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The Whelk

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575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
+1 203-557-0902
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Westport, Connecticut
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77 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate at the bar - with just a perfect blend of excitement, music, smells and sound. We did a number of samples which complemented each other well (probably by accident as there was no real pattern to what we were ordering). The Persimmon & Fennel was complex and tasty, the green chorizo was decadent, the white Bolognese maltagliati was... More 

Thank NateWD
New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner with party of 8 and they did not disappoint. Meal was delish, and apparently we need to return for the brussels sprouts. On the small downside, restaurant if pretty noisy....had to repeat myself a few times in conversations. Otherwise love it!

Thank eewrosales
Westport, Connecticut
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

That was unbelievable! The visit to this restaurant was a great experience. The food was very delicious and the items on the items are out of this world! The service was super friendly and we followed the advice to get the selection of oysters from different regions of New England - that was fantastic! The fish stew was unbelievable! The... More 

Thank Vitaly S
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

My husband and I had the best dinner. Our server, who was very knowledgeable suggested a mussel starter. Mussels poached and served over rustic bread with an onion reduction was amazing, the freshness of the fish stew was like it was caught and hour ago wonderful flavors

Thank charlene c
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227 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Having been here several times before and having loved some stuff I was all hyped up for a great meal. Everything was good. But not great. Nothing Blew me away like the whole octopus did a couple Years ago. That was amazing. Will try again but will lower my expectations a tad.

Thank Gma0917
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I'm one of those that thinks that a restaurant should be distinguished for consistently hitting it out of the park, as opposed to getting full credit for one exceptional experience. I'm sure Whelk will pass the consistent excellence test. It seems completely ingrained in the way they go about business. Chris (bartender/server) was amazing. Excellent in every aspect of the... More 

Thank Tim B
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My wife and I ate at The Whelk a few weeks ago for the first time, it was incredible.  Full disclosure, we only tried the appetizers. Buy we tried a lot of them.  We started with the oysters – they had some good ones from CT, MA, ME with cool names like: Aunt Dotty’s, Beach Point, Copps Island, Norumbega.  For... More 

2 Thank Marc L
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Went for anniversary lunch. Very yummy shared oysters and I had the seafood soup and hubby had the fried chicken sandwich. Easy to get seats on the weekend for lunch. A number of family's there and great ambiance by the water.

Thank Stacy V
New Canaan, Connecticut
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132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Finding parking at The Whelk was a bit dicey, but we lucked out. A wall of windows makes the dining room very light & airy. Two very large, elevated cafeteria-style tables with bar chairs occupy most of the room. A long line of regular tables flanks the windows. (Outside dining is limited.) However, the tables are separated by less than... More 

Thank Abernathy15
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Super Nice fresh seafood and an amazing selection of wines. You can surely trust the waiters for their wine suggestions

Thank Risery

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-557-0902
New restaurant by the Chef of LeFarm.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?