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The Whale Wins

4.6
4.6
628 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

The Whale Wins Cafe and Larder offers James Beard Award winning wood-fired fare and casual counter-style service all day, 9am to 9pm. We are focusing on safely meeting the needs of our Fremont and Wallingford neighbors with expanded dine-in, carry out, espresso, grocery and bottle shop offerings.

We are taking reservations for indoor dining and will take requests for limited patio seating. Please note, our patio is heated but not covered and our dining room is chilly with the windows open. In the event of inclement weather, we will call you to confirm or modify your reservation.

Check out our current menus on our website: thewhalewins.com. Our take out options are listed here as well!

We hope to see you soon! Until we meet at the table.....

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Booked 28 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, European, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 632-9425

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Renee Erickson

  • Private party facilities

    For larger parties or private events, please send us an email: events@eatseacreatures.com

  • Neighborhood

    Wallingford

  • Cross street

    35th

  • Parking details

    Parking is also available in a lot behind the building, accessible from both Stone Way and 35th.

  • Public transit

    A covered bus stop for Routes 62 and 32 are just across the street.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 628 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Seattle

    Fit for Foodies

  • Seattle

    American

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  1. DJ

    DJBWA

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good but it's not easy having a conversation as the music is loud. Beef dish is good but the meat was fatty and should include oven baked potatoes. Also bread and butter should be offered freely...not $6. Felt nickled and dined.

  2. JD

    JoyD

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything delicious (except for pickled raisins - not my thing) excellent service, wine, lovely patio. Definitely a fantastic choice for my husband’s birthday.

  3. c

    christineh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and really great service! Their whole team is awesome

  4. N

    Nunatak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Whale Wins always delivers. We’ve been going there for years and will continue to do so.

  5. EW

    ElleW

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food went beyond my expectations. The service was impeccable. I would eat here everyday if I could.

  6. JL

    JoshL

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    The ambience of the restaurant however the food quality was very subpar. We ordered the baked goat cheese, roasted asparagus, gnocchi, and potatoes. The baked goat cheese came out cold, the potatoes were heavily under seasoned and the gnocchi was also cold and the mushrooms were not cooked. All in all a very poor experience for a Rene Erickson restaurant, especially considering the high prices.

  7. NV

    NapaVisitor

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food like we remembered. Good wine selection with creative cocktail options.

  8. KS

    KatieS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious seasonal food brightly prepared. This is one of my longtime favorite restaurants, it never disappoints!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On a mini vacation and chose the Whale Wins based on reviews. It did not disappoint. Excellent friendly laidback but attentive service exceptional fresh fare not overly complex just well prepared. Highly recommend.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    We were seated about 40 minutes after our reservation time. Service and food were good.

  11. r

    roberth

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good food with casual vibe but higher ends prices.

  12. KK

    KellyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Astonishingly good food, simply and deliciously prepared.

  13. KT

    KateT

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to the Whale Wins because of the recent Beard nominations. It didn’t disappoint. Stars of the evening we’re the jambon, black cod and sticky toffee pudding. We also enjoyed a lovely WA gamay. Our server (who’s name I didn’t get), was always there when we needed them. I was also shocked at how a full restaurant could have such a pleasant noise level.

  14. T

    Tris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Good but not great. Underwhelmed for the price. Our soup was delicious; everything else was good but nothing to write home about.

  15. AT

    AdamT

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A huge fan of the cafe, but haven't been in 2 years. Happy to see its still as great as ever.

  16. F

    Foodies

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sensational family dinner for spring break vacation! Enjoyed watching the chef prepare our dinner. Friendly and fun waitstaff! Food so delicious fresh seasonal and local! Don’t miss this one, be sure to make a reservation! Best meal in Seattle!!!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service, food & dessert.

  18. LN

    LucyN

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic!

  19. SG

    StellaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food so good I had to close my eyes to savor. Chicory salad out of this world. Steak totally worth it.

  20. H

    Hampdenchick813

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and excellent food. Staff was very accommodating of allergies

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious !!!

