Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Ring in the New Year with us at Prima!  We will be offering our regular dinner menu, along with some extra special specials.  The tuzzie muzzie hats will be available to festive up your evening, Danny Ward will be entertaining, and we'll have a special champagne menu.  We've made the decision to stay open until midnight and look forward to ringing in the New Year with you.  Our last dinner reservation will be at 10:30.  We are quickly filling up so make your reservation soon!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Greetings!   We are excited to be heading into the holiday season and loving these blustery fall days on the Island.  Nothing beats watching customers blow in from a storm and cozy up with  something satisfying to warm the belly!

Our Beaujolais Nouveau celebration is this Thursday, November 19th.  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!
We are pleased to tell you that the brussels sprouts from Willowood Farms are back in full force - this is our most requested seasonal dish for good reason!  Here are our current Plats du Jour: 

coq au vin
red wine braised washington natural chicken, chevre, gnocchi, bacon, mushrooms

mussels, clams, white fish, fingerling potatoes, croutons, rouille, saffron fumé

foie de veau au poivre
pan seared veal liver, polenta, roasted shallots, green peppercorn jus

moulard duck breast a l’orange
grilled endive, pommes dauphine, citrus jus

white beans, pork belly, ham hock, lamb, duck confit

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.  Our last seating will be at 10:00 as we intend to wrap things up before midnight so that we can all ring in the New Year dancing to the Western Heroes at Mo's! 

Other holiday happenings around Langley:

The Lighting of Langley Saturday, Nov. 28th at 3:30 p.m. in the park below Mo's Pub...with Santa and his Rein-alpacas! 

Holiday Parade Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. in downtown Langley followed later that evening with Shop and Stroll as many shops will be staying open late to coincide with the December art walk.

There are MANY other holiday events happening in and around Langley this holiday season.  Visit www.visitlangley.com for more information.

The Nutcracker at Whidbey Island Dance Theatre.   The 23rd annual production of this classic, done in an absolutely perfect version.  Runs December 11th - 20th - for tickets: http://www.widtonline.org/

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Dine out for the Kids October 2nd and Closed October 5th & 6th

Dine out for the kids on Friday, October 2nd.  We are kicking off the South Whidbey Schools Foundation Dine Out program and a portion of our sales from that day will go directly to funding awesome programs in the South Whidbey School District.

We will be closed October 5th and 6th for projects, repairs, cleaning and some staff  R&R.  We will be laying the patio to rest during that time, so be sure to come in over this weekend as we hope to have it open all weekend (weather permitting of course).  If you are hoping to sit out there, be sure to wear warm clothes...we have the heaters on and blankets, but you will be surprised by how chilly it is now.

And speaking of the patio...we are again in the running for King 5's Best of the Northwest in the best outdoor dining category...we would LOVE to get your vote.  Thanks so much for the support!

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Based on our growing volume and the restaurant running at maximum capacity almost every day,
our current policy for take out is as follows:
Take out orders placed between 11:30-6:00 are taken on a discretionary basis - the person who answers the phone will determine if the kitchen can handle that order at that time. Any order placed after 6 PM must be made in person. We've had numerous people call in after 6 who have been upset with this policy - the reason behind it is that it allows us to get to you when we can. If everyt table is full and there is a line of people coming up the stairs, we believe those people are our priority.
 Thank you for understanding.

Monday, July 20, 2015


We are holding our 6th annual Georgetown Brewing beer maker's dinner the evening of Monday, July 27th and will not be serving lunch on that day in order to make preparations for the event.  The event is Sold Out.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

OUR 10th Summer!

Whoa, what an amazing Spring.  We've been so busy that I've not been able to get this newsletter out...better late than never!  We've had the patio open since early May and it's looking absolutely amazing out there with our new planter boxes, thanks to the awesome women at Art of Soil http://www.artofsoil.com/.  Please remember, we can't guarantee reservations on the patio...the best way to explain it is that we can guarantee you a reservation at a certain time, but not necessarily in a certain place.  We do our very best to make everyone happy and it is a big juggling act!

