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Downriggers, Friday Harbor, WA

Downriggers

4.6
4.6
617 Reviews
$30 and under
Northwest

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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon - Fri: 11:00am to Close

  • Phone number

    (360) 378-2700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan Islands

  • Cross street

    Spring St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • House-Smoked Salmon Plate**$19.00

    capers, shaved red onion, crostini, whipped-lemon cream cheese

    • Roasted Cauliflower** ^$13.00

      pickled red onion, house-made ranch, franks red hot sauce

      • Dungeness Crab Tots$16.00

        crab, shredded potato, herbs, house-made tartar sauce

        • Fried Calamari$16.00

          parmesan-breaded calamari steak, roasted garlic aioli

          • Crab Artichoke Dip**$16.00

            dungeness, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, onion, celery, parmesan, crostini

            • Steamed Mussels**$24.00

              leeks, garlic, cream, sherry wine, crostini

              • South Sound Clams$25.00

                red curry, coconut milk, shallots, leeks, cilantro, grilled bread

                • Oysters on the Half Shell* **

                  select pacific northwest oysters, red wine mignonette, lemon

                  • MP
                • Crab Deviled Eggs**$7.00

                  old bay, dungeness crab

                  • Chef's Board$28.00

                    house-made charcuterie, paired cheeses, pickled vegetables, candied pecans, crostini

                    Soup & Salads

                    • Downriggers Clam Chowder

                      bacon, potatoes, clams, onions, celery, carrots, creamy new england style broth

                      • Cup$8.00
                      • Bowl$12.00
                    • Caesar**

                      herbed croutons, romaine, parmesan

                      • Small$9.00
                      • Large$13.00
                    • House** ^

                      mixed greens, gorgonzola, candied pecans, garlic balsamic vinaigrette

                      • Small$9.00
                      • Large$13.00
                    • Seafood Cobb**$35.00

                      house-made ranch dressing, gorgonzola, dungeness, whole shrimp, bacon, avocado, romaine, grape tomatoes, green onion

                      • Brussels Sprouts Salad$14.00

                        lemon vinaigrette, red onion, almonds, golden raisins, dried cranberries, asiago

                        • Chicken Gorgonzola** ^$20.00

                          barbeque- balsamic dressing, romaine, red onion, penne, grape tomatoes, candied pecans

                          Sandwiches

                          sandwiches come with house-made potato chips; sub french fries $3, house or caesar salad $4, gluten-free bun $3

                          • Salmon Reuben**$19.00

                            house-smoked salmon, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, thousand island, toasted marbled rye

                            • Pesto Roasted Turkey Sandwich**$17.00

                              house-cured bacon, arugula, tomato, swiss, lemon-herb aioli, san juan bakery nw multigrain bread

                              • Crab Melt Sandwich**$17.00

                                melted swiss cheese, crab artichoke dip, toasted sourdough bread

                                • Roasted Portobello Burger** ^$17.00

                                  swiss cheese, fire-roasted red peppers, avocado, arugula, tomato, cilantro aioli, toasted bun

                                  • Downriggers Burger* **$17.00

                                    bacon jam, american cheese, tomato, arugula, black pepper aioli, toasted bun

                                    Entrées

                                    • Spicy Prawn Mac and Cheese$26.00

                                      oyster mushrooms, brie, gruyere, jack cheeses, shallot, arugula, bacon vinaigrette

                                      • Fish + Chips$19.00

                                        tempura fried cod, french fries, malt vinegar aioli, tartar sauce

                                        • Buddha Bowl** ^$19.00

                                          quinoa, brown rice, spiced pepitas, seasonal vegetables, black bean slaw

                                          • Grilled Flat Iron* **$35.00

                                            potato puree, broccolini, grilled red onion, beef jus

                                            • Pan-Seared Sockeye Salmon*

                                              seasonal preparation

                                              • MP
                                            • Blackened Cod Tacos**$23.00

                                              black bean-corn relish, lime, pickled red onion, radish, cilantro-lime crema, flour tortillas

                                              Sides

                                              • French Fries + Malt Vinegar Aioli$6.00

                                                • Warm Bread + Sun-Dried Tomato Butter$5.00

                                                  • Oyster Shooter*$5.00

                                                    • Vodka Shooter$8.50

                                                      • Seasonal Vegetable$5.00

                                                        • House Cut Potato Chips + Malt Vinegar Aioli$5.00

                                                          • Raclette Potatoes + Crispy Onions + Cornichons$10.00

                                                            Last updated: March 20, 2022

                                                            What 617 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                            4.6
                                                            4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.5Food
                                                            • 4.6Service
                                                            • 4.6Ambience
                                                            • 4.2Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

