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Mid-week dinner after a Nats game. The featured soft-shell crab entree was delicious! Excellent service. Highly recommend!!
Brandon our server and Alahain the bar manager were both fantastic! We had a wonderful experience at Whaley's and look forward to returning.
The service was phenomenal and the food and drinks was delicious. We really enjoyed the ambiance and the look of the restaurant as well.
excellent seafood, well served. wonderful chocolate dessert.
The freshest and most flavorful seafood tower ever coupled with an inventive brunch menu made for a memorable Mother's Day. Can't rave enough about the fabulous service and delicious fare. Thank you!!
Sat outside and received terrific service from all servers and staff. Food was fresh and delicious, and recommendations were spot-on. Second time there, and I will definitely be back! Highly recommend!
The restaurant and feel is very good; new, fresh and beautiful. It is in a great location too. The food was also very good. I do not mind paying more than seems reasonable for a great experience, but I hate feeling ripped off. This experience was good, but way, way, way over-priced, and, unfortunately, felt ripped off. I might go back again, but do not feel any big urge to do so. The menu was also pretty small; very few choices.
The food was well-prepared, and our server was terrific. The menu is pretty limited, however, and a bit quirky. I am not sure that seafood "towers" are a good deal. And the beer and wine menu is very limited too.
Always an outstanding experience. Great food. Outdoor seating with a waterfront view, and friendly, attentive, knowledgeable service.
Overall disappointing. The tower was fair,lFor the large at $150 too few pieces. Razor clams would have been better served in their shell. The fish station smelled of old fish. The risotto was very good. But, Ordered 1 large risotto and without asking us, they brought 2 large. We should have been told the chef felt we needed both but to bring a $70 item to the table without us oking was poor service. Kara was very pleasant which is why I gave her a higher rating. Also the tower should have been able to rotate ie..a lazy susan.
We did not realize the broth with protein and veggies were off the menu which is one of the reason we booked a table. Over all disappointing.
The best seafood tower in town, bar none.
Fantastic service and food. Thank you!
We had a going away party at Whaley's. Whaley's accommodated our party of 8, and everyone had a blast. Brandon, our server, was the best. He made the experience enjoyable. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed their course. It was a memorable dinner, and will definitely recommend and return.
Great job Whaley's! You guys have really gotten good at delivering a good experience, tasty cocktails, and yummy food! Thanks!
The restaurant has a nice, clean ambience and it's close to the water which was nice. Our server, Alain was incredible! So knowledgeable, friendly and attentive! The food was very good, but a bit pricey.
Whaley’s wonderful. Everything about it is wonderful from the ambience, the service, the
Food, the noise level (you can have a conversation without shouting). If I lived closer I
Would go there every day!!!
Whaley's is hands down the freshest, most expertly prepared fish and raw bar in DC. The cocktails are inventive, the seafood towers are on point, and the servers are passionate about what they're bringing to the table. Don't miss: the seafood tower, the whole fish (April through Sept), the seafood risotto, the spicy cocktail #3, Scallops, and for the kids we always get the Whaley's kids meal (Off menu - 6 cooked clams in an adorable Le Creuset pot - Eat the clams and play with shells - Super creative.) The only thing not exciting is the cheese tray. Delicious, but only one piece of cheese.
Whaley’s is our absolute favorite restaurant in DC, and our choice for every special occasion. The management is absolutely wonderful, as is clear from how well the restaurant runs, and how warm and welcoming the staff and atmosphere consistently are. You will truly feel like a guest, not just a customer.
But the star of the show is the food. The menu changes seasonally, which keeps it interesting and fresh. The sashimi boxes (which they only have sometimes, during winter I believe) are absolutely perfect in every way. If the sashimi isn’t on the menu when you visit, though, don’t fear. The crudo plates are also divine.
For happy hour, the nasturtium tacos are delightful and a perfect low-guilt snack after work. Speaking of which, the bartenders are also masterful. The cocktail menu is short and rotating, and the cocktails complement the menu perfectly, including frequent savory, spicy and tart offerings that I promise you will not have experienced elsewhere. Their old-fashioned, though, is a go-to for me, with its own seasonal variations and house-made spiced syrups.
