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“Good food, great views”
Review of Tops'l Sushi Bar

Tops'l Sushi Bar
Ranked #18 of 67 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Seattle
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good food, great views”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

As a preface, I would have gone 3.5 stars, if possible.

This is a relatively new Sushi bar in Friday Harbor. I believe it is owned by the people at Cask & Schooner and is directly above that restaurant. The elevation provides some nice views of the harbor, and the ferries coming and going. For a sushi bar, the name and décor are a little “different”. It has a nautical theme, varied only a little from the Cask & Schooner. The sushi “bar” itself looked normal, and a quick glance at the seafood through the glass indicated that the seafood looked good and fresh. We were there on a January Saturday night . The restaurant was almost full. After being seated we were not approached by anyone for at least ten minutes. Finally the hostess/manager (couldn’t tell) approached us, then our waitress. Our server was very nice, and well intended; but service was off all night. She seemed very new. In spite of that, we really enjoyed ourselves. We had a “house” cocktail, which was creative and tasty, and the food was very good. This is not “Shiro’s" (in Seattle) level of sushi, and our expectations were very low. However, it was good enough that we are definitely going back.
Our favorite dish was the Ika appetizer, spicy and delicious. It was mildly chewy, but in a good way. We ordered Maguro (tuna) sushi, as it is (for us) a barometer of quality/freshness. It was very good. Most everything we had was very good, and we tried a good portion of the menu. It was not inexpensive, but then almost nothing on the Island is.

  • Visited January 2014
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Friday Harbor, WA
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fun Change of Scene”
Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Tops'l, located above Cask and Schooner, is the new gathering spot for locals wanting a change of pace. The chef was imported from Japan and he does an admirable job with rolls, nigiri and noodle dishes. The tempura is a nice accompaniment to the menu. Good wine list. Friendly and efficient service staff.

Visited January 2014
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Thank Sally S
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Friday Harbor, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding sushi in cozy setting”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Had lovely New Year's Eve sushi in this inviting, wood-paneled restaurant, with view to the harbor and main street out numerous windows...Rainbow roll was fabulous! Have never been disappointed here, after numerous visits...nice waitstaff and ambiance too.

  • Visited January 2014
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london
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“delicious japanese food”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

we went with a group of friends, so ordered a variety of dishes. i ordered a crab roll and string beans which was very good. they also serve non-japanese food, so accommodates people who want something else. service was a bit mixed, as they forgot one order so it took a lot of time to finally get it, but they did lower the price by 50% for that dish

  • Visited December 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Really pretty looking food with a great taste to match. Friendly servers. Nice setting. Would recommend!

  • Visited October 2013
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