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Coho Restaurant

120 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548
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Ranked #10 of 53 restaurants in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Spring
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 five years in a row 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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85% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Mobile, Alabama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Very small and reservations are needed. Party of four arrived at 8:15 for dinner and were treated as we were part of the family. Great menu and service.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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119 reviews 119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

For couples, this is your spot in Friday Harbor. To get 5 stars you've got to have ambiance, menu, service, location and execution. Coho was the perfect romantic dinner spot with just a few tables, lighting was just right and lovely French jazz in the background. Meal was executed absolutely perfectly. Not fancy, just appropriate menu of local fish and... More

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Allentown, PA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We had our main dinner of our class reunion at Coho. We had ordered in advance, and we had been given the choice of salmon or of a vegetarian plate. That salmon was some of the best I have ever had!The smoked salmon amuse-bouche was nicely prepared and quite good. The dessert, a blackberry cobbler, was marvelous. Wish I lived... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We've been coming to the San Juan Islands for over 20 years and have our list of restaurant favourites. Tried Coho on our last visit and again this time. Consistently great experience, creatively prepared food, nice wine list, and attentive service. This restaurant is now on our must visit short list.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Nice menu - we could have just worked our way down the starters. Extensive wine list. Service was a bit spotty, but food very good and well-prepared (my king salmon was perfectly medium-rare). Small room so a large party can make it a bit noisy.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Coho was repeatedly recommended by locals we talked to and we were glad we went for dinner. It's very small, maybe only about 10 tables, so you probably can't get in during peak dinner hours without a reservation. The service was very good and the food was expertly prepared. I think it was the best salmon I've ever had. We... More

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Arlington, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Unimpressed. Instead of intimate/romantic, Coho should be called cramped. We were seated in a corner, right next to the restroom. How romantic! We ordered a bottle of white wine, and they didn't even have a wine cooler or bucket of ice. We order a salad and soup as appetizers, and the halibut and scallops as a main course. They were... More

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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

Colleen, Thank you for dining with us. We are sorry that your dining experience wasn't typical. During the summer season, our restaurant can be quite busy. Coho is a small intimate dining room and we balance a fine line accommodating guests with a reservation without compromising the dining experience for other patrons. We did host a large group the night... More

Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

But a fantastic feast, nonetheless. We made reservations which was a good idea as the number of wait staff is limited and reservations enable management to plan ahead with staffing and fresh food prep. There were three of us and the total check of $ 192.00 was not in our usual budget but as we'd heard such good things about... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were lucky enough to get a table without a reservation and I'm so glad we did! The food was amazing and so was the service. The restaurant is very small so I definitely recommend making reservations is this is somewhere you really want to eat.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Not knowing anything about Friday Harbor, we choose Coho based on reviews- some good, some bad. We found a wonderful, quaint restaurant with wonderful food. Being with a foodie, I prayed the food was great and we would deal with service. To our surprise, the food was outstanding as was the service. All courses left us feeling very satisfied. We... More

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