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“Back Garden Oasis”

San Juan Island Cheese
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Description: 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.
Reviewed July 21, 2014

No matter where you wander on Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA, you're bound to see plenty of hamlets, shores, and knooks and cranny's, to explore. Don't miss the peaceful back garden of San Juan Island Cheese, complete with Chef Hannah's herb garden, to sit and rest a spell while enjoying some artisan cheeses, beers, and wines of the Pacific Northwest--there is 'soup of the day', salads, and tapas too. Owners Richard, Sherri, and Hannah (all Daly's) have a great story to share about finding their true passion and expressing it through their family owned and operated Wine & Cheese Bistro. Open most days in Summertime, serving lunch and always packing-up picnic boxes to go--

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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

We appreciate you nice review.
Friday Harbor is a wonder place!
We really are a family business.
It's all about sharing cheese, wine and passion.
During summer,
we are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays for cleaning and to receive deliveries.

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We dropped by for a cheese board and bottle of wine. Service was friendly and casual. The back garden is adorable.

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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Thanks!
Cheese and wine in our garden, what else is there?

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Ok, take the ferry to San Juan Island just to eat here - it's that exquisite! Eat here once and you'll be hooked. We drop hundreds of dollars at 'top tier' restaurants on the island every summer (our yacht lives at Roche harbor) so take it from us: THIS IS THE NEW GEM ON THE ISLAND! Cheese shop, wine bar and bistro in one place.

Menu is light and delectable – cheese boards (gourmet, local, global) excellent pairing of wines, beer, paninis (the pastrami and sashimi grade smoked albacore tuna are to die for!), salads, homemade soups, and desserts (truffle brownies anyone?). Try their signature smoked salmon cheese boards on the weekends. Stop by for a casual lunch (we love the back patio) or get a ‘box to go’ for a gourmet picnic on the island or to take on the ferry (they are next to the Overflow parking area, one street up from the main drag).

The owners, Richard and Sherri, really care, are super friendly, and are living their passion. There’s love in the food – what more can I say?

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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Thanks for your kind words.
We have traveled a fair amount, and we wanted to have a place that we would want to go.
Trying to keep it casual but elegant.
The Salmon Board is a new addition to our Board menu, and guest really enjoy it.
(and, yes, we do add love to our food!)

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a great place to stop for a light lunch. The day we were there they had a smoked salmon chowder that was incredible. The local cheese platter was delicious and a great sampling of local cheeses. The patio is beautiful and sunny.

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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
Our smoked salmon chowder has become a real favorite.
Hope you will visit us next time you're in town.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

We stumbled upon their cheese cafe as we walked around today and had a quick cheese tasting platter of local cheese as well as a delicious grilled cheese on french bread - it was great!

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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2014

We're happy you found us!
Glad you enjoyed the cheese board and grilled cheese.
We're always mixing up the boards, so come back and try a new one.
Thanks!

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