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The Whale Wins

4.8
556 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

We are taking reservations for indoor dining and will take requests for limited patio seating. Please note, our patio is heated but not covered and our dining room is chilly with the windows open. In the event of inclement weather, we will call you to confirm or modify your reservation.

We are currently asking for proof of COVID vaccination, with a valid ID for all indoor seated dining. We will also accept a negative COVID test within 48 hours of entry. The Whale Wins is adhering to the statewide mask mandate.

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

We hope to see you soon!

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 556 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Tasty food but limited choices for vegans or nondairy diets.

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prcseattle
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great place for any occasion! Food was outstanding!!! Music was a little loud and too dance-like. Jarring at some points. The relaxed atmosphere called for more ambient/jazz/classical. Could easily be a 5 star review with a little change here and there. THE BEST halibut and gnocchi EVER!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary fell on a Tuesday night and we had the most delightful dinner! The food was fabulous, the dining room was well spaced out and we had a wonderful server who brought fresh plates, cutlery and linens with each course. Absolutely recommend!

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Problemeater
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends in from out of town and wanted something special and truly “Seattle.” Everything we ate was beautiful and delicious.
We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whale Wins never disappoints. Great service, menu that allows you to choose your own adventure and great cocktails and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as yummy as it always is. The staff was lovely and efficient. This restaurant delivered a memorable meal once again.

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DaDB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is spectacular.

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Amanda
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot for Seattle. Seasonal food that's to die for.

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Foodie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I wanted to be delighted by veggie forward unique flavor combinations. Instead I was disappointed and let down. If you do go, don’t order Billie’s to Tomato salad.

SR
vipSusanR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at dinner. The drinks were creative and fun and the dishes flavorful. We particularly like the pork chop, gnocchi and the dates for dessert.

Can't wait to come back and poke around the shop and grab some treats for home.

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SPARKY
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really terrific! Very thoughtfully prepared dishes. Little accents to the dishes elevate them from very good to superb. Shawna was a terrific waitperson. Good ambience, comfortable outdoor seating.

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vipLilu
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night!

KO
vipKenO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a festive family-style meal. Everything is excellent.

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sealocal
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We sat outside which was pleasant. There were birds in the lattice above us and a few leaves fell into our table during our meal. We found it charming. But mentioning it since not everyone would.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It was good but not as great as it usually is. Mains we're the highlight. Wine wasn't great, especially for the price. Would take the wine we had off the menu.

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vipLisaP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food ! Fresh and incredibly flavorful dishes. Loved the smoked fish dip, the halibut and the zucchini bread desert. Highly recommend

JE
vipJEC68
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Love the medium size plates to share.
Service was excellent, our server was so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back.
Can’t wait to try the other restaurants!!!

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rebeccar
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Halibut was amazing! Really all such good fresh clean food. Would go at least monthly if I lived up here

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Shay
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous meal. Everything we ordered was incredible. Hats off to the chef!

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vipBenB
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good, service and ambiance were excellent.

BM
BrieM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful gem with great food, ambiance, and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant I will come back to again and again. Having grown up in Seattle, this dining experience feels like home.

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CarlG
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a delicious meal . I feel it was a tad bit overpriced. The room/patio was very nice

JL
JohnL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father day

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Willow
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for breakfast, I love it for coffee, I love it for dinner. The wine is interesting and delicious, and it’s nice to be able to take away a favourite bottle. There’s never an occasion for which The Whale is not where I want to go.

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Karlosr
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy that I found this spot. I enjoyed every aspect of my experience. The food is second to none, the service was very friendly and helpful. Great place for a date or small gathering
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Seattle206
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Seated quickly but took 15 minutes for them to greet us to take our drink order: in fact, I had to ask them if someone was coming to help us. Subpar service, food was only okay for the price (though the prawns/shrimp were a stand out). Total opposite of Joule next door - amazing service and food. I had The Whale Wins on my list forever and likely won't be returning. Walrus has better food and service. Good wine selection though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
49 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our meal was really wonderful and it's a very charming spot.

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StephanieB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal and the server was extremely helpful in wine pairing for us. The ambiance on the patio is an absolute dream. Will definitely be returning!

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CoryD
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Overall really good experience.

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vipBLBB
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Absolutely loved the food. Very nice dinner until we were told to leave for the 2 hr minimum which no one told us about. The kitchen was so so slow so we got our lat dish at 2 hrs when we were told to leave.

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CarolynneW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious as usual, and the servers were friendly, helpful and informative.

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vipBarbara
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Glad they are back; hard to manage with the pandemic! Some of the old standards are still on the menu, which is great!

We really enjoyed the pate and pickled vegs. The radishes combined with peas was a nice surprise and something we will replicate.

The chicken entree was way over cooked and dry x 2; also covered in too many herbs. Roasted shrimp was a bit, albeit a bit messy in the shells.


The roasted potatoes were the best as they picked up a bit of the smoke.
Service spotty.

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vipLive2Eat
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely early dinner, seated outside. The gnocchi was “life changing,” per my husband. He’s a connoisseur and said this was the best he’d ever eaten. My mom said the pâté was also the best she’d ever had. The only drawbacks were unrecognizable wines that needed explanation (server did great job), and the bread pudding was an abomination (compressed, dry, crunchy top, with cold sauce underneath). With stellar starters and mains, wish dessert was more special, on-par with other dishes.

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FrancesSalt
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite to visit! The staff is so warm and welcoming! Perfect restaurant to celebrate at!

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TTTSDoc
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Very friendly staff and reassuringly well ventilated. The halibut was done just right.

DK
DennisK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whale Wins is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.

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lupin
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, every dish different, interesting and delicious.

PC
PattyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal. Everything on the menu is so thoughtfully planned and beautifully executed.

MM
MaggieM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance and the nicest folks working there. I love this place!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Whale Wins using the Order Online button. The Whale Wins also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-9425.

The Whale Wins is rated 4.8 stars by 556 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.