Whaley's

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536 reviews
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This December Whaley’s will undergo a seasonal transformation and become Fuyu for the winter months, offering Chef Daniel Perron’s take on shabu shabu.

Shabu Shabu is literally a centerpiece of Japanese cuisine. Each table will feature a hot-pot of simmering broth – house-crafted dashi or red miso – so diners can create their own meal family-style. Given Whaley’s focus on pristine seafood, the Fuyu menu will showcase both fish and shellfish, along with premium meats.

All can be ordered as bundles or a la carte, and will be accompanied by seasonal vegetables and traditional Japanese condiments. Diners will be presented with house made udon noodles to eat with the seasoned broth at the conclusion of the meal.

Along with Whaley’s oysters-on-the-half-shell and seafood towers, the menu will include shareable binchotan charcoal grilled, tempura plates and other dishes including fluke Crudo, Sunchoke Okonomiyaki, and Monkfish Katsu Sando
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DL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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.

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DW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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u
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had the shabu shabu. Very bland, no flavor. Also overpriced. Service was pleasant but extremely slow.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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e
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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 $$.

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TC
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

While we enjoyed trying the restaurant, the food was not great, especially give the price.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time to visit and nothing less than perfect.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Nice setting but the shabu shabu was mediocre and extremely overpriced. We ordered for 4, received enough food for about 1, and left starving after spending $40 per person without drinks.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Fuyu was outstanding. Each dish was unique and interesting. The selection was varied so that you could find something to suit your taste preference. From cocktails to coffee I was very happy with each item I ordered.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We came here for restaurant week but actually decided to go with the shabu shabu instead. We opted for the three variety pot and while the taste and the overall experience was good, the amount of meat that we got between 4 people was very little which was disappointing. The hand cut noodles that followed after the protein were good and were a lifesaver in filling us up. Would like to see a more generous serving of protein for the shabu shabu and also a more generous pour of wine per glass to justify the cost. The reasons why I'm giving only 3 starts for food is that -besides the amount of protein that left us unsatisfied- none of the oysters we had (a dozen with different salinity from MA, VA and West Coast) were remarkable, again this might have just been a bad batch but I would've expected top notch oysters. The service was, however, outstanding and the drinks/cocktails/sake were all pretty good. Would recommend this place for people who want to try out Shabu Shabu, but would likely not return myself.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall the food was good, but nothing outstanding. We went for restaurant week and had to go to a pizza place after because we stayed hungry.

I would suggest to serve more food and make plates bigger. That would had gave them an extra star.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My daughters and I loved this restaurant. Unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, our server advised us and explained the menu to us extremely thoroughly. He was wonderful: attentive, polite and most of all, cheerful. All dishes were delicious and the table prepared meal was outstanding. Being an ice cream addict, I had the gelato for dessert. Please don't forget to order that when you visit. It's worth coming in for that only! We appreciated others pitching in to make our stay comfortable; even the chef dropped by. The room's temperature was a bit cold due to the opening and closing of the sliding door which had a drop curtain to help keep out the cold air. It just didn't work well enough for us where we sat. But,we came for the meal and were not disappointed. Parking was not a problem (valet) was available for that area. The portions were small, but completely adequate. The only "doggy"bag we took home was for the Sake! Delicious and will do again.

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HA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

i like the drinks, service and ambiance here, however i don't appreciate the restaurant menu... We came with such a big expectations on there "sashimi" and"OKONOMIYAKI " dishes that list on the restaurant week dinner menu, however when we came here they took off several most valuable dishes on the menu lists..Since there is nothing left on the restaurant week menu that we wanted to have, we had to switch to the restaurant next door which was pretty good..
The service and drinks are awesome!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!! Brandon, our waiter, really made it special with good advice and just the right level of attentiveness. Food was excellent and so were the cocktails!

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j
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Seafood is very fresh and beautifully prepared. Their oysters are great and drinks are strong!

