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400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
360-378-9540
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 101
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Loved the meal! Be sure to make a reservation!

This was definitely one of the best meals of our trip to Washington State. The menu is intriguing-- there were quite a few dishes I wanted to try. I ended up ordering the seared scallops and sticky rice cakes, and I loved them. The dumplings and the Indian vegetarian plate were also big hits. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Cassidy144
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This was definitely one of the best meals of our trip to Washington State. The menu is intriguing-- there were quite a few dishes I wanted to try. I ended up ordering the seared scallops and sticky rice cakes, and I loved them. The dumplings and the Indian vegetarian plate were also big hits. The wine list is very good... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was a little difficult to find at night but it was well worth the effort to find because the food was delicious and the ambiance was relaxing and romantic. Definitely would go back there again since this was the best meal of our whole vacation in the Pacific Northwest.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This hard-to-find gem is well worth looking for! Excellent food, offerings are distinctive, service is always good. Monday lunches (cold noodle bowls) are awesome!

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Lacey, Washington
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

All the reviews said it's hard to find. Basically, if you take Web Street until it intersects with A street you'll find this gem of a place. It was dark and rainy so we couldn't sit outside in their beautiful dining area but would recommend if it you have the chance. We sat in their bar area. The vibe inside... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Secluded between two parking lots, this restaurant offers excellent food in an informal atmosphere. Indoor space is limited but there is a large patio good when the weather cooperates.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Super fresh, ever changing menu. Strange environment that "works"! High prices for good quality food. Decent service and atmosphere. Eclectic menu! Overall pleasant experience! Great for a special occasion.

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Beverly, MA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My husband found this book listed in many travel review books. The first two days on the Island we never passed it once. It is in an off the beaten path location, but the menu is worth the incredible adventure to find it! You can walk there from Friday Harbor. We had our last celebratory vacation dinner here. They also... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My wife discovered this somewhat hidden away restaurant in a generic tourist guide, and after viewing their website and menus, we decided to try it. We are glad we did as it is a garden oasis, and romantic as light faded and the restaurant’s lighting came on. In warm weather we recommend people reserve an outside table. When we “checked-in”... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Be sure to find this place in the daylight and bring a flashlight to find it again in the dark. It's behind a greenhouse and a moped dealer. It's worth the ordeal of finding the place. Once there you will think you are in SoHo in New York City not Friday Harbor. The food is a little eclectic, but fantastic.... More 

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La Conner, Washington
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Yes, it can be bit of an adventure to find this restaurant - although with a lost look on your face you can get easy help from passers by. We were seated outside rather near a loud blowing vent. Our waitress announced the special appetizer, one with seared eggplant with a light dressing and feta cheese. This was the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: 360-378-9540

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?