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“absolutely great meal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Friday Harbor House Restaurant

Friday Harbor House Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 63 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Friday Harbor House Restaurant is a comfortable, welcoming destination for locals and visitors alike. Islanders can wind down at the end of the day with a group of friends while hotel guests can enjoy a multi-course island dining experience. All will enjoy taking in the panoramic views of the San Juan Channel, ferry landing and marina. We offers an authentic San Juan Island dining experience featuring seasonal specialties and the freshest fare from local waters and farms. Menu items change frequently as you never know what our culinary team will forage from the island's natural bounty or snag from the local farmer's market. We're also excited to announce that our breakfast program has changed from a continental breakfast to an a la carte brunch. Our guests will now enjoy a complimentary made-to-order San Juan Classic breakfast daily including eggs, sausage, bacon, and toast served with juice and local San Juan Roasters coffee. In addition to the San Juan Signature breakfast, you may elect to order from the regular brunch menu and will receive 25% off (excluding alcohol).
Beaverton, Oregon
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“absolutely great meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

this was the best meal we had on the entire trip -- was looking for a restaurant a bit away from downtown and this was it -- dog friendly with an outdoor grassy area that people could sit and have drinks and or eat dinner -- wonderfully prepared pork chops -- if you only have one dinner at friday harbor this should be it

Visited July 2012
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friday1946, Manager at Friday Harbor House Restaurant, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Great to be your pick for best on the trip. We take great pride in the food and service we offer and are privileged to have such an amazing view. Thank you for your support.

Chef, Kyle Nicholson
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South Carolina
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Art, Not Food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Service was great, and food was lovely (art), but portions were small and overpriced.

Visited June 2012
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Thank SC29020
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The Bluff is Bluffing...Stay Away!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

The website made this place look decent, but we should have walked away when there was only one other party in the restaurant at 7pm on a Saturday night. The food and service were just bad, bad, bad. It's not like the staff was rude or anything, they just had no clue (or didn't really care) about good service an weren't knowledgeable about the dishes that were offered. As for the food, it was completely amateur. It's like they tried really hard to do some inventive dishes, but just missed on execution. The asparagus bisque was flavorless and had a bunch of stringy bits in it, the spot prawns were slightly undercooked and paired with Harissa carrots that were a bit too spicy and overpowered the dish, the flank steak was ok, but the fried onions and green
chili pudding it was served with lacked flavor. This place is really bad for the price you pay. We
had a MUCH better meal at Coho the night before for the same price. Bottom line, the Bluff needs to quit pretending to be a gourmet restaurant and stick to basic dishes that they can properly execute and charge a fair price for.

  • Visited July 2012
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4 Thank Foodie331
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, General Manager at Friday Harbor House Restaurant, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
Dear Foodie123,
I am truly discouraged with the poor experience you had at our restaurant as the majority of people who come from all over the world say it’s some of the best food they have had, and often compare our style and execution to chef’s I would never dream of trading plates with. We have a very ingredient driven philosophy and let the product stand out with our preparations. Almost all of the ingredients you were served come from local sustainable farming on the islands, and the spot prawns come from one of the most reputable purveyors in the state that supply several of Seattle’s top restaurants. We do not use high fructose or sodium ingredients like some of the popular chain restaurants which could account for the lack of flavor-just natural flavors simply prepared. I would agree that the asparagus bisque should have been strained—and I wish we had heard your input prior to leaving the restaurant, as I’m sure we could have recovered. I will continue to work with our team on their product knowledge and I appreciate your input. If you are in Friday Harbor again I would encourage you to give us another try.


Kle Nicholson,
Chef/Inn Keeper
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8 reviews
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“Everything was amazing.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

We stayed at Friday Harbor House and ate breakfast and dinner at The Bluffs.
Our meals were amazing. The service was excellent and we felt very much at home.

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Thank The1mimi
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Surrey
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal and view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

We dined at the restaurant on our last night on the island and were impressed by the food and especially the service. Our waitress was amazingly friendly and helpful and full of wonderful tips on places to visit. We would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the islands, it was a lovely meal and a very enjoyable evening.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Meggles57
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