Sign of the Whale

3.7
105 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Sign of the Whale is set to open in August of 2014, at the brand new waterfront development - Harbor Point in Stamford, CT. Sign of the Whale is a 10,000 square foot venue with a one of kind 5,000 square foot roof top beer garden overlooking the Long Island Sound. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and boast a vibrant nightlife with DJs Thursday through Saturday.
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JD
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Fun atmosphere and great service. I would recommend the small plate of brusselsprouts and my husband loved his peppercorn crusted hamburger. My crab cake sandwich was not good at all and the fries were soggy. The gelato we had for dessert was ok at best. So a mixed bag. Overall I would recommend for the upstairs outdoor deck and good service, just stick to food basics like burgers and small plates.

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was nicely designed, industrial but still comfy. Lots of booths, and a back lighted bar. They said there was a rooftop, but it wasn’t going to be open till 3pm, although probably not in the torrential rains that day! Staff very friendly and accommodating. We were running late due to traffic and bad weather and McKenzie was able to give us a later reservation and just made me feel so much less stressed! Food was well presented and tasty, a nice selection on the menu. For mother’s day, they gave Mother’s their meal on a lovely tray with flowers and a gift card! So festive and special. They had a DJ playing music. A little loud but fun. Def recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Small portions. Music too loud for 11:45 AM on a Sunday Morning.

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KW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Drinks and location, great spot. Service continues to be poor. Staff is untrained.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would like see more gluten free food options on the menu or labeled gluten free. Thanks

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was my friends birthday, total of 8 people. They made us pay more tip than it should be. The gratuity is already included on the bill. Which didn’t makes sense to me. To why we needed to leave more tip. But everything was good!

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GB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It is more of a meet-up place. Not really good for dining with friends where chatting is preferred over blaring music.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was very loud techno that was blasting which made it hard to talk. We had the crab cakes and it was mostly spaghetti squash with little flavor. It wasn’t the best experience.

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SN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant closed early due to the snow and no one contacted us. We showed up and was told the kitchen closed and we have to go.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

If you're under 30 and can tolerate a lot of noise this is the place for you. We were there at Saturday Brunch with unlimited Mimosas so many, many people were there to take advantage. It to louder and louder as our meal went on. Yikes. Food was good - perhaps a little pricey.

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OT
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went on Stamford restaurant week and I must say it was an amazing menu. The chef really was thoughtful about what presented even during a discounted week. Was thoroughly surprised at how high a level that food is. Have been quite a few times but never on restaurant week. Chef Walter really put a lot of thought into the plates. Even the desserts were higher level then the norm. Our only complaint was we could not have a conversation without screaming as the music is over-the-top loud but it was a Friday night during happy hour. Known for its fabulous cocktails and party atmosphere, the food should not be overlooked. @DonnaDishes IG foodblogger

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f
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for Saturday lunch. It wasn’t crowded.
The service was slow. The coffee was cold.
The food was tasty though.

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PB
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Another very good meal here. Their whale burger is simply one of the best anywhere. We also had the Tuscan farmers hash which was excellent. The quality of food here rivals very good restaurants, hence why we keep coming back!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

We came in with a reservation on Friday night at 7:30 which was in the lull between happy hour and the regular evening crowd. We were seated in the back corner and it took a half an hour before a waiter even came to greet us or fill our water glasses. We did the Friday date night which is $65 for two apps, two entrees a dessert and a bottle of wine. The food was absolutely disgusting. I got "grilled" oysters which were luke warm oysters served on a piece of dry ice to look cool. The taste was off and left me wondering if I would be sick the rest of the night. Then got the salmon. The fish itself was somewhat decent but the mussels and white beans around it looked like they'd be sitting out for days and we're actually conjealed . I didn't touch them. My partner ordered the steak which was just ok and the croquettes for an app. The croquettes were good but they actually also came as a side to the steak which wasn't communicated. The only good part of the meal was the wine and the dessert. Atmosphere went from dead to fun when the live music came on. Definitely wouldn't order food here again.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

i have a problem with this place almost every time i go new years day promo was very misleading or i just read it wrong.they had very little info on the food and drink. it said $22.00 which i thought was for the brunch but no that was just for bottomless mimosas,we left.
i should have known though any place that charges $19 for a long island iced tea is not a place for me airports don`t even charge that much.
when i`ve had dinner there i enjoyed it the food is good but i can`t have a drink their prices are ridiculous

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PJ
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for brunch with some girlfriends this last Sunday - got there at 12noon so place was still mostly empty - didn't expect place to be more of a sports bar, ambience a bit lacking - Our round corner booth was very comfortable. I loved the steak and eggs entree and my friend loved the breakfast pizza. One friend commented that it was hard to eat her English muffin breakfast sandwich bc when picked up half the sandwich it essentially fell apart/all items in sandwich fell out - they need to re-think how they build the sandwich so it stays together. Coffee was strong (which I prefer) and great tasting. Our waitress was on the ball with coffee and water refills.

