Whaley's

4.5
471 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
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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Bar Dining

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.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Firstly, didn't catch his name but the gentleman serving table 17 this evening was wonderful! He was attentive with his service, fun to talk to, and helpful with the menu. He advised the clams casino are not a regular menu item but special for restaurant week. My friend ordered that and I ordered the oysters for us to share. I read in a previous review there was 8-9 clams included. When our dish came, there was only 4. They did taste good though, but still... Just 4. When my scallops came, again disappointed by the amount served. Three small/medium size scallops for my main entree and a little bit of sides to make up a quarter of the dish was abysmal. Thankfully there was a lot of Panna Cotta served but I still went home hungry. All of the food served was excellent, and I do highly recommend the wine pairing, it too was very well thought out. I just have a huge gripe with the amount of food served, and I am only 100lbs. For that, it was not worth the money.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Whaley's is delicious! We went during restaurant week and absolutely loved the menu. My fiancé had shrimp gazpacho, buttery scallops (AMAZING) and chocolate tart with a toasted marshmallow topping. I had half dozen oysters, tuna with the most incredible sauce (I could have eaten that sauce with cardboard) and panna cotta (YUM). We both enjoyed the wine pairing and liqueur with it. The ambience is chill but really well done, open and clean. The food came quickly, and the wait staff was friendly and accommodating (they found a candle and lighter for our birthday celebration!).

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful Restaurant Week experience! The food was delicious (we had oysters and tuna crudo for apps, the scallops and tuna for “entrees” and the chocolate tart and pana cotta for dessert), and our waiter was friendly, helpful, and attentive. The restaurant also has a great ambiance with a cool bar design. Would definitely return!

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was fine, but the service and pacing were abysmal. Really unfortunate as I'd been looking forward to this restaurant. It took 45 minutes to even bring our cocktails out. When they finally did, cocktails were wrong. Didn't receive appetizers (raw oysters) until almost 75 minutes into our visit. Would not recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Tasty food and terrific service. Desserts especially were great.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The brunch menu was didn’t have a variety of options, fresh clams was great but main dishes was missing flavor. Service was basic and great ambience.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our waitress was awesome. I ordered clams by mistake wanting oysters and she made sure to specify. The house chili infused vodka bloody Mary is well worth the extra dollar.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We went to Whaley's for a date before a Nats game. The food and service were excellent. Our server was a foodie himself and it showed. They obviously source high quality ingredients which made for wonderful, fresh and beautiful dishes. The drink selection was very nice too. Our only complaint (and its a minor one at that) is that for the prices they charge for some dishes, we would hope for them to be a little more generous in portion. We will definitely be back for special occasions! Thank you again.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

the service was VERY. It took 45 minutes to receive our small seafood platter (not excuse for that.... it's just shucking oysters/clams) and about 20 minutes to receive our cocktails. Waitstaff made up for it by giving our party of four free desserts (four different desserts).

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Greta service and made us feel very special on our anniversary

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

OpenTable says business casual, but it was casual. Very attentive staff and delicious scallops. Would return.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Zac Brown concert

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We wanted to celebrate an anniversary and made reservations at Whaley's. It never disappoints. Our group of four shared a whole grilled fish [Bass] and a seafood risotto. It was hard NOT to order a seafood tower, but our dinner was delicious and it was worth it to try other delicious mains. Add a few of the exquisite seasonal sides, and we enjoyed a worthy celebratory feast.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

All of the food was delicious, from raw oysters to seared scallops to warm farro "salad." Service was excellent as well --- included complementary house sparkling water. However, the benches that serve as seats were so uncomfortable that I don't know if we'll be back. They seriously need some cushions on those slats!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The menu was limited but the service was good, I think it would be nicer for brunch in the weekend when you can be outdoors

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

These guys consistently deliver the freshest seafood in DC. Come with a party of six to experience the wonder of the large seafood tower. The whole fish and risotto are consistently amazing and oh, the scallops. Don’t forget to try the spicy cocktail and it took me several trips before I noticed the rum cart!

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Waiter did not care we were there.
Did not receive food in correct order.
Waiter even asked so what do you want to order? WE DID NOT EVEN HAVE MENUS
Worst part: MOSQUITO in mignonette sauce and seafood tower. MANGER seemed indifferent. DO NOT EAT HERE!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

My tablemates remarked that service was just okay - late drinks, coffee, condiments, and follow-up requests. But the recommendations and attitude were great!

