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“fine Dining.....a few tweaks for a capital F”
Review of Coho Restaurant

Coho Restaurant
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Ranked #14 of 67 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Spring
Description: 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. Consider making a night of it at one of our nearby Inns.We invite you to dine with us and Savor the San Juan Islands! Buon Appetito!
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We have not been to this eatery yet because of limited feedback although that was good.
Our favorite restaurant changed owners and the quality diminished so while looking around for a different place to eat on New Years Eve the Coho was mentioned. We decided to try a dinner there before commiting ourselves to a festive year end meal.

The Coho is a small single room restaurant featuring fine food. You can spend some
money here but there are some suprises.
There is a Chef's tasting menu, (early bird) which is a three course dinner for two including
a bottle of wine for $70. The entrees are listed on a special menu not the regular one but they are ok. Our choices were chicken, risotto or rockfish. The remaining two courses were a small bowl of soup with a very small salad and ice cream for dessert.

A nice feature, if you did not like any of the special menu entrees you could pick one from the main dinner menu for a nominal price. One of our party upgraded to a Filet for $3 more, there were about 5 other choices.

Our dinner was good, the soup excellent the salad very sparse but also good.
The wine was from Italy (no cork) and drinkable so you might want to upgrade here.
Service was slow but good, the chef waited on us himself, it was not busy.

The food presentation was very good. Everything looked delicious and was served on
very nice dinnerware. The atmosphere was nice but it could have been better if the lights were dimmer to set the eating mood, it was a bit glary. The meal was a success and a bargain for seventy dollars compared to other places.

In addition to the Special Tasting Menu the Chef also features a Global Cuisine Itinerary on Wednesdays. You will be taken from Milan to Barcelona to France then Berlin and so on.

We recommend that you try this restaurant to see for yourself if it is worthy of a second or third try. The chef mentioned that he was having a New Year's 6 course special for $65 a person so after talking it over we made reservations.

The food and atmosphere ratings could have been 4's with just a few tweaks. Our early bird
meal was $$'s but expect at least $$$ or more here.

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

My wife and I dined here during our visit to Friday Harbor. It's a small, intimate restaurant with an extensive winelist. I had the Halibut(moist and delicious!) and my wife had the salmon, which she loved, eating every scrap. We tried their Lavender soda, which we had never heard of before. Very refreshing! It was a very nice experience and the staff was more than attentive. This is a treat if you go!

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

First let me say that all of the nicer restaurants in Friday Harbor are on the expensive side and Coho is no exception. This is a small (maybe ten tables) place with a nice atmosphere and attentive service.

We had pasta appetizers and both were nice, although not spectacular. The trout dish was very nicely prepared and the quinoa cake with it was unusual and tasty. The rock fish was ok, but needed more flavor.

We had the coho trio for dessert. The brulee was fabulous, the chocolate cream was nice, but a bit too rich and the fruit crisp was mediocre. Wish there had been just a larger serving of the brulee.

Overall a nice option, but if this place was in the Seattle area they would not be able to charge as much, just not that "high end".

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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Arrived to a friendly hostess who promptly seated us. They have an extensive wine selection and we were guided through great pairings with our meal. The octopus bruschetta was a highlight and the trout and steak were prepared to perfection. The orange and ginger sorbet was a great palate cleanser which was followed by the creme brûlée. All food is sourced locally and presented exceptionally well.

1  Thank Chad S
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

The first thing I will say,is skip dessert here, it was terrible. Other than that, the service was great, the food was pretty good for the money. We went for a birthday dinner and I had the steak, cooked perfectly but not very seasoned at all, and my partner had the salmon, which he loved. Its very expensive, and very good, but not anything to write home about.

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