The Whale Wins

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
472 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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.
What 472 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Can’t wait to come back!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a totally lovely evening.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HH! Nice selection bites and drinks. Great service.

LM
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.

k
New York Area
32 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!

CF
Seattle
1 review
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.

A
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

SM
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.

OT
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.

A
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.

KW
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.

MG
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.

OT
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.

BP
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!

G
Seattle
12 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.

A
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DT
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.

VN
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RN
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!

DT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Fun experience.

M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Seattle restaurants, six years and counting.

S
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.

DT
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.

SK
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.

MR
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

r
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!

DD
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.

OT
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

NO
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.

OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. Will go back over and over again.

a
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. We went on a Sunday, which was a bit quieter but made the setting wonderful for a family meal. The food was on point, service was excellent.

AK
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely worth the trip from Vancouver for the exceptional open wood fire meals at this James Beard award winning restaurant. The cote de boeuf is one of the finest things I’ve ever eaten and the cheese plate is sexy as hell!

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. We sat at the bar and he was amazing. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

JP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited during a special Korean inspired dinner. The food was awesome!

OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner & great friendly service. The sardines were a table favorite but all dishes were super.

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first visit to The Whale Wins. Our server was very attentive and nice. We brought our own wine (only $20 corkage!) so cant speak to the drink menu, but the food was delicious. Highly recommend the chicory salad and broccoli with tahini. Dessert was perfect too!