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Willows Inn Restaurant

2579 West Shore Drive, Lummi Island, WA 98262
360-758-2620
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

First is the charming, short ferry ride across the strait to Lummi Island on a ferry which holds about 12 vehicles, allowing you to enjoy the scenery, air and water since the ferry isn't enclosed. Then you drive to the north side of this charming, small island in the San Juans to the Willows Inn which is located by a... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A trip on the ferry to Lummi Island and then to The Willows. Food is freshly prepared, wine list is extensive and a different wine with each course. Many of the vegetables served are grown right at the Willows. Deserts are to die for. A bit pricey but some times you have to splurge and cut back next week. Quality... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

My sister and I went to dinner with high expectations. We were not disappointed. What I liked best was the pure approach to the food. A potato, smoked salmon, a mushroom, shaved beets, smelt, an oyster, etc. - all were cooked to present their optimum taste and enhanced when necessary. The second feature that made dinner excellent was the way... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

So all that I have read about Willows Inn is correct. Definitely make the trip out to Lummi Island for dinner. Was celebrating wedding anniversary in Seattle and made the 2 hour trip up for dinner and stayed on Lummi Island for dinner. The “experience” at Willows Inn was amazing. Exceeded my expectations. Very casual. The restaurant is a couple... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Willows Inn Restaurant offers up a locally farmed, fished, and foraged 17-course tasting menu. I was skeptical about the meal being worth the price ($165 USD) but was convinced by the reviews and press. Glad I was swayed. Yes, it's pricey, but such a special and unforgettable meal. Tip: one person order the wine pairing; the other, the juice. The... More

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Orlando
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As the Michelin Guide says about their highest rating of three stars: "Worth a special journey." The Willows is certainly worth a special journey. Beautiful small dining room in a cabin-like inn overlooking a expansive view of the San Juans, the Gulf Islands, and the Cascades. Unfussy but knowledgeable service (none of the silly, overly detailed lectures about ingredients, but... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I still dream about this one bite of food. I wanted to eat about 8 of them. The hearth bread with pan drippings - whoa! The smoked salmon - magic. There was a special dish of wheatberries, and venison with a blueberry sauce that was spectacular. This was such a lovely evening, quite an indulgence.

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Bellevue, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was one of my favorite dining experiences ever. It was about a 17 course meal with the most amazing attention to every detail that enhances dining, but completely unpretentious and un-fussy. The anti-Herb Farm, with no unnecessary flourishes and no obtrusive staff. Incredible service, incredible food, incredible setting. Incredibly pricy, too.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

As soon as we checked into the place, we began to see what all the hype is about. The surrounding garden is filled with herbs, edible flowers and plants. There is an active smokehouse on the premises, preparing the night's smoked fish. Up the road is the organic garden that provides most of the produce. The inn itself is delightful,... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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255 reviews 255 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

This was our third pleasant experience here and fortunately we reserved just before Chef earned his James Beard award, in future it will be more difficult to book a table in this limited single seating venue. Service is impeccable from start to finish and small works of food art start appearing one tiny course after another. The emphasis is all... More

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