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About 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.

248 Reuben Memorial Dr
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-8171
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest, Steak, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Fireside Lounge:
Opens at 4pm Daily
Dining Room:
Dinner Service starts at 5pm Daily.

Cross Street:
Roche Harbor Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(360) 378-5757

Website:
http://rocheharbor.com/Dining.html

Entertainment:
Baby grand piano dinner music.

Parking Details:
Parking is located in front of the Roche Harbor Grocery Store and along the road to this parking lot. After parking, walk down the brick road in front of the Hotel De Haro and the restaurant entrance is located on the left after the "Yellow" Brick Road.

Public Transit:
No public transit in San Juan County

Executive Chef:
William D. Shaw

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

McMillin's Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (30)
Scenic View (28)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
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Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Romantic (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fun (6)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service, good food, historic setting.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As usual, our experience was great. Jullian was as always outstanding

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Dinner was well prepared, and ample. Ambiance was appropriate: waterfront, not too noisy, casual and comfortable, the kind of place you would want to go on a wet fall afternoon in the San Juan Islands. Service was excellent: efficient without being obtrusive. Server was friendly and attentive, even though she obviously was busy.

I got a note from you that we did not honor our reservation. We did, we arrived on time and notified the person who greeted us that we had a reservation. Don't know where the mix-up occurred, but it wasn't us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Apparently a reservation for a window seat must be made more than a week in advance as we had a table in the back of the room. But truthfully the windows are huge and we could see the harbor area just fine from our table. The food was good and the portions were huge. Our service was wonderful and our waiter was very attentive.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful evening with friends. Great food, fun, knowledgeable staff, and an overall enjoyable eating experience.

Paul

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

McMillan's is always favorite, but the new (from 4 moths ago) menu was a nice surprise with many great options. The food was absolutely wonderful in presentation and taste. The only (small) knock was the raspberry sauce on the Key Lime Pie. Both were very good, but didn't really go together in my opinion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 26, 2017

While the service was great, my food was overcooked and rather tasteless, and my date's dinner was very much underprepared - nothing really to rave about with the exception of the mushrooms. Overpriced vacation food in a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Known for their prime rib, this is a perennial family favorite for a special occasion. Find out what time Colors will be held and get a window table!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Lamb was over cooked and dry. Prime rib was pre-cooked pieces of rib steaks. Halibut cheeks were good. Caesar salad was bland.

Eat downstairs where they can't screw up a burger too badly!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great setting, staff and food. Had a perfect time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Horrible handicapped access. Does not exist. No place to park. Meal and server were awesome. Manager worthless. We go back because of view and food. And I make a great effort to get up and down steps. Use a walker, try my best. At 70 it is a little daunting.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Spectacular! Bacon wrapped prawns with Grand Marnier were amazing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic, Organic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was very good. The only issue was the guy throwing the bread. He should have been asked to leave.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We love to bring our visitors to Stuart Island to McMillans for a great dining experience. Sarah, our wait staff, did a great job. Your Crab Bisque is beyond delicious...I can't avoid ordering it when we come for dinner. We will continue to be loyal clients...

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Ours was such a nice dining experience at McMillan's. We had been earlier in the summer and definitely wanted to return with our family; It didn't disappoint. We had great service, a very nice meal - order the Tuna Stack- it's terrific and enjoyed the festive atmosphere. Who wouldn't be happy looking out from your table over Roche Harbour?!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This restaurant has good food and an incredible view. We have always had excellent service and go to the restaurant often.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

The waitress new nothing about their beer selection. She new they had "bud and bud light and maybe miller. " Non of those should even be served at a nice restaurant. They should have a selection of high end microbrews to match their wine list. They may have but our waitress didn't know and did not seem interested in finding out. They should at least have a couple of beers from the San Juan brewing there on the island.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always good when visiting Roche Harbor especially the prime rib.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fantastic Halibut and service. Would recommend for dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Always fabulous local ingredients, good service, a view of beautiful Roche Harbor and capped by the Colors Ceremony.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Our server, Courtney, helped us select a combination which resulted in a delicious vegetarian selection. Service was exceptional!

