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Coho Restaurant serves Island grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Coho's Chef creates exciting menus developed around the seasonality of fresh ingredients from the surrounding Islands. Each night, this "Best of the San Juans" restaurant menu showcases simple and artful fare that allows the flavors of the individual ingredients to resonate on the palate. Coho's wine cellar has been recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence. Coho is set in a historic Craftsman House - three blocks from the ferry landing in walkable downtown Friday Harbor. Coho's intimate setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a fine dining special celebration or a relaxed night out with friends.
$12 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Mediterranean, American, Seafood
Seating, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Coho to celebrate my wife’s birthday and were very disappointed. We have dined at Coho several times over the years so we expected a nice experience. Food presentation was nice but it was all show and no go. What are described as large...plates are actually small plates. I had the venison special that had only 3 cubes of meat. My wife had seafood pasta…a few clams from Canada and a few shreds of halibut..menu described it as local fish. Our guest had rabbit that was bland and dry. Also, wine was opened in the kitchen rather than at the table. Our server was new to the job and was very pleasant. So, we had a $300+ mediocre experience. At a high end price point, I would recommend Duck Soup Inn or McMillans.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

David, Thank you for dining with us and we are sorry that your special celebration didn't meet your expectations. We were training a new server the night you dined with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed her hospitality and table demeanor. It is...More

Reviewed September 8, 2021

We ate at Coho recently, and the overall experience was underwhelming. The staff was attentive, and our server was efficient and very sweet. The high point was the valencia orange cake for dessert. Not overly sweet, moist, and great texture for a gluten free option....There were multiple components missing from our starter. I ordered the halibut for my main, and while the sear was nice, most of the fish was overcooked. There was so little of the beet aioli, it was like it wasn't on the plate at all. My husband had the lamb papardalle. The pasta was cooked well, but the lamb had little flavor. The primary issue with the food was a lack of seasoning. I would rather have my food under-salted than too salty, so we were able to enjoy the entire meal. However, some salt would have improved what was basically an edible meal.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2021

Olive, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to write about your meal. Our team wants nothing more than to exceed expectations. If we came up short in anyway, we wish you would have let your server know tableside. This way we...More

Reviewed August 10, 2021 via mobile

Went out for a quiet dinner for an anniversary and found that this place favors large and loud groups. I do not intend to return. I would suggest other restaurants on the island for nice meals.More

Date of visit: August 2021
SJIIC Innkeeper, Marketing at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2021

We're sorry to hear that your anniversary meal was marred by the noise of a neighboring table. Due to the setup of our intimate restaurant, large groups are generally the exception and most diners are enjoying romantic evenings or catching up with friends. Our apologies...More

Reviewed August 10, 2021 via mobile

Just had dinner at Coho, the food was quite good, however, there was a group of ~10 seated next to us that were extremely loud, we couldn’t even hear each other talk. The wait staff seemed focused on that table and our service was not...good. We were sitting for 10 minutes before anyone asked if we wanted a cocktail, and then they wanted to just take our whole order at once. We had to flag someone down for bread, a glass of wine, etc. For a $200+ dinner I expect better.More

Date of visit: August 2021
SJIIC Innkeeper, Marketing at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2021

Dear Terri. We're so sorry to learn that you were distracted from enjoying your meal by the large group seated next to you and that you felt overlooked by our staff. This is certainly never our intention. As each dish is freshly prepared, we do...More

Reviewed July 4, 2021

Very nice dinner for the two of us. Not a place for children. The food was very good and tasty. Had the halibut again and it was very good.More

Date of visit: July 2021
SJIIC Innkeeper, Marketing at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2021

A pleasure to have you dine with us, Jim, and so happy to read that you enjoyed your evening. The halibut is definitely a popular dish on our current menu. We hope to have you back with us again when your travels next bring you...More

