The Whale Wins

4.6
338 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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NB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal!

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KW
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was excellent food and service. Don’t go there expecting a cheap meal however

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EC
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Never felt rushed. Visiting from Portland. I'll definitely come here again!

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been wanting to try for a long time. Interesting dishes (in a good way!) and attentive yet unobtrusive service.

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R
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our second trip to this place. We went opening week many years ago and it was mediocre. We have heard great things since and decided to give it another shot. That was a mistake. The small plates were super acidic and lacking texture. The chicken was good but not 32 bucks good. Waiter was great. House staff was ok. I feel like this place has been coasting since it opened.

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SO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun evening with good food. Bathrooms a bit of a walk

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f
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The cassoulet and wine pairing were wonderful. The music was way too loud, however, and made conversation difficult. I might not go back even though I love the food.

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R
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Seattle restaurants.

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EC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was divine, service was attentive, professional & knowledgeable

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the feel, love the food!

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JG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Great service, food, and atmosphere! Best restaurant experience in Seattle so far and looking forward to our return. Oh... and get the Beef Tongue.

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great!

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AK
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely meal! The chef worked so hard in front of the fire grill and the food showed his work.

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H
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service was great, desserts were very yummy. Down side was tables were very close together and seating was not staggered, just rows of 2 person tables lined up.

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely loved the Whale Wins. The interior is ocean-inspired and modern with a nice yet casual feel. We had the beef tounge, little gem salad, and calamari. The beef tounge was outstanding and I would highly reccomend. Waitress had fantastic wine recommendations as well. I would reccoment this restaurant for any event from date night to family get-together.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh food in a beautiful space. The service was great and because of the slightly higher price point, I would certainly recommend for a special occasion.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

First time we’ve been disappointed with some of the dishes: salad and clams were fabulous— rest of meal was not the standard that expect from one of our favorite restaurants. Hope it improves!

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T
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whale winds is always a great experience: great food, wonderful service. Always wonderful!

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LH
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner. All food was yummy. Service was spot on. Satisfied diners.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foos

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good, however, the bread pudding was amazing. I'm not a huge bread pudding fan and this one, wow...it was one of the best desserts I've ever tasted.

The server was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive without being overbearing. We will most definitely be going back.

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BG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have been many times and it was always fantastic.
The salads were both a miss. The pork chop was great.
We will not be back sorry to say.
We will miss it.
Brian

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a nice experience. Came in for an early table and enjoyed all our small plates - through to dessert.

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w
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my favorites list for a great meal, especially for a special occasion or when a foodie is visiting from out of town.

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P
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was unbelievable! The food...The service...everything was first class. We started with the cheese plate and moved to splitting the salads then we split the clams and chicken. There were 3 of us and we had more than enough food. Highly recommend every aspect of this restaurant

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great but unfussy food, friendly and professional service. My wife and I have dubbed the steak for two "Oh, my God Steak."

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BT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gorgeous local ingredients—heirloom tomatoes, local cheeses a wood oven cooking chicken to perfection
And Turkey wine
Perfection

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a
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for both visitors and locals. Wonderful local fare.

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place great food, the restaurant was super flexible with our very last minute changes in attendance:-)

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and generally a fan of the chef's other spots, but none of the dishes we got really did it for me. Something in the combination of flavors or ingredients—nothing quiet struck me, and I wasn't excited to finish any dish. Just a meh food experience.

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m
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Restaurant was nice. I will NEVER go back to this restaurant. They charged our party of 4 an automatic 20% gratuity and the not at the bottom of the bill explains their breakdown of the “tip”. 62% of it goes to wait staff, 13% of it goes to non-wait staff and the rest, 25% of it, goes to the restaurant. This is complete bulls*#t. It means the restaurant is charging me another fee, $10 last night, to eat there. Freaking ridiculous. Stop digging in my pocket and taking money out of your wait staff’s hands. I will never eat here again because of this and hope no one else does either until this terrible policy is changed. 👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾

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LC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our 1st choices when you want great food, freat cocktails and great vibe.

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MC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I have been in a few times to the Whale Wins, and our server recognized us and welcomed us back. We always love the food (especially the ham and butter), and the service is always excellent.

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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at The Whale Wins was so good. We split an appetizer, had the trout and chicken for entrees and zucchini bread for dessert. Plus cocktails. Both the trout and chicken were perfectly cooked and the flavor was amazing. Everything was excellent, including the service.

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f
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner date with three girlfriends and we had a fantastic time! Good drinks, even non-alcoholic which was appreciated by the pregnant friend. We enjoyed the peppers, the salmon, the beautiful leafy green salad, a couple more items I can’t recall, and the meringue for dessert. We’ll definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was amazing. Out server was dope. Love the spot. Great spot in my neighborhood.

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s
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

sat for ten minutes without a greeting.
Serrano ham was just sliced and dropped on the plate.
Server went home mid dinner and handed us off to another server.

I profusely apologize to my date out of embarrassment after hyping her up about the accolades of this restaurant.

Just underwhelming in every aspect.

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TB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to "share" a meal with friends. There were 5 of us; we ordered 4 small plates and 3 of the larger meat dishes and split everything. It was all perfectly prepared; the clams had the best sauce I've ever tasted. The service was exceptional, whenever we needed something there was always someone checking for eye contact and came over immediately. We celebrated a birthday and everyone agreed it was the perfect place.

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s
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent spot with outstanding food and would highly recommend it!

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner of many little plates. All well prepared and tasty. However, we inadvertently ended up with many pickled, vinegared dishes, and by the end felt a little over-pickled ourselves. The house pickles, saurkraut, and other dishes were lovely. But take note of the sourness of what one orders, to have a bit more variety of the palate.

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