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Downriggers, Friday Harbor, WA

Downriggers

4.7
4.7
939 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
Downriggers, located on the water's edge of Friday Harbor. Family-owned and ran since 1986.
Featuring water views, Pacific Northwest cuisine, & scratch-made cocktails.
We hope you can join us soon.

Our patio is closed for the season and will re-open in the early spring of 2023.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (360) 378-2700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan Islands
  • Cross street
    Spring St.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 939 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Value

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for business meals

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Washington

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for scenic views

  • Northwest Washington

    Lively

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

939 Reviews
  1. Barbara

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Leslie, as always, provided excellent, friendly service. She's a master of making things seem easy and low-key, but actually works hard getting the food to the table quickly and is always there when you need a coffee refill. The house salad with grilled chicken was wonderful as well.

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  2. kinvara

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our go to spots. Consistently good service, can’t beat the view/ambiance.

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  3. DanB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were very pleased to enjoy a belated valentines celebration at Downriggers. Food was excellent. Reception was excellent. Wait staff was stretched thin and unable to be as attentive as they wanted to be. Noisy environment with no attention to noise abatement. We had a loud table of four adjacent to ours and it became overwhelming at times as they enjoyed their conversation. All in all, we’d go back. Great location and great food.

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  4. TammyC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the service is always great!

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  5. LunaM

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Best Manhattan I’ve ever had and every dish was outstanding. Lovely views of the harbor. Took a little while to get our drink order going but we showed up early so I think that was on us. Otherwise the service was friendly and attentive. Looking forward to next visit.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Came here for our anniversary. Food was good. My wife had a simple request of no nuts on her salad however it came loaded with nuts. Ordered a ribeye and the price was listed as MP. Or market price I assume. Given that the most expensive thing I saw on the menu was about $45 I was surprised to see the steak was $62. A heads up on the price would have been nice. I would have asked but the servers seemed understaffed and overwhelmed. While waiting to be seated for our reservation one server walked by and jokingly said “we’ll be with you as soon as we can, or maybe tomorrow.” The steak was cooked perfectly and had great flavor, the crab tots were tasty and my wife enjoyed the Gorgonzola salad in spite of the nuts.

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  7. KeelyA

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food- our waiter gave off bad vibes. She didn’t bring us our bread, and we think it was because of what we looked like. All of the other waiters that assisted were nice though. Very cute restaurant on the inside as well. Over all decent- just our waiter sucked.

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  8. JanD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and such a beautiful view. We love having Leslie as our server!

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  9. ryanc

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not our first time there and we'll definitely be back

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  10. Cherih

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place for our little celebration. A great place for big ones as well.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas Eve and we had a wonderful meal. Great service with hardworking employees. Lots of laughs and not a compliant.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently great food, service, etc at Downriggers.

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  13. Louper

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Diverse menu. Great water and boat views.

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  14. DawnB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. We had guests from California and they couldn't get over how fresh everything was. And that is compared with San Francisco Bay area! Cocktails were creative. Service was exceptional. We had a 2 hour lunch. Very leisurly.

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  15. KeithD

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was rather bland, uninspiring, and really not worth the price. I ordered the salmon and it was prepared without any seasoning and sat on a bed of plain angel hair pasta and grilled onions which acted more like a garnish than a side dish. It would have been far better if they seasoned the salmon with a little salt, pepper, garlic powder or something like that before grilling and sat it on a bed of wild rice.

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  16. DrRon

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, and we received great service!

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  17. JimP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful atmosphere to eat our 28th Anniversary dinner in. The food was good and the staff were on top of it.

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  18. GratefulSenior

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our only complaint was that the waitress brought our food and left it with us but didn’t ask if we needed anything else. She also had items for another table. It took awhile but I got the attention of another server and asked her to get what we needed for the rest of our meal. The food was wonderful and it had great ambience.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Quality service. Drinks were spot on. Will be back

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  20. Victoria

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Downriggers! It’s one of our go to restaurants in the harbor. Excellent service, beautiful view and great food. What’s not to love? 😊

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  21. Honu

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Too much waiting between appetizer/soup and main entree Not enough Wescott bay oysters available. Crab with Caesar expensive for amount of crab served. But view was exceptional!

