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The Whelk

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575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
+1 203-557-0902
16:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 65 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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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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
Westport, Connecticut
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47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We enjoyed a spectacular dinner at a tasting table - chef's choice. The food just kept coming - amazing! The variety, the colors and the taste - really remarkable. At one point we knew we were starting to run out of steam so we gave the signal, but there were still a couple dishes on their way. It was really... More 

Thank NateWD
Austin, Texas
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Food was good, though a bit pricey for the portions and offerings. Service was very good - our waitress was friendly and available and managed a "challenging" guest nearby in a thoroughly professional manner. Sat at a communal table in the middle which was fine, though my back would have preferred a chair with a back on it rather than... More 

Thank Susan S
Westport, Connecticut
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139 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

It just keeps getting better! My wife and I love walking in early to sit at the bar and have a casual dinner. The people are very nice and the atmosphere is fun. But the food is what you go for. We had last night the best meal that we have ever had there. The kohlrabi, radish, and goat cheese... More 

Thank Robert F
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64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Stopped by for a late lunch and was pleasantly surprised. The menu choices were unusual and eclectic. If you are looking for a standard menu this is not the place for you. We chose the pigs ears, sardines, tuna carpaccio, lobster roll and fried chicken sandwich - each one was delicious. The wait service was terrific and the wine choices... More 

Thank Arlene L
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18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Good variety of raw bar choices but the choices past that are few and far between. Service was a bit slow for a weekday lunch and the restaurant is loud.

1 Thank Paul H

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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
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?