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“Best meal ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vinny's Restaurant

Vinny's Restaurant
165 West St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
(360) 378-1934
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Ranked #14 of 53 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: First St
Description: We are a quaint, little Italian restaurant in the heart of Friday Harbor. We offer authentic Italian Cuisine in a beautiful, fun atmosphere. Come and enjoy Vinny’s!
Burbank, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best meal ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had an amazing meal here! Calamari , salad, two great pasta dishes on that had a habanero sauce! Then a salted Carmel desert. Wow if you have the chance you should go to Vinny's you will love like we did. It will be the first place I head to when I return to the Island. Thanks Vinny's for a meal we will never forget .

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann Arbor, MI
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great food, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We had a very relaxed, enjoyable dinner here. Outstanding food & pretty good service. We would recommend it and would return on another visit.

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Oregon, and Edinburgh, Scotland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Sad Decline”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We returned to this restaurant where we had two magnificent meals a decade ago to find the spectacular view all but obliterated by a monstrous condo/hotel structure. That does not explain the lamentable service, even though the restaurant was busy, and the less than magnificent meal for the price. We'll go back, because it is the best in town, but without the same high expectations

Visited July 2012
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Andover, NJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

One of the hosts at the Bird Rock Hotel described Vinny's as 'delicious' and 'atmospherey' and she was right. Vinny's is tucked onto a side street off First and was, by far, the best restaurant we went to in Friday Harbor (Backdoor Kitchen is amazing but if you want Italian this is the place to go). The salmon and chicken piccata, puttanesca and carbonara were mouth watering. Desserts -- skip the tiramisu and go for the Creme Brulee or -- if they have it -- the special bread pudding. Our waiter knew everyone who walked in the door but treated us as if we were locals. I wish I remembered his name -- he doesn't look like the typical Italian restaurant waiter. More like a skipper on a boat - perfect for San Juan Is!

Visited August 2012
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Port Orchard, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Worth the wait”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Restuarant ambiance was good, great lighting and nice temperature inside despite an 85 degree outside temp. I am a bit of an Italian snob since I studied Italian cooking in Italy. That being said, one of the best dishes I have eaten anywhere was at Vinnie's. The prawn appetizer with peppers and onions in a hot wine butter sauce was simply incredible. Creative and perfect taste combination cooked beautifully. Pasta was fresh and sauces well made. Tiramisu was good but not great. Had a nice Cabernet from the island with our meal and it complimented well. Will return next time we are in town.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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