The Whale Wins
Start out your meal with an appetizer like roasted squash or house pickled vegetables. Choose from a menu that is constantly changing but always offers dishes like the salt roasted half chicken, Hama Hama clams and the 32 oz double cut ribeye. Top off your experience with a homemade dessert at The Whale Wins.
It was very nice - good food, Bartender tried making our favorite Cuddle Puddle cocktail (please bring it back here and at Bateau!), good service.
It was excellent from start to finish. Jasmin was wonderful as was our server.
Everything was great but the food wasn't as "cosy" or "rustic" as I prefer. A lot of pickling for the dishes we got. Would come back and try other dishes.
Amazing food, mushroom appetizer was amazing. I never ate mushrooms being prepared so well. Great whiskey sour and mojito. Tried all of their deserts and they didnt disappoint at all. I was hoping to eat steak but it was not available, will return.
Not sure why there are so many negative reviews
One of the best dining experiences I've ever had in Seattle.
Great space, wonderful atmosphere, warm and friendly service and just the most incredibly delicious food.
Can't wait to go back!
My friend and I had a wonderful experience. The food and wine were all delicious. Would definitely go back.
Great night! The service was great: the food came promptly, they accommodated our requests (the music was really loud when we came in and they turned down the volume, which really enhanced our experience), assisted us in our beverage choices, offering a taste of a wine, which helped us make a better choice, and didn't bat an eye when one of us didn't like the cocktail (offering understanding, an alternate choice and didn't charge us for it). The food was delicious, especially the smoked salmon, beef tongue, and mushroom small plates. Only tiny disappointment was the lack of a chocolate choice on the dessert menu. A wonderful evening overall!
Loved the Monday night special: $40 cassoulet for two, add a bottle of red for $20!
Always good especially the chicken
I LOVE THE FOOD AND AMBIANCE AT THE WHALE WINS, BUT THE SERVICE THIS PARTICULAR EVENING WAS SUB-PAR. THE SERVER FORGOT ABOUT TWO OF OUR SMALL PLATE ORDERS, AND CAME OVER WHEN WE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR QUITE A WHILE TO ASK IF WE WERE READY TO BOX UP OUR EXISTING PLATES. MAYBE A BAD NIGHT? DISAPPOINTED.
We had no prior knowledge of the restaurant, and found everything was a fun surprise. Unique and thoughtfully prepared plates made dining great. Our server did a really nice job of explaining the dishes as we made our selections. Certainly recommended to all!
Inattentive and affected waitstaff unable or unwilling to help with menu. Ordered one shared appetizer and two entrees. Appetizer and one entree came at same time. Appetizer was tasty (mushrooms) but presentation bland. Entree was a series of Manila clams in a clear broth with occasional flecks of hot pepper and kale floating. Presentation very unappetizing and not very flavorful. Asked staff to bring second entree and got an eye roll. Second entree was a chicken breast, floating on top of a clear broth with specks of spetzle floating therein. Tasteless but chicken was cooked appropriately.
Surly service to the end was extra painful due to mandatory service charge, though meal was diScounted without apology or explanation.
Sampling the small plates is fantastic. They accommodate dietary issues well. The bartender stopped over to discuss and personalize mixed drinks. My only complaint--the chairs and benches are too hard.
We will be back.
Our waitress was I’m personable and not interested in accommodating a diabetic who could not have sweets. The dessert was not described accurately and and there was an unfortunate impatience to the experience overall.
Innovative and creative food offerings, attentive but unobtrusive service. Simply wonderful.
The overhead music was too loud and a very odd mix. We enjoyed the experience otherwise.
Excellent food accompanied by impeccable service. Absolutely recommend eating here for a delicious brunch!
Great little place.
Not as good as Renee’s other restaurants. We felt it was overpriced and not great. Won’t be back.
The Whale Wins is ALWAYS worthy experience!
The Whale wins is always a good place to go. Parking is a bit of a challenge in the area, but the restaurant, especially the food and staff are second to none. It is fun to sit at the bar as the staff also interacts with you. In short I always recommend this restaurant.
Never having been there before, we were hoping for something a bit more 'cozy' and quiet to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was very accommodating in seating is in the most out of the way spot.
A long running favorite—magical every time
The broccoli carrot small plate was to die for, as were the clams and zucchini bread dessert.
Great food, great service!
Went for a bday dinner. The food was amazing and the ambiance was lovely. Would high recommend.
We had a great meal!
I was excellent food and service. Don’t go there expecting a cheap meal however
Excellent food. Attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Never felt rushed. Visiting from Portland. I'll definitely come here again!
Had been wanting to try for a long time. Interesting dishes (in a good way!) and attentive yet unobtrusive service.
This was our second trip to this place. We went opening week many years ago and it was mediocre. We have heard great things since and decided to give it another shot. That was a mistake. The small plates were super acidic and lacking texture. The chicken was good but not 32 bucks good. Waiter was great. House staff was ok. I feel like this place has been coasting since it opened.
Fun evening with good food. Bathrooms a bit of a walk
The cassoulet and wine pairing were wonderful. The music was way too loud, however, and made conversation difficult. I might not go back even though I love the food.
One of my favorite Seattle restaurants.
Food was divine, service was attentive, professional & knowledgeable
Love the feel, love the food!
Amazing. Great service, food, and atmosphere! Best restaurant experience in Seattle so far and looking forward to our return. Oh... and get the Beef Tongue.
What a lovely meal! The chef worked so hard in front of the fire grill and the food showed his work.
Food and service was great, desserts were very yummy. Down side was tables were very close together and seating was not staggered, just rows of 2 person tables lined up.