Whaley’s Launches Bar Menu and Opens Patio “with sweeping river views” Today

by Prince Of Petworth June 15, 2016 at 11:45 am 16 Comments

301 Water Street, SE

From a press release:

“Whaley’s will debut its Bar Menu this Wednesday, June 15th in the historic Lumber Shed at The Yards, located at 301 Water Street SE in the growing Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront District.

The Bar Menu is available Sunday-Thursday 5pm – 7pm and will focus on fun, small and shareable plates. Dishes will include:

· Old Bay Potato Chips with Chive Crème Fraiche and Trout Roe $8

· Crawfish Hushpuppies with Sweet and Spicy Mustard Aioli $10

· Soft Shell Crab Sandwich with Horseradish Mayo and Pickled Red Onion $18

Longtime friend, mentor and collaborator Brian Zipin and Bar Manager Nick Miller have assembled a beverage menu that features a bounty of good drinks all under $10. Imbibe on refreshing cocktails; gin, campari and sweet vermouth topped with stiegl radler or dill aquavit with cochi vermouth and lime. Also find beers and wines by the glass.

Whaley’s is also opening the Patio this Wednedsday, June 15th. The Patio has seating for 26 with sweeping river views in Yards Park. The full menu is available on the Patio.”

  • Small and shareable. Whatever asshat conceived this combination 10 years ago needs to be shamed.

    • textdoc

      Agreed. It’s like a guarantee that you’ll spend a lot of money and still feel hungry.

    • palisades

      I’m not even sure what’s shareable about a crabcake sandwich. Does it come quartered with toothpicks?

      • Maybe you’ll just feel glad about sharing the $18 price? Imagine if you ordered a 6 inch sub from Subway and they asked if you wanted it cut into 4 pieces…

        • Anon Spock

          That price seems par for soft shell crab.

          • It’s not usually preceded by the descriptor “small” though.

          • Anon Spock

            This is true

      • Philippe Lecheval

        You pass it around and everyone takes just one bite each time they have it. Duhhhhhhhh.

  • Anon H St

    Just say NO to small plates for sharing

    And to everything coming out “as it’s ready”

  • AJSE

    Whaley’s is awesome and I’m glad their patio is finally open!

  • alurin

    What’s with all the hate for small, shareable plates? I love being able to try multiple things, and not being stuck with a too-large “entree”.

    • stacksp

      For the cost, usually left unsatisfied and wanting a burger from somewhere else later or end up ordering like 6 “small” plates. At least that is my gripe lol

  • SEDC

    From what I have heard, from speaking with people in the neighborhood and looking at Yelp reviews, there are 2 things about Whaley’s:

    1. It is over priced
    2. Multiple people have already gotten sick eating there.

    That combo makes it a no go for me, which is sad b/c I was really excited about it opening…

    • MT

      A little pricier than other seafood places, but much better quality than other seafood restaurants in DC (looking at you gtown waterfront).

      And I read those reviews too and I’m pretty sure that the people who have reviewed that they got sick were both writing about the same meal, since they described the same night/experience. Also it takes 24-48 hrs for food poisoning, so pretty unlikely the sickness was actually from the food if they were sick that night.

      • SEDC

        How do you know it is better quality? Do you work there? Do you follow them to the fishmonger?… not being sarcastic, just wanting to actually know how you know these things… Feel free to go try it and report back…. I will take my chances elsewhere…

        • MT

          I did try it and loved it, which is what I referred to with the quality, having been to other seafood restaurants where the prep wasn’t as good or food came from lower quality distributors. I don’t work there but I work in the restaurant industry so I know which questions to ask when I eat out.

          Your call to try it or not, I just figured an opinion of someone who’s been there might be helpful to you since you only referenced yelp/word of mouth.


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