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Colophon Cafe

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1208 11TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
+1 360-647-0092
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09:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Colophon has a varied menu and everything I have eaten has been good. But go for the African Peanut Soup which is their specialty soup and well worth trying.

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Thank Ron B
Bozeman, Montana
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always enjoy hitting the Colophon Cafe in Fairhaven when I visit Bellingham. The food is excellent and there are options for everyone.

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Thank jpkgirl
Delta, Canada
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

A small coffee house that serves good food. Lunch or brunch it's all good. Good service and good atmosphere.

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Thank DaveTanchak
Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took the scenic route along the coast from Bellingham and stopped in at this cafe for breakfast. Our meals were fresh and the waitress was very friendly and helpful. This cafe is attached to Village Books so plan to spend some time here. It's easy to become immersed in the bookstore and the staff was very helpful in recommending... More 

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Thank robnleo
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We have always enjoyed the food and casual environment offered up at the Colophon Cafe however after enduring tge fruit fly infestation for our last three visits i can honestly say ithis last trip was more than off putting. we won't be back until dealt with and i would strongly recommend you ask about this before you take a booth... More 

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Thank thecanucks2015
Chiang Mai
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice food and large number of choices. Food has always been good when we've visited. Service is OK. Nice book store and nicknacks for sale upstairs too.

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Thank SquashAddict
Ravenna, Ohio
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stopped here on a trip through the Bellingham communities. Had a wonderful lunch of Peanut Soup and Greek salad. Both were fantastic (never heard of it but it was great) along with the hot honey & lemonade beverage. Wonderfully attentive staff and nice outdoor seating area on a sunny day.

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Thank Jxstr
Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Refurbished a few years ago, this venue is a northwest classic-- fantastic especially in the winter when you want a warm and cosy break from the rain. Comfortable seating, friendly staff who are attentive but not intrusive. I find the small portion super crunch salad and a cup of soup is a generous meal. The peanut butter pie (gluten free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Great food, service, setting and at a good price. Also, they had a good selection of lunch items that were standard and a good selection of their own menu items. Highly recommend you stop here while in town

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Thank IFoundItToday
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

IFound, Thank you for your recent review! We are happy that you are happy and hope you will visit us next time you are in Fairhaven. Happy Eating! More 

Fair Oaks, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We ordered and shared the soup sampler. We chose peanut soup, the green poblano chicken soup and a chili. I really like the African peanut soup. It was flavorful with plenty of bite to it, Accompanied by a great salad and bread- very filling. service was attentive and reasonable prices.

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Thank Alen R
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Alen, Thank you for your recent review! We are known for our African Peanut soup and are glad that you got to try a couple others. We hope to see you again next time you are in the area. Happy Eating! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 11TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Bellingham
  • Phone Number: +1 360-647-0092
Description
Located in historic building over a hundred years old and adjacent to city park space for nearly 30 years, the Colophon Cafe is the true heart of Fairhaven. We strive for fresh and delicious food, offering five homemade soups a day, fresh salads and good old comfort food with the best French dips, pulled pork and potpies. Our bakers make all our goodies from scratch. We are undergoing a remodel and expansion in early 2014 and are excited to see you soon!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?