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The Whale Wins

4.7
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492 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Limited outdoor dining is currently available to reserve for dinner!

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

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 492 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gseattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food. The outside tables are well-spaced and they take care to sanitize and wear masks.

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KathyD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Very good covid protocol in place. Service and food both top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a good evening with great service. We had just gotten engaged and the staff really did a great job of being attentive.

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vipJongwonY
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and careful consideration for safety. I very much enjoyed the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazingly delicious and clean. We ordered the gnocchi, panzanella, succotash, cheese plate,

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to celebrate a birthday- first time in an actual restaurant (and without our kid!) since pre-COVID and it did not disappoint. Food was all spectacular. They had the cocktail I preordered ready and waiting and were exceedingly conscientious about COVID precautions. We were one of three couples in the entire place and the staff were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience while being thoughtful about social distancing. The outside patio was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have delicious food and wine, and we were very impressed with how they are handling COVID-19 precautions. They clearly take the safety of their staff and customers incredibly seriously and we appreciate that!

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Nikola
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nice place with calm atmosphere, but the prices tend to be on the higher end, and I don't think they're justified. The gnocchi were nice, and the salad was great, but the meat in the chop was so greasy that it was unbelievable how they are even serving such meat.

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vipChefceleste
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can we say that hasn’t already been said about the Whale Wins? It’s always predictably amazing. We love it.

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vipElliott
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the whole menu and it was outstanding. Such a delightful spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Fiebinator
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Even amidst all the complexity of our world the team at The Whale Wins manages to deliver a wonderful dining experience. Their outdoor seating was wonderful and the food was superb.

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Carrie
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back! Inventive and fresh, well put together dishes.

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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
2 reviews
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
11 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
6 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.

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 492 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.