Dining out in the Northwest is a pure delight. We’re known in this corner of Washington State for our abundance of fresh seafood, farm-grown produce, local proteins, and foraged ingredients. The menu at Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor showcases these ingredients with elegant preparations and innovative recipes. You’ll quickly see why culinary enthusiasts flock to the San Juan Islands for beautiful and memorable meals.
As a part of our San Juan Island Inn Collection, we enjoy offering a lovely farm-to-table style dining experience for our guests (and the public) at Coho Restaurant. Just a block from our San Juan Island B&B, you’ll find menus driven by the seasons and local produce, thoughtful preparations with beautiful plating, and an extensive wine list. The intimate dining space is open and airy, with a staff of highly trained and knowledgable service members running the floor.
We always encourage our guests to join us at Coho Restaurant at least once during their stay. We present the menu in a prix fixe format, so you’ll have different choices for each meal for those who join us for multiple nights. Due to the vicinity of our San Juan Island lodging, you’ll leave your car at the Inn and be able to indulge, knowing you’re just a short block’s walk back to your cozy suite. Begin planning your next island getaway and book your next stay today!
The Best Farm-to-Fork Dining at Coho Restaurant
The kitchen at Coho Restaurant follows the same mantra as we do at our San Juan Island Bed and Breakfast: scratch-made, local, and fresh. We put the same amount of care and attention to detail into our homemade treats and breakfast baskets each morning as we do for the four-course tasting menu at Coho. At the restaurant, dinners consist of a starter, small plate, large plate, and dessert, where diners choose their own culinary adventure. (A la carte is also available, as well as an additional wine pairing.)
An example of what you might see on the Coho Restaurant menu: scallops over heirloom corn and garlic scapes or roasted cauliflower with walnuts and preserved lemon. Small plates with perfectly fried buttermilk chicken or roasted mole root vegetables. And entree plates with a pork chop with pickled fiddleheads and romanesco or turmeric roasted goat served over basmati rice. The options change weekly depending on the season and the freshest available produce and meats. Our award-winning wine list is constantly evolving, we focus on showcasing our favorite small West Coast producers, but you’ll also find some remarkable international selections.
Allow us to make reservations at Coho Restaurant for you; just let us know which night you’d like to dine during your stay. Follow our Instagram page for the most recent updates!
Other San Juan Island Restaurants to Try:
For those staying with us on Sunday and Monday when Coho Restaurant is closed, here are our best recommendations for other restaurants to try in Friday Harbor and beyond:
- Downriggers: Located directly on the harbor, dine on steamed mussels, salmon Reubens, and tempura-fried fish and chips, all while watching the ferry glide in and out of the dock.
- San Juan Island Brewing: For a causal dinner of wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, and hearty sandwiches, this island brewery is the spot for relaxing on the sunny patio. Be sure to try a flight of their on-site brewed beers.
- Madrone Cellars: For a wine tasting and light snacks, including charcuterie and cheese boards, this local San Juan Island winery is the perfect spot in downtown Friday Harbor for an afternoon out about town.
- Westcott Bay Shellfish Company: About 20 minutes from Friday Harbor, this restaurant and shellfish farm is one of the best places for freshly shucked oysters, glasses of bubbly, and outdoor dining.
Romantic Lodging for your next Island Getaway
Our San Juan Island Inn Collection is the ideal space for a romantic getaway with your special someone. You’ll be able to park your car and explore on foot or by bike. Downtown Friday Harbor is known for its lovely boutiques, wine tasting rooms, and excellent dining experiences. And those are just the activities in the downtown area! Head out about 15-minutes by car to experience some of the most stunning landscapes, from rocky shorelines and wild woods to majestic sandy dunes and quiet, calm inlets. If you take a tour of the entire island, you’ll be amazed by how much the scenery can change in just a couple of miles.