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We tried Whaley's for the first time on Friday night. The view is nice, and it was easy to get a table. We enjoyed our server, and the food presentation and quality was quite good. However, what we didn't realize is that the whole menu, save for two "family-style" dishes at the bottom, is all small-bite bar food. We ordered crab cakes (the dish comes with one small crab cake for $20), three seafood tacos (consisted of one piece of lettuce with some seafood inside, very small, at $6.50 a taco), and grilled albacore tuna )about the size of a brownie for $23). Everything was very tasty and the presentation was nice, but be prepared to start your evening at Whaley's but then go somewhere else for dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great service, great food, great location. Three for three!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Wait staff was excellent and happy hour prices were pretty good! The happy hour oysters lacked flavor though.

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We ordered the MP full fish. We didn't know it cost $100 until we got the bill. That's on us for not asking. But for that kind of money, the fish should have been filleted and deboned for us, like we've had at other restaurants. We didn't know how to do it - that's why we go out! The person who brought the food said he was too busy to help. Props to John the manager who helped us. The fish was delicious but was not worth the high bill.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The service was outstanding, and the food was delicious - totally worth it. Our waiter made us feel at home. The seafood tower was a great way to try everything Whaley's had to offer. So much great food.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great service, great food. Made our anniversary dinner truly special! The owner cares about his customers and it shows. Would definitely go again, and enjoyed all the other attractions close-by.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Fantastic service - great food recommendations!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was delicious. We had to ask for water. The water was room temperature. They were out of bread and crackers so our fish pate which was served with the seafood tower was overpowering without something to spread it on. Our waiter was very friendly.

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and good service, but extremely overpriced for the amount of food you receive. For a shared entree, 2 sides and 2 drinks our tab was over $170 and we had to make sandwiches when we got home we were still so hungry. 10/10 for the quality of the food we did get to eat though! Just not worth the cost given all of the affordable options in the area.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was delish, service was great, and we loved the ambiance.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I had the small seafood tower, which featured oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, and other items. I understand that the medium and large towers also include lobster. I would suggest that Whaley’s include the appropriate amount of lobster in the small tower as well—this would have motivated me to give you a 5-star rather than a 4-star rating. The service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Lovely dinner on the waterfront. Sitting outside was so pleasant and the food was top notch. Loved our oysters, and split the seafood risotto, which was great.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Delicious food and great service. I recommend the tower, salmon crudo, soft shell crab, and scallops. We were there for our 25th anniversary and the evening was perfect.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

I was disappointed that the bar menu was not available, particularly since our table was in the bar area and adjacent to the bar.
Food was decent. Service was excellent. But I would recommend only if you intend to sit at the bar. Otherwise the value is just not there.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Definitely my favorite seafood in DC. I believe Chris was our server and he was fantastic.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our service was horrible. Food ok not fabulous. Atmosphere outside beautiful. Inside looks sterile. Not warm and would NOT rush back.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Loved the decor and murals. Friendly and attentive servers. Good food and creative menu reasonably priced. Walking along the river before or after the meal and seeing new Yard development is a plus. Also can walk to Nationals Park for a Nats game.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Inventive dishes. Tasty. Lovely service. A great spot off the cut among plenty of eateries around the DC waterfront. Not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was excellent. It’s a little loud and we were right by the front door. Service was good, nothing spectacular. Specialty cocktails could be improved.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Whaley's scored with their seafood tower, which was enjoyed by all at our table. There was a good variety of items and described thoroughly by the waiter. Our summer drinks from the bar were tasty too. Unfortunately we could not enjoy the Rose Garden as it was raining.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Positives: Location is prime, service is great, and food is tasty (my friend thought it was too salty). Negatives: Menu is too limited and prices too high considering there are several great restaurants within walking distance that offer a better overall dining experience. My biggest issue was the table where I was seated. I had the worst table in the entire restaurant. All night, my chair was bumped by patrons and staff and I felt cramped. In addition to being VIP on OpenTable for years, I have a permanent note on my account that I prefer a booth or table away from heavy foot traffic. When I brought it to the attention of the hostess, she replied that is was nothing she could do because she had to keep the larger tables for the larger parties. Needless to say, if I decide to dine at Whaley's again and I am offered the same table, I will not stay.

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