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Whaley's

4.6
427 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Whaley’s Raw Bar and Restaurant offers icy cold piles of oysters, clams and other shellfish, as well as seasonal seafood plates and craft cocktails – all served with sweeping river views in the heart of Yards Park, a short walk from Nationals Stadium.

Under Chef Daniel Perron, Whaley’s menu will feature shellfish towers, crudos, a selection of seafood-focused plates and a rotating family-style platter for sharing. Longtime collaborator, mentor and friend Brian Zipin has assembled a beverage program featuring classic cocktails, thoughtfully selected wines and good beers.

While the menu will change to reflect what’s seasonal and fresh, dishes will include Day Boat Scallop Crudo, Crispy Soft Shell Crabs and Pan Roasted Black Bass. Whaley’s works exclusively with purveyors that adhere strictly to rigorous sustainable seafood standards.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Bar open until 11:00pm)
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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(202) 484-8800
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Valet is available daily. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Lumbershed Building for $2 per hour.
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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.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The seafood platter was delicious. We gobbled up every last bite. The mussels were my favorite. Although I loved everything I ate. Our server was very attentive. I was disappointed the hostess didn’t seat us outside though. We arrived 45 min early to have some drinks at the bar. (The rose and rum cocktail was flavorful and refreshing.) Despite some tables becoming available while we were at the bar, we had to settle for inside table. This was fine in the end though. The delicious food made us forget any complaints about the seating. Also despite the website which says the rose garden bar is “first come first serve” apparently they take reservations. Again, 2 tables were open when we arrived but we could not get seated.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We came here for our anniversary and they made sure to

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The ambiance was relaxed and cozy. It was a great place to enjoy the ambiance and people watch. The food was amazing. We ordered the seafood tower. The seafood was fresh with a variety of textures and flavors. The waitress was attentive, knowledgeable and made some great suggestions. I think I found my new favorite restaurant!!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Shared seafood tower, risotto, soft shells, and salad were all very good. Will go for more oysters next time!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Really excellent food- everything was delicious and the fish was top quality. Loud inside and outside, not the most comfortable atmosphere but the food makes up for it and our waitress was helpful and knowledgeable.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Had ordered the signature cocktail drink with carrot juice. I knew it was a gamble but when I tried it and found it to be akin to drinking turpentine after one sip, I apologize to the waiter but asked him to bring me something else. I assumed he would not charge me but he did. Nothing like coming to a new restaurant and being penalized for trying a drink that I find hard to believe is a hot seller.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We graduated college and went to celebrate!! :)

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was fantastic! Service was great once they finally came to our table. A little pricey for an every day dinner out, but worth it! Will go again!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Seafood tower was excellent. We were there at the tail end of happy hour so the noise from the bar made it hard to hear. I would consider getting a table outside if the weather supports it. Skip the dessert...

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food! We enjoyed all of the dishes we ordered. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great food and service was wonderful, perfect for a birthday dinner.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Very disappointed in this restaurant. Very limited and overpriced menu. Midweek pregame dinner without much attendance so sat outside. Cannot comment on inside ambience or quiet. Service was good with small number of diners.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The two servers were extremely pushy and kept checking up on us every single moment and would never leave us alone.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My brother said the oysters were the best he's ever had. They were huge! The seared scallops and seafood risotto entrees were fantastic as well.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great raw bar, but the entree/large plate options are limited. We shared the medium tower between 4 of us and then left to get more food elsewhere. The rum cart is a cute idea, but certainly pricey!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The scallops were done perfectly, and the risotto was so impressive! Also great to eat local oysters.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

waiter answered questions, food came out in a timely manner, very aesthetically pleasing environment

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I had a very positive experience at Whaley's. I went for a date night and ordered the medium tower, soft shell crab, and a few glasses of wine between my date and I. The service was really amazing-- our waiter was thoughtful, considerate, and attentive. He checked in on us often, was very knowledgeable about the menu and offerings, and was very charming. He suggested a wine that paired well with our food, gave us a tasting portion, and we ended up ordering a glass-- it was delicious. I also really enjoyed the ambiance/decor, which my date and I thought was very aesthetically pleasing. Plus, it's in a great area in the navy yard. We will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We have been here a couple times, and it has always been great. Tonight it was outstanding! We had Alahin, the bar manager, help us out and it was fantastic! He was knowledgeable and warm. He knew the menu inside out. He went above and beyond the call of duty and you don’t see that very often these days. I was already a fan, but he made me a convert. Highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food is creative and delicious. Service is friendly. Atmosphere is unpretentious.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent oysters before attending Washington Nationals game. Knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. Food portions were small compared to the price for main courses.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our Mother's Day brunch here hit all the right marks - very pleasant, attentive service; fresh, locally sourced ingredients and interesting twists on traditional brunch items - with traditional breakfast items still available a la cart for people (our kids) who are less adventuresome. The prime waterfront location is an added bonus!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

