About Whaley's

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.

301 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 484-8800

Website:
http://www.whaleysdc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available daily. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Lumbershed Building for $2 per hour.

Additional:
Bar Dining

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Private Dining

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.

Whaley's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.3

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4.0

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (25)
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Good for a Date (11)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Scenic View (11)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We loved it!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Loved every minute. Great service incredible food. Wonderful ambience just a very special delight. Every aspect was a pure pleasure.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food — the seafood tower, crispy brussel sprouts, and chicken fried oysters are superb and generously portioned. Attentive staff— our coats were taken at the table; the hostess, server, and guy behind oyster bar visited our table and gave great recommendations. Great space and ambience— high ceilings and tall windows give the place a pleasantly light, bright, and airy feel (we went for lunch so we greatly appreciated the natural lighting and views of the Potomac River!). I would definitely recommend to others and plan on going back soon! Six thumbs up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had a reservation, but showed up early to catch happy hour. The service was fantastic, especially at the bar. Food was great. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Impeccable service! Truly a delightful experience and will absolutely be coming back!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I've been to Whaley's a bunch of times and the food and drinks are always top notch. When my folks come to town, they always request we go to Whaley's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

They have a limited menu, but the food is terrific. The seafood tower is delicious. The scallops were done perfectly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My husband and I wanted to find a seafood restaurant in the area and Whaley's was highly rated on Yelp. Our server was very knowledgeable, attentive and patient with us, taking his time explaining the entire menu to us. I had one oyster for appetizer, which was delicious! We ended up splitting a salad and the seafood risotto - which was amazing! The risotto had a coconut base, and the flavors were perfectly balanced with all the seafood. We topped the meal off with a Panna Cotta, which had subtle balance of passion fruit meringue with quince and hints of cinnamon. Tasty but not too rich! The entire dinner (+ wine) was not cheap, but I definitely recommend this place as a top notch place for quality seafood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We ate at Whaley's several times in the past with success. This time however was disappointing. The choices on the menu are very limited and frankly we had difficulty identifying enough dishes to pleased our party of six. We were told that the whole fish would feed 4 people; there was enough food to barely fill 2 people. Atmosphere in the restaurant is fun and casual. Service was fine. If you plan on dining at the restaurant during cold weather, dress appropriately as the restaurant is chilly (as it was in the past). When we asked the server if the heat could be raised we were told that it would take too long to warm the restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing service, delicious food, reasonable prices, and beautiful views. Went here to celebrate a special birthday and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend the rum cart option they have right now. The food was delicious and fresh, but what put this place in my top 3 list is the service. They were incredibly attentive and considerate, and just the epitome of great service. I believe the bar manager really went above and beyond. I forgot his name, but he was the individual that assisted us with the rum cart. He wore bracelets and rings, and just had the most warm and attentive serving style.

Tags: Waterfront, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. Excellent find.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

First time here, and we will certainly be back. Loved everything, but the risotto is prob the best I've ever had!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was especially delicious. Portion size was just right. The lighting was too bright. I prefer more ambiance

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The wait staff was very helpful in choosing oysters for us, and we were able to discuss sizes of various dishes and we were able to split dishes very nicely. The desserts were excellent as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

There are limited option on the menu only about 8 entrees. Only one type of oysters on the happy hour, service at bar is awful bartender was rude.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was incredible. The hostess was the best I have ever seen. I knocked one star for the over-friendliness of the server. He stayed on top of what we needed and was very knowledgeable about the menu. However, he made us uncomfortable with how much he talked and joked with us, including a quite inappropriate joke. But it did not ruin our lovely meal and evening!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Have been for happy hour previously-terrific oysters-a good size and flavorful. Stayed for dinner this time-Alain was a terrific server, guiding us on what we would enjoy based on our happy hour purchases! Loved the risotto, small size served two generously. Very flavorful scallops, mussels, shrimp, etc.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The seafood is the freshest and finest in the area. It doesn't get any better than theirs. Service was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and very helpful in guiding us to making excellent choices. Whaley's is definitely a restaurant to put on your list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Really loved the service the host gave us when we arrived and the waiter was exceptional with his recommendations! First time and will be back for sure!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Spectacular dining experience. The freshest of seafood, the most creative dishes, and the most attentive service I've had in a really long time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great before or after a Nationals game. Excellent quality.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great seafood venue by the Potomac River off of Navy Yard. Seafood tower was fresh and immaculate and our server made our dining even greater. Whaley's has a great looking bar seats where you can enjoy the delicately created cocktails. Look out for the Wednesday happy hour where Whaley's offer their very own oysters for $1 till late.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We stopped prior to going to a Nats game. Enjoyed the happy hour menus and reasonable prices. Particularly the oysters. Good service sitting at the bar

