McMillin's Dining Room

McMillin's Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://rocheharbor.com/Dining.html
  • Phone: 3603785757
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: William D. Shaw
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Executive Room seats up to 20 with a private deck over looking the harbor.
  • Private Party Contact: Candace Ragsdale 3603176152
  • Entertainment: Baby grand piano dinner music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roche Harbor Road
  • Public Transit: No public transit in San Juan County
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from McMillin's Dining Room
Roche Harbor’s McMillin's Restaurant is located in the historic home of John S. McMillin built in 1886. In 1956, the late Reuben J. Tarte and his son, Neil, purchased Roche Harbor. By 1958, the Tarte family had restored many historic sites, including the restaurant, which was once the home of John S. McMillin. Additional seating in the restaurant was added in 1964, and the gazebo and deck were completed in 1977. On March 15, 1989, the Tarte family sold the resort to the current owners.

For over 40 years, the tradition of excellence has continued at Roche Harbor, the landmark boating and leisure destination resort that exists today. The restaurant remains a favorite for those who trek by land and sea to enjoy a truly unique dining experience on the very northwest tip of the Pacific Northwest.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
McMillin's Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (44)special occasion (37)romantic (30)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Never Disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have been going to McMillins for over 17 years now and it remains the best place on the island as far as we are concerned. The food, the atmosphere and the service is wonderful. We highly recomend McMillins.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Roche Harbor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Friendly service from the moment you walk into the restaurant. The view over the marina is terrific and the food was delicious. We were there off season so the dining room was busy but not overly crowded. We enjoyed it so much that we went back the next night for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • October
    Cakes
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had dinner here here two nights in a row in early October 2014. The food was excellent. My steak was cooked perfectly. Only thing we didn't like was the dessert. We ordered cobbler a la mode and got a half baked doughy mess with half melted ice cream dangleing oddly off to one side. Food was great. Would not recommend the cobbler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth it.
    10nisNE1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Service was slow and rude. It was so loud we could barely here over the small table, food was overpriced and not as "local" as you would expect. The view was the best part and that had nothing to do with the restaurant. Skip this place on your next trip to the islands, I know we will.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sharka
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We were a party of four staying at the Roche Harbour Resort. We were delighted with the service and ambiance. The food was so delicious. The prime rib....the best ever with fresh horseradish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wasn't sure we would be happy with the "small plates" menu but the crab bisque (which was a bowl not a cup) and small plate halibut was perfect! My husband had the house salad which was delicious! All and all a great meal with a view if the harbor. Our first time to the islands guests were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Delish
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Perfect!! Just what I hoped for. Saw 'retiring of colors' ceremony, great view any table. Food excell and portions perfect!! Not noisy, and restaur was full. Families, couples, all needs met. Highly recommend. And I'll do it again! Great mom/daughter experience :-))
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frita II
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. Of course the ambience is the key. How can you not love looking at the Roche Harbor Marina during sunset. We love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ever good
    debmoover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nice meal, great waiter in Samil. The view and location cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    CaptainCoy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delightful surprise dinner for my girlfriend. We went there based on trip advisor and we were not disappointed. Food, staff, server, views all more than met my expectations. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    Patian
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I have visited McMillan's on other occasions but this was totally above the norm! We were there to celebrate his birthday and Leslie, our server, went above and beyond to make our visit so special. Also, we had requested a window table but were seated at a table, while certainly suitable, was a little away from the window. We had hardly begun our meal when the hostess (wish I had her name) came to ask if we'd like to be moved to a window table. Of course the answer was yes and before we knew what was going on, we were seated at a beautiful window table. Dinner was wonderful (Kobe steak for my husband and scallops for me) and we concluded the meal with a delicious crème brulee decorated with a birthday candle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous!
