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About The Whale & Ale

The Whale & Ale in San Pedro, CA is a restaurant and pub that features a casual atmosphere and live music on the weekends. Popular Whale & Ale appetizers include fried calamari, the Whale & Ale crab cakes, the ploughmanÕs plate and Yorkshire pudding cups.

The menu also includes homemade soup selections, such as New England clam chowder and English beef barley soup. For a healthy meal, try the roast lamb salad or the cilantro salmon salad. Some English pub specials at The Whale & Ale include shepherdÕs pie, steak and kidney pie and steak and oyster pie. ThereÕs also a vegetarian entrŽe menu, and the restaurant offers a selection of desserts and puddings, including a slice of apple pie or a molten chocolate lava cake sundae.

327 W 7th St
San Pedro, CA 90731
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
British, American, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Monday: 5pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Mesa

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 832-0363

Website:
http://www.whaleandale.com/

Entertainment:
Every Friday Piano & Guest musicians, song, Irish fiddle, etc. Every First Thursday Jazz Duo; Every Second Thursday Live New Orleans Jazz Band.

Parking Details:
Private lot in back. Lots of street parking, -free after 6p.m. and on Sundays.

Executive Chef:
Chef Alonso

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Whale & Ale Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (50)
Special Occasion (24)
Fit for Foodies (20)
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Good for Groups (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Romantic (14)
Kid-friendly (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Late-night Find (8)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2014

We had, over the years, made a habit of going to the Whale and Ale for all kinds of occasions for the family, but as the family grew we had to look for other choices due to the cost of the food and the size of the bill. So, my wife and I decided that for our 43rd Wedding Anniversary we would go back and see how, if at all, things had changed. To our great relief if had not changed at all. The food is to die for, the service was top of the line and we were treated with a specialness that helped make the evening memorable. We got free desert and champagne split of our very own complements from the owner and the waitress. It was just a special night with my special lady in a Great Restaurant that has maintained its' charm.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 23, 2014

If only the service and decor was better... I would go here every week for the fish and chips!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2014

Tried this restaurant for dinner with friends. Most of our group loved the food. My fish and chips was a nice portion. I loved the cod that was served. I thought the thick breading was too thick.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 10, 2014

Food was great. Service was very good. Ambiance is the English restaurant setting. The salads were small, but the entrees made up for it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2014

This is a charming English-style pub. I went for a special occasion dinner and overall enjoyed the experience. The plus, food was good, appropriate English beer and nice selection at reasonable prices. I had the steak and Mushroom pie which was about a B+... flavor was good, the steak average, but it came with a bland square of pastry set on top which was flavor and color-less .Would have preferred a baked-on pastry top. My partner had the Beef Wellington, which was fine. The service was strange, the waitress was very deadpan, no smile, energy, or enthusiasm. She wasn't really unpleasant but certainly didn't add to the experience...Lastly the busboy was wearing dirty black clothes and the place could use a little deeper cleaning.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2014

Nice place to hangout. My seabass was tender and delicious. The service was excellent. If I lived in the area I would come again. However, I probably won't drive out from Orange County to come here for dinner again. For local people, yes do come and check it out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 14, 2014

Great Calamari App. Sea Bass, Shepherds pie were very good!
Our waitress was just great! Her great sense of humor and very good service really added a lot to an already very good meal! Thank you!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 6, 2014

The owner is an active part of the daily operations and it shows. There is a pride of place that isn't often seen these days. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is special, the live music is a treat and the staff are attentive. What more can you ask for??!


Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 23, 2014

4 Day weekend start, food great, Fr. nite music great. The only issue was the wine from wine list not available and substitute when bill arrived was $16 more, ouch! not mentioned by server.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 20, 2014

just a casual lunch after a round of golf-had the fish and chips-my friend had a sandwich-bartender was friendly and we were very welcomed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 3, 2014

Good foodd and Ales, service was good. Just like being in a pup in England!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 25, 2014

The restaurant was very nicely decorated and certainly had the feel of a pub either in England or Ireland with the dark wood paneling etc.
The tables are a bit crowded, but I have seen worse. I ordered the duck and it was REALLY good. My husband and our guests had the fish and chips and found them to be the best they had had in quite a while. We each tried a beer we had not had before with the help of the staff and she certainly did not lead us wrong. Would go back there again the next time we are in San Pedro.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 3, 2014

The very best pub food this side of Liverpool. Everything is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on March 26, 2014

I was traveling and rather than find a restaurant in Long Beach where I was staying I ventured over the bridge to San Pedro and the The Whale and Ale. I had the Whaler Platter. It was great! Large portion of jumbo shrimp which was awesome, cod and wonderfully tender fried calamari. I enjoyed this dining experience and only wish my wife had been with me.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 26, 2014

Our party of four enjoyed a nice dinner here before attending the Little Fish Theatre behind the restaurant. My Cadillac Margarita was excellent. My steak and mushroom pie was flavorful and topped with a flaky, light crust. Another in our party had the battered shrimp and chips. I had a bite and was impressed with the flavor and tenderness. My wife went with the fish and chips and while they weren't the best she's ever had they were more than adequate. The last of our group had the Shepherd Pie. The mashed potatoes on the top were a bit over browned in the broiler but she reported the flavor of the pie itself as very good. Service was a little slow but we had allowed plenty of time to make the 8 p.m. theatre curtain. Would come again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 1, 2014

Food was great as always. Service always top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 28, 2014

I found this place on the internet. I wanted a quaint please to meet friends for a good dinner and conversation. They had a piano player in the bar area. We sat in the front of the restaurant. Great meal great conversation and the music was great background obiounce.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 20, 2014

I ate the 'Classic English Fish & Chips' and I was very pleased with the taste and the portion size. I accompanied this meal with a glass of Guinness. The entertainment for the evening was Simon Spalding and James Hendricks singing and playing an assortment of instruments. Tunes ranged from traditional English and Irish dance tunes to Sea Chanties to original works by each of the guys. The pub was pretty full and a good time was had by all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2014

We came for the Burns' Birthday salute and had a wonderful time drinking Scotch, trying haggis (interesting!) and enjoying prime rib and salmon. Loved the bagpiper. Our waitress, Sally, was absolutely wonderful. Fun night in San Pedro!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2014

We had a horrible experience. I spoke to the owner and he said there was nothing he could do. I spent $200 on terrible food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2014

Recently we were at the Whale and Ale as a package for dinner and concert. We were a party of 5 and seated at a table big enough for only 2. We asked if we could have a different table as the place was near empty and was told no we couldn't. We ordered from a specific menu designed for the package which had a starter, main and dessert. Our drinks took quite awhile to arrive after the order. Next we ordered our meal and starter. The starter never arrived and we were served only the main course. The server had help from the kitchen and twice juice was spilled on one of our friends clothing - with no apology! All in all it was not an enjoyable experience and will recommend the theater pick a different restaurant to do a package with.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 18, 2014

the food was real english pub and the restaurant had that authenticity to it. it had a good variety for my vegetarian friend too. i had the shepherd pie and found it excellent. the menu had something for everyone. the food portions were not too large, just right and the price matched, just right. i will keep that on my list to return to whenever i am in San Pedro

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 17, 2014

The Whale and Ale is still a wonderful place to step out of the same old restaurant scene and into Great Britain. From the Decor to the food it maintains the feel like Piccadilly is just around the corner. Having travelled extensively in the UK I can attest to the authenticity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Great food, good service, but menu on web site listed a much more extensive menu at significantly lower prices. It was a bit shocking to see entree prices $4 or $5 more than what we were expecting. Management needs to keep up on the web site to avoid sticker shock from their customers.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2013

