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“I'm shocked this had such good reviews on tripadvisor” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Place Restaurant & Bar

The Place Restaurant & Bar
1 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
360-378-8707
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Ranked #10 of 53 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Price range: $19 - $29
Cuisines: American, Pasta, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Washington State
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“I'm shocked this had such good reviews on tripadvisor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010

We opted for this restaurant out of all the others listed on tripadvisor because it was rated #4 and I can only assume lack of dining options in Friday Harbor has resulted in this being listed so high. My husband had the steak and he didn't like it at all and that says A LOT since my husband can seem to eat any steak and like it. I had the bouillabaisse which was very good, however the portion was quite small and the menu listed it as having crab legS when in actuality it had 2 pieces of crab. The pot sticker filling was very yummy, but being wrapped in a wonton wrapper and having more wrapper then filling was disappointing. The server never smiled - it almost seemed like she didn't want to be there and didn't like her job.

The view is of the ferry dock. Yes, you see the water but the view is nothing to write home about. I saw much better views in other restaurants.

Overall, just an average experience.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Spokane, WA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Still great in the off season!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2010

Great service, nice view, and fabulous food at The Place. We had two preparations of the fresh halibut. Both were great. Another in our party had the regular menu chicken marsala. It too was very good. Perhaps the best surprise were the potsticker appetizers. We had them from what we thought were the best and worst of places. These were clearly the best, and by a long shot.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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johnathonk
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great Place to eat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

The food was great. The restaurant is built over the water with a great view. It was a great romantic dinner for my finace and I on her birthday. We loved it and will definitely go back.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
1 review
“Great ambience, food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2009

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner served by Kris. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the food preparation and the fine service. A great eatery is suboptimal without great management and service. This restaurant has all great qualities. We will enjoy future dinners there for memorable occasions.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
1 review
“Pure Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

We walked about town looking for the perfect spot to have dinner for our anniversary. We perused several menus and wine lists and finally came to The Place. We were first intrigued by the fact that it was so close to the water, then by the delicious menu posted at the door. We decided to take a peek inside. We were immediately greeted with a warm smile and sat promptly at a window table with beautiful views of the harbor. Our waitress was young yet clearly knowledgeable about the wine list she recommended a delicious Oregon Pinot Noir, which was a beautiful accompaniment to our dinner of lamb and Filet. Both of which were cooked to perfection. Durring casual conversation at dinner with our waitress we mentioned we were celebrating our two year anniversary, well after dinner she surprised us with a warm chocolate cake and a flickering candle on top! We were so happy to have chosen The Place to celebrate and we will most definitely be back next time we visit the Islands. If you are looking for the perfect food, service, and atmosphere visit The Place.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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