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“Best restaurant on the Olympic Peninsula”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alder Wood Bistro

Alder Wood Bistro
Ranked #2 of 86 Restaurants in Sequim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Sequim Avenue
Description: Thoughtfully crafted seasonal menus and daily specials featuring local, organic and sustainable ingredients from the bounty of the Olympic Peninsula. Food prepared well and served with a smile.
Port Angeles, WA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best restaurant on the Olympic Peninsula”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

The Olympic Peninsula produces some of the best vegetables, fish, mushrooms, fruits, and meat in the world, and the farms churn out the goodies year round. This restaurant takes advantage of all that bounty, enhances it with skillful, imaginative cooking, and serves it up to lucky customers. Alder Wood Bistro is the perfect little country restaurant you dream of finding but almost never do. It is informal and unpretentious, but it is run by a sophisticated couple who really know their food and wine. Gabriel and Jessica spend one month each year visiting restaurants in Spain, and their menu has touches of the sun. Gabriel has also spent years making contacts among local farmers and fishermen; his meals are made of the best that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer, and they showcase whatever is at its succulent, seasonal peak.

Our most recent meal featured rye bread made with local grain; fat, minerally fried oysters, superb red and white king salmon, and lightly confited young chicken from Chimacum's Spring Rain Farm. Sides included pickled cherries with polenta and sweet corn kernels, and a magnificent risotto made with local chard. A local farmer is raising quail these days, so Gabriel brought out a Spanish dish of quail eggs and chorizo on toast.

As I say, Alder Wood is not pretentious. They serve a great burger and the best fries west of Seattle. Their thin crust pizzas, baked in their wood fired oven, are wonderful. Wines are well chosen and very reasonably priced, and there is a fine selection of the Nectar of the Northwest - beer. Dinner is served five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, and it starts at 4:30 pm, a blessing to jet lagged visitors and famished hikers alike.

This place is worth a side trip. Don't miss it.

  • Visited June 2014
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Seattle, WA
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Amazing dinner in Sequim”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Loved this restaurant from the moment that I saw the menu--lots of locally sourced food, including a fantastic pork chop last night. The polenta that accompanied it was enough to send me back to the polenta drawing board and try to recreate it at home. My husband's king salmon was cooked to perfection. And the starters were equally impressive. We'll be back.

  • Visited June 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent reflection of what the area offers”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Alder Wood Bistro and were very impressed with the meal and service. The wine selections were very good and we can't stop talking about the meal. Chef Gabriel did a great job of combining what this area has to offer; from the spring strawberries to the local Black Cod all married together and roasted on an Alder wood plank with some delicate root vegetables. We recommend this restaurant to any discriminating diner.

  • Visited June 2014
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Sequim, Washington
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sweet restaurant”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Incredible food, perfectly prepared! Strong emphasis on local ingredients. Very creative menu. One of our favorite places.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Marna B
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Port Orchard, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Delightful Surprise”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Having been to Sequim before, we were used to the usual assortment of small town restaurants. However, Alder Wood Bistro was a wonderful surprise with an eclectic menu, featuring local organic items. The curry shrimp bisque was excellent, as were the pickled beet salad and wood-fired pizzas. Next trip to Sequim, we plan to order one of the entrees, i.e. polenta lasagna or local fish. Do save room for a dessert, we didn't and wish we had!

  • Visited May 2014
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