My husband and I frequent this restaurant but this was New Year's Eve. It surprised me that the menu was not the usual but any request we made for any usual item was promptly fulfilled with a smile. Love the service, how personal the staff make their diners feel is unparalleled. True customer service with an old time smile, some British flaire, and great eats is always in style at the Ehale & Ale.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2013

The Whale & Ale, an authentic British pub complete with dartboard, is a neighborhood gem. Be sure to ask for a shandy when ordering drinks. It's not on the menu, but it's an authentic British pub drink -- half beer, half ginger ale. Sounds weird, but oh, so good.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2013

We always have a good time and good food when we go to the Whale & Ale.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2013

Maybe I just didn't notice or the Owner changed Chef's but the first thing I noticed on the plate was the frozen vegetables - You know the perfectly formed carrots with the crinkle design. The fish and chips, a staple in most like establishments was just that a fish of over fried fish on chips...No slaw, no garnish and for the price, disappointing.
The turkey dinner .ok - good turkey but very small portion and their traditional stuffing similar to what comes out of a box.
Where was the HP sauce for the sausage rolls.
Overall, an ok experience but certainly nothing special for the price.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2013

Do the tie-in with Grand Annex performance hall. Great value!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2013

Prices were way too high for what we got... seriously, 1 piece of fish and some fries is $17?

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2013

They did not have our reservation. They said that this happens often when they use your site

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2013

Looking for something different before the Cirque show. Hadn't spent much time in San Pedro before so took a chance. Expected a chain like atmosphere for pub food and instead found a real neighborhood pub. British ale on tap and traditional pub food. My wife had the steak and mushroom pie and I chose bangers and mash. My daughter chose from the kids menu and since she's on a vegetarian kick she went with the safe grilled cheese and chips which we insisted she eat with vinegar. We arrived and the place was nearly empty but when we finished our meal the place was completely packed. The service was good and the ambiance was more real than forced like you find at a chain. Definitely recommend if you like neighborhood charm and comfort food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2013

The British pub decor did not make up for the small portions and so-so food. However, my nephew did like his Chilean Sea bass. Maybe it would be nice for a drink with friends in the pub like atmosphere on a busy Friday? or Saturday?, but the bar was empty on a Sunday evening.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2013

Food was okay but certainly not worth the price. Restaurant could use some upgrading.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 25, 2013

Celebrated a friend's 50th birthday after seeing Totem in San Pedro. Yummy food, great music - Go Harry!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 24, 2013

The food is always exceptional at Whale & Ale. We usually eat Thanksgiving and other special dinners, but sometimes lunch. Never disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2013

I made a reservation for myself and my son last Saturday for 6:00 pm. Upon arriving at the restaurant (Whale & Ale), the receptionist ostensibly found no record of my reservation. I showed her the computer receipt, so she was forced to reluctantly acknowledge our presence. But she could only offer us a table in the back next to a high traffic area. At that time, there were at least two empty table in the front, but these were ostensibly "reserved". About an hour and a half later, as we were leaving, we noticed the two tables at the front were still empty. I would like to point out that this is the SECOND time this has happened at that particular restaurant. Needless to say, this particular establishment has seen the last of me.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2013

Went here for the first time for dinner on a Sunday night. Had a reservation, but it was not busy. I understand Thur-Sat can be busy. service was excellent. Food was pretty good. I had the prime rib, which, I don't know how a restaurant can get wrong, but at any rate had good flavor. I ordered it medium rare and it was done perfectly. Tried to talk him out of ordering it, but my son got the burger. He liked it, but it was expensive for a burger. He won't order it again when we return. My wife and daughter shared an appetizer and the Shepherd's Pie. We all tried the pie and it was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2013

The food was very late to get to us, the restaurant got a large group in before us and our order got lost so we were starving when the food finally arrived! We were there 90 minutes and we waiting for the food for most of the time!

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 24, 2013

Manager went above and beyond to help us find a place to go, after dinner...felt very special.

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