 CHOOCHOKAM Arts Festival.  This marks the 40th year of this wonderful festival of the arts, July 11th and 12th.  For more details on Choochokam and other Langley happenings visit http://www.visitlangley.com/

On Monday, July 27th, we'll be having our 6th annual GEORGETOWN BREWING BEER DINNER..beer maker Manny Chao comes out to the island and we pair up at least 6 courses with his great beer... $80/person.  Seatings between 5:30-8, call or email for reservations.  360 221 4060.

The Whidbey Island Area Fair (better known as the Island County Fair) is August 6-9th...a great small town county fair...what could be better?   For more details visit www.whidbeyislandfair.com

We will make a few more changes over the next few weeks to get our summer menu completely up and running.  Currently our plats du jour are as such:
Sunday: coq au vin - red wine braised washington natural chicken, chevre gnocchi, bacon, and mushrooms
Monday: bouillabaisse - mussels, clams, white fish, fingerling potatoes, croutons, rouille, and a saffron fume'
Tuesday: foie de veau au poivre (pan seared veal liver), polenta, roasted shallots and a green peppercorn jus
Wednesday: moulard duck breast a l'orange - grilled endive, pommes dauphine, and a citrus jus
Thursday: house made merguez sausage with cous cous provencal

Check out our cute new merchandise!
Women's tanks for $18, kids t's and tote bags for $15.
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Don't forget: Mondays are restaurant industry day (20% off bill), every day is teacher discount day (10% off), and Thursdays are live music night!

Other things coming up in Langley:

The Island Shakespeare Festival runs July 17 to September 13th, 2015 - Thursday thru Sunday.  This year's features are The Tempest and The Three Musketeers.  This is FREE outdoor theater and it's amazing.  Make sure to include these shows in your summer plans.  For details visit http://www.islandshakespearefest.org

During the month of July MUSEO will feature two-dimensional works in mixed media by Melissa Koch and Kandis Susol.  Koch uses a wide variety of materials and techniques in creating her work. Susol combines her hand-made papers with encaustics.
In conjunction, there will be an exhibit of glass works by select artists.  The show opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, July 3rd from 5 to 7 pm.  That evening is Art Walk in Langley so be sure to stop into all the galleries!

As always, thanks for your patronage and we hope to see you real soon!
Jenn, Sieb, Rachel, and Lucas

Thursday, May 21, 2015


The patio is now open for BOTH lunch and dinner, weather dependent of course!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Patio Open LUNCH ONLY!

We have the patio open now for LUNCH ONLY for the time being as it cools down very quickly as the wind whips up out of the passage.  We will stop seating outside at 3:30.

Sunday, May 3, 2015


We will be closing at 2:00 on Sunday, May 3rd, for our sold out wines of Oregon wine dinner.  Reopening Monday, the 4th at 11:30.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Newsletter

Hello!  We've been so amazed by this beautiful, mild winter we're having.  We are getting a jump on the projects to get our deck ready to open...maybe it will be earlier this year than in the past!
As always, tons to tell you about.

Wines of Oregon wine dinner, May 3rd.  Here's what Sieb has to say about these wines: "I love Oregon wines because much like the wines of France they are food wines, delicious on their own but transformed with a good meal. In Oregon you will not find the over extracted fruit bombs that have dominated the American wine scene for too long. Oregon wines are subtle and nuanced from the nose to the palate, provoking thought and inspiring cuisine."
6 wine paired courses for $95/person.  Seatings will be between 6:00 and 8:00.  Email primabistro@whidbey.com for reservations

Photo by Jill Hein, Orca Network.

The Gray Whales have returned 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 18 - 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.  The trips almost always sell out, so book now!

