Ursa Minor

4.8
123 reviews
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Northwest
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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MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 11, 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 4, 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
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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 21, 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 15, 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
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 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 29, 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 25, 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 18, 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 18, 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 15, 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 2, 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 2, 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 September 1, 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 26, 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 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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EP
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 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
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 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 7, 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 7, 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 4, 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
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 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 31, 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 31, 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 20, 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 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, terrific atmosphere. Made our entire trip.

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JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ursa Minor is for us very close to our ideal dining experience. This was maybe our 6th time, and it always strikes an exquisite tone; Nova creatively sets a beautifully warm and inviting environment, while Nick has a unique artistry in a constantly-evolving gourmet menu that somehow manages to be remarkably delicious while also being the healthiest thing you may have eaten all week. Can't recommend this place enough when you're on Lopez

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FB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

The acoustics in this restaurant are really, really terrible! There are no effective noise dampening installations, (e.g. acoustic tile, carpeting, wall hangings,) in place, and as a result, the sound just reverberates and bounces off of the floor, the walls, and ceilings. In order to hear what the waitress was saying, she had speak loudly while her face was about 6 inches from mine. (And the place was not packed at the time; there were still empty tables at 6:30pm.) I will never go back for that reason alone!

The meal itself was quite tasty, but the presentation was time consuming and boring. Each tiny side dish was served on a big plate by itself in a procession. (i.e. You weren't served the next side dish until you finished the previous one.) And that resulted in s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out a dinner that possibly could have been filled-in with pleasant conversation... BUT, the noise in the room made conversation impossible!!

I would have preferred to have the entree served with the vegetable side dishes all on one big plate so that all of the flavors could mingle and accentuate each other. (And with the small size of the vegetable side dishes, that would have been an easy thing to do; everything would have easily fit on a medium serving plate with room to spare.)

With the exception of the dessert, everything else was WAY overpriced!! But this was a special meal for us, and so we expected to pay a bit more; we just didn't expect that it would be as much as it was for what we got. (The dessert, by the way, was excellent!)

In short, we will never recommend this establishment to anyone unless changes are made.

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RN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing farm to table food. The ambience is perfection. the outdoor patio is fantastic. the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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BF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wine and service

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative, artistic, and flavorful dishes. Service was fabulous. It was a delightful dinner!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small plate format, limited but interesting menu. Nicely prepared and plated!

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A
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delectable. The menu changes each day. We had halibut and pork loin which we shared with each other. The herbs, sauce and accompanying veggies and mushrooms were prepared with a touch of culinary elegance and we savored each bite. The portions were small which suites us fine as we prefer quality over quantity. Best meal while we were on the San Juan Islands.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came over on our boat from Friday Harbor (we are locals there) for a special “staycation” and decided to try out Ursa Minor as it was highly recommended by friends. LOVED IT!! We sat outside and the ambience was perfect. The service was friendly and very relaxed, we felt at home. Now the food was an experience. Wildly creative without feeling forced, and of course delicious! We were told the portions run on the smaller size, but we left happily full after sharing two small plates and two large plates. This will surely be a “staycation” staple from now on!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unusual menu drawing from local farms in the islands. Combinations are out there and cutting edge. Good wine selection.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive and the atmosphere cozy, but the plates designed for sharing were very small and we left still hungry even after ordering more than the recommended amount for two people (4 plates recommended, ordered 6). The proteins, although tasty, were very small portions for the price but the wine was great.

It’s just my opinion, but why put oysters on the menu and not include how many you’re getting, for three delicious oysters to arrive for two people to have to share?

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Late arrival, table for six ready when we arrived. Fast service, excellent quality wines and exceptional food.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved every minute of our time and dining experience. The food was unusual and extremely tasty. I do believe that if you were very hungry, or someone with a large appetite you would be disappointed. The portions were smallish, but perfect for us.

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B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Lopez Island and treated ourselves to a dinner at Ursa Minor. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and well presented. I was especially impressed by the chicken offering - probably one of the best tasting poultry dishes in my 75-plus years of eating. A great dining experience for a special occasion.

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