I’ve only been to Westward a couple of times, but it’s definitely becoming a favorite spot of mine for food and drinks. Why? Several reasons: 1) local and organic focus, 2) small and large plates, 3) impeccable service, 4) lively atmosphere and 5) amazing views of Lake Union and downtown. My only downside: It’s a little pricey for my budget, so can’t go very often, unless it’s just for cocktails, appetizers and the view!
My last visit to the restaurant was a couple of weekends ago, on a Sunday afternoon. My daughter and I had just left the Ballard Farmer’s Market and decided to check out the brunch at Westward. We didn’t have reservations and got lucky that two of their outdoor Adirondack chairs had just opened up. The seats are numbered and shaded with giant striped umbrellas. My chair (#18) was in full sun, which I knew would be a problem long-term. Before I could say anything, a server came to my rescue and moved an umbrella to shade my chair.
We ordered cocktails to start, the Queen Mary ($10) for me and The Lillets ($9) for Sara. Mine had just the right amount of kick to it and Sara's was light and refreshing. For our entrées, I ordered the roasted mushrooms and polenta with a fried egg ($15) and Sara had the smoked Arctic Char salad ($14). Both were delicious!
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." Cousteau
If you love oysters, you’ll find a variety of fresh, local oysters offered daily. I think the next time I go, I’ll take some friends and sit inside at the oyster bar.
I’ve seen mixed reviews about Westwood on Yelp, so I’ll leave it to you to decide if you want to give it a try. It’s a little off the beaten track, in fact, I doubt you’d just happen upon it by accident.
2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle.
Summer hours: Dinner 4pm – 10 pm, Brunch 10am – 3pm (Sat and Sun)
Reservations: 206-552-8215 or Open Table
Hey, there. I'm Karen. Writer, photo enthusiast and urban lover. Sharing my favorite things to do in Seattle neighborhoods.