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“Very Disappointed”

Friday Harbor House Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 67 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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).
Denver, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I flew to Friday Harbor from Seattle for an overnight Valentine's Day weekend stay. Based on the online reviews, we decided to make a reservation to have dinner at The Bluff Restaurant on Saturday night. We arrived for our 7:00 reservation to find the restaurant nearly deserted. The waiter was very friendly, seated us by a window, and we started by ordering a bottle of wine. The restaurant was offering a special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu priced at $75 per person. Our first inclination was to order something different, but we decided to take a chance. I wish we hadn't. Without getting into the details of each of the six courses, this meal was lukewarm in temperature, bland, and tasteless. Judging from many of the upscale reviews of this restaurant, I hope that we just caught them on an off night.

  • Visited February 2014
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3 Thank Charles D
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House Restaurant, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
After reading your review I want to apologize for the experience you had at our restaurant. We had so many positive comments regarding our Valentine's menu that it was clear to me that you did have the exception to the rule, as you mentioned. I understand that the Chef, after hearing your concerns, discounted your meal. I would also like to invite you back to give us another try the next time you visit Friday Harbor.
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English first
Bellingham, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice service, nice atmosphere, limited choices.”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We went to this restaurant based on trip advisor reviews. The service and atmosphere was great. The people were very friendly and they have a great view. They had very limited food choices especially for a family. We ordered three of the burgers, but they only had 2 available and dinner had just started. We were even there 10 minutes early. We ended up ordering a beef dish with mac and cheese for the kids which was $28. The meat was overcooked and tasteless and the mac and cheese wasn't good either. The burger was good and the food presentation was nice. I don't recommend this for a family.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank funtimes5566
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House Restaurant, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
I want to thank you for your candid review of your experience in our restaurant. We have taken your comments seriously and while we cater more to adult diners, we are creating a children's menu for just such occasions as yours. I would also like you to contact me so that we may do something for your next visit to Friday Harbor. Please remember, our chef welcomes immediate response to our service and food, so that he can do something to enhance your experience then and there. Please do visit us again soon and bring the kids!
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

One of the better restaurants in Friday Harbor. The view is beautiful and the food was delicious. They were offering a 3 course prix fixe when we visited. It was very reasonable and did not skimp on ingredients. The service was attentive and polite. One of the better restaurants in the area.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Laurie G
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House Restaurant, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your review of The Bluff Restaurant. We really pay attention to your feedback as we always strive to give our guests a fabulous experience along with the gorgeous view. Please come back soon!
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Greenville, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fresh seafood, friendly staff, upscale ambiance”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Halibut cakes, cioppino, wilted spinach and brussel sprout salad. Yum! Local ingredients, well prepared. Menu was rather limited but staff was friendly and view of Friday Harbor. Thumbs up.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Susan S
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friday1946, General Manager at Friday Harbor House Restaurant, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you, thank you for your wonderful review of our restaurant. While we do have to limit our menu due to our size, our Executive Chef, Aaron Rock always strives to go beyond your expectations. We look forward to your next visit to Friday Harbor!
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Camas, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Discovered by accident!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We were looking for a nice restaurant for dinner in Friday Harbor and happened upon The Bluff. Nice atmosphere and good food. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. A good surprise!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank discriminatediner
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