the place san juan island


The majority of the reviews we have received have been overwhelmingly positive.  In this section we will share some of those reviews, mostly from our guest books but also some of the institutional reviews.


Best Places Northwest

"The soothing waterside view, friendly atmosphere, and splendid menu make for a memorable experience.  This is a family affair: in summer, up to five Andersons are working.  Chef-owner Steven Anderson prepares a rotating menu of dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.  Try the mushroom saute appetizer with artichoke hearts and warm goat cheese.  Entrees include seafood, steaks and lamb chops with unfussy sides." - Frommer's Review

"Just to the right as you get off the ferry, and housed in a small wooden building that was once part of a U.S. Coast Guard station, The Place is the island's finest waterfront restaurant. The menu changes regularly, but one of my favorite dishes -- baked oysters with hazelnut-garlic butter -- is almost always available. Looking for something else? Try the Pacific Rim bouillabaisse. No matter what you order, I recommend starting your meal with the mushroom sauté, which has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine." more info...


From The Place Restaurant and Bar Guest Book

"Don't change a thing!  Absolutely the best meal I've had in such a long time.  Beginning to end, everything was excellent.  We will be back!"

"Perfection of food and presentation-What a pleasure."

"Frommers said dinner would be great and it was."

"Fabulous as usual."

"Second time here this week, loved it!"

"Wonderful desserts!  Heaven."


"Good Food--Great Service.  Very Nice."

"Service the best."

"Great Dinner and Service."

"Fabulous-It lived up to our travel agents recommendations!  Thank you!"

"Lovely waitress, delicious food, great wine and drinks!"

"This is the best place in Friday Harbor.  We can't wait to come back."

"Divine-Delicious and Delovely!!!"

"Thank you for an elegant, lovely and special evening!"


Come join us soon.


The Andersons