Whale Harbor Seafood Feast (buffet)

Whale Harbor Seafood Feast (buffet)

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Hours
Sun
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tue
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thu
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Whale Harbor is the home of the world famous Seafood Feast (Buffet). It was given the honor of being named “One of the best seafood restaurants in the country” by The Food Network. The Seafood Feast is recognized for having a diverse spread ranging from an impressive raw bar that offers crab, oysters, mussels, and shrimp, to mouth-watering meat selections like hot, carved beef and fall off the bone ribs. Our extraordinary seafood buffet has been an Islamorada landmark since 1976. Reservations available. Www.whaleharborrestaurant.com
CUISINES
American, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Gift Cards Available

Reviews

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,053 reviews
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Whale Harbor Seafood Feast offers an inviting setting with stunning sea views and a warm ambiance, often commended by patrons. While the seafood buffet boasts a praised variety and tastiness, some diners express dissatisfaction with the food quality and restrictions on crab leg portions. Despite this, the service is consistently lauded for its attentiveness and friendliness, with many visitors noting exceptional staff interactions. Opinions on value are mixed, with some guests finding the dining experience justifies the cost, while others disagree.
Food
Flavorful
Atmosphere
Inviting
Service
Attentive
Value
Reasonable

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,053 reviews
Excellent
769
Very good
113
Average
56
Poor
45
Terrible
72
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Claudia L
Washington DC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We had a wonderful lunch today. I used to go, but it was I while i didn't and I found a big difference on the food now: I found excelent everything i have tried. The taste was fresh on every single ingredient, no fridge smell, no recicled parts in the platters, oysters really tasty, crabs full, the sea food salads were all excellent with well mixed flavors without covering the taste of the principal ingredient: octopus or squids or shrimps; and all salades were assorted, I mean they really care to give a different eating experience. The fried were hot and just made and ok also for soups and deserts. Tania was our waiter and she was just perfect, but as could see also other waiters were nice to people and all the tables guests looked relaxed. I also gave a look behind the serving bar and by my modesty opinion it looked clean, beside all the people they were serving. it was not crowded like it was before, still with people waiting for their tables. The place is fantastic, just on a little beach where you can lounge after your meal. The restaurant and the sorround It's a place where you can pass the whole day with the right group of friend and family.
Written January 1, 2020
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Teddy A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 business
This is for sure the best we have eaten in the Keys and we went through all the keys and eight at all the different restaurants including some high-end areas in Miami paying upwards of $200 for two people to eat.. by far this food is better quality and unbelievable price I don't know how they even make any money the quality of the food is better than the high-end restaurants simple high quality Great value great taste great staffing a must stop and eat. you definitely get your money's worth. Edgardo is awesome took extra care of us and super quick with great service. A great honest hard working guy. Just like all of the staff. Shrimp Crab Chowder is amazing. Really
Written April 26, 2021
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iwaszkiw
Osoyoos50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Great value for $35pp. Yes, it’s a seafood buffet, quite busy and noisy but way better than the Las Vegas buffet. Our waiter (Nike) was FANTASTIC and made sure we were informed on what was to eat and how he was going to make our meal perfect. Did I mention restaurant was clean and busy? The entire buffet was kept very presentable, lots of food constantly being replenished, great choices, very flavourful and lots to great friendly service from everyone that worked there. Raw bar, hot seafood, beef, pork, soups, salad and personal pasta bar, pizza bread, dessert, soft serve etc etc etc
Written February 15, 2020
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SmokyMountainFinds
Sevierville14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 family
Oh, how we wish this would have been an enjoyable experience. The rare and elusive all you can eat seafood buffet remains an unrequited desire......Food was subpar, wait service nonexistent, majority of buffet staff brutally rude. Hot line manager was extremely rude and has no issues being hateful and rude. Not one person explained how their buffet lines worked! Apparently, you MUST stand in an unmarked mystery que, wait, wait, and wait some more until someone hopefully acknowledges your existence, then rudely runs you through the entire line dishing up minuscule servings of your flavorless selections. Should you make the mistake of standing near something you would like a closer look at, the line manager screams at you that "the line is over there!" We witnessed this vile manner scream at three families, berate an elderly guest for apparently being stupid because the poor person had no knowledge of the idiotic line system! When my son spoke to our server about this treatment she informed us that he is the owners son and was aware of his issues. At that point I was done and walked out. No reason for service providers to treat anyone like this!!!! Couldn't get food anyhow due to the mysterious "there" location. Positive note; employees working the cold side were absolutely wonderful and the gentlemen working deserts was an absolute delight. Four adults, dinner, one bar drink each, spends $270 just to end up having dinner at McDonald's drive thru. And we still don't know where "there" is, should someone figure it out please let us know!
