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“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Place Restaurant & Bar - CLOSED

The Place Restaurant & Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$19 - US$29
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Houston
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124 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

I have a hard time with the prices on San Juan Island, that's just the truth. However, if you can shut your eyes and pretend the prices are within the realm of normal (which they are, but only just within that realm), then you'll appreciate the flavors at The Place. The bouillabaisse was out of this world; both my mother and I ordered it and loved it. The freshest specimens of shellfish and fish floated in a coconut broth, and while there was an essence of Thai, the soup didn't approach the bizarre lengths that so many fusion dishes did. It was just solid. My husband had the cooked oysters, while my father went his typical safe route and opted for the grilled chicken spaghetti. No one had a complaint about one bite of the food. I think the only annoyance was that the bill was over $300 after we added in tip. Yes, we spent every last cent of it, but I think we're just spoiled. We're from a town where dollars stretch more deliciously. Anyway, no one gouged us. In fact, the service was as pleasant as it could be, and I think we would have paid extra for that view under any circumstances.

  • Visited June 2014
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Arlington, Virginia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“great dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

fine dining. great meal, excellent service. dining solo is always a challenge. wait staff sometimes have trouble remembering you are there. But not at "the Place", my water glass never sank far before being filled. The waitress was wonderfully attentive and had great attitude. Great view from dining room out to the docks. Wonderful originial local grown menu. Would definately recommend this place as a treat on vacation.

  • Visited May 2014
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Lafayette, CO
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice dinner, a little pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Had the halibut with thai curry sauce, and while a bit overcooked, still tasty. Loved the ambiance of a cozy harbour side restaurant, and the service was great. The drinks are wonderful as well, and the owner was lovely to meet. Great place for a romantic dinner.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Joanna B
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Houston
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Just stopped in for a glass of wine and an appetizer to hold us over until a later dinner. The setting is perfect very quaint looking with several (5+) tables at the windows with view over looking the ferry terminal & marina. We had the steamed clams & crab potstickers. The clams were fantastic! -local from Orcas Island that day. Staff was very friendly and courteous. Will visit again for a full meal!

  • Visited May 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Place is located right near the harbor. We had a window table looking out on the harbor. Very friendly staff. The menu seemed typical of the seafood restaurants throughout Friday Harbor. A large enough menu to meet the tastes of just about everybody but not a huge menu. Full bar as well as wines and beer. They aim to please and the food was tasty - than average. The fish and meat dishes were enjoyable but won't knock your socks off. It being a tourist area, the prices were a bit higher than average but not outlandish. With drinks, dinner for 4, including tax and tip came to about $200. Nobody left hungry and we enjoyed the atmosphere and service.

  • Visited May 2014
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