The Black Whale

4.7
934 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 934 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience our waitress was amazing!

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WendyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal, wonderful service, lovely ambience.

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StephanieR
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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AnthonyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another lovely dining experience at The Black Whale!

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AliceM13
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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

Great server, food hot & good, drinks cold!

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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.

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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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its do nice

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SharonB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love the restaurant...! Staff is wonderful!
We try to make it every Saturday afternoon from the Cape.

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GailF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue...very nautical without being just about sail boating....beautiful paintings, just enough Christmas decor, big bright clean window seating overlooking the water and the massive fishing vessels. Food and service and price were a perfect fit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Black Whale every week.. enjoy it very much

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! The waitress gave us a free dessert after there was a minor mess up with one of our sushi rolls. Great service overall.

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vipWilliamT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - try the Boom Boom shrimp!! Service very attentive a friendly. Excellent establishment!

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ReginaL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dinning experience at the Black Whale!!!
Restaurant looks very festive!!!
Staff always pleasant looking forward to our next visit.

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JudyG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion The Black Whale has done a really good job with maintaining a safe environment while providing a
pleasant dining experience

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Rosebud65
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a fantastic time at the Black Whale but Monday afternoon was just so lovely. I really needed that delicious Nantucket Sleighride as well as the poke bowl! Plus hanging with the girls on a rainy afternoon was awesome as well!!

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ShadineS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect 🤩 couldn’t asked for a better service
❤️

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vipTenafterten
New England
80 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. Prepared nicely. We shared the Latin salmon and the surf and turf along with the oysters Rockefeller. I’d say closer to 4 1/2 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to sit at the bar or hightop table. Great service from the friendly bartenders!
Great for a full soup to nuts meal or to just grab drinks and apps... Sushi is excellent too!

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vipJaye
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

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XXXXXX
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My husband does not like shoestring french fries, not their fault. Not realizing he was ordering from the lunch menu, he was very unhappy to see 6 scallops on his plate! The food was OK, not bad, but nothing special. Very limited menu, not very much to choose from. We tried it once, will not go 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 934 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.