My wife's birthday wish was for Whaley's seafood risotto, and it was every bit as amazing as we remembered. Service was on point and the recommendations were perfect.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We really enjoyed the oysters and the other dishes at this very pleasant casual seafood restaurant. They serve an interesting variety of raw oysters and clams and are veryknowledgeable about the differences. All in all, delicious food and a lot of fun.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We LOVED our food on our most recent trip to Whaley's, but the service was so poor, we do not think we will go back. We had a reservation and were seated quickly, but it took almost 20 minutes for us to have a waiter, another 10-15 to get drinks. Once our (GREAT!!!) food arrived, no one came back to fill water, bring me the coffee I ordered (3 times), etc. With so many great dining options, maybe this will not be a repeat trip for us.

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The food was exquisitely delicious. Unfortunately, the service is beyond slow. Although our waiter was warm and personable, he couldn’t make up for the slowness of the kitchen. Two and a half hours was way too long.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Amazing, just amazing. It was a beautiful day out and we got a table outside. Although, the inside was spectacularly decorated as well. The service was top notch. I am picky with wines and thy allowed my taste two wines before making my selection for my wine to accompany my dinner. The food was a new level. The asparagus salad had multiple flavors that were difficult to keep track, yet perfectly interwind. We split the scallops and black bass and both were great This place is a must!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I've eaten at over 365 restaurant meals this past year with most at DC's top ranked places. Whaley's is ranked highly and is pretty good but I feel over rated. While food is very good there are simply many better seafood places in town. Now if you're going to a Nationals game and this is a pre meal you can't go wrong! A top choice for sure. Just not in my top tier of quality DC restaurants.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

For basic oyster eating, it is great. Other dishes are good, but small and expensive.
Whole fish looks great but too expensive.
Ramps and eggs are wonderful/
Very casual.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

A new discovery and glad we found it. Great seafood, creative small plates, something to satisfy everyone. Definitely share the seafood risotto and enjoy the rum cart at the end.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This is a fit for foodies place. If you like seafood, sitting at tables overlooking Yard's Park, the staff was attentive and the food had it's own special take! We started off with raw oysters. Then had the asparagus salad- which I would absolutely get again- there is so much more to it than any kind of regular salad. The scallops blended all of the tastes perfectly- almost a unique take on shrimp and grits.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

I love Whaley’s. Every time I visit I leave more and more impressed. The oysters are always fresh and the seafood is delicious. The service is wonderful and the bartenders make the perfect cocktail. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Birthday made special by SUCH wonderful service!! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic, so fresh and flavorful. The seafood tower is amazing. I had the oyster po boy which brought me back to my trips to NOLA. I can't wait to go back to Whaley's.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great service! Pleasant employees! I ordered the seafood risotto. Everything was cooked perfectly but the salt was overwhelming. Lighten up on that and it would have been a perfect meal. Decaf coffee in a french press!! I sat outside which was lovely, however the drunk patrons from restaurant next door were obnoxious. I just tuned them out.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was great! The waiter recommended excellent wines to pair with our crudo and oysters. The Risotto was excellent! And the key lime cheesecake was to die for. One downside is not being able to order off the happy hour menu of you aren’t sitting at the bar.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was a bit cold by the door but otherwise was perfect

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food is excellent. Very inventive. Be aware that this is a pretty expensive restaurant. I think it’s worth the expense.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious meal near the water. Great bar with a plethora of cocktail options. Friendly wait staff. The seafood risotto.... still thinking about it. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Because Whaley's menu changes with the season, it's always an exciting dining experience. But we still always start with a seafood tower, which is consistently superb. A special shout out for the creamy umi and poached mussels. The crudo bento boxes were a new treat. Subtle citrus flavors enhance the melt-in-your-mouth freshness of delicate fish. Even a green goddess salad is elevated by care in composition and quality ingredients. Chocolate tart is to die for, especially when paired with a craft cocktail from the handsome rum cart. Our server, Brendon, paced and presented the meal perfectly. The floor staff are friendly, relaxed, and create an ambiance of casual elegance that is surpassed only by the studied elegance of the food itself.

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