Whidbey Island is a beautiful island in Washington’s Island County, about 30 miles north of Seattle. Local restaurants often work with local farmers, so you’ll experience some of the freshest seasonal dishes here. Here are 10 must-visit spots.
Christopher’s is one of the best places to enjoy a great dish and drink without breaking your wallet. All dishes are reasonably priced. While they might not have the biggest menu, their few options are exceptional. These include bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and raspberry-glazed salmon with wild rice. They also have a great wine selection, including local wines, as well as a beer selection. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy your meal outdoors next to the water. On rainy days, the inside of the restaurant also makes for a nice, enjoyable atmosphere. Christopher’s is open from Wednesday to Monday. Unfortunately, it’s not open on Tuesdays.
For fine dining, Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, located in Oak Harbor, is one of the island’s nicest places. With a welcoming, sophisticated but casual atmosphere, the restaurant is owned by the Fraser family. They’ve been in the restaurant business for 22 years. The menu mixes cuisines including steaks, fondue, and seafood. It’s a favorite among both locals and tourists, and it’s the perfect place for dinner dates. One of the best features of the restaurant is their open kitchen, where guests can enjoy the lively atmosphere of the dining room.
For a relaxing getaway on Whidbey Island, Inn at Langley is one of the most popular places to stay. Whether you plan to stay the night or not, the restaurant at the Inn offers one the area’s best dining experiences. Award-winning chef Matt Costello is responsible for the delicious seasonal menu. He prepares each dish from fresh ingredients before your eyes in the open kitchen. The restaurant atmosphere is enjoyable and overlooks a fabulous herb garden and features a double-sided river rock fireplace. The menu also includes a wide variety of wines and champagne.
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, French, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Prima Bistro, Langley | Courtesy of Oystercatcher
If love Frenchcuisine, you should try Prima Bistro, located in Langley on Whidbey Island. The menu changes with the seasons, so you get to try new, exciting options and updates frequently. Their dishes include oven-roasted chicken breasts, beef tartare, chickpea fries, and often lots of great salmon specials. They also have many great options for seafood lovers. With a full cocktail bar, they have great wine and beer lists as well. The restaurant is family-friendly. Kids as well as vegetarians can order from their own menus. On Thursday nights, they have live music, and you can enjoy happy-hour deals daily from 3pm to 6pm.
The Oystercatcher in Coupeville on Whidbey Island is a small, chef-owned restaurant. Their menu focuses on seafood, but they also serve meats and vegetarian options. Dishes change frequently and Tyler, the owner, uses seasonal ingredients from local farmers in the area. Almost everything is made in their own kitchen, from bread and butter to ice cream and desserts. The casual, fine-dining atmosphere is perfect for lunch, dinner, or enjoying drinks with some appetizers on the deck. One of the best features is their open kitchen. The dining room overlooking historic downtown and Penn Cove also adds a nice touch.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Cajun, $$$
Gordon’s is a New Orleans-inspired restaurant located in Freeland. The menu is a mixture of contemporary American cuisine, Northwest cuisine and Cajun cuisine. This is seen in the variety of dishes including seafood, salads, steaks, chicken, and pastas. All of the dishes come beautifully presented with an elegant touch, which adds to the dining experience. At Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill, they only use fresh local ingredients from local farmers, which is their way of supporting the community. You have the option of splitting your plate, and they also serve delicious small plates along with drinks from their full bar.
The Orchard Kitchen is a food hub located on a historic Whidbey Island farm in Langley. They offer dinners with multi-course meals, cooking and wine classes, and other intimate farm food experiences. Both locals and tourists love the place, and you should reserve a spot in good time. Farmhouse dinners are hosted weekly with family-style meals, making you feel more like a guest at a dinner party than a customer in a restaurant. Each dish features their own farm’s organic bounty as well as local food from other producers, including fish, meat, cheese, wines and great coffee.
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, Wine, Beer
The Terrace is a relaxed wine bar that also serves bistro fare. The wine list includes wines from California, Oregon and Washington, and they also have three craft beers selections. Their food menu includes gourmet cheeses and smoked salmon duck patés, for example. This is the perfect place for laying back and enjoying a casual evening with friends or a date. One of the nicest spots to sit down is in their intimate fireplace room, where you can read a book, socialize, or just relax on your own. The restaurant is also available for private parties, corporate events and receptions.
For Asian or Thai food lovers, Jeda’s Thai Kitchen is the best place to go when on Whidbey Island. The restaurant is small with a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, and the menu has many exotic options. These include pineapple fried rice, pumpkin curry, tasty soups and pad Thai, which is a favorite of many. The restaurant is known to have fast service, so it’s ideal if you’re very hungry and don’t want to wait long for your order. Also, if you don’t feel like eating in, you can grab a quick take-out meal and enjoy your Thai food in the comfort of your home.
Cafe, American, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian
Mukilteo Coffee Roasters is the place to enjoy the best coffee along with a creative food menu. The cafe is located in a beautiful forest in Langley, right next to the company’s own roasting room. It’s a place that celebrates the connection between delicious, organic food, excellent coffee and vibrant art. You’ll notice this as soon as you walk in. Their menus, which includes a kid’s menu, are made up of options for breakfast, lunch, specials, and à la carte. All dishes change frequently, as they are planned around the seasons. Fresh ingredients are brought to the cafe daily by local farmers.