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San Juan Island Cheese

155 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548
+1 360-370-5115
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (62 reviews)
“grilled cheese” (21 reviews)
“cheesecake” (22 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
155 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548
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Reviewed yesterday

Friendly service. Limited, but interesting menu. Loved the grilled ham and cheese. Appreciated the quiet atmosphere too - we could actually visit without having to shout! Don't get to Friday Harbor often, but this place is at the top of the list for lunch.

Thank Pat D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you enjoy cheese and a relaxing courtyard, this is the place to go. The grilled cheese sandwich is fabulous, service was perfect and the courtyard area is very nice. Highly recommend for lunch!

Thank LynneMaizeandBlue
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tuna melt and cheese plate were superb. Service was friendly, helpful and paid the perfect amount of attention to us.

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Boy this was good. The people very friendly. Helped with all our needs. The cheese plate was exceptional and also the desserts. Sat outside and enjoyed the all of the herbs growing nearby. The owners went out of their way to accommodate us. Would certainly...More

1  Thank gogator1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the BEST Tuna melt I've ever had! Great service! Friendly wait staff. Great menu options! This little restaurant is a must try while on Friday Harbor!

1  Thank mjallarddennis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for lunch. We stopped in for lunch and were not disappointed. The sign out front says "love your lunch," which we did indeed. We sat out back on the patio and tried smoked tuna, mushroom pasta and delicious truffles. The iced tea was...More

1  Thank Kimberley F
Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much! Thanks also for sharing your review. We are happy you "Loved Your Lunch!" Chef recently added the house made pasta specials, glad you enjoyed it. It was a pleasure vitsing with you. Hope to see you next time you visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great cheese selections on their menu. Very pleasant and efficient serving and hosting staff. Comfortable outside patio seating. Good wine and cider selection. The quality of the ingredients and preparation were evident by the superb presentation at the table.

1  Thank Bob R
Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks! and glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We are proud of our staff, both Front of House and Kitchen. The work hard to help you "Love Your Lunch!". Hope to see you again next time you visit the island.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were greeted warmly, seated outside in the beautiful patio area, and had excellent service. There were plenty of gluten free options, a good wine, beer & cider selection, and such great cheese. There is an edible garden for atmosphere. I'd never seen curly mint!...More

1  Thank Amy B
Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thanks for sharing your experience. We really appreciate the positive feedback. Glad you liked our house made gluten free bread. And, Yes! Curly Mint! Thanks and hope you can join us for lunch next time.

Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

We each had a cup of the soup of the day, tomato and shrimp bisque. Wonderful soup! Not tomatoe-y like most soups. The shrimp was flavorful and plenty. We shared a grill cheese as we weren't looking for a big lunch. Nice side of pickle,...More

1  Thank neesejoct11
Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, and glad you enjoyed lunch. Our soups and sandwiches are all house made with house made bread and crackers. Our Chef seems to balance the ingredients and flavors and make our guests smile. Hope you can join us again sometime!

Reviewed May 9, 2018

If you are a cheese lover, this is a must stop when visiting Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA. Heck, even if you just like cheese, go there! There are delicious cheeses, samples, and decent prices. We took a few packages of this tasty...More

1  Thank Margot S S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9548
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 360-370-5115
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CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Welcome to San Juan Island Cheese. We are your local cheese counter and lunch bistro with an ideal location across from the Brickworks Farmer's Market and within walking distance to the ferry. Sit outside in our patio oasis and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, cider or shrub with our ever changing cheese and meat boards. Here for lunch? Try one of our house made quiches, salads, daily soup made with seasonal ingredients or panini for lunch! Room for dessert? We offer cheesecake and chocolate cheese truffles, just to name a few. San Juan Island Cheese showcases artisan cheese, beers, and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Explore and take home amazing cheeses custom cut and wrapped by knowledgeable and passionate mongers for your enjoyment.
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