Westward

4.6
784 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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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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JM
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
18 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
5 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
1 review
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
11 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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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Awesome view of the city

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
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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y
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. The bartender was terrific and doubled as our server. Our initial contact was with the hostess who was not accommodating and rolled her eyes at our seating request. The outside seating is at long tables where you may be seated with other guests. If planning an intimate dinner this may not be the best location for you.

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s
Seattle
3 reviews
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
8 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
23 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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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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