The Black Whale

4.7
947 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.
What 947 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Katherine
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sushi was awesome! Server was great! Explained all of the specials! De8nk special was delicious

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DionC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place with locally sourced ingredients. Menu is not "run of the mill" seafood. Appears the chef has been allowed to let his creative juices flow.

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KellyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sushi was yummy and fresh! Fresh seafood. Expensive drinks.

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StaceyF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love the Black Whale. They always have the freshest seafood.

MH
vipMarkH
New England
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You’re one of New Bedford’s finest restaurants. Rebecca was superb, food was outstanding. Thanks for your hard work.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying the black whale and definitely not the last!! Food and service was amazing! Can’t wait to go back.

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KellyT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit. We sat at the bar, bartenders were great. Very safe with plexiglass and socially distance

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal
Only negative comment is the steamed kale was too salty for my taste

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EyeW
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed..quality food and a great menu selection ! The sushi is always so fresh and delicious! One of my favorite restaurants !

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JoMarch
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great choice for delicious seafood. We loved the Boom Boom shrimp appetizer. Portions are huge.

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vipMarkH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Nick was superb, the food was great and we will be back. Thanks.

JR
vipJulieR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience, would definitely come back and recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience our waitress was amazing!

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WendyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal, wonderful service, lovely ambience.

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Annie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time eating indoors. Felt a little crowded though tables were 6'apart. Some people kept getting up and leaving the table without their mask.

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StephanieR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Whale never disappoints. The oysters were ice cold, fresh and delicious. My husband stated "that was the best stuffed lobster I have ever had in my life" and he is a real connoisseur of seafood. His stuffing was not at all bready, just perfectly prepared seafood. Our vegetables were tasty, fresh and bright with just enough seasoning to enhance the flavors, not hide them. My scallops were cooked perfectly and the mushroom farrotto was a nice variation on traditional risotto with the healthier & hardier grain. The view and decor is a boaters dream, too.

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Acushnet
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Great.. Consistent. Impeccable service. Clean.

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AnthonyP
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waitress Cassie was very attentive always making sure we had something to drink.

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islandcarrie
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another lovely dining experience at The Black Whale!

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AliceM13
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to try something different for our anniversary dinner. We always seem to go to the same old ones. We made an excellent choice. They seated us quickly. The decor was pretty and relaxed overlooking the harbor. From the appetizer RI Calamari to our dessert the carrot cake, everything was excellent. Our waitress Rebecca did a good job. It was a very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the consistency and bar staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dinner at Black Whale every week .. love it more each time , hostess is the best as are the waitresses

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the area! You can’t beat the quality and the service- any time, any day. Cam makes the best drinks!

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ddiniz
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for fresh seafood and sushi

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick was our server and he was awesome. Very attentive, super personality and answered our questions with knowledge of the menu.

I had Korean bbq Salmon with soba noodles-delicious!

JD
JudiD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a quick dinner with my daughter. We ordered the Full Boat sushi roll and the Veggie flatbread, both Excellent! THe bartender was very attentive and knowledgeable. We were about to order anther sushi roll and he explained to us that the scallops in that roll are raw...so we did not order and we were extremely thankful that he took the time to explain the dish to us whereas, neither of us like raw scallops.

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Karen
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasure to dine here as always. Thrilled to find out we could buy the delicious smoked cod dip.

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vipMichelleS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as always!! Our waitress was delightful and our lunch was great!

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KevinA
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as usual. The only thing I was not happy about was the menu online differed from inside. We had our heart set on surf and turf which was the filet and stuffed shrimp. When we ordered it was filet and crab cakes. No interest there. Would really like to see the stuffed shrimp return to its place on the menu. We enjoy the Black Whale and plan to return. We may venture to try other restaurants due to limited menu at the Whale.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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HenryA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Staff very good nice place to have dinner.

KB
KerriB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at the Black Whale! Cam is always attentive and on point! One of our favorites!

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KarenF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Fresh seafood and good variety of menu items. Staff are very friendly. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner out with friends

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Sandraa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very good and pleasant. All food and cocktails excellent. Would recommend for any occasion

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, food hot & good, drinks cold!

JD
JenD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, waitress was friendly and helpful.

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alley48
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love The Black Whale. We sat at the high tops next to bar. The drinks made were fabulous. The waitress did not bring the crackers and seafood blend. We did miss that. We had the boom boom shrimp, which seem to haves little less shrimp in it as in the past. The taste though is outstanding. My husband snd I decided to order the fish and chips to share as we often do there. The amount of fish was half than the usual amount. Taste though was still fabulous. I believe the decrease in allowed patrons, Covid in general, may have contributed to the quantity of food. Hopefully in time, it will go back to normal. We will be back, as we have now become a regular.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and our server was so pleasant. Really enjoyed our evening here.

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BG68Camaro
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was fresh and order was correct. The burger was cooked how I asked and was tasty. I wish there were a few more non seafood choices. I'm allergic but love to go with my Fiancé and we both love the location, people and atmosphere. The chocolate pecan pie was the best it should be on the menu all the time. Thank you for my birthday coupon

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 947 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.