Permanently Closed - Whaling in Oklahoma

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Whaling in Oklahoma is a bar and restaurant focused on Japanese comfort food and Izakaya style dishes. We have both classic Japanese dishes and inspired New England interpretations.
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DG
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were really great, food was good. Glad that we tried it out!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing drinks, and a warm atmosphere! We sat at the bar for date night and had a great time. The small space feels intimate and keeps the noise level at a reasonable level. The food is great, and perfect for sharing plates and a relaxed meal. I suggest ordering only one or two plates at a time, and going until your full!

s
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful service.
We are an older couple ,too old for this restaurant 😂

MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

My friend said she’d heard it was good. We walked down from a Speakeasy show and happened to secure the last two seats for 5:45p. After we sat it quickly packed out. When we left the bar was full and there were a few people waiting to get in. The server was great, pleasant, informed and at ease to recommend her favorites. Btw us we are gluten & dairy free. We were thoroughly accommodated with great options. The decor was average and the rice cakes were rubbery, otherwise the food was delish, interesting and healthy. It was noisy and full of young people.

PW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Got the "all you can eat" chef's menu but it was just items from the regular menu. They also only serve you new items after you finish what you're served and they started with all the bulky, cheap items on the menu. My friend and I spent $170 for it but we maybe finished like $100 worth of items. Staff gave no cues about how many items or what would be served. Complete rip-off, don't waste your time on this supposed top 50 restaurant in Boston

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Interesting food with super fun small and medium sized plates to share with the whole table. Because I specified “Birthday” when I reserved, they placed us in a more isolated table (very thoughtful).
Crowded and noisy, but didn’t distract from the experience.

EP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with awesome options for everyone! The ambiance was great, and the staff was super friendly. I really enjoyed the smaller plates, making it fun to try a bunch of different dishes on the menu.

w
New England
43 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting Japanese style- mostly yakitori with good selections for vegetarians

d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! Will be back for sure. The Miso spareribs, and various skewers were incredible as was the Ginger Soy Noodles w Kale and Mushrooms

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Wonderful service but was underwhelmed by the food.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was outstanding, and for that reason alone it is so worth it to pay Whaling in Oklahoma a visit. However, the music was kinda loud, on top of the service being quite spotty. The server would chat with the kitchen for a while, ignoring the plates and food wastes (bones, skewers, etc.) piling up on the small table.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super quiet environment. Amazing early 90’s rap soundtrack. Oh the food was outstanding too. Only complaint was one item wasn’t prepared and we had to ask for our full order. Meh. Small issue for such a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Super creative small plates. Would definitely return.

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and the drinks were great. Both our server and the bartenders were knowledgeable and made good recommendations. Although we did have to wait for our table even though we had a reservation and got there on time. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends and family. It’s ideal for a group of 4 because you can share a variety of dishes.

b
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This place is definitely worth going to if you like small plates/sharing concept and you enjoy the Japanese-Asian fusion menu. Check out the menu before you go. The dishes are complex - sometimes overly complex - but when they get it right it really sings. For instance, their most popular dish is a take on clams linquine which I thought was over-done with too many flavors and things going on. It was good, but just too much going on in my opinion. On the contrary, they have a charred cabbage dish, a spare rib dish and grilled skewer selections that are simple, yet refined and really delicious.

OT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! My daughter and her boyfriend had gone the weekend before and wanted the rest of us to experience the food and service. We did this weekend and were so happy she shared! Chef is impressive with the freshest ingredients and blend of flavors. Enjoy!

WB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was such a pleasant evening out at Whaling in Oklahoma. We started with the pickled watermelon radishes which were briht and crisp with our Miyozakura Panda Cup Sake. We shared the perfect Wild Maine bluefin tuna & inner thigh sticks, both executed to perfection. The final dish we shared was the newest noodle additon to the menu (recommended by our server) . It was the only disappointement of the eveing.
The flavor of the sauce was overpowering and to us resembled BBQ sauce.

We look forward to returning to Whaling in Oklahoma to further explore the menu options, great little neighborhood spot.

