Dining & Enjoying Friday Harbor

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It's the Pacific Northwest, so there are some great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—so great that you could plan your San Juan Island vacation around meals alone. Trust us—the island's high-caliber chefs serve up local fare in a very global way, often using the bountiful fresh seafood that swims around up here. Much of the fare comes directly from this group of islands.

Children are welcome at all the restaurants, and you'll find restaurants happy to cater to families dotted through Friday Harbor.

Winding Up

If you’re about to get your day started, or want to kick-start it partway through, pause for coffee or a smoothie. Friday Harbor has coffee shops sprinkled in unexpected places. For instance, the quaint little coffee shop tucked into the back of Griffin Bay Bookstore on Spring Street. If something refreshing and cold is what you’re looking for, try the Sweet Retreat walk-up window, featuring the ever-smiling Dave, or head over to The Bean on First Street for something a bit lighter, to go with their fresh baked goodies. 

Winding Down

The wines of the Pacific Northwest speak for themselves and you can sample them at any of Friday Harbor's restaurants, in the lounge bar or outside tables at The Bluff, or as you enjoy live music at the Rumor Mill—all within minutes of your San Juan Island lodging.


You'll walk through our small town of Friday Harbor quickly, but you won't be lacking things to do. We have a number of art galleries, many of them owned and staffed by artists; the child-friendly Whale Museum; several bookstores, including Serendipity, bursting at the seams with previously loved books; boutiques begging to be browsed; the Historical Society Museum; the Saturday Farmers' Market; free live music on summer days at the port and Wednesday evenings on the Historical Museum lawn.

Taking it Easy

Feeling less vigorous? Enjoy popcorn at the historical Palace Theater or local and off-island talent at the San Juan Community Theater, which features music, plays, and dance.

Getting Out of Town

Head out of town to visit San Juan Vineyards, which makes wines from well-known grape varietals as well as others such as Siegerrebe and Madeleine Angevine, all of which you can taste or buy a glass of and drink outside their historic tasting room. Or check out San Juan Island's newest intoxicating endeavor, the San Juan Island Distillery, offering an award winning Apple Eau de Vie and Hard Cider.

Hop on a San Juan Transit bus to explore a little farther afield—Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm, Pelindaba Lavender Farm, Whale Watch Park, Island Museum of Art Sculpture Park, and historic Roche Harbor, a resort village and lively marina. Or reserve a spot on an San Juan Transit's narrated bus tour of the island.