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The White Swan Public House - The White Swan Public House, Seattle, WA

The White Swan Public House

4.5
4.5
373 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A rustic seafood driven restaurant and craft cocktail bar. Features an expansive patio and waterfront experience. Rotating daily fresh oysters.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 588-2680
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Douglas A. Smith
  • Catering
    We do not provide catering services at this time.
  • Private party facilities
    We do not host private events at this time. Walk ins only May 1st through October 1st.
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Union / Eastlake
  • Parking details
    Paid Parking Lot and street parking available. Complimentary guest moorage available in the Spring and Summer.
  • Public transit
    King County Metro: Routes 70 & 83<br />South Lake Union Streetcar: Fred Hutchinson stop<br />Pronto Bike Share Station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Seattle

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Seattle

    Seafood

373 Reviews
  1. ClaudiaM

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We drove 30 miles to eat again at White Swan. This is a fun and casual place with excellent service and delicious food, especially the oysters.

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  2. Marya

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Had to send back 2 orders of overdone fish n chips! Finally gave up and had the mediocre but at least edible fish n clam chowder. Would not go again.

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  3. KeithL

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place but over priced food and small portions. We told server we would share large plate Halibut, and was not told the portion size was too small for a single person. Salad was great.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love sitting outside for their oysters and champagne

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  5. AmberM

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff was cold and blatantly annoyed with us that we needed seating for 10, which was the reservation we made weeks in advance. The restaurant was not prepared for our 10 top when we arrived. They also were not busy. Not even half full. No other diners inside. We had 8 adults, a toddler, and a baby. They initially gave us an 8 top and suggested we put the kids on the end which obstructed the service walkway… We had to help rearrange the tables ourselves. It was Mother’s Day and we overall did not feel welcomed. Plus the halibut dish was terribly prepared. Bland, very small portion, and on a bed of what seemed to be half cooked lentils. I’ve been to White Swan before and loved it. This time was very disappointing.

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  6. RareBird

    Seattle

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been here before but in the winter. I'd wanted to come back in nice weather and we couldn't have picked a better day. We waited quite awhile for service but once I asked if the server at the other table was our waiter and he was. Darrin I think? Anyway super nice and really helpful. Drinks were good. We had the roasted vegetables for an appetizer and were great -sort of a deconstructed salad and really enjoyed it. I had the orecchiette with stinging nettle pesto and prawns and it was good. A little less pesto would have been nice and for the love of god, please take the shells off the tails of the shrimp! It was disgusting to have green hands after doing it myself. My date had the seafood stew and liked it but wished it had a little more heat and flavor. Had the pound cake with banana curd and it was meh. Really no flavor at all and really dry. But it's a fun place and lots of great people and boat watching. Will be back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was friendly but not prompt or attentive even though the restaurant was not overly busy. I ordered a surf and turf special that was flavorful but definitely needed a good steak knife. The meal was advertised with a buttered Parker House roll. The roll was stale and not very flavorful and I had to ask for the butter midway through the meal.

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  8. katec

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    White Swan is great with a group and has fancy-ish seafood focused pub food. Most of the food was good, the oysters were just ok (shucked so that the brine had spilled out, some shells). The sunny patio is especially nice here.

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  9. SarahO

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great outdoor patio space with plenty of heaters. Food is always good, but wish they would offer a few more breakfast items on the brunch menu. Great service

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  10. Samantha

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    White Swan Public house graciously accommodated my birthday dinner and were so wonderful. I say graciously because more people than the reservation was for ended up coming. The service was fantastic, they were so kind and attentive. Thank you for also taking the photos for us! This was the first birthday without my Dad, I really appreciated everything! The food and cocktails/mocktails were 10/10- get the crab hush puppies!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food. Very impressed how busy this place gets, but place is clean and service is awesome.

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  12. ndchef

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Except for the inedible Crab Hushpuppies (with no crab taste), the food was good. Large Sprig Salad with lots of blue cheese. Good halibut Fishwich and fries. Nice Pinot noir and decent beer selection. We had great service on a busy friday evening.

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  13. MadPark

    Seattle

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, lovely setting. Food was reasonable and very good. Ceviche was a bit of a miss

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  14. OrVG

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great view and nice drinks but the food was bad and the service slow

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  15. BrendaE

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great casual vibe, beautiful night (note to self: reserve patio table next time). Our server was excellent!!

