The Whale Wins

4.7
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440 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my husband and mother there to celebrate her move to Seattle. We had a ball! The food was excellent, the service was fun, friendly, and prompt, and the cost was reasonable. We'll go there again for sure.

OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. Will go back over and over again.

a
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. We went on a Sunday, which was a bit quieter but made the setting wonderful for a family meal. The food was on point, service was excellent.

AK
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely worth the trip from Vancouver for the exceptional open wood fire meals at this James Beard award winning restaurant. The cote de boeuf is one of the finest things I’ve ever eaten and the cheese plate is sexy as hell!

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was outstanding. We sat at the bar and he was amazing. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

JP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited during a special Korean inspired dinner. The food was awesome!

OT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent dinner & great friendly service. The sardines were a table favorite but all dishes were super.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent first visit to The Whale Wins. Our server was very attentive and nice. We brought our own wine (only $20 corkage!) so cant speak to the drink menu, but the food was delicious. Highly recommend the chicory salad and broccoli with tahini. Dessert was perfect too!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As good as I expected it to be.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been wanting to try this place for a while and finally got to try it out. The food was delicious, it felt really fresh and their take on simple dishes is just great. We loved our drinks as well.
Will return :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Family visiting

d
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was wonderful. Food and service were exceptional. We can’t wait to return.

b
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Wonderful food, great service, great night out

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Seated nearly 30 min past our reservation time. Food was good, but not interesting or special enough to justify the price.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Inventive, ultra delicious dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. Warm ambiance, exquisite service.

G
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. They have the best bread and wine list, the most attentive and discreet wait staff, and an all around lovely restaurant.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

Family in town. An item was forgotten, one of our party had severe allergies to nuts, we asked that no nuts came to the table, the next course arrived with a bowl of nuts. Overall good experience but the above incidents dampened the night.

PC
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and a beautiful restaurant. A new favorite!

JK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated my Bday at Whale Wins and had an incredible time!! The food was just as fabulous as every other time I've been and the bread pudding was to die for. LOVED it!!

N
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing seasonal and local. Enjoyed the Carmen Ranch cote de boeuf and the ahi tartar.

RM
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal service and food as always. The Whale Wins will always be a special place in the city of Seattle, and its a perfect gem in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood.

r
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish was exquisite, from start to finish. Best pork chop I've ever had. Service was perfection. I honestly can't wait to go back. I'm already dreaming of how to replicate the butter lettuce salad!

M
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started with the pickled vegetables the Sea Wolf bread and butter main course we had to salted half chicken With a side of smoked potatoes The food was excellent! The service was excellent! Great place for a date night

AL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

A lot of money for average food.

S
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

4 of us shared a wide variety of dishes from clams, chicken, herbed salad, broccoli and many more. Not one bite was left in a plate!! Excellent and also discovered a great wine!!!

d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Clam ceviche OMG. Great wine recommendations.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Wife almost almost yelled at the group of men beside us because she was eves dropping on them talking about colleagues worth cheating on their wife’s for.

JM
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful array of small plates. The flavors were terrific. We did eat too much, alas, but it was all so tasty.

MB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good. Love this place!!!! Course pacing was perfect, every dish delicious, everything was awesome!

BP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had wonderful service & a truly enjoyable meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Things that appear simple on the menu are very well done and delicious.

KP
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time. Super friendly staff- and really great Cote de Boeuf!

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

I really liked the ambience. Thought the food wasn’t worth the price.

KM
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. I love that there are a lot of delicious small plates to share as well as main courses without paying an extra fee. That way, you can have more items. Also great wines, local as well as international ones.

JA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Whale Wins Is always a culinary delight. Amazing food from start to finish-digestively as well!

J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Pretty good food made with fresh and local products. Staff is really friendly and nice with kids.

DH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each dish was an amazing blend of flavors, textures, salt, heat. Generous portions. Great service. Best tap rose I've ever tasted!

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Charming location, excellent service, mediocre food. We had the fixed price entree for two on a Monday night. Well prepared but uneven flavors and we both left disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We so very much looked forward to our dining experience, but the food was lackluster and just “ok.” Very few protein options and I’d say the service was average. Nothing about our experience aligned with the numerous top-notch reviews we read or heard beforehand. Unfortunately this was our first and last visit.

KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Meh. Not an extensive menu. Not very friendly wait staff. Food was ok, but portions were small for the price. The space is so cute and the kitchen is beautiful, which is why I wanted to try it, but we were not impressed.