81 Fort Salonga Road, Northport, NY 11768
(631) 651 - 5844
DescriptionWhales Tale is located at 81 Fort Salonga Road, Northport (in the Britannia Marina).
The parking lot is partially paved, partially gravel. Two handicapped-accessible spaces closest to the entrance are in the paved section.
There is a bench near the hostess station.
There are two entrances, one with four steps, one with six . There is also a wooden ramp. All flooring is wood.
There are several dining areas. The indoor full-height bar area also has high tables and stools. The outdoor deck has both high and low tables with stools and chairs. The patio area has booths, tables and chairs. All areas have wooden floors and adequate space to navigate.
A small, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located inside, near the bar. There is no baby-changing station.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 2
Location of handicapped spaces: near main entrance
Surface of lot: part gravel, part paved
Distance to venue: close
Terrain: a bit uneven
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalk
Location of handicapped entrance: at main entrance and at top of ramp
Doors: open doorway to indoor dining area
Number of floors: 1
Ramps: ramp to outdoor patio area
Steps and staircases: 6 steps at one entrance, 4 steps at other
Width of aisles: a bit tight, but doable
Places to sit: full-height bar, high tables & stools inside, some high tables as well as regulation height tables and chairs outside, several booths in patio area
Location of restrooms: inside, near the bar
Type of restroom: small, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible - no baby-changing facilities
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: no
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and attentive
A beautiful Sunday afternoon in July found us in Northport. We took a stroll along the dock, sat for a while watching the boats and decided to get something to eat. We wanted a waterfront setting with outdoor seating. At the moment there is nothing in town that offers this, so, of course, we checked with Google. The closest option was Whales Tale, located in the Britannia Marina, just a short car ride away.
We expected to find outdoor seating with a harbor view. But that was not exactly the case. We found a lively venue with indoor and outdoor seating, but no real harbor view. The view is mostly of the boats docked in the marina, with a bit of water beyond. Not a bad view, just not what we had pictured. The indoor dining area is taken up by a full-height bar, plus some high tables and stools. Sit in this location and you get to look beyond the people dining on the deck and the people in the pool from the yacht club. Sit on the deck at a high table (on the outer edge of the deck) and you just have to look over those in the pool. Sit on the deck at one of the “regular” tables and chairs and your view is more limited. Sit in the much quieter, outdoor patio area and you do not have any view at all. There is adequate space to navigate. That being said, this is a happy place with good food. Their website says that “chances are unless your friends have told you where we are you won’t find us.” Probably true, but we think you should try!
The parking lot is partially gravel and partially paved. Two of the handicapped spaces closest to the entrance are in the paved portion. There is a ramp as well as four or six steps (depending on which entrance you use). The steps, as well as all of the flooring, is wood. The hostess area has a bench in case you have to wait.
Once you are seated, it’s time to view the menu. You might want to try one of the craft beers from Harbor Head Brewing, located right there. Mark had a sampler and seemed to like several of them. The website says that the menu was “…designed with one thing in common…Fresh!!!! All fish is caught from local waters and brought up the dock each and every morning. Our produce is harvested from our neighborhood farms and delivered to us every day. ..All sauces are made from scratch daily, as well as our fruit sangria.” Many of the menu choices have a Mexican flair, with 12 different types of tacos. There are also other choices, as well as a kids’ menu. We wound up ordering a “taco tray” after we saw it at the table next to ours. It looked good…and it was. A variety of tacos, plus side dishes, made for a very tasty meal. All of this was enhanced by our delightful server, Anthony. He couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.
One single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom (not very large) is located near the bar. There is no baby-changing facility.
Even though the water views were not what we had anticipated, we will be back to this lively, fun venue. And yes, we will tell our friends about it and where to find it.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.whalestalenpt.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”