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The Whale's Rib

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 12/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$10 - $25
American, Bar, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you are craving seafood, you have to go to the Whales rib. Fresh catches and great soups are just the start , so give it a try if you are looking for some fresh snapper after a day at the beach.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food here! Don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it for sure. The rock shrimp are out of this world. Prices are reasonable and the staff is great. The house made honey mustard, known as whale juice,...is out of this world. I have no doubt I will dine here again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat at the bar ordered a few drinks, and ordered the Rock Shrimp, and Oysters and the food was excellent! The Bartender "Colleen" recommended the Rock Shrimp and what an excellent recommendation. Colleen was great, excellent service, and nice to talk to. Will definitely...go back. A lot of choices on the menu to satisfy anyone. Very nice friendly atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect coming off the beach. Casual but clean. Very family friendly. The seafood was AMAZING and the kids menu was kid friendly. Portions were large. Service was fantastic. Prices very reasonable. I would go again and again and recommend without hesitation.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 13, 2021 via mobile

Good choice of seafood. Service was good. My husband loved the oyster sandwich. I had the tilapia sandwich which was good. The appetizer of whale fries is actually a huge basket of fresh made potato chips. Overall it was good!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed December 12, 2021 via mobile

Casual dining at its best. We had fresh oysters and Florida Rock Shrimps. Start with these. Have also a Lobster bisque and fresh clams steamed) Fried scallops also not miss. And service is excellent.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 10, 2021

As always, a wonderful meal! The only reason I gave a 4 star instead of 5 star rating is that staff said happy holidays and did not include Merry Christmas. That's offensive to us. We have come repeatedly over the past years and always make...it a destination when we're in town.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 4, 2021 via mobile

The service was excellent and the food was even better. I had the key West dolphin sandwich blackened and it was delicious. Recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 3, 2021 via mobile

We ate what Guy ate, and were not disappointed. The Dolphin Key West was the best fish sandwich I have ever eaten. The Whale Fries with Whale Sauce were very good. My wife’s grilled mahi was cooked nicely, but too plain. Very good service was...provided, with care and attention. Recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 2, 2021 via mobile

My wife and I came for lunch. Casual atmosphere. Neat decor with license plates all over the wall. We shared shrimp scampi and conch chowder. The food was average, not outstanding. But we didn't come here for haute cuisine. Okay service.

Date of visit: November 2021
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July 26, 2021|
Response from 424wguava | Reviewed this property |
If you call the restaurant they can help. I am not serving anything, I am a customer!!!!!!!
March 25, 2021|
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Response from cyn100 | Reviewed this property |
Either way, the food is way downhill ever since Guy F. was there. Their quality used to be excellent, but now anymore. However their wait staff are always nice. The only real thing that keeps them going is the... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Whale's Rib

Yes, The Whale's Rib offers takeout services.

Yes, The Whale's Rib is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Whale's Rib is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4