We are excited to have been asked to participate again in Seattle Weekly's Voracious Tasting and Food Awards at the Paramount Theater on April 23rd.  Over 60 food and drink vendors will be offering nibbles and drinks...it's a crazy madhouse of indulgence!  Get your tickets here: http://www.stgpresents.org/tickets/by-month/eventdetail/1947/-/seattle-weekly-s-6th-annual-voracious-tasting-food-awards

So many great things to check out in Langley...new shop Edit (awesome, curated, cool finds - linens, candles, wooden things, studio space for artist David Price), as well as Kalakala serving up tasty food, drinks and coffee and also displaying awesome curated items. Also, be sure to check out the classes at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio http://www.whidbeyislandfas.com/

And at Museo in April:
This April MUSEO presents the annual Garden Show. Artists, inspired by gardens and springtime, will exhibit new works.
 The show begins with an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 4th .  During the reception Spoiled Dog Winery will be pouring their boutique wines. “Extraordinary wines from the Heart of Puget Sound.
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Don't forget: Mondays are restaurant industry day (20% off bill), every day is teacher discount day (10% off), and Thursdays are live music night!

As always, thanks so much for the patronage and hope to see you very soon.

Jenn, Sieb, Rachel, and Lucas

Monday, January 26, 2015

What's Happening...

How is it that it feels as if spring is just around the corner?  As the new year begins, again we reflect on how incredibly thankful we are for all of you who have been part of this crazy restaurant journey.  Thank you for continuing to support us, which is allowing us to raise our families on this beautiful island, surrounded by awesome people and amazing beauty!

Heads up...we will be closed on Superbowl Sunday.  GO HAWKS!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and this year will be particularly busy as it falls over President's Day weekend.  We will fill up soon so please call soon to secure a reservation.  We will run our usual menus, with some extra special specials.  I've been hearing a lot of ideas from Christina, OUR NEW PASTRY CHEF!!!, about dessert special ideas.  Christina has been with us a few months now, a recent grad from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, and she  easily took over our dessert program as well as quickly figured out a plan for baking our sandwich breads in house...we are thrilled!

"It's No Laughing Murder".  Join us for Langley's 31st Annual Mystery Weekend, February 21st and 22nd.  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 11 and 7 year olds did it last year with their grandparents and LOVED IT!  Visit the Langley Chamber of Commerce website for more details.  http://www.visitlangley.com/langleyevents/langley_mystery_weekend/

 If you haven't already, we hope you'll get a chance to check out our new copper bar top, expertly crafted and installed by Tim Leonard of Heavy Metal Works.  We are SO thrilled with the results and cannot recommend his work enough!!!  Also, a few menu changes will happen next week and a few more throughout the next month and then a big Spring change will come in April.  Rachel put out a new cocktail list last week and there are some awesome new drinks for you to check out while sitting at the new bar.  You know, copper does have healing properties, so some of our favorite local ladies now say they are going to the spa when coming up for a drink!

There are two exciting art openings (maybe more?) this weekend in Langley: 
"MUSEO’S much anticipated, Winter Event will open with an artists’ reception Saturday, January 24th from 5 to 7 pm.
The theme this year will be Pop Art. Starting in the late 50’s and running through the 60’s, Pop art employed images of popular culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any given culture, often through the use of irony or images of famous people of the period.  Come dressed in costume or wear threads from the 50’s/60’s. We will have performers and entertainment, libations and appetizers."
and at Brackenwood:
"Original and unique woodworking is featured prominently in the gallery this month. One-of-a-kind musical instruments, handcrafted furniture, and original works from gallery artists will warm your home through every season. Please join us January 24th from 5-7 PM for the Artists' Reception"

To hear up to the minute updates from us please like us on facebook:
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and find us on Instagram!

Don't forget: Mondays are restaurant industry day (20% off bill), every day is teacher discount day (10% off), and Thursdays are live music night!
As always, thanks so much for the patronage and hope to see you very soon.

Jenn, Sieb, Rachel, and Lucas

Monday, January 12, 2015


We will be closing after lunch service at 3:00 on Tuesday, January 13th and reopening on Wednesday, January 14th for dinner at 5:00 to celebrate our wonderful staff.  Very excited to let someone else cook for all of us!  Looking forward to an awesome dinner at the Oystercatcher in Coupeville.