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Little Whale, Boston, MA

Little Whale

4.6
4.6
364 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Little Whale Oyster Bar is a Classic New England Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar from Chef Michael Serpa on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. An ode to the seaside clamshacks are raw bars of the New England coast, Little Whale is a casual neighborhood spot focusing on local products and seafood friendly wines.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (857) 277-0800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Reggie Da Silva

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact matt@grandtourboston.com for event inquiries.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Newbury Street and Hereford Street

  • Parking details

    Meter Parking 2hr. Prudential Center Lot. Dalton Street Lot. Closest Valet at Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street.

  • Public transit

    Green Line Hynes Convention CenterOrange Line Back Bay

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve at Little Whale

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for a special NYE prix fixe -3 course NYE menu $95 per guest- (participation of the whole table required) hamachi crudo fresno chili, grapefruit & avocado dayboat scallops chestnut cream, blood orange, endive, pickled fennel halibut maine lobster salad, shaved fennel, upland cress, creamy spinach

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What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. SG

    SusanG

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at Little Whale on our visit to Boston. The Newburyport plateaux was wonderful! We also had the Halibut which was beautifully cooked.
  2. DA

    DavidA

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Little Whale is outstanding! Great selection of oysters. The best mignonette I have had outside of France and a fantastic wine list. But what really sets it apart is the service. Just a fantastic experience from start to finish. I have a new favorite oyster house in Back Bay!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Oysters were amazing. Entrees we’re ok. Fish sandwich was bland.
  4. s

    sarkster

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little spot for great food. My favorite oyster bar
  5. RS

    ReneeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little place! Service was excellent. The seating was pretty tight, but the food makes up for that! I had the Beet Salad and the fried Ipswich Claims! These were the best fried claims I ever had. My friend got the Crab Cake and they did not disappoint either!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic.
  7. LH

    LuisH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    No desert or coffee Place is small and every time the door opened cold air from outside will come in
  8. C

    Charles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first dinner at Little Whale. It’s conveniently located and easy to find. The seating is comfortable, the service competent and attentive, the food prepared excellently, and the prices what we expected for the quality and variety of the offerings. I had 4 different kinds of oysters, bluefish dip and a Branzino entree. All were served with seasonings and sides that complimented the focus of the dish very well. I’ll shall return!
  9. m

    marci

    New England

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite place to eat
  10. d

    dgourmet

    New England

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cordial reception and good service. Excellent oysters and Hamachi crudo with golden watermelon. And I especially enjoyed the Roaster Caulflower dish with toasted almonds and golden raisins.
  11. M

    Marean

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Service was lovely and enthusiastic. Halibut was overcooked, fried clams were too salty.
  12. CB

    ChipB

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great Place but should specify ahead of time if you’re seated at the crammed bar.
  13. BS

    BobS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great seafood and cool atmosphere hosted 13 people and everyone had fun
  14. WB

    WendyBee

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Liuttle Whale is a great additon to our favorite restaurant group!
  15. RD

    RonaldD

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Frankly too loud to comfortably enjoy dinner. We asked to have music turned down and this helped a little. My iWatch measured the DB in the "could damage your hearing" category.
  16. f

    finn

    New England

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was sensational. The caviar omelette and the branzino were delicious; flavorful and mosit. Richie, our server, was knowledgeable and attentive. The lobster spaghetti was enough for 2 and filled with succulent chocks of lobster.
  17. CH

    CHILL

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic waitstaff at the bar! We enjoyed the swordfish, crab cake, oysters from Cape Cod and Maine, Sav Blanc, Fried clams and bluefish dip. Fantastic experience! Visit here after your shopping is done!
  18. b

    bjmj

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Over-priced and the food was disappointing. We love fresh fish and seafood but we have eaten at much better, similar restaurants in various places around New England. Maybe Sunday night was not the best night for the kitchen.
  19. C

    ashleyC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Will definitely come back. The oysters were exceptional.
  20. LF

    LeahF

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tasty dinner, great lobster roll and fried clams! Nice ambiance, felt like a lot of other small seafood places around Boston, in a good way. Would recommend!
  21. JS

    JoeS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An absolutely wonderful bar with a great menu and beer/wine options. In a fantastic location and a really friendly and mindful staff. Had a great experience.
  22. S

    Scott

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent lobster roll except the roll was drey and too bready Fries were exceptional and service great
  23. p

    phoodie

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE Select Oyster, so I was excited to try their sister restaurant. And it did not disappoint. Everything was so good, including the service, the food, the wine, the ambience. I’ll definitely come back! The only thing I really missed from the Select menu is the salmon crudo (they have it here at little whale but different preparation- definitely still great but I’m just partial to the one at select).
  24. J

    Jennifer

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food Great service Perfect ambiance! Highly recommend
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  26. WK

    WarrenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A sister restaurant to Select Oyster and Atlantico, Little Whale has an extremely similar looking menu and feel as Select Oyster, which is my favorite fish place in Back Bay. Select is kinda hard to get into now, so Little Whale offers the same high quality experience and exceptional food, but a bit less crowded (for now). They don't have a full bar but have an excellent wine and beer selection. I now have two "go to" fish places in Back Bay
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and atmosphere were fantastic. I do wish there more options other than wine and beer. I feel like they have the opportunity to do crafty cocktails with their food pairings.
  28. m

    maxf

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great staff super nice. My steak was a little overdone but good nonetheless. Would recommend for sure
  29. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    294 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    294 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent time at Little Whale! I’ve been several times since they opened/changed the concept and it’s been consistently excellent. Incredible fresh seafood and great wines served by the nicest people. Mad love for this place!
  30. MC

    MelissaC

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Halibut was great, the crudo left me desiring more flavor. Could use some louder music or something more for ambience.
  31. S

    Spinman

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Nice place yet it would be helpful if they had a full bar. Entrees were go and reasonable value although oysters felt a little pricey. Got seated at the bar with a reservation and it was cramped for space and not really comfortable. Would return if I know I don't want a cocktail and if I could be certain to get a table; yet probably won't put that much effort into it....too many other options in the area.
  32. TL

    TonyL

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food, service was excellent. The background music could be lowered a bit. The lunch time environment was pleasant, just lower the muzak.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were so excited about trying out little whales. Everything looked so promising at first. We did had some delicious food. The oysters and mussels were fresh. The clam chowder was one. Of the best we had in Boston. The crab cake was a little too salty but still ok. Lobster pasta was creamy, but we felt there could be more to it. What stood out in my memory about that night is the side story with the group pictures. After the food arrived, we asked the staff to help us take a photo. First,the waiter who served us took it. Then we quickly realized my friend’s head were cut off. So we turned to the another lady for help. She is not our server for the night. But We thought we could still asked for help. First she said she is busy. I told her no problem, we can wait. So she make a promise she will be back soon to help us. She did quickly putted away the wine bottle, then she turned around, and stood by the door doing nothing. For more than 15 minutes we sat there waited. She didn’t return. All the food were untouched and us getting hungrier. We tired take selfie but it didn’t work. So we gave in. We finished the food without the picture. And for the rest of the night, she pretended she didn’t see us. I have no problem of restaurant who charged for 20% service charge. As long as you do provide the service. In fact, great service side by side with excellent food makes the big difference and separate the restaurants out. But I don’t think what happened reflected on what had been charged. With all the other potentials that little whales currently have. So sad.
  34. j

    jobeezy

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a pleasant experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the tuna crudo, beet salad, broccolini and lobster pasta. The wine was delightful.
  35. G

    Great

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Candice was lovely and if I could I’d come back every night to chat with her. The food was awesome. The atmosphere perfect. It’s small, quaint but buzzing. My husband and I loved everything. Candice made it even more special with her little chats with us !!!
  36. N

    Nicole

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a few of the girls to little whale. Although I was sad to see the French restaurant it recently was gone, little whale’s concept is fantastic. It’s small, intimate, great for a date night or a friends get together. The wine selection is excellent, staff is knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations on wine. We were seated upstairs and although it’s small it didn’t feel cramped. The noise levels were enthusiastic but not loud. I would call this place elevated casual. Bringing a chic finish to relatable foods that anyone that loves seafood could enjoy. Kudos little whale!
  37. MB

    MattB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. The oysters are impeccably prepared and delicious). The lobster pasta was ample (the meat of at least one two-pound lobster) and quite good. Other entrees and apps were all top notch as well. Gracious service and a cleverly designed space covered in high end finishes and special elements (Look for the whale tail hangers). We were looking for a place that new food in a San Francisco way, and this was it.
  38. s

    stuartp

    London

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great fun and an excellent table next to the open kitchen. Beautiful oysters, fresh and well presented along with excellent raw options: the tuna was very good. The dressed lobster was nicely presented but needed a bit more around it. All in good fun but fast!
  39. MD

    MarianneD

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fantastic seafood option here in Boston. Andres our server was wonderful and really made our meal that much better! The bluefish dip was excellent, so smoky and we loved the grilled bread that came with it, the roasted cauliflower was another incredible highlight, the lemon kept it bright but of course the best thing we had was the lobster roll. The price point is steep but it was absolutely phenomenal!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve lived in Boston for 10 years and have tried many of the seafood options in the area- this one gets top marks. The ambiance is welcoming and somehow not too loud for a small space, the menu is varied but not overwhelming, and every dish we ordered (ceviche, clam flatbread, fried clams, halibut and swordfish for a group of 4) was executed/cooked to perfection with interesting/fun flavor combinations. The server was attentive and knowledgeable. Prices completely appropriate/at standard for the area. All in all, a wonderful choice for anything from a dinner with friends to a special occasion. We will most certainly be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Little Whale is rated 4.6 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Little Whale

314 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Newbury Street and Hereford Street

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Meter Parking 2hr. Prudential Center Lot. Dalton Street Lot. Closest Valet at Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street.

  • Public transit

    Green Line Hynes Convention CenterOrange Line Back Bay

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Reggie Da Silva

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

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