The Whale Wins

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$31 to $50
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Located in Seattle's eclectic Fremont neighborhood, The Whale Wins offers a menu that changes daily and is full of the best seasonal, local ingredients available. Each meal is made to order with bold flavors by highly trained chefs. The Whale Wins also has a full bar which includes a drink menu full of specialty cocktails.

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.
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PC
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and a beautiful restaurant. A new favorite!

JK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my Bday at Whale Wins and had an incredible time!! The food was just as fabulous as every other time I've been and the bread pudding was to die for. LOVED it!!

N
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing seasonal and local. Enjoyed the Carmen Ranch cote de boeuf and the ahi tartar.

RM
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and food as always. The Whale Wins will always be a special place in the city of Seattle, and its a perfect gem in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood.

r
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was exquisite, from start to finish. Best pork chop I've ever had. Service was perfection. I honestly can't wait to go back. I'm already dreaming of how to replicate the butter lettuce salad!

M
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the pickled vegetables the Sea Wolf bread and butter main course we had to salted half chicken With a side of smoked potatoes The food was excellent! The service was excellent! Great place for a date night

AL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

A lot of money for average food.

S
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us shared a wide variety of dishes from clams, chicken, herbed salad, broccoli and many more. Not one bite was left in a plate!! Excellent and also discovered a great wine!!!

d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clam ceviche OMG. Great wine recommendations.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Wife almost almost yelled at the group of men beside us because she was eves dropping on them talking about colleagues worth cheating on their wife’s for.

JM
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful array of small plates. The flavors were terrific. We did eat too much, alas, but it was all so tasty.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Love this place!!!! Course pacing was perfect, every dish delicious, everything was awesome!

BP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service & a truly enjoyable meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Things that appear simple on the menu are very well done and delicious.

KP
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Super friendly staff- and really great Cote de Boeuf!

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I really liked the ambience. Thought the food wasn’t worth the price.

KM
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I love that there are a lot of delicious small plates to share as well as main courses without paying an extra fee. That way, you can have more items. Also great wines, local as well as international ones.

JA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whale Wins Is always a culinary delight. Amazing food from start to finish-digestively as well!

J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pretty good food made with fresh and local products. Staff is really friendly and nice with kids.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was an amazing blend of flavors, textures, salt, heat. Generous portions. Great service. Best tap rose I've ever tasted!

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Charming location, excellent service, mediocre food. We had the fixed price entree for two on a Monday night. Well prepared but uneven flavors and we both left disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We so very much looked forward to our dining experience, but the food was lackluster and just “ok.” Very few protein options and I’d say the service was average. Nothing about our experience aligned with the numerous top-notch reviews we read or heard beforehand. Unfortunately this was our first and last visit.

KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meh. Not an extensive menu. Not very friendly wait staff. Food was ok, but portions were small for the price. The space is so cute and the kitchen is beautiful, which is why I wanted to try it, but we were not impressed.

JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sometimes we purge. Other times we splurge. This was the latter.

OW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive waitstaff, but not overbearing. Good recommendations on how much to order, we ended up with just the right amount of food. Everything we had was excellent, Chicories salad was the favorite.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was outstanding!

A
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Grand Aioli is a screaming deal, so delicious.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The tuna tartare in particular was outstanding.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful space - especially the outdoor area. The tables were too close together and were bolted down, which made for some uncomfortable 'scooching' experiences to get past your neighbors and into or out of your seat.

The food was not impressive, especially at the price point. Expected more inventiveness with the flavors and textures that just did not happen. The tuna tartare was basically a grocery store tuna salad. The cheese plate was good but could've been constructed at home (three cheeses and a fig jam, plated in the most expected way and drizzled with Olive Oil).

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a casual summer date night, as first timers we really enjoyed the offerings and experience.

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very limited but delicious menu. Only 3 entres to choose from all verry good. 4 great salads

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing but took forever to come out. Ended up taking it home.

PL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great restaurant from Renee Erickson. We loved Walrus and Carpenter and this place is also excellent. We loved it so much that we couldn’t want to book another meal with my in-laws. We ordered the cheese platter, bread, clams and the rib eye steak. All amazing!

S
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Cute place, delish clams and amazing Rose on tap. Service not the best and I was the only one there for 30 minutes yet 20 percent service charge added to bill automatically.

E
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was fine but definitely not worth the hype. A couple of the dishes were inventive but over all just meh. I also didn't appreciate that the waitress brought full pours of drinks when I asked for a taste forcing me to drink/pay for expensive alcohol I didn't ask for and didn't particularly like.

m
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific place. Don’t miss the chicken, absolutely delicious, although there could have been just a dab little bit more. Roasted potatoes were to die for. Strawberry mess was meal topper. Service was great.

SW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We reserved a table for two for our wedding anniversary, and when we arrived, asked for an open table on the patio, but were told that there was only one left, and unless we'd specifically requested it, we couldn't get it. I hadn't seen an option to request that on OpenTable. So we were seated at a table about 4 inches away from another couple who were already eating. It was a whole line of similar tables, crammed together. The menu was wildly overpriced- $90 for a steak? So we left without ordering. Very disappointing- we won't be back.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.

PD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like every other Eat Sea Creatures restaurant, this one has amazing food, service, and drinks. Everyone must eat here!

VM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.