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Rumor Mill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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175 N 1st St, Pob 884, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
+1 360-378-5555
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there for live music, drinks, and food. Was impressed with the drinks and the setting but was super disappointed with the food we ordered. We ordered the deviled egg which were ok but the beats were straight from a can. Then we ordered the Noodle soup which had absolutely no flavor; we even had to ask for soy... More 

Thank Marc S
Peggy C, Owner at Rumor Mill, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you had a less than perfect experience. I have spoken to your server and she apologizes for any misunderstanding on her part. She was under the impression that you were happy with everything when she cleared your empty plates on which the almost empty saimen bowl had been placed. I can attest to... More 

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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We found this place by accident while doing laundry at a nearby laundromat. We heard the live music and went in for a drink. Sat at the bar. Had the deviled eggs and some tiny clams in broth. The deviled eggs were good and came with some pickled beans and onions and some Asian style cucumber. The clams were good.... More 

Thank msquareArizona
Peggy C, Owner at Rumor Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us! I am glad you had a good time. More 

San Diego
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

They have a good music venue but we went for an early dinner. They were super busy but despite that, the staff was friendly and efficient. They have good menu choices and the chef puts a nice flair on different dishes. It is priced like most of the other restaurants in a tourist town. My experience was so-so. I think... More 

1 Thank DynamicDeebytheSea
Cambridge, Vermont
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The live band was loud, but very good. The food, well....My husband had lasagna, which he said was good, came with salad and garlic bread. Our adult son had salmon, which he said was OK. I chose pork schnitzel from the Specials. The grilled vegetables were fantastic with just the right amount of crunch and variety. Likewise, the garlic mashed... More 

1 Thank logcabinlady52
Peggy C, Owner at Rumor Mill, responded to this review

I apologize that your experience with us was less than perfect. I know it is very frustrating when there is an error which results in all the food not being served in perfect timing. I am not sure of what happened, the schnitzel dinner is a very popular one with our customers, I truly am sorry you didn't enjoy yours!... More 

Austin, Texas
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

These seems like the kind of place that locals love. The restaurant staff were setting up for a trivia night when we arrived. We saw notices for live music. It seems fun for events. We were very hungry when we visited. The food came out quickly. My husband had the Greek salad which he said was good. I had the... More 

1 Thank therealjenn
Peggy C, Owner at Rumor Mill, responded to this review

I am sorry you had less than a perfect experience, I apologize for our grumpy waiter. Thank-you for recognizing our sense of community and yes, we have been providing a place for locals to gather now for 7 years, trivia we have been doing on the island for 23 years, it is a team play and teams tend to be... More 

Northern California
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399 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Besides having good eats and also a happy hour, they offer music for listening and dancing every night. Each night is a different band and they list the bands on an information sheet at the front door. The night we were there the jazz band played mostly old standards such as Satin Doll, Autumn Leaves, mostly from the 40's and... More 

1 Thank Blooms65
Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We like to take out of town guest here when they come to town, they have a good variety of food and the chef does a good job. The coconut bread is awesome.

1 Thank LDRSOO
Seattle, Washington
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115 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Very helpful staff and they try and please. Food was very good, and the drinks above average for flavor and presentation. We only did Happy Hour, so not sure about full meals, but it appears that it was full of locals and not just tourists. Live music almost every night.

1 Thank Dennismc2015
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The food was absolutely delicious. Lots of gluten free choices including a gf beer. The iced cream was superb. However, the frozen margaritas and frozen belinis had little to no alcohol in them. So you're paying for a 7-Eleven Icee, essentially.

2 Thank Shelly W
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting/ eclectic place. Although it's "family friendly", it's probably more suited for adults. Heavy bar crowd when we came in for an early dinner. If I were to return, it would be for drinks and entertainment as the food is just ok.

1 Thank Nicole D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 175 N 1st St, Pob 884, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 360-378-5555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?