About The White Swan Public House

A rustic seafood driven restaurant and craft cocktail bar. Features an expansive patio and waterfront experience. Rotating daily fresh oysters.

Please note, reservations are accepted for indoor dining only. Outdoor seating is offered on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you.

1001 Fairview Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Daily
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 588-2680

Website:
http://www.whiteswanpublichouse.com/

Catering:
Suggested menu available, dependent on event format. Please contact us for details.

Parking Details:
Paid Parking Lot and street parking available. Complimentary guest moorage available in the Spring and Summer.

Public Transport:
King County Metro: Routes 70 & 83
South Lake Union Streetcar: Fred Hutchinson stop
Pronto Bike Share Station

Executive Chef:
Josh Nebe

Private Party Facilities:
Approximately 1,800 square feet, expansive floor to ceiling windows overlooking South Lake Union. On site kitchen, gas fireplace, and private restrooms. Two large flatscreen TVs with Apple TV connectivity and microphone/audio equipment.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The White Swan Public House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Outdoor Eating (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Group Bookings (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Neighbourhood Gem (6)
Seasonal (6)
Special Occasions (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Authentic (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cosy (4)
Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Child Friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Romance (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Vegan (1)
Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Second visit this time indoors. Wonderful food, relaxed but attentive service. We plan on making this a regular go-to for comfortable wonderful dining

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 November 2017

The food, service, and beverages were top notch! The Manowar is my new favorite drink.

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·Dined on 9 November 2017

We were there on a rainy evening, so sitting outside was not an option. It was a very lively place. very satisfied with our dinner. We happened to be there on an evening when there was an oyster tasting going on. A couple of people in the group took advantage of that perk.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Great setting. Casual pub on the shore of Lake Union. Great food and good service.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 31 October 2017

Fantastic experience! The cocktails, chosen by the server, were top notch. We had the brussel sprouts (not to be missed!!), seafood poutine (amazing), and the black cod (homerun). Innovative and unique food without a hint of pretentiousness. We will be back soon!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 28 October 2017

This was my first time to The White Swan Public House. A hidden gem would be my best explanation! The food was unique and fantastic! Great flavors and everything was cooked perfectly! Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on 14 October 2017

My wife and daughter and I dined here last Friday. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. Cocktails were delightful. Oysters were briny, cold and plump. Very satisfying overall. Thanks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on 29 September 2017

We enjoyed several starters between the group- all were amazing! Do not miss enjoying the Brussel Sprouts.
Very busy the night we were there and our waiter was stretched. Did not put a damper on the night-

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

Great food and ambiance! Amazing view of the skyline. We ordered a few shareable plates (Brussels sprouts are out of this world!)

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·Dined on 8 September 2017

Had a wonderful dinner here with my daughter. Food was delicious, great drinks and amazing fresh plum pie for dessert! Nice view of the water.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 6 September 2017

As awesome as expected, great service, great seasonal menu, back again next week

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 23 August 2017

We've eaten here several times, always outstanding food and drinks. This night was our best meal yet, green salad w/fried oysters, side of fresh tomatoes, burrata and zucchini special(should put this on the menu permanently!), and the new salmon entree, yum. All great dishes and a really nice combo for a fine meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on 3 August 2017

Great for happy hour with coworkers and even better for romantic date nights

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 30 July 2017

It was awesome ! Food was delicious ! The Brussels sprouts were a tad too salty for me but we were impressed with everything!!! We will be back !!

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 (Miami)·Dined on 25 July 2017

The White Swan Public House was recommended to us by a local. It has a lovely, pierside location on Lake Union, close-enough to the hub of Seattle but sufficiently removed from the bustle of Pike Place Market. White Swan is perfect for casual dining with both indoor and al fresco options. The menu is inventive, marrying traditions with innovations without being self important. We would gladly dine there again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great Beer
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 25 July 2017

Came here with a friend who was in town from Texas. We were greeted by the owner Dan as we were shown to our table, it was obvious the wait staff was working hard to keep up with the crowd on a beautiful Summer evening and the initial greeting was a warm one. I am glad we had reservations.
I was a little nervous about how tight the seating was but the smell was pretty amazing and the food I saw coming out looked fantastic.
We ordered pretty much 2 of every one of the fresh oysters on the list which obviously changes daily. The oysters were all fantastic, extremely fresh and had a very well described tasting comment so you know what to expect.
The wine selection seemed a little bit limited but what was on the list were all excellent selections. I know my wine very well and was happy to see that the staff here knew what they have and a limited selection ensures they can offer suggestions if you need them. I knew what I wanted and the selection was not overly marked up.
The food selection also seemed limited at first but when you see how fast they bring dishes out I can understand why they do this. Complicated menus are a killer for a kitchen!
We ordered the Steamed clams, Baked Octopus and each got the Scallops.
In all we were very happy with our dinner experience and while we were very casual and relaxed I could see this place being fantastic for a date or anniversary. We enjoyed the dinner very much.

