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The Whale Wins

4.7
4.7
722 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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

What 722 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle

    American

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  1. R

    Rina

    Seattle

    150 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    150 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday brunch was extra special with the bonus attentiveness of Tina and staff. Food was amazing as usual
  2. MD

    MarieD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food at Whale Wins was outstanding. The service? Sub par at best. We offered an appetizer, a soup , salad and an antre . We ordered saying “ first we will have ,then… “ our server brought all the dishes at once. Then he tried to take away dishes with food on then. He ignored us mostly,didn’t even bring water refills. Never asked if we wanted more drinks, nor dessert or coffee. We decided to go across the street for dessert. Lunch for 3 over $120 before tip. Disappointed in our experience
  3. NE

    NESEADiner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable evening at Whale Wins - delicious food and excellent service. Thank you!
  4. JO

    JOpenTableEater

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for date night with a nice wine selection. The salmon dip and the pork chop were two especially good dishes.
  5. PG

    PhillyGalAtSEA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly tasty menu options, we loved everything that we tried and it's hard to describe but each dish was a flavor surprise, not the typical thing one would expect. The sardine toast in particular is absolutely amazing! I also really appreciate having these fine dining foods in a pretty relaxed atmosphere. The open kitchen is lovely and the chef as well as all the wait staff were very friendly and helpful with curating the dining experience. I can't wait to come back!
  6. V

    Virginia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very tasty and service was quick, but it was way noisier than I would have liked. The Shakshouka was excellent, as was the butternut squash soup that my friend ordered.
  7. M

    Matt

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing!
  8. C

    Catmansour

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The little lunch we had was absolutely delicious from the cocktail to the filled doughnuts for dessert .The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful and the ambiance lively and rustic . Attached is a little shop worth perusing got interesting wines and delicious gourmet items . All in all a great Seattle experience.
  9. DH

    DianaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely, including the service and ambience, except the menu has limited dairy-free and/or gluten free options (at least with the current day menu). As someone who has both dietary constraints, my options were greatly limited. I would go back for dinner to see if more options are available during that seating since what I did have was great, flavorful and well-prepared.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An iconic Seattle experience!
  11. MP

    MikeP

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    W- wins 10th anniversary celebration 🍾- all dishes and rose’ were amazing and great service!
  12. m

    marym

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is wonderfully delicious! Can’t wait to go back.
  13. MG

    MikeG

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and great service. Happy we were able to celebrate Whale Wins 10 year anniversary. Here’s to many more years!
  14. AF

    AdriF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative food-- always a pleasure. We will be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, must return
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food in a casual atmosphere! High prices but a nice culinary experience!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a terrific meal at the whale wins it is definitely worth checking out very reasonable prices and our server Liz was perfect
  18. MW

    MarkW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with the assorted cheeses with honey, then the roasted half chicken, and finished with the warm zucchini bread and it was all delicious.
  19. L

    Lizzz

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was delicious, and it's a beautiful setting.
  20. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Whale Wins exceeded my expectations. I am still dreaming about my heavenly, multi-course dinner. They are doing all the right things at this place. Thank you!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is hard to say more than the meal was as close to perfection as I believe is possible. Fresh, top quality, ingredients expertly prepared in imaginative ways. The Chef’s preparations are subtle, allowing the flavors of the ingredients to shine through. That is not to say that the dishes are not extraordinarily creative, just that the Chef really knows how to maximize the food he works with. Of the seven excellent plates we ordered, 2 stand out in my mind. Billy’s Melon is Serrano Ham and farm fresh melon drizzled with a wonderful EVOO and some large flake kosher salt. OMG, sweet,salty, fruity, just slightly rich. Fantastic!!!! Dungeness crab with Mediterranean spices also stood out. Super fresh crab (ion a Sunday BTW) with spices that added to the sweet crab meat, but didn’t distract. In closing, this restaurant is the real deal. Don’t miss it!
  22. HC

    HollyC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Wait staff was friendly but they could have stepped up their game, especially for the price point. If they want to do “sharing plates” the portions should be a bit more generous. I ordered a ton of food and spent a good deal of money, many of the plates we shared (group of five) we only could have a bit or two. I really wanted to love this restaurant and I had heard great things, but it was a swing and a miss.
  23. WF

    WendyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. The service was superior, the food spectacular. I don't think we could choose a favorite dish from what we ordered. Everything was played beautifully. We can't wait for our next visit.
  24. BH

    BillH

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I had the Chicken Pate (outstanding) and Billy's Melons (outstanding) to start. The Pork Chop was recommended so I ordered it and the first part was excellent, but as I worked my way through to the other end it became kind of dry. The sauce and sheep cheese/peach accompaniment was very good. The Bread Pudding dessert was also very good. The cocktail was pricey ($18) but excellent and the recommended wine pairings were pretty good. The course pacing was not hurried. Total bill with 20% tip about $190 for 1.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Brunch was flavorful and cocktails were simple but reliable. Cute spot for an everyday brunch or lunch! Good location, easy street parking.
  26. CO

    CarolineO

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    we got the gordita and the mocha latte. both were delicious. menu was a little limited for what we could eat since a lot of food had bacon/pork. nice meal.
  27. NP

    NicoleP

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was some of the best that I have had in Seattle for awhile!!!
  28. CC

    ChrisC

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant with emphasis on local fish and produce.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been to the restaurant in years and it’s just as good as what I remember. The food was perfection we are still talking about our meal - the halibut dip, clams and gnocchi. Our server was amazing and provided an excellent experience for us. We will be back soon!
  30. NG

    NicoleG

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally the best meal I’ve had in a while! I’m so glad the food and service is still up to par after COVID.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable, excellent service waitstaff & loved the patio dining experience.
  32. AB

    ABray

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A menu created to share with friends, all the food is fabulous. Excellent service and delicious cocktails/wine. 10/10 would recommend.
  33. SD

    SteveD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really Great food, staff amazing, loved the whole layout of the restaurant. I was originally disappointed on the non regular lager but the local lager was great.
  34. KJ

    KelseyJ

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    I was so excited to eat here but was very underwhelmed. The server informed us that everything was family and European tapas style, but it felt like that was an excuse to cut portions in half while keeping the prices the same. The food was good, but overpriced. The restaurant was very industrial and very loud (it's on a busy street and the patio doors were open), and didn't have the sort of fine-dining atmosphere I expected at that price point.
  35. KW

    KristinW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Billy tomato dish and pork chop was absolutely divine. Seriously, SO good.
  36. B

    Brian

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was special. Every bit of food was incredible. Our server was wonderful. We will be back again.
  37. RM

    RestMan42

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had great service and food. The only thing that would have made it absolutely awesome was a little more prompt service. We were left sitting a lot.
  38. L

    Logo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! The food and drinks were great and so was the beautiful patio
  39. J

    Jane

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food is decent. Service is terrible. Their style is “take your order, serve your food, and disappear” and “if you ask for anything after that, I’ll say OK and never bring it to you.” If service at a restaurant is important to you, skip this place.
  40. MP

    MilkaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Amazing food! Waitress was great except, please, clean the tables in between each plates… I did it myself because I like to enjoy my food and how the table looks. Lastly, I feel like the space is not really adapted to the food quality. It is a shame. Didn’t love the space. But the food again was excellent!

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.7 stars by 722 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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