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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 - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time to Fairhaven, it is a vibrant community full of dining choices. Colophon Cafe looked inviting; my wife and I each enjoyed sandwiches on croissants which were delicious. Atmosphere was friendly and service was attentive.

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Thank Kevin M
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Kevin M! Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café. We are so happy you had a wonderful time and hope you will be back soon! Happy Eating! More 

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83 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful relaxing place with great food and service. We had their signature peanut soup ( unlike any other peanut soup we've had, very unique, good) and turkey avocado sandwich. They are known for their quiches as well. A definite repeat. Sweetie and Rascal Pants

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Thank Rascalpant
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

RascalpantandSweetie, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We are known for our signature African Peanut Soup. I am so sad for you others with peanut allergies...although, we have many other options! We are a soup and salad place with some surprises and hope you will visit us next time you are in the neighborhood. Happy Eating! More 

Emerald Green State, United States
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe literally saved our "day!" After having a disastrous experience at another eatery, we ventured off to Fairhaven and stumbled upon this cafe. Abundant smiles and cheerful greetings from the moment we approached this cafe - we thought why didn't we come here to eat in the first place?! We checked out their menu and asked them questions regarding... More 

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Thank rushin2
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Rushin2, Thank you for reviewing a locally owned small business, it means a lot. Because we are so small our bakers are often our servers and vice versa. There is pride in what we make and do, and I think (hope) that translates to the customers. We are a small, family-owned business that has been in the Fairhaven scene for... More 

Highland, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wait staff was great and suggested French Dip over a burger. Wow, was she right on!! Also very helpful in choosing 3 soups. They have a great sampler for when you can't choose just one. Very reasonable prices for the great food and service.

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Thank Vicki_traveler
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Vicki_traveler, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! I personally eat a couple French dips a week ( I am vegetarian and I substitute balsamic roasted portabellas instead)! We are very proud of our five soups a day, made on site with tender love and care. We hope that you will visit us next time you are... More 

Bellingham, Washington
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The café was renovated a couple of years ago but still retains the charm of the building. The menu is healthy and accommodates allergies. You can eat outside when it's warm next to the Village Green. There is a fireplace for cool weather. Staff is super friendly. Great place to meet for lunch, coffee or happy hour.

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Thank brendalee5522
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Brendalee5522, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! Our café is located in a unique 125 year old historic building that maintains much of its old nuance (Chuckanut Sandstone, an old elevator shaft, etc). There aren't many unique and independently owned businesses left and we are happy you had a great experience! We strive to cater to... More 

Seattle, Washington
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128 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has new ownership since the last time I ate here. I ordered the quiche for lunch and sadly that was not great. However the chocolate cake was amazing. And the service was wonderful.

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Thank sassywm
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Sassywm, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We are sad that our house-made quiche was not up to par that day you visited. We hope you will give us another try when you are in the neighborhood. Our bakers work hard everyday to make a delectable and dependable product from scratch. The chocolate chunk cake is... More 

Courtenay, Canada
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418 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

We met our friends at the Colophon for lunch. Very friendly wait staff and very eager to help. Lots on the menus so ordering was not easy. They are famous for their soups so I had the soup sampler. 3 separate cups of soup with a nice piece of a French baguette. Mexican bean, green pea and the superb peanut... More 

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Thank Smoltman
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Smoltman, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Café! We have an extensive menu and are willing to cater to diet/allergy restrictions. We source our smoked salmon locally, as well as our sprouts, dairy, coffee and of course our wonderful servers. We hope you will visit us soon! Happy Eating! More 

Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We were quite disappointed in our afternoon visit. We had heard about their soups and how authentic its supposed to be. Soup was not even hot. They could have cared less whether we dined there or not. The menu was ver limited and it was just a bad experience all the way around. Won't go back. Book store's way better... More 

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Thank LewGR8
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Hi LewGR8, I am so sorry you had a bad experience at our café. It is simply unacceptable. If you can message me with time, date and server, we can work and improve upon what happened while you were here. As you can see, we get great ratings, so to know what happened would be beneficial. Thank you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

What a great place. Allowed my German Shepard and I to sit outside. My waitress was the best. Took care of my needs but did not bother. More like what I get in Europe. The pot pie was excellent align with the bread and craft beers.

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Thank Garrick C
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Garrick, Thank you for taking time to review a locally owned and operated establishment. We are glad you had a positive experience and hope you will be back next time you are in Fairhaven. Happy Eating! More 

Roseville, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Breakfast choices are limited. The location is convenient. I ordered the quiche and the ham was more like pressed luncheon meat.

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Thank Judy D
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Judy D, Yes, we do have limited breakfast choices. We are in the basement of an 130 year old building, and with code and health department issues, we are limited! Please come see us for lunch or dinner where our menu choices greatly expand! Our quiches are made by our bakers daily with quality ingredients, with no pressed luncheon meat,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15
Cuisine
American, Soups, Cafe, Gluten Free
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Bellingham
  • Phone Number: +1 360-647-0092
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!

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