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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 throughout Friday Harbor.

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Fine Dining

Treat yourself to dinner at one of San Juan Island’s fine-dining establishments, and you’ll realize the island’s artists include a cadre of superb chefs. (You’re equally welcome in sports jacket or shorts, dressed up or dressed down.)

In Friday Harbor, we recommend:

Out of Town, we recommend:

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Enjoy breakfast with an ocean view . . . lunch at an outdoor table overlooking the harbor . . . family brunch or dinner in a hidden, beautiful garden, all an easy walk from Earthbox, your perfect base for a San Juan Island Vacation. Friday Harbor's casual dining choices range from open-air dining high above the docks of Friday Harbor at Friday's Crab House to a burger and a beer at Haley's Sports Bar. You might opt for vegan fare at Mike's Wine Bar or crab the best fish and chips in town at the Bait Shop.

Mingle with the locals for breakfast at the Rocky Bay Cafe and indulge in their to-die-for homemade cinnamon rolls or have a mocha at the narrowest coffee shop in Washington State - the Crow's Nest. Need a good double latte and a light morning snack? Try the Earthbox Coffee Bar (summers only) right outside your door. For lunch or dinner try the authentic Thai dishes at the Golden Triangle.

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There are some wonderful coffee shops in Friday Harbor. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • The Crow's Nest
  • Riptide Café
  • Sweet Retreat
  • Roy's Drive-through


Riptide Cafe in Friday Harbor, WA

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How to Eat Healthy on San Juan Island

There is nothing easier than eating healthy when vacationing on San Juan island. For starters, the entire island is fast-food-chain free. We islanders treat our farmers, fishermen and artisan cheese, wine and bread makers like the artists they are and deeply appreciate the care and hard work with which they steward our precious land and fragile sea.

San Juan Distillery - Boutique Spirits with a Local Flair

A mile southwest of Roche Harbor, on the shores of beautiful Westcott Bay, you’ll find apple orchards dating back to 1870, from a time when San Juan Island was the proverbial fruit basket of Puget Sound. Tucked in this nook is a lovely little gem: Westcott Bay Cider replanted in 1990, growing vintage apples--all for drinking!

Best Breakfast Places in Friday Harbor

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially on the day you will see Orca whales for the first time, go on a kayak trip, or take a scenic flight over the San Juan Islands.  We’ve put together a list of our favorite places, to help you find the perfect place to fuel up before your adventure. Bon Appetite!