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Little Whale, Boston, MA

Little Whale

4.7
4.7
660 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Little Whale Oyster Bar is a Classic New England Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar from Chef Michael Serpa on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. An ode to the seaside clamshacks are raw bars of the New England coast, Little Whale is a casual neighborhood spot focusing on local products and seafood friendly wines.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (857) 277-0800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Reggie Da Silva
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact matt@grandtourboston.com for event inquiries.
  • Neighborhood
    Back Bay
  • Cross street
    Newbury Street and Hereford Street
  • Parking details
    Meter Parking 2hr. Prudential Center Lot. Dalton Street Lot. Closest Valet at Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street.
  • Public transit
    Green Line Hynes Convention CenterOrange Line Back Bay
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 660 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Seafood

660 Reviews
  1. PinkTalia

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Little Whale is a go-to for us. The oysters are always fresh and presented ice cold, and there are several dishes that we like (lobster roll with butter, fish sandwich, mussels!) . I love that they take reservations. Always a good, solid meal with excellent service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not bad but not worth the price. The interior amplified the noise level. At times I couldn’t hear my own voice. Service was great.

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  3. PanosS

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant apparently doesn't make tip optional. We were just informed that a 20% service was added to our bill. There was no special event, and we were just 2 people that order 3 dishes. Visitors beware.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Evan, was so nice, fun, and very accommodating for our modified reservation from 4 to 6 persons. He was also very helpful, and it was great that we got a chance to have some of the magnum rosé during the Boston Marathon. The tuna burger was fantastic! It was moist and well-seasoned. Solid viewing spot for the Boston Marathon.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Severely over priced. Sad as food was just ok. There wasn’t anything we were excited to talk about after

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  6. RegularGuyRunner

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Selected because of Yelp reviews; I’ll question their legitimacy from now on. Food was bland and overpriced. On top of the culinary mediocrity, the restaurant added a 3% “operations fee” and a 20% tip for two people. I would typically tip that amount but it’s offensive to have it forced on you. The lobster roll was soggy and no butter was provided, which you would think would be standard for a $68 roll. The lobster spaghettini had no flavor and at $70 was highway robbery. There are much better options in the area for the prices charged.

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  7. AssuntaT

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ate was delicious— local oysters, clam chowder, grilled octopus with hummus & crunchy chicken peas… fabulous wine selection & really friendly service. Wish they had dessert!

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  8. DMP0x000000

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This little gem of a restaurant is quickly becoming a regular for us in back bay. Food is fantastic, service is friendly and attentive and the whole place just had a very relaxed but upscale vibe, kind of like a "those who know, know."

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  9. StevenS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose Little Whale due to the good reviews about having gluten free options. It did not disappoint. The staff was very knowledgable and did a great job explaining the options. The food was outstanding, both the gluten free and non-gluten free things we ordered. We'll be back!

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  10. OliviaM

    Yucatán

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a fantastic experience. Food was amazing and service was above and beyond

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  11. DAlyse

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it!!! Sat at the bar with my daughter and it was great. The server was super friendly and accommodating.

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  12. JerryS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Love the location. Had the lobster roll.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Me pareció muy tranquilo y rico fui con mi familia y me la pase muy bien

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was fantastic in every way and the food was pricey but amazing!

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  15. Azul68

    Atlanta Metro

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service was even better. Evan is the best!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely little place with excellent food and a great team. Thanks for a great night!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food that was beautifully plated. Francesca was an excellent server and helped make the evening a memorable one. Can't wait to return!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is absolutely DELICIOUS! Especially the raw bar and oysters - so fresh! The service was GREAT! We also had the lobster roll (best one we’ve ever had!), the Halibut (so yummy) and the crab cake - everything was terrific! We’ll definitely be back :)

