Coho Restaurant

4.3
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95 Reviews
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$30 and under
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International

About

Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, serves Island grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Coho's talented chefs create exciting menus developed around the seasonality of fresh ingredients from the surrounding Islands. Coho showcases simple and artful fare that allows the flavors of the individual ingredients to resonate on the palate.
Coho Restaurant is proud to support our local farm community by participating in the Island's Certified Local Program. Their award-winning wine cellar culled from the great producers of Washington, Oregon, and California along with a fine selection of international wines are paired to complement the food.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
International, Mediterranean, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner 5 - 9 p.m.
June 15 - September 30 Monday - Saturday
October and May 15 - June 15 - Tuesday - Saturday
November - February - Wednesday - Saturday
Open all major holidays; closed January
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Phone number
(360) 378-6330
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
William Messick
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Private party facilities
Please contact us for further details.
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Private party contact
Anna Maria de Freitas: (360) 378-3587
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Catering
Coho Restaurant, provides on and off-premise catering using only the freshest and finest ingredients, day-of-event preparation, and artistic presentation, Coho's chefs have created a reputation for consistent quality and exceptional food service. From a gourmet picnic lunch to a formal dinner reception and everything in between, let our chefs take you on a culinary exploration of the Islands. Our culinary team has diverse culinary expertise including Mediterranean, Asian and Pacific Northwest, to name a few. Our in-house pastry chef will prepare fresh desserts to complement your affair.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring
Additional
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was great, but we were seated at absolutely the worst table I have seen in a restaurant. We had a small table for two right next to the restroom door and I was looking directly at a frosted glass window into the kitchen. Not what I would expect for a place that cost $125/person plus. There were other tables available when we were seated, but we somehow drew the unlucky straw.

SL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pour nous le meilleur restaurant de l’isle
Bon accueil, gentillesse,
Cuisine fine avec très bon goût
Bonne association mets-vins
Desserts extra

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DS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful gem! We felt like we were guests in a private home. Delicious food and a friendly staff. We enjoyed the quiet in an era when most restaurants try to outdo each other for noise, bad acoustics and blaring TV sports shows. We moved to the island recently, and Coho will become one of our favorite dining choices.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a little rushed, but overall a good experience with very good entree’s. Staff was new and still learning menu.

C
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had missed lunch so went when the restaurant opened. Cojo had a price fixed menu we tried. We were able to upgrade the entrees to salmon. Luscious meal. Squash (locally served) soup and greens with a light dressing, small portions of each for first course. Salmon was moist, flavorful, but the sides were a high note: quinoa with chive-basil pesto, wild mushrooms and broccolini. With a spritz of a light vinegar something. Wow! We both loved this entree. Then a scoop of sorbet, Ginger orange for me, chocolate truffle with brandy for my husband. They also have some flights: he had a whiskey flight after the sorbet. The wine that came as part of this were good: For A Song, 13 (Merlot-syrah blend) perfect with salmon. Service was friendly, informative and consistent.

TP
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nicer small venue in a small resort town. Menu was yummy looking...wine list was good but not extensive. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, but could have been "less present." We would go back on another visit.

s
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Entrees were very good, but very small portions, particularly for the high prices. Had we known, we would have ordered salads and appetizers

RC
Seattle
102 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The reason I would not recommend this restaurant is quite simply ,the portions are very small and there is no value to the price charged. The food ,what little there was ,was tasty but NOT ample.

PA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Average. Over priced food that was just ok. Nothing special. Don't waste your dollars.

f
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ended a day in Friday Harbor here. The small restaurant is really a fun place to relax with friends. We all had the chef's tasting menu served from 5 to 5:45. For $70 for 2 people you get soup/salad, entree, a bottle of wine, and amazing homemade ice cream. We opted to pay $8 more for the salmon. All in all an excellent meal at a great price.

MG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality and prompt friendly service. They offer some unique dishes and a relaxing atmosphere

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. I've eaten here numerous times over the years and I've never been disappointed. I introduced two friends to Coho. One of them joined me a second time.

H
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant was highly recommended so we took our visiting friends. I was quite embarrassed after tasting four "glass" wines that were all less than sub-standard and finally opting for a bottle that turned out to be just "okay". The wine glasses were covered with dust. I have never been served wine in glasses that filthy - anywhere. Very sad.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible place for a special occasion or just a weeknight. Every detail is very carefully thought out, from the wine list to the well-sourced ingredients, yet the atmosphere is welcoming and easygoing. Highly recommended! We'll happily be back.

KK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Very small restaurant to the point where one couple was seated inches from the bathroom door. I would still go there again because the food and service is stellar

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restruant was cozy and the servers were attentive, my husband had the salmon and it was well cooked, my son and I had the halibut and it was over cooked, for the price we were not happy. They did offer to redo it but it was to late by then.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and wine was outstanding. Service professional. Unfortunately with only one other table in the restaurant at the time we were there we could clearly hear the "kitchen conversation" . A little distracting to our conversation and meal. Though we were seated right by the door to the kitchen.

O
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coho is one of those rare finds you hope to stumble upon in an exceptional destination such as Friday Harbor. The executive chef is a major talent who understands how to create harmonized layers of flavor and texture. Service is considerate and professional. Highly recommend the signature dish of coho salmon which melts in the mouth. Octopus is another knockout. Desserts are a must to try.

