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Westward

4.6
1004 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
Waterfront dining on the north shore of Lake Union, featuring outdoor fire pit, cheery beachside seating, sustainable seafood, and imaginative marine fare of the Pacific Coast-- including a variety of fresh, local oysters.
Arrive by foot, vehicle, boat, kayak or tie up to our dock.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1004 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Great staff. Food is top-notch. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a toddler in tow during these crazy times, it’s a rare occasion that my husband and I get out as just the two of us. On top of that, I’m trying to sort out some health issues and am currently on a very strict elimination protocol in which I can’t even have a spice as basic as pepper. We had an opportunity to have a sitter and escape for a date night, so we took it! I called Westward ahead of time to see if they could accommodate my needs and they said “Come on in! We’ll take care of you!” Our dining experience was wonderful and even though I personally felt like I was “that high maintenance customer” the staff made me feel comfortable and like it was no trouble at all. I enjoyed the oysters du jour and the chef prepared a beautiful piece of black cod and root vegetables that were both absolutely delicious. My husband enjoyed cocktails and gorgeous dishes (as intended) and was very satisfied! What a treat the whole experience was. We will absolutely return to Westward! (hopefully I will have less restrictions then!)

A special thank you to Katie and the Chef :)

KG
vipKirklandGuy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for outdoor dining in the middle of the pandemic. Beautiful views of Seattle.

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Clemens
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best and most original food in the Seattle area - and an excellent choice of great wines and cocktails as well. Just bring a blanket or wear warm cloths as all seating is outside and the space heaters cannot cope on colder evenings.

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vipRheaB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating the purchase of our new boat. Westward did a nice job of Malory lunch feel special.

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vipLolo
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The duck is amazing! thank you for all the safety precautions and great service!

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Hakapura
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Westward is one of the few places I will eat during COVID. Their precautious are more than fair and of the highest standards. I appreciate that they are working to ensure their employees feel safe serving and appreciate the precautions they asked us to take to ensure their staff's safety

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JessicaC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved our experience at Westward! We started out with drinks and a light chip & dip situation out by the fire. They've revamped their outdoor area quite a bit with 3 groupings around solo stoves and Adirondack chairs. We then had a fantastic meal in the tented area which is heated pretty well (and protected from the wind). Overall the energy was great and we felt a glimmer of normalcy. We will definitely be back soon.

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MBBA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was not the best communicator and made us feel awkward and uncomfortable but the server, Victoria, was so outstanding that she made up for the weirdness at the beginning. The food was great, the fire pit was fun and a nice way to be socially distanced during this time. Loved the black cod and fingerling potatoes.

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viptahirahr
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were there for our anniversary dinner. The whole vibe didn’t feel right, the hostess was so cold and wasn’t friendly at all. Pumped a whole lot of hand sanitizer on my hand without asking if I wanted any.
The serving staff were just all seemed extremely nervous to be be working as if we were all lepers.
The music was far too loud. We had two starters, clam dip with chips and oyster shot, both were not great, for the mains we had crispy duck and ribs, they came with nothing else, the server should’ve told us how the restaurant works, we would have ordered side dishes if we knew the mains were just meat and nothing else.
It was just the worst experience we had in a restaurant from beginning to end and as a whole.
Running a restaurant is still about hospitality. I think it’s time for Westward to reflect on their mission. What are you guys about? What are you providing to customers? Why should customers dine at your restaurant?

JS
JulieS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is so special! Every bite is a burst of flavor! It’s warmer than most outdoor seating while still feeling safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

It would have been wonderful except for the smoke smell from the wood burning. That really ruined our experience. Hope to try again in the summer time.

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Such a beautiful spot. Water, fire pits, view of the city lights. However, the food was flavorless and way over priced. We had to ask for salt.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience1

We just went during covid and the only real complaint was the they had fire pits going the whole time that were SO smokey. We all left smelling like smoke and it was unpleasant throughout our stay.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food, as always, delicious! The marinated mussels were so good.. the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Black cod was perfectly prepared. Service was fine but pokey since they wanted us out in 90 minutes. My only real complaint is the smoke aroma in air from burning outside of the tent. It was a bit much.

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Bdayparty
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went early thinking it would be safer, less people. A group with 2 very small children, who kept screaming, made it uncomfortable even though we were at lest 15-20 feet away. Never once did they tell the kids to use inside voices.

Otherwise,it’s a beautiful space.

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PaigeF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal unique food. Amazing service. Great location. Good special occasion spot. Felt super safe, and open.

