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Rumor Mill

29 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
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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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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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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!
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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vipBruce (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

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

Shadycvp (Charleston)
4.0  Dined 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!

BandB (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined 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.

CaptSlim (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

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

Maggie (Seattle)
2.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2014

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

noclowns (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2014

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

Kokopelli (Portland)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipkpno97 (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipUltracsic (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 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.

TomRyan (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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!

Judy (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipahdiii (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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 !