A Brief History of Mercer Island’s Roanoke Inn

So much history in one, little building.

Located on the northern tip of Mercer Island rests a piece of history. In 1914, when the first settlers were boating their way over, there was little to do and little to go. Once roads improved, and more tourists made their way over, George McGuire built the Roanoke Inn. Though he only had it for a short while, and it was sold several times in those early years, it still stands today as a flourishing beacon of Mercer Island.

Over the years it was an inn, tavern, grocery store, ice cream parlor, and “coffee hotspot” during prohibition. Since it was 21+, they sold ice cream out of a window.

The modern-day Roanoke Inn (Tavern)

With a consistent 4+ star rating across Yelp!, Zomato, Trip Advisor, Facebook, and Door Dash, they’ve made a quite the name for themselves. Top rated for their service, food, and ambiance, this place is the epitome of a local staple, and a must-visit whether you grew up on the island or are visiting from out of town.

Known for their “American” cuisine, their menu features chicken strips, sliders, sandwiches, salads, and many other options. They even have homemade desserts, such as the apple crumb and bread pudding. Their theme nights are also a big hit among their patrons.

Antiques and original Mercer Island memorabilia line the walls of the tavern, showing its roots. A jukebox, booth seating, and darts completes that classic pub vibe.

A step back in time.

Open from 11am to midnight Monday through Friday, and 8am to midnight on weekends. Reviews note their “beautiful landscaping,” “great pub grub,” and that classic Seattle divvy-ness. For over 100 years, this hidden gem has operated and served the residents (and visitors) of Mercer Island. Welcome to another historic, Pacific Northwest jewel.


8821 Southeast 61st Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1146040
$900,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,240 Square Feet • 12,840 Lot Size

Set on a spacious, level lot in a sought after mid Mercer Island location, this canvas is ready for your design—bring your architect & ideas! Wonderful spaces for entertaining or everyday with a large living/dining room, open kitchen, brick oven, and big casual dining area with sliders to the back deck. Master suite and two more bedrooms on the main, plus a rec room & two bedrooms down. Newer roof, good bones & close to everything!

For more information, please contact Allen Hovsepian and Doug McKiernan.
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7525 78th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1142115
$1,375,000 • 6 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 4,030 Square Feet • 9,516 Lot Size

This spacious Northwest Contemporary awaits you on a serene and lovely corner lot in the friendly Mercer Terrace neighborhood. Step in to a gracious entry with privacy glass windows and terrazzo flooring. Vaulted clear cedar ceilings flow into the grand and inviting living room with hardwood floors, a stylish gas fireplace and access to the expansive back deck. An adjacent open dining room provides plenty of space and a pretty outlook to the back deck and lush greenery.

At the heart of the home, the open kitchen, casual dining area and family room form a natural gathering hub. Cook with delight in the light, bright kitchen featuring double ovens, stainless appliances, loads of storage and a sweeping slab granite countertop. Vaulted ceilings with skylights keep this area bright and cheerful even on cloudy days, while French doors open to the large deck—perfect for entertaining, dining alfresco or star gazing.

Just steps away from the kitchen and family room, a large and versatile rec room offers newly refinished hardwoods that are ready for action: games, a homework station or project room. Access the two-car garage from here as well.

Retreat to the lower level master suite with its woodburning fireplace, slider to the private backyard patio, and remodeled en suite bath dressed in stone and cherry finishes. Four additional downstairs bedrooms provide plenty of flex-space for an office, gym or playroom. Upstairs, the private tree-top 6th bedroom includes its own ¾ bathroom—ideal for a second master, guest room or nanny’s suite.

This fantastic South End neighborhood is close to the elementary & middle schools, playfield, QFC, Starbucks and parks. I-90 access to Seattle or Bellevue is just minutes away, along with fun restaurants, shops and the Farmers Market in Mercer Island’s vibrant downtown. Top-rated Mercer Island schools make this a great place to call home.

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