About Us

This is the place

where our co-workers became  family.

Our Mission

To create meaningful memories around the table while enjoying exceptional service, fresh seafood & scratch-made meals. 

Where it all started..

Our Story

La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House was established in 1986 by Jim and Mary Lou Caudill in a historic building with a thrilling past of smuggling, gambling, and the crazy hippy days of the 60’s & 70’s. In 1996 Kari VandenBosch joined the team and worked her way up to general manager. In 2002 La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House was sold, and Kari left to manage Flounder Bay Cafe which she then purchased in 2004 with her husband Jason VandenBosch. In January 2008 Kari & Jason purchased La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House, at which point they decided to focus solely on La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib. We are a family run company with a commitment to our local vendors and our community. 
The History

The 1890’s Lounge

There’s a lot of history wrapped up in the iconic waterfront building located at 614 S. First Street that houses La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House and the 1890’s Lounge. As part of La Conner’s history for nearly 100 years – including a stint as Mal’s Tavern, the recently restored and remodeled 1890’s Lounge has history buffs from around the Northwest excited to see the old bar come back to life.

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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Contact Us


614 South First Street

La ConnerWA 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!"

Ernie C. 

“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.."

Nick B

“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. "

Terrie W.

"Wonderful dinner!!"

"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!"

Lori C

Our Passion

Donations & Our Community

We are proud supporters of many community organizations. 

Donating over $10,000 in goods and services yearly.

Goods & Services Donated

Organizations We Support

Community Members Impacted


What We Offer

Daily Fresh Menus

Locally sourcing foods in season - farm to table.

Fresh Ingredients

We focus on keeping all natural and fresh ingredients in all our dishes.

Scratch Kitchen

Everything is prepped daily and made to order.

Creative Chefs

Our chefs create tantalizing specials focused on local seasonal vendors.

Authentic Cuisine

True to our name.

Speciality Drinks

Featuring handcrafted libations- locally sourced, wine, beer and spirits.

Hours of Operation

Sunday- Thursday: 11:30 - 7:30

Friday & Saturday: 11:30 - 8:00

Call Us:
(360) 466-4014

614 South First Street
La ConnerWA 98257

Drop Us a Line

Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!