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“Who Knew?” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Juan Island Cheese

San Juan Island Cheese
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Welcome to San Juan Island Cheese. We are your local cheese counter and lunch bistro with an ideal location across from the Brickworks Farmer's Market and within walking distance to the ferry. Sit outside in our patio oasis and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, cider or shrub with our ever changing cheese and meat boards. Here for lunch? Try one of our house made quiches, salads, daily soup made with seasonal ingredients or panini for lunch! Room for dessert? We offer cheesecake and chocolate cheese truffles, just to name a few. San Juan Island Cheese showcases artisan cheese, beers, and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Explore and take home amazing cheeses custom cut and wrapped by knowledgeable and passionate mongers for your enjoyment.
Friday Harbor, Washington
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Who Knew?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

K, I love cheese!! This place has a wonderful variety of cheeses, a gorgeous peaceful intimate courtyard to enjoy and sample their wonderful treats and a friendly staff to make sure you sample the right palatable combinations.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank timsgal98
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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thanks for your review!

Those three words, "I love cheese", are like music to our ears (or like a smooth Camembert upon our tongues).

We hope to see you soon in March.
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Cheese plate a treat!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Love the large square china plate with your choice of cheeses, crackers, nuts, dried fruits...very artistically presented! Have also enjoyed their grilled cheese and other sandwiches...

Visited December 2013
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Thank Carol J
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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Carol J,

Thanks for the positive review! We put a lot of thought and love into creating our cheeseboards and we appreciate your comments.
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Friday Harbor
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“the real thing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

Very sorry if this is not an appropriate review: I haven't eaten here nor purchased their cheese, but I visited with the owner and I can vouch for the fact that these people know their cheeses. (My credentials: decades of cheese tasting in France, as well as the US and short forays in several other countries.) Furthermore, these people are welcoming and willing to educate -- and boy, did those lunches smell good. I just haven't had an opportunity to return for a meal.

Visited November 2013
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Thank edradour36
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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Wow! That warms our hearts. We insist that you return and treat yourself to the real thing!

Thank you for your kind words!
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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149 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
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“Cheesecake-alicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had the best evening at the date night cheesecake and port night. The local port was terrific! The cheesecake was delicious! The atmosphere was serene and conducive to talking to each other in the dimly light candlelight. It was beautiful and special!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank iMotoHanks
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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this review, April 9, 2015
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, we weren't able to have Date Nights last Winter.
But, we are finally at a point when we can make the cheesecake more regularly (and a few other tasty treats!). Hope you can stop by again to compare.
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Seattle, Washington
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“Our weekend away from home was started with this amazing cheese and wine experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

My husband and I stumbled upon this lovely cheese and wine cottage in downtown Friday Harbor, for a quick bite while finishing up Christmas shipping for the family. What a fantastic stop. Sherri was more than inviting and cordial, her daughter was sweet, and her husband was so excited about cheeses and making our experience second to none. This family makes you feel like you are apart of theirs, and this shop is perfectly built- with a small retail section, a great cheese selection, and an acceptable list of wines. This is a MUST STOP while visiting Friday Harbor!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linzpayne
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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this review, May 24, 2015
Thanks so much for your kind words! We love to share our passion for cheese and wine. Glad your experience was one of a kind and hope you'll come see us again!
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