Whalers

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225 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
We’re so excited to bring Whalers to Bay Shore and share our love of amazing food, great drinks, and live music with the community. Our menu is modern American cuisine with an Asian and Latin twist, so you’ll find the classics that you’re used to but with our own little spin. In addition to our casual dining and nightlife, we also offer full catering services. With huge windows and views of the Great South Bay, Whalers will be the perfect location to host your next event!

We'll do our best to accommodate your requests, but we can't guarantee where you will be seated. Additionally, reservations are unavailable for dockside dining, as outdoor tables are first come first serve.

Whalers is modern and fresh with a nod to what it’s like growing up on the Great South Bay. Located right in the middle of the action down on Maple Ave, we are looking forward to getting customers who live locally, but also those who are heading over to Fire Island.

We look forward to serving you!
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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, good food, excellent service.

NV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

First of all the menu isn’t long enough! I been there 2 times now n every time the waiter had a table of 10 or more which made service for us very very slow n these people were very loud! Everyone was having a good time except my wife n myself!

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

This was our second time here. Our first visit my food wasn't so great(others enjoyed their meals) but the atmosphere and service was what drew us back hoping it would be a better experience. This time around the service was slow and food was terrible. I had to send my burger back and it was still not good when it came back out. My husband ordered the lobster roll and didn't eat that either. The hostess was great and gave us a $20 gift card for a future visit but unfortunately we will not be returning.

Whalers
Responded on September 26, 2019

Hi Brittany, we’re sorry to hear about your last visit with us. We always want our guests to enjoy top quality food and service and we do hope you’ll give us another shot in the future so we can show you what a true Whalers experience is all about.

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AH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Large group celebrated 50th birthday. Very friendly staff, nicely decorated restaurant and the food was phenomenal! Only draw back they couldn’t sit us outside even though they had plenty of room for all of us. Bread pudding was amazing!!!

Whalers
Responded on September 26, 2019

We're glad you had a great time with us! Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Gone to the lake house on a few occasions and the food is much more refined much better than Whalers but the service was adequate but for a good meal I would go across the street

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was terrific. The food was fresh and delicious. Ambiance great, menu diverse and the service was excellent. I worked in the service industry for many years and whoever hiring this team is doing something right. Warm, friendly and truly focused on service. Genuine sweet team. Definitely will be back.

Whalers
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you so much! We can't wait to have you back again!

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Prices were a bit high in relation to the expertise and efficiency of the serving staff as well as the casual decor and too small table they gave us for three. I’m not put off by high prices if the food, atmosphere, and service warrant it but $14 for a rather small wedge salad seems out of line. No one filled our water glasses voluntarily. We had to catch someone’s eye and ask every time. Forty minutes is a rather long time to wait for appetizers. Food itself was fine although my food could have been a little hotter. This is not a new restaurant and it wasn’t too busy so I can only assume it’s a failing of the training program. Wait staff will perform according to what management allows.

HK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood is absolutely amazing! And the place itself is so cute, with twinkle lights and great decor.

Whalers
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you! We love to hear that!

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great night at whalers. Sat outside on a beautiful night. When it started to get chilly, they brought over some heaters. The food was great. We loved the tuna appetizer. The salmon was crisp and delicious. Our waiter Tim was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back.

Whalers
Responded on September 16, 2019

We're looking forward to having you back. Thanks for the outstanding review!

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JN
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Beautiful night overlooking passing boats on wide canal. New England Chowder delicious! We had oysters, fish tacos on taco Tuesday. Crab and lobster gnocchi superb!

Whalers
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you for such a wonderful review!

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D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place. Great menu and reasonable pricing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect. Had the chowder and lobster roll. Both were great. Very nice outdoor dining on the water.

Whalers
Responded on September 12, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed. Thank you!

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NF
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Thank you Angela! Great food! Great vibe! Will be telling friendscsnd family all about it!

Whalers
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you so much!

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G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good location with a nice view when sitting outside. Food is good but service is not what we expected unfortunately (very slow and absent)...

D
New York Area
350 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nothing could be better than enjoying brunch overlooking, watching the boats arriving, departing and drifting by. The menu is both reliable and inventive and the atmosphere is casual and refined. Recommended

Whalers
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for the kind review, David!

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Decor was very nice. The service was fabulous, Christina our server was very polite and attentive. We enjoyed the outdoor seating and music. The drinks were great! Food was a little pricey, tasted very good. The short rib dish I ordered was delicious but very salty.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for my daughter's birthday. We had Javier for our waiter. We also had him last year when we were there. Very surprised he recgonized us. He is such a pleasure and I hope he will be around for a long time. The food was excellent as usual. It was a perfect night. Thanks to you!

Whalers
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you so much! We love to hear that!

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YD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Tuesday night to have dinner and the ambiance was really nice it’s on the water. We ordered the calamari and wings which were delicious and plenty. Usually other restaurant give you smaller portions. For entree we had the lobster and crab gnocchi which was amazing. Overall the restaurant is really nice. Would recommend to family and friends.

