Channeling Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic mixed with a dash of vintage yacht club, chef Josh Henderson and designer Matthew Parker of the Huxley Wallace Collective have created Westward, a restaurant and oyster bar on Seattle's Lake Union with views across the water to downtown. The duo relied on a coterie of local designers to finesse the nautical notes. 


Abvoe: The 25-feet-bar was created from a slice of a ship and anchors (no pun intended) the restaurant. Created by local art fabricators Electric Coffin, several of the compartments are crafted into a quirky diorama. The drum lighting shades are made of recycled sailcloth, and the white ceramic lights in the shape of buoys are from local firm Fleet Objects

Westward restaurant Seattle | Remodelista

Above: Restaurant staff wear St. James boat shirts and other marine attire.

Westward Restaurant Seattle | Remodelista

Above: The food served is Northwest-meets-the-Med.

Westward Restaurant & Little Gull Seattle | Remodelista

Above: In the oyster bar, pilings are used as pillars with brightly painted cleats for hanging coats.

Westward Restaurant & Little Gull Seattle | Remodelista

Above: The Little Gull Grocery in the oyster bar has shelving suspended by rope.

Westward Restaurant & Little Gull Seattle | Remodelista

Above: Strung rope serves as a screen of sorts.

Westward Restaurant & Little Gull Seattle | Remodelista

Above: Portraits of various captains in history decorate the restaurant (Captain Kirk and Bill Murray as Captain Steve Zissou, included).

Westward Restaurant & Little Gull Seattle | Remodelista

Above: Adirondack chairs line the shore of Lake Union, and diners gather around a large fire pit surrounded by a ring of oyster shells. Downtown Seattle rises in the distance.  

Westward Restaurant Seattle nautical ropes | Remodelista

Above: Nautical rope is used as outside decor.

Westward Restaurant in Seattle | Remodelista

Above: The restaurant has a 150-foot dock for boaters to drop by.

Inspired by the maritime look? See our Steal This Look on another Seattle favorite, The Walrus and the Carpenter.  For more of our Seattle stops, consult our City Guide. And take a look at life on nearby Bainbridge Island in The New Homesteaders.

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