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Downriggers, Friday Harbor, WA

Downriggers

4.4
4.4
758 Reviews
$30 and under
Northwest
Downriggers, located on the water's edge of Friday Harbor. Family-owned and ran since 1986.
Featuring water views, Pacific Northwest cuisine, & scratch-made cocktails.
We hope you can join us soon.

Our patio is closed for the season and will re-open in the early spring of 2023.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • 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

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What 758 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Scenic View

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Food

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Service

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Washington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northwest Washington

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for Lunch

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Romantic

  • Northwest Washington

    Scenic View

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

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  1. f

    fk0512

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had the fish and chips...not bad, but crust while crispy was also strangely chewy. Fish inside was nice and moist. Hubby's burger wad divine. The roasted cauliflower was really good...we would order that and the burger again for sure.
  2. t

    tipsy

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food was so so. Service was slow and not personal
  3. MT

    MiguelThePainter

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Overpriced. Steak was overcooked and had to go back for another. You pay a premium here for the location, not the food.
  4. DD

    DisappointedDiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Great food here, but the acoustics are so poor that you cannot hear the person across the table from you unless they shout. The noise level was not “energetic,” but rather a cacophony of voices that truly ruined the dining experience for us. Carpeting on the floor and window treatments would go a long way to help this situation.
  5. S

    Stollybolly

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and location, our go to for every trip to Friday Harbour.
  6. H

    Hapiotter

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, beautiful view, and great service all made for a wonderful meal.
  7. s

    stellap

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent! Serice was fantastic and very good food.
  8. LC

    LisaC

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The 1/2 roasted chicken was amazing. Crispy skin but moist inside. We also had the seafood cob, excellent. Try the crab deviled eggs if they are available.
  9. SW

    SkipW

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great as always. We love the deck and the steak+oysters
  10. F

    Fitcook

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood, great service and view. Good cocktails too!
  11. MB

    MarikoB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We went for our birthday celebration. The hostess was very sweet and went out of her way to provide us a table on the window. The server was virtually unseen the entire evening and wasn't pleasant when she did come to the table. She seemed to be in a bad mood and didn't smile or offer any suggestions. She told us two beers that weren't available and when I asked about the rotating beers, listed on the menu, she answered in a snarky voice that she already told me it was unavailable, when in actuality there was no way for me to know if the beer she mentioned was one that was rotating. After taking our order, she dropped bread and our meals. She never came to ask how things were and we didn't see her again until the bill was presented. This also happened to be the only time she smiled. I guess at that point, she was hoping a smile would improve her tip (we always tip well, even with poor service). I made a point of listing that we were celebrating our birthdays when I made the reservation and though I didn't expect anything, I think acknowledgement would have been nice. The half roasted chicken was out of this world. The only saving grace other than our view and the sweet hostess. The salmon tartar was on the verge of no longer being fresh and had brown streaks and the chicken wings were the size of drumsticks, way too big. They were also soggy from sitting in the Thai sauce. Something I would have happily shared with the server if she ever came back to the table to ask how things were. The Caesar salad was okay, but had too much garlic and needed more seasoning. We understand restaurant choices are limited on the island and mid week. We also give extra leniency given the residual effects of Covid. But honestly, a kind server with a nice smile and an ounce of courtesy will go so much further than someone who seems miserable at their job. Maybe it was an off night. At the time I chose not to make a big deal about it as not to ruin our evening.
  12. k

    kimberlyl

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Just not what I expected. I ordered the Halibut special. It had three roasted carrots stuck next to the Halibut on top of a puréed cauliflower with chicken broth in the center. The halibut was good but weird presentation. The appetizer and soup were great. Artichoke and crab dip and Clam chowder. I saw a lot of people ordering burgers. I would do that next time. It’s known for it’s view and good food. I just wouldn’t spend $45 on a fish special.
  13. PP

    PinkPeppercorn

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love downriggers!
  14. b

    bambim

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was excellent except we did not get wine with our food. In general everyone was super friendly and accommodating. Would definitely go back
  15. HP

    HaileyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and well worth the price! Staff was friendly and attentive, would recommend to anyone visiting friday harbor.
  16. f

    foodieandwinesnob

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I just wanted to leave a note of thanks to the restaurant staff. You make this restaurant the only good restaurant in Friday Harbor. Keep it up. Food was delicious, Service was excellent. Thanks your your help.
  17. TS

    TawneeS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service are both amazing. The best view and food in Friday Harbor. We ate in the bar and Dan was so knowledgeable about cocktail pairings. The tomato garlic butter is next level!
  18. LO

