The White Swan Public House

4.6
186 Reviews
$30 and under
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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Maureen
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food—the oysters and calamari were amazing. The Oregon Pinot noir was lovely. Only taking a star off due to the slow service, but we were there for dinner on a weekend so they were busy. Will be going back!

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jennw
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food is always great and the service is excellent!

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PhillipT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was prepared quickly and the wine and beer selection were simple yet well-curated. The service was excellent and we ate outside due to social distancing restrictions. I had some very fresh oysters and a seafood stew with salmon, prawns, clams, and muscles. Very tasty!

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TaylorO
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and food! We loved the crab mac & cheese and salmon dip. Highly recommend for both locals and visitors of Seattle.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very nice lunch. It was a little cool because the gas heater went out and was not relit.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, great food!

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vipAnicaN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food by the water- can’t beat it.

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vipKathy
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

White Swan has delicious food in a perfect setting along the water, but unfortunately their service is consistently poor. I’ve been on 4 occasions and there are always issues with the reservations and they are severely understaffed. It’s clear there is a disconnect with management. Expect long wait times even with a reservation. Sometimes they fail to seat you entirely because they are not accurately keeping track of table turn over.

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ASwan
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food! I had the smoked salmon salad (light and refreshing) and my husband had the fish and chips! Both delicious and views were wonderful!

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KBSeattle
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Started out as a great experience outside on their patio, however we had no idea there was a 90 minute time limit and the new hostess I had never seen before was surprisingly rude when she came to tell us we needed to leave because we had stayed past the time limit. I have been here many times over the past year to support them and have never been told the rule, which is fine, but to be treated as if we had committed a crime when all that was needed was a gentle explanation of the new policy, left a bad taste in our mouths. Treat people with respect is generally a good customer service attitude if you want them to return.

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Jules
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the location. Everything we ordered was so good.

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TracyL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood spot by the lake. We enjoyed our experience. If you get oysters, it's going cost you but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had to eat outside due to COVID restrictions. Service and food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time with this friend in 16 months! It was great. Chase is a wonderful server and fun. An asset to your company

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Davede
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice Mother's Day on the water. They were very busy but our server made sure he kept us happy!

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vipToddR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch or brunch and watch the water and planes take off!

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HHSeattle
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in Seattle! Best oysters, great beer on tap, tasty cocktails, friendly staff. Add a wonderful waterfront ambience. Blissful!

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KatieB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday dinner - delicious appys

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Alma
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice outdoor seating arrangement with views of the lake and good service. I had the crab mac and cheese and my husband had the seafood stew. We shared a beet salad. All of the food was really good, but maybe slightly over priced. You're paying for the great location, so for us, that wasn't a big deal. We went on a Sunday night so City parking was free; otherwise, parking is per hour with the City spots or more at the private adjacent spaces. Recommended for food and ambiance!

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DeniseL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The white swan public house was wonderful! Charming location, right on the water and the best oysters I have had in ages, highly recommend!

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AliceJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Chairs and stools not very comfortable but food and service was good.
Nice selection of local seafood.

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Anonymous
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was incredible. Suggested but did not sway us in any one direction and let us make the final decision. Food service was quick. The oyster selection... amazing! Hush puppies... perfect balance of corn and crab. Drink selection is solid. Entrees of Crab Mac & Cheese for her and Seared Scallops for me. Crab Mac was super... pretty rich so go easy!! The scallops were cooked perfectly and the taste combinations on the plate were excellent. The portion for the price on the scallops was a tad high but I’m not sorry I got them 😋 Outdoor seating is a must at this restaurant! Enjoy the Seattle summer everyone!

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KeriM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were as amazing the view! I will be back!

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SydneyA
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can’t beat the lake view and good food! Their apps are delicious and cocktails are great. Don’t miss out.

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KathyY
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The patio is great. Our server was absolutely fantastic!

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vipTwandalu
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

As always, nice slightly innovative menu made with care. Very unusual and very pleasant setting. However, the service was outstanding and better than I’ve had at some of the fanciest restaurants. Highly recommend a visit.

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vipJasonJK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Good food and drinks!!

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Shailyn
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and drinks- I particularly loved the Empress of Roses cocktail.

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vipMichaelM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Subpar compared to other times I’ve been. When we arrived multiple staff kept telling us to stand in different spots outside but nobody seem to want to check us in. After 10 minutes of standing around we finally went inside to talk to the manager and he implied we had been doing the wrong thing the whole time.

Once we were seated it felt like our server just wanted to barge in rather than give us 5 seconds to finish the conversation. Their time seemed more important than our experience. Lastly my first drink was subpar; it was just a Manhattan but pretty bad. Too many bitters and almost no whiskey.

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Monique
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fresh oysters, lovely atmosphere and kind servers.

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KatrinaB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place. The wind kicked up a lot but the sunset, oysters, and scallops were more than worth it.

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ErinG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch on a Sunday. I had the shrimp and grits and my friend had the hash with winter vegetables and sausage. Both dishes were delicious! The staff was great and the pub did a great job with COVID protocols.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy coming here. Delicious food, great service & such a beautiful setting.

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Phil
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome, both patient and very helpful. Food and cocktails were also great

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vipKaren
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food great service

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Vida
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I highly recommend the Poutine by the Sea and their chowder!!!

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vipLily
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience2

When booking our reservation, we were presented with the option to choose between indoor and outdoor seating. I opted to book a much earlier time slot than I typically would to secure outdoor seating, as only indoor seating was available at the other times listed. When we arrived, we were seated at an indoor table and were told that an outdoor table would be an hour+ wait. It was incredibly disappointing to have intentionally reserved a table outside over 24 hours in advance to take advantage of the nice weather, only to find out that our reservation had not been honored.

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vipMichaelE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent "authentic" Seattle seafood with out feeling like one of the chain/tourist traps on the water front.

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Cate
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our waitress wasn't very friendly and barely spoke to us. Food was good but seemed a little overpriced. Overall we had a nice time, but probably wouldn't come back.

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MarieA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Although I've had a great dinner experience here, I was very disappointed in the brunch. We sat on the patio under the tent, but by the plastic wall that was rolled up. The server only brought forks and napkins, no knives. He brought my mimosa but forgot my coffee. My veggie hash came cold and dry. The french toast was thin and soggy. I gave the benefit of the doubt - it could have been an off day, however, when the hail storm began and we were being pelted with hail from the side and rain was falling onto our food and drinks, no one came out right away to assist, so we took the matter into our own hands and unrolled the plastic wall of the tent. The wind blew and finally staff came to assist. They rolled the wall back up and asked if we'd simply like to move tables. Then we were chastised for touching the tent. No apologies for the delayed assistance, no offers to bring us new food/drink since ours were soaked with rain water. I can understand the hesitancy to interact with customers during the pandemic, however, this made me feel like they didn't want our business.

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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 4.6 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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