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Sign of the Whale

81 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Brunch (72)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
  • Good for Groups (32)

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Sign of the Whale in West Loop is perhaps one of the most lively and inviting restaurants in the area. There is always a special event of some kind going on to keep diners entertained and happy. No matter your interests, you will find that Sign of the Whale has something to offer for everyone. From trivia contests to karaoke, you will love visiting this restaurant and dining on some delicious foods.

If you are in the mood for some all-American goodness, check out the sliders, wing platters, fried cheese, soft pretzels and Jamaican jerk chicken. You can literally find a dish that satisfies just about every flavor profile you can think of found on the rather expansive menu of options. Bring your friends and have a fun and satisfyingly delicious dinner or lunch at Sign of the Whale.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Burgers, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 785-1110
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donnie Frasier
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Cross street
19th St NW
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Parking details
Metered Street parking is available on both sides of M Street and is free after 10pm. There are parking lots located across the street as well as around the corner as well.
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Public transit
We are in between the Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro stop.
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Sign of the Whale is equipped with state of the art technology including digital surround sound, nine 50", six 42" and one 72" inch plasma screen TV"s and live satellite broadcasts featuring east and west coast (college and professional) sports and events. We have a DJ every Wednesday through Saturday from 7pm to close as well as Karaoke every Wednesday starting at 8pm.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.3  based on all time ratings
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

I think Sign of the Whale is best bar in DC. delicious food, great music, Nice & Relax environment.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

My friend and I both had the Patty Melt. Best one I have had in years!

vipmeshook (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on August 6, 2015

They DID NOT honor our Open Table request. They claimed they had "continuously attempted to remove their listing from Open Table but have been held hostage." This is the first time this has happened with the countless reservations I have made on Open Table. Seems like an easy fix from Open Table and a lazy attempt from Sign of the Whale to show hospitality in what appeared to be AN OPEN RESTAURANT WITH PLENTY OF OPEN SEATS/TABLES TO ACCOMMODATE US.

rxt1 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

Service centered around the uncrowded bar and was slow and inattentive. This may or may not be a good saloon at night, but I will not go back again for lunch.

Mgc1010 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 29, 2015

No one else was in there and the waiter/ bartender still messed up our checks. Food was okay but undercooked and took a while to get out

vipJeff (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2014

Service was just perfect. We were never neglected but also not bothered unnecessarily. I liked the refill of the wine glasses. An expected touch.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on August 31, 2014

Good food, but we went in between dinner and the start of the bar crowd showing up. There were some problems with our service. First everything was really slow. We had to go to the bar to get refills a couple of times. One order was incorrect, but was fixed when we pointed it out. After talking to the bar manager we learned that they did not have any true wait staff there at the time and our waitress was actually one of 2 bartenders. The manager was very nice, understood our frustration, readily admitted that they should have done better and said that we should have been told they were short-staffed. I would recommend The sign of the Whale to others and would go there again, with the caveat that after 6 don't bring the family.

Jackiej777 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 31, 2014

The food and service were good, it was a little too dark for me.(It was a.m) It is a sports bar and has a p.m look I used a coupon and it was as represented a great deal on Living-social

vipFormerFed (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on August 27, 2014

Despite having a reservation, I was told that since it was Happy Hour (I arrived about 8 PM on a Wednesday) I would have to find my own seat at the bar or an unoccupied table. When I mentioned my OpenTable reservation, the hostess got a "deer in the headlights" look and kept repeating that it was Happy Hour. I left, very unhappy, and will not return.

T222 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

All I can say is don't take your date here. The place has a bad Oder. Auuuugh not going there again

vipDinArlington (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2014

Service was good. Food was ok. Not very busy during lunch.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

Food was delicious and service was wonderful! Good for a cheap but relaxing brunch.

vipSusan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2014

Delicious brunch options, great service, a friendly neighborhood gathering spot! I would highly recommend!

BrunchBunch03 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2014

My girlfriends and I attended brunch at Sign of the Whale. The overall experience was great. We were put off by the initial odor of stale beer when we walked in, but once we were seated things improved dramatically. Our waiter Turn Up Tony was the best. He was very attentive and wanted all of us to have a good time. He made recommendations about the food selections and was knowledgeable of the menu. The food was GREAT! Everyone in my party enjoyed their food as well. Will return for brunch again and I plan to check out their night time bar scene soon.

LadyB (Hamburg Area)
4.0  Dined on June 29, 2014

You are in for a treat at this spot for Sunday brunch and beyond. Make sure to ask for Turn Up Tony's table and be ready for the time of your life. We came for my going away brunch, but if I'm ever back in DC, I'll be back. The good is just ok, but you forget that because you have so much fun. Definitely worth it.