Where to Eat in La Conner During the Tulip Festival

If you’re taking our Tulip Festival tour with us in April, you’ll want to plan for where to eat when we arrive in La Conner. Here is a quick list of the restaurants located all within walking distance of each other in the main part of town. Just click on the restaurant name for a link to the menus (if available) or their website/social media site.

During the Tulip Festival, please make sure you eat first and shop second as the town fills up really quick. Waiting any more than 15-20 minutes after opening and you may not get seated in time to catch our bus departure time.

This list is in order of where they are located in town, closest to furthest from our drop off point. Click on this Google Map link to get a map of town and restaurant locations.

The Slider Cafe

The Slider Cafe’ is a great place for a home cooked meal whether you’re in the mood for a Chicken Fried Steak or some corned beef hash or their delicious burger. The service is usually fast and friendly and a great value for the money.

Closed on Tuesdays

Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen

Traditional Mexican fare with a well rounded menu and great staff.

Opens daily @ Noon

Salted Grape Bistro

In 2021 this was one of our favorite new restaurants in La Conner. The salmon bagel and cream cheese was something we always came back for as well as a personal favorite of Veggie hoagie with garlic sauce.

Lunch served 11:00-3:00 Wed-Sat

La Conner Brewing Company

This is one of our go to spots for our guides during the Tulip Festival. We especially enjoy their House Slow-Roasted Prime Rib Dip and their wood fired pizzas and nachos. Though we don’t drink beer when visiting, if you see us hoisting a pint it’s their delicious in-house made root beer.

Opens daily @ Noon

Nell Thorn

Hands down our favorite restaurant in La Conner. The Crispy Polenta is almost a meal in itself and topped with a shiitake gorgonzola cream sauce is not to be missed. For a main meal check out their Nicoise salad with grilled wild sockeye salmon or the Nell burger or fantastic Cod and chips.

Closed on Mondays and opens @ 11:30 Tuesday-Sunday

Oyster and Thistle

We really like their bar seating and if you get their early you can sit in the nice cozy booth. Here they offer an exotic fare from a half dozen raw oysters to Crispy Duck Confit to Northwest Seafood Stew.

Closed on Tuesdays and opens @ Noon Wednesday-Monday

Waterfront Cafe

When we are in the mood for fish and chips, theWaterfront Cafe is a perfect fit for us. Quick indoor and outdoor seating and right in the center of town make it a perfect place to grab a quick bite and enjoy the shopping afterward. They also have great choices for children and a Vegan menu as well.

Closed on Tuesdays and opens @ 11:30 Wednesday-Monday

The Fork at Skagit Bay

Serving upscale “Southern Comfort” food, the former location for Anelias Kitchen and Stage, Owners Jennifer and Matt offer great dishes like a fresh Dungeness crab in the shell with Grilled Focaccia. Or for that Southern style, why not have a Corned Beef Po’ Boy which will have you dreaming of New Orleans. They also offer local Taylor’s Shellfish oysters and clams.

Saturday & Sunday Noon to 9pm (only available days for our tours)

Wednesday to Friday 4pm to 9pm for Dinner

La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House

Though Prime Rib is not available until after 4 PM, there are some wonderful dishes you be dreaming of. The Halibut Macadamia with crushed macadamia nuts and panko, topped with a beurre blanc sauce is not to be missed along with pan fried local oysters and the Dungeness crab cakes. If you’re in a mood for a burger, their bacon jam burger with gouda cheese is a house favorite.

Opens daily @ 11:30

La Conner Pub and Eatery

In the mood a for a $1.75 oyster shooter? Or how about 8 spicy hot wings or a pub platter with two hand dipped beer battered cod with jalapeño poppers, Mozzarella sticks and some other yummy choices like onion rings and breaded mushrooms with dipping sauces.

Opens daily @ 10:30 AM

Calico Cupboard Old Town Cafe

Are you gluten free? Then this bakery is for you with the best GF cookies and muffins. Their lunch menu includes some wonderful sandwiches like the Grown Up Grilled Cheese sandwich to Tuna Melt to a Garden Veggie. All of these are available GF and pair this with their wonderful Clam Chowder and don’t forget to walk out with their famous and deliciously large old fashion cinnamon roll.

Opens Daily @ 8:30 AM

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