Best Restaurants in Roche Harbor

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There are several amazing local restaurants in Roche Harbor to choose from. You can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine, a beautiful view and a delicious meal at many restaurants in the San Juan Islands but these are our personal favorites when it comes to dining in Roche Harbor:

Madrona Bar & Grill

The Madrona Bar & Grill is located in the Roche Harbor resort and features some of the best dining views in all of the San Juan Islands. Diners can feast on coastal-casual cuisine as well as original grilled sandwiches, BBQ ribs and more favorites.

There is an extensive wine list and cocktail menu to choose from and mouth-watering desserts to finish of the meal. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Roche Harbor and the San Juan Islands.

McMillin’s Dining Room

McMillin’s is an island-certified-local restaurant that is famous for its 40-day aged prime rib. You or someone from your group simply must try this tasty cut of meat. It’s sure to be memorable. The wine list at this establishment has won awards and it is no surprise as it contains almost every style and flavor a wine enthusiast could ask for.

San Juan Island Cheese

Cheese lovers will flock to San Juan Island Cheese for lunch and local fare as well as an exquisite wine list. The restaurant serves homemade breads and gorgeous cuts of cheese for diners to delight in. There are also salads, quiches, paninis and other offerings from their lunch menu that will satisfy your appetite before you set aboard the ferry just nearby.

Vinny’s Ristorante

If you love Italian food (who doesn’t?), Vinny’s Ristorante is a must-go during your visit to Roche Harbor and the San Juan Islands. The restaurant serves casual Italian food in a relaxing ambiance you and your friends will adore. There are several seafood items on the menu to complement traditional Italian offerings and delicious cuts of steak too. You are sure to find something on the menu that will leave your mouth watering for more!

Friday Harbor Ice Cream

Sometimes you just want to skip the main course altogether and go straight for dessert, right? That’s where Friday Harbor Ice Cream comes in. You can enjoy a cup or dish of a dozen different flavors, all of them delicious!

There are several other restaurants in Roche Harbor to choose from but these are just some of our favorites. Be sure to ask your hotel staff for recommendations of their own when you arrive in the San Juan Islands.

About Orca Whales

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One of the most popular attractions of Roche Harbor is our natural wildlife. You will see wildlife in the water and along the shores of the San Juan Islands. The most popular wildlife in the area that attracts visitors from across the country are our orca whales.

You can schedule tours and excursions in Roche Harbor from April until Octobr to see the orca pods that live in the area. This is one of the most popular excursions in all of the San Juan Islands.

Before you come to see our orca whales, perhaps you would like to learn a little more about these beautiful sea creatures:

  • Orca whales weigh up to 6 tons and grow a long as 23-32 feet. Their total length is similar to the length of a school bus. These are some of the largest sea creatures known to man and they’re the largest species of dolphins according to National Geographic.
  • Orca whales live in several different climates and habitats and are considered the second-most widely distributed mammals after humans. That’s right! You can find orcas in warm waters such as the San Juan Islands or freezing, icy waters around the globe. Orcas never stay any one place too long and are known to travel extremely far distances.
  • Orcas are an apex predator, meaning no other animal hunts them. The only mammal that hunts or kills orca whales are humans. Orcas feed on turtles, sea birds, octopi, rays and even sharks.
  • Orca mothers are pregnant for 17 months and will give birth to one new orca whale once every three or 10 years.
  • The black and white color of orca whales helps to camouflage them in the water in order to hunt their prey.

You can learn more about orca whales online before your visit or ask your tour guide several questions during your scheduled excursion as all of the tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about these amazing creatures.