Lively downtown Bainbridge Island, just footsteps from the ferry, has long been a popular destination for Seattle daytrippers. But where to relax and grab a bite with indoor dining restrictions still in place and spring showers in the forecast? We've got you covered with five solid options for resting and refueling in Winslow al fresco. All offer enticing food and drink along with a degree of refuge from the elements. Additional pro-tips: make reservations where accepted (especially weekends) and bring blankets for lingering comfortably into the evening.
Please note: Bainbridge Island is in Phase 3, and visitors must wear masks and socially distance when in indoor and outdoor public settings. Patronizing our local businesses is important, but so is keeping our communities healthy. If you're feeling sick, please stay home and plan a trip to Bainbridge for another time.
Relative newcomers to the Bainbridge dining scene are local winemaker Paul Bianchi and wife Wendy Armstrong, who opened this inviting bistro after operating a small tasting room a few doors down. Along with its award-winning wines, the bistro offers a broad menu of small plates and entrees that tilt Mediterranean (empanadas, paella and seafood stew). Nab a table on the charming curbside patio to see and be seen while catching the last rays of evening light.
- 390 Winslow Way East
- Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner, Thursdays and Fridays for dinner only.
- Online reservations accepted.
This tea room and gift shop play up their vintage, boho vibe with good reason. It's among the most historic buildings (est. 1896) in downtown Bainbridge. While the food menu is limited to soup, bagels and pastries, the tea selection is extensive and includes herbal blends for beauty, detox and immunity, among other therapeutic effects. An enchanting semi-enclosed porch outback invites lingering among candles, cushions and the resident cat, who might just curl up in your lap. Fridays feature a happy hour menu with icy sangria, live outdoor music, a tarot card reader and a festive atmosphere.
- 450 Winslow Way East
- Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Reservations for high tea accepted
Diners flock to this elegant eatery for the Nguyen family's celebrated pho and modern Vietnamese fare centered on local Northwest ingredients. If it's spice you're after, look no further. Spicy truffle wantons, chili oil prawn noodles, and five-spice chicken are among the menu choices. And four types of pho, including oxtail, beef and mushroom, are sure to take the chill off a blustery day. Outdoor tables on the covered patio fill quickly, so reservations are essential.
- 101 Winslow Way East
- Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Brendan McGill, chef and owner of this island institution, has mastered the art of reinvention this past year. He pivoted away from fine dining to BBQ, burgers, and sidewalk pop-ups last spring. Then he expanded the burger menu, adding German flavors and a beer garden tent. Now weekend pop-ups are back with guest chefs grilling up street food from around the globe. The culinary tour (each first and third weekend of the month) has so far covered Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Cuba, Turkey and Peru. Coming in April is Mexican (April 2-4) and Mediterannean seafood (April 16-18). No matter which direction McGill goes, there's a line halfway down the block for whatever's cooking. Just remember to maintain six feet at this bustling street scene.
- 133 Winslow Way
- Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
This vegan food truck is a healthy weekday lunch option serving filling bowls of warm grains and greens, such as the Hidden Cove Curry with spinach, kale, red cabbage, roasted veggies, marinated tofu and spicy chickpeas. A falafel bowl on a bed of greens with lemon tahini dressing is the special every Friday. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, mostly organic and sure to please the most health-conscious eaters -- being the creation of popular island chiropractor and holistic healer Dr. Julie Rosenblatt. It's takeaway only, but you can usually find a seat in the gazebo across the street at the Winslow Green.
- 190 Madison Ave N (in the parking lot behind the fitness club)
- Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other downtown spots to imbibe or dine outdoors include Agate Restaurant, Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse, Eleven Winery, Fletcher Bay Winery, Pegasus Coffee House, and Thuy's Pho House (takeaway only).