Whalers
Responded on September 3, 2019

We're glad you had a great experience with us! Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

WE ate at Whalers the first time about two months ago. I had the gnocchi with lobster corn etc. It was awesome with a light cream sauce chunks of lobster meat, asparagus and sweet corn. I raved about it then but to my disappointment when we ate there just last weekend the dish was not very good. The sauce was too thick, not flavorful and lacking in lobster meat, asparagus overcooked and corn non existant.
My husband had the linguine with seafood and that too was lacking in flavor. Another guest had the special red snapper and he was satisfied with his meal.
The service was wonderful and when i asked the hostess if there had been a change in chefs, she wanted to know why. I did tell her and though our check was already paid she came over with two gift cards for us.
So service wise they get a ten and maybe well try it again . The cocktails are great.

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great place, live outdoor music that was WAY to loud! Couldn’t hear my husband across from me!

N
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely beautiful venue. The wide canal makes you feel like you are in Martha's Vineyard. The servers were very attentive, and the food was excellent, high-quality seafood. The lobster roll was like one that I had had in New England. We would definitely go back.

Whalers
Responded on August 29, 2019

We can't wait to have you back! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve dined here twice and both times had the same waitress. Gabby is amazing!! I enjoyed my meal but it’s a pleasure having her wait on us.

Whalers
Responded on August 26, 2019

We're thrilled to hear that. Thank you!

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Place is pretty and there’s outside seating but it was too hot so we sat inside. Unfortunately there was no view from inside except of the parking lot. The menu was limited with only about 7 entrees and only 2 non fish choices. Food was average and all of it had an Asian inspired flavor which I did not care for. The drinks were delicious and the service was very good. Not rushing back but it was a good place for a quiet family fish dinner.

C
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great and our server was very attentive. However we were one of the first people there for dinner and we had a reservation and the experience took almost 2 hours - we waited a very long time for our meal. I should also mention I’m 9 months pregnant and we had a 3 year old with us, so long dining experiences are not something we look for. The server and manager did recognize the long wait and apologize and give us a gift card which was very nice and appreciated, but this was the second experience that took much longer than it should have... We won’t be back in the near future unfortunately.

CA
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the crab poutine appetizer and the braised short ribs entrée. Service was excellent

Whalers
Responded on August 15, 2019

We're glad you enjoyed! Thank you!

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s
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was seated outdoors in 10 minutes of arrival. Service was friendly and accommodating. I had the Char special wasn’t bad. Other food was very good.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my dad and my husbands birthdays. Great restaurant over looking the water. Good food and drinks. Will definitely be back!

Whalers
Responded on August 12, 2019

We can't wait to have you back! Thank you!

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DD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, Great, Great !! Enjoyed brunch all the options. Cannot wait to return again !!

Whalers
Responded on August 12, 2019

We're so happy you enjoyed! Thank you!

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GS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We ate outside on a gorgeous night. The hostess told us the band would be loud but wow did we underestimate the noise level. The service was perfect, food was okay, nice atmosphere, but the noise level was entirely too loud for the space. My husband's salmon was very heavily sauced and my ribeye was chewy. Nice location but we won't return.

AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always looking to try new restaurants on Long Island with a view and good food, and Whaler's did not disappoint. We ate out on the dock and had a beautiful view of the water. Our waitress was extremely attentive and the food was outstanding! I had the spicy shrimp dinner dish and it exceeded my expectations. Even the indoor seating decor was beautiful!

Whalers
Responded on August 19, 2019

We're so happy to hear that! Thank you!

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out with friends from work. The food was great. We had a lot of catching up to do so our server was very patient. We sat outside so the setting was so relaxing!

Whalers
Responded on August 8, 2019

We're thrilled to hear you had a great time with us. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review!

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great water views. Whaler's a great addition to our local dining scene.

Whalers
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thank you so much!

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PL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, service was excellent.
Noise level was deafening. I cannot understand why restaurants play music in the dining rooms when the noise level is already high.
We were not seated on the outdoor deck because of the wait but a live band there made it impossible to have a conversation there.
Dining room is pretty.

J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delightful spot with beautiful bay views and delicious food. The pork dumplings were amazing and the short rib were nothing short of magnificent!

Whalers
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much!

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

View was great, food was good, zservice was ok. But when one of the waiters helping us ran and I mean ran out after us asking why we tipped what we tipped- turned us off completely.

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for the initial time & requested outdoor seating. We arrived timely & was told it would be a half hour wait for outside but immediate seating inside. Specifically booked to sit outdoors on a great evening. Sat at the bar & was seated in less than the half hour indicated.

Menu choices were not large but had a good diversity. Service okay not terrific. Food was borderline. Bill was expensive.

If you’re looking for outdoors it’s a good choice but if not go elsewhere for more high end food.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I came here for brunch and were pleased. Although we didn't order any brunch foods we had appetizers. The calamari, muscles, and crab poutine fries all were great. We also had the lychee mojito which was refreshing. Our server Tim was great and definitely made sure we were content. Overall we had a wonderful time and enjoyed the view of the water. We will definitely be back!

Whalers
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you so much! We can't wait to have you back!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere was great. Will definitely go back but want to sit outside with the live music.

Whalers
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you!

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is a little pricey and the meals are small but the atmosphere and service make it worth going.

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