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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was over the top! Great food, drinks, dessert, atmosphere, and customer service💕 Love, love, love❤️

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was ok/good, not great/not bad. For the food and general area, I think it is overpriced for what you get. Dark interior/ old style fisherman's decor.I'm glad I went to check it out but likely not going back. Waiter was nice/good service but it...was interesting that we got there before the 6pm deadline to get early bird specials but waited a while to be served and then felt from the waiter under the deadline to order quickly in order to get the early bird if we wanted it even though we were seated 10 minutes before it ended. That seemed like a really weird restaurant rule that he felt so strict about it when if customers are seated by the time, it should just be understood you could fall within the early bird. I didn't enjoy that pressure.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with a group of 10 on Labor Day weekend. We were fortunate enough to be seated in Eddie's section. He was an absolute hoot and made it a night to remember. He has the best sense of humor...oh and the food he recommended...was pretty darn good too! We were only in town for few nights or else we would have gone back. The only negative I had was the restaurant has a policy that the check cannot be split up for large groups so we had to have one person pay and then figure out who owes what...just a minor inconvenience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was just okay. We were there for 1 1/2 hours. Wasn’t a busy night. Our server was very scattered and scarcely there. She was very present for the other tables around us. The table right beside us were also waiting on their drinks....I heard some talk of them having bad service as well,seeing it was the same server. The bartender felt so bad that the man beside us had a watery drink ( because it sat there so long ) that the bartender brought him another drink. My husband did not have anything to drink with his dinner even tho the server was serving/talking to everyone else. She was so nice to the table right beside us. So I don’t understand why she wasn’t with us. He waited on the drink for a very long time after she talked to other tables. My husband obviously aggravated told her he was waiting on his refill for 25 mins. She then was a smart mouth and asked if he wanted it to go. He said no just the check. She literally walked away a few feet and she mocked 25 minutes where we could hear it. Would not go here again. Her name was amberMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was just ok. Not full of flavor. However waitstaff was AMAZING. Would not recommend the crab dip. The slaw was unique but I really over it.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2022 via mobile

We visited for grandpas birthday weekend. The service was great, the bread unmatchable, and all the food delicious. I enjoyed the seafood bake. Our kid enjoyed the blackened salmon. The desserts were not that good. Everyone in our party would return without hesitation.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022 via mobile

Love the ambience of this place! It’s dark and wooden just a real cool place . Food is amazing. The stuffed flounder is outstanding! Their scallops are delicious! Our server Ben, terrific! He is very friendly and attentive. The only drawback was after finishing our...dinner and drinks, had to wait 15 minutes for our check, but no biggy. Will keep coming back and will sit in Bens area again!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2022 via mobile

The Whaling Company was right next to our hotel. We had made reservations earlier in the week and were looking for some really good seafood. They did not disappoint. Our server Destiny was so sweet and attentive. If your in the Williamsburg Virginia area you...should definitely give this place a try.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 18, 2022 via mobile

A real treat to visit a privately owned restaurant with conscientious employees who have a stake in it's success. That makes a difference in the quality of everything. We had fried oysters, Sonny delight scampi. Delicious.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 14, 2022

My family enjoyed the food so much we came twice this year on our vacation! Food is good, Drinks are good. Friendly employees, nice atmosphere. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

My wife did not like her platter. Said had no flavor. My fish also had no flavor. Kids French fries were undercooked, almost raw. Service was just okay. I will not be in a hurry to go back. Too pricey for just average.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022 via mobile

So, so good. Fettuccine with shrimp and Linguini with shrimp and clams. Service was great. This is one of the places we always go when we travel to Williamsburg.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022

We having been coming to the Whaling Company when on vacation for over 10 years. My wife and I had our usual Tempura Shrimp and Seafood Combo. We always request Ben for our waiter. He is very personable and remembers us. The Whaling Co is...like being at home when we're away on vacation. Highly recommend. Ben is so good we had a trophy 🏆 made for him as our Waiter of the year. Thanks for all the years of great service Ben.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022

If you are thinking of stopping here you will not regret it! We make this our Saturday night spot every year when we visit Williamsburg. The food is great and the desserts are to die for!! Eddie is a wonderful waiter with a great sense...of humor. We will definitely ask for him by name next year!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022

My husband and I stayed three nights in the hotel next door. We walked over the first night and found out about their excellent happy hour. We had fried cod for dinner and clams for an appetizer washed down with .99 cent frosty Bud Lights!...The staff was awesome and the bar was lively. We went back the next evening for more Buds and appetizers. Excellent 👌More

Date of visit: June 2022
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From what I recall they said it is fresh.
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We are not sure yet . That day we ask our staff if they want to work we will know after Thanksgiven
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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.
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THE WHALING COMPANY, Williamsburg - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, The Whaling Company offers takeout services.

The Whaling Company is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4