A Classic Meal at Restaurant Marche on Bainbridge

For such a small town, Bainbridge Island is lucky to be home to a number of truly great restaurants. One of our perennial favorites, and one which we love to recommend to guests, is Restaurant Marche, a charming French bistro just a short walk away. While we can argue that there are many great reasons to visit us on Bainbridge Island – including a world-class art museum, a talented performing arts community, great boutiques and shopping, and plenty of delicious wineries. But with restaurants like Restaurant Marche, our island is also a great dining destination.

Bainbridge is a great place to get away not just for an afternoon, but for a few days!  It’s a great place to escape the busy crowds of summer and to relax and enjoy, while still having access to some of the best dining the area has to offer.  To take full advantage of this incredible island paradise, book yourself a few days at the Eagle Harbor Inn, which is located just a short walk away from all of the top shops, Restaurant Marche, and more in downtown Winslow. Book your room today!

Restaurant Marche is one of the most romantic restaurants on Bainbridge Island

A Romantic Dinner at Restaurant Marche

Restaurant Marche is one of the most romantic Bainbridge Island Restaurants.  The small, cozy space is tucked off the main thoroughfare of Winslow Way, is manned by executive Chef Greg Atkinson, who once worked at the famed Seattle Restaurant, Canlis, and who later taught at Seattle Culinary Academy. The execution of the dishes at Restaurant Marche is always exceptional, as are the flavors and service.

Chef Atkinson sources all ingredients used at Restaurant Marche locally when possible, from the meat and seafood to the produce, and it’s all put to excellent use in the classic dishes served here. On the menu, you can expect a range of delicious choices, including (but certainly not limited to) French onion soup, wild king salmon, a classic steak & Frites, a Nicoise salad, and a delicious selection of small plates and desserts, all worth trying.

The building that houses Restaurant Marche itself is worth seeing.  It’s a mid-century modern designed building, with a chic and woodsy interior.  The small yet cozy space sets the perfect stage for romantic evenings, family gatherings, business dinners, and just about any other occasion you can think of. It’s located on the charming Madrone Lane, a popular outdoor seating area on Bainbridge Island, and near two other island staples, Mora Ice Cream and Blackbird Bakery.

Restaurant Marche is one of the best restaurants on Bainbridge Island

10 More Great Bainbridge Island Restaurants

There really is incredible variety when it comes to Bainbridge Island Restaurants, and it’s not uncommon for guests to come to the island specifically for one or more of our restaurants.  Several of them have earned their reputation as one of “Seattle’s” best restaurants, even though we’re a ferry boat ride away!

It’s difficult to list only 11 (including Restaurant Marche) of the wonderful Bainbridge Island restaurants. Truly, there are many great places to dine!. Consider this a sample or taste of some of the best places for a romantic date night. Since they are popular with visitors and locals alike, reservations are recommended at most restaurants on the list:

  1. Agate Restaurant is a charming restaurant serving up a well-rounded menu next door to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Their seasonal menu uses local seafood, meats, and produce to create unforgettable dishes, and the ambiance here is perfect for a night out. 
  2. Ba Sa has earned a solid reputation for exquisite Vietnamese Food since opening and currently ranks as one of Eater’s best Seattle Restaurants. They offer a range of small and large plates that are perfect for sharing, and their cocktails are pretty great, too!
  3. Hitchcock – One of the most well-known Bainbridge Island restaurants is owned by chef Brendan McGill. During the course of the Covid pandemic, Chef McGill has pivoted many times at his hip & trendy Bainbridge Island space – but it never disappoints! 
  4. Bruciato, another establishment owned by Chef Brendan McGill, serves up some incredible Neapolitan pizza in a beautiful modern, industrial setting. Their pizzas are just unique enough to surprise and delight, and the menu is rounded out by a delicious selection of small plates and desserts. 
  5. Bene Pizza – This tiny cafe is the best-kept secret on Bainbridge Island and will take a little searching to find. It’s off the beaten path of most Bainbridge Island restaurants but worth a short walk from the downtown area. Their artisan pizzas are to die for and the small bar also serves exquisite cocktails. 
  6. Via Rosa is another off-the-beaten-path gem, but no trip to Bainbridge Island would be complete without visiting this incredible Italian Deli.  Whether you choose to dine in with them or take your pasta or pizza to go, you’re in plenty of authentic Italian deliciousness!
  7. San Carlos is a wonderful spot serving up delicious margaritas and a heavenly menu of southwestern specialties.
  8. When it comes to breakfast on Bainbridge Island, there’s nothing that beats the fresh-made specialties at Streamliner Diner, served up with a healthy dose of old-fashioned diner atmosphere.
  9. Another amazing breakfast and lunch spot on the island is Madison Diner, especially if you’re in the mood for a delicious plate of chicken & waffles!
  10. Amelia Wynn Bistro is the only place you can sample amazing Amelia Wynn Wines, but it’s also an exquisite bistro that serves up lunch and dinner throughout the week.  Their menu changes seasonally, and it’s always a delight.

As you can see, there are plenty of great Bainbridge Island restaurants to choose from.  A spectacular dinner at Restaurant Marche is just the beginning!  Come spend a few days with us at the Eagle Harbor Petit Hotel, and let us help show you the very best this island has to offer.  We offer unparalleled privacy in our luxurious guest rooms, and easy access to everything you want to do while you’re here. Book your room today!

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