Whaley’s is located in the historic Lumber Shed building in Yards Park just a few blocks from National’s Park with sweeping river views. We can accommodate parties from 8-80 people. We require a minimum to secure all spaces.View Private Dining Details
This place is phenomenal! The exceptionally presented large tower and a couple apps adequately feed four. We loved the fast and attentive service, will certainly dine here again!
We arrived early for our reservation but were immediately accommodated by the staff who were courteous and helpful. From the moment we arrived we were made welcome. Drinks were excellent and fairly priced, and the food was superb. The restaurant is comfortable and the noise level was lower than I expected. Will definitely go back.
We did not know what to expect at our first visit to Whaleys. The occasion was the birthday celebrations of three cousins before the Justin Timberlake concert. We were very satisfied with everything - reception, orientation to the restaurant and the food! Our server Sam was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. The shellfish was fresh and appetizing. The seafood risotto was exquisite as was the cod dish. We are planning to return before the theatre.
Saturday night, and the place was packed, loud and full of energy. I was one of a very few senior citizens in the place, but it felt good to be around so many beautiful young people. We were given the table closest to the bathroom, but it was thoroughly entertaining to see the ladies lining up all night to relieve themselves. The Oyster appetizer was extremely fresh with a diverse assortment of local and not so local offerings. My scallop dish surpassed expectations! It was better than similar dishes served in high end restaurants in Martha's Vineyard. I was still hungry and wanted dessert, but there were only three options on the dessert menu and none looked appealing. We went next door to Morini and had another glass of wine and dessert (delicious). I can't wait to go back on a summer night and eat outside! The menu is limited, but I highly recommend the place to others.
Third time and each one has been better than the previous. Oysters on Fridays for $1. We had the family plates this time both of which were excellent.
Food was great and service was pretty good. Except they seated another couple at the table immediately next to us, at a table too close, despite the fact the restaurant was only half full. It cramped our evening a bit.
Also, way too much cold air coming in the doorway.
While the location is fantastic, the menu leaves a little to be desired. Brunch options were limited and very heavy, if you don't want to eat from their raw bar. Their cold brew coffee is not made in-house (prepare yourselves for a can) but the cinnamon syrup they bring with it is delightful. For the price I was a little underwhelmed.
We met up with friends at Whaley's for dinner over the weekend. The restaurant is not very big, nice decor, atmosphere, can't wait for better weather when you can sit outside. If you do not like oysters, it will eliminate the seafood towers, plus the raw bar section. If you like oysters, you should definitely dine here. Limited menu, but what they do, they do it well. We had the crudos, carrot salad, and seafood risotto (thai flavors). I wish there were more fish options. Scallops were very good, our friends ordered. We will be back for the nicer weather.
Seafood tower was delicious!
The service and food were great. Very welcoming. Loved the rum cart and ability to share food. Need better signage. Hard to find at night. A real gem of a place.
What a great find. Fabulous happy hour and a wonderful raw bar; highly recommend it and look forward to going back when we're in DC
Attentive service, great ambience. Seafood tower is delicious and fresh. Not a big place and the place gets busy at prime times.
We had a seafood tower (large), the tempura oyster mushrooms, smoked blue catfish, heirloom carrot salad, mixed baby greens salad, braised pork belly (3 orders), and seared day boat scallops for a party of 7 women and it wasn't enough food. So for the price, I'd have to say that it's not that great. All the food was decent but none of it blew me away. The seafood tower as you would except had some good fresh clams, lobster, shrimp, oysters and then a crudo and ore of the smoked blue catfish. The tempura mushrooms were delicious and the braised pork belly was great. I'd go back but I feel like with all the options there are better places for seafood for the price.
Cool look, great food, made my birthday really special.
The seafood tower for 2 was not enough food and at $70, I want more.
Best thing about this spot the staff! From hostess to waiter to bartender everyone makes you feel welcome
Outstanding! Delicious food and super accommodating staff on expanding my reservation and helping to celebrate my birthday. A+
A rather limited menu but everything was so delicious!
Very good food at a reasonable price!
The meal here was one of the best I've had in my ten years living in the city. Don't miss out on the seafood tower or risotto!
