My family frequently has birthday party celebrations here and we keep coming back year after year. The menu choices are great, the food is ALWAYS really good and the service is always top notch.
It is located right downtown, within a 5 minute walk to the Liberty Bay marina & waterfront. Easy to walk to, parking is usually not a problem.
Guess who ate here several years ago? JFK Jr and Caroline Bessette! They have a plaque next to the table they sat at
Favorite Dish: If you like pasta, you have gotta try the Fettucine Alfredo. The pizza is also always a winning choice. Visit the website below for the full menu and prices.
The restaurant is actually in Keyport a short distance from Poulsbo. The food is authentic Caribbean Food. It is cooked fresh so it takes a little longer to get, it is well worth the wait. The split pea soup is out of this world. I have not tried anything I didn't like. The owner will answer any questions you have a tell you all about the foods, he will even play the steel drums for you.
Favorite Dish: Split pea soup and Jerk Chicken.
I finally talked my folks (who are not terribly adventurous eaters) to go here New Year's Eve for dinner. I had never been here, but I love Thai food, and it looked like a decent place. It is set in the basement of a small office building, and overlooks the head of Liberty Bay. The place is oddly shaped, but nice decor and good service. The menu is huge, 92 items long, covering all the staples of Thai cuisine. The dinner was a success, everyone feasted well and even promised to visit again before I come back to Poulsbo.
They have their dishes run on the star system for heat... 5 is the hottest. Not knowing their scale, I got my dish at a 4 and it had some kick, but could have gone higher. They also serve a good selection of beers, but only one from Thailand... Singha. Definitely a good accompaniment to my meal.
Favorite Dish: We started with a satay as an appetizer... rather standard fare, but well prepared and it was accompanied by a good peanut sauce. For the main course I had a curry to serve as a comparison with other places I've eaten. The Mussmun curry came out hot and thick, teaming with potatoes, peanuts, chicken, onions, and pineapple. I've not encountered pineapple before, but it was a nice addition... giving the dish a sweet note to compliment the coconut milk. Everything was tasty. Well prepared, I was very pleased.
This place is ridiculous. This bakery makes more pastries and confections than you could even think possible. Drawing from the Scandinavian tradition of the town, some of them are Danish and Norse in origin, but others are like you'd find in most bakeries. Donuts, bear claws, danishes, pastries, turnovers, butter horns, cinnamon rolls and buns, pinwheels... the list goes on and on. It is dangerous just to walk by, they've got so many in the window shelves begging you to come in and give them a bite. And you can't say no.
The bakers and cashiers always greet you with a smile. You can even take a peek back in the kitchen to watch them work. And their bread, which they also bake on site, is exported to grocery stores around the Sound.
Favorite Dish: Too hard to pick a favorite delight, my sweet tooth loves them all. Their cinnamon rolls are great, and their donuts are delicious... light and fluffy with a dollop of glaze on top. I love the chocolate ones... they're as big as my hand (see attached picture for proof).
This great little coffeeshop is a must-stop in Poulsbo. Set in their historic downtown area, it has a lot of space... already a plus, considering so many coffee shops are crowded and tiiiiny. They have tables and plush chairs as well, with games along the wall for you to take down and enjoy your stay. Trivial Pursuit over hot beverages? Sign me up.
I do not drink coffee, so I can only base this place upon its teas and tea lattes. I have it on good authority that the coffee is delicious as well, take that as you will.
Favorite Dish: Their chai teas are delightful. They have several different varieties (regular, spiced, vanilla, and green), which they will make into a latte for you in a jiffy. A soy spiced chai latte sounds hoity-toity, but it is wonderful. Perfect to wind down a long day and fight off a cold night.
Stella's is a place to grab a good sized pie and settle into a booth. Service is prompt and always friendly, and the food is good. I love the pizza, the dough is soft without being oily or too doughy. They have multiple toppings for their pizzas, as well as salads, sandwiches, and pastas to accompany any sized appetite.
Favorite Dish: We usually grab a simple pizza: pepperoni, tomatoes, pineapple, sausage. Add in a ceasar salad, and it feeds 4 voracious eaters for about $30. Not too shabby.
Sheila's is right near the docks of Poulsbo. A small place, it fits right in with the town, but it makes the most fabulous breakfasts in Washington. Often it is about a 20 minute wait on a weekend morning. However, it is well-worth it.
Favorite Dish: I love the classic breakfast. 2 eggs, scrambled with home fries (which includes onions and peppers). The dish comes with toast, which is thick cut (about 1" thick, no joke). And you have the option of meat. I love the sausage, which comes as a large patty, grilled, a little spicy.
Upstairs above the newely opened Europa Deli on Front Street. Right next door to Sluy's Bakery. Go up the stairs and be rewarded with a casual setting, beautiful view from the deck in summer and wonderful service. There is a large foreign beer selection. Great rustic German, Italian food. Rob DiFilippo and Tammy Mattson are owners and they are really looking to enhance downtown Poulsbo and bring energy to the town. The food is wonderful!
Favorite Dish: German Schnitzel with red cabbage. Fresh, large cutlet with a crisp panko coating. Flavorful and light. Nothing at this restaurant is deep fried. Generous portion and simply prepared. Everything is prepared from scratch.
The restaurant is family friendly. The bar area is separated from the rest of the tables for families.
Coffeehouse located on the main drag in Poulsbo. Has ice cream as well. Definitely good coffee to drink. Also there are musicians there on occasion....
Favorite Dish: Shot in the Dark...espresso shot mixed in with a drip cup of coffee. there coffee was smooth!
Sluys Poulsbo Bakery is probably best known for inventing Poulsbo bread, which is sold at Safeway grocery stores and other outlets all over the U.S. We buy it at home in Seattle sometimes. It's hearty and good, but not as rough as whole wheat bread.
But that is not why I stop here every time we visit Poulsbo. Oh no! I come for the delicious pastries and other baked goods. They have things you'd expect like cinnamon rolls and almond butter horns, and then they have other yummy baked goods that I haven't seen elsewhere, like what my Czech grandma used to call kolache. Mmmm, Mmmm!
JJ's is a casual place on the back side of Front Street, looking towards the waterfront. In summer you can sit outside. It hasn't been especially quiet when we've been here, because it seems pretty popular. The seafood is good, if not exceptional. Last time we were here we just stopped in for beers and an appetizer of fried calamari, which hit the spot.
Norweigans may have founded this town, but Hispanics now make up about 5% of the population, so don't be surprised to find this good-quality Mexican restaurant here. We've eaten here three times and it's been great every time. They make excellent piña coladas, too! Look for it down the alley with laundry hanging on clotheslines strung across.
Checkers is so named because the few tables here all have checkerboards painted on them, so you can play if you wish. This is the perfect stop for a snack or a little caffeine pick-me-up. Besides ice cream they also have a few other desserts, and a rotating selection of paintings or other fine art for sale on the walls. A nice place to hang out.
Favorite Dish: Huckleberry ice cream in the summer; a hot mocha in the winter.