S
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in an intimate venue. I'll be back for more!

S
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was really not good. I am not sure they understood that running a restaurant is actually a profession not just a hobby. Food was okay but not good enough to compensate for the horrible service.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This is a cute little restaurant with good food. It is unfortunate that we received such poor service. Even with a reservation made well ahead of time it felt like we were thrown into a table in a corner and left there for some time. The server did not make us feel welcome or even give us a drink/wine list until we had been there for awhile. Granted, the dining room was busy. Perhaps the restaurant needs to have more staff when there is a crowd. With the prices I would not expect "diner" style service. Disappointing.

SR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Charming little restaurant, but the salmon and chicken, our two main courses were both
Over cooked.

MA
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

This was an unusual situation. The night we had reservations we arrived and the noise was so
loud (a table of 20) that we decided to come back the next night. On the 2nd visit, we got a very
early reservation, 5:30, and found the restaurant already full. Later we discovered it was because they have a fixed price menu before 5:45. $70 for two dinners with wine. The wine was nothing special, but the entree was excellent and full sized. Included dessert.
I have doubts about how this restaurant is developing. The food is good but expensive. The service is hot and cold. Not what you would expect from an expensive restaurant. I don't know if we will go back.

b
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome. The food was outstanding. Everything was perfect. The desserts were even better.

NE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very satisfied, would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

d
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the chef tasting special. Three courses for two with a bottle of wine. The value was excellent. All the food was well-prepared and delicious. We would definitely return.

TC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the early dinner, which included soup, salad, bread, choice of entree and ice cream or sorbet, along with a bottle of red or white wine. The cost was $70 for 2. It really was a great value. We both had the tenderloin, which was wonderful. The rest of the menu looked quite good, but was a bit more expensive. Highly recommended.

CT
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation on Open Table. I was not able to change it on line, so I called the restaurant. They moved the reservation to an hour later. When I showed up, the hostess giggled about how they'd misspelled my last name. The restaurant is in a TINY house with only eight tables. They sat us and didn't acknowledge us again. After 20 minutes, we got up and left.

b
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Staff was not too happy when we asked for a table that was not right in front of the entrance. We did change tables but there was a couple that were seated at a two top. The man was right in front of the restroom door and had to close it when people went in and out. I thought this was terrible. Get rid of the table. Food was okay but we were surrounded by water and fish was just okay. Chef put a sauce on everything--maybe red pepper on everything on plate. It was not a good combo. Quinoa cake was really dry. They were out of a white wine on their menu and then brought another that was not not chilled. The restaurant is small and seating is awkward. Not a keeper!!!!

M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. I had a stuffed bell pepper with risotto , and my husband had the halibut.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Too way expensive for the quality and quantity of meal they offer. I would not recommend this restaurant.

E
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience from the beginning to the end! We were greeted and they gave us an option on where to sit. We opted for a window table which got cleared. While we waited (3 minutes), they brought us 2 chairs. Menu is small but very original. I had the Halibut as a main course and it was fabulous. My husband had the red snapper and it was equally delicious. Atmosphere was wonderful and the waitress very helpful and friendly without being annoying!

DD
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this small restaurant in Friday Harbor. The restaurant is very nice and I’d even say elegant. We had great service and excellent food. We both had the snapper special with risotto and wild rice; it was well cooked and nicely seasoned; terrific meal. I was also excited to find one of my favorite wines from a small village in the Rhone wine region of France, Vacqueyras, at a very reasonable price. The evening was terrific!

OB
London
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have eaten here for several years when we visit Friday Harbor. The food is very good with imaginative preparations. I almost always order the octopus dish and this last time was the best ever - smoky and really tender. An intimate restaurant a little away from the center of town. Strongly recommended.

MR
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Untrained wait staff - she was picking up plates and placing dessert menus while one person was still eating dinner.
For the price, I expected more from the food.
Given all the choices on the island, I'd have a hard time recommending Coho.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative food, lovely hosts. We have never had a bad experience at Coho.

G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed ourselves! The food and service were super. We will be back!

A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation a week out from going and it's a good thing I did. There are only 7-8 tables in the restaurant and no outdoor seating I could see. Several people walked in and were turned away because they were full up for the evening. The ambiance was great and several people checked on us, to include the chef and a couple of servers. We ordered some cocktails prior to eating and then the Chef's special, which is a good deal of a three course meal and a bottle of wine for $70. I repeat, it's a good deal. However, I could not see myself ever going there and ordering the food and paying regular prices. My girlfriend ordered the fresh salmon and, as an Alaska native raised on salmon, should could tell it wasn't fresh. I ordered the chicken entree and it was filling but neither dish would be worth the $35-40 you would pay for it if you weren't getting the chef's special. Additionally, their chef's special wine list allows for you to choose one from 3 whites or 3 reds. However, I found it a little dishonest when we ordered a 2010 bottle of white and the server returns with a 2014. The dessert was fantastic, a scoop of homemade ice cream in a small sugar bowl. Very delicious! On the whole we had a great time and would go again, but only if the special was still available.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sweetheart and I had a wonderful dinner and experience. The service was perfect and the menu was plentiful and the wine offerings were extensive.
If you are in Friday Harbor this is the place for a fine meal.

l
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coho was fine dining in an intimate homey space. The service was attentive, personal... and food preparation and presentation were exquisite. Highly recommended!

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