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Colophon Cafe

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Cafe, Sandwiches, Dessert, Vietnamese, Soups
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1208 11TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
+1 360-647-0092
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9:00 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Outdoor Seating
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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    Very good
  • 26
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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
Coffee

Some of the best coffee we've ever had. A nice place for a lite snack or a good meal. The service was very good and attentive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
DrDSM
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Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Some of the best coffee we've ever had. A nice place for a lite snack or a good meal. The service was very good and attentive.

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The food was good, the prices were higher than normal. The waitstaff belongs in Theater. Just eating here and reading about how green they are you feel you must have helped save the planet by eating a meal there. Great Location, great patio seating. Kind of stuffy on a hot day. We have eaten there twice in the last 4... More 

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Port Coquitlam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A visit to Fairhaven in Bellingham we once again visited Colophon. Little too chilly for outside dining but inside we were greeted and seated promptly. Our server, Moira, was extremely pleasant. Very accommodating and humorous. We settled for chowder and chicken pot pie. All arrived steaming hot large portions and very tasty. We'll be back

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Portland, Oregon
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160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

You know - the one with cows & the knickknacks & the local art. Instead I found a depressingly blah remnant of what was once my favorite Fairhaven haunt. There is nothing cheery about it anymore. That being said, the food was fine. I had a half bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, sprouts & a tomato. I do like... More 

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Trawlerdox, I am sad to hear that you miss the "old" Colophon Café! It is a place that has been in Fairhaven for 30 years. Unfortunately with all the new and shiny places popping up all around us, it was looking, well...30 years old. We have been very happy with the remodel which includes an expansion, huge booths, recycled and... More 

Silverdale, Washington
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Wonderful soups and sandwiches and the service was the best. Maybe slightly overpriced, but in the heart of a "tourist center" like Fairhaven, about what you should expect. Very relaxed place, and the fun and friendly staff really makes me want to go back, and I will. Try the soup sampler with a 1/2 sandwich and you'll be stuffed.

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

4dafun, Thanks for your recent review of the Colophon Café. This café started 30 years ago in the sleepy little hamlet of Fairhaven and catered to the local college town populous in a relaxed atmosphere. Now, as you have noted, we are in the middle of a tourist destination and a booming local neighborhood. We think we are doing it... More 

Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My Mom, 8 year old son, and I had lunch here in April 2015. In the bottom floor of a large building, the pillars, brickwork, and stained wood made it feel like we were in another time, and the menu was full of interesting things to eat! We loved the soup sampler, an idea that I'd not seen before. Service... More 

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

RW, thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We are glad to know you had a positive experience and hope you will be back soon to eat on our patio filled with fresh air! The soup sampler is a unique way to try out a few of our 6 daily soups without making a difficult decision of... More 

Lynden, Washington
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

One of the best things about this place is that it is connected with several other businesses that share the same building (Independent bookstore, past & oil store, Paper Dreams variety store, and a wine tasting shop). They are connected but distinct. The atmosphere is very laid-back - pardon the use of the term, but it is very "granola" but... More 

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Thanks for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We try to cater to most dietary restrictions and if you are in doubt we know that our servers will help you out. We love to be part of a community of locally owned businesses that make us unique from the strip mall mentality and hope to personalize each... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed the relaxed vibe. Four of us stopped in for a quick lunch and had a good time. Portion sizes are a good size, and half sandwiches were offered, which as it turned out was a good thing. We usually eat small meals when we travel, and this prepared us for the remainder of the day. Nice simple wine... More 

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Dear D, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café. We are glad you found us and hope to see you again soon, Happy Eating! More 

Blaine, Washington
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60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have mixed feelings over my first visit to the Colophon Café. I really enjoyed my food and it seemed like they used very high quality ingredients. But I was overcharged. I ordered the half French dip and added a cup of the soup of the day, which was chicken tortilla soup. I only ordered the half French dip because... More 

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Dear M, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon! I really wish you would have brought the overcharging issue to our attention, it would have been fixed right quick! Although we are human and make mistakes our main goal is make people happy and that is what makes a small, locally owned business like ours succeed. We hope... More 

Corpus Christi, Texas
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sandwiches always good, love the African peanut soup, and the tortilla soup. That pie is something we get every visit to Bellingham.

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sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

CJ, Thank you for your recent review! We agree our Peanut Butter Pie is something else! Pair it with a Caffe Umbria coffee and you have totally spoiled yourself. All of our desserts and soups are made in house with love and care and we hope it shows in this high speed production world we live in. Hope to see... More 

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Additional Information about Colophon Cafe

Address: 1208 11TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
Phone Number: +1 360-647-0092
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Bellingham
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
Average Prices: USD 15
Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches, Dessert, Vietnamese, Soups

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches, Dessert, Vietnamese, Soups

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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