Dined here on a Monday evening and had a fantastic time. As both my girlfriend and I had to work on Valentine's Day, this was the perfect spot for an early celebration. Our Server Sam (and Brandon who was training) were both attentive, engaged and informative. The atmosphere was gorgeous and I can only imagine how beautiful it is during the Spring and Summer. The Medium Seafood Tower was a great way to taste some deliciously fresh and sustainable Seafood options. For me the highlight of the meal was the Pork Belly entree served with cheesy polenta grits, shishito peppers and some sort of spicy jam. OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Also wanted to give appreciation to the Floor Manager Ajahadin?. I apologize if I misspelled his name, but his attentiveness to what was going in the restaurant and his enthusiasm for the restaurant as a whole was truly outstanding. Well done Whaley's
Good seafood, recommend the scallops and arctic char crudo! The service helped make this more memorable!
We enjoyed ever aspect of our dinner - from service to, most importantly, the food. Good selection of regional oysters, salad was creative with a super dressing and the seafood risotto was delicious and a bargain for three people. We were also impressed that plates/cups for self-served risotto and coffee arrived heated - all too rare today. Definitely worth going back to.
Outstanding service from the moment we arrived. Good advice on an interesting menu, and delicious seafood thereafter. Large, centrally located bar and large window on the park make for a lovely space.
The oysters on the half were quite good...fresh and nicely presented. The salad was
lovely,interesting ingredients and generous portion.
Dissapointed with the Oyster stew ....usually in a spicy cream sauce....waslarge whole oysters in a clear broth. Not very appealing or interesting. Scallop and polenta dish tasty but short on scallops. Wait staff good and attentive.
There were only two of us dining so we thought the seafood tower would be too much for us. We'll come back with more people to get one. Otherwise the scallops plate and the porkbelly plate was wonderful. The brunch menu looks great too. We'll be back.
Everything was AMAZING. Went for the last night of restaurant week, and it did not disappoint!
Visited for brunch during Washington DC restaurant week. Oysters were fresh and quite fragrant, but the chicken fried oysters was covered in a thick, slightly cloying gravy. Definitely would return for the seafood but would stick to the raw selection and seafood towers.
Brunch for restaurant week. Food was very good. Date ordered pancakes which were done to perfection. I had pork belly which was decent. An odd combo of sweet and savory that didn’t blend that well. Mimosas and bloody s were good. Had half dozen oysters that were fresh but only served with vinegar dip and not with traditional accompanying cocktail sauce. Fine with me but my date was an oyster novice. I am glad I visited and certainly not disappointed but not a must to revisit.
Food and service were great, but the noise level was extreme. Tables surround the bar; we just couldn't hear ourselves talk.
Had a fantastic Restaurant Week dinner at Whaley's! The choices were excellent, and between the four of us we were able to sample nearly everything they offered. The seafood (both raw & cooked) was truly excellent, but the other options we tried were delicious as well. Service was great at both the bar and table. We appreciated the combination of a more relaxed environment with high quality food. We'll definitely be back and making this more of a regular spot.
Went here for restaurant week, and everything we got was excellent. The pork belly and scallops were highlights. I enjoyed their unique dessert options as well. Their bar seating is creative and fun. The oysters are a little overpriced, but I saw that theu have $1 specials on certain days.
Disjointed and various problems discussed with manager
I've heard mixed reviews so decided to check it out during restaurant week. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious, service was great, ambiance was good. I will definitely go back to try more of their menu and for their happy hour.
Most excellent food. Couldn't be happier with it.
Service was lacking in attention - small things like not asking if we wanted coffee with our dessert until desserts were served.
Would come back, still.
good food, seafood tower was fantastic, even the small size. a little more casual than i thought it would be for a highly rated Washingtonian best restaurant selection... if you need a non pretentious, hip seafood restaurant, this is a place to go. solid entrees and raw bar. brunch menu is limited, dinner is better. went with 4 people, 3 of the 4 were very happy with their food quality and flavors. service was great.
The DC Navy Yard continues to develop as a great place for dining. Whaley's contributes to this. An excellent seafood restaurant with good cocktails, good service and, of course, delicious seafood. Four of us ordered the medium sized tower and a few additional dishes and everything was delicious. The noise level is very high and don't sit too close to the door in the winter. These small criticisms notwithstanding, Whaley's is highly recommended.
Terrific fresh seafood tower with 3 delectable sauces. The Périgord black truffle risotto prepared table side and served in a cheese wheel bowl was rich and decadent. The rum cart offered interesting options for before- and after-dinner drinks. There were so many different things that caught our eye and we will be back.
It was a quiet night and but for a few people sitting at the bar we had the place to ourselves.
But the waiter was friendly, attentive and informative. The food, was delicious, leaning towards simple and fresh yet imaginative.
Proportions are on the small side and the menu is a bit limited but other than that it was a great meal.
We loved it!!!