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service. Will def come back. I have been here multiple times in the past and the service is always amazing. Thank you.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was here trying out this restaurant the first time for Dine Out Boston Menu with my friend. Both of us got our worst dining experience ever in Boston. 1. The server got unhappy right after we decided to not have a drink. We can tell the huge difference between the service she gave us versus the other diners. 2. It took us a few rounds to have the food and oysters ordered. 3. Someone took our oyster forks and oyster lineup list away and didn’t bring back until another gentleman helped us. 4. My friend’s water glass was empty for at least 10 minutes while the waitress helped pouring water and wine for the other tables. We had to ask help from the gentleman again. 5. She walked besides our table many times with poker face and zero service, and was so annoyed when she found out we were unhappy about her service. There was almost a mandatory 20% gratuity fee and a 3% operation fee. We wanted to modify the rate as we’ve been thinking about how much we should pay as tips for the poor service the whole night. The waitress refused to do so and wanted to give us a card of their manager so we could contact later. However, as we saw “If you would like this gratuity removed, please ask and we will kindly remove” we had to insist. Another lady came over later. We shared our experience with her. She finally gave the option for us to remove the gratuity. We were at first willing to pay some, but the waitress came back and said “wish you good night and never come back.” That’s rude and disrespectful enough!!! The waitress just failed to realize her problem and gave no apology at all. We would skip any comments on the food, but the dining experience was definitely the worst. It’s such a pity for the location, chef, and the team’s effort.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. HBDiner

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptionally good local oysters, lobster, Maine halibut and octopus defined an extraordinary dining experience framed by outstanding service.

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  22. BarbaraG

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Little Whale for restaurant week and the food was outstanding. There were six options and you were to choose three for dinner. We split all of them and each one was tastier than the next. The food was superb. My only hesitation is that the wine waas very expensive so we limited ourselves to just one glass each.

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  23. Dutchtreat

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance, good service and advice and really fantastic seafood

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was mediocre and overpriced. A 20% tip was automatically added to my bill. I thought that was very presumptuous.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. born2eat

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service at the counter. Halibut was very good as was the beet salad. Pricey wine list

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  26. gek571

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I don’t remember booking the bar but we were seated there…otherwise good experience

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  27. DMP0x000000

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is quickly becoming a favorite with excellent service and quality food

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  28. jaeax

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fish was delicious - perfectly cooked! always mesmerized by little whale/select oyster/atlantico group! will come back!

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  29. tizliz11

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service was fantastic - wonderful overall experience!

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  30. MiriamS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant we have been to in years in Boston. Relaxed, cozy place with very attentive staff. Ceviche as good as Gaston Acurio's in Peru (which until now I did not think could be matched). My husband, the oyster lover in the family, loved the Damiscotta and New Brunwick oysters. Halibut and Bronzino were both inventively prepared. Altogther enjoyable evening.

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  31. JB21

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, excellent food - so many different choices we’re all terrific.

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  32. briant

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quiet lunch, service and ambience was great

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  33. Erin

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish sandwich, lobster roll and oysters were delish!!!!

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  34. DMP0x000000

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an excellent if somewhat hidden gem tucked away on Newbury Street. Charming doesn't even come close to describing the vibe here. Service was friendly and professional, the food top notch. There will be many repeat visits.

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  35. WilliamH

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Little Whale was a great find. The food was great and fun choices. I recommend it highly!

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  36. Riccardo

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A lovely, casual place, conveniently located. The price is a tad high for what you get but the dishes are fresh and well-prepared.

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  37. Vjpratt

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good but way overpriced. Also, the restaurant included an operations fee plus a 20% tip on the bill - for only two people. Excuse me?

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  38. HeatherW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Great atmosphere and yummy food. Pleasant staff.

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  39. mikem

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience - food was awesome great portions!!

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  40. STma

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and oysters were excellent!! Great wine selection and the servers were very attentive. One negative is they don’t have dessert!!

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FAQs

Little Whale is rated 4.7 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Little Whale

314 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Newbury Street and Hereford Street
  • Neighborhood
    Back Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Meter Parking 2hr. Prudential Center Lot. Dalton Street Lot. Closest Valet at Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street.
  • Public transit
    Green Line Hynes Convention CenterOrange Line Back Bay
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Reggie Da Silva
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
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