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“Food was great value, Counter staff left something to be desired.”

Useless Bay Coffee Company
Ranked #1 of 5 Coffee & Tea in Langley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Seattle, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Food was great value, Counter staff left something to be desired.”
Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

I wanted to LOVE this place. It is a really cute space, with toddy coffee, and an ample breakfast menu. But the low affect, deadpan, cooler than thou feel of the wait staff left a bad taste in my mouth. The woman running food was awesome but my first points of contact at the counter were definitely not. Guys! You are not doing us a favor making us coffee, we are giving you business! So act happy to see us!

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Ashland, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Service mixed, coffee mediocre, food pretty good”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

I've been there only a few times but each time I'm surprised by the range of attitudes from the servers. Some are great, done are very rude and dismissive--snotty even. Um. Why?!
The salmon and Baja tacos were both great (albeit over sauced), the atmosphere is fantastic. They don't have many baked goods which seems strange in a coffeeshop of this size. The coffee is JUST okay. Mediocre. Fine. Still: If they could just get the service together, they'd be pretty good.

  • Visited September 2013
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Whidbey Island, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not the worst in Langley, but not the best either...”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Have had many meals there, and have to say that it's OK if you can sit outside. Given the weather most of the year,however, that's not always possible. Inside it is just plain too noisy. Several friends tell me this too. Try across the street at the Commons...excellent coffee, better atmosphere. The music outside is good...I will say that for Useless Bay. But if you are in Langley all year round, UB is not my first choice.

  • Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great local spot”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed the coffee and meals we had at Useless Bay. Everything is so fresh and the staff is very welcoming. While dining outdoors, we were treated to a local musician playing accordion and chatting with the diners. Really enjoyed feeling like a local while visiting this spot. Looking forward to a visit this Fall.

Visited May 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice spot for Breakfast and Lunch”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

If you are looking for a nice, casual lunch or breakfast in Langley, this is the spot. Their food is delicious and they have a great outdoor area.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Jen Z
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