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Rumor Mill

4.1
29 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Rumor Mill in Friday Harbor is one of those places you can go to when you want to feel good about every part of your experience. With a dedication to being as green as possible, ingredients are locally sourced and the menu includes vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan items.

Special touches at Rumor Mill like filtered drinking water, recycling wine bottles and composting food scraps go on behind the scenes while the use of cloth tablecloths and napkins visibly shows the commitment to environmental concerns. So enjoy your organic mixed green salad, natural Oregon country beef burger or local ground lamb patty knowing the planet thanks you. After dinner, enjoy the no-cover-charge live music and dance the night away at Rumor Mill.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation

Happy Hour: Daily: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(360) 378-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Oren Combs
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
We have a wide variety of entertainment, 250 nights of the year. Please check facebook for monthly calendar. Trivia every Thursday oct-april. Jazz and open mics nites rotate every second Sundays. Swing/big band the last Friday of every month, mostly a blues line-up on Wednesdays. We frequently have Americana, blue grass, indie or alternative rock, rock n roll, country, and so much more!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 21, 2015

The food was good and the service was adequate. But beware, we were there before the live music started. It is clear from the furnishings that the music component is important to the restaurant and I can certainly imagine it getting a tad loud once the music and dancing starts (depending, of course, on the music that particular night). So if you want to enjoy a quiet dinner, I recommend getting there early.

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2.0Dined on July 18, 2015

No music playing as was advertised. Disappointed with our server.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2015

Had a great time and the food was good! The band that was scheduled to play was really awesome. Overall we would return again!

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2015

The menu had wide variety of unique dishes. Our table ordered Greek, barbecue, Caribbean an good ol' fish and chips, all were very good. we enjoyed the music, especially Joe.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We went for valentines day. The restaurant was wonderfully decorated. The food was good but uninspired and an average men

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2.0Dined on October 2, 2014

The music was great, which is the reason I went there. The food wasn't so good, though the salad appetizer was fresh and nice. The apple blueberry crisp at dessert was good. Dinner itself was extremely salty and the vegetables were drowned in salty sauce. Soup was too spicy for my mother and not terribly warm. They aren't known for their food but having live music was great!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2014

The food here is great. A nice range from pub food to foodie food, with a lot of local high-quality sourcing that is important to us. We went on a night when live music was scheduled. There was some problem with the scheduled players, so a group of local musicians gathered together for an impromptu performance and were amazingly good. This is part of the local character of Friday Harbor and we enjoyed our evening very much.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2014

The fish and chips are some of the best I've ever bad

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

Food was really amazing! Live music almost every night! Great place to go!

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2014

Most had a great dinner I had the greek plate the souvlaki was a bit on the chewy side, the Greek Salad was really good, the pizza was great and the pork sandwich I was told was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2014

They have live music during dinner, The foor was so good, especially the goat cheese appetizer . But the rest of the food was perfect too.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Matt and his staff do a great job at making you feel at home in addition to providing some unique and delicious food. We had a variety of the small plates and they were all excellent. Paired with a nice Cabernet...made for a fine dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2014

We have been to the Rumor Mill several times, twice for special events on Valentine's Day and St. Patrck's Day. The food and service is always first rate! There is an extensive menu of beer on tap, a good wine selection, and a full bar. Best place in Friday Harbor! It's the happening place for local social activities. highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

We had such good food and fun atmosphere that we came back for a second night in a row! We saw a different band each night. Even danced to one if them. Wish we could come back for Sunday might jazz! Definitely check them out.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised with the food and the entertainment thought the music did not need to be amplified as the club is small ! . Great service and a menu that is "all over the page", as well as the drink menu is "way out there !" All the food was done very nicely and the drinks were made well. The food offerings were wildly varied from American to Greek to California Nuveau, and European. Some of the cocktails sounded interesting and some sounded awful. WE left right after dinner because we could not hear each other to talk afterwards. The restaurant lost our evening drink orders because of the volume. Over all a great local attempt at a small nightclub atmosphere that comes off well for Friday Harbor !

