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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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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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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
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Michelle C
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Went here for valentines, from seattle for weekend get away. Was hoping for more seafood options. Seems this island is limited to a few seafood such was fishes, some shrimps. But not a lot of mussel, clams, scallops type of dishes. This place was over priced for what we get. The starting courses was okay- simple soup- salad. The steak... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for spending Valentine’s Day with us. Coho is a farm to table restaurant souring fresh seasonal ingredients from island and local producers. As a Seafood Watch member, Chef Bill carefully chooses seafood offerings that are sustainable and seasonal. During winter the availability of seafood is limited, but despite the season, Coho’s Valentine’s Day menu featured local oysters,... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

First visit to Coho and it did not disappoint. They had a Valentine Day special 5 course meal with wine pairing. Started with cornmeal crusted fried oyster then pan seared fois gras. Next was wild mushroom celeriac soup AND a mixed green salad with goat cheese and a delicious caramelized onion strudel. That was followed by seared Arctic char with... More 

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Hi! Thank you for spending Valentine's Day with us at the Coho Restaurant. This is one of our favorite special event dinners of the year. It is all about the food, wine and treats and of course spending an evening with your special Valentine. Each year Chef Bill puts together a creative menu using aphrodisiacas including lobster, oysters, cavier, foie... More 

Everett, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Coho offers a five course New Year's Eve dinner with optional wine pairings. There is no comparison to presentation, service, taste and variety! Each serving is portioned perfectly so that one can thoroughly enjoy oneself without feeling bloated. I selected the lamb for my entree. The 4 small lamb chops were out of this world (and I don't like "gamey"... More 

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for dining with us for New Year's Eve at Coho Restaurant! Our special holiday dinners are always alot of fun for our team. We look forward to this weekend's, Valentine's Day and our first holiday dinner for the 2015 season. Chef Bill has another great menu prepared. We look forward to your continuing your tradition and welcoming... More 

Bellingham, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Coho Restaurant on Thanksgiving day. The team of the restaurant made our day with the presentations of excellent food and service. I forget how many courses were served but each was colorful and absolutely delicious. Being there was the next best thing to being home but we didn't have to do the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Excellent and attentive service. A perfect meal and a simple but generous wine list. Warm environment, cozy tables, not too loud. Located in town so easy to walk to, if staying on the island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We were one of 3 parties in the restaurant. We enjoyed our bruschetta and the seasonal cornbread. I ordered a small plate of venison for my entree, which was so flavorful and delicious! And for dessert we had their housemade ice cream with espresso and liqueur, and it was decadent! The chef was great about working with the neighboring tables... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Four of us went for dinner one night while were were overnighting at the Marina. It was a short walk and fairly easy to find. It's a small, intimate spot with a friendly and helpful staff. We each had a different dish and we all loved our choice! The portions were very generous and well presented. We followed dessert with... More 

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Lake Tapps, Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The service, the food, the atmosphere... all of it was to die for! I would dine here again in a heartbeat. It is a must for one of your nights in Friday Harbor.

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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Joined by 26 other wine/food lovers, we attended a winemaker dinner, featuring Chris Sparkman of Sparkman Cellars. Multiple courses of seafood, meats, salads and dessert. I dined here early Sept this year and the food was excellent but last night the bar was raised to new a high. Chef Bill prepared every plate with love and delicious goodness. This is... 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 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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