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The Whale & Ale

52 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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British, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation

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


Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Monday: 5pm-9pm
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Phone number
(310) 832-0363
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Alonso
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Cross street
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Parking details
Private lot in back. Lots of street parking, -free after 6p.m. and on Sundays.
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Every Friday Piano & Guest musicians, song, Irish fiddle, etc. Every First Thursday Jazz Duo; Every Second Thursday Live New Orleans Jazz Band.
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
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HaveaBall (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipItsjustmeandd (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

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

vipVivS (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipbbqmike (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

RipM (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  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!

CSDS (Los Angeles)
5.0  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??!

Ukeboy (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

moviengrub (Orange County)
4.0  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.

vipDave (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2014

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

travellover (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

Richard (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

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

vipPete (Omaha)
4.0  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.

Kurt (San Diego)
4.0  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.

HappyDiner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

Food was great as always. Service always top notch.

Jacko (Cleveland)
5.0  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.

MDBsvcs (San Diego)
4.0  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.

Rick (Los Angeles)
4.0  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!

norster (Los Angeles)
1.0  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