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The Whelk

575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
+1 203-557-0902
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“deviled eggs” (18 reviews)
“whelks” (40 reviews)
“oysters” (23 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan ahead and make a reservation as the Whelk is frequently fully booked..... but you won't be disappointed. From the attentive service, to the raw bar, to the daily specials and signature dishes, the Whelk is consistently excellent. I've been here five times and never...More

Thank Leo K
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Waterfront Whelk has a long bar, many windows, and relaxed yet energetic vibe. After dark you will NEED your phone’s flashlight to view menu. Oyster list is not the ole standbys. Had several local choices- I chose Copp’s Island and they were fantastic. Cold, salty,...More

1  Thank Randal Q
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We tried this place for lunch and they want you to drink. We sat down and got not one but two menus and 3 out of 4 sides were drinks but there was a small section of lunch entrees. One was a whole octopus! You...More

Thank Joe1234665
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Modern style with touch of comfort seafood. One of the best chef-driven cuisine restaurants in the region. Normans Lobster butter, Veal shanks are absolutely fantastic but seriously, the best thing is the deviled eggs w fried oysters. Have to have them daily now..

1  Thank mlin72
Reviewed 28 September 2017

It is a "deconstructed" lobster roll. So fantastic. And the sauce...ask for extra bread, otherwise you will just have to lick the bowl clean! If you like manhattans, "The Chief" is the drink for you. The Whelk has a lively, hip atmosphere, with knowledgable staff...More

Thank ARusso2
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Great food and great service. I had the cob and my husband and family the lobster paired with bubbly. Did not like the stemless champagne glass. We paid by credit card and it was the only time we used the credit card in Connecticut. The...More

1  Thank Leonie C
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We chose this restaurant for dinner on a lovely summer night as it had been highly recommended. Menu is has some interesting choices. We were a table of six - and tried several dishes to share. They are trying to be innovative - but not...More

1  Thank C L
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Came here for brunch and would recommend to others. Great quality food. Stand out favorite was BBQ clams, which I would return for. The fries were too thin and matchstick-like for me. I prefer mine to be at least as thick as McD's fries, but...More

Thank NycElle
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The new "in" restaurant in Fairfield County. Located on the river, albeit without water views from the restaurant. Street parking. Friday evening 7:30 PM reservation, seated promptly. Tables on top of one another. Service OK as it was difficult to discern exactly who are wait...More

Thank Doubleeagle
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

A great quality of food and an interesting menu The reception staff are a bit stuck up and could learn some grace The waiting staff are excellent But ... they are too tight -- one can hardly move ... that being said the fish is...More

Thank alexei1511
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Questions & Answers
Sally R
25 October 2016|
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Response from Forthefood256 | Property representative |
Sally R., Yes! The lunch and dinner menu are posted on our website and change frequently. We are open for lunch Friday and Saturday beginning at noon and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Thanks!
21 April 2016|
Response from juice06870 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on what you are used to paying. I would call it 'moderate'. Certainly well worth the money.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-557-0902
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Oyster & Seafood Bar located on the Saugatuck River.
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