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a
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was a little dismayed and somewhat suspicious that our neighborhood favorite Whaley's underwent a "seasonal transformation" to become "Fuyu for the winter months". We needn't have worried! Our sustainable raw bar is enhanced by the Japanese influence. Oysters are still available and expertly shelled and presented, and the restaurant week menu anyway was fabulous. The drinks cart featured some Japanese artisenal gin and vodka, which the bartender used to craft delicious cocktails. My husband started with a sashimi box, and I ordered 1/2 dozen Riverkeepers. We then each had an order of the tempura oysters followed by a cheese plate (neither of us have much of a sweet tooth). At this time of year there is no question of outdoor dining or even appreciating the river view much, but it was nice to see our "neighborhood gem" try something different in the off-season.

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LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Whaley's is great! Good service and food was excellent. Portion sizes were pretty small but that wasn't surprising.

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AH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on NYE for the shabu shabu pop up. The ingredients were fresh, the menu creative, and everything tasted excellent. I had a wonderfully fragrant gin as well. The service was the best I've experienced in a long time - not just the complimentary coat check, but the waitstaff knew everything there was to know about the ingredients and the dishes. For a special occasion, it couldn't have been beaten!

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LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful New Year's Eve. Went for a special dinner on New Year's Eve and was not disappointed. Always a superb choice for dining if you're in the mood for high quality seafood. The staff is very friendly and attentive; they knew the menu very well and were able to help make recommendations.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Every bite was perfect the seafood tower is incredible.

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T
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fuyu pop up shabu-shabu is a smash. Well done! Creative, and perfect midwinter food experience. As always, the staff- reception, bartenders, waiters are exceptional!

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RM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef outdid himself with his Japanese inspired hotpot concept.

Fish quality was excellent as always.

Anyone who mixes strawberries with fish is a madman, which I love and respect.

The hotpot broth was savory and held incredible depth. The quality of meat was top notch; both the tuna and the ribeye melted in the mouth.

Cocktails deserve an honorable mention.

Best restaurant in Navy Yard.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waiter; very knowledgeable the new menu. Wonderful Shabu Shabu!

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The fluke entree was no more than a light appetizer and there were no sides to order on the menu.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service provided by a warm, attentive, and knowledgeable staff. From our experience at the bar, to our time throughout the seated meal, everything was wonderful. Well-crafted cocktails and beautiful food, all within a gorgeous space. The risotto and the crudo sampler were especially exceptional. Came with friends who love food but rarely go out and they were truly impressed by the experience. Very much looking forward to Fuyu.

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T
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always exceptionally good - great ingredients, fantastic creative dishes. Service is always friendly and professional

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff, beautiful restaurant, music/ noise-level that allowed everyone in our party to enjoy the evening. We’ll be back again.

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WW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there on a Tuesday night with a long standing friend. I suspect the atmosphere might be different in the summer or before/after a Nats game. But on a Tuesday night, we received amazing service, great food and the ambiance couldn’t have been better for a long conversation with a long time friend.

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BN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best seafood I've had in DC! We wished the main courses were a little bigger, but everything was delicious. The raw oysters, spicy vodka gimlet, and all of the desserts we tried were standouts.

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised. Not that we expected it to be bad, we just didn’t expect it to be so... amazing. The staff genuinely and authentically wanted to show you a great time. We had nothing but a 5 star experience the whole time. When was the last time that happened to you??? Brandon took care of us and after his first amazing suggestions, we let him order and guide us through the rest of our meal. Oh, you will try things you probably have never had or heard of. Not weird, just unique and delicious. Great for someone who wants an experience and not just a another restaurant.

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K
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, the food was very good. They have a nice happy hour offering and a large bar, so easy for walk-ins. The only reason why I didn't give this a 5-star rating was because of the service. Our waiter was nice and thorough in the beginning, but then disappeared after our food arrived. We also had to waive someone else down to bring us our check. They definitely need a little help with service.

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