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The Whale Wins

4.7
563 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Whale Wins Cafe and Larder will offer James Beard Award winning wood-fired fare and casual counter-style service all day, 8am to 8pm. We are focusing on safely meeting the needs of our Fremont and Wallingford neighbors with expanded dine-in, carry out, espresso, grocery and bottle shop offerings.

We are taking reservations for indoor dining and will take requests for limited patio seating. Please note, our patio is heated but not covered and our dining room is chilly with the windows open. In the event of inclement weather, we will call you to confirm or modify your reservation.

We are currently asking for proof of COVID vaccination, with a valid ID for all indoor seated dining. We will also accept a negative COVID test within 48 hours of entry. The Whale Wins is adhering to the statewide mask mandate.

Check out our current menus on our website: thewhalewins.com. Our take out options are listed here as well!

We hope to see you soon!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 563 people are saying
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saras
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a nice time, but found thay the food was not what I had expected based on the last time I was there. It was difficult to find our server when we wanted to order more drinks etc as well. He was very kind and helpful, but it wasn't the experience I was expecting.

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GinnyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The food was amazing--so good. And the staff and service were wonderful. But it was really cold--too cold to be comfortable even wearing a coat. It was a cold night and the restaurant was open to the outdoor patio dining area, even though no one was seated there.

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vipMichaelS
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delightful dinner at The Whale Wins last night.
The cocktails were delicious and we loved the French / Italian wine pours.
The sardines on toast were the most inventive I’ve ever had, and the charred eggplant was delicious. Halibut and clams were also inventive preparations with unique tastes including peppers. The service was friendly and attentive, and COVID precautions were impressive with vaccine and ID checking and open windows to ensure air flow. Since the weather is cooling now, we recommend being prepared with an extra layer of clothing. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent but it was very cold with the patio doors swung open as if it was a summer night. We were cold even though we at ate inside with coats on. I’m not sure if this is a COVID precaution, but seems a bit much given that they require everyone show proof of vaccination. Also we made a reservation at 7:30 and felt we were being rushed out by the end of the meal because apparently they close at 8:00 on a Friday night? Ordered tea with dessert and it was not steeped properly - basically they gave us a pot of hot water because they were in such a rush to get out of there. It was just not a great experience and for the price, we were kind of disappointed.

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NateM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals in Seattle. Recommend getting the clams.

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Schanon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We had a wonderful meal last night, our food was absolutly the top of it's game~ The drinks were fantastic, and the atmosphere was absolulty amazing. I am reluctant to say but the service was not as good as I expected, I don't want to complain, I am sure like everyone they were short staffed. But I would highly reccomend them and will for sure be back!

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Shane
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved being asked to prove vaccination status up front. That’s a fantastic way to keep us all safe!

Food was great, delicious drinks, attentive service, overall wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Tasty food but limited choices for vegans or nondairy diets.

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prcseattle
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great place for any occasion! Food was outstanding!!! Music was a little loud and too dance-like. Jarring at some points. The relaxed atmosphere called for more ambient/jazz/classical. Could easily be a 5 star review with a little change here and there. THE BEST halibut and gnocchi EVER!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary fell on a Tuesday night and we had the most delightful dinner! The food was fabulous, the dining room was well spaced out and we had a wonderful server who brought fresh plates, cutlery and linens with each course. Absolutely recommend!

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Problemeater
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends in from out of town and wanted something special and truly “Seattle.” Everything we ate was beautiful and delicious.
We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whale Wins never disappoints. Great service, menu that allows you to choose your own adventure and great cocktails and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as yummy as it always is. The staff was lovely and efficient. This restaurant delivered a memorable meal once again.

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DaDB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is spectacular.

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Amanda
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot for Seattle. Seasonal food that's to die for.

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Foodie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I wanted to be delighted by veggie forward unique flavor combinations. Instead I was disappointed and let down. If you do go, don’t order Billie’s to Tomato salad.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at dinner. The drinks were creative and fun and the dishes flavorful. We particularly like the pork chop, gnocchi and the dates for dessert.

Can't wait to come back and poke around the shop and grab some treats for home.

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SPARKY
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really terrific! Very thoughtfully prepared dishes. Little accents to the dishes elevate them from very good to superb. Shawna was a terrific waitperson. Good ambience, comfortable outdoor seating.

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vipLilu
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night!

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vipKenO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a festive family-style meal. Everything is excellent.

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sealocal
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We sat outside which was pleasant. There were birds in the lattice above us and a few leaves fell into our table during our meal. We found it charming. But mentioning it since not everyone would.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It was good but not as great as it usually is. Mains we're the highlight. Wine wasn't great, especially for the price. Would take the wine we had off the menu.

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vipLisaP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food ! Fresh and incredibly flavorful dishes. Loved the smoked fish dip, the halibut and the zucchini bread desert. Highly recommend

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vipJEC68
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Love the medium size plates to share.
Service was excellent, our server was so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back.
Can’t wait to try the other restaurants!!!

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rebeccar
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Halibut was amazing! Really all such good fresh clean food. Would go at least monthly if I lived up here

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Shay
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous meal. Everything we ordered was incredible. Hats off to the chef!

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vipBenB
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good, service and ambiance were excellent.

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BrieM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful gem with great food, ambiance, and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant I will come back to again and again. Having grown up in Seattle, this dining experience feels like home.

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CarlG
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a delicious meal . I feel it was a tad bit overpriced. The room/patio was very nice

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JohnL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father day

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Willow
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for breakfast, I love it for coffee, I love it for dinner. The wine is interesting and delicious, and it’s nice to be able to take away a favourite bottle. There’s never an occasion for which The Whale is not where I want to go.

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Karlosr
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy that I found this spot. I enjoyed every aspect of my experience. The food is second to none, the service was very friendly and helpful. Great place for a date or small gathering
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Seattle206
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Seated quickly but took 15 minutes for them to greet us to take our drink order: in fact, I had to ask them if someone was coming to help us. Subpar service, food was only okay for the price (though the prawns/shrimp were a stand out). Total opposite of Joule next door - amazing service and food. I had The Whale Wins on my list forever and likely won't be returning. Walrus has better food and service. Good wine selection though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
49 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our meal was really wonderful and it's a very charming spot.

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StephanieB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal and the server was extremely helpful in wine pairing for us. The ambiance on the patio is an absolute dream. Will definitely be returning!

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CoryD
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Overall really good experience.

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vipBLBB
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Absolutely loved the food. Very nice dinner until we were told to leave for the 2 hr minimum which no one told us about. The kitchen was so so slow so we got our lat dish at 2 hrs when we were told to leave.

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CarolynneW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious as usual, and the servers were friendly, helpful and informative.

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vipBarbara
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Glad they are back; hard to manage with the pandemic! Some of the old standards are still on the menu, which is great!

We really enjoyed the pate and pickled vegs. The radishes combined with peas was a nice surprise and something we will replicate.

The chicken entree was way over cooked and dry x 2; also covered in too many herbs. Roasted shrimp was a bit, albeit a bit messy in the shells.


The roasted potatoes were the best as they picked up a bit of the smoke.
Service spotty.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Whale Wins using the Order Online button. The Whale Wins also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-9425.

The Whale Wins is rated 4.7 stars by 563 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.