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175 N 1st St, Pob 884, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
360-378-5555
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Sports Bar, Swing Band Dive, and Greco-Italian-American Restaurant All In One! Oh My!

The Rumor Mill is one of those places that certainly stands out for a variety of reasons, both positive and negative, which sort of leave you wondering "what was that?" when you leave. We've eaten here a few times now, usually in the way-off season when other alternatives are closed or working... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
themolitors
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Seattle
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Seattle
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Rumor Mill is one of those places that certainly stands out for a variety of reasons, both positive and negative, which sort of leave you wondering "what was that?" when you leave. We've eaten here a few times now, usually in the way-off season when other alternatives are closed or working reduced hours. Our recent stop on President's Day... More 

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Cottonwood, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We loved this place! My husband and I and our two twenty-something daughters wandered in here on New Year's Eve after being disappointed at a couple other venues. The decor was very festive and the band was great - standards, swing, and jazz that even my daughters enjoyed. We were treated to party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Totally by accident stumbled upon this restaurant, bar. Happy hour is from 4-6:30 and great prices. Try the bacon beer. The waiter made sure the bronco game was on for our sons. We were totally impressed by the jazz group Skylark that played from 6:30-8:30. They will play again in two weeks and were really good. Christmas in jazz and... More 

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Roche Harbor, Washington
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I went for my birthday! And I am a big believer in trying everyone else's food... OMG! Everything is great flavor. Man everyone was tired of me telling everybody that is where they have to go because it is the best I have had and it was like bursting flavors. Also I switched tables 3 times and the staff was... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Good food with funky atmosphere. The only place with consistent entertainment for dinner. Yummy! Decent pricing. We love it here.

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Friday Harbor, WA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Having never eaten at The Rumor Mill, I decided to treat my mother to an evening out so we could hear the live music that was scheduled. My appetizer salad was fine, with fresh greens, though the dressing was a bit sweet. However, dinner was not terribly appetizing, and extremely salty. I ordered the Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola, which was... More 

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uk
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

They do a reasonable job at basic American style cuisine. The beer is too cold, of course, but the location in good and the atmosphere fine, until they start the sing-along. There were a couple of guys who specialise in the sing-along thing who distributed books from which one could choose songs one wanted them to do and then they... More 

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Sonoma, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and I were staying across the street in a vacation rental, and saw quite a lot of activity at this restaurant. So, after a long walk through Friday Harbor on a foggy morning, we stopped in for lunch. The restaurant was fairly dark, and it has a funky collection of memorabilia assembled on walls and shelves. The menu... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

I have never submitted a bad review, basically because I have never felt compelled ... until now. Service was slow ... We had to ask for everything, most of the time we just grabbed glasses from another table, later when the food arrived we grabbed silverware and napkins from another table. Now to the food ... I ordered a Rueben.... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went for the live music, which didn't start on time and I don't know that they ever did. The service was too slow for me and I live in the south where we excel at slow service. The server we had was nice though. The food was average overall. It was good to try something different - the spanakopita,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 175 N 1st St, Pob 884, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: 360-378-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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