The Whale Wins

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$31 to $50
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American
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NOTE: We are currently offering TAKE AWAY MEALS by Chef Renee Erickson, Chef Bobby Palmquist and team during the full-service restaurant closure.

CHECK OUT THE MENU: thewhalewins.com. We have a different menu per week and will always have a Vegetarian option.

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Corine
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple yet delicious dinner take out for two! The roasted chicken was very flavorful, and the harissa sauce excellent. Particularly loved the rhubarb galette and the chicken liver pate with pickled raisins. Thank you Whale Wins!

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ArleneM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was in generous proportion and perfectly cooked. Even given the time it took us to pick up and drive home, the meal was still hot and oh so tasty.

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vipsoapstone
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Whale Wins especially for the winter Monday night cassoulet. It did not disappoint!. Delicious. We ate about half, and had the rest the next night as the world's best leftovers.

We also had the roasted cabbage - which was amazing. Very rich with lardons, and not exactly a health dish. But oh my goodness delicious.

Whale did win!

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Eniland
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah and Maya were both delightful. Service timing was perfect and the food was all super tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and cocktails were great! My only complaint was the loud ambient volume while we ate. I really wanted to enjoy the meal, the conversation at the table and the experience but was hampered by the loud environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience at the Whale Wins. My boyfriend and I enjoyed every plate! Service is so great and we are so excited to come back.

Order the beef! It’s excellent!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner with fabulous service! One of our favorite places in Seattle!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a totally lovely evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HH! Nice selection bites and drinks. Great service.

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LauraM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfectly prepared with wonderful flavor profiles. This is a special place. I did think the menu was a bit limiting. There was only one entree that interested me --a 30 oz ribeye for $90! Luckily, my dining partner also wanted it so we were able to share. Most dishes can be shared but if you or your companions have a food limitations, this place might not be as enjoyable as it was for us.

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vipkelly
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always exceptional.
We did miss the carrots and there was no fish option other than clams.
The potatoes were fab even without the butter.
We are trying a new Vegan diet and our waitress was very accommodating. All of our dishes were great without the butter and cheese.
We did have zucchini bread without the cream. I’m sure there was butter in the bread but it was worth it!

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ChrisF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing cocktails, decent value. We had 4 drinks and shared a couple of courses for under 100$ per person.

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vipArlo
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

always good. A little, a lot and a glass of wine. Perfect!!

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SueM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious. Wait staff was attentive and answered all questions we asked. I would return again for a special occasion celebration.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing. We sampled nearly everything on the menu family style and it was wonderful beginning to end. The great food was complimented by attentive and friendly service. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipArtemis
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super tasty small plates that did not leave one over stuffed or hungry. Excellent waitress, excellent wine list well thought out for food pairings. I continue to appreciate this restaurant for its economical ingredients which are not overwrought and always exciting. I come away with good ideas for ramping up my own efforts at home. Our out of town guests were well pleased with everything.

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KeithW
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Creative, delicious food. The calms were amazing -- we had to have a second order of those. Server was very helpful and friendly. This is definitely one of our favorite places to eat in Seattle and where we like to take special guests from out of town when they visit.

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vipMarkG
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Finally made it to this gem of a restaurant. Amazing food and cocktails and the service can’t be beat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS FOOD! We shared 4 apps. All wonderful! The roasted chicken was hot, juicy with a crispy skin. The cocktails were also great. Really cute atmosphere. You cannot go wrong with this place. Highly recommend.

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BasP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Whale Wins is a very nice restaurant, modern, hip and happening, located next to my favorite bike and snowboardshop :) Good wine and good fish!

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Gwenk
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The atmosphere and service were very nice. The menu was very limited for people who tend towards vegetarian. There was not much I could eat. We ordered some bread, a cheese plate, a salad and sardine toast. My partner ordered a main. I had a beer to drink, but no other drinks were ordered. The bill for the two of us was $143.
I would recommend the restaurant to meat eaters.

