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.
I think Sign of the Whale is best bar in DC. delicious food, great music, Nice & Relax environment.
My friend and I both had the Patty Melt. Best one I have had in years!
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.
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.
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
Service was just perfect. We were never neglected but also not bothered unnecessarily. I liked the refill of the wine glasses. An expected touch.
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.
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
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.
All I can say is don't take your date here. The place has a bad Oder. Auuuugh not going there again
Service was good. Food was ok. Not very busy during lunch.
Food was delicious and service was wonderful! Good for a cheap but relaxing brunch.
Delicious brunch options, great service, a friendly neighborhood gathering spot! I would highly recommend!
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.
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.
On the sunday we went for brunch, it was beats and brunch sunday, music videos on a couple of the screens, still able to watch the world cup on the the other TV's, food and service great, the brunch menu had fewer selections, a differernt vibe but still fun
This was our second time at here, we again had great food and service. The reuben sandwich was one of the best I have ever tasted. This is a great place to stop after work, catch some of the world cup and enjoy a drink and dinner.
I wasn't a fan of the "Beats and Brunch" event because the bottomless drinks were twice the cost for no real reason than we were eating in the dark with loud music playing. I probably should have read their website a little closer before booking my reservation. I'll definitely be back again for brunch, but probably not during this event.
Reserved for 1:00 brunch using Open Table but when I arrived exactly on time, my name was written in pen at the bottom of the wait list and I waited for more than half an hour to be seated. Don't know why they use a reservation system when they clearly don't follow it. Was intrigued by the bloody mary bar, but all the fixings were nearly empty both times I went to fill up - empty tubs where pickles, olives, celery, lemons, etc. used to be. When we asked for restocking of some items, only a few were grudgingly replaced. Could have been fun to concoct, but there just wasn't anything to make even a standard, much less creative drink with.
Sign of the Whale was spectacularly bad at brunch: they took in far more reservations than they could handle: I feel sorry for the greeter and the wait staff. The kitchen was behind, our food took a long time to come and the omelette was underwhelming for the price (one table nearby had been waiting an hour for their food). The endless Mimosas are depressing: like Tang with very little alcohol. The "manager" was taking no ownership of the situation - just wandering around. Do NOT buy the Living Social or Groupon for brunch: no matter how cheap, it's horrible (oh, and the seating upstairs is DANK - do NOT let yourself be seated there!).