Are you tying up at the docks in Coupeville, Washington and not sure where to dine? This quaint historic town on Penn Cove is full of great dining choices that range from fine dining to pub fare. Front Street Grill is steps away from the end of the Coupeville Wharf and serves up a classic American Grill menu like chowder, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, mussels, oysters, salmon, ribeye steak and more. There are always plenty of tasty items to choose from, and they have a kids menu. The open dining and bar area offers fantastic views of Penn Cove and Mt. Baker.
During the summer the town is bustling with visitors and restaurants tend to fill up fast. If you want to get a window seat we suggest making a reservation or getting there early. We like the relaxed atmosphere and the televisions in the bathroom which means you’ll never miss an important game moment.
Where: 20 NW Front St. Coupeville, WA 98239
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m on Sunday.
Happy Hour and Early Bird Dinners: Monday through Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m.
Music: Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
We stopped by this summer, and this is what we loved:
Black Bean Burger
The menu has juicy burgers, sandwiches, wraps and fish tacos. The Black Bean Burger has a hint of spice with pico de gallo, sliced avocado, lettuce and a side of fries. $12
Fresh Penn Cove Mussels
There are 10 Penn Cove mussel dishes to choose from, like Drunken Mussels with Hefeweizen beer, garlic, bacon, shallots, mustard and honey, and Mussels Rockefeller with spinach, garlic, bacon, Pernod, shallots, and cream. Mussels are harvested locally at Penn Cove Shellfish, which is the oldest and largest mussel farm in the U.S. $11 for ½ lb. and $18 for 1lb.
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 The Crossing Guide, Explore Anacortes, Whidbey Island Life Magazine and Waggoner’s Pacific Northwest Boating.