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Sweet Retreat & Espresso

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264 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
(360) 378-1957
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Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good for a latte break. Not far from ferry landing.

The owner is a delightful person who does all the work himself and answers your questions about the island while making your drink. Excellent service and product. My great-niece had a hot chocolate--not just a hot chocolate by a Zebra hot chocolate with white and regular chocolate topped with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2015
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PNW
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

The owner is a delightful person who does all the work himself and answers your questions about the island while making your drink. Excellent service and product. My great-niece had a hot chocolate--not just a hot chocolate by a Zebra hot chocolate with white and regular chocolate topped with whipped cream. She was thrilled.

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Lopez Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Walked on a ferry at Lopez Island, walked off at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Was a cold drizzly morning so my wife and I stopped in at the closest Espresso shop and ordered Capacinno and Late. Capachinno was all foam, little coffee for $3.50 for 12 oz,- disappointed

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Columbus, Ohio
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52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Ooooo - yummy! There is a bit of breakfast sandwich war going on in Friday Harbor. Seems every coffee shop offers a breakfast sandwich or two or three! Stop at the Sweet Retreat & Espresso for a top notch, hot, moist, yummy Croissant, sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich and a up of Cafe Americano. Gets you off to a... More 

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Thank Daficionado
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

The title says it all. I was looking for a quick, simple breakfast. I got a tasty treat at Sweet Retreat. The breakfast sandwich was scrumptious. The latte was good. They even had gluten-free bread and almond milk. We'd highly recommend it as an option before heading out to explore the island.

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victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Best little coffee place in Friday Harbour! Haven't tried any of their milkshakes or smoothies or food, but the coffee is fresh, hot & delicious! Very friendly service; I'm guessing owner-operated by the genuine conversation & excellent customer service. As I was waiting for my latte, many locals came by to chat & get their morning muffin/coffee/breakfast. It's a good... More 

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Thank purevanillaVictoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I've got the strawberry smoothie at Sweet Retreat. The service is very friendly and fast. The only thing I didn't give it a 5 star because they use apple juice for the water portion of things and apple juice was so strong that I can barely taste the strawberry. Otherwise they use real fruit for the smoothie

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Delta
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31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This little ice cream and burger take out is tucked in between a gallery and another store on the main street of Friday Harbour. They make the most amazing milkshakes - a little pricey, but worth it! Haven't tried their food, but it sure looked good going by.

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Thank Marvox
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

I love visiting local sweet shops, and this one definitely hit the spot. All their ice cream is made locally in Oregon, and their blackberry ice cream was fantastic. In the mornings, the owner was telling me that he makes an extremely popular Tri tip breakfast sandwich. People line up for it! The service was so friendly and the food... More 

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Thank Andie N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Good burgers - only been there once but it was very good at a reasonable price. Take out place with few outdoor seats!

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Thank Normand R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We stayed up the street at the Earthbox Inn and some family stayed on the boat. This was my go-to place every morning on my walk down to the docks to the boat. Great coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and cookies. The owners were very friendly. Loved it! It's a small nook in the street and there are only a few small... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 264 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: (360) 378-1957

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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