I must also also mention how much I love the interior. The theme is nautical but not kitschy, and the 360 degree Charley Harper mural is stunning.
Whaley’s is, in my opinion, one of the most under-sung little gems in DC, but we’re so glad we found it.
Birthday celebration. Excellent experience!
As a seafood lover, this was one of the finest dining experiences I have had in DC. The winter menu is Japanese, including unusual Japanese whiskeys and other spirits. We were given a lovely complementary passion fruit cocktail as well. We started off with a box of 6 different types of Japanese sashimi, from live scallop to fresh Japanese oysters topped with precious roe and micro-greens. The fresh oyster selection was amazing, but so were the lightly fried oysters Japanese style. We finished with the shabu shabu cooked at table-side, with a great choice of fish and meats to add to the red miso-based stock, filled with fresh vegetables. When that was done, the server added house-made al dente udon noodles, which soaked up the now-powerful broth. Even the Japanese gelatos were amazing. And our server couldn't have been more attentive to our finicky birthday group.
It seems to be a cool concept with a small, expensive menu.
We went to Whaleys to get in on the last of the Shabu Shabu menu. We were warmly greeted at the door, immediately shown to our table, and promptly served. The food, as per usual at Whaleys, was outstanding. The presentation was lovely and the quality of the food extremely high, not to mention that everything tasted great. We had tempuraed veggies for a first course, which were very light and delicious. Our Shabu Shabu was cooked in the red miso broth, we chose beef, pork and scallops. At the end we were served noodles to slurp up with the broth, which were cooked perfectly al dente. I love Whaleys regular menu, but have thoroughly enjoyed the Japanese variation, and hope it comes back again someday.
Went to FUYU, the Winter Japanese pop up for the Hotpot. Very nice experience all around. Will return in the spring for the Whaley's experience as well.
This was my second experience with Fuyu, this time joined by family from out of town for a birthday dinner. From start to finish we were made to feel welcome and tended to, with excellent service starting with the host and general manager, to the bartender, and especially from our main server (who was phenomenal). Any and all questions were addressed thoroughly, with each staff member demonstrating a deep knowledge of the menu, relaying all information in a very accessible way, with a clear passion.
My mom, who does not drink alcohol, was made a beautiful mocktail based on her flavor preferences, and I tried a newly introduced mezcal cocktail which was superb. As for the food, the sashimi box was sensational as always, and the beet salad was an instant favorite for the table (and visually gorgeous). The poached shrimp were also a standout, along with the house-made dipping sauces.
But again, the star of the evening was the shabu-shabu. Aside from me, it was everyone else’s first experience with this style of dining and they loved it. The scallops and shrimp were excellent, but the beef and pork stood out in terms of their exceptional quality and the flavor they imparted on the broth. Watching it simmer and reduce into this darker, richer, and more concentrated stock to enjoy with the perfectly cooked hand-cut udon noodles was a treat for the whole table, and showcases the thoughtfulness of the chef in their design of the experience, also adding to the interactive component of the meal.
The dinner ended with two desserts, one a perfectly balanced, light, and bright Japanese cotton cheesecake topped with citrus, the other a truly unique and beautiful chocolate tart with a house made cinnamon meringue (highly recommended). We could not have asked for a better celebratory meal or experience, with hospitality woven through every component. We are all looking forward to coming back for future celebrations!
The cocktails, oysters, and tempura were out of this world. The shabu shabu was under seasoned, under whelming, and over priced.
The food was stellar, truly phenomenal, and our server Brandon G took great care in helping us understand the shabu shabu menu. His recommendations were spot-on. He truly contributed to making this an exceptional meal and made sure we were well taken care of. While the meal (with amazing cocktails) was pricey, we fully feel that we got exceptional food & service that was well worth the extra money we spent. This is where I will go for special occasions from now on!
The shabu shabu was not particularly good—nothing remotely like what I’ve had at other restaurants or in Japan—and much too salty. The restaurant itself was pleasant but extremely cold. It was helpful that they had blankets to offer against the cold, but they might want to think about how to deal with the cold wind blowing in through the door.
This is my favorite place at Navy Yard. The service is exceptional and the food is outstanding! I've never had a bad experience at Whaley's!
