The Black Whale

4.7
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768 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CharlotteC
New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Have been to the Black Whale several times this summer and always pleased

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cathyf
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipMAJfromMA
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Betamom
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night for a fabulous dinner.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipChris
New England
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

CP
vipCindyP
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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JassiraF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only thing that was not good was an uncooked lobster on my fiancée food

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Tomd
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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.

Good Luck.

LB
LeeB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Yes. My friends and I go there often. Love the ambiance and sitting on the deck.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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Ricky
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food! The chowder is great.

PB
vipPhilB
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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!

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RoryB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, great environment and service was spot on.

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BillM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect luncheon. Adequate distance with outdoor searing, great attentive waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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Unsatisfied
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Ordered the lobster thermidor and it was severely undercooked. Sushi was good

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SharleenB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

service was timely, a little noisey but nice

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!! Best service ever! Our waiter only works Monday’s and Wednesday’s so we must go back to see him!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly! Food was great. We got sushi and it was very fresh. Will be back. Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great seevice

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vipGypsygirl
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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?????
Thanks!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect !!

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SelenaA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great. First time in Massachusetts, Loved this place, food was fantastic.

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vipJaye
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi specials are great.

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vipskip
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fresh seafood right off the boat !

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vipNBro
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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vipCleaner
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding

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NanGerD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are "regulars" at the Black Whale... Always great food, service and ambiance. One of our favorite places to dine!

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MikeF
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well satisfied with the service and waitress was very accommodating! Great tasting food and presentation; always fresh! Enjoy eating there!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at the black whale. Food and service was great. Definitely will go back

MJ
MJD5
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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. :)

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vip305Miami
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Stashoo47
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All& all a very positive experience. I will return.

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lisar
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Dolly
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, fish was fresh and Waite staff was very attentive will come back

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Eliz
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

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NBDowntown
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu and the staff was really nice. My first time here and I'll definitely be back.

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 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.