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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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Madison, Connecticut
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158 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Meet family at Whelk's. It was my first time there- small unique menu and nice ambience. They offered an array of apps., small plates and dinners. I had the shrimp and grits which were good. My husband had the burger; the fries were outrageously good! We split the chocolate peanut butter dessert- OMG deliciously sinful! I thought the meal and... More 

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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice experience, with pleasant and knowledgable waitress. Recommended the deviled eggs which were so different and so good. Grilled octopus very good also. Restaurant is a little crowded with tables very close, and very loud - hard to have a private dinner conversation for four. Difficult parking.

Thank FoodforThought17
Darien, Connecticut
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's not my first time but I love this place. The vibe is cool and hip but warm and welcoming. The menu is always a good foray into some standards but with tasty twists. This time round we sat at the bar and had beef carpaccio followed by the meatiest mussels I've seen in ages. The taste is exquisite. The... More 

Thank 5headedmonster
Wilton, Connecticut
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had oysters (of course) of many different kinds and all delicious. I enjoyed the liver crostini too but the best part was the lamb. The most delicious broiled lamb! will surely be back soon!

Thank Ramona M
Weston CT
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had high expectations for this restaurant - perhaps I ordered the wrong thing? But it was one of their super duper entrees...anyhow, took my brother here for his birthday. I do have to say that it's very pretty and the service was impeccable. We both ordered the same thing - different oysters to start and then we shared their... More 

Thank Westontraveller1231
Westport, Connecticut
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83 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We ate at the bar - with just a perfect blend of excitement, music, smells and sound. We did a number of samples which complemented each other well (probably by accident as there was no real pattern to what we were ordering). The Persimmon & Fennel was complex and tasty, the green chorizo was decadent, the white Bolognese maltagliati was... More 

Thank NateWD
New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Had dinner with party of 8 and they did not disappoint. Meal was delish, and apparently we need to return for the brussels sprouts. On the small downside, restaurant if pretty noisy....had to repeat myself a few times in conversations. Otherwise love it!

Thank eewrosales
Westport, Connecticut
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

That was unbelievable! The visit to this restaurant was a great experience. The food was very delicious and the items on the items are out of this world! The service was super friendly and we followed the advice to get the selection of oysters from different regions of New England - that was fantastic! The fish stew was unbelievable! The... More 

Thank Vitaly S
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

My husband and I had the best dinner. Our server, who was very knowledgeable suggested a mussel starter. Mussels poached and served over rustic bread with an onion reduction was amazing, the freshness of the fish stew was like it was caught and hour ago wonderful flavors

Thank charlene c
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237 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Having been here several times before and having loved some stuff I was all hyped up for a great meal. Everything was good. But not great. Nothing Blew me away like the whole octopus did a couple Years ago. That was amazing. Will try again but will lower my expectations a tad.

Thank Gma0917

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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
Seafood, American
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?