We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Whelk

575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
+1 203-557-0902
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“deviled eggs” (17 reviews)
“octopus” (14 reviews)
“whelks” (41 reviews)
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
575 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5934
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (143)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 141 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful service, innovative good food and knowledgeable servers. I just hate the location. Why isn’t it on a walkable Main Street — oh well, there is no walkable Main Street Westport!

Thank akripa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for seafood in Westport CT. Has indoor and outdoor seating and can get very crowded. Excellent variety of raw oysters with a helpful staff telling you the difference between them. We enjoyed the more meaty Cobb Island ones. Wonderful variety of special...More

Thank Ralph C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family ate at The Whelk the day before Mothers Day. It was a day of celebration for us, as it included a birthday and an anniversary. There were 5 in our party, and we sat at a large table in the middle of the...More

Thank djlucas
Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Hands down the best seafood in CT!! We came early evening on a Saturday and was already packed, so plan ahead and make reservations. We sat at the bar quickly and service was great. We asked the server for recommendations and we were not disappointed...More

Thank cmgk2016
Reviewed April 15, 2018

Without a doubt this meal was the best seafood I've had in CT in 35 years. On par with the best in NYC. First our friends made us get the french fries. I don't generally eat fried food. The smoked mayo was like crack. We...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed March 7, 2018

In a nutshell. One of the best dining experiences I've ever had and I travel from France to Hong Kong. It is small and a bit noisy but it is all part of the experience where everyone is having a great time. Everything on the...More

3  Thank LeTerrible
Reviewed February 7, 2018

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 December 29, 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 November 11, 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 November 9, 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
Nearby HotelsSee all Westport Hotels
Red Carpet Inn Norwalk
66 reviews
1.58 km away
Norwalk-Westport Motel
5 reviews
1.93 km away
Garden Park Motel
6 reviews
1.98 km away
The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center
291 reviews
3.13 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Tarantino Restaurant
57 reviews
.23 km away
Black Duck Cafe
278 reviews
.11 km away
109 reviews
.12 km away
Nearby Attractions
Westport Country Playhouse
131 reviews
2.57 km away
Compo Beach
162 reviews
2.11 km away
The Westport Library
41 reviews
2.19 km away
Sherwood Island State Park
143 reviews
2.99 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sally R
October 24, 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!
April 20, 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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing