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“Mixed Blessing”
Review of Cliff House

Cliff House
Ranked #88 of 446 Restaurants in Bellingham
Price range: $7 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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 !
Bellingham, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Mixed Blessing”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We met friends at the Cliff House, a restaurant we've frequented for years for a nice dinner. One couple made the reservations and informed the staff we would be requesting separate checks. when we arrive the waitperson resisted the separate check idea and acted kind of snippy throughout the evening. She tried to keep all the orders straight by memory and that didn't work, as we had a terrible time with the checks at the end (wrong items on checks, etc.) she had to redo the checks several time before she got them right and gave us an attitude.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank John N
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English first
Shakopee, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not Again”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Do not go here if you have more than four in your party. They only have two tables for large groups and both are buried in the back corner with the chairs touching each other. They could do better but they are not very accommodating when it comes to seating.

The food is average for the price range but I would avoid the whisky soup, tasted like warmed "cheese wiz". The Bar needs improvement also, they were out of some beers and the drinks were extremely watered down.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank SalmonMac
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Washington State
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Never again!!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Ive commented on the Cliff house before. Ive been going there since the early '70's when it opened as the Cliff House.

In my last review I said give it a chance as it has THE million dollar view of Bellingham Bay and BC's Coast Range.

I now say FORGET IT!

Its TOO Expensive for what you get. The owner is out of touch with the locals and seems to think the sky's the limit for pricing.

Go to Anthony's or the Hearthfire for a better meal and treatment by the management!

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Arbutus T
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pleasant evening”
Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Had the chance to have dinner with my parents at the Cliff House. My father chose to sit outside not enjoy the wonderful ocean view. The staff was very polite and very helpful.
I must say though that the food was feast or famine. My Caesar salad had so so much cheese! It was like trying to eat a salt luck. My chicken and crab was incredibly under seasoned. Super bland. The fresh squeezed lemon aid was fantastic. For desert, I had Creme Brûlée. Wonderful! Magical. Made the whole trip worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Methiffany
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great view, poor service”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We booked an evening out to celebrate with family. The view from the restaurant can't be beat and we were lucky to have a window table. Despite the fact that we enjoyed our family gathering the service was really slow. It took ages for drinks to arrive and our waitress seemed completely stressed out, she acted as if she was waiting on every table in the place. The Samish starter plate was delicious and of course so was the whiskey soup but two of us ordered the lobster and it was completely overcooked and rubbery. I'm not a terribly picky eater but with the price of lobster you expect perfection!

  • Visited July 2013
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