The Whale Wins

4.5
374 reviews
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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was rather disappointing. The servers seemed way more interested in serving the table next to ours than us. No one really came to check in on us. We basically had to ask for everything if we wanted something. Food came out slowly and in drips and drabs. There were not enough tortillas. Honestly, expected better from a Renee Erickson restaurant.

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m
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to dine in Seattle. Staff is always super knowledgeable and friendly and they are always more than accommodating with my wife’s multiple food allergies. The food is innovative and exciting and the menu changes often but a few staples are always there. Love.

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GM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So far I have only gone to The Whale Wins when there is an event next door at Evo that I am attending and with the open wall you'll get the noise and energy from whatever is happening in the next room. It's never been a problem and for more intimate dining I'm sure they can seat you around the corner in the more sheltered area of the restaurant. Just something to be aware of if you are specifically seeking a quiet dinner.

The food, Oh My Gerd, just go and order a bunch of stuff to share and at least a few of the dishes will curl your toes. Get to it... now.

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a
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed. The creamy halibut was mislabeled. It was toast with a creamy sauce that contained very little halibut. Not good!Tis was the first time we did not have a very good meal.

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S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Interesting preparations packed with flavor of some classics - sardines on toast, roast chicken etc. go - you won’t regret it.

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EB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and atmosphere. Thank you for a an enjoyable evening.

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k
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You walk in and view an airy warm feel. People gather for good food and conversation. The staff was attentive, informative and just kind. Just go, enjoy and smile when you leave.

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m
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had received a gift card from our son for the whale wins and so we thought we would check it out. I loved the atmosphere and the service was excellent. However, we were both underwhelmed with the quality of the food. Several of the dishes we had were heavily over salted. Also, while the idea of some of the dishes was captivating, the execution left a little to be desired (eg., the clam tart one). Given how expensive the food was I can’t say that we’ll return

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, super informed and friendly staff! Definitely worth eating here two weekends in a row (and the menu was different each time)

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LB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clever and creative- really nice vibe. Open floor plan can be noisy, but our meal was fantastic, our server was outstanding and we had a great night!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very nice - good food, Bartender tried making our favorite Cuddle Puddle cocktail (please bring it back here and at Bateau!), good service.

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j
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent from start to finish. Jasmin was wonderful as was our server.

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f
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but the food wasn't as "cosy" or "rustic" as I prefer. A lot of pickling for the dishes we got. Would come back and try other dishes.

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OT
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, mushroom appetizer was amazing. I never ate mushrooms being prepared so well. Great whiskey sour and mojito. Tried all of their deserts and they didnt disappoint at all. I was hoping to eat steak but it was not available, will return.
Not sure why there are so many negative reviews

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b
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I've ever had in Seattle.

Great space, wonderful atmosphere, warm and friendly service and just the most incredibly delicious food.

Can't wait to go back!

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MC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful experience. The food and wine were all delicious. Would definitely go back.

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night! The service was great: the food came promptly, they accommodated our requests (the music was really loud when we came in and they turned down the volume, which really enhanced our experience), assisted us in our beverage choices, offering a taste of a wine, which helped us make a better choice, and didn't bat an eye when one of us didn't like the cocktail (offering understanding, an alternate choice and didn't charge us for it). The food was delicious, especially the smoked salmon, beef tongue, and mushroom small plates. Only tiny disappointment was the lack of a chocolate choice on the dessert menu. A wonderful evening overall!

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LO
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Monday night special: $40 cassoulet for two, add a bottle of red for $20!

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VV
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good especially the chicken

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L
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I LOVE THE FOOD AND AMBIANCE AT THE WHALE WINS, BUT THE SERVICE THIS PARTICULAR EVENING WAS SUB-PAR. THE SERVER FORGOT ABOUT TWO OF OUR SMALL PLATE ORDERS, AND CAME OVER WHEN WE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR QUITE A WHILE TO ASK IF WE WERE READY TO BOX UP OUR EXISTING PLATES. MAYBE A BAD NIGHT? DISAPPOINTED.

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f
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had no prior knowledge of the restaurant, and found everything was a fun surprise. Unique and thoughtfully prepared plates made dining great. Our server did a really nice job of explaining the dishes as we made our selections. Certainly recommended to all!

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CC
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Inattentive and affected waitstaff unable or unwilling to help with menu. Ordered one shared appetizer and two entrees. Appetizer and one entree came at same time. Appetizer was tasty (mushrooms) but presentation bland. Entree was a series of Manila clams in a clear broth with occasional flecks of hot pepper and kale floating. Presentation very unappetizing and not very flavorful. Asked staff to bring second entree and got an eye roll. Second entree was a chicken breast, floating on top of a clear broth with specks of spetzle floating therein. Tasteless but chicken was cooked appropriately.

Surly service to the end was extra painful due to mandatory service charge, though meal was diScounted without apology or explanation.

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t
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sampling the small plates is fantastic. They accommodate dietary issues well. The bartender stopped over to discuss and personalize mixed drinks. My only complaint--the chairs and benches are too hard.
We will be back.

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our waitress was I’m personable and not interested in accommodating a diabetic who could not have sweets. The dessert was not described accurately and and there was an unfortunate impatience to the experience overall.

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and creative food offerings, attentive but unobtrusive service. Simply wonderful.

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m
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The overhead music was too loud and a very odd mix. We enjoyed the experience otherwise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food accompanied by impeccable service. Absolutely recommend eating here for a delicious brunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little place.

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MP
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not as good as Renee’s other restaurants. We felt it was overpriced and not great. Won’t be back.

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JA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whale Wins is ALWAYS worthy experience!

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T
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whale wins is always a good place to go. Parking is a bit of a challenge in the area, but the restaurant, especially the food and staff are second to none. It is fun to sit at the bar as the staff also interacts with you. In short I always recommend this restaurant.

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G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Never having been there before, we were hoping for something a bit more 'cozy' and quiet to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was very accommodating in seating is in the most out of the way spot.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long running favorite—magical every time

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AS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The broccoli carrot small plate was to die for, as were the clams and zucchini bread dessert.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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LR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a bday dinner. The food was amazing and the ambiance was lovely. Would high recommend.

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NB
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal!

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KW
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was excellent food and service. Don’t go there expecting a cheap meal however

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EC
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Never felt rushed. Visiting from Portland. I'll definitely come here again!

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been wanting to try for a long time. Interesting dishes (in a good way!) and attentive yet unobtrusive service.

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