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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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  • 47
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 6
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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
Great early dining deal for fine dining experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Everett, Washington
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Everett, Washington
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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Friday Harbor, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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226 reviews 226 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 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
58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 restaurant reviews
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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this review

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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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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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