About McMillin's Dining Room

248 Reuben Memorial Dr
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-8171
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Roche Harbor’s McMillin's Restaurant is located in the historic home of John S. McMillin built in 1886. In 1956, the late Reuben J. Tarte and his son, Neil, purchased Roche Harbor. By 1958, the Tarte family had restored many historic sites, including the restaurant, which was once the home of John S. McMillin. Additional seating in the restaurant was added in 1964, and the gazebo and deck were completed in 1977. On March 15, 1989, the Tarte family sold the resort to the current owners.

For over 40 years, the tradition of excellence has continued at Roche Harbor, the landmark boating and leisure destination resort that exists today. The restaurant remains a favorite for those who trek by land and sea to enjoy a truly unique dining experience on the very northwest tip of the Pacific Northwest.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest, Steak, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Roche Harbor Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(360) 378-5757

Website:
http://rocheharbor.com/Dining.html

Entertainment:
Baby grand piano dinner music.

Public Transit:
No public transit in San Juan County

Executive Chef:
William D. Shaw

Private Party Facilities:
Executive Room seats up to 20 with a private deck over looking the harbor.

Private Party Contact:
Candace Ragsdale: 3603176152

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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Steaks good. Appetizers/salads lacked appeal.

Dined on April 17, 2016

Great view, friendly service. Steaks were excellent but salads and appetizers were lacking in luxury for the price. The Kid's menu was small but adequate. Disappointed in the seafood presented. Looking for a more wholesome flavor rather than the sauce that overpowered the seafood. Great wine menu and fun cocktails. Overpriced but paid for it in view and atmosphere.

Tags: scenic view
food3
ambience5
service4
value4

Nice romantic place for dinner with grea ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Nice romantic place for dinner with great view of Roche Harbor.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A NW Treasure!

Dined on March 8, 2016

Historic, fine food, great service. McMillan's is a NW treasure. There is no finer view in the world where you can dine on fine food and enjoy a conversation. The service is outstanding and the menu selections are always wonderful. The prime rib is ALL WORLD!. Enjoy!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Prepare for a Perfect Evening

Dined on February 21, 2016

An island favorite for special occasions. The menu is exceptionally rich in selections and the food is always brilliantly prepared. Great wines and drinks at reasonable prices- especially martinis. Service is unparalleled and always brilliant. A quiet ambience and scenic harbor overview completes the dining experience.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Valentines Dinner

Dined on February 14, 2016

Had the Maytag salad and another recommendation their "Prime Rib"! Do to the hour we arrived the Rib was more Medium Well then Medium rare. Our server replaced it with a rib steak no questions asked. Overall dinner was great and the service even better. McMillin's Dining Room is a must stop in Roche Harbor for dining.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

New Menu....Hmmmmm

Dined on January 17, 2016

Ok, so mind you, apparently we were there on the 2nd night of the new menu. TERRIBLE NEW MENU! The service staff we knew personally were awesome and the others were soso. The food we ate was delicious but so small it wasn't like eating dinner. The new menu stinks. Mega tiny portions, lack of clarity of what is an appetizer portion and what is a main dish portion, the pricing structure is unacceptably bad. I had the buttermilk fried chicken. I asked even and was told it was dinner. I received two tiny fillets of white meat chicken. Not the big fillets you see in normal restaurants, the delicious actual fillet piece inside a breast. I weight food regularly. They couldn't have been more than 2 ounces. The sides aren't shareable as stated, they are what a normal side dish would be only you pay way too much for them and they are alacart so you don't realize how ripped off you are when you are ordering them. Slightly large potato and perfectly portioned for one broccolini. We had to ask for bread. The salads were unbelievably small for the price. The dessert, pear apple tart was all crust hardly any apple or pear. The server was sweet just slightly inattentive. I am sure that is because a person at our table repeatedly was giving negative feedback that wasn't welcomed. I am sure the menu will work here in the summer as RH has a captive audience and they will pay whatever.

Tags: fit for foodies, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

McMillan's - Terrific Dinner

Dined on January 8, 2016

Our waiter was exceptional, and so was the food. We all had something different. The Delmonico steak was incredible (and enough for two). Save room for the creme brulee or the chocolate sundae cake - desserts are generous enough to share. Their small plate menu let us add some extras. We've eaten there twice now. In the summer the view over the harbor is gorgeous, but even on a winter night the lit-up harbor makes for a nice sight.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Can't beat the view.

Dined on November 9, 2015

Or the quality, presentation or service. A VERY special place for that special occasion.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5

Great service exceptional food

Dined on October 30, 2015

The oysters were so fresh with a salty brine of the sea still intact. The halibut was cooked to perfection! All in all a great and memorable experience. The wait staff was outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service2

Great Food but service level was horribl ...

Dined on September 13, 2015

Great Food but service level was horrible. Our server was very impersonal.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Everything was perfect!

