San Juan Island Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in San Juan Island

April 14, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

An island vacation on San Juan Island in…Washington? San Juan might not be a tropical retreat, but this scenic scape proudly features beaches, orca pods and one of the country’s largest lavender farms. Lime Kiln Point State Park is the perfect place for whale watching, while Pelindaba Lavender Farm will set you up with a lifetime supply of the fragrant purple plant. The bustling Friday Harbor is a jackpot of restaurants and shops, plus unique attractions like the 19-acre sculpture garden at Westcott Bay Reserve.
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1. Sweet Retreat & Espresso

264 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7254 Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating American Breakfast, Lunch +1 360-378-1957
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Sweet Retreat & Espresso

Family owned and operated since 1998. Proudly making your hot and cold coffee drinks, yummy breakfast and lunch sandwiches and burritos, scrumptious ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes, old fashion malts, smoothies, frappuccions and Hawaiian Shave Ice ...all made to order. Stop by and give us a try. You'll be happy you did!

Reviewed By Howattp

Located on Spring Street, tucked in just a bit, is Sweet Retreat. The guys who run the shop are friendly and fun, happy to give recommendations. They sold me on the raspberry peach smoothie, and it was totally worth it. There are gluten free options for an extra price, which I haven't yet tried, but I'm looking forward to them.

2. Bakery San Juan

775 Mullis St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8083 Takeout Pizza Breakfast, Brunch +1 360-378-5810
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Bakery San Juan

Loved by locals and visitors alike, we opened our doors in 2008 and have been a Friday Harbor favorite ever since. Indulge your sweet tooth with our fresh pastries, cookies and fine cakes, or treat yourself to a satisfying sandwich or slice of artisan, thin crust pizza. We use wild yeast in the majority of our breads and pizza dough, so you can be sure your baked good is full of flavor, texture and deliciousness. Visit our website for full menus. We are a small business so please call the bakery for whole pizza orders.

Reviewed By garda19 - Brick, New Jersey

This was on my son and daughter-in-law's Things To Do In Friday Harbor List and we came here specifically for their pizza. The store itself is very nice, clean and well maintained. The staff were extremely friendly. The pizza was absolutely the best!!! How great was it to sit on the bakery's front porch eating delicious pizza and drinking old fashioned root beer. It just doesn't get any better. Although we only came for pizza and I was trying to stick to my diet, the pastries looked delicious. I highly recommend the Bakery San Juan.

3. The Bean Cafe

150B 1st St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 360-370-5858
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 251 reviews

The Bean Cafe

Reviewed By Woodsdweller1 - Sedro Woolley, Washington

This is a comfortable coffee shop that serves locals and tourists since it is close to the ferry dock. We arrived 5 minutes before closing and wanted to order food to eat while waiting for a ferry. We were told they could accommodate us if it was to go, which was fine with us. They have chairs and a table outside where we could sit in a pleasant courtyard area. The sandwiches and cookies we ordered we're delicious. I will stop here again when I am in Friday Harbor.

4. San Juan Island Cheese

155 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Contemporary, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 360-370-5115
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 225 reviews

San Juan Island Cheese

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!<br>Welcome to San Juan Island Cheese. We are your local cheese counter and lunch bistro with an ideal location across from the Brickworks Farmer&apos;s Market and within walking distance to the ferry. Sit outside in our patio oasis and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, cider or shrub with our ever changing cheese and meat boards. Here for lunch? Try one of our house made quiches, salads, daily soup made with seasonal ingredients or panini for lunch! Room for dessert? We offer cheesecake and chocolate cheese truffles, just to name a few. San Juan Island Cheese showcases artisan cheese, beers, and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Explore and take home amazing cheeses custom cut and wrapped by knowledgeable and passionate mongers for your enjoyment.

Reviewed By DougLikes2Travel - Arlington, Washington

We spent the day in Friday Harbor and heard this place was first rate for lunch. All the reports were true....we had a wonderful European Cheese plate with nice glass of Viognier for lunch and then New York Cheesecake for dessert. Wow...loved it so much,...MoreThanks very much! we are so glad you Loved Your Lunch! A glass of wine and a cheese board, with cheesecake for desert. A classic SJI Cheese lunch! We look forward to your next visit. Thanks!