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2014

This was our first time to Friday Harbor and it was a family dinner out. This is a cute small town attempt at a nightclub and restaurant... and it works ! The menu and the drink list is "all over the page" meaning an assembly of many types and cuisines. The drink list had some interesting sounding drinks, and some that sounded horrible. We did not experiment. Our food was hot and very good. Service was professional and friendly. The music was excellent but LOUD. The size of the club should have dictated if they used amplifiers or not ! We left as soon as the music started. We would have liked to stay and talk and have another drink or two, but could not hear over the music. Overall the experience was quaint and pleasant. C&H

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Most weekends you can count on live music. A good variety of local bands and imported groups. We only make reservations on holidays like Valentines. The menu has a good variety that will satisfy the entire family. The beer selection is large. We often bring our visiting friends and family.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

My husband took me to the Rumor Mill for Valentine's Day dinner. We were awed by the beautiful decorations when we walked in. We loved the placement of our romantic table for 2. There were several specials and they all sounded so good it was hard to decide. My husband and Coq au Riesling, a different choice for him but he loved it and I had the flat iron steak that was cooked to perfection. The waiter was attentive, we always had filled water glasses and the owner even came out to check how we were doing! This was a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2013

We had great food, great music and rang in a New Year.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2013

We enjoyed a fantastic tasting green curry beef with vegetables. My husband had a pizza and loved it. We also enjoyed the singer/songwriter that was playing this evening. We could understand his lyrics and still have a conversation.

Really great place!!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2013

We had a great night at the Rumor Mill. Service was impeccable even though the place was packed. I had parmesan crusted cod and my husband had a pizza, they were both wonderful! The addition of a really good jazz quintet was perfect. I will definitely be going to the Rumor Mill again and often!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2013

A great evening - food, service, and pleasant atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2013

You can find Gluten Free and Vegan dishes marked on menu. The specials are always interesting. The Beer menu also contains Gluten Free options, a rarity.

My wife had a bacon cheeseburger with a twist with Pancetta and Gorgonzola. I had the gluten free Salmon.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2013

The setting: It's key to come to Friday Harbor on a weeknight; too many tourists Friday through Sunday. The table we got was pleasant, right next to the front "wall" of the restaurant, exposed to open air by a raised garage door (well concealed by plant boxes). The live music was an unidentifiable sub-genre of rock, but the performers were talented and sang remarkable harmonies.

The food: the Beet Salad was wonderful (even without the goat cheese, ordered vegan), with a noteworthy citrus cumin dressing. The dessert, a fresh Blueberry and Nectarine plate with a dollop of sweet cream, was one of the best desserts I've ever had, simple and sweet. Another diner at our table ordered a Capicola pizza which he loved.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2013

We were out shopping and stumbled upon the Rumor Mill. The menu was posted outside. Is sounded interesting and different so we made a reservation for that evening. The menu was not very big but the food was fantastic. We tried the Red Pepper and Cauliflower soup and smoked chicken wings from the daily sheet; both were scrumptious, For dinner my husband had the meatloaf...it was not your mama's meatloaf. Beef and pork, savory and cooked under a layer of bacon. While this was great...it was the gravy that was the ultimate. There was also a nod to the owners Greek roots and the combo was amazing from freshly made Spanakopita and house Greek Dressing. The food offered was obviously made with care and attention. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2013

We were there for a 5 course dinner paired with Widmer beers. Every single course was superb! Wait staff was very busy yet still very attentive! I love this place!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2013

The food was exceptional (3 different things ordered and we were exchanging bites with oohs and aaahs) Our waitress was always right there when we needed her, not sure quite how she did that with all of the tables she had but it was awesome! We added an extra person at the last minute and it was no problem for them to fit her in. Music was great too!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2013

The food was great as well as the service, the best strawberry shortcake I have ever had. There was a big band playing this night and the place was hopping!! Really fun night!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2013

At the Rumor Mill after a movie. There was an open mic event, the mellow music added to our enjoyment. We sat in the lounge area, the waitress was very attentive and aware of our needs. The food was really great, I haven't had kalbi ribs that good since living in Hawaii. My husband ordered the reuben and was very pleased with the in house prepared corned beef and the choice of sides. Definately will go again!

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