Written March 16, 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton5621 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 family
The last time we had visited this establishment was years ago, before the renovations, when there were several self serve islands piled high with assorted seafood, including different kind of shrimp, prawns, and crawfish. The choices of varied cuisine, desserts and fresh fruit was absolutely unbelievable and top quality. A couple of days ago, we had visited this restaurant again and we will never ever return. I understand the Covid precautions. However making people wait and wait and wait in long lines with only a few servers who are unbelievably rude and not happy to be serving is unbearable suffering. All the hot food gets very cold by the time you wait in line for your sides and salads. The choices are terrible. And not fresh. Both my husband and I had to spit out the oysters, they did not taste fresh. The only food items we enjoyed were fried shrimp and fried fish, my grandson enjoyed the hot pasta with butter and cheese. Quite an expensive dinner and not that much enjoyable at all. Do not bother to come here, there are many other seafood restaurants, much cheaper and less crowded, definitely more pleasant.
Written March 22, 2021
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716candys
23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
I should have listened to the negative reviews. There were really mixed reviews for and against this place. First of all cold crab legs were pouring water and tasteless. Hot crab legs was good , not delicious , you only got 2 clusters at a time and has to keep going back. The food is about quantity not quality. Every dish made with crab meat used artificial crab. The dishes all tasted the same in different variations of selections due to same filling in all of them. The only real crab was the snow crab legs. The soups were very good. They had pork loin instead of carved beef when I went. You can get a much tastier Quality dinner for $40 elsewhere. I had to see for myself about this place since so many good reviews. I wish I had not and trusted my brain & saved my $ .
Written January 31, 2020
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Gracie Bee
Hemphill16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
We wanted to try the buffet our first night in Islamorada because my husband had read such good things about it and it had been featured on the Food Network. We were very disappointed. The cold and steamed crab were not cooked properly and very difficult to eat. Overall our dining experience did not meet our expectations. The staff was very friendly, but the food was definitely lacking. We will not return especially since it is about $39.00 per person.
Written May 26, 2021
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melissabevier
Grand Rapids9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
I’m sitting here now and I can tell you this is the worst food I’ve ever had in my life. The blue crab is burnt. I’m paying $40 for burnt crab and food that has zero flavor. I tried the mashed potatoes- zero flavor. The crab was burnt. The paella had no flavorful it looked good. The steak tasted oddly like ham. I ate none of these things. Grab them to try and was sadly disappointed because of the cost and the fact that a good dinner makes your vacation. While the food sucked the service was great. The server was attentive and could tell that we didn’t like our food so he brought us out a fried snapper. Again, no flavor. We are paying our bill and going across the st to Lorelei’s to eat with the locals. Don’t waste your money!!! Drive by and keep on driving!
Written October 12, 2021
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PatrykMarchewka
Alpharetta48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 friends
Absolute disaster. 0 stars if it would be possible. There is almost nothing good to say about this place. Let's start: we came there with 7 families overall 19 ppl. 1. At the beggining we were asked 3 times to provide whow many children and adults each familly have. That would be fine once but really 1 person had to ask 3 times to be able to get that right. Afterwards at the table they asked it again and at the end our receipts were wrong so they needed to fix them. I would understand if they would be at high capacity but besides our big table there was just a few ppl there trying to eat. Yeah now we are at Point 2 you have to really try to eat there. You pay 39.99 for an adult and there is almost nothing to eat.. Atleast almost nothing good. There was a pile of crabs (snow crab could be ordered for additional 39.99 per pund..., due to the demand as a sign at the door claimed.). When we asked weither if crabs were fresh he said yes we cook them every other day, hmm hard to consider it as a fresh seafood. Oisters were atleast frozen if not old. We found 3 good things. Seared ahi tuna which was actually nice, octopus ceviche and fried shrimps. Well last one was exact same ad you can buy everywhere. Frozen factory made shrimps. I get that this is a buffet but honestly Golden Coral has better "seafood" that they do. Also for me is a bit of extorsion if buffet claims that price is 39.99 and forgets to mention that coffe or sweet tea is additional 3 bucks. It is not a lot but still they should mention this.
Written November 23, 2021
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Flynn
