There is nothing like a fresh seafood dinner while watching the sunset over the Salish Sea after a long day of whale watching, hiking and beach combing on San Juan Island. The former fishing village turned culinary destination of Friday Harbor offers a wide array of places where seafood sourcing is as important as preparation and presentation, where dishes are prepared from scratch with care and paired with island grown ingredients. Trust us, you will taste the difference.
1) Topsl Seafood & Sushi
It doesn’t get any fresher than Sushi at Topsl. This comfortable place with a water view, serves mouthwatering dishes prepared right before your eyes by Master Sushi Chef Kazu from Japan. Treat yourself to oysters on the halfshell from the local oyster farm, a Sake-spiked mojito, and Kazu’s Sushi recommendation of the day. You will have an amazing experience.
This adorable Farm-to-Table Restaurant in an historic Craftsman house prides itself in local, seasonal, made-from-scratch fare and serves wild sustainable fish, fresh from local Salish Sea anglers. Don’t miss the daily 4-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu or the First Seating, a $70-3-course-meal plus wine for Two when you come between 5:00 and 5:45 each day.
On the stunning waterfront with abundant indoor and outdoor seating, this place is perfect for larger parties. Check out the House-smoked Salmon, local oyster-, mussel- and clam- concoctions and perhaps the best clam chowder on the island.
4) Friday’s Crab House
Friday Harbor’s festive, three story, open air restaurant right by the ferry landing offers everything seafood with a stunning view and great cocktails. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
5) Vinny’s Ristorante
Romantic Vinny’s features gourmet Italian comfort food with an emphasis on fresh Pacific Northwest Frutti di Mare from local purveyors. Perfect for an intimate candlelit dinner and larger parties alike.