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 ten-minute drive from either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor takes you to Duck Soup, a cozy country restaurant set in the woods and overlooking a pond, serving elegant local fare.
Friday Harbor House offers stunning views of the Harbor, excellent craft cocktails and inventive dishes featuring local produce, fish, meats and foraged ingredients.
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.