna’s birthday. Had problem parking due to Chowder Festival (no warning). Once inside, table was great, service by Katlin was excellent, and food was fabulous! Perfect birthday celebration!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Black Whale!!! Seafood was FRESH and expertly prepared, not overcooked. Service was top notch as well. Our waitress (Rebecca T.) was AWESOME!!! Very friendly and professional, she explained all the nightly specials in detail and actually took her time, we felt like family here!!! Highly Recommended!!!! A+++++

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live2eat
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ate here twice because the food was so good and the tables were far apart so the risk of contracting Covid was very small. The oysters were phenomenal, as was the clam chowder, fisherman’s chowder. For our main courses we had boulliabaise, grilled scallops and lobsters. Don’t miss the fingerling potatoes and the string beans. . The prices are up there but we didn’t mind splurging. Great restaurant!!

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vipDavy
New England
62 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service was great and we were seated promptly at the table and service was great and the food was excellent . I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

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Djc31
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good. Very nice atmosphere and service was very prompt. Make sure to get a reservation early in the week.

FAQs

The Black Whale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 990-7100.

The Black Whale is rated 4.7 stars by 1660 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.