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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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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 38
    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
Great Place to Get the Local Vibe!

Friday Harbor. Who hasn't heard of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in the great Northwest? This popular destination is just a 90 minute ferry ride from the Washington state port of Anacortes, and halfway from Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island in Canada. The restaurant seems to want to be a bar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
genek589
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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Great food, steak cooked to desired stage. Presentation good. Nice quiet atmosphere for our couple dinner.

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Carmichael, California
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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Friday Harbor. Who hasn't heard of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in the great Northwest? This popular destination is just a 90 minute ferry ride from the Washington state port of Anacortes, and halfway from Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island in Canada. The restaurant seems to want to be a bar, western country hangout, and a fine dining spot,... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We ate here for St Patricks Day and my boyfriend said he hadn't had corned beef and cabbage like that since his mom used to make it!! I had the roasted cauliflower appetizer dish and a beet salad...everything was amazing and we really both enjoyed our dinners. We even split bread pudding for dessert! They had a 2 person group... More 

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Seattle
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
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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
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 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
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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?