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120 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548 (Spring)
+1 360-378-6330
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Coho Restaurant serves Island grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean...
Coho Restaurant serves Island grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Coho's Chef creates exciting menus developed around the seasonality of fresh ingredients from the surrounding Islands. Each night, this "Best of the San Juans" restaurant menu showcases simple and artful fare that allows the flavors of the individual ingredients to resonate on the palate. Coho's wine cellar has been recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence. Coho is set in a historic Craftsman House - three blocks from the ferry landing in walkable downtown Friday Harbor. Coho's intimate setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a fine dining special celebration or a relaxed night out with friends. Consider making a night of it at one of our nearby Inns.We invite you to dine with us and Savor the San Juan Islands! Buon Appetito!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Surprisingly good

Had dinner with my daughter last night at this charming little restaurant. It is a little place, seating about 30 people. It is located in an old house and it has an inviting ambiance. The service is prompt and extremely friendly. The menu showcase fine local ingredients and include many daily... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
TampaDocFoodie
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Tampa, Fl
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This was a big trip for us, celebrating my 50th birthday, culminating in what we'd hoped would be a lovely dinner at Coho. Instead, they sandwiched us in a tiny table in a tiny corner, between the bathroom door and the kitchen door. Inexplicably, they had a little table with a decorative votive on it wedged in there, too, and... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Elise, Thank you for dining with us. Coho is a small intimate dining room with 9 tables. We are sorry that this table location put a damper on your evening. If we would have known, we could have offered you another table as soon as it became available. We have many guests who enjoy that table as they have a... More 

Tampa, Fl
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Had dinner with my daughter last night at this charming little restaurant. It is a little place, seating about 30 people. It is located in an old house and it has an inviting ambiance. The service is prompt and extremely friendly. The menu showcase fine local ingredients and include many daily specials. I had steamed clams which were delicious and... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Coho Restaurant. We are pleased that you enjoyed your evening. Coho Restaurant's menu showcases fresh seasonal ingredients from local purveyors. Chef Bill's deft hand allows the flavors of the ingredients to shine on each dish. Our ice cream has quite the reputation with our patrons. The Kahlua Amaretto is not only a dessert but almost... More 

Ottawa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor, Washington. Our meal consisted of Arctic Char, homemade Linguine with Marinara Sauce & Shrimp, Roasted Artichokes , Kale & Mushrooms. We had a lovely Gewurztraminer, & a fantastic cheese plate. We finished off with homemade ice cream & Sorbets ( Pina colada & Ginger Sorbet), (Chocolate... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Erin, Thank you for dining with us and we are pleased that you enjoyed your evening with us. We love to showcase the fresh flavors of the season. Chef Bill makes everything from scratch daily including our breads, pastas and desserts. Each night in addition to our standard menu, we have a fresh sheet. This allows Chef to create small... More 

Everett, Washington
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

COHO offers an early bird deal for 2. During the week, drop in between 5pm and 5:45, and for $70 per couple, you get a soup AND a salad, entree, ice cream and BOTTLE of wine! Better yet, if you don't care for the early bird entree selection, simply pick one from the main menu and pay the balance. They... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for dining with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed our Chef's Tasting special. We offer it every night in the early part of our dinner service. It is a great value at $70 for a 3 course dinner for two including a bottle of wine. Our guests enjoy our wine selections as they include a new varietal... More 

Friday Harbor, Washington
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Husband had fish, and LOVED IT. I had beef tenderloin which was amazing flavor but quite well done. Friend had braised lamb and didn't care for it. Drinks were delicious. Service was good. This is a unique place. VERY local flavor. Lots of substitutions. You must be flexible because regardless of being the first reservation of the day what's on... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to write about your evening. As a small farm to table restaurant, Chef Bill prepares everything fresh daily. Our menu is normally dynamic but more so the night you dined with us as the beef short ribs did not come. Being on an island sourcing ingredients and deliveries are... More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Our dining experience was amazing at Coho. Dave and Anna Maria are such lovely hosts and Chef Bill- You're an amazing and creative Chef. During our lovely stay at the Tucker House we enjoyed having dinner a few nights at Coho. It is just right down the street from the inn and very convenient . We tried a variety of... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and we are thrilled you enjoyed your evening. Last week, Chef Bill featured the first of the local halibut and asparagus in a dinner special with creamy polenta and a wild ramp and shrimp cream sauce. The preparation was so well received, it is now on our regular menu. Our house made ice creams... More 

Balboa Island, California
Top Contributor
232 reviews 232 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Off the main drag in Friday Harbor, this intimate cozy restaurant is a hidden jewel. The owners not only greet you but serve you as well, patiently answering questions about the delicious food offered. As a part time resident of this community I realize that there are several fine dining establishments in town. To me what makes Coho special are... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Mike, Thank you for joining us for dinner at Coho Restaurant. Dave and I love food and wine and it is always our pleasure to share the local bounty and Chef Bill's exquisite preparations with our guests. With the gorgeous spring weather San Juan Island is experiencing, we have been welcoming back our seasonal diners a bit earlier than usual.... More 

Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went with another couple for dinner. Owner greeted us and help seat us. Tonight the special was Madrid night. Unique prefix menu based on foods from Spain. . 3 of the people in our party ordered the prefix special. Included appetizer, dinner and dessert. The entree was a delicious chicken based Spanish dish. I had to be difference and... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Rick, Thank you for dining with us at Coho Restaurant. We are glad you had a memorable evening. The grilled octopus is one of our house specialties. It has become so popular we have shared the recipe on our website. We joke with patrons that we expect to see octopus on your next dinner party - not sure if anyone... More 

Kansas City, Missouri
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Intimate setting- servers are gracious and attentive. Few tables. Location is excellent. I had the soup- I think it's potato and celery root and it was superb. Then I had two small plates of grilled octopus and mussels. Grilled octopus was a bit salty but cooked perfectly tender. The mussels is excellent- I could just eat bread dipping it on... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and we are glad that you enjoyed your evening. The soap was indeed potato and celeriac. Chef Bill loves to showcase local seafood and the Salt Spring mussels are quite popular, coming from our neighbors north of the border. You are right that you can almost make a meal out of them soaking up... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Excellent service and delicious gourmet food in a tiny little house/restaurant. Valentines menu was a 5 course meal with oysters, fois grois homemade mushroom soup, steak with a red wine reduction and garlic wilted Kale. Dessert was a sampling of scratch made shortbread, ice cream, truffles and stuffed chocolate covered strawberries. Words will not do justice to the buttery, savory... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Michelle, Thank you for dining at Coho Restaurant on Valentine's Day. The wine pairing gave us an opportunity to showcase some special Walla Walla wineries - a Chardonnay from Sinclair Estates and a chateauneuf du pape inspired white and Bordeaux style blend from Tranche Cellars. We ended the evening with a choice of either a Brachetto D'Acqui, a red bubbly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548
    (Spring)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 360-378-6330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Coho Restaurant serves Island grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Coho's Chef creates exciting menus developed around the seasonality of fresh ingredients from the surrounding Islands. Each night, this "Best of the San Juans" restaurant menu showcases simple and artful fare that allows the flavors of the individual ingredients to resonate on the palate. Coho's wine cellar has been recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence. Coho is set in a historic Craftsman House - three blocks from the ferry landing in walkable downtown Friday Harbor. Coho's intimate setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a fine dining special celebration or a relaxed night out with friends. Consider making a night of it at one of our nearby Inns.We invite you to dine with us and Savor the San Juan Islands! Buon Appetito!
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?