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Herb's Tavern

American, Bar, Pub
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80 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
(360) 378-7076
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Austin, Texas
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Herb's Tavern is not fancy, but it is oh-so-comfortable. That is just what we wanted after a half-day of traveling to reach San Juan Island, Washington. Herb's Tavern is clean, but has a sense of history -- no dusty corners here, just old-school charm on a great corner location. The bartender was the right amount of friendly, without being too... More 

Thank therealjenn
Encinitas, California
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61 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here in the evening when there was a live band playing. The band was really good and played good dance music. We danced all night and enjoyed the cocktails from the bar. The bartenders could have bee a bit more friendly but oh well.

Thank Travelnut_10_10
Seattle, Washington
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in for lunch and didn't realize it would take 1 hr and 20 minutes to get burgers and fries after ordering. Food was OK, but not worth the wait.

Thank Dennismc2015
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235 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went a bit later than normal dinner hours and found this place less crowded with island hoppers. a nice local band was beginning to play as we were heading out. the food was pretty good as was the service and the pricing. all in all a good experience.

Thank Gabrandall
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Few eating establishments in Friday Harbor are open beyond 9 PM. Herb's is. They have good bar-type food: burgers and wings. The wings are excellent and the beer selection is good. We ate there twice during our one-week stay and were happy both times.

Thank Charles H
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201 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to watch the Seahawks and Cowboys preseason game. There several large tvs on 2 different walls to watch the game. Our server was quick to get our order and the food came out fast. We ordered a mushroom burger and a cowboy burger, one with tater tots and one with sweet potato fries. Everything was delicious. It did... More 

Thank Dan S
Sammamish, Washington
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

We stopped in here after our whale tour to grab a bite to eat. It was pretty busy, but the bartender was attentive and kind. Food is very tasty and the prices are decent. I recommend the burgers!

Thank KandNBennett
Lake Forest, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Slow food service. 45 minutes + to get food order and the place wasn't that busy. I should have known better when I saw a "Help Wanted" sign on the door advertising for a cook. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place.

Thank Danny N
Kenmore, Washington
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

My mom wanted me to write this review to say that this place has the best Cobb salad she's ever had. It was really fantastic, great portion size and just delicious. Otherwise it's your basic local bar, with not much atmosphere, the other food was decent, service was pretty indifferent but it was 10pm on a Sunday night so probably... More 

Thank Nicole W
Chicago, Illinois
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118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

By default this is the best choice for dining and drinks late at night. Both food and drink are just fine for pub fare. It's a bar with pub food. Fun place to drink.

Thank ChancetheGardener

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: (360) 378-7076

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?