                                                            Loved For

                                                            • Northwest Washington

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                                                              Best Ambiance

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                                                              Best Value

                                                            • Northwest Washington

                                                              Good for Groups

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                                                              Great for Lunch

                                                            • Northwest Washington

                                                              Neighborhood Gem

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                                                              Romantic

                                                            • Northwest Washington

                                                              Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Seattle

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              jenny is the cutest and most efficient

                                                            2. MM

                                                              MaryM

                                                              Los Angeles

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Mikie was my extremely attentive server. Food was fabulous

                                                            3. LP

                                                              LorienP

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              As a local Islander we love Downriggers, so when family was coming to town for one night only, there was no question of where to go. The special butter that goes with the fresh bread, the salads, steaks, fresh seafood and my favorite The Buddha Bowl. If we want anyone to get a taste of the San Juan's we bring them here. Enjoy!~

                                                            4. j

                                                              jsea

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Solid food and great service in a fantastic location. A bit pricey, but that is expected given the location.

                                                            5. DB

                                                              DuBr

                                                              Atlanta

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              1.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall1food2service1ambience5

                                                              Service was awful. The waitress seemed annoyed from the moment we sat down. My husband complained about his drink and she disregarded him completely. The food was bland but we didn’t bother saying anything at that point. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

                                                            6. JB

                                                              JasB

                                                              Seattle

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              1.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                              It was the second and the last time I went to this restaurant. First of all, our waitress was very passive aggressive. Just to give you an idea, I asked her if the lemonade was fresh or concentrated. She said it would be $20 if it was fresh. Why not just answer the question as opposed to using such kind of unprofessional commentary? She never checked on us after we got the food. Next, a piece of plastic was found in our food. The lady who came to get our plates was made aware of this and she didn’t have any sense of apology. All she said was she would inform staff in the kitchen and walked away. At that point, we somehow understood that for some reason, we were not welcome there or their service was generally horrendous. We decided to pay our bill and leave without reporting it to the manager as we had not had any positive vibe since our arrival at the restaurant. A picture of plastic found in the food is attached.

                                                            7. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Tampa

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Enjoyed a lovely late lunch/early dinner for my birthday after a whale watching excursion! Great food & lovely view! Servers were attentive and pleasant!

                                                            8. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Seattle

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                              Best view in town. We shared th Seafood Cobb Salad and some clam chowder. Both were very good and quite filling. Our server was attentive and friendly. We would go back.

                                                            9. GB

                                                              GaryB

                                                              Seattle

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                              Great place for dinner, drinks or a light meal. Can't beat the view and the location. Would recommend for travelers.

                                                            10. F

                                                              Flygirl

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great view, good menu, food, service, & value. Too noisy when tables are full.

                                                            11. GR

                                                              GinnyR

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                              Our service was great and our meals were delicious, though the mashed potatoes were quite “chilly”. The view is terrific and an attractive feature for the restaurant, but generally speaking, the seating (the chairs) were uncomfortable and rather rough looking, which detracted from our otherwise great experience. A restaurant that serves $42 dinners should have a little more comfort and ambiance, it seems.

                                                            12. DW

                                                              DebW

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                              Food was average.. nothing outstanding except the mixed berry dessert. Servers and helpers were awesome tho. Underwhelmed w the experience.. stay away from the mojitos.. it was awful!

                                                            13. TS

                                                              TiffS

                                                              Salt Lake City

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              A great place for nice meal overlooking the harbor. We were disappointed that they were out of salmon so the choices were limited for entrees. However, we had great local oysters from Westcott farm.

                                                            14. SL

                                                              StevenL

                                                              Seattle

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We arrived early but we’re seated at a beautiful view table. The drinks and food were quickly served and delicious. We weren’t rushed and enjoyed all aspects of the experience.

                                                            15. W

                                                              Wentzjr

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              you pay for what you get A very memorable date night with my happy wife. I love the view and the food.

                                                            16. TS

                                                              TawneeS

                                                              Seattle

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The food and service here are amazing. Jackie the manager and Dan our server were excellent. Spoiler alert: the charcuterie board is NOT a "small plate" it is a gigantic, wonderful, creative, artistic adventure. And the drinks were great too!

                                                            17. AB

                                                              AlexB

                                                              Charleston

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great atmosphere and food

                                                            18. LH

                                                              LuanneH

                                                              Seattle

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                              Met friends for dinner. Server, Jeannie (Jenny) was terrific. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was delicious. Only downside is we always miss the ambience of the old Downriggers with its coziness and quiet.

