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Colophon Cafe

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1208 11TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
+1 360-647-0092
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Located in historic building over a hundred years old and adjacent to city...
Located in historic building over a hundred years old and adjacent to city park space for nearly 30 years, the Colophon Cafe is the true heart of Fairhaven. We strive for fresh and delicious food, offering five homemade soups a day, fresh salads and good old comfort food with the best French dips, pulled pork and potpies. Our bakers make all our goodies from scratch. We are undergoing a remodel and expansion in early 2014 and are excited to see you soon!
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  • 60
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    Very good
  • 28
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a good place to meet friends

Just met a friend here for lunch. Favorite place for good soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Atmosphere is very nice and waitstaff friendly. A little bit overpriced, but not too much.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
LCR05
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Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just met a friend here for lunch. Favorite place for good soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Atmosphere is very nice and waitstaff friendly. A little bit overpriced, but not too much.

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Thank LCR05
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered the African peanut soup, which was perfectly spicy enough, rich and delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and comforting, and when I got done eating I walked a couple steps into the adjacent bookstore and had a very enjoyable evening.

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Thank D_Silvie
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place its one of my favs its sooo fresh authentic and yummy its just tasty all in house made and so so good i feel really happy after eating there the trivia cards are fun too its a great vibe great food i have allergies and they are very good with making sure your taken care of... More 

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Thank kissedlightning
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Kissed, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We love serving locals and visitors and we are proud that it will be something unique. It is old fashioned service with a smile and we hope you will be back soon! More 

Arlington, Washington
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in on a rainy day. The place was cozy and warm. The hostess escorted us to a lovely seat next to the window. The server brought our soup and baguette over promptly and the meal was perfect. This cafe is connected to a good bookstore where you can browse for hours.

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Thank saria54germano
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Cozy and warm? Because we have a fireplace AND Servers which are not Bots, that is what makes us unique with a bookstore attached. We are one of a kind and hope that you will come back soon. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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219 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We texted friends who know Bellingham very well, and asked, "Where should we stop for lunch?". The reply came instantly: "The Colophon Cafe. THE BEST". So we went. This place strikes me as the quintessential 'American' cafe. Warm, friendly service. Delicious 'cafe' food. Very large portions. We were welcomed and well fed with American warmth and hospitality. Thanks from your... More 

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Thank TheSchindells
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Shindells, Whether it be local or visitors, there is something for everyone. We love that locals referred us. We are unique and local which is something you don't see everyday these days with strip malls and franchises. If you want good service and good food we are your place...Otherwise go to a conglomerate ! We hope to see you... More 

Bellingham, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I've been several times over the past 10+ years. The food quality is exceptional and consistently good. The service is the same! Worth the trip every time!

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Thank Omas4girls
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Omas, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon. We love that you want to come back time and time again. Please come see us again! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

If you happen to be in the Bellingham area and love fresh delicious food, this is the best place to go. The Colophon Cafe is so cozy and welcoming, you feel like you are having a meal in someone's home. There is even a fireplace and couches. The staff is amazing and full of positive energy. They truly seem to... More 

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Thank Holly H
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Holly! Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We are glad you took the time to review our little locally owned place. We do have an amazing staff and despite it being a busy time of year, they remain charming and enthusiastic. Our bakers make fresh quiche, bread, rolls, cookies and cakes everyday in "the little... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I had lunch here with my Mom and we really enjoyed it. The server was really friendly and efficient and the food was delicious. We both have wheat allergies and they have a gluten free quiche which was outstanding. We will be back soon!

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Thank Marilyn K
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Marilyn! Thank you for your review of the Colophon Café! We hope you found some calm and cozy amidst the busy holiday season. We are happy to cater to food allergies and actually have a kitchen staff member that is very sensitive to many allergens. For us, it is insight into the needs of a special diet. For him,... More 

Bellingham, Washington
Level Contributor
61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We had not eaten at the Colophon Cafe in about 10 years and the food is just as good. My husband had the African Peanut Soup and the Chocolate Chunk cake. Both were as good as they were 10 years ago. The original cake portion was not as large (it could have fed 4), but the price might have been... More 

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Thank Lynda019
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Lynda, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We are so happy you found us again after 10 years! The fact that you had such a positive experience tops the cake. As for the chocolate chunk cake, we have adjusted our portion size AND price to reflect the lower BMI all Americans are striving for;). We... More 

Everett, Washington
Level Contributor
33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant after dropping friends at the ferry. What a warm and inviting community and when we found the oil tasting room , meandered through the book store and found our way to the restaurant. The food was very good, fresh and served by a friendly waiter. The pot pie was yummy on a cold evening and... More 

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Thank BostonHeart
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Boston heart, Thank you for your review of the Colophon Café! It is because of people like you that small business America exists and we are heard! Fairhaven is a unique district that currently has no chain establishments. We are proud of that and that is what makes us unique! Happy Eating and Happy New Year! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1208 11TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Bellingham
  • Phone Number: +1 360-647-0092

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Delicatessen, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Located in historic building over a hundred years old and adjacent to city park space for nearly 30 years, the Colophon Cafe is the true heart of Fairhaven. We strive for fresh and delicious food, offering five homemade soups a day, fresh salads and good old comfort food with the best French dips, pulled pork and potpies. Our bakers make all our goodies from scratch. We are undergoing a remodel and expansion in early 2014 and are excited to see you soon!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?