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“We Went Twice” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Front Street Grill

Front Street Grill
20 NW Front St, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239
+1 360-682-2551
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Ranked #5 of 22 Restaurants in Coupeville
Price range: $10 - $29
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Alexander Street
Description: Front Street Grill is located on the waterside of Front Street in Coupeville Washington. We have spectacular views of Mt Baker and the Historic Coupeville Wharf.
Portland, Oregon
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83 reviews 83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“We Went Twice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Located in the heart of Coupeville, this stylish and contemporary restaurant was a good find. We stopped for lunch and had a great seat by the water. The restaurant is busy, but has plenty of seating and attentive wait staff. We enjoyed our meals and felt the portions were ample. We made reservations for a Friday night second visit and requested a window table on the water. With a small baby in tow, we were disappointed our reservation didn't seem to matter. The reastaurant was extremely busy on that Friday and seated guests lingered. We were at least a 30 minute wait past our reservation. However, we enjoyed it enough to put it on our "Must return when in Coupeville" list.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Coupeville, Washington
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Poor quality of service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This restaurant consistently disappoints with their poor service and clear focus on making money rather than quality of service. First off, our waitress repeatedly asked us if she could answer any of our questions about the menu - our answer remained the same all four times she asked (within a 5 minute time-frame). Secondly, after running out of buns for the Kobe Beef Sliders and Pulled Pork Sliders, the cook took it upon himself (or herself) to serve a modified version, with less quantity (and obviously took a normal burger and cut it into four pieces, placed on buns three-times the size of the small piece of meat). Further more, the waitress, apparently unfamiliar with the menu, acted surprised when questioned about it. I don't know a clearer way of showing a customer that they simply do not matter than that. Shame on them for that. Tourists visiting Coupeville would get a better return on their investment by visiting a restaurant such as Ciao or Christopher's, where the passion for food, cooking, and customers is much more apparent. If you are looking for dining with a view, your money would be better spent buying a loaf of bread, tub of peanut butter and jar of jelly and having a picnic on the beach. I wouldn't give them a penny found on the street.

I live in Coupeville and support my local businesses which is why I have been stupid enough to return, but I cannot find it in me to return to this restaurant and am deeply disappointed in the poor management, poor quality of food, and horrible service.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Nice enough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The FSG was ok, walking by the outside we could see all the dirty dishes piled up which was gross but we went in for Happy Hour anyway. While in Penn Cove you must have mussels, they said the Coconut Green Curry Mussels where the top seller. I ordered these which were very good but very overpowered by the sauce, I could not taste the freshness of the mussel. We also ordered onion rings which came with three dipping sauces but still were overpriced.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Coupeville, Washington
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Second Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We went back for a second time since our first experience was excellent. This time we had made reservations and got a seat which was a great view seat. The service was a littler slower but the place was packed. Our meal this time was a disappointment considering our first satisfying experience.

Visited October 2013
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Long Beach, CA USA
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“Whidbey Island is a Great Escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The mussels are outstanding. Will never eat them anywhere else. The view of Penn Cove takes you back in time. On Front you encounter folk dancers and roving musicians spontaneously performing. Visit Whidbey Island!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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