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“Surprise at Sunset”
Review of Cliff House - CLOSED

Cliff House
Price range: $7 - $40
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We will be CLOSING our doors at the end of 2016 to do some major renovations. The 31st will be our LAST DAY OPEN until further notice! Owned by the same family for 45 years. We strive to use only LOCAL ingredients as well as serve the farm to table standards !
Reviewed July 5, 2013

After making reservations for dinner on July 5, 2013...I then read the negative reviews on this site..and wondered if we should proceed to the restaurant. we were celebrating a friends 95th
birthday....It was a beautiful view of Bellingham Bay and we were taken to a window table
for four. The food was good....the service was wonderful...Our server Kyla was very helpful, pleasant and knew how to interact with the patrons...It is pricey, but nice for a special occasion.
Our only complaint, it was noisy from all the conversations of patrons...
I would recommend this for a special treat.

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Thank sharon317
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We knew that something was wrong when we enterd and were told that the dining room was full and that we could sit outside or at the bar (We had made reservations weeks before)We chose outside and had to sit on $10 plastic chairs. When drinks arrived we were asked if we would like to order but hadnt been given menus'. After our starter plates were removed were told that our meal would be right out - it arrived 25min. later. My steak looked great but was only warm. The baked potato was steaming but cold on the inside. The server took it away only to return 5 mins later to ask if I would like it re-heated! I declined and returned to the salad bar. Being designated driver I orderd ginger ale - it was flat and tasteless It didnt get any better the rest of the time we were there.
Have to admit, the sunset was spectacular.

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2  Thank grampy1943
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Reviewed February 25, 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!

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Thank Archie-Paris_France
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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!

Thank DavidinYVR
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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.

2  Thank MMReviewer
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