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Before stepping inside Whalers’ restaurant, you feel its brightness and warm charm. That giant “Whalers” sign and two floors of open windows overlooking the Great South Bay make you anticipate a welcoming atmosphere and a good meal.

After moving through a pleasant waiting area, you’ll glimpse a large bar and multiple TVs. You’ll notice the spaciousness of roomy tables and fun nautical décor, including bright aqua blue upholstery on the chairs and booths and big wooden whales on the walls.

The friendly wait staff was helpful, making sure my dining companion and I got what we wanted from the American menu that veers into Latin and Asian cuisine at times — and believe me, you’ll want this food. Our meal began with a warm and delicious bread basket, the perfect accompaniment to New England clam chowder or lobster bisque. Seafood is definitely the name of the game here, with briny offerings including crab cakes, baked clams, steamed mussels, crispy fish tacos, miso roasted salmon, Mexican shrimp cocktail, and lobster roll.

The seaside isn’t Whalers’ only side. The eatery offers a signature burger (with pork belly, an egg, arugula, and sriracha aioli), Korean double fried chicken wings as an appetizer or BBQ Seoul food as an entrée (choice of chicken, beef, or pork), and multiple salads. My dining partner got the pan roasted pressed chicken accompanied by fried-to-perfection onion rings.

Vegetarians and gluten-free diners will find helpful menu designations. I chose the roasted cauliflower sitting atop sweet corn and kale risotto, which was well seasoned, very delicious, and quite filling. As a side, I opted for the savory Old Bay Cotija fries.

In my book, no meal is complete without dessert. Choices included strawberry shortcake, flourless chocolate cake, tres leches bread pudding, sorbet, and gelato, but I couldn’t resist the upside-down New York style cheesecake. Served with fresh berries and whipped cream, it was so good I’d recommend you try it just to believe it!

Whalers serves lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, dinner nightly, and brunch on Sundays. In season, there’s outdoor seating and nine boat slips available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the restaurant website for featured live music performances.

By Sam Mines


124 Maple Ave
Bay Shore



is a graduate of Buffalo State College and a sports blogger for and He’s actively seeking a career in sports media and welcomes any opportunity. He also aspires to acquire a huge boat.

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