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Colophon Cafe

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1208 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
+1 360-647-0092
09:00 - 20:00
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Graham, Washington
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for lunch and were very pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is lovely, the staff very friendly and attentive. The food was very good, and they have a wide variety of baked goods that we did not sample, but look delicious!

Thank Lori W
Ladner, Canada
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220 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We haven't been here for almost a year, and we were pleasantly surprised by all of the changes. The place looks fantastic, and the food is as good as ever. You just can't beat the soup here!

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

We are so glad you found us again! We did expand and remodel, added a bar and are still the same comfortable place you would want to take any of your friends or family. We hope to see you again soon and pass on the word in support of an original and local business. More 

New Westminster, Canada
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Had a very chatty exuberant waitress....she was fun. It was easy to order a good burger, but just withhold the bun...the final presentation was good, with yummy soup.

Thank BC-Westminster
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Cafe. We pride ourselves on homemade soups (5 each day) made with love and attention not often found in today's convenience world. Our servers love what they do and what they represent and it shows. We hope to see you back soon! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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126 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Needed a lunch stop on the way to Seattle. The Fairhaven district is always a good bet as there are many good restaurants and interesting shops for a quick browse. We were very impressed with Colophon Café. Substituting a croissant for the bread on my sandwich was an excellent choice and their peanut soup was wonderfully spiced and not too... More 

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

Burkevillian, thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Cafe! We would love to have you back again soon! More 

Bellingham, Washington
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Colophone Cafe is tucked near Fairhaven Village Green where all the farmer's markets and in this case, the holiday festival was held. We snagged a great table near the fireplace and immediately were greeted by the friendly staff (David C). I was treating two college students to a small meal and one was very familiar with the cafe. She ordered... More 

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

Fritztc, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Cafe. David is one of our favorite servers and, in fact, helps to train all the others. We hope to see you next time you are in the area. More 

Bellingham, Washington, USA
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Such a comfort spot. Warm & cozy. The food is wonderful especially the desserts. In the mood for a book? you don't have to go far. The soups & salads are delightful.

Thank Martha1105
sophiasmith, Manager at Colophon Cafe, responded to this review

Martha 1105, Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Cafe! We pride ourselves on our desserts made from scratch right on the premises in our "little bakery that could". Our desserts are originals you will not find in a big box freezer and they are made with love and attention. We hope you will visit us again soon! More 

Redmond, Washington
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130 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This restaurant is in the basement of a bookstore. Wow, what more could you ask for? Service was excellent and food was delicious. The menu had a good variety and the potato wedges were wonderful.

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

Yep, Symbiosis exists with books and a cafe. It has worked well for us the past 30+ years and we hope with local support it will continue for 30+ more! Thank you for supporting local independent business, it is what keeps our area unique and we hope to se you soon! More 

Middlebury, Vermont
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181 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

My friends reside in Bellingham, and while I was visiting they made sure to bring me here! It's a great location on the Fairhaven Green, and right across the street from where I was staying at the Fairhaven Village Inn. Cute decor and comfort. Good service and LOTS of vegetarian options on the menu, clearly marked with a "V." I'm... More 

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

Suzinvt, thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Cafe! We hope you will be back soon with your friends in Bham. Definitely try our dessert options, we have a nearly vegan (honey) chocolate torte that carnivores love! Happy Eating! More 

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110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I have been coming to the Colophon Cafe for years through all of its different iterations. I am so glad that through all the changes this cafe has a blend of my favourite things-a fabulous book store, wonderful food, and caring staff. They also have an African peanut soup that is very similar to the ground nut soup I used... More 

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

Thank you for your recent review of the Colophon Cafe! We hope you will visit us again soon. Because we are a small, local business we do care about our customers and we hope it shows! More 

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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

We love going to the Colophon. They have vegetarian friendly options. There soups are incredible. The hot honey lemonade is one of my favorite beverages.

Thank tinydancr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 22:00
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
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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