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“Not impressed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bayou on Bay

Bayou on Bay
1300 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-4322
360.752.2968
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Ranked #80 of 389 Restaurants in Bellingham
Price range: $0 - $15
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: http://www.bayouonbay.com/
Mount Vernon, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We ate at this restaurant last week. We thought by the number of people there that we would be in for a great meal. We weren't. We sat for awhile before our server turned up. Both of us had ordered pasta dishes and when they arrived both were barely warm. We called the server over and asked her about it. She took the plates away and said she'd take care of it. To our surprise, when she came back with our food, she said she had them heat it up. As in zapped it in the microwave, I think. We ate some of it and weren't overly impressed. The mead my husband ordered was the best thing that came to our table. It's locally made. Maybe we hit an off day for the place, though when we mentioned it to someone else later that evening, they agreed with our assessment but said they have a great brunch.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One word: sweet potato fries.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The food here is pretty good, my boyfriend loves it more than I do, so we come here on his birthdays and whatnot. I would say the entrees are not much to shout about, but the appetizers are pretty amazing! I really like the frogs legs, but oh my gosh, the sweet potato fries are the best in Bellingham, by far. I only wish they would combine them with Fiamma Burger's curry mayo dip. That would probably make the universe explode, it would be so fantastic.

The service is always friendly, it's a nice atmosphere for a special occasion with dark lighting and private booths.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Maple Falls, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“they tryed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

was very disappointed when trying this restaurant. the crawfish i had tasted very stall or old, not fresh at all. haven't been back since

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Definitely isn't NOLA but not a complete letdown either”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I had frog legs and beans n rice hubby had gumbo. Overall it was pretty basic. Was looking for the taste of New Orleans and this did not quite fit the bill. Hubby said it was ok, but would not make the hour drive North for it again. We popped around the corner to a friendly bar afterwards and enjoyed the Bellingham scene before making the drive South.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bellingham
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not for me”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The building is funky, the staff has always been just lovely, the drinks decent... but every single time I've been here, the food has been simply lousy. I really really wanted to love this place. I've spent a lot of time in MSY, adore the food of the area and even make a pretty mean gumbo myself - this place doesnt do New Orleans food justice. The gumbo is floury and mushy. We've tried other things and were equally disappointed. The sweet potato fries were charred but pretty tasty, I'll give that. I met a good friend there for supper once and she loves the salad, if that gives you any idea of how close this is to MSY food. Come for the drinks, come for the atmosphere, come for the appetizers but dont come here if you're craving the bayou standards.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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