Black Whale Bar & Fish House

    $$$ Seafood
    Closed3:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Next day)


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    100 N Pennsylvania Ave

    Beach Haven, NJ 08008

    United States


    • 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM


    • 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM


    • Closed


    • 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Next day)

    Closed now


    • 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Next day)


    • 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Next day)


    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Next day)

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      Michael F.
      Towaco, United States
      Sep 19, 2023

      Amazing dinner at the Black Whale on 9/18/23.

      Our server, Ryan was spectacular, pleasant, quick and most accommodating. The food was delicious. We started with the broccoli appetizer which was very creative and tasty. Also had the crab dip. I had the shrimp and scallop Santa Cruz, absolutely delicious, my wife had the lobster bake, outstanding and so much food and lastly my daughter had the lobster thermador, Aldo delicious.

      I highly recommend The Black Whale and will visit again before I depart LBI on Sunday, 9/24/23.

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      Matt And Megan C.
      Bradley Beach, United States
      Sep 8, 2023

      Got a gift card for the black whale with the "tide pool" or "tide family restaurants". When the check came they said we were not able to use it. They refused to accept it even after they agreed the were part of this group of restaurants but the black whale logo was not on the card.

      Even before we got the bill we said thank god we did not have to pay full price for the meal.

      Drinks: watered down and not good at all.

      Food: the swordfish Milanese tasted Ike a frozen fish meal. The bbq mahi-mahi tasted like something from long john silver drizzled with bbq sauce and not ripe mango.

      Would not recommend and will not be going back to this place

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      Porter G.
      Raleigh, United States
      Aug 22, 2023

      The food was just OK. For $40 there was nothing special about the crab cakes. Average. No zing, no sauce. Basic. Fries were excellent, though.

      The one star is for the service. I have never been in a restaurant, especially a decently expensive one, where the table behind you had screaming kids and management allowed that to continue, utterly ruining the experience. People around us were eating fast. I couldn't even finish half my expensive meal. It took everything to not say anything. But, that's the restaurants job. I understand in this day and age people are leery, but, you're destroying the dining experience for lots of other people.

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      Cassy B.
      Nutley, United States
      Jul 22, 2023

      Came here for dinner with family and the wait was very long so we luckily snagged a seat by the bar.

      I tried out one of their specialty drinks and honestly didn't like it all that much but the food was fantastic. Similar to all their other restaurants their fried and broiled fish platter is delicious. Came with a crab cake, flounder, scallops - all fresh and very tasty.

      I was feeling clams so I went with the clams and linguine and it was absolutely fantastic. The broth was so flavorful and not too salty. Really a perfect meal when that's what you're craving.

      Service was good, I do think the dining room is a nicer ambience but again, we took what we could get with the wait times.

      Classic Clams & Linguini
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      L.A. K.
      South Salem, United States
      Jul 29, 2023

      Black whale was recommended to us from friends back home. We waited the quoted time for our table. Our server Kyle was very friendly and honest about questions we had with the menu. Much appreciated. Our food was served promptly and was very good. We would go back again

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      Stephen H.
      NJ, United States
      Sep 23, 2023

      We have gone to the Black Whale for years - especially for my birthday. This is a special place for me on LBI.

      The swordfish MILANESE and the Seared Grouper were cooked to perfection. The Chocolate Brownie was a great finish. The Clams Casino is delicious - ok you get it - the chef and staff are first rate. Over/under cooked swordfish is a killer - they got it right.!

      One thing - I loved how the wait staff would write their name with a crayon on the table, often writing their name upside down, and leave a crayon for the wannable graffiti artists - but not this year. Our very good waitress said she was just lazy - but i didn't see others do this. A small touch - bring this back!!!

      It was also loud upfront in the bar, the guitar player seriously didn't need an amp... but then again, I am older and more sensitive to sound. party on!

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      Christina S.
      Tinton Falls, United States
      Sep 1, 2023

      Went twice and recent after Taylor swift was there. Great spot and great menu. The oysters are so fresh!

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      Alex S.
      Berkeley, United States
      May 11, 2023

      Consistently good place.

      Crab cake sandwich is the best on the island, no contest. It's pure crab and the buns are superb.

      Wings are excellent. Oysters are also great if that's what you're looking for.

      Bar and dining service are both great.

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      Eric N.
      Baltimore, United States
      Aug 13, 2023

      Bad service ruined what could have been a decent meal. The unfortunately our waitress(Jen) never showed up for game time. Not very friendly, had to be prompted to tell us the specials and fails to mention a $10 charge when we asked for a side wedge salad(instead of the salad that comes included in the meal). Never asked if we wanted another drink. The food was just OK. I had a Parmesan encrusted halibut, but the Parmesan was barely noticeable- it was drowned out with a sweet sauce that overpowered the fish. Wish I had been told about that prior to ordering.

      All in all, a disappointment and not worth repeating in the future.

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      Lori H.
      Westwood, United States
      Sep 17, 2022

      Saturday night no reservations so we had an hour wait
      Not the best seats but we got seated! We were seated outside of the kitchen and had a birdseye view on what makes this place work like a well oiled machine !
      Our waiter Kyle was spot on ! Impeccable came out quick
      Delicious meals served it should be and it was !
      My second time here and definitely my favorite place in beach Haven hands down
      We cleaned both plates and talked about our meals the whole way back home to north Jersey

      Shrimp and Shrimp & Scallop Santa Cruz
      Classic Clams & Linguini

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