The Whale Wins

4.6
351 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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our waitress was I’m personable and not interested in accommodating a diabetic who could not have sweets. The dessert was not described accurately and and there was an unfortunate impatience to the experience overall.

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and creative food offerings, attentive but unobtrusive service. Simply wonderful.

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m
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The overhead music was too loud and a very odd mix. We enjoyed the experience otherwise.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food accompanied by impeccable service. Absolutely recommend eating here for a delicious brunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little place.

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MP
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not as good as Renee’s other restaurants. We felt it was overpriced and not great. Won’t be back.

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JA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whale Wins is ALWAYS worthy experience!

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T
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whale wins is always a good place to go. Parking is a bit of a challenge in the area, but the restaurant, especially the food and staff are second to none. It is fun to sit at the bar as the staff also interacts with you. In short I always recommend this restaurant.

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G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Never having been there before, we were hoping for something a bit more 'cozy' and quiet to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was very accommodating in seating is in the most out of the way spot.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long running favorite—magical every time

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AS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The broccoli carrot small plate was to die for, as were the clams and zucchini bread dessert.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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LR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a bday dinner. The food was amazing and the ambiance was lovely. Would high recommend.

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NB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal!

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KW
Phoenix
20 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
12 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
11 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
15 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
51 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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