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Lower Tavern

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46 Prune Alley, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA
(360) 376-4848
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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 21
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Spot for Lunch!

We had a great lunch here. The fish and chips were really good, the coleslaw was great! They were extremely nice, and had a great beer selection. We'd love to go back!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Katie S
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Kent, Wa
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kent, Wa
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We had a great lunch here. The fish and chips were really good, the coleslaw was great! They were extremely nice, and had a great beer selection. We'd love to go back!

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Not sure if these are the best burgers on the island, but they are plenty good. Friendly waitress in a typical sports bar atmosphere. Looked like a place the locals like to hang out.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is just a little bar where the locals hangout but the burgers are really good. We were on a limited budget and got food to go from here to eat on the beach a few times during our stay. The bartenders are super friendly, and the food is better than your average bar.

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
266 reviews 266 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a typical bar - tv's, pool tables and dim lights. The food and drinks, though, were great. Furthermore, our waitress while we didn't catch her name and she didn't have anything on to state she was a waitress, was excellent and truly skilled at what she was doing. We had the salmon burger and fish and chips as... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Jan 1, 2015 and we were looking for someplace open to eat. We happened across this gem. A couple followed us in and lucky for us there were no other tables, so they sat with us. Being local, they had a lot of info which was offered openly and freely. Even told us what was good. I had a Patty... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is an excellent alternative to tourist-oriented restaurants, especially in the off season. This local favorite is a bar that serves unpretentious food at a fair price. The friendly atmosphere gives visitors a feel for real life on Orcas Island.

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Orcas Island, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is where the locals hangout -- we know where to get the best bang for the buck, and the best burgers and fish and chips in town. The Tav has several TVs, which are always on, a pool table and a juke box. Sometimes there is karaoke. In the summer the back parking lot is turned into a beach... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a tavern so kid friendly I am not sure about. There are just days when noting but a good burger hits the tastebuds! I love Eastsound but inexpensive...it isn't. The Lower is reasonable and they have great onion rings!!! Laid back and relaxed atmosphere. Hint: if it is really busy and you need food faster run up to... More 

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Ferndale, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Sweet potatoes fries were good and in a waffle pattern. Patty melt was tasty, just a little too greasy for my liking.

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Oregon
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112 reviews 112 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

They advertise their hamburgers as the best on the island. Since this is the only place we've eaten on the island, we really can't say. But after eating the cheeseburger, I would imagine they aren't exaggerating. It was well worth the stop.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46 Prune Alley, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  Orcas Island  >  Eastsound
  • Phone Number: (360) 376-4848

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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