The Black Whale
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.
Have been to the Black Whale several times this summer and always pleased
Loved everything with the exception of the waiter. I order boisulbase (Sp) waiter asked do I want pasta with dinner. I asked is this included, he said yes it is included. when bill arrived, I was charged $3 for pasta. Asked about extra charge. Waiter said he didn't hear me and walked away. People at table were my witness that pasta was included.
other than this small item, liked our experience very much.
Cathy Flaherty, Needham MA
We brought friends from out of town and it’s such a perfect showcase of New England cuisine. Service was very good and the food was delish.
I wish fish tacos were in the standard menu.
It was a beautiful night for a fabulous dinner.
It’s always AMAZING at The Black Whale. Stephen Silverstein and his Black Whale family are always Top Notch!!! No complains at all! And Doug Lopes - Weekend manager is absolutely delightful and personable and makes sure that everyone has a wonderful evening!
Best restaurant meal since the start of Covid-19 pandemic. Lisa our server was the best professional. Check out the daily specials; ordered rare yellowfin tuna and it was perfectly prepared. Will return to the Black Whale soon.
The food at the Black Whale is top notch. The sushi is better than some I've had at sushi restaurants in Boston! The outdoor patio is wonderful and spaced out nicely..the only downfall is the busy road that is adjacent to the patio...there are frequently motorcycles speeding up that road and takes away from the nice atmosphere the restaurant is trying to create. All in all I would recommend..the food and service are worth a little outside noise!
Only thing that was not good was an uncooked lobster on my fiancée food
Our server was extremely slow. One guest asked for a rum and coke. The coke was flat and hardly any rum. He asked for another or at least bring him a shot. The server replied; “I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that.” Didn’t bring him another drink, brought him a shot of rum, and charged him for the full drink. Another guest ordered a split of Prosecco - it was placed directly on table with no chiller.
Two out of four of us have been there a few times, we were looking forward to bringing our guests.,
We were slightly disappointed in the overall dining experience.,
Hopefully, it was just one of those nights.
Yes. My friends and I go there often. Love the ambiance and sitting on the deck.
Waitress was unattentive. Took credit card for payment and never returned. I allowed 15 minutes to pass and then I went to the hostess to ask that she find my waitress and credit card. I frequent the Black Whale but today’s service was lousy.
Excellent service and great food! The chowder is great.
The reviews are correct, this is a great restaurant with amazing food and service that also takes covid issues seriously. Only minor quibble is that I wish they had a better wine selection, especially with higher end whites. The cod fish my wife had was amazing and the tuna daily special I had was spectacular. The carrot cake to end the meal was the best we've ever had and we are international traveler foodies. Bravo Black Whale!
Food was excellent, great environment and service was spot on.
Another perfect luncheon. Adequate distance with outdoor searing, great attentive waitress.
Made a reservation, had to wait for seats and food took extra long to get. My customer had 1.5 hrs for lunch break and we weren’t able to eat without rushing. We were there for 2 hrs.
Ordered the lobster thermidor and it was severely undercooked. Sushi was good
service was timely, a little noisey but nice
Food was delicious!!! Best service ever! Our waiter only works Monday’s and Wednesday’s so we must go back to see him!!
Our server was so friendly! Food was great. We got sushi and it was very fresh. Will be back. Thank you.
Great food great seevice
I love going to your restaurants. The deck at the BW is very inviting so I go often. My only complaint is that your non-fish items on the menu keep decreasing. I am allergic to shellfish and eat zero fish. My friends are hearty fish eaters so we frequent the BW often. Could you bring back the Cobb Salad or flatbreads for people like me?????
I am a bug black whale fan however this past Tuesday there were a few issues... waitress has not as attentive as others I have had and we asked multiple times for the same items...some we never received
Two friends ordered the steamers which arrived open but definitely were not completely cooked thru... mushy and transparent in color... new orders were brought and were satisfactory
Will go back again soon as it is one of my favorites!
Everything was perfect !!
So great. First time in Massachusetts, Loved this place, food was fantastic.
Sushi specials are great.
Super fresh seafood right off the boat !
nice outdoor seating, tho could use a bit more heat. Music was moderately loud for mid day lunch. Service was good and the food is fresh and nicely served.
Food and service was outstanding
We are "regulars" at the Black Whale... Always great food, service and ambiance. One of our favorite places to dine!
Well satisfied with the service and waitress was very accommodating! Great tasting food and presentation; always fresh! Enjoy eating there!
Had a great experience at the black whale. Food and service was great. Definitely will go back
Great meals, terrific service from our server and she had personality plus! A memorable birthday luncheon for 2 in our party, thanks to the Black Whale. :)
Made a reservation on OT for 9 pm , upon arrival we were scolded by a rude host that advised us they do not accept reservations after 8:30, which he advised was an open table error ? It was 8:40 and we were actually 20 minutes early for our 9 pm res .
Once we got passed this issue we had a great dinner
Wait staff was friendly and food was delicious
The restaurant was 80% empty so welcoming clients should be a priority. Otherwise, we really enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning.
It wasIt’s my birthday and they help my family really make it special for me I don’t know if my waiters name was Jason or Jake up but he was outstanding that was on Tuesday September 15
All& all a very positive experience. I will return.
The Black Whale is a nice place to eat. The dress is casual if you prefer and we ate outside on the covered deck. The seafood was fresh and the staff was very nice. After ordering, the food wsit was not too long and was delicious.
Food was delicious, fish was fresh and Waite staff was very attentive will come back
Wonderful place! Great mix of guests, food is delicious and interesting. Drinks are good. Feels clean and safe, and a great location Had a lovely anniversary dinner!
Love the menu and the staff was really nice. My first time here and I'll definitely be back.
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 768 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.