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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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Fri - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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New Westminster, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Vancouver, Canada
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124 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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
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
Bellingham, Washington, USA
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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
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
Middlebury, Vermont
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181 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 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
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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
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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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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

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.

Thank Ron B
Bozeman, Montana
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

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

Thank jpkgirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15
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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?