15 Best Restaurants in Bainbridge Island, WA

This article was written by local contributor Claire Summers & edited by the Travel Lens team.

Bainbridge Island, WA
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Bainbridge Island is a food lover's paradise, nestled in the heart of the Puget Sound, just a short ferry ride away from downtown Seattle.

As a long-time inhabitant of this beautiful island, I've had the chance to explore the culinary scene extensively.

Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood, farm-to-table dishes, or simply a cozy spot to enjoy some comfort food, Bainbridge has it all.

In this article, I will take you on a mouth-watering journey, sharing some of my favorite spots on the island.

So, grab your appetite, and let's dive into the 15 best restaurants on Bainbridge Island, Washington!

Sauce Nouvelle

Sandwich at Sauce Nouvelle

Being a foodie, I'm always on the hunt for unique and exciting flavors in my hometown.

That's when I discovered Sauce Nouvelle, a hidden gem that has made me say goodbye to my boring sandwich and soup lunches.

Right from my first visit, I was astonished at the variety of sauces and soups available.

The bold and intriguing flavors have piqued my curiosity, leaving me wanting to try them all.

I've even managed to convince my health-conscious friends to tag along, as Sauce Nouvelle offers options to cater to different dietary preferences.

The atmosphere in Sauce Nouvelle is comfortable and inviting, making it a perfect spot for a quick lunch or a casual dinner.

One of my go-to favorites is their signature sandwich with a rich, savory sauce that adds an extra layer of depth and elevates the whole dish.

And, of course, I never leave without trying their soup of the day.

Miguelito's Grill & Cantina

I recently dined at Miguelito's Grill & Cantina in Lynwood Center and was thrilled to see that they expanded to a larger space.

The new location fully reflects the quality of the food and overall atmosphere.

I decided to start my meal with their appetizers, and I must say, the flavors were amazing.

I could tell that the ingredients were fresh, and the presentation was impeccable.

The main course was even better. The fusion of traditional Mexican flavors with a modern twist created an unforgettable dining experience.

I noticed other customers raving about their dishes too, and how excited they were about the restaurant's expansion.

The overall rating of the place speaks for itself, boasting 5-star reviews from most of the patrons.

Not only does Miguelito's Grill & Cantina serve incredible Mexican food, but they also have a sushi bar and offer other Asian fusion dishes.

This unique combination sets them apart from other restaurants in the area and keeps me coming back for more.

Bainbridge Tapas

Tortilla Espanola at Bainbridge Tapas

I recently dined at Bainbridge Tapas, Bainbridge Island's newest restaurant and only Spanish tapas destination.

Located in uptown Winslow at the Pavilion, it was the perfect spot for an evening out with my family.

Walking in, the casual atmosphere immediately made us feel comfortable and welcomed.

Our server suggested we start with some classic Spanish tapas like Empanadas, Pinches de Carne, Patatas Bravas, and Tortilla Espanola.

We also decided to try some of the more unique dishes, such as the Lamb Mini Pitas and Grilled Chorizo.

Everything was incredibly flavorful and delicious, but the lamb and pork were especially tender and tasty.

To accompany our meal, we ordered a Vinho Verde, which perfectly complemented the bold flavors of the dishes.

To end the night, we decided to share some desserts: Bomba de Chocolate and Crema Catalana.

Both were outstanding and a perfect way to finish an amazing meal.

Hi Life

Poke Shokudo at Hi Life

Just the other day, I decided to take a trip to Hi Life on Bainbridge Island, and boy, was I in for a treat!

This unique spot, which was transformed from an old gas station, offers a delightful eating experience with outdoor seating, a bar-like area, and a wide variety of dishes.

The moment I walked in, I was greeted by their friendly staff, who were more than happy to explain the menu items and answer any questions.

There were so many options to choose from; it was difficult to make a decision!

Eventually, I opted for a poke bowl, and it was unlike anything I'd ever had before.

The freshness of the ingredients and the unexpected yet delicious combination of flavors was just heavenly.

During my visit, I noticed that they also have a grill and offer a rotating selection of poke items in their Poke Sho-Akuda box.

Other customers seemed to be particularly happy with their experience as well, so I knew I had made the right choice.

After finishing my poke bowl, I couldn't resist trying one of their dessert sandwiches.

Via Rosa 11

Pizza at Via Rosa 11

One of my favorite places to dine on Bainbridge Island is Via Rosa 11.

This counter-serve Italian nook not only offers wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta dishes but also has an exceptional seafood selection.

I've yet to find another place in Kitsap that serves high-quality seafood like Via Rosa 11 does.

The open-air interior allows you to watch the cooks preparing the food, which is a nice touch.

If you can't snag an indoor seat, their heated patio is equally enjoyable.

As a pizza lover, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their pizza.