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it ! Had fun , food was very good ! The service was excellent will definetly go back .

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PB
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Amazingly good food for it essentially being a bar. Their burger on an English muffin was remarkably good and should never be taken off the menu :)

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We stopped in for dinner before we headed to our Paint and Sip event, which was in walking distance from the restaurant so we didn’t have to move our car. The waiter was great and we didn’t feel rushed as we had some catching up to do.

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GC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Need to try it again when the rooftop is open... Downstairs is OK, a bit dark / cold. The small plates and the cocktails were delicious!

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and great food. 1 of my new favorite spots

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is an excellent venue. But it gets extremely noisy past 8:30.

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EO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! The bartender/ server was amazing. My only issue was the portion size and price. The amount of food that was given was not worth the price. Drinks were great. Very clean and nice environment. I would definitely visit again

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RF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We met friends for brunch Sunday around 1pm, and sat in a booth. The noise level from the music was so loud, we had to scream (for 2 hours) just to hear across the table. So, if you want to talk, or just have more of a relaxing atmosphere - this is definitely not for you. Also, this is an under 30 crowd, that's who they cater to, and that's who goes, so if this isn't your thing, find someplace else. The service was slow, and not very friendly. Our order was mostly correct, but not completely. It's no wonder, since the waitress probably couldn't hear us. When a breakfast pizza came out without the egg cooked into it, they brought the same pizza back 5 minutes later (cold) - with pieces of egg thrown on the top - they couldn't be bothered to make it right. If your're 25 and want to be surrounded by 25 year olds who don't care about service, quality, or value, and just want to mingle - great place. Everyone else - not for you.

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KW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Service was very very slow. Did not honor request to sit outside. Not accommodating or valued our meal.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but menu is limited. Service was slow and it was not a busy time. Nice atmosphere and good location. Prices were good.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriend and I met here for drinks and some comfort food. We shared a 40 oz cocktail called the Watermelon Wash. It had a fruity taste and the showing of the drink was phenomal - when he poured it in the cup at the table smoke rose creating a one of a kind experience. The area is nicely located and the staff is incredibly friendly. We will definitely be returning.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

REALLY FUN ROOFTOP SPOT. GOOD FOOD. GOOD VIBE. HIGH ENERGY.

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A
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Ok food and service. Nice location

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waitress brought the check without asking if we wanted dessert or after dinner drinks. Rooftop nice nut sun pointing in some members of out parties eyes. The umbrellas they put up didn’t help. Can’t see the water with all the construction. View and sun not the restaurants fault. Will try again but not for a corporate dinner.

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TB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This place is awful. The food is horrible and the service was even worse. Only thing redeeming about it is that cocktail menu. My margarita was delicious.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food and service was okay, but I could have done without the loud dance music at brunch. Didn't really fit the time of day. Plus the noise level made conversation difficult.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good but pricey for what they served. Did not come come with a salad nor was bread served.

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had a very nice time with 2 other couples. Seems like a very young crowd. Music a little too loud. We asked if they could lower it and they did. Food matched well with price.

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M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very accommodating.

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R
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Best roof top bar in the Stamford area. Great cocktail menu. Food just ok but you can not beat the view firm the roof. You must check it out this summer. Enjoy!

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was great, but the menu and the atmosphere have some disconnect. Seems it's hard to decide if it is a sports bar, or an eclectic eatery, We were seated near the entry and a large crowd that came in to be seated were left crowding our table. That was very disappointing. Service was not great at all. Would likely not go back on a weekend evening. Maybe lunch just for the good food, but only if I was in the area. Would not make plans to go there again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

All the food was great! Host and waiters are slow and inattentive!

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e
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Took my Dad there for Father's Day brunch. He's 83, and Mom's 82, and I was afraid it would be too loud, but it was great! Delicious food with something for everyone on the menu, great prices, and lots of space. Upbeat vibe.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was of good quality, especially the small plates, but service was inconsistent and on weekends you better be done with your meal by 9:30pm, because the place turns into a night club.

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