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The Big Blue Cafe

846 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-6216
+1 707-826-7578
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good51%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“french toast” (10 reviews)
“potatoes” (8 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
846 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-6216
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy place this, but we didn't have to wait in line. Got a sweet table right by the window. Expected it to be busy, and it was. Sam is a fun waiter, and so attentive and friendly. Enjoyed him as much as the great food...More

Thank Lee L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the California classic-style breakfast/lunch eateries, this is the place to go for comfort food with attitude. The coffee is wonderfully dark and rich, arriving in big, deep mugs. The menu is creative, taking more than a few liberties. The day we were there,...More

Thank CA_Eco_Traveler
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Ate here twice. Had great service and excellent food. Waitstaff is super friendly and food arrived quickly. It's located in the square at the center of town.

Thank dsnolan4
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The décor and atmosphere feels like visiting one of the relatives you like. Breakfast has fruit & yogurt to hearty sandwiches and burritos. The breakfast club - club sandwich on French Toast is a must have and the home fries are creamy rich to the...More

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Arcata is a small town so I think everyone is nice to each other there, also they are so friendly to visitors and students. I never had a chance to eat here when I was a student, but this year, on my trip to CA...More

Thank Bobbyaisss
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

I had Karen's potatoes with the vegan option because I'm lactose intolerant and substituted eggs over medium for tofu scramble. If you want to substitute all of the cheese and sour cream with avocado there is an up charge. My meal and mimosa were very...More

Thank etown_elle
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Great service, right on the Arcata plaza, but they still have jam served in those plastic - one use - throw away containers.

Thank gillblack2
Reviewed 1 September 2016

A very popular place with the locals and visitors. The food is excellent and the portions are generous. You might have to wait for a table but it is worth it.

Thank lentz316
Reviewed 26 August 2016

While on a visit with my daughter she suggested The Big Blue Cafe for breakfast before we started on our long drive home. I was surprised to see Biscuits and Veggie Gravy on the menu I was reluctant to order it, but the very nice...More

1  Thank K24fan
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I have been here twice and both times the food and service were great. Will eat here again when I am in town.

Thank Maegan664
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 846 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-6216
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Humboldt County  >  Arcata
  • Phone Number: +1 707-826-7578
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