                                                            19. KP

                                                              KP222

                                                              Tahoe

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Wonderful views, great food and lively atmosphere.

                                                            20. IO

                                                              ImeeO

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                              Food was good enough. I think our waitress must have been tired. She seemed friendly enough but she looked like she was out of it. There were other staff - busboys- that were engaging.

                                                            21. C

                                                              Cherih

                                                              Phoenix

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                              3 of us in our party. 2 of us checked in on time - the 3rd called to check on the reservation and was told there was no reservation. She didn’t come down because she assumed she had misunderstood where dinner was to be. . Non of us had phones to make a call. Disappointing because we had made the reservations several days earlier. I have no idea how someone at the front desk didn’t know we weren’t there. Small town and she saw our reservation and had 2 of us seated. And - they were told about the 3rd person coming. 😞

                                                            22. J

                                                              Juno

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                              overall2food3service1ambience1

                                                              Overpriced, very limited/small menu, and no outdoor seating available. Had better experience at the brewery.

                                                            23. KH

                                                              KimH

                                                              Seattle

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Pleasant experience. Really nice wait staff, good food, and comfortable space.

                                                            24. GC

                                                              GabbyC

                                                              Seattle

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The drinks were so good! We loved the mixed berry crip as well.

                                                            25. NM

                                                              NatalieM

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Really great experience. The steamed mussels were delicious! Our server, Kay, was so attentive and sweet.

                                                            26. T

                                                              Thane

                                                              Seattle

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Kay was an awesome server and the crab sandwich was insanely good

                                                            27. W

                                                              Willy

                                                              Seattle

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                              Took friends from out of town. Very nice meal. Great service. A bit noisy, mostly from a nearby table of 4 that were loud talkers. But we had a nice time!

                                                            28. KB

                                                              KyBe

                                                              New York Area

                                                              25 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              25 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              Lovely spot waterside, food and drinks were delicious. Attentive, friendly service. Great choice for day trippers to Friday Harbor.

                                                            29. G

                                                              Gourmand

                                                              Seattle

                                                              146 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              146 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Very lovely meal!!! Enjoyed the view, the wine and lively atmosphere. Terrific waitress!

                                                            30. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New England

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing service, specials, drinks, and dessert. Loved the salmon special, skillet cookie, and fish and chips.

                                                            31. W

                                                              Willy

                                                              Seattle

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              Dinner out with friends. Service was super. Food arrived timely. Was plenty warm/hot. Will certainly go back.

                                                            32. SE

                                                              SteveE

                                                              Seattle

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                              overall3food1service5ambience4

                                                              Undercooked rolled up filet of Sole on top of a can of white beans with some chunks of ham. Weird brown crab on top of deviled eggs. Charred burger ordered medium rare. They comped the burger which was fair. Server was great.

                                                            33. A

                                                              Audra

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Delish food, tentative wait staff, and strong drinks. What more could you ask for?

                                                            34. SL

                                                              StevenL

                                                              Seattle

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We arrived early for our reservation, were seated immediately at a window seat overlooking the water. The server was prompt, friendly, got the orders right, and helped make for a special meal and location. The food was outstanding (taste and temperature) and the drinks were creative and perfect for the occasion (and cold weather!) We'll be back!

                                                            35. SP

                                                              SunshineP

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                              Service was great and atmosphere was very inviting. The food wasn’t as good as I remember it from previous visits, but wasn’t terrible. I would eat there again

                                                            36. NP

                                                              NaomiP

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had a great experience dinning here! The calamari was very good, as well as the burger & Bouillabaisse 10/10. For drinks the spicy marg was average as well as the blood Orange mojito Overall a wonderful experience and highly recommend

                                                            37. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Los Angeles

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Incredible food, service and views

                                                            38. DR

                                                              DenverRocks

                                                              Denver

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 25, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Exceptional !

                                                            39. HC

                                                              HalC

                                                              Chicago

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 24, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Fabulous food and wonderful service in a perfect location!

                                                            40. SA

                                                              ScottA

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 23, 2021

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Very good in every respect. Highly recommend Downriggers.

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                                                            Booked 33 times today
                                                            Google Map for Downriggers

                                                            10 Front St. N Friday Harbor, WA 98250

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Cross street

                                                              Spring St.

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              San Juan Islands

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              Mon - Fri: 11:00am to Close

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Northwest, Contemporary American

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Dining

                                                            • Dress code

                                                              Business Casual

                                                            • Parking details

                                                              Street Parking

                                                            • Payment options

                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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