Dined on September 11, 2015

From the time we walked through the door, the staff was attentive, friendly and accommodating. From the hostess to our bus person and waiter, we were cared for without being hovered over. We love the concept of the small plate menu, which was a nice size entrée and side, so paired with a nice salad or appetizer left room for a wonderful shared dessert! Our window table took advantage of the view and we were also able to see the retiring of colors at sunset. A very special treat for sure! We will go back as soon as we are able!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service2

Roche Harbor Eats

Dined on September 1, 2015

The restaurant is in a great location but the quality of the food and service left a lot to be desired. Little and not flavorful crab in dinner salad (with shells mixed in), server was rude and not timely. Value for $ paid was poor. The berry cobbler was very good, however. Eat down stairs at the bar and grill for a better meal, service, environment and value.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food, service and view

Dined on August 29, 2015

I had the prime rib and my wife had the seafood special. Both were outstanding. The prime rib is just as good as the write-ups and reviews. One of the best I have had in this country. Our waitress was especially helpful. Will definitely go back on our next trip to Friday Harbor

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

old school gem

Dined on August 29, 2015

Sometimes no change is good. McMillans still has old school crab dip, the freshest fish, great beef cuts all prepared consistently well. I appreciate the smaller serving, smaller price entries.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Birthday Dinner

Dined on August 28, 2015

The McMillan House has always been our go to special dinner when we stay at Roche Harbor. This was a romantic birthday dinner occasion for this visit The special Halibut plate was wonderful and of course the roast beef is a destination plate This dining experience was wonderful as expected.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service4

An excellent place to have dinner.

Dined on August 23, 2015

You absolutely have to have the prime rib! Make sure it's medium!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

pleasant old-style restaurant

Dined on August 21, 2015

We had the prime rib for dinner near sunset. The flag-lowering ceremony was an extra benefit but the food and the service were king here. First time we've been there and we were not disappointed. We will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
food5
ambience3
service5

Trip Home Dinner

Dined on August 20, 2015

We usually make Roche our final stop on our way home from cruising and make McMillin's our last special dinner out. Their light plates are great. You are able to have an appetizer and dessert and are able to enjoy them all. Service is always great and you can't beat the view.

Tags: good for groups, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome food!

Dined on August 18, 2015

The food was absolutely 5 star! There was nothing left on any of our plates and that was because it was REALLY REALLY good! We truly have not had this quality of a dinner at a restaurant in years. I highly recommend McMillin's.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

McMillans is extraordinary

Dined on August 15, 2015

Chef Bill Shaw and his amazing team deliver an amazing experience every time. The ambiance and view are out of this world. The menu keeps several delectable classics and is always adapting and improving with our going 'over the top' with unnecessarily complex combinations. Even though the seasonal nature of the resort require staffing up in the summer, they always find great servers and other dining room staff and train them in the level of service McMillan's is known for. We have enjoyed this restaurant each and every time we go to Roche Harbor. It's the gold standard in the San Juan Islands.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service3

Great dinner in Roche Harbor.

Dined on August 13, 2015

Food was fantastic and they offer smaller entrees so great way to sample several choices.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Impressed

Dined on August 12, 2015

I was dining with my family, all adults, and the 6 of us had a most wonderful experience. I order prime rib from time to time at places that look like they specialize in it, but, I have to admit that I think this was the best prime rib I've ever had. My family also thought the Halibut and the sole was good, but, the rack of lamb and the prime rib was amazing. I also was impressed that I was able to order a wonderful bottle of Petit Syrah from Russian River for a very reasonable price. It was so good we had two and the waiter found a white wine that appealed to others in our group. Overall, I think this was the best dining experience we had in our two weeks in the San Juan Islands.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4

Exceptional meals all around!

Dined on August 5, 2015

We were so impressed by the quality of the food at McMillan's. Often at resorts it seems that the food is fine, but nothing special, since they know they have a captive audience. However, at McMillan's, ALL of the menu items that we ordered were exceptional!! They state on the menu that their portion sizes are smaller & that you might want to order 2 entrees, but we were all perfectly satisfied with a starter or salad & a single entree. Their portion sizes are healthy portions--something that we as Americans do not typically encounter in our restaurants.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4

Another excellent meal!

Dined on August 2, 2015

Our party of 4 arrived early but seated right away at a window table. The menu has changed to "small plate" by default since our last visit, but the "large plate" menu is available on request. Cocktails were done as requested. Even hand stuffed Bleu Cheese olives for the Martini drinker. The Ahi Duo (sashimi) was perfect size for the 3 fish eaters in our group. Entrees ranged from a huge Burger for my wife, to Prime Rib and halibut for our visiting family, to my Salmon. Everyone was very satisfied by the end. The view of the action in the marina kept us entertained between the prompt and friendly service.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

A special place for a special occasion.

