One of the most popular eating establishments on San Juan Island  is Friday’s Crabhouse (65 Front St., 360/378-8801, www.fridayscrabhouse.com , open at 11:30 a.m. daily, closing hours vary) directly across from the ferry. Open summers only, this is the place for finger-lickin' fish and chips, shrimp cocktail, or grilled crab cakes, along with fajitas, burgers, and veggie burgers—most for under $10. Service is fast, making this a great last-minute stop while waiting for your ship to come in. The dining is alfresco.
The Front St. Ale House (1 Front St., 360/378-2337, 11 a.m.–midnight Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun.) sits next door to San Juan Brewing Company, and its ales are all on tap here. The huge menu includes burgers, fish and chips, pasta, steak, and other crowd-pleasing favorites. It’s very popular for lunch and dinner.
If you’re looking for a leisurely lunch or a dinner cocktail in Roche Harbor , try Madrona Bar & Grill (360/378-2155 or 800/451-8910, www.rocheharbor.com , 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily in summer, 4–10 p.m. daily in winter) for waterside patio dining.