Westward

4.7
810 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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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.
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. A little loud, but our 6mo-old was able to fall asleep. The biscuit on the brunch sandwich was delicious, as were the fried oysters.

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AD
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view and the staff are what make this place wonderful! Halibut was delicious. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made it special for us. Thank you!

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DW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual, food was very good. Risotto was yummy but seriously overpriced. I guess that was the only disappointing dish. It was my birthday and I did indicate this on reservation, but, despite being a cloudy day and not as busy as usual, the table they wanted to sit us at was not very special - actually it was probably one of the least desirable, right next to the server station. We just sat at the bar instead. I thought that was unfortunate and I probably would not choose Westward again for a special occasion. I don’t even know why they bothered asking when I made the reservation.

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KP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends in town

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredibly attentive! The food was amazing!

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M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Westward celebrating a graduation. The food and service were absolutely terrific and the location is sublime.

No complaints at all...and waiting for the next time we can get back!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around experience.

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TH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience once again at Westward. My server Victoria was so great and her recommendations were on point!

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KF
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, excellent service and on a clear day there’s no better place to be! Only criticism is there are many bottles of rose that are better quality and much cheaper than the ones on the menu here.

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JB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, spectacular space. Food way over priced for what you get. $45 for plate of salmon. just the salmon, no sides etc. I think we may have bought bread. Salad very hohum... That said we had some good dishes.

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent views, great food. Service was slow but in a way that was nice because we never felt rushed to give up our table.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Came here for my husband’s graduation dinner with the parents. We sat out on the deck on a gorgeous day, so the ambiance was awesome. Unfortunately service was not great. Super slow. Our waitress didn’t check on us so was constantly trying to get the attention of anyone that worked there for things like plates and another round of drinks. Another young gentleman (waiter) stopped by to fill in for our absentee waitress and he was awesome! Knew his wines and delivered them fast. He saved the day!

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DP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambience great. Food a bit over priced. The octopus salad good, but only four small pieces for $20?

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LF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant on the water. Food was delicious. Great view! Definitely recommend having a drink after dinner by the fire pit or settle in on one of their deck chairs.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was good food and a great location. The atmosphere was spectacular! We would like to go again.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice to sit outside in the Seattle summer. Make a reservation. Oysters at happy hour FTW.

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MB
London
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very inventive food in a super warm, energetic atmosphere. The view is worth it.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Can’t beat the location, views and decor but, unfortunately the food continues to be underwhelming. I really want to like this place but if the menu doesn’t change I don’t think I will be back. It’s a real shame as there is so much potential.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Adirondack chairs are wonderful! Prices are a bit high for brunch.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evreyone was so wonderful from the minute we walked

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MP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Stephen/Steven was absolutely fantastic, three of us were there during happy hour and he couldn’t have been more attentive. We had a nice selection of drinks, oysters, and finger foods and it was the perfect setting for just getting together and catching up in a nice atmosphere

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HD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise. Westward is in a fun setting, right on the lake, outdoors, lots of great design both in visuals and logistics. We ate supper in adirondack chairs, served by an attentive guy who made great recommendations. We had beef short ribs, nettle and goat cheese risotto, a side of brussels sprouts, a couple of fabulous cocktails. Each bite and sip was a revelation. Short ribs were a bit sweet but refreshingly smoky. Many tangy, herby flavors played around in the risotto. The brussels sprouts had so much flavor and texture that I wanted to lick the plate. I might have, actually. The only downer, foodwise, was the brownie sundae with dry, flavorless brownie bits in waxy, too-sweet ice cream, a dry drizzle of sauce--bleh. I don't trust a chef for whom dessert is an afterthought. How hard is it to do a brownie and ice cream with as much care as the rest?? The bill was high--can't remember exactly, but you pay to mingle with the yachts, I suppose. Would I eat there again? YES I WOULD! A great variety of places to sit, good for lots of different types of diners and occasions. A feast for both the taste buds and the eyes. Fix the dessert situation, people, and the food is 5 stars.

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R
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily was our Server . She was absolutely adorable and so attentive to every detail making the whole experience wonderful.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a happy hour with a girlfriend and loved it!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot for brunch!

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JM
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sea cow oysters were excellent! Drinks were well paired. Staff were attentive without being overbearing.

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I
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice cozy place On a small waterfront property.
Food is great although alternatives are limited.

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OS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was just amazing. The waiter actually made an eye contact when talking to us and was really nice.
The food was just amazing. All flavor and texture combinations were so unexpectedly and amazingly thought through. Created an amazing symphony for my taste buds. Bravo to chef.

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JW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the oysters and the atmosphere! But the rest of the menu is as enjoyable, along with a superb wine and cocktail list. All round, simply a great night out.

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V
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was horrendous, food was fine but nothing great

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal. Our server was awesome. Spent several hours eating and drinking on the patio.

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

Beautiful setting and decent service. However, I felt it was a bit overpriced for what you received. The food was quite good but not outstanding and they charged an extra $5 for grilled bread when we already paid $19 for clams. I feel at a place that’s rather pricey to begin with, it’s poor form and not great service to nickel and dime patrons for little things like bread. If it hadn’t been for that, I would have been ok with the markup for food, because it is such a gorgeous setting

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great location! Can't wait to come back.

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S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We brought guests from out of town for brunch with a view and were quite disappointed in the portions this time, considering all the plates we ordered were not supposed to be small plates. They also did not honor my seating request made over Opentable. The food tasted great but there are much better brunch spots in Seattle. Would come here again for drinks/dinner but not for brunch.

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WL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is great - views of the waterfront, boats, well decorated. The service was good too. But the food? Passable. We were there for brunch. The selections were good but the quality was average. Probably won’t go back.

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HF
Anchorage
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Westward is a great Seattle restaurant with excellent food, fun cocktails, a great view and vibe and the best service in town.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I've been here before and it is really fab. The brunch menu was a bit disappointing. It really limited and not gluten-free friendly. That is primarily on me for not doing proper research, but the server recommended that we have the avocado toast without the toast - lol - so just avocado... We had some oysters and went elsewhere.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was pretty great, except the waitstaff did not make any attempt to take our drink order in a timely manner, & did not offer to refresh drinks until we ordered dessert

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N
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I generally like Westward, but we went here for "brunch" and it's a very limiting experience . Other than granola and one very, very plain "salad" (i.e., literally just greens and dressing) there are only a handful of dishes and they were all egg/hash variants. Given the brunch menu is forced on diners during what is properly lunch time on Saturday, there needs to be at least some kind of simple protein and vegetable dishes on the menu. Similarly the only coffee offered was drip coffee. If you're going to force me to eat breakfast foods in the afternoon, at least let me enjoy it with a latte if that's my prerogative. I wouldn't mind any of this if it were a cheap diner but Westward is charging a pretty penny for all this. I'll be taking my lunch business elsewhere.

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