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“Great place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tops'l Sushi Bar

Tops'l Sushi Bar
Spring Street at Front Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
+1 360-370-7191
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Ranked #10 of 53 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
White River Junction, Vermont
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We went to Friday Harbour for a quick weekend get away and this was where we ate the first night after it was recommended by our hotel. We got their special roll for the day (a crab and bay scallops California roll of sorts, amazing crab and creamy bay scallops yum! ) along with some of our favourites, mackerel (really great), salmon (always good, how can one go wrong with salmon), cooked shrimp (the best we've had), and a spicy seared tuna sashimi which was amazing! We also got the tasting of saki which was really fun and a bit of a treat. The waiters were knowledgable and as always it's great to watch and converse with the chefs. We also got miso soup and it was some of the best I have had. The broth was really flavourful and perfect after a slightly cool day out whale watching.

A previous reviewer commented that there was better sushi in Bellingham. We're from B'ham (Bellingham) and I have to say this beat any sushi restaurant there. Perhaps we went on a good or a bad day, but I would rate this place much higher than anything you can find in Bellingham. Now there are a few amazing spots in Seattle (and other cities) that might be on par with this or possibly better, but that's for a different review.

The prices were a bit high, but when compared with prices just anywhere on the island they were in the right ball park. High but fair for the going rate on the island. It is a tourist town and everything is more expensive, even at the grocery store and at the dive bar.

When we get a chance to go back to Friday Harbour we definitely plan to go back to this spot.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“New sushi and seafood restaurant worth a try!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Fun imaginative cocktails, extensive selection of regional beer on tap, solid wine selection, beautifully prepared nigiri and rolls, nice atmosphere. Loved the chirashi or rainbow rolls. The undon was good too, great broth. Appetizer and large plates for non- sushi eaters too. They are just open and the staff was attentive. We will be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Friday Harbor
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Forget this: eat downstairs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

As far as I know, Tops'l is owned by Cask and Schooner, the excellent restaurant downstairs. Because of this, the table service we had a Tops'l 7/1/13 was superior, as was the draft ale (I had Maudite from Quebec). There were three of us, two of us very experienced sushi eaters, having eaten with Japanese-speaking residents of Kyoto, etc. I have eaten at all sorts of sushi bars, from Kyoto's best to Chicago's best (Kuni-san!) "down" to conveyer-belt sushi in Japan. I've been eating sushi for over fifty years -- evaluate my credits as you wish.

The menu is varied and offers noodles for those who won't eat raw fish. The fish is decent, nothing special. The rice -- the way I evaluate sushi -- was totally disappointing. Eat your sushi someplace else -- Bellingham has a very good place, Wasabi. But in Friday Harbor, eat somewhere else. Presentation non-existent. Very, very expensive, compared to Bellingham prices at Wasabi.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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