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OYSTERTALE, Friday Harbor, WA

OYSTERTALE

4.6
4.6
64 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A restaurant designed to casually spoil you with great locally sourced oysters and other fabled bounty from the region such as lamb, mushrooms, fresh produce, orchard fruits & berries, and the list goes on. We pair this with our favorite wines from near and far + fun cocktails - all alongside comforting favorites for everyone. ​(Our menu does include items for those whom might not love shellfish or seafood as much as we do.)
+Our view is of the ferry coming in and leaving right on the waterfront of Friday Harbor.
+ Our outside seating is first-come first serve and is communal-style seating.
+We are a tiny restaurant, so we are deeply impacted when you don't show up for your reservations or cancel last minute, please keep this in mind.
+No dogs inside or on the patio.

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2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Northwest, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (360) 230-8150
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Email us at Info@oystertale.com with Catering Inquiries.
  • Private party facilities
    Email us at Info@oystertale.com with Private Event Inquiries.
  • Area
    San Juan Islands
  • Cross Street
    We are located below Downriggers
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 64 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

64 Reviews
  1. RyanH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, atmosphere, and environment are top notch. I had a great experience and a great meal. This is a small, intimate setting, don’t try to go without a reservation, especially during summer hours.

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  2. Capri

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love this place. Everything is so well done and the vibe is comfortable elegance.

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  3. MarkWH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was such a great option. The food was simply amazing, as was the service. We tried an assortment of items, including the oysters (duh), the lingcod and dungeness crap dip (get extra hungarian peppers), the waffles, the lamb (outstanding) and pork chop. I also had the "Smokeless Cigar" beverage, which was also excellent. A tryly enjoyable dining experience here on the Island.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first dining experience here was wonderful! Excellent choice of wines and specialty cocktails and a somewhat small but perfect menu. I was able to find items compatible to my vegan diet by omitting the cheese from dishes and everything was fresh, artisanal and delicious! There is even a vegan dessert option. We can’t wait to go back - often!

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  5. Diner9

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fantastic (and we didn't even have the oysters). Very small but friendly dining area. Only complaint might be lack of more than a few tables (the rest is bar type seating) and the lighting was a bit bright and harsh for evening, some dimmers would go a long way. Maybe some art or decor for all the blank walls. Overall, great place

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  6. Capri

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Oystertale, always have. The food is exceptional. The wine list and cocktail selections are as well. And the service could not be better. This tiny little place is social, beautiful, and one of my favorite places to go on the island, whether for wine tasting or dinner. I highly recommend.

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  7. MKeats

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, value for price and ambiance. This is a refreshing new option in Friday Harbor with a creative menu. We will be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and ownership top notch! Food was really good!

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  9. KimP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just what we were looking for: casual, special meal. Raw oysters 🦪 were fresh, with a tasty sauce. Lamb was perfectly tender. Crab waffles very good.

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  10. TanyaV

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was ok. Bartender needs some more experience. Poor service.

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  11. TonyS

    Alabama

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good! Aaron took very good care of us. It was our first time but definitely will not be our last! The food was AMAZING!

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  12. Redhead

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most enjoyable early evening, food was delicious..the dip and crab waffle especially. Would have loved to have had the salmon cakes but they were not on the menu.

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  13. Diane

    NRW

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food on the Island! 2nd time there and so delicious I could eat there every day!

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  14. PaulS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was awesome, lamb was best I’ve had, would have been better if a small side dish with the lamb

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  15. Hudson

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall just a great experience. The food was amazing. The cocktails were great. And the service spectacular.

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  16. TPuckens

    Orlando

    116 reviews

    1.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We were shocked that the reviews for this place did not match our experience. Weak menu for adults and nothing for kids. Had some very average oysters and a drink - then we left for a better spot.

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  17. Kaylacanul

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was outstanding. The food and service were top tier. My favorites were the fresh oysters, purple clams and probably the best chocolate pot de crème I’ve ever had.

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  18. BradleyS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic oyster selections, knowledgeable staff, beautiful scenery. We loved the crab waffles!

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  19. CandyM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both food and wine recommendations were spot on. Smoked cod and Dungeness crab dip Smoked Salmon cakes Honnied garlic bone in Pork Chop Blackberry cobbler ala mode

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  20. ColleenL

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inviting space, delicious food, wonderful service.

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  21. PaytonR

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Oysters were great and salmon waffle was maybe the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

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  22. kimc

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a perfect little seaside spot! Warm & welcoming, yet stylish & precisely orchestrated; understated. The decor is fresh & clean. The service delightful, and the food delicious! So reasonable for the quality. Portions are perfect. Only great things to say about this lovely bistro!

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  23. DawnU

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute little restaurant with small town feel. The wine flight was wonderful and our party enjoyed the small plates starting out with Oysters. Service was a little slow in the beginning as it took about 20 minutes to get our first drink order taken and water didn't come until 30 minutes in even though asked for. Unfortunately with our late reservation time of 8pm, they ran out of the dessert we wanted. Overall an enjoyable meal, fun ambiance and nice staff.

