Timberhouse Restaurant on US 101: Exceptional Ambiance, Service and Great Food.
By Ron Finney
After a busy day scaling the heights of Mt. Walker and hiking to some area waterfalls, we wanted to check out restaurants Quilcene Hood Canal. We had heard good things about the Timberhouse just off US 101 in Quilcene. Pulling into the parking lot, it looked like a nice place, so our friend Emily said she’d run in and see what it was like.
It didn’t take very much time for her to dash back out and proclaim emphatically, “We have to eat here!” The Timberhouse is one of the great restaurants Highway 101.
If you like a rugged lodge feel, with massive, locally milled and hand hewn timbers, the Timberhouse is a work of art. And there is beauty in the details of the wood everywhere, the work of local artisans. Start with the hand made doors of the grand entryway where a giant carved logger greets you. Throughout the restaurant unique wood crafts, carvings and weathered relics of Quilcine’s logging past abound. The massive slab of a table our group dined at, it turns out was a single piece of wood, sawed from a massive Olympic fir tree. And there are enough northwesty artifacts, like elk antlers, bearskin rugs, burl tables and rusty cross cut saws on display to leave you expecting to see Teddy Roosevelt or Paul Bunyan walk in at any time.
The restaurant was opened in 1977 by original owners Wally and Rosemary Pederson to feed local loggers. The restaurant was purchased by Paul and Mary Schmidt, the present owners, in 2002, who made major renovations and enhancements, while maintaining the original authenticity.
The Timberhouse is family friendly and the wait staff was very attentive and hospitable. We found the food to be very good and the prices reasonable. The menu has everything from a juicy “Mt. Walker Burger” to “Prosciutto Wrapped Dusk Breast,” Elk Medallions or “Logger’s Pie.” I enjoyed the Logger’s Pie, made with mashed potatoes and prime rib, which included a very fresh house salad. I enhanced my entree with a Bunyon size glass of excellent red zinfandel, one of their house wines.
To top it off, the owners came out and greeted us personally and treated the adults with a gracious serving of dessert wine, which inevitably led to us lingering to enjoy delightful home-made deserts and freshly brewed coffee. We understand that all their deserts are absolutely fat and carb free at the Timberhouse. With regard to that perception, they say ignorance is bliss, and our group certainly had a blissful time at the warm and charming Timberhouse Restaurant in Quilcene.
Learn more about the Timberhouse online at www.olympictimberhouse.com or call them at (360) 765-0129.