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 14, 2017

My experience in this place overall was very positive. The food were delicious,fresh, and served beautifully. However, the food were little bit too salty. The service was okay, but not perfect. We ordered table in this place near the window to have oceanview the one week before our event, but when we came they said us that all tables near windows busy right now.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Poor service - waiter knew nothing about the menu and got frustrated when asked about specific wine selections. The vegetarian dish was a pile of the same vegetables that come with the dinner and arrived cold at a grand price of $30! The lamb Wellington was described as pull apart lean roast lamb but was chunks and tough.
Issue arose after discussing the bill with how and who got their dinner issue resolved, although the poor items were subsequently taken off the bill.
Little disappointing since it was recommended by a personal friend who dines there all the time when in the moorage. Friends we brought were very disappointed and it kind of ruined a cool evening.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very expensive... added tip by you too much for all the repeat drinks

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I really enjoyed my dining experience. The menu selection provided an ample variety to chose from. My selections were very delicious. The other members of my party also were very satisfied. The staff was prompt and attentive. I will be back and recommending McMillin's to all.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food in a unique location. Historic and charming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 11, 2017

wonderful food, great service, FANTASTIC VIEW but not cheap however worth the price for special occasion.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent food, perfect service, nice view of the marina and sunset lowering of the flags.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Have been going there for 24 years. As always I order the amazing prime rib and happy to pay the$45 price for the medium cut. It's gone down hill................a piece of well done prime rib when I asked for and without the cap on the meat............dry..........Server acted like she could care less if I liked it. Overall - a nice time with friends but disappointing for the first time. Will try again and hope this is not the new standard.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

They had a special Lamb dish the evening of our reservation, it was perfect. We also had calamari, oysters, and clam linguini; all delicious and cooked perfectly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Had a fabulous experience dining at McMillin's for our 20th anniversary. They took great care of us an provided a very enjoyable evening. Delicious food - with a large enough menu to offer plenty of choices. Ate in the bar at a table overlooking the marina, and enjoyed a spectacular sunset.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

First prime rib of Friday night will be last Sundays leftovers. Medium done prime rib order always turns into very well done on leftover prime rib. ' Also did not acknowledge a very important birthday which had been pre-arranged.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Jodi was our wonderful server again for our annual sail to Roche Harbor. She's the best!
The Dungeness Spring rolls were my favorite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Mcmillin's is a delicious gem in Roche Harbor, but it needs a serious update. Wood paneled walls from the 50's (60's? Before I was alive, anyway) have no place in a restaurant that charges $50 per person in my opinion. The setting is lovely, though, overlooking beautiful Roche Harbor, and provides a small, intimate setting. It is lively but not noisy and while relaxed, is also good for special occasions.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

An awesome view and great food! What more could you want. The service and quality of food was great. My wife is celiac and they were very accommodating to her needs. Cocktail list was very thematic "Pig War" martini was my wife's selection, it even comes with a tiny pig.
We had the oysters for an appetizer, Wescott Bay and Kushi's.
Main course I had a wonderful lamb special, that was cooked to perfection.
The entrance to the restaraunt was a little tricky, watch you step on the last stair.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We had a lovely meal with old friends here the other night. The food and service were good.
Unfortunately, when I ordered the wine I should have paid more attention. I looked at the list and ordered a chardonnay in a price point that I was comfortable with. The waitress showed me the bottle to me prior to opening it. At this point I should have noted that this was the wrong bottle, but I just wasn't paying enough attention. The wine list apparently had 2 chardonnays by the same winery. I did not realize this and just assumed it was the one I ordered. They are not listed together on the list. The lesser priced one that I thought I had ordered was toward the top of the list and the one that was $40 more was further down the list. Once we received our bill we realized our mistake on the 2 bottles that we had consumed. We discussed this with our waitress and she basically told me that she had shown me the bottle. One bottle was the un-oaked and the other the Reserve. She took a couple of drinks off of our bill but that was all she could do. Bottom line for us was that perhaps the waitress could have clarified that there were 2 options of this chardonnay when ordering with a substantial price difference or perhaps the menu could have the 2 options next to each other so the diner could make note of the price difference and the style of the wine.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent Harborside restaurant overlooking the Roche Harbor Marina with views rarely seen anywhere. Get there early for a window seat if possible . The service was good and seafood fresh and excellent. The pastry chef , well forget it , not the best . I had the berry cobbler. The crust was not crisp and the berries were not tasty. This restaurant is a gem so don' t mis it !

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. Our only complaint was that after we placed our order the waiter came back and said that my petite cut prime rib was no longer available, but I could buy the medium cut for $10 more, since they were out of the smaller , I didn't think that I should have been charged for the larger one, which was more than I wanted and at least $10 more expensive. Otherwise, we enjoyed a very expensive bottle of wine and delicious salads and soup.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The waiter kept attempting to push us into higher priced entrees. Entrees I did not want.
Food was OK, I would not go back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Absolutely perfect in every way as usual! What a great dining experience at an historic place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients
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