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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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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Fairhaven location

Great spot to sit outside by the square and people watch. Have been for lunch several times. Service always good with staff very personable. Soup and sandwich specials always interesting and delicious. Guests always remark how much they appreciate the good food and good service. We will return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
mcbill58
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Burnaby, BC
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Burnaby, BC
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great spot to sit outside by the square and people watch. Have been for lunch several times. Service always good with staff very personable. Soup and sandwich specials always interesting and delicious. Guests always remark how much they appreciate the good food and good service. We will return.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Quick walk from my place so I go often. They have nice lounge areas that worked well when I tutor students. The food is great as is the sevice. Last time I went we had a sassy waitress who got along great with my friends and I. They were slammed last time I visited, but they handled it really well... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The first thing to know is that the Colophon is great at offering choices. Inside, there are several areas, each with its own "feel," and outside there is a row of tables on the pedestrian plaza - a really welcome change from "patio seating" which is too often on a street. The menu is also varied - while the headings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We are locals and very much enjoy this cafe. It's one of our favorites. In the summer they have outdoor seating next to Fairhaven Green. They are famous for their soups, but we also enjoy the nachos. They have a decent selection of local beer.

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Alpine, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Every time I visit my girlfriend, we eat here at least once. The food is great and the wait staff is super friendly and helpful. You can't go wrong here!

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Bellingham, Washington
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Love, Love, Love, this place. It's very quaint, great food, deserts are to die for. Sits in a wonderful location, outside seating is great. Parking may be hard to find.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Excellent food! I had a wonderful salad and my husband had a burger. It was right across the street from our hotel. We ate outside and it was a perfect day!

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Went with friends from out of town and had a very nice meal and enjoyed our server's sense of humor. I hadn't been in the Colophon for quite some time, as it used to feel dingy, the food very so-so, and service indifferent. What a difference now! We had sandwiches, soup, and salads, topped off with their carrot cake. Everything... More 

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Northwest
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Very Delicious Lunch. They have a great menu for many appetites and it is very tasty food. The remodel is very nice and it was very clean. A great place to eat for the family.

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Edmonton, Canada
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Stopped by for a later afternoon snack. Very friendly and helpful service. Nice selection of beer on tap. Ordered some soup. Clam Chowder and African Peanut. Both exceptional. Beer was good too. Server was very good in that she provided advice on menu items and checked in on us at the appropriate time. An acquired skill. Great location in Fairhaven... 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, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, 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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