The most common meal on Western Washington’s remote Olympic Peninsula may well be backpackers’ camping rations, but travelers who look in the right places find some fantastic restaurants nevertheless. Tucked between the National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca along U.S. 101, the neighboring towns of Sequim and Port Angeles are the best places to find a good meal while exploring the surrounding wilds. Below are some of the best bets, listed from west to east. (Port Townsend, more remote from the natural attractions but packed with its own charms, has enough of a dining scene to merit a map of its own, which will be updated shortly.)
The majority of the restaurants on this map have indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, in compliance with Washington’s Phase 3 COVID reopening guidelines. Many also have outdoor seating, and some offer food to go. Note that the Neah Bay area at the northwest tip of the peninsula is closed to outside visitors, with reopening currently planned for October 1.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More