The crust was crispy and chewy, reminding me of the best slices I've had in New York.

The toppings were fresh and flavorful, making it a must-try for any pizza enthusiast.

What sets Via Rosa 11 apart is its store, where you can purchase local pasta, sauces, and merchandise.

It's a great way to take a piece of your dining experience home with you.


Sablefish at Seabird

As a seafood lover, I was thrilled to discover Seabird, a restaurant that quickly became one of my favorite spots in the Seattle metro area.

Their menu is the epitome of elevated Pacific Northwest cooking, and I feel like I'm missing out if I don't visit every time I'm in Bainbridge.

Their seasonal menu features small changes daily, ensuring that you always get the freshest, in-season ingredients.

I love that they publish the tides every day, connecting us to the freshness of their food, and they even provide information on where ingredients are sourced or the name of the fisherman who caught the fish of the day.

These small details make the experience truly special, and it's clear that they take pride in showcasing the beauty of Puget Sound.

During my first visit, I was blown away by their chilled corn and crab chowder.

It was tangy and umami, with a beautiful presentation.

I also tried their seaweed bread with compound seaweed butter, which was good, but I'd recommend skipping it to save room for more dishes.

Their ceviche dishes are fantastic, as are their vegetarian options.

I particularly enjoyed the salsify with brown butter and mustard seed and the sablefish cooked to perfection.

Even their seaweed dessert was both innovative and delicious, featuring molecular gastronomy techniques.

The second time I visited Seabird, I was equally impressed with their Woodfire potatoes and leeks dish.

The textures and flavors were incredible, and they fully showcased their commitment to experimentation and innovation.

Amelia Wynn Winery Bistro

Just a few blocks away from the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry terminal, I decided to spend a leisurely afternoon at Amelia Wynn Winery Bistro.

The charming surroundings and quaint atmosphere of this bistro made it a perfect spot for me to unwind and enjoy some award-winning wines.

I decided to sit on the patio, which offered a lovely view of the bustling Main Street.

The menu caught my attention with its seasonal offerings, incorporating local farms and ranches.

I began my meal with their house-made bread and empanadas, both of which were freshly prepared and absolutely delicious.

Paired with a glass of their exquisite wine, I couldn't have asked for a better start to my experience.

The Islander

Steak at The Islander

One of the best places to dine and unwind in our community is definitely The Islander.

As someone who lives on the island, I've visited this casual pub-style restaurant a few times and have never been disappointed.

It's always a treat to enjoy their thoughtfully sourced steaks, seafood, and veggies, all while sipping on a drink from their impressive whiskey selection.

I recently celebrated my birthday there, and the entire experience was top-notch.

Unfortunately, the food was so good that I didn't even get a chance to capture any photos, but that just gives me an excuse to visit again soon.

What sets The Islander apart is their welcoming atmosphere and the genuine, small-town vibe.

Even though it's a local favorite, newcomers never feel like intruding outsiders.

BIMA Bistro

Croque Madame at BIMA Bistro

One of my favorite places to grab a bite and unwind is the BIMA Bistro located within the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

The ambiance is just perfect - it's quiet, peaceful, and the floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of natural light.

The art on display, along with the elegant presentation of food and drinks, gives the place a sophisticated vibe, making it perfect for a casual meal or even a business meeting.

I remember the first time I visited, I was quite surprised by the exemplary service.

I still can't forget the recommendation of having cinnamon toast on the side of my Croque Madame and Pulled Pork Sandwich.

The dishes were packed with flavor without being too heavy, and the locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients really made a difference.

In terms of pricing, the entrees range from around $12-$15 a plate, making it quite reasonable for the quality and taste.

Agate Restaurant

Scallops at Agate Restaurant

I recently decided to treat myself to a night out at Agate Restaurant, located in the heart of Bainbridge Island.

Their seasonal bistro fare, cocktails, and wines intrigued me, and I was eager to try some of their popular dishes.

I opted for a table on their outdoor patio as it was a beautiful evening, and I noticed the area was even dog-friendly, with a few well-behaved pups sitting with their humans.

To start, I ordered the crispy Brussel Sprouts, which were absolutely fantastic.

I also couldn't resist trying the cheese plate, which had a delightful mix of flavors.

For my main course, I chose the sea scallops, and I was blown away by their perfect preparation and the light but flavorful pairing with pickled vegetables and dashi.

I also couldn't resist having a glass of Tony Lombardi Old Fashioned, which was a 4/5 for me.

As I sipped my drink and enjoyed the ambiance, I couldn't help but overhear the praises from other diners.

One table was raving about the steak and Dungeness crab dishes, while another group enjoyed the spinach salad and halibut.

The whole experience at Agate Restaurant was simply superb, from the food and drinks to the service and atmosphere.

