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Columbian Cafe

1114 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR
503-325-2233
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Ranked #16 of 82 restaurants in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Description: Featuring fresh local seafood and gourmet meat and vegetarian or vegan dishes.. Enjoy a specialty cocktail in the VoodooRoom, a visual homage to New Orleans.Long a favorite of locals and visitors from afar.
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English first
Kansas City, MO
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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a very small intimate cafe with 10 stools, 3 booths and outdoor seating. We sat at the counter opposite the grill/griddle and saw our meal being prepared to ballet precision. Allergic to shellfish? She moved it to my meal. Allergies to pasta/gluten she served it with rice. If you get there at prime eating times there might be... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I ate here on July 4th, 2014. We were only in Astoria for one night and stubmbled upon this place while walking around. We are SO happy we popped in as it turned out to be the best meal we had during our week long Oregon/Washington coastal road trip. Looks can be deceiving in this instance as... More

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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285 reviews 285 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Everything we had was great...a small, funky restaurant... looks like an old tavern... but the chef makes miracles in her tiny kitchen... all 4 of us had incredible dishes... great service and a fun evening... will be back as often as possible... as they also have breakfast and lunch...

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Aloha, Oregon
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Terrible service in an eclectic type restaurant. Not the greatest experience and there are so many better places to eat in Astoria. Sorry buys.

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Fairview, Oregon
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We arrived for lunch shortly before noon on a weekday. No wait for a table. Our food arrived almost an hour after we ordered. The food is good and fresh, nothing extraordinary. We probably won't eat here again due to the long wait. Couldn't really understand it since the restaurant wasn't crowded and only seats about 25 people.

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warrenton, OR
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

If your idea of a good meal is olive garden and Denny's, this isn't your place. If you want fresh, locally sourced fish and vegetarian meals in an eclectic atmosphere, you will be happy. Their breakfast is particularly inviting. It is something in between a dive bar, a northwest natural food store and a food cart. Honestly, it isn't my... More

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ScootersPeople, Owner at Columbian Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Good news! We do have delicious happy bacon and other meat items on our menu or for specials. Thanks again! More

Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We hadn't been to the Columbian Café since the owner Uriah was cooking on premises so we thought we would stop in. Had a great dinner, nice folks, good timing, al went well. We then decided to go back the next morning for breakfast. Our waitress obviously decided that we were not the type of folks who should be at... More

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Portland, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were fortunate to dine at a time where we could get right in. Thought the service was very attentive. We had no problem with slow service as 'good food takes time.

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astoria
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Not your average place and every small town deserves a place where one can get something beyond ordinary. Yep, the food is not rushed. Anyone walking into the place should be immediately struck by the diminutive uniqueness of the place and expect atypical fare. It's good, it's different, certainly worth at least 1 try from even a more conservative consumer.

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Seaside, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I don’t get it. Not sure why some like the COLUMBIAN CAFÉ in Astoria. I’ve eaten there several times over the last twenty years and always leave thinking it wasn’t even a mediocre dining experience. Giving it the benefit of doubt, and maybe it’s an off day or I’m just being too picky, I give it another try (I live... More

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ScootersPeople, Owner at Columbian Cafe, responded to this review

I'm sorry you've not had the desired experience at the Columbian. I will tell you that our floors and work spaces are thoroughly cleaned and bleached twice daily. We always pass health inspection with no problems. It's true this is an old building with not much updating so there is a lot of history and wear. As to the quality... More

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