Westward

4.6
766 reviews
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Westward is a water-inspired full service restaurant and bar located on North Lake Union. We offer a variety of unique dining options, including the oyster bar, the chef's counter in front of our wood-fired oven, the view counter that looks out over Lake Union and the city skyline, and Adirondack chairs right on the beach. For Menus, please visit our website at westwardseattle.com.
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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We will be offering a special Mother's Day brunch menu. We look forward to hosting you.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Westward is a place that will make you excited to live in Seattle. (Or consider buying property here ASAP.)

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 766 People Are Saying
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Once a month we host a girls night at a different local restaurant. Westward was my suggestion because I had dined there several times and found it fabulous, so it was extra disappointing when the service was slow (very slow) and the food uninspired.

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, and great service in a wonderful location. Westward is outstanding!

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LO
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucky us - we were at Westward 2 nights in a row and also lucky us - we had Christian as our server 2 nights in a row. He's fantastic! On it! Fun! Great communicator. The first night was date night and we just needed to sit and sip and take it slow - Christian followed our lead and was fantastic (a great waiter can read the signs and he was perfect!). The next night we wanted to play as we had a friend in town from San Francisco. We pulled Christian into a few conversations - he was once again perfect! Our food both nights - wow! Octubus, nettle risotto, oysters..... highly recommend! (And the hostesses both nights were great as well. We really appreciate the service.)

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L
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Other than the oysters, nothing really stood out. And it's not cheap for what you get.

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! We come for the oysters, expertly shucked and fresh. Fabulous service and the lake side location does not disappoint.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was fantastic but the service was all around pretty slow. Taking orders, food coming out, getting our check.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

First time trying WestWard. We had friends visiting from out of town. Loved the decor and location. Food was good but our server seemed rather grumpy and seemed inconvenienced by our presence from the moment we were seated. He also forgot to place part of our order which I understand happens from time to time but then only removed part of it from our bill. All and all i was kind of disappointed and I’m not sure we’ll be back.

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MR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was most enjoyable. Oysters were superb.

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O
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but clueless server...after checking entrees for GF, she neglected to tell chefs about starters, despite our conversation. Some view around post but enjoyed the food. We would have ordered dessert if server had attempted to entice us.

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MJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant. The right mix of casual and aesthetic. I had the lamb hash. Was hoping for a richer flavor profile for the lamb. The yogurt would have helped, but IMO the yogurt needed less salt, more dill.

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GK
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Sandra was more than great. We came from out of town and friends recommended this to us. She let us talk and catch up and then served us a wonderful meal.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been meaning to come here for a while. Didn't disappoint! Fantastic service, amazing food, and unbeatable views.

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MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and views were both delicious! Staff was great. Portion sizes were decent, but could be a bit bigger.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Food value was 5 stars. Wine and drinks a little pricey.

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CK
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable. Courteous and patient service, skillful barman, great view and delicious food. What else to ask ?

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MO
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I forgot how good the food is here and the view. I will be back soon.

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M
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for happy hour oysters and weren’t disappointed. Very good selection and great service! Ambience was great and on the clear night we were experiencing- the view of downtown Seattle was spectacular. The restaurant is expensive so we won’t likely be making a habit of it. Maybe just on special occasions? Our group of 4 were by far the oldest people at this restaurant. It seemed to be full of millennials.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch with Avocado toast better than any I have ever eaten! The absolute best outdoor seating with great views of the water and boats!

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n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really lovely brunch spot. good food, good cocktails, good service, good space and view. will be going back for sure.

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CH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Definitely will return. Love sit by the bonfire.

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O
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect. Scallop Crudo, Black Cod, Oysters and Mezcal. All so yummy and the ambiance is excellent. I can't wait to dine here during the summer so I can sit outside and enjoy the view.

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JR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I found the experience at Westward to be pretty average. We originally booked a counter seat, but quickly discovered we were right next to the server station and it felt like we were nose to nose with the bartender. Fortunately we were able to move to a table which was great. Overall the food was good, black cod was excellent along with oysters and brussel sprouts. The 1/2 chicken was very small. Service was not friendly. It was quite expensive for the overall experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, I didn't even realize my coffee was filled when it was low. The servers are very nice and the food was great. The views are amazing, and I would definitely visit again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to visit, yummy fresh food and cocktails, excellent service and lovely view of lake union!

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GB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Westward. One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a tasty meal with good service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend was in town and we had a great experience with quality service and memorable food and drinks! Loved it!

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

It was wonderful! The food was fresh and delicious. I would recommend this to everyone. Thank you for the nice dining experience!

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food served with no rush. And our server was the best. She was kind and attentive but never overbearing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Came for Valentine's day pre-fixe menu dinner. Food was decent but portions were extremely small. Given the price, the value was not good at all and I was surprised to find that oysters were extra on top of it all.

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PL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve always loved westward. Still the same great place.
I thought I was clever to make our V day reservation early. I didn’t know it would be pre-fix menu. Once I learned that I couldn’t find a sample menu for the night online.
The choices were wonderful. I loved my scallops and dh loved his steak.
Other than pre-fix, we would have not chosen dessert.
The pre-fix menu card did not offer the price.
Not that we minded or had a choice but it was higher than I find value for at westward.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The price of the 3 course meal was not on the menu or revealed by the server. At best, the total food served might have been worth 40-50 dollars. We were shocked to see $85 per person. This was for a small salad, 3 scallops (main) and the tiniest desert we have ever been served. A 6 oz glass of their standard wine was $16. Overall- NOT RECOMMENDED.

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BO
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was unimpressive but OK. Service was mediocre. The servers started reorganizing a long table right behind us and were so loud that we had to leave before having desert!

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MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was absolutely amazing! Whole fish, brussel sprouts, pork chop, crudo, barratta....yum!

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We really did love our experience at Westward. We were visiting from the East Coast, and had many recommendations from chef friends to visit. The oysters were AMAZING. However, unfortunately, there was something I ate that night that made me extremely sick. I was SO sick the next day, and unable to get out of bed (except when necessary, because of said sickness). I am sure this is a once-in-a-blue-moon thing for patrons of Westward to experience, but it was so sad to me because it made me lose an entire day of my short visit to Seattle.

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E
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and portion sizes had improved from the last time I was there.

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BJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a beautiful location. Snag a seat by the outdoor firepit for a pre or post dinner drink!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Westward is amazing! It has creative classy-aquatic decor, romantically soft (but not too dark) lighting, and a waterfront view of Seattle. My friend and I went there to celebrate her birthday. The food was incredible, with lots of surprising and artful taste combinations. The waiter was knowledgeable about the wine and food and was able to give us a good wine pairing recommendation. It made for a memorable and beautiful evening. We both really enjoyed it and will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waitstaff was very prompt. The food is delicious and I love their coffee!

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