After spotting Westward in Bon Appetit’s The Hot 10 2014 list, I knew I HAD to go. Right on the water, the restaurant is the perfect place to gather with friends, enjoy a beer in the outdoor patio and take in the view.
It’s a beautiful space, and the menu is a mix of hearty, Mediterranean-inspired dishes, fresh oysters, and of course, local. beer. I love how Seattle is surrounded by so much water. You have a beautiful cityscape wherever you go.
I love the use of warm wood, white metal, and neutral napkins. A minimalist space with a rustic touch.
We started off with an order of the rustic bread with house made butter accentuated with hints of citrus and house-made jam.
Of course, we had to sample their famous wood oven baked gigante beans (as gigante as expected), smoked manila clam dip with house mad chips, gnoccheti sardi alla bolognese and lamb.
With a spicy kick, the gnoccheti is hearty and I love the arugula sprinkled throughout.
I have to say the chips and clam dip were my favorite. Simple and delicious.
The gigante beans are unique, but not for everyone. Reviews were mixed.
I hope to come back again to enjoy dinner. Fortunately there wasn’t a wait during brunch, which to me, coming from San Francisco, is a miracle in itself. Regardless, it’s a great place to enjoy any time of day — to sit, relax, have a local brew while staying warm by the firepit next to the water.
2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103