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“Food was good” 3 of 5 stars
Review of VIa Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro

VIa Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro
7829 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine, WA 98230
360-778-2570
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Ranked #19 of 43 Restaurants in Blaine
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
San Francisco, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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“Food was good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Not sure if they were trying to save on the heating bill, it was cold in this place on a chilly November evening. Service was good, food was good, although a very small menu. Can't rember the last time I steak & lobster for under $20. We'd likely go back.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Maple Ridge, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Ate there for the first time. Ordered salmon, with garlic mash potatoes and vegetables. Salmon was cooked perfectly, the potatoes were piking hot, and the vegetables were fresh and a nice variety. Good value for the money $17. I also ordered the seafood appy, it was good too. My friend had the steak, it was really big and tender. I would eat here again.

Visited October 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Good food, nice view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Via is a nice addition to Birch Bay. Went there for lunch today. The service was friendly and the food fresh and well prepared. I ordered crab cakes and a side salad. The crab cakes were nicely seasoned, had plenty of crab and were not greasy. My husband ordered a cheeseburger and fries and was well pleased with the quality and freshness.
The place itself is pretty basic but every table has a water view.
We will definitely come back again for another meal.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Great food great views. Deck on a sunny day can't be beat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

Great music great food great service great place. Had the crab cakes very tasty. Wife had portobello mushroom sandwich which was very tasty. Brother in law had cheeseburger with side of chowder. It was lunch on the deck and the music was spot on. Will return.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver
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“Very disappointed!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stay in Birch Bay for 2 weeks every summer, and our favorite restaurant has been closed so we came here. We had a party of 7 which seemed to irritate the hostess. She said it would be about 15-20 min to "find" a table to accommodate us. There were over 4 empty tables. When I mentioned pushing 2 tables together, she ignored me. We waited over 30 min, and would have left, but the choices in Birch Bay are limited. We were finally seated, and I must admit, the view is great - right on the beach. But the menu is very small. We ordered clam chowder and salad and cold shrimp - it took almost 40 min! The soup was cold, the bread was stale, and it took another 20 min to find someone to give us our bill. Other tables sitting around us were rolling their eyes at the service. Not once did we get an apology, or "I'm sorry for the wait". We will NEVER visit here again - mostly due to the attitude of the staff.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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