Dined on July 30, 2015

McMillins provides a fine dining experience with a special ambiance. The fact that one can arrive by boat adds a special touch for special occasions...in our case a 27th wedding anniversary. And, the on-line reservation system worked flawlessly. Of course, spectacular weather was the frosting on the cake.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Top notch

Dined on July 27, 2015

We dine here often and the food is top notch and always consistent! Service is the best! The view is amazing!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We love this place and have returned many times.

Dined on July 20, 2015

We were hosting an out-of-town friend and were sure that McMillan's would impress - as usual, we were not disappointed. The ambiance, food, service, view and most of all friendliness of the staff are all what we enjoy the most. We will return again and again.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
food2
ambience4
service4

Good But Over Priced

Dined on July 7, 2015

We have been there a few times and the food is always good but it seems to be a bit over priced as of late.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food1
ambience1
service1

Noisy and Rude service

Dined on July 4, 2015

We had a reservation and asked for a window seat. They said there wasn't any left and then proceeded to give a window seat to the next couple behind us. It was too loud to even hear that waiter so we walked out. This place is in a great location, but the service was rude and inconsiderate.

food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful place!

vip
Dined on June 28, 2015

This restaurant is great.. It's scenic view of the beautiful marina at Roche harbor is incredible! The food is artfully prepared and delicious with many choices for a variety of desires..

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service2

We chose this restaurant to celebrate ou ...

Dined on June 28, 2015

We chose this restaurant to celebrate our 30th anniversary because we were staying nearby. The service was excruciatingly slow. Food was good, but not incredible. We won't be returning.

food5
ambience5
service5

Consistently excellent.

Dined on June 26, 2015

As always the food here is excellent. We've been coming back for many years and seeking the superbly cooked beef. How lovely it is to KNOW in advance that the standards will be high and the food up to expectations. The staff at the entire resort of Roche Harbor are exceptionally upbeat, polite, cheerful and helpful. Thank you!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5

Great Father's Day Treat!

Dined on June 21, 2015

We made reservations well in advance because of the Father's Day holiday.We were given a window seat overlooking the sound with sunset views. The menu was a bit pricey but had creative offerings of drinks and entrees. Service was congenial and we all enjoyed!

Tags: special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Enjoyable evening

Dined on June 20, 2015

A lovely evening to celebrate our anniversary and my wife's birthday. Service was excellent, the server had a good sense of humor, the food was delicious, and the view was spectacular. Well done!

Tags: great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience3
service1

Fantastic food, lousy service

Dined on June 14, 2015

The food was exquisite. Everything we ordered was made with fresh ingredients and prepared perfectly. The service unfortunately didn't match the quality of the food. After we were seated we didn't see our waitress for 20 minutes, so I placed our drink order myself with the bartender. When I asked to make a substitution to accommodate a food allergy, I was told that would cost $2. I was hungry and wasn't in the mood to break out in hives, so we paid the $2. While we were still eating the bread, someone came by to ask us if we were done with it (?!). When I tried to take a bite of my food, the person pouring water stuck their arm between my face and my fork to get a water glass.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5

Parking was a real problem

Dined on June 2, 2015

After walking 1/2 mile down hill to reach the dining room, you must remember you have the same walk after dinner, but uphill! This is not easy for older folks. It's obvious they have their special clientele and if you're not one of them, you get treated accordingly. The food is quite good, but also very expensive for what you get. Seating was quite tight and the floor slants......an old building. In summary, we would not return to the restaurant!

food5
ambience5
service5

Classy restaurant for all events

Dined on June 1, 2015

McMillin's at Roche Harbor is a classy restaurant. Having said that, you will not feel out of place if you are in a tux or evening gown, or in jeans and a shirt. Overlooking Roche Harbor with scenic sunset views as well, the menu is a bit limited. However, everything on it is prepared to perfection. The wine list is extensive. I would recommend McMillins Dining Room for special occasions as well as for just a nice evening out.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service4

Expected Better

vip
Dined on May 30, 2015

We had really loved our dinner here several years ago but it really didn't measure up this time. Service was very good but the food was overall disappointing. The menu consists of tapas, soup, salads, and small plates. The bisque was blah, the crab stuffed prawns were pretty decent and the beef was dry. If you're going to serve 4 oz steak, don't overcook it! The chocolate ganache dessert with ice cream was very good, though. The piano player was also very enjoyable, adding to the wonderful ambience. I'm sure we will try it again sometime if we stay at Roche Harbor.

Tags: romantic, scenic view
food1
ambience4
service1

Very Dissapointing

Dined on May 16, 2015

We have dined here at least 3 times a year for past 15 years. Change to bistro style and new small plate menu was extremely disappointing. Food was literally dropped at table and was cold. Waitress never came back to check on how it was or ask if we would like another glass of wine, which we would have had, She did come at the end and say "want the bill UH Hu?". would not return again and many visiting boaters have commented similarly. Too bad used to be great!

food5
ambience5
service5

just WOW!

Dined on May 8, 2015

The stuffed prawns with crab were wonderful! Matched with the view, good friends and great service. A memorable evening.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view

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