5. Market Chef

225 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9590 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +1 360-378-4546
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

Market Chef

Reviewed By TheNWTammy - The NW

My niece and I were browsing next door at the book shop and got hungry so we popped next door to check it out. I have to say right here that I'm not a 'Foodie'. I'm just looking for a good Turkey sandwich, maybe a little potato salad. I'll do the occasional aioli but I don't do chutney. This is a chutney kind of place. If you like chutney, you'll love this place. If you've got money to burn AND are a foodie, this place is your heaven. Not mine though! High end flavors with a price tag to match. It had a bunch of different salads in the deli case too but it was all stuff that I wasn't quite comfortable eating. Not one bit of potato salad or cole slaw. It's small with a little outdoor seating. Just up the hill from the ferry landing. If you're a meat a potatoes kind of person, or like I, are just looking for a good Turkey sandwich, go elsewhere. This place isn't for our kind!
The book shop next door is basically a half priced books store. Worth wandering in.

6. Crows Nest Coffee shoppe

70 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 360-378-2010
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Crows Nest Coffee shoppe

Reviewed By JoChollet - Seattle, Washington

It's America, so it isn't everyday that you come across great coffee. This is one of those places. Husband and I both ordered lattes (mine with almond milk) and we weren't disappointed. The place itself is small, however, there are still places to sit if you don't want take-out.

7. Cafe Demeter

80 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9578 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +1 360-370-5443
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Cafe Demeter

Reviewed By ajoyce7 - Longview, Washington

We stopped by to pick up coffee, scone & muffin to enjoy while we waited in the ferry line. I am particularly fond of scones, & this one was tender & delicious. Wish we had picked up some more to take home. We also thought the prices were very reasonable.

8. Friday Harbor Ice Cream

1 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 360-298-0716
Excellent
60%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Friday Harbor Ice Cream

Reviewed By MickiElle - Seattle, Washington

The appeal here is the variety of flavors. It's not premium ice cream, but it's good and a fun experience to see all of the options.

It's a small place, and during tourist season when the ferries dock (right beside the shop) expect service to be brisk as the staff tries to serve everyone. There's no seating inside, but many benches nearby to enjoy ice cream and the views.

9. Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

400 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9536 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 360-378-9540
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 273 reviews

Backdoor Kitchen & Catering

Reviewed By Cardine09 - Little Rock, Arkansas

What a warm and welcoming place; we felt right at home! The food was outstanding. My husband had the bay scallops and they were superb! I had the vegetable thaly plate, exactly what I wanted. Perfectly rounded flavor combinations. We both had the farro salad, which was excellent. The vibe is "your favorite neighborhood place." Good wine choices to top it off, along with coconut cream pie. Highly recommend!

10. San Juan Coffee Co

18 Cannery Lndg, Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 Seating, Takeout Breakfast SGD 20 +1 360-378-4443
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

San Juan Coffee Co

Hey, thanks for your interest in San Juan Coffee Roasting Company. We are Steve and Irene Herring and we have been living in the beautiful San Juan Islands for about 20 years. About 19 years ago, we decided that these islands needed some freshly roasted coffee, instead of coffee shipped in from who knows where and roasted who knows when. Now we are proud to say that any coffee purchased from the San Juan Coffee Roasting Company is a mere 24-48 hours out of the roaster. We roast everyday in small batches to assure the fullest flavor that our coffees can offer. We ship within 24 hours of receiving your order via phone, mail or Internet to ensure the freshest possible product at your door. If you would like the ultimate San Juan Coffee experience, please drop by our retail shop. We&apos;re right alongside the Ferry Dock in Friday Harbor.

Reviewed By Susieosage - Indianapolis, Indiana

Pretty decent Americana for $1.75. Convenient to ferry. No juices, though. Barista seemed confused that I only wanted an 8oz pour. Had to ask for cream- no self serve.

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