TS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. The brussel sprouts are to die for! Great experience.

S
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Skip the the “all you can eat”— we were expecting a broader tour of the menu, but aside from a few tasty starters, the restaurant mostly piled meat skewers in front of us until we were too stuffed to try any more. And while the meat skewers were delicious, we added up the cost of the food we were served and it fell well short of $85 apiece. The server was oddly excited that we couldn’t “finish” the menu. We left the restaurant feeling ripped off, which always leaves a sour taste — no matter how good the food was.

EA
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, inventive cuisine and cocktails, genuinely friendly staff and enthusiastic service! Sit at the counter for a fun front row seat.

CH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whaling in Oklahoma is one of the best restaurants in Boston, period. Every time we have visited them they have treated us amazingly, and the food is absolutely top notch. If you haven’t been here it’s a must go!

J
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Almost all the food was fantastic except for one dish! Great cocktails and service was exceptional! Decor was lacking but food made up for it.

FK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lot of food for your buck and delicious. The brussel sprouts were sooo tasty. Same with the beef cakes. Different than what I expected but great

CP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the "all you can eat" menu - we had a great meal and staff were friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food took a little long to come out, but it was worth the wait! I loved everything! The decor is also wonderful, loved the whole experience!

RD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Unique dishes, great pickles, great service

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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We went at 5:30. No one was seated in the back area that had 10 tables except for another couple. They seated us RIGHT NEXT TO THEM. It was awkward so I went up to the host and asked if we could be seated somewhere else. It was really quiet and they could hear everything we were saying and visa versa (in a crowded restaurant that's not an issue but it was empty). He said no because it was easier for him to turn the tables when we leave. WHAT? Our comfort doesn't matter as long as your life is a little easier. Super crappy response. Super crappy experience after that. We will never go back since it is clear we don't matter. Side note, it was empty until 6ish. We heard every bite, every word, every slurp...for the whole meal.

e
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu follows the seasons so there’s always something new to try.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Killing it! Eat everything, share everything. Bring more friends than i did.

SS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry for the late response but, as ever, WiO scores yet another home run--delicious food; kind, attentive service and so much fun to sit at Kitchen bar and watch the action. We love it here and will come back whenever we can.

s
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was on the salty side

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had to wait 30 minutes for our table and then got sat at the bar even though we specified table seating. After a few minutes they moved us and it was a very good experience

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for anniversary, food was really interesting and different. My wife and i like to try new and different, we’ll definitely be back.

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All you can eat tasting menu was amazing. Had to ask them to stop because we were so full.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Whaling in Oklahoma to celebrate our anniversary and were delighted with the creative Asian fusion dishes and wonderful service, including gifts of an extra appetizer and two cups of sake to toast our special day. The wait staff couldn't have been nicer, the portions were surprisingly large for the "small plates" and everything was delicious. To top it off, we used a gift card that we'd won at last spring's No Kid Hungry Taste of the Nation fundraiser, so we knew that this restaurant had made a generous donation to reduce childhood hunger. We're telling our friends and we'll be back!

IN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food coming from this kitchen is nothing less than inventive and extraordinary! It is an eclectic, Asian-fusion menu that has something for everyone! Service has helpful and efficient!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We first got two appetizer dishes in right time, but from appetizer to main dish took such long time although the restaurant wasn’t busy at all (not even half the tables were filled). Food was good, we enjoyed sweetcorn fries, tuna tadaki and pork/ hamburger sando, however 1/3 of eel on unagi don was burnt.
They also charge you 3% of your total for so called kitchen appreciation fee and it was nonsense.

TA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at WiOK, and it was just as great as the first time. We sat at the bar this time and had great service along with a great meal. The pace of the different dishes coming out, the suggestions, and conversation with our server/bartender was all top notch. This place is very welcoming, delicious and interesting.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very enjoyable!

A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect mix of tapas and atmosphere (and a perfect end of summer evening helped). Not every menu item was a home run, but everything we had was thoughtfully conceived, prepared, and displayed. The ribs are to die for, but also the raw tuna, and the heirloom tomatoes. I wish I lived next door.