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The Whaling Company

494 McLaws Cir, Open 4 P.M. To 10 P..M, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5646
+1 757-229-0275
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (238 reviews)
“tempura shrimp” (22 reviews)
“caramel pie” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
494 McLaws Cir, Open 4 P.M. To 10 P..M, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5646
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Again, after visiting WILLIAMSBURG for 30 years & never getting to The Whaling Company, now that we live here, we finally enjoyed a meal with them. The ambiance & decor probably tops The Seafare for its sea/sailing theme. Like many restaurants in Williamsburg in January...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Celeste0522
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the broiled seafood platter and my husband had the New York strip and both were absolutely delicious! The service from Ben, Sonny, And Sadie was outstanding, very friendly and very efficient! I will definitely be back when in the area!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Angela M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ben, sonny, sadie, and lisa were very professional, courteous, and observant. They made sure our water was topped off and that we had all we needed. The food was perfect. I had the New York strip and it was grilled exactly the way I ordered...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Pack72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During a visit from out of town during Christmas week my wife and I visited this restaurant relatively late on a Saturday night. At our late hour the crowd had thinned out considerably so we could converse easily and have chats with our server who...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Bob R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recommend this restaurant to anyone we know that goes to Williamsburg. My husband had scallops and I had fried shrimp, both were delicious. Server was great, I believe his name was Ben. They have the best cheese cake.It's made there and reasonably priced. If...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank carolkK1723TL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was recommended by the B&B where we were staying. I had the Dinner Salad with Salmon. The salmon was delicious but the salad looked like a bag of lettuce that was dumped on the plate. Hubby had seafood mix which was just ok; nothing...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Joyce F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great, and the prices were very reasonable. Great for a family dinner. The waitress was also very nice and attentive. Perfect for dinner on a family vacation

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 59katiek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The sign of a great seafood restaurant is in its ability to cook a piece of fresh fish, and to understand that best way to cook excellent seafood is minimally...to let the fish speak for itself. I was very pleased with the flounder I ordered....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Pammylane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My server Ben was very friendly and helpful with my meal selection. The atmosphere was very nice and quiet. The lobster was very tasty and I really enjoyed my vegetables.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Trip62200961355
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, friendly service and the food was good but not great. My seafood was tasty but fries were just warm and not seasoned. Also, don't ask for a booth, they have only four, and the seating between the table and backrest is so small,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lewesone
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Response from vickie b | Property representative |
We are not sure yet . That day we ask our staff if they want to work we will know after Thanksgiven
May 4, 2017|
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Response from vacritter2000 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anything that look like a sale to me. Even the items they claimed to have on sale at the time were over 25.00 and you didn't get much of it.
October 19, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 494 McLaws Cir, Open 4 P.M. To 10 P..M, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5646
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-229-0275
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The house specialty is fresh seafood and hand carved steaks, with a menu offering a wide variety of daily fresh fish selections, as well as tempting beef and chicken entrees. A warm and relaxing atmosphere and a dining experience you won't want to miss. Enjoy our lounge with "Hungry Hour/ happy hour," Sunday - Friday from 4 - 6 p.M. 1/2 Off appetizers and $discount drinks Children's menu $4.95 (12 And under). Locally owned and operated. Bus, Banquet rooms and private rooms available with all inclusive menus. Open for dinner 7 days a week at 4:00 p.M. Thanksgiving, Mothers Day and Easter Special hours
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