Dear PatrykMarchewka , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Whale Harbor Buffet  For the last 40+ years our mission has been to provide our loyal guests a bountiful selection of great seafood at a great value. Given the environment of hyper-inflation we are all experiencing, operating a profitable restaurant has become a huge challenge and operating a profitable “all you can eat” buffet has become close to impossible. Our key items: Crab, Shrimp, Mussels, Oysters, Tuna, Mahi, Calamari, Prime Rib, Chicken, Dairy etc. have increased in price two or three fold in the last year. Snow Crab prices have quadrupled, and Blue Crab now costs what we used to be able to procure Snow Crab for. Offering Snow Crab in an “All You Can Eat” format is impossible at $39.99. In order for our Seafood Feast to remain affordable, we have resisted increasing the price above $39.99, which is roughly the price for a single seafood entrée in a full service restaurant. We offer Snow Crab and Lobster at Market Price for those that wish to enjoy it in addition to the abundance of menu items our Chef offers every day.  If you would allow us I would love the opportunity to reach out directly to get some additional information if possible? Please let me know what is the best contact information to call you, thank you.  Jerry Flynn Assistant Managing Director 305-340-7327 Jerry@whaleharborgroup.com
Written November 26, 2021
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Tiffany1104
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 family
The server Tania was very very kind & attentive to everything we needed. I’ve come here many times with my family & Tania surpassed our experience. She Is kind & one thing that I loved the most was that she always made sure that our table was always clean from plates. Coming to an all you can eat buffet most servers let the plates stack up & Tania made sure that did not happen to us. This experience made it comfortable for us to dine. I would highly recommend having her as your server. High five to Tania! :)
Written August 18, 2020
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MIG C
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
We understand the changes due to Covid, but that was not the issue here, it was the small "rations" they give you now. Before you could actually build an honest plate of food and enjoy a meal with your family without getting up every 2 minutes after finishing your bite sized treat. It felt awkward asking for more than a spoon of rise, and we were not the only ones who felt this way. Will not being going back, sad, it used to be an awesome buffet.
Written January 1, 2021
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WhaleharborGroup
Good Afternoon Mig, Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear that we missed on the service. We value your feedback and will share it with the team and use it to improve. I hope you will give us another chance in the future. Please contact me directly if you would prefer. Thank you
Written January 12, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nicole Wilson
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 friends
We visited your establishment once in Dec 2020 and Jan 2021. We had such a lovely time in Dec and Buddy was the absolute best, we decided to come back again from Pembroke pines fl which is 1hr and 45 min away. On the Jan 2021 visit we decided to let the managers know how we traveled from so far to experience the good food and Buddy's exceptional customer service. We called Carlos over and explained to him the great service and all he could say is he was going to fire him and he is not that great and he is better than him. After 3 times trying to compliment your establishment with him, we then realized he was not taking anything we had to say seriously, and actually saying so what he lives in Pembroke pines too and he comes everyday. After encountering this horrible Manager, We decided to go the the other manager Charlie and give him the kudos and he was much more pleasant but not really listening because he was so busy. In this covid time when anxiety is at an all time high, customer service is soo needed. CARLOS Meija frowned upon our comment and should not be fit to run any establishment. If Carlos is at this restuarant, we don't want to come back. This was my favorite restaurant until Jan 9. 2021.
Written January 11, 2021
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Cristina Gonzal... B
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
I dont know how to start but this place is a total chaos. The shrimps had a fishy rotten favor.Then we told the busboy and waitresses to take it out of the table.The mahi francaise were inedible, obviously not a fresh mahi .Potato salad was very old with the mayonnaise bad taste .Paella in this place its a joke.rice is watery and without flavor.The deserts are old like the coconut cake and tres leches.Ice cream was also with a weird flavor like the dairy they use was expired.We told the waitress that after many years coming to this place .This was the last one .Horrible food and expensive..
Written January 7, 2022
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Idreamofgelato
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
Great deal if you have a large family of boys because kids 12 and under pay $18. The snow crab legs for $25 are the best deal we've seen at any restaurant during our trip so far. We got two orders and shared. Waitress was very professional and attentive. Taking a star off because the selection of seafood wasn't that great and some items were dry and overly salty.
Written July 14, 2022
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Patrick O
Orlando6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
It has been sometime since I last went to this buffet and I remember it as being fantastic. They proclaim themselves as a World Famous Buffet. After our visit on 8/10/2020, this was one of the worst buffets I have ever been. Golden Carrol is better than this place. The only good thing we could find was the crab legs and crab cakes. All the other food was awful. The fried shrimp where mush and looked like they came out of a box. The mash potatoes where coated with cheese. The fish was little dried up pieces. They carving station had pork lion and beef brisket that looked to dried up. There were on about a dozen people in the restaurant and the food looked like it had been sitting for a long time. The worst part was the 38$ price that did not even include the drinks. Drinks are an extra 3$. Stay away from this place.
Written September 11, 2020
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