  22. M

    Maxwell

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Greta (hope that is the correct spelling!) and the rest of the staff were all very sweet, and the food was phenomenal! We will be back ❤️

  23. SP

    SabrinaP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner. Wonderful food amazing service. I took my teen son out to dinner on a trip to Seattle. Such a great place!

  24. ED

    EstherDG

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Best dish was the cabbage...and the bread pudding scallops where dry and overcooked.....and overpriced cheese platter -supposed to be shared, so we were not expecting a small wedge of brie w/ tiny slices of bread - it's more of an individual serving. I think the overall quality/ value was better pre - covid. However, we enjoyed the evening.

  25. A

    Andrew

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding. Service was also very good. A bit expensive but highly recommend!

  26. M

    Matt

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Wonderful atmosphere. I'd can't wait to go back.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was super perfect. Made a reservation last minute, 30 minutes before the time we wanted because our v day dinner somewhere else fell through. We are trying to not eat beef lately so this menu was easy to maneuver for myself and wife

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It’s was lovely. At 1st we were told that there’re a lot of people coming in so we might have to be squeezed in but then they made a table for us. All the staff work together well, all hands on deck kind of team effort. I liked the food. Servings were rather small but tasty.

  29. M

    Momo

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    The service and ambiance were excellent. The food was tasty but not very filling and overpriced. I expected small plates, but we spent $200 on a meal for two with around 5 plates and 1 cocktail each and walked away hungry. We would consider going back for oysters or the gnocchi, but doubt we'd come back expecting a full meal again. I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend unless they were extremely wealthy and wanted to spend $36 on half a chicken, or $150 on a steak. Such a bummer!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Chef Rene is a master, as always.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Family in from out of town. Six of us at dinner. Reservation made about a week in advance for a Thursday evening. Place was not really that busy but we were Seated at a table in the middle of the space by the sliding glass door (left open) on a cold night. Felt kind of like we had showed up last minute and got the worst table because we didn’t have a reservation or something, even though we had taken the time to make a reservation and showed up on time. We ordered one of each entree, with appetizers and it was barely enough food. And the food was good but just not outstanding for the crazy prices. $90 for a steak? $8 for less than a cup of liquidy mashed potatoes? Server forgot our bread. We had to ask for water. I just was underwhelmed or I had set my expectations too high. Space was pretty inside and it was interesting to watch the food be prepared.

  32. LL

    LuLu

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, service and just all around fabulous.

  33. e

    erinely

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food, everything we had was delicious! Especially enjoyed the sardines on toast and the clams in coconut curry sauce.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food and services

  35. LD

    LDubs

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Wonderful food! Excellent pairings and the fresh quality of the seafood and veggies was out of this world. Def. bringing people and going back soon!

  36. LB

    LalaB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Whale Wins has always been my first choice for important celebrations. My recent dinner there confirms my choice, it was great!

  37. M

    Mark

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful culinary treat with superior service!

  38. e

    erinc

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always amazing food. Love anything associated with Rene. So delicious.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a fantastic dining experience here. The chicken mousse and 17oz Ribeye steak were cooked to perfection.

  40. KS

    KenS

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful date spot. Only qualm was the rate at which our dishes were delivered. Unsure of why some were so quickly dropped off and why we were waiting upwards of 20 minutes between dishes. To be honest, two of them were simple vegetable dishes but they came 20 minutes apart and were both roasted. Not sure if this is a service desire, to slow the rate of delivery to increase the rate of alcohol consumption? But either way, it also made some of the dishes slightly cold - more or less room temperature, and I think it 2 of our 6 dishes would have been better if they were better than room temperature. Nevertheless, it was an overall great experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Whale Wins using the Order Online button. The Whale Wins also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-9425.

The Whale Wins is rated 4.6 stars by 628 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

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Delivery

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Google Map for The Whale Wins

3506 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    35th

  • Neighborhood

    Wallingford

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, European, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is also available in a lot behind the building, accessible from both Stone Way and 35th.

  • Public transit

    A covered bus stop for Routes 62 and 32 are just across the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Renee Erickson

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 632-9425

  • Private party facilities

    For larger parties or private events, please send us an email: events@eatseacreatures.com

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