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The Whelk

575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
+1 203-557-0902
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“deviled eggs” (14 reviews)
“whelks” (38 reviews)
“octopus” (12 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
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Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Cool casual place. Really liked the environment more than the food. The menu was limited to mostly shellfish. Not enough variety on the menu. I had a fish sandwich and they served it with coleslaw inside the bun which made the roll soggy. They need...More

Thank Debbie F
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Devilled eggs, shrimp and grits, thin amazing fries, incredible barbeque clams- all will delight your palette. Taibe knows how to blend flavors, season perfectly and leave you dreaming of his food. Le Farm closed, but we still have this :-)

1  Thank BrissleGirl66
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Dropped in for dinner based on the recommendation of a friend. Great space with a friendly, local vibe. I have seen this place packed on occasion, but this night all the table were full, but not overcrowded. The noise level was fun and they were...More

1  Thank Spiderquadrifoglio
Reviewed 14 January 2016

My wife and I went for dinner around 8pm on a Wednesday night. The restaurant was busy but there were plenty of available seats. Long story short, the food was excellent and our waitress was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable on the entire menu. We...More

Thank juice06870
Reviewed 1 January 2016

The food and service here are quite good. But, the portions are WAY too small (except for the side of fries) and WAY too expensive for what you get. $20 burger is no better than best burgers in area for $10 to $12, for example.

Thank KevinTy
Reviewed 29 December 2015

After months of trying to get a reservation, we had a pre-holiday dinner with friends, 6 in our party. We could barely hear the person speaking next to us let alone across the table. I will say the oyster section is very good & the...More

1  Thank CTtraveler263
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Incredible food. Wonderful service. A must stop for those who love good food in a welcoming restaurant.

Thank DocL6381
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Great food as you would expect from a restaurant ranked as one of the best in the country (by Esquire I think). We came for the seafood but enjoyed a wide range of food including great appetizers. Can get busy and even the bar is...More

Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Nice place, right on the river. Staff is cordial and active. Inside and outside seating. Pricing is a bit high (it's in Westport).

Thank Gunksman
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We tried unsuccessfully to get in for dinner many times but now go for late Saturday lunches. The oyster selection is huge. The minuet sauce they make is very tasty. Everything is good. Deviled eggs with fried oysters are a must. Doug the bartender is...More

Thank bobbylupo
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Questions & Answers
Sally R
24 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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!
20 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, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 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
  • E-mail
Oyster & Seafood Bar located on the Saugatuck River.
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