I'm looking forward to my next visit and trying even more of their delicious offerings.

Teriyaki Town

Spicy chicken teriyaki at Teriyaki Town

Last week, I decided to grab lunch at Teriyaki Town on Bainbridge.

It was an excellent choice, as the Japanese food they serve is both delicious and affordable.

I ordered the teriyaki chicken and teriyaki beef with an egg roll, and I was pleasantly surprised by the generous portions of meat.

During my visit, I noticed that Teriyaki Town is a popular choice for takeout as well, with several customers picking up their orders to enjoy at the nearby park.

Although I didn't try the spicy chicken teriyaki, I overheard some people raving about its flavor but cautioning about the heat – something to consider if you prefer milder dishes.

My friends who have been here before also recommend the pork yakisoba, which they say is some of the best they've ever had.

The interior of Teriyaki Town is simple but cute, and they offer free iced and hot water.

SuBI Japanese Restaurant

Sushi rolls at SuBI Japanese Restaurant

I recently had the pleasure of dining at SuBI Japanese Restaurant, and I was absolutely blown away by the stunning atmosphere and delicious cuisine.

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the stylish interior, which made for a perfect ambiance to enjoy my meal.

The menu offers a wide variety of inventive sushi rolls, as well as other traditional Japanese dishes.

I had the opportunity to try several of their roles, and I must say, they are truly exceptional.

The flavors and textures were unlike anything I have ever tasted before.

I also enjoyed some of their non-sushi dishes, such as the tempura and teriyaki, which were equally delicious and expertly prepared.

The presentation of the dishes was impressive, making the dining experience even more enjoyable.

What truly sets SuBI apart, however, is the upscale atmosphere that makes it the perfect destination for a special occasion or a night out with friends.

The combination of modern decor, friendly service, and incredible cuisine truly make this restaurant a must-visit for anyone in the area.

Restaurant Marché

Salmon at Restaurant Marché

Restaurant Marché is a French-style restaurant known for using locally sourced meat, fish, and produce.

The interior is beautiful with a woodsy-chic vibe, making it the perfect spot for a special occasion or a date night.

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with impeccable service.

I decided to try the salmon, and it was amazing – perfectly cooked and full of flavor.

I also tasted their duck, steak, and halibut dishes, and all of them were equally impressive.

The salads were creative and tasty, making for a nice, refreshing side dish.

I wrapped up my meal with a fun dessert, which was the perfect sweet ending to a delightful meal.

In addition to the incredible food, the restaurant focuses on using local ingredients and French techniques, which I appreciated.

Sawan Thai

Yellow curry at Sawan Thai

I recently dined at Sawan Thai, and let me tell you: it was a fantastic experience!

This family-run Thai restaurant offers a range of delicious specialties in a welcoming interior with Zen-like decor.

From the moment I walked in, I knew I had made an excellent choice.

The menu is extensive, and they offer popular dishes such as yellow curry and peanut noodles, along with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

They even offer services like beverage catering, buffet catering, and corporate catering, making them an excellent choice for any event.

I started my meal with the shrimp spring rolls, which were fresh and tasty, served with an amazing peanut sauce.

For the main course, I went with the yellow curry with chicken, a personal favorite of mine.

The curry was rich in flavor, with the perfect balance of spice and coconut, and packed with veggies.

The chicken was a bit bland, but the curry itself made up for it.

The peanut noodles with veggies and tofu were also a great choice, full of flavor and satisfying my craving for Thai food.

Ba Sa Restaurant

Pho at Ba Sa Restaurant

During one of my recent weekend outings, I decided to try out Ba Sa Restaurant on Bainbridge Island.

The sleek spot is known for its long-simmered pho, noodle dishes, and braised catfish with veggie options.

The restaurant's website made it easy for me to make a reservation, which was great since it can get quite busy during rush hours and weekends.

Ba Sa is conveniently located on Winslow Way, making it an easy walking distance from the ferry terminal.

The moment I entered, I was greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

I was particularly excited to try their rib eye pho, which came highly recommended by friends.

My meal didn't disappoint. The rib eye pho was flavorful and delicious.

I appreciated the side of jalapeno slices, lime wedge, and condiments like hoisin and sriracha, which allowed me to customize the dish to my liking.

The generous serving of Chinese donuts made for a perfect accompaniment to soak up the tasty broth.

Although I didn't get the chance to try their brunch menu, I've heard great things about it and hope to return soon to enjoy more of their offerings.

Final Thoughts

Having lived on Bainbridge Island for years, I can confidently say that the wide variety of restaurants and dining experiences has never left me wanting more.

Whether I'm looking for a casual bite at Teriyaki Town or an upscale sushi dinner at SuBI, there's always a perfect option for any occasion.

I highly recommend visitors and fellow islanders alike to explore these amazing eateries - I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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