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great happy hour!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I heard about Whaley's from a Washingtonian list of Best Restaurants, and it did not disappoint. Raw bar was great, lots of terrific choices. Our server was super knowledgeable about the menu, and her recommendations were spot on. And the food was innovative, but more importantly really delicious. (Oh, yeah--my pet peeve about custom cocktails is that they are too sweet., Definitely not the case at Whaley's bar. Wonderful combinations.)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Fun
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Celebrated my wife's birthday here. We had a great time. They accommodated a couple surprises for her birthday. The seafood tower was fresh, stunning and delicious! It can be a little noisy if the bar is busy, but it cleared out. The service is friendly and went out of their way to make the night special.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was efficient and friendly, just the right balance between attentive and non-intrusive. Of course, the menu is seafood focused, which we knew in advance. Our party of 7 was, however, a bit surprised at the very limited options for vegetable orders. Given our food options, we finally ordered an arugula salad, which was very good, but it was really our only choice. We tried the large seafood tower, and it allowed us to sample a large variety of offerings. Although somewhat pricey at $140 for the table, we didn't regret it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was by far the best meal I have had in a very long time. The oysters were fresh and succulent, that family style risotto was beyond delicious and the clams casino was just.... YUMMMM. I will definitely be making many more trips here. Absolutely amazing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This was our first time at Whaley's. The food was very good. The service was fantastic. We were able to sit outside where we had lots of fin watching life bustle by while we had a leisurely meal.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Inside smelled like wood varnish, so we sat outside. Food was very good. Waiter was energetic and helpful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I reserved a table at Whaley's for a group of friends on a Saturday night. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. We started off with cocktails and a dozen assorted oysters both of which were wonderful (I would highly recommend the #1- we all agreed it tasted like summer, which we all were craving as we try to hold on to the last few days of summer). We opted to share small plates as a group including both crudos, a tomato salad, pork loin, shrimp and seared scallops. The crudos were light, flavorful and creatively put together. The shrimp, pork loin and scallops were all a bit more rich but equally delicious. We decided to end with the lime cheesecake with apricots, which was the perfect ending to a great dinner. I only wish that we had been there before dark to see the beautiful views of the river. I would highly recommend Whaley's to any friend- I'll definitely be going back! Thanks for a great dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The restaurant is BEAUTIFUL and prime location on the waterfront. The negative I have is the ethics of pricing the food so high because of its local and sustainable sourced. Tapas size entrees range from $13 minimum to $33 for each plate. The oysters are very overpriced and there is no savings to speak of if you get 6/12 or 1. Their "draw" and justification for higher prices is the fact that it is locally sourced and sustainably fished. I think this very favorable and positive action should be made MORE accessible to people of all income brackets. The restaurant was mostly empty though neighboring restaurants were full. And no happy hour in the restaurant EVEN IF you are eating dinner???? what is with that trend? why penalize people who are spending MORE money? That said, the food was excellent and the main reason we stayed was because of the excellent service of Natalia. She was knowledgeable, caring and awesome. She went out of her way to make us happy. And we were except for the hefty bill.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Overall very good. Food, service ambiance all good. A couple of minor points. 1 We ordered 18 oysters and given a thimble of cocktail sauce and a thimble of horse radish In the future be more generous; 2 oysters crackers a must we oysters. we were told the restaurant had no bread service really? 3 I ordered the swordfish it was accompanied by a wonderful bean dish but I don't eat meat and the beans had sausage. I asked our server whether there was any meat in the dish she said no. my friends tasted the items hat looked like meat and checked the menu and it was sausage aka meat 4 server apologized brought me another swordfish this time no meat BUT when the bill came I had been charged for 2 swordfish dishes! Server caught it before payment but come on details matter

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is a RAW bar, why so slow when by definition virtually no prep required.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Both food and drinks were wonderful and the service was as good as it gets. If you are lucky, your server will be Chattanooga Billy, who is knowledgeable about the menu offerings, personable and watchful. The scallops were near perfect. The entire meal was lovely, though pricey. One suggestion for management: your bar tender is superb, but he is overwhelmed. It shouldn't take 15 minutes to get a martini. Run the numbers. It may be that moving more beer, wine and liquor would support a second mixologist.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Being a Saturday night, Whaley's was very busy and our server was working incredibly hard. He was so friendly, funny, and made sure that our experience was a memorable one. For seafood, this restaurant has great prices, and the menu tells you where every thing is from. The food itself was delicious! We will certainly be returning customers.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Sat outside and was able to enjoy the lively crowd walking around and watched it swell when the ball game got out. This is first class seafood, top quality from the oysters to several interesting seafood dishes, and a to die for heirloom tomato salad. The tuna was very good, they had a very interesting smoke fish special and a giant delicious soft shell crab. All washed down with their rosé cremant. Small plates which added up with the wine and a dessert, not a cheap date, good service. Can't go wrong and nice to be able to eat outside and see the river.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Waterfront, People Watching, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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