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Steve Silverstein, the Founder of Not Your Average Joe’s and Servedwell Hospitality, is thrilled to open The Whale’s Tail Clam Bar.

Steve grew up in New Bedford and worked on scallopers during high school and college summers, where he fell in love with the fishing industry, its people and its heritage. When Steve decided to focus on his New Bedford restaurants, he knew there had to be a Clam Bar in the mix. 

The vision for the Whale’s Tail is an old school “clam bar”:  a “shack” serving fresh, locally caught seafood in a casual, beachy environment. It’s a place that is fun and cool, where locals can gather and get a taste for the fishing industry. 

Equally exciting, Steve’s son, Will, the 5th generation of Silversteins in business in New Bedford, is the manager of The Whale’s Tail. Will, like his dad, fell in love with both restaurants and fishing. If this place doesn’t run like a top, be sure to reach out to Will ( and share with him all of your thoughts. Steve’s around too, (, but good chance he’s gone fishing. 

Hours and Location

View The Whale's Tail at 52 Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 3,
New Bedford, MA 02740 on Google Maps

Call The Whale's Tail by phone at 774-425-8980

Get Directions to The Whale's Tail via Google Maps

April 2024 Update:

Our crew can't wait to welcome you "Back to the Shack"! 

Opening Weekend May 3

for the 2024 Spring/ Summer season



Clam Chowder
award winning new england style cup 7.5, bowl 9.5, quart 19.95 

Summer Salad
corn, tomato, red onions, fresh mozzarella, arugula, red wine vinaigrette 10.95 add chicken breast 5.95


Fried Scallops
nbma’s finest, tartar 16.95 

Fried Clams
whole belly clams, tartar (market) 

Fried Clam Strips 

 rhode island style with hot cherry peppers and sriracha aioli 14.95 

Clam Cakes
half dozen, classic fritters 10.95 

Clam Cakes and Chowder
half dozen classic fritters and bowl of chowder 16.95 

Fried Shrimp
lightly breaded 13.95 

Chicken Tenders
lightly breaded 10.95 

French Fries


Served with fries

Lobster Rolls
with cole slaw, griddled brioche 

celery, chive, lemon, mayo 26.95

 Brown Butter
warmed in brown butter 26.95

 Colossal Roll
1/2lb, traditional or brown butter 39.95 

Fried Clam Roll
whole belly clams, tartar, griddled brioche (market) 

Fried Clam Strip Roll
griddled brioche 15.95

Scallop Roll
nbma’s finest, tartar, griddled brioche 19.95 

Fried Fish
lightly breaded or battered, lettuce, tomato, tartar, seeded brioche 16.95

house blend 1/4lb, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, seeded brioche 10.95 double it +3.95 

Pearl Hot Dog
1/4lb, griddled brioche 10.95

 Caprese Chicken 
grilled chicken, fresh mozz, arugula, marinated tomatoes, lemon aioli, toasted ciabatta 14.95 

Fried Chicken
buttermilk or boom it, lettuce, tomato, seeded brioche 14.95


 with fries, slaw and tartar

 Chicken Tenders
lightly breaded 14.95

nbma’s finest, lightly breaded 27.95

 Fried Shrimp 
lightly breaded 17.95

 Fish and Chips 
lightly breaded or battered fish 19.95 

Fried Clams
whole belly clams (market) Fried Clam Strips 16.95 

Fishermen’s Platter
(good for sharing) scallops, shrimp, whole belly clams, lightly breaded or battered fish 38.95


Key Lime Pie
cinnamon graham cracker crust, raspberry sauce, whipped cream 7.95


Bottled Water

Spindrift Sparkling Water
rasberry-lime, grapefruit 2.95 

traditional lemon 1.95 

Lavender Lemonade
house lemonade, lavender, soda water, mint 2.95 

Iced Tea
freshly brewed 1.95 Bottled Soda
coke, diet coke, sprite 1.95 

Maine Root Bottled Soda
root beer, orange 2.95 


Whaler Margarita 
lunazul blanco tequila, curaçao, lime 

Pineapple Painkiller 
plantation dark rum, coconut, pineapple, orange, lime, nutmeg 

Blueberry Lemonade 
triple 8 blueberry vodka, house lemonade 

Aperol Spritz
aperol, prosecco, club soda 

Cucumber Cooler
grainger’s organic vodka, fresh cucumber, lime 


Bud and Bud Light


Cisco Whale’s Tale

Cisco Gripah

Cisco Wandering Haze 

Buzzards Bay Golden Flounder 16oz

Nantucket Craft Cocktails 
vodka cran, blue or grapefruit, tequila lime 7.95



Westport Rivers Winery
westport, ma farmer’s fizz sparkling (can) 10.95 


Gerard Bertrand
côtes des roses, rosé, france 

chardonnay, california 

La Crema 
pinot noir, California 

Kim Crawford 
sauvignon blanc, new zealand

Gift Cards


CALL 774-425-8980 to place your order.

STOP BY and purchase one in-store.

ORDER ONLINE and we will mail it to you.

ORDER ONLINE and we will send you an electronic gift card.  

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Any questions call 774-425-8980.

Work With Us

We’d love to have you join our team! Please use the form below to apply. Feel free to send in your resume even if you don't see the position you're looking for listed.

We're looking for people who:

are passionate about hospitality

love seafood

can tell a great joke

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