Reviewed June 10, 2021 via mobile

Based on earlier reviews, my friend and I looked forward to eating at Coho Restaurant as the highlight of our trip. Unfortunately, both food and service were uneven…veering from very , very good to unacceptable. We were seated outside but had been assured heaters were...available when we made the reservation. On a cold evening, the meal was half over before the heat could be turned on ..despite several requests. Our waitress was lovely and tried hard but was new at her job…day 3 exactly. A little bit of training ahead of time would have been warranted as basic questions could not be answered (but she would assiduously leave to seek the answer.) We each ordered the 4 course tasting meal and wine pairings. The wine pairings for each course were superb…no complaints there. One of us had the salad and found it disappointing. Butter lettuce was listed but none was in the salad. Pickled fiddlehead ferns were promised but only 2 to be found. The root end of a giant piece of red lettuce had not been cleaned and the piece was too large. On the other hand, the other starter of spring asparagus was a delight. Likewise, the second course of Spot Prawns and crab was a memorable dish while the Rabbit tortellini were a mild disappointment. The consommé was not flavorful and a large clump of mushrooms too large to eat. No spoon was offered with this course either and it was cold before the waitress showed up again to request one. The major disappointment was the main course of halibut on wild rice, pickled ramps, black rice, bok choy, miso and ginger. The halibut was superb- perfectly cooked with a crisp crust. . There was no pickled ramps, the bok choy and rice and sauce were cold and there was not a bit of miso or ginger in the flavorless sauce. I am reluctant to complain but felt it important to report fairly when asked. We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious chocolate soufflé. As a result of our complaint, the waitress returned to offer a free dessert as compensation which was gratefully accepted. On returning home, we discovered one thin slice of cake even though two of us had the disappointing halibut. It makes me doubt how sincerely the restaurant wanted to provide compensation. Overall, the inventive menu did not live up to the descriptions and the food and service did not justify the high prices. We had better food at other restaurants on the island. I hope this was simply a bad night but I doubt if we will return.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Harrison_Innkeeper, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2021

Deborah, Thank you for dining with us and we apologize that your experience wasn't typical. We had to make a last minute unexpected emergeny hire. The night you dined with us our team was in transition. Training during the height of the season wasn't our...More

Reviewed October 9, 2020

This is a tiny restaurant in tony Friday Harbor. There were only a few tables, since outside seating was precluded by the rain. The three course prix fixe was reasonably priced for this quality. All the dishes were creative cooked and plated. There was a...small but well-chosen list of local wines, about which we got advice from the chef. All if all, a wonderful experience. Reservations are essential!More

Date of visit: September 2020
AnnaMariadeFreitas, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2020

Thank you for dining at Coho Restaurant. We are pleased to hear that you had a memorable experience. We have taken salmon off our menu in deference to the endangered southern resident killer whales that rely on salmon for the mainstay of their diet. As...More

Reviewed October 7, 2020 via mobile

What a wonderful dining experience. We took advantage of the three courses with wine pairing! It was outstanding value! The food was outstanding the service was intimate and attentive! We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
AnnaMariadeFreitas, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2020

We are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed your dining experience at Coho Restaurant. Our culinary team offers a seaonally changing chef's tasting and a la carte menu that showcases ingredients from local producers. Our curated wine list includes Pacific Northwest, international and library...More

Reviewed September 29, 2020

The roasted chicken was incredible, service great, and staff were very helpful and gracious. Extensive wine list, nice chef's tasting menu at a reasonable price. This continues to be my favorite restaurant in Friday Harbor.More

Date of visit: September 2020
AnnaMariadeFreitas, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2020

Peg, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our brand new fall menu that we rolled out yesterday at Coho Restaurant. The new chicken dish comes with an heirloom creamy polenta with truffles. We grind the corn in house and the kernals come...More

Reviewed September 23, 2020 via mobile

I had the chef’s menu. Interesting and tasty selections. Good value at $50. The $30 wine pairing was overpriced. Three 2 1/2 pours from the wines by the glass list. The wines were good, but for $5 more you could have a full pour of...all three wines off the menu. My wife had the First Seating dinner (3 course) for $30. The salad, soup and entree were 4 of 5 good. Desert was an underwhelming chocolate ice cream. (vanilla was an option). Service was friendly but seemed fairly inexperienced for a nice restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2020
AnnaMariadeFreitas, Owner at Coho Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your evening. Our first seating is a fabulous value at $35/person including a soup and salad, entree and one of our housemade ice creams or sorbets for dessert. The chocolate...More

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February 18, 2017|
Response from Harrison_Innkeeper | Property representative |
Greetings from Friday Harbor! We would love to host you for dinner in September at Coho Restaurant. During that time of year we feature halibut, salmon, scallops, crab and octopus on our menu at any given time. Let us know... More
December 10, 2016|
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Response from Harrison_Innkeeper | Property representative |
Shirley, Coho Restaurant is open February through December including all major holidays. Our business office is open year round so you can purchase a gift card at your pleasure. You also have the option of purchasing a gift... More
July 13, 2015|
Response from Harrison_Innkeeper | Property representative |
We currently have 6 entrees on Coho Restaurant's menu and 1-2 specials per night. Many guests choose to enjoy a couple or three small plates in lieu of a larger entree.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5