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  22. DonnaS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I read reviews prior to going & how anyone can give this place <5 Stars is beyond me!! The Food was excellent, the view, the service!!! All are amazing. We made reservations on Open table & they were ready for us when we got there!!! Would without a doubt go back when we visit again!!!

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  23. KathyD

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muscles were amazing! Service excellent! Hostess was awesome... very attentive!

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  24. Bonjour

    Atlanta Metro

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious meal ar Downriggers. Both meals were perfectly prepared and our server was outstanding.

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  25. JaymieA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was amazing was perfect thank u. Food was delicious and was amazing night

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience, beautiful harbor view. We came in the last hour of opening. I never recommend that, but all was well and we actually would say it's the best option for fine dining in Friday Harbor.

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  27. GlutenFreeStyleAlaska

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celiac friendly! Excellent food and service. Isaiah is a gem of a waitperson.

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  28. BenK

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been here many times and it has always been excellent. The food is always great. We have a gluten allergy and they always ensure that our meals are prepared correctly. I do recommend reservations if you are dining for dinner or during the summer season as they are always busy.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Downriggers has a great location and view but the food and ambiance is sadly very mediocre. It was better in the past but has gone downhill in the last year or so. Drinks are great but the food is overcooked and too saucy.

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  30. frekwentdiner

    Sacramento

    208 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    208 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dessert was 5 star! Entrees were just ok. With a little tweaking, could be amazing.

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  31. GARYC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service staff were all very helpful and accommodating to our needs

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  32. LindaS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a really nice lunch here. The food was very good. Good vegetarian options and the GF bun was delicious.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with an amazing view! The bouillabaisse was amazing!

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  34. SharonC

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the hummus bowl with roasted veggies. Perfect!! Salmon sandwich (special) was also a winner. Sitting outside was lovely if not a bit windy and cool.

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  35. Midwestfoodie

    Kansas City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience for dinner was superb. Our waiter was delightful and sincere and knowledgeable. The clams and mussels were out of this world. Without a doubt our favorite dining on San Juan Island.

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  36. kathy

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    i had smoked salmon, with crispy bread, capers, aioli... deliscious! Wine, . Server was pleasant, very patient. Lots of food choices. Husband is Vegetarian and he had several choices along with them being flexible. Overlooked water. nice

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  37. JenniferS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing crab tots and crab artichoke dip. All the food was great, staff were attentive yet not pesky. Coming back for appetizers and to try the dessert (which looked amazing) before we head home.

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  38. RTAn

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Had a reservation for our anniversary. Beautiful view, even from inside, but there were 20+ large house flies circling the center of the room right next to our table. I had to ask a server if we could order, after sitting at the table for 15 minutes, with her walking back and forth by our table and not acknowleding us. The food is ridiculously priced and the 35$ steak I was given was raw in the middle, and had to send it back. 1 flat iron steak meal + side ceaser salad 1 full size seafood salad +1 cup clam chowder 1 mixed alcohol beverage. $125 before tip. The best service we received was from the young bus persons who were ready with an authentic smile and quick assistance. I wish I had gotten their names, but they deserve a raise.

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  39. JayL

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had three small plates for lunch. They were all very good and imaginative. The service was great. Plus the view of the harbor was wonderful. The charcuterie board was fun and imaginative. Would recommend dining here.

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  40. Travelmango

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic location and food. Loved the specials that focused on local and seasonal flavors. Our server was really attentive. It's a popular place (especially w/ good weather); a wedding party came in (50 people?) half way through our dinner -and things got noisy fast - which the staff was great at warning folks about, but none the less was hard on the ears but could live with it. My only complaint was our hostess. She needed some serious hostess training/skills - a hello, welcome, thank you for coming or sorry about the wait would be common courtesies to set the taste and tone for the evening. Only thing asked after a 5 min for someone to appear was 'do you have a reservation?' while in the reservation line. Perhaps she was at the end of a long shift, but even with a reservation in hand, her attitude made me really doubt the place as there other great spots in Friday Harbor. Thank goodness for our server and quality of the food ....with that I would certainly go back.

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FAQs

Downriggers is rated 4.7 stars by 939 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Downriggers

10 Front St. N, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Spring St.
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan Islands
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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