Westward. It’s not just a place that has amazing food and views. It’s an experience.
We’ve been eagerly looking to visit Westward for months. A dear friend and pal I work for gifted us this generous experience and needless to say the gift card was burning a hole in my wallet since Christmas. Granted schedules have been crazy, but there was also those times where we couldn’t book a 2 person reservation for weeks or months at a time. Let me tell you, the wait was well worth it; especially when your dinner has views like this.
It’s a little hidden gem in the city and one I can guarantee you’ve driven right past it. Located on the north side of South Lake Union, it’s located just south of Ivar’s and right next to the dry boat docks.
The menu is short, concise, and delicious. Everything is in season and fresh. Mostly tailored toward seafood, there are a few things on there that will cater even to the vegetarian in us, like their Emmer-Farro Salad and fresh radishes with goat butter and smoked salt. The highlight for us was their Spainish sardines and chicken liver pate. They had run out of prosciutto and in turn replaced it with two different types of salami and chicken liver pate. The latter, a first for both of us, we fell in love. It’s complex, buttery-like texture was divine.
We also definitely recommend that you plan on sharing. There isn’t a lot of food that is served but the amount that is provided is too much for one person. For example, the Emmer-Farro salad was perfect for 2-3 people, but would have been way too much for just one person. Could we say fiber overload? The same went with the all of our other choices. We were really happy with our selections as they all paired really well together, but commented throughout the meal that it would have been really interesting experience if we hadn’t planned on sharing.
Cocktail drinks and wine selection are top notch and creative. I normally avoid rosé and white wines but decided to try their Miradou Cotes de Provence 2014 from France and was really pleased with it. It will definitely be a staple in our home. Kyle had their Paloma which was a bit too salty for him, so he switched it up to the Vermouth Collins and loved it.
Food and drinks aren’t the only stars of this establishment. The design and architecture, both inside and out have their shining moments. You’re walking not just into a restaurant but an experience. Everything is thoughtfully selected from the paint colors to the light fixtures to the bathroom decor.
But my favorite spot is out front. When you first walk down the driveway, you can tell you’re in for a treat. To your immediate right is not just the views of South Lake Union, but gorgeous adirondack chairs and colorful umbrellas. Each chair has a number painted on the back of it to help waitstaff with your orders. For novices like us, it’s good to note this section is first come, first serve. So plan to get there right when they open at 4pm. And it doesn’t end there. There’s also an open fire pit made out of oyster shells that is right next to these chairs. What a great way to unwind, relax, and enjoy the views and company.
If you’re into oysters, the Little Gull, is an oyster bar where staff are shucking fresh oysters just for you. There’s bar seating as well as normal restaurant style seating in this area. The flow between Westward and Little Gull are unnoticeable, but having different names threw me for a loop. Unfortunately, I’m deathly allergic to shellfish so we avoided this section and their fresh oyster menu.
Hands down this is one of our favorites and we highly recommend it to locals and visitors alike. Just plan to get there in advance for outdoor seating or plan in advance and make sure you have reservations.
Be sure to check back to see where we end up next! And if you have any recommendations of where we should visit, be sure to comment. We love suggestions especially for the Date Night Out blog series.