We started with a dozen oysters - 6 Olde Salt (my favorite) from Chincoteague, VA; 3 War Shore from Chesapeake Bay, VA; and 3 Sea Stone from Black Narrows, VA. The Sea Stones were small delicious bites with great flavor, and a gem that I will look out for in the future for the times I don't want my favorite meaty and briny Olde Salts.
We also shared a crudo of Day Boat Scallops with passion fruit, sea beans, and pink peppercorn. The scallops were cut thickly, but were fresh and sweet.
Next, we ordered some hot appetizers starting with the Clams "Casino". Stuffed with chorizo, red peppers, croutons, and parmigiano, I found these little clams to be very tasty. Keith, on the other hand, felt the extra stuffing overpowered the delicate clam.
The Crispy Squash Blossoms were divine stuffed with shrimp and served on a ginger aioli. The portion size was a decent shared portion.
Lastly, in lieu of dessert, Keith wanted to order another half dozen of oysters. So we got 3 more Old Saltes and 3 more Sea Stones.
While we enjoyed all the seafood offerings at Whaley's, the prices were a bit high and cannot beat the other local establishments that offer better happy hour specials (think $1 oysters). Nonetheless, the open light of the dining space with soothing sea blue tones, and location next to the river is a plus. Service was also top notch, and the bar area appealing for drinks and nibbles.
Total Rating: 4.23
Food: 4.5, Price: 3.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5