This is the place
where our co-workers became family.
To create meaningful memories around the table while enjoying exceptional service, fresh seafood & scratch-made meals.
The 1890’s Lounge
The restoration is the culmination of a long-held dream for owners Kari and Jason VandenBosch, who have owned the La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House since 2008. “We love the fact that our restaurant and lounge are housed in a building with so much La Conner history in its walls,” says Kari.
With a wink and a nod Kari mentions smuggling and gambling –all a part of the history of the building that goes back nearly 100 years. In its more recent past, the 1890’s Lounge was a popular venue for live music including big-name artists such as Taj Mahal, JJ Cale (who had just finished cutting an album with Eric Clapton) and the venerable blues/jazz musician John Lee Hooker.
Visiting with La Conner residents who remember the lounge in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s is like taking a walk down Haight-Ashbury Lane … with a decidedly Northwest spin. Most stories include a woman named Rosanna (who managed the live-music bookings for the 1890’s lounge, and whose nickname was Rosanna Pianna), as well as late-night escapades centered around a rather cannabis-induced haze.
“We all loved the Lounge back in the late 70’s,” says a long-time La Conner resident. “We’d hang out, party hard, listen to absolutely amazing musicians, continue the party afterward into the wee hours of the morning at Rosanna Pianna’s house, fix them breakfast to sober them (and us) up, pile them back on their bus, and then send them on their way to either Vancouver, B.C. or Seattle for their next gig.” La Conner was a tiny little backwater then – and the opportunity to ‘hang’ with such amazing musicians is something residents will always cherish and never forget.
With another 30 years under its belt, the 1890’s Lounge has definitely grown up – but still offers the same front-row seat of the Swinomish Channel through a wall of windows and an expansive deck.
Guests will find classic pub fare – along with hand-crafted libations, beer, and wine. As much as possible, ingredients are sourced locally; when in season, produce comes from the local farm fields and seafood comes from local fishermen. There are daily specials and seasonal specials (for summer think local oysters on the half-shell with a raspberry mignonette; winter might be bouillabaisse with local clams, mussels, and salmon), plus a weekly locals’ night that includes discounted pricing.
The atmosphere harkens back to the building’s earliest days – when fishermen, loggers, farmers, and locals swapped stories over a cold one. The original beadboard still lines the west wall of the lounge space and historic La Conner photos and news clippings add to the ‘old-time’ atmosphere.
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La Conner, WA 98257
Tel: (360) 466-4014
What People are Saying
“Service was outstanding”
"Service was outstanding, food (surf & turf for me and seared scallops for my wife) was excellent and, ... the outdoor dining was perfect. Don’t miss the opportunity to go a little out of the way for a great experience!"
“The Best Crab Cakes”
"We had an excellent dinner tonight. The crab cakes were of the best we've ever had and my beef medallions were outstanding. Our server couldn't have been any better.."
“The waitstaff were charming and attentive”
"My husband and I recently enjoyed dinner at the La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House. The crab cakes were the best I've ever had and the clam chowder was wonderful! The waitstaff were charming and attentive. It was a lovely evening, enjoying each other's company, the view, and our meal. We'll be back. "
"Wonderful dinner!! The pan-fried oysters were prepared to perfection. The rib eye and prime rib were delicious. Wonderful dining experience I would highly recommend this restaurant!"
Donations & Our Community
We are proud supporters of many community organizations.
Donating over $10,000 in goods and services yearly.
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What We Offer
Daily Fresh Menus
We focus on keeping all natural and fresh ingredients in all our dishes.
Everything is prepped daily and made to order.
Our chefs create tantalizing specials focused on local seasonal vendors.
Featuring handcrafted libations- locally sourced, wine, beer and spirits.
Hours of Operation
Thurs-Tues: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
614 South First Street
La Conner, WA 98257
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