We didn't realize until the day of that Whaley's is doing a Fuyu Japanese cuisine thing, so were a bit caught off guard by that. The food was excellent, especially the oysters. But would have liked some more veggies to be provided with each of the small plate courses. The servers were excellent in their attentiveness and their enthusiasm for the food, explaining what was on each plate. We loved having happy hour drinks at the bar with oysters, before being seated at our table.
Would I go back? Since we came all the way into DC's Yards neighborhood from Bethesda for a late Valentine's Day celebration, the answer is probably not any time soon. But that's more because it's a bit far and we are working our way through the 100 best restaurants and have so many other restaurants on that list that we want to try. Whaley's definitely deserves to be on that list.
We came for the Valentines pre-fixed menu and left hungry. We had even ordered the small seafood tower as an appetizer (which was an additional $70 on top of the $95 per person) The sashimi was delicious but very small portions, the second courses were tasty but the shabu shabu left something to be desired. Perhaps we picked the wrong broth but the overall experience took quite a while and we thought the price for the amount of food was a bit extreme.We understand seafood is expensive, but paying nearly $400 and leaving hungry was a disappointment. The service was good, the waiter was very kind and when my fiancé developed a migraine we were able to box up the dessert for home. We love Whaleys but wouldn’t recommend a pre fixed course of any kind. Just go there for a seafood tower and the risotto and some cocktails.
We ate here at the pop-up, Fuyu. We had 2 very good small plates first which were very good - the abalone mushrooms and the veggie tempura. Three of us shared Ta large shabu-shabu, which was fun to eat.
My friend and I came here because we are shabu shabu fanatics and wanted to try a local one. We go every week oneu in fairfax va. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed by the portions and broth flavors. We chose the dashi broth and were not sure if it’s because of the vegetables that we added that caused it to have a strange bitter taste or if the broth was already like that. The sashimi was very good. But We won’t be back to have shabu shabu again that is for sure.
We had the shabu shabu. Very bland, no flavor. Also overpriced. Service was pleasant but extremely slow.
Not as big of a fan of the pop up menu as I am of the normal. Also on cold nights seating near the door gets very cold.
Everything was great! Hands down a really enjoyable dinner and the staff was super friendly. Only complaint was that it was freeeeeezing cold every time new diners showed up as
everything about the winter menu was great except the portions. Food was delicious, presentation good
and the service was wonderful.
But the portions of food were very scant. Shrimps were cut lengthwise to give the impression of more.....scallops sliced thin for the same reason.
The razor clams were barely there, even if the scant amount was delicious.
For the price, the portions could have been a bit larger.
Truly horrendous service. Among the worse I’ve ever experienced. We waited an hour and a half for our food, which was particularly odd since the restaurant wasn’t especially busy and most of us ordered the shabu shabu (raw meat and broth they bring to heat at the table), so you wouldn’t expect it to take long unless they didn’t have the broth ready! Not a single apology for the delay or offer of something in the meantime. And we had a small child with us who was clearly struggling with the long wait. And to top it off the waiter kept forgetting drink orders. For the first time in my life I was considering leaving only a 10% tip to let our displeasure be known but gratuity was included since we were a group of 7. It left us with the impression that our table was intentionally being neglected in favor of others (including one that came after us and finished a meal plus dessert before we even got our entrees!) because the tip from our table was assured. Truly shocked we didn’t get even an apology particularly once we started asking about the reason for the delay and how much longer it would be. Never again fuyu or Whaley’s for that matter and will let friends know of our horrible experience. So disappointed.
The Fuyu concept is a nice idea poorly executed. The scallop dish had a sun-choke purées that overwhelmed the scallop and black truffle though we found later that the black truffle was flavorless anyway. The Chawanmushi was horrible, broken custard that smelled funny and tasted metallic. The Shabu Shabu was good but not for the $$$$.
We went based on reviews of the pop-up Fuyu Japanese restaurant here, and are glad we did. We went specifically for the shabu shabu, getting the combo version with pork, tuna, and shrimp. The quality of the ingredients was excellent, and service was very attentive and accurate. We were just a little disappointed in the quantity of the proteins, even with three of us sharing an order for four people. The portion for the cheese was also very small for the price. But, the shabu shabu is highly recommended.
While we enjoyed trying the restaurant, the food was not great, especially give the price.