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  24. Hapuna

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was not great. We waited a long time for our second plate to arrive. We think the waitperson forgot. Never asked if we needed refill of wine. Had to ask for bill. Caprese salad was good. Whipped feta was good. Crab waffle was ok.. would have preferred a HOT waffle. They seem to need another waitperson and perhaps a bartender

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  25. TasteBuds

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My recent dining experience at Oystertale was nothing short of disappointing and frustrating. I had made a reservation for what was supposed to be a delightful evening of seafood indulgence, but unfortunately, it turned out to be quite the opposite. Upon arrival, we were ushered into a room that felt like it had not seen fresh air in ages. The lack of air circulation was immediately noticeable, and the stifling atmosphere made it difficult to even concentrate on the menu. Flies and gnats seemed to have claimed this space as their own, buzzing relentlessly around our heads and even the oyster bar itself. It's hard to imagine enjoying a meal while swatting away pests. Our hopes for a redeeming experience took another hit when our waitress arrived at our table. Not only was she inattentive, but her level of disinterest bordered on outright indifference. She failed to provide recommendations, barely managed to take our orders, and seemed to disappear for extended periods without any explanation. It was clear that customer service was not a priority here. The proverbial cherry on top of this unfortunate evening was the Whipped Feta appetizer we ordered. It's difficult to find the words to describe just how unappetizing it looked. The dish resembled the remnants of someone else's meal, and it seemed like a haphazard assembly of odds and ends. The presentation was lackluster, and it was evident that little care had been taken in preparing it. Needless to say, we lost our appetite almost instantly. In light of these accumulated disappointments, my party and I made the difficult decision to cancel our orders and seek sustenance elsewhere before our ferry departure. Oystertale's subpar dining experience left us feeling frustrated, unsatisfied, and questioning the validity of its reputation. I wouldn't recommend this establishment to anyone seeking a quality dining experience.

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  26. yummy

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu had lots of choices. I got the potato waffle with spot prawns and caviar. There were barely any spot prawns but lots of caviar.

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  27. MurielR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our innkeeper recommended Oystertale for our Anniversary dinner. I am so glad she did and that we made a reservation in advance. The food was yummy and plentiful enough. We had the salmon chowder, clams, waffle with crab and waffle with salmon. All were scrumptious and we left satisfied. The service was also great. We will definitely be back on any future trip.

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  28. MRB1

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food which includes many locally sourced options. Friendly, responsive service. Good mixed drinks and large wine selection. Small intimate space so be warned you will be very close to other guests with little to no background noise.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So lovely! The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. Decorated super cute with fresh flowers at each table, atmosphere is so lovely and quaint. We aren’t oyster people (ironic, yes) so we had a few apps alongside a speciality waffle— the salmon chowder was amazing as was the crab waffle. Fills the role of nice seafood restaurant coupled with affordable pricing. Definitely worth a visit if you’re on the island!

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  30. Lori

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service really good, but VERY pricey, particularly the bread and the non-alcoholic drinks. My partner was very disappointed that you didn't have any common drinks like Pepsi or Diet Pepsi.

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  31. Kimkauai

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Best restaurant on San Juan island. Wine selection is fantastic. Menu is small, but lovely.

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  32. CamilleD

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delicious treat! Our server was so attentive, and the food was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back!

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  33. Kimkauai

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal on San Juan island. Everything we ordered was excellent!!! The oysters were fresh, the salad was perfect, salmon chowder was to die for, crab waffle was delicious and unique. Wine was great, and dessert was worth the calories. Going back soon.

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  34. TrinaO

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding and fresh! Great atmosphere and staff…highly recommend!

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  35. BenB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the restaurant. Oysters great, food innovative. Smoked salmon potato waffle was great. Very happy and will definitely return.

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  36. TimK

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and unique food offerings. Wine selection outstanding. Service A+. 

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The fresh oysters were excellent & the salmon chowder was also delicious! Service was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend & return the next time I visit San Juan Island

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has excellent food, locally sourced as much as possible. Really loved my dinner!

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  39. MichelleR

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wide variety of fresh oysters was a culinary delight! Highly recommend this restaurant for dinner when in Friday Harbor!

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  40. ElaineM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful meal we had! We tried all of the raw oysters (each one more delicious than the one before). We also had the smoked salmon potato waffle….beautifully plated and delicious, the whipped feta, excellent, and the cod and crab dip. We all decided that we were coming back to work our way through the menu! Staff were all helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable. Excellent wine!

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OYSTERTALE is rated 4.6 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for OYSTERTALE

10 Front St suite 101, Friday Harbor, WA 98250-7199

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    We are located below Downriggers
  • Area
    San Juan Islands
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Northwest, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (360) 230-8150
  • Catering
    Email us at Info@oystertale.com with Catering Inquiries.
  • Private party facilities
    Email us at Info@oystertale.com with Private Event Inquiries.
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