Top 10 Local Restaurants In Friday Harbor, Washington

Photo of Marcelina Morfin
9 February 2017

Friday Harbor is a historic seaport located on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington, with numerous adventures on offer, from whale watching to a great local art scene. There are several delectable restaurants to choose from too when you’re hungry; we list some of the best.

Aeriel view of Friday Harbor | © Jelson25/WikiCommons

Backdoor Kitchen

Restaurant, American
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Pecan Cinnamon Bun
Pecan Cinnamon Bun | © Kim/Flickr
Backdoor Kitchen is a gem of a restaurant, complete with a charming and relaxing atmosphere and specialising in international cuisine. The culinary team at this place buys the best quality ingredients from local purveyors, ensuring the freshest tasting dishes possible.

Bakery San Juan

Bakery, American, $$$
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Bakery San Juan features a host of mouth-watering pastries, cookies, cakes, artisan breads, sandwiches and thin crust pizzas. Loved by local residents and visitors alike, this venue uses high quality ingredients, including wild yeast, to ensure the best savory and sweet goods. Although Bakery San Juan is primarily a takeaway, there is great outdoor seating where guests can experience exceptional dishes.

Cask and Schooner Public House & Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Located across from the Marina, Cask and Schooner is a lively restaurant with beautiful views of the harbour. The menu features both American and British dishes and the full bar includes a list of rotating craft beers on tap. A warm and inviting place within a maritime-themed setting, this restaurant uses organic and local ingredients. Open seven days a week, the menu changes frequently to reflect the local seasonality.

Coho Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Tucked inside a historic Craftsman house, Coho Restaurant is an intimate place serving Pacific Northwest cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Focusing on sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced, Coho features seasonal menus, including both a regular menu and chef’s tasting menu. The charming space comes complete with local art, making it a great place to enjoy a night out with friends or a romantic date.

Duck Soup Inn

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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In a little cabin, nestled in the woods halfway between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor, is the picturesque setting of Duck Soup Inn, an intimate restaurant specializing in New American cuisine with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest flavors. This restaurant features the diversity of culture in the San Juan Islands, including art, pottery and handcrafted furniture. The ingredients on the menu are locally foraged or from boutique suppliers.

Market Chef

Deli, Restaurant, American
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Open Monday through Friday, Market Chef is a delicious restaurant and gourmet deli specialising in American cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients available. In addition to the deli case selections, guests also have an array of sandwiches and salads available. With an ever-changing deli case, mouth-watering daily specials, plus views of the ferries, it is easy to see why this venue is so popular in the region.

Mike's Cafe & Wine Bar

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Vegan, $$$
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Cheese and Meat Board
Cheese and Meat Board | Courtesy of San Juan Island Cheese
Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar is a charming café featuring a host of wines, beer and a large selection of vegan tapas dishes. It’s a lovely spot to sample the flavours of the Northwest, since they focus on local wine and beer. Within the cosy interior, guests can sample delicious plates, such as the garlic ‘steak’ salad: plant-based steak strips with garlic or balsamic dressing mixed with kale, arugula and sunflower seeds.

The Place Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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A family owned and operated establishment founded in 1996, The Place Restaurant and Bar is a waterfront property featuring cuisine of the Pacific Northwest with European and Asian flair. Highlighting locally sourced products when possible, including organic produce, sustainable seafood and naturally raised meat and lamb, the menu offers delectable seasonal dishes all made from scratch. Innovative options include baked local oysters topped with hazelnut-basil-garlic butter or the vegan evil jungle prince, a curry made with mild spicy coconut milk broth and an array of vegetables, served on a bed of jasmine rice. Be sure to leave room for the decadent desserts, such as the lemon budino, which is part lemon custard and part lemon cake topped with whipped cream and white chocolate.

Van Go's Pizza

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian
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Owned by Chef Daniel Van Hamersfeld, a native of Amsterdam, Van Go’s Pizza is a casual spot, specialising in classic and innovative pizza pies sure to satisfy a plethora of taste buds. Named after the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh, this restaurant’s culinary team seeks out the finest ingredients available for their artisan pizzas, salads and desserts.

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