Are you in Seattle and looking for a boating day trip? Or maybe you’d like to stop on your way cruising to or from Bainbridge Island. Have you considered Suquamish, WA? Within walking distance of the Suquamish community dock, is a museum, a historic grave site, and a selection of great restaurants, which make it a perfect day trip destination.
Itinerary tip: We suggest arriving for breakfast or lunch and then spending a couple of hours at the museum. Afterward, walk to the nearby cemetery and visit Chief Seattle’s grave. If you are hungry upon your return, have dinner, an appetizer, or your favorite beverage at another restaurant.
Dock tip: The floating docks are free and open year-round. No services or overnight moorage.
Dog Tip: If you have a furry-legged friend with you the beach is a great place to let them run off-leash.
5 Reasons to Tie Up at the Dock in Suquamish, WA
Scratch Kitchen (Formerly Bella Luna Pizzeria)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The only restaurant open for all meal times is Scratch Kitchen, which used to be Bella Luna Pizzeria. The new owner has spruced up the restaurant with new floors in their indoor dining area and new paint on the outside of the building. Their focus is on farm fresh and local items, and on the menu you’ll see Iggy’s Kraut and Kombucha, Heyday Farms yogurt and cheese from, and Uli’s Famous Sausage.
The menu includes local favorites and new creations, and don’t worry; they’ve kept the pizza! The breakfast menu includes omelettes and skillets, pancakes, french toast, corn beef hash, biscuits and gravy, croissant sandwiches, and burritos. For lunch, there are salads, cheesy bread, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. And, dinner includes salads and pasta. Beverages include wine, local beer, cider, and mimosas.
A few things that caught our attention:
- Little Piggy omelette with Uli’s sausage, bacon, ham and country gravy ($12)
- Lumberjack Burrito with scrambled eggs, house potatoes, red onions, roasted red peppers, green peppers,corned beef and Swiss cheese ($12)
- Pasta Puttanesca with linguini smothered in housemade sauce with kalamata olives, capers, red chili flakes, basil and anchovies ($13).
I stopped by a few days before it officially became Scratch Kitchen and had two slices of Hawaiian pizza ($6) out on the deck overlooking Puget Sound. I would definitely order their pizza again.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Breakfast served Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sully’s Bistro & Bar
Lunch and Dinner
Sully’s Bistro & Bar is open for lunch and dinner. They locally source their classic pub fare, and everything is made to order. Their menu includes soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. They have a full bar and ample seating both inside and outside. Monday through Friday they have a weekly special of a ¼ lb. burger with fries and a domestic draft beer for $10. On Tuesdays, they have $4.50 beef and chicken tacos and $6.50 fish tacos.
A few things that caught our attention were:
- Chopped Cobb Salad with grilled chicken or steak, blue cheese, tomato, eggs, olives, and bacon (($12)
- Western Burger with an onion ring, cheddar cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce ($13)
- Big Fat Ribeye with a baked potato and seasonal vegetable ($25)
We’ve recently reviewed Sully’s Bistro & Bar. Read about it here.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
Agate Pass Café
Dinner and Sunday Brunch
Agate Pass Café is the only restaurant open for dinner, and Sunday brunch. They offer upscale dining with a wine list that focuses heavily on Washington and Oregon wines. Their food is locally sourced, and dinner creations include inventive starters, salads, and entrees. The restaurant is on the smaller side with a cozy bar and a handful of seats for outside dining.
A few things that caught our attention were:
- Fried Olives with red bell pepper dip ($7)
- Pear Salad with shallot, arugula, blue cheese, pistachios and apple cider vinaigrette ($10)
- Burger with Painted Hills beef, brioche bun, cheese, rosemary frites and pimenton aioli ($16)
On a recent trip, we had an enjoyable dining experience. We started with the Dates which are stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon and then pan seared. ($9). Since I am not a blue cheese fan, I was a little concerned, but the flavor was very mild. I ordered the Fish Cakes which are panko crusted and served with mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and a roasted red pepper remoulade ($21). My dining companions ordered Grilled Steak with blue cheese butter, sautéed spinach and rosemary frites ($33) and Halibut with truffled cauliflower mash, orange-mint gastrique, almonds, arugula and shaved fennel ($30). At the end of our meal, we all agreed we’d order these dishes again.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The name Suquamish translates to “people of the clear salt water” and the best way to learn about their history and culture is to the visit the Suquamish Museum. The main exhibit, “Ancient Shores – Changing Tides,” tells the story of the Suquamish people through symbology, art, language, video, and traditional storytelling. The museum is in-depth, but not overwhelming. I particularly liked the use of video, which was displayed on three screens of various height and the audio that accompanied it. In September, their new rotating exhibit is “Northwest Trade” and covers trade between tribes before contact with whites and after. We suggest spending up to two hours in the museum. The museum is a 6-minute walk from the top of the dock.
Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on July 4, Nov. 28, and Dec. 24 to Jan. 1
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors (55+) $3, Child (6 to 17)$3, Family $15
Directions: Follow NE Parkway, which heads west, and walk up the hill onto NE South Street. Follow it until it runs into Division Ave. NE. The museum address is 6861 NE South Street. It’s a 6-minute walk from the top of the ferry dock.
Chief Seattle’s Grave
After you’ve toured the museum walk over to the Suquamish Cemetery and visit Chief Seattle’s grave. He was laid to rest here after his death in 1866.
Directions: On your way to the museum you’ll have already passed the cemetery. Head back down NE South St. and after about a 2-minute walk you’ll come to the cemetery. The grave is near the center of the cemetery above the parking area and well-defined.
Insider Tip: If you happen to be in Suquamish, WA on a day when the tribe is bringing in their catch of geoducks, be sure to have a look at these unusual mollusks.
Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living, and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She has been published in Bainbridge Island Magazine, Experience Anacortes, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, realfoodtraveler.com and Whidbey Life Magazine.