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“Great view and consistently good food, but...........................” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cliff House

Cliff House
331 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225-5325
360-734-8660
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Ranked #103 of 387 Restaurants in Bellingham
Price range: $0 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Paris, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great view and consistently good food, but...........................”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We have dined here many times over the years and have always been impressed with everything about the place except that lately the reception has been decidedly frosty, in complete contrast to the delightful waitress on our last visit! The view from high above the bay is unsurpassed and it is always a treat to watch the celebrated and unpredictable Pacific North West weather work its magic. A varied and delicious menu and a reasonably priced wine list combined should make for a memorable experience. Don't show up punctually when the doors open if you are a non-drinker or have small children in tow; you will have to wait an extra half-hour in the tiny reception area if you do!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great food. Perfect views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is my favorite place to take out-of-town visitors. But I also enjoy going there. The menu has a good variety - from steaks to seafood. And their whiskey crab soup is superb!

Visited September 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Terrible service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We had reservations,were seated and left without acknowledgement for twenty minutes before we gave up and left. The blond waitress in the bar walked by us five times and never acknowledged us. The restaurant was dead for a Friday night so there was no excuse for the way staff behaved. The place smelled old and the menu was small. We will not be returning. We told the hostess why we were leaving before we left and she didn't seem to care.

Visited December 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Terrible service, overpriced food.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My husband and I made a reservation to have dinner here on Friday night and everything was fine at first. We were seated and brought water by the hostess. Then we waited and waited and after twenty minutes of not being acknowledged by anyone we got up and left. There was a blond waitress working in the bar who walked passed us no less than five times and didn't acknowledge us until we got up to leave. It was very annoying especially since there were only three occidental tables in the restaurant. We will not be returning ever. There are many better fine dinning restaurants in Bellingham. The place smelled old and was not as nice as I remember it being in the past.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingham, Washington
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55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Oh the whiskey crab soup!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a good place to celebrate an event or just have dinner out. It is hard to find in a residential neighborhood, but worth it. Reservations are recommended.

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