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Sweet Retreat & Espresso

264 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
(360) 378-1957
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Ranked #15 of 53 restaurants in Friday Harbor
Cuisines: Dessert
Most recent review
- Jul 13, 2014
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English first
Lancaster, pa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you get to Friday Harbour on San Juan Island you need to stop here. Dave opens early 06:30 with great coffee, breakfast sandwiches and burritos. There is always a string of residents getting coffee here. This is a small location with only a few outside seats so plan on take out and sitting in by the harbour and enjoy... More

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Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We just came back from our second trip to San Juan Island/Friday Harbor. Of course, we had to make a special stop at Sweet Retreat! We have been craving David's vanilla lattes since our previous visit and again he didn't disappoint! Our lattes and breakfast sandwiches were hot and fresh! Its not very often you come across someone so passionate... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Looking for ice cream on a cold rainy Saturday and found this great place. The owner was friendly and the ice cream made the teens happy!

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to go for coffee, need I say any more? And my favorite muffin, the poppy seed, they will ask you if you want it warmed up......But of course, only on chilly days. It's fun because it meets my son's taste for shaved ice and my husband's need for a breakfast sandwich or hotdog.... More

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Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stayed on the island for 2 nights and we visited this sweet little coffee shop numerous times during our stay. The owner, David, is absolutely hilarious. He had both myself and hubby chuckling away while he made us our delicious drinks and breakfasts! The lattes and blended frappes are to die for! The breakfast sandwiches and burritos are amazing!... More

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LAKESIDE
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Set out on foot in the rain this morning in search of coffee ...glad I found this little gem. Owner hummed while making my coffee and clearly knew the locals milling about! Great coffee nice service

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Dave, the owner, has a certain pizzaz that kept us coming back. The breakfast is unbelievably good and as Seattlites, the coffee was delicious as well. Great place to meet the locals and other vacationers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The name doesn't suit this quaint little outside cafe justice... You have to try their breakfast burritos loaded with your choice of meat..then the add cheese potatoes and a chipotle sauce to die for... Excellent customer service and hospitality

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Liberty Lake, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We loved going to the "Sweet Retreat". We instantly felt a friendship with Dave, the owner. So down to earth and nice. We tried the breakfast sandwiches, which were delicious! On Thursdays, he makes a special Tri-tip breakfast sandwich that is supposed to be amazing! We also ordered a couple of bacon burgers for the afternoon. He makes them on... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

A Mom and son operation. Always good homemade soup and goodies. Espresso and lattes are decent too. They have a way of making everyone feel welcome. If you are in a hurry just call ahead.

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