I would post more (check my review on Yelp) but the number of words are limited on this site.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 19 July 2017

Fantastic spot. Great fresh food put together in creative ways and delivered with great service. I'll be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 19 July 2017

Great food and drinks, pea and burrata salad is amazing as is the octopus! Really great staff and service. Convenient dock for boating and dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 4 July 2017

We enjoyed a very good meal while seated on the patio. We went on the 4th of July, for a late dinner. The restaurant and it's deck are on the shore of Lake Union. The Lake Union fireworks are exceptional. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner and drinks, the halibut was good, the portion was a bit small. The salmon was exceptionally good, and the portion size was very generous. Brisket was delicious, pork belly was exceptionally good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on 30 June 2017

Excellent service and nice surroundings. Food was nice an unique menus. Patio settings with big boats are impressive. Highly recommend it. 😀

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on 13 June 2017

Oysters were excellent. Our easier was super knowledgeable. Great for our group.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 8 June 2017

It is a great space on the water... the food was great and the service was good... one of the better dining experiences I've had in a while.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 2 June 2017

Lovely outdoor setting. Great place for a gathering. Wonderful food with great beer or wine pairings.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 19 May 2017

This place should have a line out the door at all hours of the day! The food is amazing and the cocktails are even better! A++

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Fun find right by Lake Union! Really great dishes include Poutine of the Sea, featuring clam and bacon poutine, as well as fresh and local oysters. The service was a little slow at one point, but it picked up. There's a lovely patio right on the water, great for a nice day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 12 May 2017

Exceptional service, delightful food, limited wine menu.
We will definitely return .

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 6 May 2017

Wow this place was way better than advertised . The location on a sunny Seattle day was great next to the water. The beer wine selection great plus cocktails. Service was super friendly quick and extremely knowledgeable for the entire menu. Attentive but not pushy. The food wow the food!! We had the seafood poutine and it was fantastic. Worth going back for again and again. I am not a big brussel sprout guy but all of the flavor sounded interesting and it great the bone marrow with oysters was really out of this world. For what we ordered was a great value. I will go back here many times now

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on 5 May 2017

Awesome get together With long time friends on the water!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 2 May 2017

The food here was outstanding, but nothing compared to the fantastic service. These guys run a great operation, rivaling the awesome atmosphere offered up at their sister joint (Radiator Whiskey). If Justin's there, ask him to make you a 1794 - one of the best cocktails I've ever had.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on 29 April 2017

Very tasty food that was easy to share in a group. An immense improvement on the previous restaurant at this location.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on 26 April 2017

Excellent service and delicious food. From appetizer to dessert to drinks, everything was superb. Service was friendly and polite. Loved it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 22 April 2017

The poutine!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 15 April 2017

Read the write-up in Friday's Seattle Times and was lucky enough to score a res for 9pm on Saturday. Love the atmosphere, good cocktail list (they were out of a lot of the oyster selection by that hour but we still managed to try a couple new West Coast varieties) and then had one of the specials, which was a soft-shell crab (delish) we also ordered a frisee salad with fried oysters (my husbands choice) and it was also very good, the fried brussell sprouts (AMAZING) and then we had to go for the Curry Wurst - and I have to say - I would go back simply for this dish alone. They play awesome music and I am sure when summer is in full swing the deck is going to be a hot/tough ticket. Can't wait to go back and sample some other items on the menu like the halibut, the bone marrow, the crudo - etc. Our server Wilson, was super well-informed and attentive without hovering and paced everything perfectly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Authentic, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 April 2017

Food quality was great. Great service as well. Nice little place with easy parking.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 24 March 2017

First time to White Swan and sat at chef counter. Great service by all and wonderful food. Fresh shucked oysters, great clams plus salads and brats...simple but complete menu. They were busy for HH and steady thru the dinner hour. We'll be back for sure!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 11 March 2017

Awesome spot! Went on a double date here on a Saturday for dinner. Overall vibe was fresh & casual yet chic. Outstanding service, exceptionally reasonable pricing, and the best fresh daily rotating oysters. Great cocktails, wine list, and beer options. Casual enough for many occasions, but also great for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) I can't wait to come back here when the sun comes out & take in their views & experience their patio seating for Happy Hour, brunch, etc.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Waterfront, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 11 February 2017

Loved everything about it!

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 2 February 2017

We had a wonderful evening of great food, great libations and wonderful service. A very comfortable place right on the water. Thanks

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 28 January 2017

Overall, this spot did not disappoint! The food what thoughtfully prepared and each dish was decent. We ordered pretty much everything on the menu. I really liked the pork belly and the oyster selection was on point (loved the Glacier points). Also to note, I can't have gluten or dairy, and there were a lot of dishes I could still eat and they did not skimp on flavor.

There was a banging patio that overlooked the water. Too bad it was too cold to be out there. Darn winter!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 25 January 2017

This is my favorite restaurant on Lake Union. It is right on the lake and have a really nice patio, which is perfect for the summer time. A great place for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Friendly staffs, awesome food, beer and cocktails. Try the steamed clams or the seafood chowder.

Tags: Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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