The White Whale opened on Canada Day 2014, and has been a hub for great beer and freshly prepared local food ever since. Fresh oysters might be considered the house specialty, but the ever-changing rotation of 16 BC craft beers on tap are another big draw!
Daily happy hour and Buck-A-Shuck Oysters from 3 – 5pm draws an enthusiastic crew of local foodies. The warm cozy interior and friendly staff create incredible atmosphere, and the huge waterfront patio and boat accessible dock ensure crowds of happy diners all summer long.
For anyone who loves a good dining experience and cares about where their food comes from, the White Whale is a must! See you soon!
The White Whale is proud to partner with:
natural pastures cheese / little qualicum cheeseworks / village cheeseworks
tannadice farms / mountain view farm / island bison / island farmhouse poultry
freedom farm / bates beach farm / berrybest farm / seal bay farm / eatmore sprouts & greens
clever crow sea salt / holliewood oysters / komo gway oysters / kusshi oysters / fanny bay oysters
mac’s oysters / outlandish shellfish guild / effingham oysters / portugese joe’s / two rivers meats
organic ocean / cowichan pasta company / ponderosa mushrooms / misty mountain / estevan tuna
canadian kelp resources / gunter brothers / ceylon spices / sip sodas / prontissima pasta
oyama sausage / yarrow meadows / baji naan / birds and the beans farm / mount royal bagels
kaslo pasta / royston coffee / world community coffee / hornby island teas / milano coffee
big dee’s honey / harmonic arts botanical dispensary / beaufort winery / averill creek winery
coastal black winery / blue moon winery / 40 knots winery / arbutus distillery
cumberland brewing company / vancouver island brewing company / phillips brewing company
forbidden brewing company / merridale cidery / wayward distillation house / sheringham distillery
gladstone brewing company and a host of other local breweries, bc wineries and bc food producers…
The team at the White Whale is selfish about BC Craft Beer. They want the best variety of locally crafted lagers, ales, IPA’s, sours and seasonal offerings anywhere in the area. Luckily, beer drinkers seem to want the same thing. With 16 rotating taps and a little ‘insider trading’, The Whale easily boasts the best and most unique craft beer selection north of Victoria. Try a pint or if you can’t decide, sample any 4 beers or ciders with one of our ‘paddles’.
The White Whale is situated in the heart of the best oyster farming region in the world, so we thought… why not be THE oyster bar! The local waters here are cold and clean, producing the finest and most delicious oysters anywhere. We receive these very oysters daily to ensure the freshest slurping experience possible. And.. if that’s not good enough, our daily $2/shuck special from 3 – 5pm will keep you coming back.
Chef Aaron and his team have worked long and hard to build relationships with many local farms, fisheries and food producers. This all culminates in his seasonally shifting menu, highlighting the best ingredients our region has to offer.
Everything on the menu is crafted from scratch in-house, including all sauces, dressings and even breads.
The style of cuisine can be described as ‘Gastro-Pub’, as it features typical menu items like nachos, pizzas and burgers, all served up with creativity and passion that is anything but typical! You have to try it to believe it!
Chef Aaron Rail
I started working in a commercial kitchen at age 13. My fascination for food began much earlier. Holidays and special occasions in my family meant a day or more preparation in the kitchen. I would often take a stool into the kitchen to help my mother and grandmother prep. A lasting connection between food and family was formed.
Drawn to the bounty of the island, I was lured to the Comox Valley, Oyster Capital of British Columbia, where the number of farms far exceeds the number of restaurants. The valley is a chef’s dream.
2014 culminated in the realization of a life long dream, I opened my own restaurant. I called it The White Whale. Thanks, Hemingway! We are committed to showcasing the abundance Vancouver Island has to offer. We love food, and family.
Come join the pod!
Join us for an evening with Fuggles & Warlock from Richmond, B.C.. Five beers, five courses!
Dinner starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets $75, get them at the restaurant before they are sold out, or click the link below!
The White Whale doesn’t always host events, but when they do, you should probably go, as it’s a guaranteed good time! Monthly Beer Pairing dinners showcase everything the Whale is passionate about. Canada Day is also the Whale’s birthday, and the party is always epic! Live music and foodie events scatter throughout the rest of the year, meaning there’s always a good time on the horizon. Don’t miss out!
To further showcase local ingredients and Chef Aaron’s culinary creativity, The White Whale now offers the opportunity to book a Chef’s Table. Parties from 4 to 20 people can book a special interactive evening where Chef Aaron cooks for them exclusively, using only Comox Valley ingredients. Each reservation will start with a brief consultation in order to determine details such as menu and price. Each Chef’s Table reservation will end with full bellies and big smiles!
Please email email@example.com to get started.