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“one of my favorite dive bar meals on the planet” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Toby's

Toby's
8 NW Front Street, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239
(360) 678-4222
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Ranked #10 of 22 restaurants in Coupeville
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Battle Ground, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“one of my favorite dive bar meals on the planet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I've been going to Toby's for years when I am on Whidbey Island. There is a complete menu, but really only ONE thing to have here; the one or two pound orders of steamed mussels, fresh from Penn Cove right outside the window.

Don't expect a lot of atmosphere; this is a locals place, with a pool table, rough looking bathrooms, and waitresses that have been at it for awhile. However, the view is spectacular, and the mussels are to die for. Like wine? You can have a great bottle of Hogue Cellars Reisling (goes great with mussels) here for just $12.

Give the tonier spots a miss, go to Toby's, relax and enjoy a truly unique, authentic Washington experience.

Visited October 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Sisters, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Funky and delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Second visit to Toby's and it was as good as the first time. Very good waitress. We ordered different dishes to share and she asked in what order she could bring them. As soon as we finished one she cleared the table and brought the next. Clam chowder hot and creamy. Penn Cove mussels are the best, grown in the bay right outside. Couldn't get any fresher. Best and tenderest Calamari we've had. Fish and chips very good, 4 large pieces plus fries and slaw. I'm sure the tarter sauce & cocktail sauce were made in house.
Price is right for a abundance of good food. We will return before our trip is over. The ferry ride at sunset back to Port Townsend made it even more enjoyable.

  • Visited October 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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Surrey, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“The Food was Great, But Cleanliness Made me Wonder........”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I wondered just how clean the kitchen is when we were seated by the front window and found ourselves staring at a dusty window sill and frame covered in dead flies..................

The food appeared promptly, the mussels (harvested in the Penn Cove which the restaurant overlooks) were delicious and perfectly prepared.

It is an old building, and the tavern is marketed as one of the oldest in the area, but I would suggest it needs a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, and ongoing attention to cleanliness to forestall putting off other diners.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Island, New York
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156 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Four star Mussels”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Four stars for the fresh mussels. Also enjoyed the fish and chips (cod). Could have done without the oyster burger and the snippy waitress. Give it a try!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bellingham, WA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great place for a burger”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

If you are in the mood for a good burger, this is the place. It's on the water if you can get a seat at that end of the restaurant. The decor is funky with lots of stuff to look at. Great for lunch or dinner.

Visited October 2013
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