Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Greetings!  We have a lot coming up this Spring in Langley.  Our Spring menu will be out in a few weeks, we've got repairs being made to the patio to get us ready for an April or May deck opening, and our building is going through a MAJOR renovation.  The entire facade of the Star Store building is going through a huge facelift.  For us, the stairs will be rebuilt and we will be gaining a freight lift.  Many people are wondering whether people will be able to use it as an elevator and unfortunately that is not the case.  But our delivery drivers sure are going to be happy!  There will be a few weeks coming up when we will have no back stairs access into the restaurant, but access from 1st Street as well as from the interior of the Star Store will remain open.  And you can always access the Star Store through their wine room door.  Pardon our dust and please keep patronizing us and the Star Store during this renovation!

Mystery Weekend...February 25th and 26th.
The entire town turns into a crime scene for the weekend - shop keepers hand out clues, and colorful characters and sleuths roam the town trying to solve the mystery.  This is really a fun weekend activity for groups of friends and families.  Our 13 and 9 year olds do it each year with their grandparents and LOVE IT!  Visit the Langley Chamber of Commerce website for more details.
Here's the description of this year's mystery... 
  Big Mystery in Tiny Town:  Residents of Langley on Whidbey Island are baffled by large muddy footprints appearing all over the tiny town since the first of the year. While some locals have reported sightings of “Big Foot” in the nearby woods, others are saying it is all a publicity stunt to promote the first International Science Fiction Arts & Technology convention scheduled for the last week of February.  Unfortunately, whether it is a Big Foot or a big hoax, the body found behind the local coffee shop is no joke and the police have called in retired Detective I. B. Fuzz to investigate this 33rd in a series of murders which have plagued Langley in recent decades.

Welcome the Whales
The Gray Whales will soon be returning to Langley.  Each year, approximately 20,000 Gray Whales migrate between feeding and breeding grounds in Baja and Alaska.  Some come in from the Pacific Ocean into the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Saratoga Passage and actually stay for a few months before heading North.  We are extraordinarily lucky in Langley...these amazing creatures feed on the ghost shrimp right at our sea wall.  They come up so close that at Prima we are unable to see them as the buildings across block our view!  So when we hear the whale bell ringing we know it's time to run across the street for a look.  Welcome the Whales day is April 8th - replete with a parade and seaside celebration in honor of this annual migration.  Whale watching tours aboard the Mystic Sea run from the Langley marina now through the beginning of May.  You are guaranteed (literally) to see a whale.  And this year the Victoria Clipper is running whale watching tours with a stop over in Langley for lunch in March and April - check out their website for details and come have lunch with us on the stop over!
Saltwater Fish House and Oyster Bar
Still aiming for a May opening for our second location!  If you hadn't heard, we will be opening a seafood restaurant in the Cafe Langley location this Spring.  We will be doing some fairly major renovations to the space in the next two months and will keep you updated on our progress.  LOTS to do!   We are building a bar, changing some of the walls, completely updating the kitchen, and making a wheelchair accessible restroom.  We are excited to be offering an entirely accessible space!  We are excited to show you!

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As always, thank you so much for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Jenn, Sieb, and the whole Prima family!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

We will be closed both lunch and dinner on Tuesday, January 17th and lunch on Wednesday the 18th for our holiday staff party.  We will open for dinner at 5:00 on the 18th.  Our awesome crew deserves a fun night out and a sleep in the next day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


We are extremely excited to announce that we are opening a second restaurant in Langley – Saltwater Fish House and Oyster Bar.  After 27 years of hard work and dedication to their successful business, Café Langley sold their building to a Langley loving Seattle family.  They asked us if we would like to open a second restaurant in the space.  We had been looking for a chance to grow and have dreamt of opening a seafood restaurant for years so we were thrilled with the opportunity.   
 We are sad to see Café Langley close its doors and it will be missed by so many.  We hope we can infuse the space with the same love that the Garibyans have over all these years, and we intend to honor their legacy of serving great food to our wonderful community.  Just as we felt honored and humbled to move into the Prima space 10 years ago after the long run of the Star Bistro, we are equally humbled to expand into this one.  
Transformation begins this month.  We will cover the windows so the new restaurant is a surprise for all of you.  As the name implies, Saltwater Fish House and Oyster Bar will be a seafood restaurant featuring fish and chips, clam chowder, crab and shrimp louies, crab cakes, oysters and more oysters, salmon, etc.  It’s a concept we believe is missing in our seaside town and we’ve spent a lot of time researching, menu planning and visualizing so we can bring you the restaurant we can all be proud of.  We can’t wait to take the paper off the windows and welcome you later this year.
Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Fall updates!

Summer came and went in a flash, and what a season it was!  Again, we are so thankful for all of you who visited and to all our regulars who tolerate the longer waits for tables!  Lots of exciting things on the horizon to tell you about...most sprouts from Willowood Farms have arrived!
Come tap the cask with us!  Our Beaujolais Nouveau celebration is Thursday, November 17th.  Help us ring in the holiday season and polish off a 15 Liter cask of the first wine of the season from Joseph Drouhin!  We will be offering a menu of nibbles to pair with the wine and plan on having a very fun evening!

TOUR DE FRANCE wine dinner, December 5th.  Imagine taking a month long road trip in France, exploring all of her vastness from north to south, east to west, eating and drinking your way around the entire country.  Now imagine condensing the highlights into one amazing meal!  Think of all the money you will save (and bike shorts not needed!).  This will be a 6 course (at least), wine paired dinner for $125/person.  Call for reservations's going to fill fast!  360 221 4060.

Holiday hours:
Closed Thanksgiving
Serving lunch only on Christmas Eve 11:30-3:00
Closed Christmas Day
Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day


Call soon for holiday reservations as things get very busy in Langley during the holidays!  On New Year's Eve we'll be serving dinner with extra special specials, and offering an expanded champagne menu.  We will again be selling the fabulous Tuzzie Muzzie hats (to benefit the South Whidbey Children's Center) and Danny Ward will be our entertainment for the evening.  Langley is a wonderful place to visit during the holidays.  Starting the week of Thanksgiving our town really turns on the holiday spirit and I have to say, the addition of a few new shops over the last few years has really made Langley a shopping destination.  Go to for listings of holiday events.
See below for our current nightly specials:
plats du jour
sunday - coq au vin
red wine braised washington natural chicken,
chevre gnocchi, bacon, mushrooms

monday - bouillabaisse
mussels, clams, white fish, fingerling potates,
croutons, rouille, saffron fumé

tuesday - choucroute garni
house made toulouse sausage, pork belly, pork loin,
bacon, potatoes, house fermented sauerkraut,
riesling,  mustards

wednesday - moulard duck breast a l’orange

grilled endive, pommes dauphine, citrus jus

thursday - 48 hour jarret de boeuf
wagyu beef, wild mushrooms, hand cut noodles, pan jus

friday and saturday
please see your server

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As always, thank you so much for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Jenn, Sieb, and the whole Prima family!