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“Excellent food and service, fun atmosphere”

Port Gamble General Store and Cafe
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Historic Feel,Modern Appeal. The Port Gamble General Store & Cafe is a great place to come for any occasion! The historic building takes you back in time, while offering flavors of today; fun gifts and home decor, souvenirs, ice cream, espresso, and a cafe that serves up from scratch cooking using organic and locally grown/sustainable products as much as possible.
Reviewed 17 July 2013

My sister and I took a chance on this restaurant, and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We gave our name to the hostess, as there was a 20 minute wait. We spent the time exploring the no-admission fee Sea and Shore Museum upstairs; antique display cases of marine life. I had the fish and chips, which was perfectly cooked with a light, crispy coating. The fish was fresh and flaky. My sister's macaroni & cheese was wonderfully creamy, and so large a portion, she finished only half. Our server was attentive at just the right times. Plenty to look at in the general store and we also took the time after lunch to check out the Port Gamble Historic Museum downstairs (admission fee).

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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We believe in supporting local businesses, even if they are more expensive than the next town, but the prices at that Cafe are in direct competition with Carmel California! And no matter how quaint the tiny one-street town - it does not justify 5-star prices.

Their breakfast is great, especially the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (weekends only) and home made corned beef hash, but lunches/dinners are hit or miss - and all is definitely way overpriced. Almost $30 for a NY steak at a Café without much ambience - seriously? A chicken sandwich costs over $14. For a regular, tiny cup of soup you pay $6 ! Say what??

Our friends substituted what comes with the sandwich for a cup of soup and were charged an extra $3. We substituted ours with onion rings, which we knew would have an upcharge too. But each ring had ONE layer of onion and a really thick, sharp crust which cut up the roofs of our mouths! Our meatloaf sandwich was good, albeit a tad thin - but the toasted bread was just as sharp, adding to the injured mouth thing.

We shared our feedback with the waitress who stated she'd pass it on without showing concern. But any decent restaurant would have taken the onion rings off the bill since I didn't eat them after the first one - instead we paid $2 extra for each serving. So for the 4 of us our lunch bill came to just over $70 incl. tip - but NO beverages! Now we expect to pay through our noses in Carmel CA, but not in Port Gamble, which has really not much to offer other than beautiful, scenic location and some old, but well preserved buildings on a short, tree-lined street. Some are closed, some sell handmade items, but nothing interesting enough to justify a long road trip just to see it. And we love quaint towns and shops!

The other thing about General Store is the prices of other goods sold. Although unusual and well displayed, everything is very high priced. I checked later online and was upset with myself for overpaying that much. And I also saw the same items in other stores in nearby destination location Poulsbo and even Bainbridge Island for less. Just saying - buyer beware....

I'd go with another reader's suggestion to bring a picnic - there are a few places where one can sit down and enjoy the views without coming home with a gaping hole in ones wallet. We've always taken our visitors to Port Gamble, but don't feel comfortable recommending that Café without major caveats. We'll probably go back occasionally just for the pancakes - but that's it. Our friends vowed never to go there again.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

We ordered the fish and chips and Beecher's macaroni and cheese. The fish was crispy, non greasy and the best I've had in months. Much better than Ivar's and better value at $13 for proportion and freshness. The macaroni and cheese portion was better sized than at Bennett's on Mercer Island, which is owned by Beecher's. I'm going to bring my family here.

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kitsapfoodie, Owner at Port Gamble General Store and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Thank you for the great review! I am happy you noticed the quality of our fish and chips! We use a high quality, high temperature oil in our fryers and change it frequently so it doesn't start tasting like the food we cook in it (I think we've all experienced that when dining out from time to time). Also, we fry fish in a separate fryer from fries and fry bread so those items don't pick up the taste of fish.

We look forward to having you visit us again!

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We were four friends on the Washington Quilt Shop Hop, making a stop in beautiful Port Gamble. Such a stunning setting! Our plans included lunch at the Port Gamble General Store on their lovely patio. We arrived and asked to be seated, only to be told that the patio was closed - this was well before 4 p.m. on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. We were told we'd have to go inside for our lunch. Oh well, we headed inside. There we were told we could only be seated for Happy Hour, and a menu was put on the counter for us to see what they offered. This was a small selection of appies, none of which appealed at all. When asked if we would be able to order anything else we were told we could not, we'd have to wait till 5 o'clock when dinner service would start. At that point we gave up. Obviously we cannot comment on the food or the selection, because we never got that far.
We found the staff to be unpleasant, unfriendly, and unwilling to be of service. We want to return to Port Gamble in the future, but will bring a picnic to eat in the great park setting on the water, we sure won't go back to this restaurant, which looked so promising. Appearances sure can be deceiving!

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kitsapfoodie, Owner at Port Gamble General Store and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Having a limited menu during the transition period between lunch and dinner is very common in the restaurant industry; many restaurants close at 2pm in order to prepare for dinner and reopen at 5pm. Our kitchen needs to change over the ingredients from the breakfast and lunch menu to the dinner menu, heat ingredients, and give the kitchen a thorough wipe down to be ready for the next wave of diners. We decided to do a happy hour from 4-5pm so customers coming into the cafe would still be able to order food. The menu IS limited due to all the factors I have described above. I am sorry you were not able to have the meal you hoped for during this time, but it takes the full kitchen staff to participate in the change over in order to be ready for dinner one hour after lunch ends AND accomodate happy hour orders. In the past, before serving dinner, our cafe closed at 3pm, so by 4pm, there would not have been any food choice at all.
As far as outdoor seating, we love having it, but if we don't have a regular flow of customers who want to sit outside, we close it early. The reason is, by WA state law, since the outdoor area is not attached to our dining room it is considered a sidewalk cafe, so we have to have an employee supervising the seating area at all times because we serve alcohol out there. We legally can not have the inside server also serve the outside because they can't remain out there when there are customers in the dining room as well. If you have never worked in a restaurant, I can appreciate that all of these details are not obvious to the eye, but there definitely is a method and reason to the madness. We are not simply trying to deny you what you want for the sake of doing so. Next year when we have expanded, the situation will be different because our outdoor seating will be attached to our dining room. We will still have a limited menu from 4-5pm, but we will have a bigger kitchen and the ability to accomodate a larger transitional menu, PLUS we'll have a bar and lots of beer on tap!

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Had lunch at the General Store while visiting friends in the Seattle area. We were there about 1:00 pm on a week day and didn't have to wait for a table. Service was fast and friendly. I had the grilled cheese which was great. My husband had the fish and chips which as great as well. If in the area, would go again.

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