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Sweet Retreat & Espresso

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264 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7254
+1 360-378-1957
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 15:00
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I've got the strawberry smoothie at Sweet Retreat. The service is very friendly and fast. The only thing I didn't give it a 5 star because they use apple juice for the water portion of things and apple juice was so strong that I can barely taste the strawberry. Otherwise they use real fruit for the smoothie

Thank niketn05
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82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

This little ice cream and burger take out is tucked in between a gallery and another store on the main street of Friday Harbour. They make the most amazing milkshakes - a little pricey, but worth it! Haven't tried their food, but it sure looked good going by.

Thank Marvox
Tacoma, Washington
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91 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

I love visiting local sweet shops, and this one definitely hit the spot. All their ice cream is made locally in Oregon, and their blackberry ice cream was fantastic. In the mornings, the owner was telling me that he makes an extremely popular Tri tip breakfast sandwich. People line up for it! The service was so friendly and the food... More 

Thank Andie N
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

Good burgers - only been there once but it was very good at a reasonable price. Take out place with few outdoor seats!

Thank Normand R
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2015

We stayed up the street at the Earthbox Inn and some family stayed on the boat. This was my go-to place every morning on my walk down to the docks to the boat. Great coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and cookies. The owners were very friendly. Loved it! It's a small nook in the street and there are only a few small... More 

Thank qcerseinj
Olympia, Washington
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155 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

We only had ice cream cones and a house-made molasses cookie, but everything was good and the service was fast and friendly. The owner told us the molasses cookies are his mother's recipe, and they are very good - chewy and moist.

Thank Katie H
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 July 2015

This was so good I had to go back for seconds. The ice cream reminds me of the real hard ice cream I had as a kid. The walk-up window and the kind staff make it a real treat at the Sweet Retreat. If I had stayed longer, I am sure I could have become a regular. :)

Thank Carrie Louise D
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

I've lived on San Juan Island for 20 years and only review the true island favorites. This is one of them. Right on the main street (Spring Street) they are the go-to for ice cream and soups!

Thank islandrebecca
Portland, Oregon
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112 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Dave makes the best breakfast sandwiches I've ever encountered. You are in control of how you want it made and the choice of bread. It's near the center of town, and I noticed that a lot of locals eat here on their way to work. We've been told that everything he offers is outstanding. He is also a great source... More 

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Richland, Washington
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2015

This is just a little shack serving up waffle and sugar cones with a variety of flavors. We stopped there a couple times and the guy working there was awesome. Great attitude and very helpful. I would recommend a stop here after dinner or on the way to the ferry.

Thank Adam99354

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 264 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7254
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 360-378-1957
Family owned and operated since 1998. Proudly making your hot and cold coffee drinks, yummy breakfast and lunch sandwiches and burritos, scrumptious ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes, old fashion malts, smoothies, frappuccions and Hawaiian Shave Ice ...all made to order. Stop by and give us a try. You'll be happy you did!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?