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“What a place!”
Review of Columbian Cafe

Columbian Cafe
Ranked #38 of 101 Restaurants in Astoria
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Description: Featuring fresh local seafood and gourmet meat and vegetarian or vegan dishes.. Enjoy a specialty cocktail in the VoodooRoom, a visual homage to New Orleans.Long a favorite of locals and visitors from afar.
Martinez, California
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“What a place!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Recommended by our bed and breakfasts hosts.
The food was delicious and Marco was extraodinarily
entertaining! Not quite a 5, but definitely 4 l/2.

Visited September 2012
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Olympia, WA
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great surprise inside!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Read the positive reviews and had to give it a try! So friendly and amazingly good and fresh food! The atmosphere isn't much, but it didn't really matter. The garlic jelly was a hit for us and our two year old. Homemade bread was divine. Will come again! Make sure to check out the antique store down the way. Tons of stuff and great prices!

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South Bend, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mt favorite breakfast place.”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Great breakfast. The spinach frittata is excellent, and they serve their homemade toast with 4 jellys, They are all tasty, but I am addicted to the garlic jelly.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, MA
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Don't miss this little place!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

If you have one meal in Astoria have it here! Marco is an amazing chef! I recommend sitting at the bar so you can watch him cook and chat with him. Also - don't miss the jellies home made from peppers and one from garlic. You'll never taste anything like them! If you can't decide what to eat ask the kids working there or Marco for suggestions, they will happily steer you right! A good mantra in the Pacific Northwest is: anything with bacon and shellfish is always a good eat!!!

Visited September 2012
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Thank ootanaboot
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Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Eclectic, wonderful restaurant”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

When in Astoria, if you are into something out of the ordinary, you must stop here! The food is outstanding.

Let me say here, I would never try a beet in a restaurant before this. My wife ordered the beet pesto and arugula pesto pasta dish and it was out if this world great! We almost stopped the next day to get an order to go, but ran out of time. It was amazing. Reasonably priced, cooked to order right in front of you with fresh made pasta for your order.

I must say, don't be in a big hurry, because this place has its own time. Allow 1.5 or so to really savor the whole atmosphere. The cook, Marco, is entertaining and friendly, and really should be on a cooking show. He's that good! Service was nice and friendly.

If you are in for a culinary adventure, try the "mercy plate", which is the chefs choice. In 23 years he says he has never cooked the same entree twice. Wonderful salmon with spinach, spices and a great lingering aftertaste.

Try this place! Oh, by the way, they only take cash so bring $50 or so for a great experience on the Mouth of the Columbia!

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