Welcome to San Juan Island Cheese! 

October 2017: We are very proud to announce that we have a new Chef at San Juan Island Cheese! Chef Bill Messick has joined us after 6 years as Executive Chef at Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor. Chef Bill brings years of experience and creativity to our kitchen and your table. He is passionate about good food and loves to share his passion with others. Originally from Utah, Chef Bill moved most recently from Colorado, and now calls San Juan Island home. When he's not in the kitchen, Bill enjoys walking his 2 dogs and spending time at the beach with his wife and 2 year old son. 

San Juan Island Cheese

We are your local cheese and wine bistro with a delectable lunch menu! Ideally located across from the Brickworks Farmer's Market and within walking distance to the ferry. Sit outside in our patio oasis and enjoy a glass of wine or beer with our ever changing cheese or meat boards.

Here for lunch? Try one of our quiches, salads, daily soups made with seasonal ingredients, or panini for lunch!

Room for dessert? We offer cheesecake and chocolate goat cheese truffle, just to name a few.

San Juan Island Cheese showcases artisan cheese, beers, and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  We also offer unique Bites of the San Juan Islands gift boxes! Explore and take home amazing cheeses custom cut and wrapped by knowledgeable and passionate mongers for your enjoyment.

Our Story

A true mom and pop shop, co-owners Richard and Sherri Daly followed their passions and have truly created something out of nothing. San Juan Island Cheese was several years in the making and it has become a one-of-a-kind cheese shop. Originally a residential home, the house at 155 Nichols has a distinct look with its slanted blue roof and rustic wooden floors. Now with a commercial kitchen, cheese counter and retail space, inside dining area and outside garden patio, San Juan Island Cheese is the place to taste cheese, sip wine and meet with friends.

Once upon a time in Corvallis, OR, a boy named Richard met a girl named Sherri and they fell in love. It was the year 1979. A year later, they were married. Fast forward 30-some years later, Richard and Sherri have successfully raised three wonderful children (and a really big dog) and have realized their need to leave the suburbs of Seattle to start something new together.

Sherri has a background in Microbiology and Food Science and is a fledgling cheesemaker (her Camembert-style cheese is out of this world). Richard and Sherri have traveled extensively and some of their best memories involve sharing outstanding meals and treats together with family. They wanted to share their passion for quality food and drinks, and build a space for others to create beautiful and memorable experiences.

And so began their quest to learn as much as possible about the cheeses of the Pacific Northwest in order to bring back that knowledge to the streets of Friday Harbor. Richard and Sherri began a 10-day cheese journey in early 2013 that spanned from San Francisco to Bow, WA, through dairy fields and cheese school. (Yes, they graduated!)

Returning to Friday Harbor brimming with excitement and new passions, Sherri and Richard transformed the original house of 155 Nichols St into a beautiful cheese counter/ wine bar/ lunch spot (with a patio oasis to boot). With careful planning and lots of hard work from a talented team, San Juan Island Cheese was born and continues to grow.

This power duo have truly created something out of nothing.