Food and Picnicking

Food and picnicking is not allowed on the grounds.

Guest may bring bottled water. Drinking water also is available at the Gate House and in the Visitor Center.

Small children and those with medical conditions requiring snacks may eat in the Visitor Center.

Dining Suggestions: There are many great dining options in the area. This list is organized by location.

North of The Bloedel Reserve: These options are located less than four miles from Bloedel Reserve.

Clearwater Casino: 15347 Suquamish Way NE, $-$$$. Variety of dining options from deli to steakhouse.

* Agate Pass Cafe: 7220 NE Parkway St., $$-$$$. Open for dinner most nights and brunch on Sundays.

Bella Luna Pizza: 18408 Angeline Ave, $-$$. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

North-end Bainbridge Island: These options are located less than five miles from Bloedel Reserve.

Rolling Bay Cafe: 10355 NE Valley Road, $. Coffee and espresso, baked goods, soups and paninis.

North-end park to picnic:

Fay Bainbridge Park, 15446 Sunrise Drive. Gorgeous views of the Sound and Mount Rainier. Play area for children.

South-end Bainbridge Island: These options are located less than nine miles from Bloedel Reserve.

Treehouse Cafe: 4569 Lynwood Center Road, $-$$. Coffee and espresso, pizza, salads, and sandwiches.

Salmon Canyon Cafe: 4765 Lynwood Center Road,$-$$. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.

Island Cool Frozen Yogurt: 4642 Lynwood Center Road, $. Self-serve frozen yogurt with lots of different toppings.

South-end parks to picnic:

Blakely Harbor Park, closest cross streets: Blakely Avenue and 3-T Road. Former site of one of the world’s largest sawmills.

Fort Ward Park, 2441 Pleasant Beach. Walk the shoreline of Rich Passage and picnic with waterfront views.

Downtown Bainbridge Island/Winslow: All restaurants in the downtown corridor are about seven miles away from Bloedel Reserve and are located near the ferry terminal.

* Bainbridge Bakers: 140 Winslow Way W, $. Baked goods, sandwiches, salads, soups.

Cafe Nola: 101 Winslow Way E, $$$-$$$$. Upscale dining for lunch and dinner. Brunch on weekends.

* Hitchcock Restaurant: 133 Winslow Way E, $$-$$$. Award-winning chef brings local food to the table at Hitchcock. Open nightly for dinner at 5 p.m. Delicatessen open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Doc’s Marina Grill: 403 Madison Ave. S, $$-$$$. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor waterfront dining available.

Pegasus Coffee House: 131 Parfitt Way SW, $-$$. Breakfast and lunch items. Coffee to cocktails.

* Harbour Public House: 231 Parfitt Way SW, $$-$$$. Lunch, dinner and cocktails. Outdoor waterfront dining available. Persons under 21 are not allowed inside the Harbour Public House.

* San Carlos Restaurant: 279 Madison Ave. N, $$-$$$. Open daily at 4 p.m. for dinner.

The Madison Diner: 305 Madison Ave. N, $$. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with breakfast served all day. Diner is a restored dining car.

SuBi Japanese Restaurant: 403 Madison Ave. N, Suite # 150. $$-$$$. Open for lunch everyday but Sunday. Dinner 7 days a week.

The Four Swallows: 481 Madison Ave. N, $$$-$$$$. Open for dinner Tues.-Sat. at 5:30 p.m. Northwest Italian cuisine in a historic home.

Emmy’s Vege House: 100 Winslow Way E, $. Open daily at 11 a.m. Closed Sundays. Walk up window for vegetarian food. All food is meat-free. A few covered tables for dining.

Mora Ice Creamery: 139 Madrone Lane, $. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. Ice cream like you remember as a child! Classic flavors to unique combinations.

Restaurant Marche: 150 Madrone Lane, $$$-$$$$. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Owned by local celebrity chef Greg Atkinson.

Fork and Spoon: 120 Madrone Lane, $-$$. Open daily at 10 a.m. Good variety of lunch choices.

* Blackbird Bakery: 210 Winslow Way E, $. Open most days from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Baked goods, tarts and soups. Known for their toast!

* Streamliner Diner: 397 Winslow Way E, $$-$$$. Breakfast and lunch served daily until 2:30 p.m. Dinner served Tue.-Sat. beginning at 5 p.m.

* Town and Country Market: 343 Winslow Way E, $. Full-service grocery store. Deli, soup and salad bars. Tables available for dining, or carry-out for a picnic.

Westside Bainbridge Island: These options are located less than six miles from Bloedel Reserve.

New Rose Cafe: 9415 Miller Road NE, $. Located on the grounds of  Bainbridge Gardens, the New Rose Cafe serves baked goods, espresso, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Open Mon.-Sat. at 9 a.m., Sun. at 10 a.m.

Sawatdy Thai Cuisine: 8770 Fletcher Bay Rd, $$. Open 7 days a week. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., dinner at 5 p.m.

Westside park to picnic:

Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE. This 90-acre park has walking paths, picnic areas and a fantastic playground.

Central-Bainbridge Island: All of these venues are in the Island Village Shopping Center located off High School Road, about six miles from Bloedel Reserve.

Casa Rojas Express: 321 High School Rd., Suite D4. $. Dine-in or carry-out Mexican food.

Sunshine Yogurt: 323 High School Rd., Suite E5. $. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. Closed Sundays. Self-serve frozen yogurt with lots of different toppings.

Off the beaten path, but well worth it:

* Ajax Cafe: 21 N. Water St., Port Hadlock, $$-$$$. Open for dinner Tues.-Sun. at 5 p.m.

* The Inn at Port Ludlow: One Heron Road, Port Ludlow. $$-$$$. Open for breakfast, lunch and diner.

* Mor-Mor: 18820 Front St., Poulsbo. $$-$$$. Open Tues.-Sat. at 11 a.m., and for Sunday Brunch at 10 a.m.

* The Oak Table Cafe: 11171 NE Highway 104, Kingston. $$. Open daily 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the way to the Kingston Ferry Terminal.

* J’aime les crepes: 11264 NE Highway 104, Kingston. $. Near the Kingston Ferry Terminal. Savory and sweet crepes.

*Indicates friends of the Bloedel Reserve Garden Party.