San Juan Island Fine Dining
Dine indoors or out at the Backdoor Kitchen, tucked away in Friday Harbor off the beaten path but in easy walking distance from Spring Street. Its expansive patio is bedecked with soft lights and heated with lamps, and you’ll find its international cuisine served with a twist and prepared using mostly local ingredients.
Around the corner is Coho Restaurant, slightly more formal but no less friendly, which serves island-grown, Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, and boasts an award-winning wine list. Local art adorns the walls, and with only nine tables in the dining area of a historic Craftsman house, you’ll enjoy both intimacy and personal service.
A stone’s throw from the ferry landing, right on the water, The Place Restaurant & Bar presents classic yet innovative seasonal Northwest cuisine in a comfortable, romantic ambiance that surrounds you with fine local art and views of the harbor. With an emphasis on local and regional fish and shellfish spring through fall, and fresh bread baked daily, the restaurant is a paean to the Islands: natural, organic dishes, island wines, and locally roasted coffee.
At Vinny’s Ristorante you’ll find a formal (but not stuffy) atmosphere and a warm welcome about three blocks from the ferry. Besides Italian specialties like Vinny’s Carbonara and the highly-spiced Pasta from Hell, the menu offers an array of gourmet Northwest steak and seasonal seafood dishes.
A ten-minute drive from either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor takes you to Duck Soup Inn, a cozy and elegant country restaurant set in the woods and overlooking a pond. Enthusiastic reviews in Gourmet and Bon Appetit laud its seasonal menus—fresh seafood, island produce, and home-grown herbs. Applewood-smoked local oysters are a house specialty.
Historic McMillin’s Dining Room at Roche Harbor Resort combines an old-world feel with a spectacular view of the harbor (at sunset, you’ll have a front-row seat for the retiring of the colors ceremony each summer). Local lamb is offered alongside just-caught fish (with a nod to the fisherman)—salmon, crab, and halibut are popular choices.
Coho Restaurant serves island-grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Creating exciting menus around the seasonality of fresh ingredients, Coho showcases simple and artful fare that allows the ingredients to resonate on the palate. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. [more...]
The Place Restaurant & Bar is located on the water in Friday Harbor. Featuring Northwest coastal cuisine, we specialize in local and regionally-sustainable fresh fish and shellfish, locally-grown organic produce, a select wine list, full bar and much more. We recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2013 -- only the top performing ten percent of businesses worldwide receive this prestigious award. [more...]
The Bluff Restaurant • Bar • Terrace at Friday Harbor House is a comfortable, welcoming destination for locals and visitors alike. Islanders can wind down at the end of the day with a group of friends while hotel guests can enjoy a multi-course island dining experience. All will enjoy taking in the panoramic views of the San Juan Channel, ferry landing and marina. [more...]
Backdoor Kitchen serves high-quality international food and drink in a unique and tranquil atmosphere. Supporting local farms whenever possible, we use only the freshest ingredients and prepare all our dishes from scratch. Join us soon for dinner or just drinks in our cozy bar, dining room or heated patio. While only two blocks from the ferry landing, we're a little hard to find, but well worth the trouble. Just ask a local! [more...]
Fine dining restaurant specializing in Italian specialties, fresh seafood and steak. We are now open seven days a week for our summer hours, from 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. See you all soon! Reservations highly suggested.
We offer to go orders, catering, private parties and business meetings. [more...]