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The Whaling Company

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494 McLaws Cir, Open 4 P.M. To 10 P..M, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5646
+1 757-229-0275
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We concluded our visit to Colonial Williamsburg with dinner at The Whaling Company. The atmosphere was marvelous, the customer service was outstanding, and the food was delicious. We started with a garden salad. Their ranch dressing is the best I've ever tasted. Then we order the tempura shrimp with fries and green beans. The green beans were fresh, the shrimp... More 

Thank Rsummers11
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband & I went to The Whaling Company for dinner. We loved the old world whaling theme. There was a good variety of foods on the menu, even for land-lovers. My husband had the Deep Fried Boatwright's Platter with shrimp, scallops & cod with rice & cole slaw. I had the Tempura Fried Shrimp with green beans & red... More 

Thank ecm777
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196 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here after a long day walking. The service was outstanding and seafood was great. Here's what we had...Clam Chowder was fantastic. They incorporated pork, which sounds odd, but was tasty. The Fried Cod was nicely battered and so tender. Scallops were cooked with wine & garlic...awesome. My son had the Filet Mignon...it was perfectly cooked and flawless.

Thank Bill M
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went with our 13 and 15 yr old boys and had an early dinner the service and food was amazing! We had mussel app, shrimp scampi, baked seafood platter and lemon chicken salad. The waitress (Yolanda?) was so sweet and nice we really liked her!! We also saw another waiter lovingly help an elderly couple have a fabulous meal... More 

Thank Mumofcjandjj
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit for our family- went early for dinner - sat immediately. Very personable wait staff- Ben and Kristen. Food was delicious and ample plates. Dessert was excellent. My father in law loved the key lime pie and the mud pie was humongous- definitely large enough to be shared by 4. This will be a definite restaurant to return to... More 

Thank KWG70
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose this resto for the walking distance from the hotel I was staying at (at least 2 hotels are very close). Just ordered an appetizer and dessert. The steamed shrimp was pretty good (but that's simple and hard to mess up). The dessert tray looked scrumptious! I ordered the apple-y one and it was yummy. I saw a couple... More 

Thank Denise C
Washington, DC
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pretty hungry and, therefore, a bit surprised when we weren't overly impressed with the food, despite the good reviews. Nothing was bad, but no one was thrilled with the qualify.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After spending the entire day at Busch Gardens , we opted to have dinner outside the park. After eating all that popcorn, hot dog and park sugary treat, we knew we needed a good place for dinner. Seafood was the unanimous choice, and it was clear it would be The Whaling Company. The staff were overly friendly and our server... More 

Thank Doctor M
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I had dinner there this evening. It is our anniversary trip so we chose here for dinner before we return home. I'm not a seafood person so I had their delicious French onion soup, Caesar salad & a baked potato. Husband had a seafood platter which he said was very good. It is a nice place to... More 

Thank Cindy S
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for dinner after a day at Busch gardens. The atmosphere was so cute and the staff was beyond sweet. They seem so happy and proud to work there which is so nice to see. We had high hopes for food, as menu offered nice variety and restaurant has been around a long time. Our 3 is high because food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $20
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings
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
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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