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Aleja
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Exquisite balance of flavors, textures and smells. The restaurant makes and effort to make the eating experience a whole sensorial one.

All dishes were exquisite. An advise: portions are quite large.. As an example the plate of the day was huge and we ordered 3 main dishes. With 2 main dishes, plus appetizers, desserts etc, it was more than enough for 3 people. Since all dishes are high in fat, the balance relays in portions.

I am going back during the summer to experience the seasonal menu and have a better cense of the use of available ingredients by the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! The food, service and ambiance were all phenomenal!

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vipDianeT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was SO excited they decided to open on Fridays thru all of Dec that I reserved a table for every one. I truly wish they would re-open for lunch. It was barely advertised and therefore not hugely attended. The North end of the lake is in dire need of good lunch eateries.

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vipVictorN
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Serrano ham. Your life will not be the same.

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RuthN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation at the Whale Wins for a special dinner with a friend and our evening was fabulous. We tried several different dishes and everything was yummy. This is my 3rd visit to the Whale Wins and each time has been better than the last. My first visit was just average - 2nd visit was very good - and this 3rd visit was excellent. I will definitely add the restaurant to my list of favorites after this last visit. The service was delightful and ambiance was just right for a nice dinner out with the ability to carry on a conversation. Great evening!

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vipDianeT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service.

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MaddieF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was less exciting than expected from this brand, definitely left something to be desired for the price tag

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Fun experience.

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Maries
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Seattle restaurants, six years and counting.

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vipmwkSea
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Have been at the Whale Wins many times before, but last Friday lunch was our last. There was not a dish I would recommend. The sliced ham, maybe 2 oz., and butter was just that as well as the cheese plate that consisted of very small portions of 3 cheeses. No bread unless you paid $6.50 a pop. We had to buy 2 bread plates for the 4 of us. The smoked clam tartine consisted of maybe 4 clams and hot peppers. I had to scrape the topping off as the bread underneath was so hard I could neither bite into it or use a sharp knife. The charred cabbage dish sounded good until it arrived. It was burned with a black crust that was so over cooked that the cabbage was mushy through out. It was frankly inedible. The waiter offered to make another plate for us, but it was so unappetizing we told him no. The 2 salads were OK but underdressed. The 2 deserts, a single slice of zucchini bread and a very small meringue did not live up to our expectations. You're probably asking why we didn't send everything back, but that's difficult when business entertaining. The 5 small plates plus bread, no wine or cocktails, came to a total of $168 including the automatic 20% service charge.

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vipDianeT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish they were open for lunch everyday. So few options with this quality food and service.

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vipSarahK
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience sharing small plates. Food was excellent and our waitress was outstanding! The noise level was excessive and made conversation difficult.
We were beyond sated and decided to pass on dessert.
Waitress treated my grandson to a meringue with candle as it was his birthday. Very special of her.

Provided extra tip for her. Hope she received it.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special except for the sardine dish. Not even close to worth the price

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viprktaylor
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were kind and warm as always. The food was incredible. The roasted broccoli in tahini... oh my god. And the pork chop. Phenomenal. The Whale Wins is consistently my go-to for fine dining for a reason!

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DeeDeeDiner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and come here often. The menu is creative and consistently delicious. Especially interesting vegetables dishes, and my son and I enjoyed the Monday cassoulet night. Dont miss the grilled zucchini bread for dessert (yes really). Yum.

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OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

The service seemed indifferent with no explanation of the menu, how the dining works I e. Family style vs individual orders and no real descriptions of the items beyond the menu, the food was excellent despite that, bit with the indifferent service is rather spend my money elsewhere

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NicoleO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband and mother there to celebrate her move to Seattle. We had a ball! The food was excellent, the service was fun, friendly, and prompt, and the cost was reasonable. We'll go there again for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. Will go back over and over again.

FAQs

The Whale Wins does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 478 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.