Ursa Minor

4.9
136 reviews
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Ursa Minor is a 45-seat restaurant located in the heart of Lopez Island, Washington. Offering a creative agrarian northwest cuisine in a well appointed atmosphere, Ursa Minor is a destination that is uniquely Lopez, where one can come to have an experience that reflects the idyllic island setting. Chef Nick Coffey works closely with local farmers, fishermen and foragers to offer a constantly evolving menu of inventive small plates, complimented by a unique list of natural wines.
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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Ursa Minor. The space is adorable, the food is fantastic and we had the best service from the minute we walked in the door.

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely unique and unpretentious... Ursa Minor is an experience to seek out.

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JV
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is an incredible Jewel for Lopez Village! The service was excellent; the menu offerings blew us away with their flavor and inventiveness. We highly recommend!

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GG
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in years. Excellent and creative food and flavor combinations make it a unique experience for food lovers (and even vegetarians.)

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely way to enjoy a meal. Sheila & I especially like the shared plates and modest portions. Very nice service

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K
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared the menu item 'potatoes, fermented veg, yolk sauce, whey & salmon roe', next the 'salish sea halibut, celery root, rutabaga, nettles & hazelnuts', and the 'rabbit, grains, mushrooms, truffle & black garlic'. Of these the potato dish was my favorite.

Then finished up with the 'pumpkin seed miso ice cream, malt & honey crumbles'.

Nice selection of wine, interesting selection of beer.

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y
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting, unique, menu. A gem on a beautiful island

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HJ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative, surprising, superb.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to every little detail is what makes this place so special. I love eating here and if you haven't yet you should.

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CN
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and atmosphere, the best in the area for “northwest agrarian” and prices are reasonable too. The cocktails are phenomenal and wine list is very unique. Highly recommend it.

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OT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third time at Ursa Minor and it continues to be amazing. The food is imaginative, seasonal and pays attention to local sourcing. The flavors in the various dishes are incredible. If you are looking for a creative palette and respect for the fresh ingredients, this is the place for you!

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening here, the food is clever and creative and the atmosphere was lovely. My dinner companion and I left inspired and in the glow of a wonderful experience.

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual flavor combinations and ingredients that were fabulous!

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MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE best ever dinner. Nick continues to wow us at every turn. Nova adds the perfect touch to making us feel so very welcome and at home in their restaurant.

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MP
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just returned from an anniversary trip to the San Juan Islands. Being off-season, many restaurant options are limited in December. But I am ever so grateful that Ursa Minor was open during our stay. It's located in a beautiful, quiet space and features some truly incredible dishes. My wife and I are still talking about the cauliflower dish and the smoked brown butter and bread. Everything was terrific, though.

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AE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary with an early November trip to Lopez Island, including dinner at Ursa Minor. Loved going in the off-season--we were about 30 mins early to our 6:30pm reservation, but staff was super-accommodating and sat us early. Food was innovatively local (octopus who got caught in the spot prawn traps) without being intimidating or overly complex. Looking forward to returning here in different seasons to try something new.

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AF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is an artist at work in the kitchen at Ursa Minor. Every bite is exquisite!

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PV
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A phenomenal restaurant! The food and drinks were amazing and the staff provided excellent service. I appreciate their use of fresh, local ingredients. The menu changes regularly and is inventive with outstanding flavors. Everything was fantastic from the house negroni to the hay ice cream with poached pears and honey crumbles. However, I especially enjoyed the cauliflower with toasted yeast, yoghurt and cured yoke and the chicken with black garlic. I will definitely go back next time I am on Lopez Island.

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KB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at sunset when the brilliant pink-orange sky was casting a magical glow on the dining room. We asked our server, who we later learned was co-owner Nova Askue, to surprise us with her choices of an aperitif, a selection of dishes and a bottle of wine. We were greatly rewarded. Every drink, every dish, even the bread, was inspired—by the place, by the freshest ingredients available and especially by chef's exceptional creativity. We cannot wait to go back.

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k
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You might have to take a ferry boat to get here but that will only add to the wonderful experience that is Ursa Minor. I have to admit that I had reservations about the fabulousness of this place since it was getting wild accolades but they are ALL true! Every single bite we had was delish and the service superb. Do yourself a favor and hoof it up to Lopez.

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M
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant on Lopez. Excellent food. Beautiful space. Great people. Love it!

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T
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. The owners are delightful and the menu is very interesting. This is a place that is perfect for a special occasion.

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EE
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and friendly spot. Portions are a bit small. Food very creative and interesting and well presented.

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O
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We really enjoyed the dinner. The menu is quite unique. We ordered all of the items on the regular menu (not the appetizers) and shared. All the food was excellent. Also, the food was served at the right temperature and looked beautiful.. The only thing that disappointed us was the wine and liquor service. We each ordered one drink before dinner and 2 glasses of wine with the meal. We had to ask multiple times to get our drinks which meant we were not always able to enjoy a food with the beverage we wanted to pair with it. This seemed to be due to a shortage of servers and overlapping duties between service and alcohol prep. For the prices we paid, this should not happen. The restaurant is small and was never full the whole time we were there. In spite of this glitch, we recommend it for an interesting dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way. Great service and food, no fussiness. Dinner was well-paced and never rushed.

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JF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

We were so looking forward to this restaurant. The space and decor are beautiful. The service was very nice. The bread was fantastic (from a Lopez bakery). But the food ... just tried a little too hard. A little too much striving to be different, edgy. To pull off edgy along with pricey, the food has to be really delicious, not just creative and a bit weird. I feel like this wasn't quite there.

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I
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and beautiful presentation. Everything was a work of art. We got 6 dishes (you need a lot) including a dessert. The bread was my 4th favorite dish and it was insanely good. Some of the best bread and butter I’ve enjoyed. Not the cheapest but I’ve paid $60 to other restaurants and not gotten nearly as much enjoyment.

I understand that it’s hard to open a restaurant on an island so I don’t fault them. Top notch. Everyone who visits Lopez should go here. It’s a hallmark.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a good experience. The food was wonderful, the decor and spacing was perfect.

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SE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a special day. View of bay is amazing.

We were seated right away. Wait staff was friendly and made nice recommendations for both food and pairing. A treat. We would eat here again.

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OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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EP
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our 44th anniversary on Lopez Island, and Ursa Minor was at the top of our dining list. It didn't disappoint. A lovely little resto, creative cuisine and fine service. Highly recommend.

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d
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating with great view. Interesting delicious food and drink options

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l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Service a little lackluster. Not the friendliest staff. Quick to have orders out. Well presented dishes, perhaps a tad on the expensive side for the portions provided for some entrees.

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KG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is food entertainment at its best, and delicious!

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal. Our party of 4 ordered everything on the menu minus 2 snacks. The creativity and excellence that goes into preparing and presenting each plate was inspiring. Service is excellent, ambiance is simple and modern. This restaurant is pricey, but worth every penny.

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o
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This is an interesting endeavor. A limited menu, and a bit pricey. But the effort is directed toward locally sourced ingredients and creative combinations, which is what makes it interesting. Give it a try for something different! Excellent service.

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EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ursa Minor for our anniversary and it was fantastic, service and food were impeccable. Anyone traveling to Lopez looking for a foodie experience should make a reservation, you will not be disappointed.

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k
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Creative and flavorful. Loved the use of local ingredients.

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JD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've dined here 4 times in the past year. Food is creative, beautifully presented, and full of flavor. Owners are always present as well.

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TB
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, terrific atmosphere. Made our entire trip.

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