COUPEVILLE DINING & SHOPPING
Fresh Penn Cove Mussels:
Coupeville provides a welcome change from fast food and chain restaurants. Our restaurants offer a range of personalities and tastes presented by chef/owners that you’ll savor and remember. Located as we are on the shores of Penn Cove, we are fortunate to enjoy fresh Penn Cove Mussels and our eateries know just how to prepare these bountiful bivalves that are delivered within hours of being plucked from the cove’s waters.
Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere:
Some of our great eating spots include Christopher’s on Whidbey, popular with locals as well as visitors, and for good reason. Located just a block from the Inn, the Oystercatcher is not to be missed. Tyler and Sara Hansen purchased the restaurant in 2013 and have elevated the dining experience in Coupeville, featuring local, sustainable, Whidbey Island products prepared simply and served in a comfortable seaside setting. Just a couple miles west of town on the Penn Cove waterfront, you’ll find the historic Captain Whidbey Inn. This rustic lodge offers fine dining in a comfortable setting with water views.
Elevated casual dining with a local flair:
Two great restaurants in Coupeville are The Front Street Grill, located in a lovely setting right on the Cove so you can enjoy the view while savoring an awesome meal, and Ciao, where you’ll enjoy yummy Neopolitan food while enjoying a great view of the water from their upstairs deck. Pad Thai Restaurant combines a friendly atmosphere with authentic Thai cuisine. Beer, wine, steamed mussels, burgers, a variety of fish and chips and people watching are all popular at Toby’s Tavern, a Front Street tavern with Penn Cove view.
Additional dining options:
Mosquito Fleet Galley serves homemade quiche, sandwiches, and signature chili from the lower level of the big yellow building on Front Street with water views and cheerful service. The Knead and Feed, offers a short menu of outstanding home-cooked soups, sandwiches, and over-the-top baked goods. Kapaw’s Iskreme is a staple of summer in Coupeville; just follow the scent of freshly prepared waffle cones or look for the line out the door any summer weekend and wait your turn for a cool cone.
Local Shops and Galleries:
While visiting Coupeville, you’ll find just about everything you need in local shops and galleries. Coupeville boasts a well-stocked local market and full service pharmacy. Check out the great gift ideas from the museum and lighthouse stores, festival vendors and the colorful farmers’ markets in Coupeville and Greenbank.
Artist owned and Operated Art Galleries – This is small town shopping at its best, where the merchant behind the counter is the owner, artist, or artisan. If you don’t have a thing to wear to dinner at one of our well-regarded dining establishments, check out the threads at Front Street shops. Several artist owned and operated art galleries offer unusual value in a range of inspired creations. Enjoy Arts and Antiques Walks the first Saturday of March, June, September, and December; when the shops stay open late to show their latest creations and serve refreshments.