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EmilySea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

They have a great space and have set up beautiful tables outside under the tents. However, despite the open air and being outside they had the strictest mask settings of any restaurant I've been to. We had to wear them until the food came and had to put them back on every time a server came by which meant we were constantly taking them on and off and it was pretty awkward.

JA
JonathanA
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a local and have been to Westward multiple times. The food, the ambiance, the service but more importantly, the social distancing culture that westward’s employees demonstrated was impressive.
We will definitely go back and go back more often.
Great Job.

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Erin
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Waitress forgot to take the order of one person at our table. One of the main courses was sold out and all of the bread was sold out. Definitely not worth the price for the service we received. Great wine and ribs.

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VPreview
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on the water. Good food, nice drinks. Friendly staff; quick, efficient, and clean during the pandemic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Would not go back

KS
KatieS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and seasoning on the food. Great view. A little too pricey for what you eat, But you’re also paying for the great view.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option for covid safe dining. Heaters were sufficient for being outdoors on a cold day and not freezing (with coats on). They take the precautions very seriously and you still get to enjoy the view and great food that’s always wonderful at Westward.

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LettisiaT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambience, view and service were amazing. Nothing beats sitting by the dock with city skyline. Definitely top date spot. Cocktails were spot on! Kudos to the mixologist.

Food were also great although the portion is very disappointing. Everything were small and it was like watching a solo performance that clearly needed supporting actors. My husband ordered the ribs, while it was good, portion was small and it was just ribs, no veggies or anything else. I had the baked cod en papillote which was also good, but again it was just fish and nothing else.

Sure they had sides, basically veggies that cost $8 to $15 or more. I feel a bit cheated if I need to order $8 smashed fingerling potatoes just to round up the main course to be more substantial. Why not add the potatoes in the dish and round the main course price up instead of doing something like this?

We've been on a dine out adventure this past couple of weeks and we've dined at places like Westward that offers more substantial amount of main course with the same price and ambience. On that note, we will still come back for the view and ambience but we will be sure next time we come with partially full stomachs.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a wonderful time at Westward! Food is delicious and was really impressed with their safety protocols. A+

BB
vipBeckyB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Westward is an iconic Seattle spot situated on north lake union with views of the city. The food is high quality, and high priced! The oysters and ceviche scallops were fantastic; the potato chips & dill dip was bland/ lacking.

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SandraA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot - they have done an amazing job with their outdoor dining - heaters above the table. Generous portions, good food, wait staff was amazing.

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JK234
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful outdoor seating with water view. They have a tent roof completely covering some tables, and a big warm fire pit, so can enjoy even in rain.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a Birthday. Fantastic view and attentive service.

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vipAKSea
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oysters were delicious! Even though it was chilly, the heaters kept us quite warm. Definitely recommend the clam dip. Homemade chips were a great pairing. Highly recommend the chickpea dish if it is still available as well.

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MegW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very lovely evening with drinks and snacks outside around the fire. It felt like as safe as a dining out experience can be.

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Adel
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice big outdoor space with heaters and a roof. View of the water, but shielded from the wind. Good, small menu. I do with it changed more often so I could go try new things more often!

KM
KarimM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In a Covid world, Westward is doing a really nice job. The tented dining area has a good mix of protection from the elements, fresh air flowing, and heat! Didn't need a jacket (which I'm finding a most of my eat out dining experiences are needing these days). Food was great, recommendations from the servers were spot on, and cocktails were interesting. I liked Westward before, and I like them even more given the thought, and care they've taken post Covid.

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SibylK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Westward was great! COVID regulations were in place - hand sanitizer before being seated, we were instructed to have masks on anytime restaurant staff came to our table, open & ventilated tents, and tables at least 6 feet apart.
Food and Service were also really really good!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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erink
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for oysters and shared plates! We were seated at a firepit and offered drinks while we waited for our table to be ready. It was a wonderful ambience.

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AdamS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey for what you are buying. The oysters were yummy though

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Dezzy
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The wait staff was rude, awkward, and inattentive. Our party was given a plate of food that we did not order and our waitress acknowledged that it was not intended for us. I later realized I was charged for that plate. The overall experience was terrible which was unfortunate for a birthday celebration.

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erinc
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. Love how they have adapted to covid. Very safe. Very friendly. Always great. Please visit them and give them business!

FAQs

Westward offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 552-8215.

Westward is rated 4.6 stars by 1004 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.