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Whaling in Oklahoma - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
302 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 266-4600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tim Maslow

  • Private party facilities

    We have both a large semi private area for Private Dining, as well as a Private Dining Room, and we have two halves of the restaurant, both of which are available to partial buy outs, as well as the entire restaurant. We look forward to hosting you soon!

  • Private party contact

    Cosmas Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg: (617) 266-4600

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    W. Brookline

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line - Symphony or Copley. Orange Line - Backbay or Mass Ave. Number 1 Bus - Mass Ave and Tremont stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 302 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DG

    DrewG

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were really great, food was good. Glad that we tried it out!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 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!
  3. s

    sunam

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful service. We are an older couple ,too old for this restaurant 😂
  4. MG

    MedfordGal

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 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.
  5. M

    Mr305

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 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
  6. C

    Curlee

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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.
  7. EP

    EmilyP

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  8. w

    woodstockgal

    New England

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Interesting Japanese style- mostly yakitori with good selections for vegetarians
  9. d

    dillznit

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 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
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Wonderful service but was underwhelmed by the food.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Super creative small plates. Would definitely return.
  13. A

    Angela

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 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.
  14. b

    brentb

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 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!
  16. WB

    WendyBee

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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.
  17. LI

    LoveagoodIPA

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. The brussel sprouts are to die for! Great experience.
  18. S

    Sean

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  19. CH

    ChristopherH

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 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!
  20. J

    John

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  21. FK

    FayeK

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    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
  22. CC

    CCP4

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the "all you can eat" menu - we had a great meal and staff were friendly.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 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!
  24. RD

    RachelD

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Unique dishes, great pickles, great service
  25. CS

    ColleenS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  26. e

    ettar

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu follows the seasons so there’s always something new to try.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Killing it! Eat everything, share everything. Bring more friends than i did.
  28. SS

    SeaSideTomato

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 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.
  29. s

    sushigirl

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was on the salty side
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 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
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  32. C

    Calypso

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  33. D

    Deb06

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  34. IN

    INSG

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 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!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  36. TA

    TalinA

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very enjoyable!
  38. A

    Arlingtonian

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  39. BR

    BobR

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is very good, innovative and wonderful mix of flavors. Miso-glazed ribs were truly spectacular. Service was a little rushed with orders coming to the table all at the same time. Going back to try more items on the menu and more miso-glazed ribs
  40. SL

    SarasotaLiz

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Interesting small plates. Our favorites were charred broccoli, and the italian noodles. Chicken on a stick was a tad dry. Staff is good. A good experience

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Whaling in Oklahoma - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 302 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    W. Brookline

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line - Symphony or Copley. Orange Line - Backbay or Mass Ave. Number 1 Bus - Mass Ave and Tremont stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Maslow

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 266-4600

  • Private party facilities

    We have both a large semi private area for Private Dining, as well as a Private Dining Room, and we have two halves of the restaurant, both of which are available to partial buy outs, as well as the entire restaurant. We look forward to hosting you soon!

  • Private party contact

    Cosmas Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg: (617) 266-4600

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