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  16. LookingForGoodService

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was decent. Service was terrible. We had a party of 10 (for a birthday) which meant mandatory gratuity. I am not sure if them knowing it was guaranteed contributed to the terrible service or if it is par for the course at the Swan. We saw our waiter 5 times over 2 hours and twice I had to go get him. The mandatory 20% gratuity, especially in a state that has a minimum of $17.25 an hour for servers, is ridiculous. You can clearly see how good service is no longer incentivized. Will not be back. Be careful.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were awesome. Great service. Loved my scallops and my friend loved his pasta. We really enjoyed the place and would definitely go back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The second time, I was there, and still it was awesome

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  19. WnWn

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our nine person group was able to get a reservation and all of us loved our food. There were good portions and we enjoyed our time here.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, mellow old Seattle south lake union waterfront wharf feel.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesomeness of a place!!! Service was impeccable as was the food and drinks!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We got an amazing deal for two dozen oysters but our hush puppies were overcoooked. This restaurant is loud so not great for a date night but great for oyster fans looking for a fun casual place.

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  23. Seattlehouseboatgal

    Seattle

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food & service were excellent. Dessert choices could have been better & it is pretty noisy!! We do enjoy this place!

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  24. Mike

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great first-time experience. Friendly wait staff, my wife's Beet Salad was one of the best she's had, and the Short Rib was excellent.

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  25. RobinB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Date night, friend night out, family, visitors- White Swan is our local fav! Solid menu with something for everyone , great cocktails, great staff- location( location location;)

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice seafood and service on the waterfront! Loved it, we plan on going back.

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  27. FelixM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and super nice, fast and helping service.

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  28. KatieF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful attentive staff. Value for the food was wonderful considering you are right on lake union.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went here for date night. Great laid back atmosphere and really good door and service. We look forward to our next visit. Highly recommend the “Great Wal of China” cocktail.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Mediocre experience. Only deep fried fish. Scallops ok. It's basically a bar with bar food.

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  31. LunaM

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service and great pub food in a relaxed, non-fussy atmosphere. it’s hard to find a place along the waterfront to eat a meal that isn’t hugely overpriced and pretentious. This was neither! The trout was amazing!

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  32. RobinB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy and bustling gastropub style atmosphere. Always perfect fries fries and more fries, the menu has something for everyone. Great bar and cocktails, and ..........location location location

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  33. JenniferH

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 9 adults and were seated promptly even though we were early for our reservation. Excellent service throughout our dinner. Lovely cocktails-had the house made egg nog which was delicious. Seafood chowder was excellent as were the oysters. We had a lovely time and would definitely dine again

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time at the White Swan and will definitely come back

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  35. MaryG

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoy meeting friends here. Great cocktails food and lovely view!

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  36. gladwewent

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    the service was good, staff very friendly especially our waitress. food was good, not sure about the about the claim of best oysters in town. enjoyed the fresh trout presentation, however the taste was just good. prices were fair. inside the seating area had a smell fried oil in the air. i would love to go back during the summer when there outside seating area is open (amazing location of the lake). differently a good place to stop by for drink, views and some oysters.

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  37. Andrea

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great service. The staff did a fantastic job to accommodate our larger group. I made a special request for a wheel chair accessible spot.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Fantastic seafood. We will be back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location for a group event. Good and service were fantastic!

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  40. RobinB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m a regular. One of our fav spots. For visitors , date night, with friends. Great food, gastropub ambience, awesome staff, location. Location , location

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FAQs

The White Swan Public House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 588-2680.

The White Swan Public House is rated 4.5 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The White Swan Public House

1001 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lake Union / Eastlake
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Paid Parking Lot and street parking available. Complimentary guest moorage available in the Spring and Summer.
  • Public transit
    King County Metro: Routes 70 & 83South Lake Union Streetcar: Fred Hutchinson stopPronto Bike Share Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Douglas A. Smith
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 588-2680
  • Catering
    We do not provide catering services at this time.
  • Private party facilities
    We do not host private events at this time. Walk ins only May 1st through October 1st.
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