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The Whale Wins

4.6
4.6
643 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 26 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

What 643 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Seattle

    Fit for Foodies

  • Seattle

    American

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  1. C

    Caitlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just took my partner to brunch there and the service and food were perfect. The restaurant is so cute, everything came out fast and fresh and we got a baguette to go - it all made for the perfect Sunday!
  2. f

    foodielover

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect about this place. Service and food were outstanding.
  3. DD

    DaDB

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Excellent food and service. Highly recommend! One of my favorite places in the Seattle area.
  4. LH

    LeahH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Friendly staff. Lovely patio. Romantic! We ll be back.
  5. PW

    PaulW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a great experience - food, drink and service
  6. MK

    MKE521

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was excellent. Loved our food selections!!
  7. MS

    MikeStar

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is excellent!! It is just very expensive for the small portions you get.
  8. R

    Rnoelm

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hip, casual and fantastic food. This airy little place was a perfect way to start a vacation in the Emerald City. A very reasonably priced, award winning restaurant in a less frequented part of town. If timing works and the weather is good, highly suggest a quick trip to Gasworks down the hill for a post dinner sunset.
  9. s

    sallys

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I've been to Whale Wins for lunch, which was wonderful, never for dinner. It was an underwhelming experience. Our waiter was friendly and proficient initially. In a nutshell, roasted chicken was way overdone, bread was served without any condiment, waitperson did not check back with us at al, not once,l after we were served. Didn't check in about food, didn't ask if we wanted more wine, which we did, no one picked up our dishes after we were done. Following our meal we sat for about twenty minutes and then stood up to leave. We were then given our check, paid, left a modest tip of 15% and left. We think we are done with Whale Wins. Very sorry. An overcooked $37.00 half chicken is not something we wish to repeat, nor the inattention.
  10. MP

    MagPie

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Whale Wins is excellent in all aspects. The food is delicious, simple yet sophisticated and with intricate flavors that create a complex sensory experience. The small size of the restaurant and the open kitchen give the feel that the feel are invited in someone’s private kitchen adding to the brilliant experience. With a check for two at the $300 level, the prices however are steep. While able to chase the exponential growth in Seattle incomes with bay area pricing, and even though this place is most likely one of the best in Seattle, we are still in Seattle.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience! The food had so many delightful surprises.
  12. L

    Lovetoeat

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was 5 star. But we were seated in the corner behind a very large loud group and found it difficult to flag a server (dropped fork, adding to our order). A little more attention to the quiet old couple in the back. A bench cushion on the back bench would’ve added to the comfort of the evening. Not sure what you can do about the noise level, the men were deep in their drinks and seemed unaware of diners nearby. I think they needed a separate room.
  13. SD

    SteveD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was delicious and the service was great. With that being said, I could not justify coming back given the cost of the meal. I understand that market price for quality beef comes at a premium, but $110 for 29 oz. of steak is laughable. Granted, I could have asked what this price was prior to ordering, but I would never think that a single cut of beef would be over $100, especially since The Whale Wins isn’t a steakhouse. Furthermore, the menu did not list the size of the cut, so there was no way to even infer the cost of the meal beforehand. All in all, it was a wonderful meal, but the pricing was nothing short of outrageous.
  14. DR

    DutchRutter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible experience. We had a delicious bottle of orange sauvignon blanc from Slovenia, but noticed a wide array of different styles of wine on their menu. The food was outstanding, nothing but orgasmic moans could be heard coming from our table...and we were fully dressed.
  15. MB

    MeatBall

    Houston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great, family style dishes. The staff have difficulty pacing out courses so best to order by course.
  16. TB

    TiffanyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pure bliss! Highly recommend to everyone looking for a delicious night out.
  17. DJ

    DJBWA

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    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.
  18. JD

    JoyD

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything delicious (except for pickled raisins - not my thing) excellent service, wine, lovely patio. Definitely a fantastic choice for my husband’s birthday.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. KK

    KellyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Astonishingly good food, simply and deliciously prepared.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. F

    Foodies

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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!!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, food & dessert.
  34. LN

    LucyN

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious !!!
  38. 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 ❤️
  39. 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!
  40. ED

    EstherDG

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 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.

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 643 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 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

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

View takeout menu

Other options

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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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