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“Long wait but worth the time”

Black Whale Bar & Fish House
Ranked #3 of 91 Restaurants in Beach Haven
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Long Beach Island NJ
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Long wait but worth the time”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

It was Saturday night, no reservations were permitted at least for just 2. We waited and had drinks at the bar for about an hour. Not something I would normally do. The company was good so I did not complain or leave which would have been my first reaction.
Fianlly an hour an 10 minutes later we were seated in the very small dining room. The staff was friendly and quick to get us our dinner. The Garlic clams were excellent, I could have had 2 dozen of them simmered in a light garlic broth and topped with fresh crabmeat. The Tuna- blackend as my choice was very fresh and excellent. . I was not impressed with the way the salad was served , family style in a tin bucket.. but the dressings were great. Two were put on the table, a creamy balsamic an and a garlic ranch. I would dine there again, but out of season, it is too noisy there being so small and with low ceilings it was difficult to hold a conversation.

  • Visited September 2012
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Montclair, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“very nice and friendly”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

All was good. Service friendly and everyone seemed to enjoy the food . Had a little wait but we had no RSVP's. they sat us down in less time they had said. No complaints.

Visited September 2012
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Denville, New Jersey
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56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“We enjoyed it here”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We went here on a recommendation from my husband's colleague and enjoyed ourselves. The atmosphere is great. We tried the buffalo calamari but did not really enjoy it - the buffalo sauce just overpowers the calamari. The crab cake and grilled tuna sandwiches were good though.

Visited August 2012
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Thank LiveToEat-DC
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Beach Haven, NJ
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“noisy, noisy noisy!!!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Food is okay, but as mentioned above, you cannot have a conversation across the table as this place has done nothing to address the noise issue...we have stopped going because of this...
Screaming kids, very loud bar and bar music...Must make a ton of $$$ from the bar, because they certainly make it a priority!!! The last time we ate there we ordered one entree and an appetizer and were told that we would be charged a plate fee for sharing an entree!!!
Living on island, not far from The Whale, it is unfortunate that we just cannot eat here...We have
done a take out, but their food is not packed to travel well...

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank TTKBeachHaven_NJ
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Bronx, New York
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“probably my favorite restaurant bar none!!!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

disliked the wait because the place is so good, everyone wants a table!! But figure out how to get in - on weekends, put your name in and then come back a little before they tell you the wait is. This is as good and as fresh as seafood gets. And there are always specials with inventive sauces, etc.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Richnsis
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