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Downriggers, Friday Harbor, WA

Downriggers

4.5
4.5
702 Reviews
$30 and under
Northwest
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon - Fri: 11:00am to Close

  • 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

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What 702 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northwest Washington

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Food

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Washington

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for Lunch

  • Northwest Washington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Scenic View

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Disappointed

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We live year-round in Friday Harbor, and we are disappointed by the decline in both the quality of food and the service at Downriggers.
  2. JB

    JayB

    Portland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent lunch with great service and a gorgeous view.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular view and great view
  4. NP

    NapaPete

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good drinks and food. Staff was fantastic and the view was awesome.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant radiated a positive attitude blended with humor. Great culture in addition to great food, service and location.
  6. WE

    WendyE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Inside dining restaurant is loud. Good for big parties or children. Outside dining is beautiful.
  7. A

    Alldayldc

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Fries were cold, food was ok, learned about specials after we ordered. Way overpriced for what you get. View was great and best part.
  8. m

    mitchnla

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We have been here a number of times and enjoyed it. Still trying different things on the menu. Great views of the harbor.
  9. G

    Gabrielle

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Downrigger’s is always my first stop when we bring guests up to the island. Such a great way to kick off a trip and introduce first timers to the best of the San Juans!
  10. d

    dinlex

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are going back again tonight because the food was so good
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Busy night. Fries were cold and found a hair in the clam chowder.
  12. KC

    KatieC

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This place has a nice view. Food is mediocre and way over priced. You pay for the view. Service was lacking as there were bigger parties being attended to.
  13. EB

    EllenB

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful view. Great service. Food was good but not spectacular. Both the salmon dish and Buddha Bowl could have been more interesting with more seasoning.
  14. SS

    SuzanneS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUTSTANDING food and service. highly recommend the halibut!
  15. EB

    ErinB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    Asked for no onions on the fish tacos, but it was loaded! We sent it back, they brought back just a tiny chunk of grilled fish is a large taco. It was very much a “gotcha, what are you going to do now?” Kind of feeling. Also the spicy shrimp mac n cheese did not resemble any kind of mac n cheese I’ve ever seen in my life. We commented to the staff and no one listens. Very dissatisfied
  16. T

    Terry

    Las Vegas

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great location near the pier where San Juan cruise boats dock. It’s good to have a reservation since it gets busy around noon. We were seated outside with a nice view of the marina. Had the fish and chips and the lunch special, a salmon sandwich with fennel slaw. The salmon sandwich was excellent. No complaints about the fish and chips, either. The coating on the cod was crisp. The malt vinegar aioli was a good accompaniment. All and all, a good very good to eat on the island.
  17. J

    Jenn

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heard great things about this restaurant and so glad we experienced it for ourselves! The service was awesome and the food was exceptional! Will be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Great view from the patio, but the service was mediocre and the entrees were terrible. The waitress convinced us to each get the special fish entree ($$$) and both of our fishes’ were the driest flirts we’ve ever had. Not worth the price
  19. S

    Sororityadpi

    Seattle

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food and the service was exceptional!
  20. e

    ebskop

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food! Loved the oysters, shrimp Mac and cheese, and well crafted cocktails. Also a hit was the calamari steak appetizer. View is amazing and service was good.
  21. C

    Clemens

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a frequent guest, we are always looking forward to our dinners at Downriggers. Super friendly service is one hallmark.
  22. LR

    LoriR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The ambiance and service were good, but the food was just ok given the prices. Probably better if you order burgers and fries instead of more expensive options.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing service from every staff member, our server, Jayne, was particularly excellent! 10/10 would recommend!!
  24. DC

    DaveC

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service and view. We sat on the patio, as requested, and enjoyed a nice dinner overlooking Friday Harbor.
  25. B

    Buddy

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Not a good experience. We had an 8:30 reservation but was seated at 8:50. Restaurant was so noisy we couldn’t talk until a couple of large parties left st 9:30. Food was ok but not special. They were out of the days special. The bartender was excellent.
  26. TJ

    ToreJ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Quality of food was fine but when it comes out lukewarm It’s a turnoff . No excuse for that especially as they have “Runners “.
  27. JD

    JohnD

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overall, most of the food was well prepared and good. However, I recommend strongly against the fish and chips. The batter is oppressively heavy, totally overpowering the fish. I opted for the halibut version at 38$. What a mistake. During our month long visit to the PNW, I ordered fish and chips at least a dozen times at different locations. This was by far the worst experience. Disappointing for an otherwise four star restaurant.
  28. L

    L245

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely patio with water view, food was excellent and service friendly and helpful. We came an hour and a half early for our reservation as we were hot and hungry, and they were able to get us a table on the patio and honor the reservation, many thanks to the staff!
  29. KN

    KristenN

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Family celebration
  30. MM

    MMCJr

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar service. Every server was busy, attentive, friendly and polite. Multiple servers- one primary but our water glass was always full. Food was outstanding. We loved the crab deviled eggs, steamed clams with the “mussel prep” (out of the curry and did the leek and cream- crazy good), bread and butter with the Seafood Cobb was heavenly. Loaded with seafood. Fruit crisp was perfect finish. Gorgeous view and on this very hot day, in front of the building in the shade was perfect. Love Downriggers!
  31. LS

    LorraineS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The last couple times I ate here I was Disappointed To Have my sandwiches grilled? The menu Did not indicate that. I would not Have ordered them had I known or noticed? The turkey sandwich and the crab sandwich. :(
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Sat outside the awning was blowing in the wind and squeaking Thru our meal. Very annoying
  33. AR

    AmyR

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Downriggers is a wonderfully lively spot with a prime location in Friday Harbor! The views are fabulous, the staff was wonderful, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was festive! We loved it!
  34. f

    foodie52

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The view of the water and the food was exquisite. The service was slow and not very attentive (no water refills or checking in after food arrived or offer to bring check). However, our server was friendly and I’m cognizant of the general shortage of restaurant staff, so attribute that. I would still recommend Downriggers.
  35. RC

    RussellC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A must stop when visiting Friday Harbor
  36. TG

    TourGuideEric

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and great staff, we love the seafood here and seek out a reservation every time we visit.
  37. g

    gladly

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laura was a great server. As we had time to kill before catching our ferry home, she did not hurry us but instead allowed us to rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The calamari was cooked to perfection and the Cesar salad was crisp and was dressed with the perfect amount of garlicky dressing. Once again we enjoyed our time at The Downrigger and look forward to our return.
  38. R

    Renodoll

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful view of Friday Harbor, Shaw Island and Ferry. Outside patio was delightful and blankets were provided for the cool evening. Our server was super nice and efficient. Manager was mean because she wouldn’t allow my service dog to eat the hamburger I bought him. Manager even sealed the burger package to make sure we followed her ungracious rule. Only for that reason we won’t dine there again. Too bad for the servers because we tip 30%.
  39. SG

    SteveG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Solid seafood at excellent location. Price appropriate. Good clams, oysters, halibut, scallops. Highly recommend.
  40. g

    gladly

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing view, calamari & Cesar salad can’t be beat- garlicky aoli sauce for both —- the best!!!!

FAQs

Downriggers is rated 4.5 stars by 702 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 53 times 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

    Mon - Fri: 11:00am to Close

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American

  • 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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