Whaley's

4.5
520 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
99 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
39 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
2 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
7 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
39 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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whaley’s is our special spot for date night. The food is amazing, but in a city where there is a lot of good food, the folks that work there and the service is what makes Whaley’s truly exceptional. They always do something special if they know it’s a birthday or anniversary. For our anniversary, they surprised us with a champagne toast when we arrived! Everyone was so sweet, telling us congratulations. Wonderful evening!!

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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great seafood. Small plate entrees not as good as the seafood tower and appetizers. Next time I’ll stick with the cocktails, tower and appetizers. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable about the food.

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

Had another great experience at Whaley's. It's become a favorite restaurant.

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Oysters were good, just good. Dishes were mostly spicy, overpriced and interesting. More or less like scallops. Service was good.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Friendly and knowledgeable staff, food and wine was on the pricey end of the spectrum but delicious.

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OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Four dishes we ordered were all seasoned with multiple spices, overwhelmed our taste buds. It will greatly enhance the enjoyment of those dishes if some bread are provided to balanced the flavors and our stomach.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service from beginning to end. Manager that night was exceptional and inspiring(I'm a GM myself). Server was knowledgeable, engaging, and warm. Food was beautiful but even more so delicious. Cocktails were expertly made. Showmanship for all items was warranted and appreciated. Will definitely be back.

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JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

very good food but the portions very small. The location is hard to find

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AS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t be better
Great service
Super cocktails and delicious food
We’ve been there many times and never disappointed

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Look for Brandon.

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Great service. Not loud. Nice waterfront location.

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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had brunch. Excellent selections if Oysters, and outstanding entrees. Portions are on the small size but flavor is large. The spicy Bloody Mary was well made. The staff are very attentive and well informed.

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k
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat diners love the terrific oyster HH special. Enjoyed our meal at the bar. Terry and Abdul made excellent recommendations. Quiet and lovely during baseball off season.

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GM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful !

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SL
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent!
Delicious dinner from a small menu. Everything was perfectly flavored and beautifully served. Oysters were really fresh. The staff was all very knowledgeable about oyster variety/flavor. They were enthusiastic and well-informed about ingredients.
Our dinner was thoroughly enjoyable! We would definitely recommend Whaleys!

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandon our server was awesome, very knowledgeable about the food, even decanted our wine we brought with us.

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