    Busaboi
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is a fabulous destination restaurant! The staff, the menu, the wine and cocktails are all exceptional. Not cheap but worth every bit. Evening flags was a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere was very special for my daughters and I. We do not get to eat at special places very often. This was a place I have wanted to eat at for a long time and it did not disappoint. McMcMillin's made that night the best dining experience of my life......Thanks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining in historic home
    DocandhisgalVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    McMillins was very good...food was great, service was excellent, only lacking was the bottle of wine I wanted was not available as they were out but substitute was fine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Angel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very nice meal with an incredible view and the server was very personable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sunset dinner
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our reservation was for 7:45, so in addition to being able to enjoy sunset while overlooking the water from our table, we also had a wonderful view of the Colors flag ceremony (not to be missed). Food was incredible and being able to choose 2 entrees with a 5 course meal makes the decision a little bit easier. From the chef's muse bouche to the salad, bisque, wonderful seafood and steak entrees and the cobbler dessert (we took back to our suite) ... every bite was delicious and we'd definitely recommend McMillin's and will hopefully return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not to recommend
    marcos
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food arrived late to the table, more than 45 minutes waiting, regardless our complains. And worst, it arrived cold. Service and food does not match with the expectations.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful special place
    Mkmw
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The restaurant was beautiful and overlooking Roche Harbor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful dinner spot
    Annie006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoy a number of small plate choices, salads or entrees in a beautiful setting. The restaurant overlooks the marina and is well worth the trip to Roche Harbor. The food is excellent both in presentation and preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Dinner
    SGPdx
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband and I visited Roche Harbor for our 20th Anniversary celebration. I made reservations for McMillin's about a month in advance and requested a window seat. This turned out to be the perfect location for the "Color Ceremony" preformed at Roche (this is the daily lowering of the flags). Our server was terrific. We shared 4 smaller items and enjoyed a bottle of wine. I will say the wine list is terrific, but mostly on the spendy side- be prepared to spend at least 40 on a bottle of red. We shared the blue cheeses salad, crab bisque, scallops and seafood sampler. It was all terrific and VERY rich! I will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was incredible!!!! Server Erinn did a wonderful job.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Prime rib was excellent, very nice location and setting. Service was slow, but it was fairly busy at the time
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dockside Dining
    TravelingThrough
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Very good meal and presentation made it all the more a delightful dining experience. Don't skip dessert! We liked the view from our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polly
    Polly
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was the best we have had there. the smalll plates were just the right size with a salad. Service was achingly slow at first.. We waited 15 minutes before someone came to our table with something other than water. But everything else was fantastic. Martini's wonderful as well. Cannot wait to come back with just the two of us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Bokate
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The meal was good but very overpriced.. The service was excellent. The baked cobbler was mediocre. We both felt that in Seattle we could have had a meal of this caliber for half the price. But a lot of that was our fault for not ordering more carefully
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fanofgoodfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We brought friends from Norway on 7/16. The food could not have tasted better. Everyone raved about their selected dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions.
    Darrin
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The restaurant was packed, which in turn caused very slow service. We were only a party of 2, and were at the restaurant for two hours. Dinner was flavorful, but the portions were very small. We ended up getting a second serving of bread. For $110, I would expect more food. Great ambiance and views though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the McMillin's Dining Room reviews archive.
  • foodluv
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful food. Great service! Thank you for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stella
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    As always, McMillin's at Roche Harbor is fabulous. The new smaller plate menu is a nice option, for a lighter dinner. Although, I miss the Scallops in Bacon Relish very much. Add the Maytag Blue Cheese Salad and split between 2, soooo good. The cocktails are generous, so you don't feel like you overpaid. The service is excellent, and we always enjoy our special time at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time and just as good!
    RANPotomac
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We love to have one special dinner here each time we come....on this third time we were not disappointed. We had a variety of foods from crab appetizer to beef to seafood. We loved it all. What has changed since we were here 3 years ago is that they have added small plates to the menu....fabulous idea since their full entree dishes are very large. So now many are offered as small plates too. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    Jill
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My favorite restaurant in the Pacific Northwest. Outstanding service and views. Always pure perfection. Not to mention the location, the crown jewel of the San Juan Islands, Roche Harbor <3 Will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the price
    Ready2eat
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had a window table and had dinner at 5:45 so not very much noise. The view was beautiful of the water and the marina. We had the prime rib and it melted in our mouth. Worth the expense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened?
    JustaBiteVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We eat at McMillins every year. Historically fantastic, but this time was different. The menu is now divided into small and entrée portions. Small is really small (3 oz Filet?), but not the price. Apparently you order more than 1, but that adds up at $20+/small plate. Many dishes, like the Filet weren't replicated on the entrée and small lists. Also missed the meatloaf and vegetables were few and far between on either menu. Many opted for the prix fixe menu - not that great though. Our server seemed annoyed when we asked questions as to how the menu worked. Overall, the setting & views over the harbor during Colors can't be beat. However, we have seen that many times and am not sure we will be back unless things change.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely terrific
    FoodfunVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The view is spectacular! I had the 5 course chef tasting dinner, it was absolutely terrific! The service was excellent! Wonderful, delicious, great, dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    McMillin's never disappoints. The food is always wonderful, the service (thank you, Samil!) is great and adds to the overall experience, but you truly cannot beat the view as the sun is going down and the Colors ceremony begins. Whether it's a celebratory dinner or just soaking in all that Roche Harbor has to offer, McMillin's Dining Room is there to impress.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great; awesome location.
    finneganswake
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    They've done a good job writing the menu, but not as great making the food live up. The menu reads like a foodie spot, but the actual food and wine list are just good, not great. No foodie is going to be wowed by this restaurant, but it's a perfectly fine place for anyone staying in or near the resort.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends Weekend Escape
    KjTravelsVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We dined here with best friends and it was the perfect restaurant for energetic conversation and great food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Juan islands
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    McMillan's is a gem.. Beautiful old historic building with great views.. The food is fresh, Pacific Northwest traditional. Everything is prepared with care and delicious! Prime rib is outstanding! Service is wonderful and the ambience is as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will the view make up for the food?
    Loryn
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We felt bad for our waitress, she seemed to be the only server in the restaurant on a Saturday night at 7pm. Since she was so slammed, our food was likely sitting on the counter for too long waiting to come to our table and as a result, arrived lukewarm (not hot). The waitress was friendly, but seemed somewhat frantic. The food, besides being on the colder end of the spectrum, was mediocre at best. But the view of the harbor was great!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Winter love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Great place to go for winter love. Don't be scared of snow.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.