Westward is a water-inspired restaurant and bar located at the north end of Lake Union in Seattle. While you wait for your table, kick back on the Adirondack chairs on the deck overlooking the lake, dig into the clam dip and potato chips, and take advantage of the scenery.
Speaking of that view, it’s pretty tremendous. Look south and you gaze across the water onto Seattle’s iconic skyline. While sitting at wooden communal tables, feast on Chef Zoi Antonitsas’ bespoke cuisine that balances contemporary Northwest and Mediterranean flavors, offering everything from Moroccan fish stew to grilled halloumi. (Would you expect anything less from a former Top Chef contestant? Didn’t think so.) Another bonus is Westward’s wood-burning oven (organic wood only), the magical touch behind many of the dishes.
Before you go, stop by the sister restaurant, Little Gull Grocery, a 22-seat oyster bar and grocery located onsite. Sample the fresh and locally harvested oysters with an icy cold beer as you soak up the evening light.
What to order: The smoked manila clam dip, the Spanish sardine bruschetta or the wild salmon tartine with beet and apple salad. And the oysters. Obviously.