UNWIND at This Primo Peninsula Restaurant

Perched on the south shore of Lake Quinault, The Salmon House isn’t particularly well-known outside the immediate vicinity. But this ‘diamond on the rough’ of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula features a relaxing ambience, cozy fireplaces, friendly service and great food.


Though limited, The Salmon House menu is adequate. Salmon, steak, chicken and pasta dinners are consistently mouth-watering. Entrees start at $17.95 for rainbow trout (summer only) and go to $28.95 for steak and prawns. Dinners come with veggies and choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or French fries. Pasta dinners include chicken fettuccini, marina primavera, and garden vegetables alfredo.

House Specialty

The house specialty, salmon, can be ordered baked, broiled, blackened or zesty Cajun-style. Topped with a delicate dill sauce and served on a sparkling white platter, the dilled salmon is melt-in-your-mouth divine.

Salads are not included with the entree, but you can add one to your dinner for $5.95. Or load up your plate with a single trip to the salad bar for $8.95. The selection is always garden-fresh and crisp. Several choices of dressings and additional toppings are available. Soups are “made from scratch.”

The chicken dishes are terrific. Try the Chicken Parmesan or Chicken Marsala, a chicken breast lightly floured, sautéed with mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and marsala wine demi glace.

For a real treat, try to New York Steak ($21.95). It’s ten ounces of delicious, topped with sauteed garden mushrooms. Absolutely fabulous!

A palate-pleasing selection of wines is also available. If you can’t decide between salmon, steak, chicken or pasta primavera, don’t worry. Whatever your selection, you can count on one thing: you won’t be disappointed.

Lake Quinault from The Salmon House parking lot.

If you’re stuffed to the gills after dinner, check out the dessert menu. Try the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, blackberry pie ala mode or a slice of the chocolate tuxedo cake for a luscious close to a delightful, delicious evening.

From ambience to service to salad, entrée and dessert, the Salmon House is a winner. The restaurant is part of the Rain Forest Resort Village. Its parking lot is small, so arrive early. Come back often and try something new.

A Fave for Over 15 Years

We’ve been going to The Salmon House since 2003. It’s our favorite restaurant in the entire county. It’s also our #1 “go-to” choice for special occasions like Mother’s Days, graduations, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, etc.

The Salmon House is located at 517 South Shore Road, Quinault. Open nightly from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Phone: (360) 288-2535. Visit The Salmon House on Facebook.


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