Anthony's at Squalicum Harbor
Every day 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun-Thurs 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fri 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sat 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
The first thing that ought to be said about Anthonys, and then forgotten, is that the restaurant is part of a chain. Bellinghamsters, and Northwesterners for that matter, are known for their scorn for all things corporate, and chain restaurants, and anything that is not unique and individual. In this case, it is simply high quality successfully duplicated in Bellingham’s installment of this Northwestern seafood restaurant.
Founded in 1975, the first Anthonys came to the waterfront of Lake Washington in Kirkland. As the company spread throughout the Puget Sound region, the hallmark of their restaurants has been waterfront fine dining with local wine and seafood. If you’re a seafood and salt water fan like myself, that strikes a warm chord in your heart.
The Anthonys in Bellingham is located next to the Marina on Bellingham Bay, on the same slice of land as the Bellwether Hotel and the Marina Restaurant. The view is of small sailing vessels and other watercraft and a good place to go to remind yourself that Bellingham is a port city.
Anthonys is also an excellent place to bring guests from out of town who want to experience Northwest fare, for the menu is populated with NW classics like clam chowder, Pacific Salmon, Dungeness crab, Oysters and Halibut. Dishes also include manila clams, NW mussels and Lingcod. Interestingly enough, Anthonys is their own supplier of seafood, having formed a separate seafood company with the sole purpose of providing the company with fresh seafood. To keep the authentic NW flavor, the company also offers specials in season, depending on the local supply of fish and shellfish or fruits for desserts.
The dining experience at Anthony's will be pleasing and reliably high quality -- the staff is courteous and professional, the view is great, décor is tasteful and inoffensive and the food is well prepared and local. The price won’t break the bank but if you want to dine on the waterfront and you’re a little light in the wallet, consider going from 4:30-6pm to take advantage of the 4-course sunset dinners.
If you can figure out how to get on Roeder Ave (drive towards the water from anywhere in downtown Bellingham until you can't go any further and take a right) then take it north towards the Marina. Bellwether Way doesn't really jump out at you but if you've gotten to where all the boats are, you've gone to far. I always look for the Coast Guard Station. Turn there!
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