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“R. I. P. Kerstin's, unfortunately...”
Review of Kerstin's Restaurant - CLOSED

Kerstin's Restaurant
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“R. I. P. Kerstin's, unfortunately...”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Kerstin's is no more. A lovely little place that had been one of my favorite restaurants in La Conner for many years (see my prior review), Kerstin's was always a joy to visit. But then I noticed that several recent reviews claimed that standards at Kerstin's were slipping, and there was even a suggestion that Kerstin's had closed for business. Sadly, that is the case. We went by Kerstin's on April 12, and the building was completely empty. There was a liquor license application dated March 27, 2013 posted on the window, so apparently a new restaurant is coming, but whether this new place, to be called Marion's Bistro, it is related to Kerstin's in any tangible way is unknown. For now Kerstin's is just a phantom website, and a memory, so let's hope that Marion's Bistro follows the same upscale tradition. Until that happens, there is only a single restaurant worth its salt in La Conner- Nell Thorn- which is as good as ever. Thankfully.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank sir_keith_26
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  • English first
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English first
La Conner, WA
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Special Place”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is the place you want to chose if you have a special occasion. It's pricey but the service is outstanding. I highly recommend their scallops, but the salmon is also to die for. They leave no stone unturned in providing great service. If you get there when the sun is going down, there is a special glow to the place. It is the finest restaurant in the whole of Skagit Valley.

Visited March 2013
Thank Judy M
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Coupeville, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“closed for business”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This restaurant is also closed for business, even though it's website is still up & so I thought I'd save someone else the trouble of counting on it for lunch or dinner plans when it has gone out of business. Hopefully this is 100 characters...

Visited January 2013
4 Thank DuvallDesdemona
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Camano Island, Washington, United States
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Birthday party favorite place”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Great service and food! Must try baked oysters on the half shell with grated cheese and the Alaskan Salmon/Cod combination. But, be prepared to spend some money.

Visited August 2012
Thank Gary W
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Cannon Beach, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Kerstin's no longer up to par”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

In the past, friends always suggested going to Kerstin's when in La Conner. While there mid-week, we were able to get a reservation. I had cioppino, my husband had a large salad and crostini. The food was reasonably tasty but can't compare with what we've had elsewhere for the same price. However, the 'ambiance' was appalling, to say the least. Not only was the table dusty, the charger plates were, too! Only one table had flowers and they were dead. Since the door and a window were open, at least 10 insects flew around in the sunlight; they weren't flies but it was unsettling. The service was fine, but I wonder why the owner/manager hasn't instructed the staff that dust collects when the restaurant is closed for a day?

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank DeeVenus
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