    LaurieO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We eat here everytime we come to Friday Harbor. Was a bit disappointed. Food choices so, so. Rembered a few things no longer on menu, and not a lot of choices for non fish people. Ordered fish and chips, and thought was very pricey for value. Mine was mostly breading, way over breaded. What halibut I scraped out was good, but would not order it again. Made a reservation and noted it was for our 40th Anniversary. Requested outside, which we got, but we're plunked in the middle with little view. People coming in after us, with no reservations were given a better outside table. Just thought a little more effort could have been made. Made the evening a little bit of a disappointment.
  19. S

    Seatown

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views, food and incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff.
  20. LW

    LizW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    This place was hilariously BAD. They literally got everything we ordered wrong. In addition to a lovely 5 inch black hair in my husbands “spicy margarita”. Ordered a $36 Seafood cobb salad. No Gorgonzola and got a plate of romaine. 4 cooked frozen-thawed shrimp from Costco, about 1oz of crab meat and a HEAPING pile of Gorgonzola. Waitress didn’t offer to replace or apologize and STILL charged us full price. The only thing good about this dining experience was the view. Not even close to worth the $200 bill for 2 entrees and 3 cocktails and a beer. My “old fashion” was so terrible we left it full on the table. It was straight up laughable. We even had a reservation lololololol 💩
  21. KS

    KaylaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views and friendly staff! The calamari appetizer was my favorite!
  22. t

    temujin

    Denver

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice location with good food. We had lunch at this Friday Harbor location.
  23. MB

    McBean

    Columbus

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first (and probably only) visit was divine! We booked Downriggers months ago when we knew we would be on San Juan Island. We were happy we did! The scallop special was divine and provided us with a second meal! We shared a Caesar salad and my husband’s meal was also great. Our server was BUSY but attentive.
  24. TB

    TomB

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Thought it was fine. Views are great but the food was ok and expensive.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lavender lemonade was delicious as were the crab tots!
  26. F

    Flybylow

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, view and service. Prices are up quite a bit over the last couple of years.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all loved our food. The bouillabaisse was outstanding, the Halibut salad just perfect and the seafood salad was delicious and the halibut special perfectly cooked.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful meal with great friends! The perfect table and everyone love their food!
  29. CL

    ChrisL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very noisy in doors.. voices seem amplified from other tables..most items fairly pricey$ Chowder was great flat iron steak also was quiet good.
  30. NC

    NicoleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute beautiful location for lunch! Steamed mussels and crab tater tots were the best!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food better service!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We were so disappointed to get there and it was a few minutes after the switch from the lunch menu to the dinner menu. We were not permitted to order the fish tacos ( the reason we were going ) even though the person next to us was eating them.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience - and a fancy sparkler on dessert to celebrate a birthday!
  35. E

    Erin

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overrated! Would not recommend. The food was very average.
  36. n

    noname

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall was good, I had a special of spareribs which were terrible, rubbery and fatty almost inedible. I should have sent them back and regret it. Too bad as everything else was really good including the roasted cauliflower and dessert cookie were fabulous.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    They did not acknowledge my girlfriend’s birthday, and also made us wait for a table at our reserved time. Sad!
  38. DK

    DwightK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation with family.
  39. C

    Cindy328

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was our last night on the island and we wanted a nice place, but not too fancy. This fit the bill. Food was delicious (the scallop gnocchi was a little pricey $48) and I had the spicy prawn Mac and cheese. Service was really good. Highly recommend
  40. PT

    PortTownsendDweller

    Seattle

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Dining indoors at Downriggers is just as pleasant as dining outside on the deck. One really well appreciated suggestion from the Maitre d' at lunch service was that as only a table in the sunshine on the deck was available, perhaps indoors would be a better choice. The day was hot and she was no doubt correct. I recommend you ask about shaded/sunny tables on the deck when you check in. We had fish tacos, which were tasty, but a bit dry - passable, just not great. The fried crab "tots" were excellent. It's a tourist spot, for sure, but with a great view. Nothing unique or personable about it, but Friday Harbor is a tourist town, and we were tourists too. So no big deal. For dinner, however, (unless the menu changes) and you want a better meal, I'd look elsewhere. BTW, the sidewalks in Friday Harbor are not at all handicap friendly - there are lots of short stairs, and some slopes that would be impossible for a wheel chaired person unless they had a linebacker pushing. Just sayin'.

FAQs

Downriggers is rated 4.4 stars by 758 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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

    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • 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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