Whaley's

4.6
488 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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Dress code
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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AS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
51 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
19 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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KW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat while visiting DC, close to Nationals park.

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff, professional, friendly and wonderful.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

If you’re ordering for happy hour be sure to sit at the bar.
We first sat at

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Austin
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food took a little too long to arrive even though it wasn’t very busy.

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GC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good, but portions were very small. Two glasses of wine were $32 , very pricey in my book.
Water view is not that dramatic, while nice to be on the river, your view is nothing really special. The service was very good.

Based on the pricing, smaller servings and a nothing to write home about view, this place not worth the cost.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Good food and great atmosphere. Sluggish service and high prices for small plates.

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DX
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe my expectation was too high on this one.
We ordered a platter and couple of dishes and they came out in very small portions.
Tastes were okay.
Atmosphere is quiet and modern, but nothing extra ordinary.
I would rather eat at a decent place with decent price.
Nothing special about this place for extra $$.

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

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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RE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and terrific service. Desserts especially were great.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

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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CA
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

There are a few things to iron out. No bread? Especially when you serve food with such amazing sauces? We were dying for bread to sop up stuff. Seemed weird not to have it.

Also really annoying? Seeing food leave the kitchen you can’t have. We were seeing delicious looking food leave the kitchen but were told we couldn’t have it because it’s on the bar menu. WTF? We almost got up to go to bar to have what we wanted. I understand having happy hour prices at the bar. But we’d have happily paid more to get what we wanted.

Lastly, the fish I had came out in five pieces. Four pieces were delicious. One looked like a piece but was just a bone. Weird.

The food is very good. The service was just ok. Our server seemed bored and wasn’t really paying attention. This restaurant needs to see their menu and offerings from the perspective of the diner. It doesn’t completely feel like they get what people want when they come in.

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

Food was very good.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Greta service and made us feel very special on our anniversary

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KD
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zac Brown concert

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r
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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HL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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n
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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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NN
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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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KB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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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HB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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KA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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