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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 670
Beer Avg: 3.67
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1107 Railroad Ave.
Bellingham, Washington, 98227
United States
phone: (360) 647-5593

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5/5  rDev +22%

staceya2, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of denverick
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

denverick, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of bigkingken
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

This is about as good as it gets, folks.

Located a handful of miles south of the Canadian border, Boundary bay may be the perfect local brewpub. The restaurant is set in what once must have been a large garage, because a giant garage door separates the main dining area from the patio area open when the weather is nice.

But other than that, you'd never know it was a garage. The tables, decorations, bar, televisions and general atmosphere has nothing "garage" about it. The giant boats, sails and mounted fish adorning the ceilings and walls is a bit over the top, but overall, I loved the feel of this place.

The menu is *almost* typical pub fare. The difference is the ingredients: the combinations of local ingredients and freshness of what is available.

For example, my dining partner got a delicious pizza topped with smoked salmon and pesto. I had a sandwich stacked high with a fresh filet of salmon. And the pumpkin cheesecake to top the meal off wasn't too bad either. It tasted just like the perfect pumpkin pie, which I've never had, because apparently the perfect pumpkin pie is a pumpkin cheesecake.

The beer is absolutely outstanding. They had nine of their own beers, each of which was heavy on the malts, giving it the depth and complexity so sorely missed by many brewpubs looking to sell a lot of beer. The malt level means it is more expensive, and you can't drink as much, because it is filling as hell. But I loved absolutely everything they put in front of me.

And the service was great. Good suggestions. Attentive. Brought my large sampler out in flights so that they didn't get too warm.

bigkingken, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of WaBeerBlog
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

Boundary Bay is one of our all-time favorite brewpubs. The atmosphere is convivial and laid-back. The beers are award-winning, top-notch, with a good variety always on tap. The food is creative, fresh, local and delicious (try the Yam Alecheladas). And the ownership is engaged and cares deeply about the Bellingham community.

The 21+ bar area is the best place to sit, and it seems no matter what time you are there it's packed with everyone from the 21-year-old WWU student to the 65-year-old local fisherman.

Also of note is the beer garden, open roughly late spring through early fall with frequent events like live music, community events and even weddings. It's one of the largest beer gardens around, and it seems like it's always sunny in Bellingham.

Boundary Bay is a great place to stop on the way to or from hiking or skiing at Mt Baker, or we also enjoy spending the whole weekend in Bellingham to soak up the outdoorsy northwest vibe.

WaBeerBlog, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of heyealex
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

They have a great brewpub. The beer isn't the best I've had, but I've been spoiled over the years. Overall, its great quality, the Cascadian Dark is one of my favorites. The food is the best I've had at a brewpub, try the yam enchiladas, I thought it sounded crazy at first, but they are amazing. The staff is incredibly helpful and fun to be around, especially after a few pints. Very much recommended if you find yourself in Bellingham.

heyealex, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of loren01
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%

Went here while in Bellingham a couple weekends ago. Had been here one other time and had an awesome time here and remembered how good everything was. Went somewhat early...maybe like 4pm and the place was packed....looks like the locals love this place as well. Parking was a bit of a challenge but finally found a spot. We ended up having to wait for a table but the staff said we could grab a beer and go out on the patio so thats what we did. Looked like down below the patio they were setting up for some music that night. I started off drinking a double red which was one of their seasonals on the menu. The double red was amazing! Finally some guy left so we grabbed his table in the bar area and sat down. Service was very prompt...and we ordered our food and another beer (dopplebock this time). The dopplebock was even better than the first beer. We ended up getting nachos and a side of beef stew. Both of which were amazing. Its a good thing boundry bay isn't in the town I live in cause I'd be there probably more than I should. A must visit while in Bellingham.

loren01, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of kemoarps
4.55/5  rDev +11%

It definitely helps that it's a beautiful day, but walking up to the brewery with the view of the bay is stunning on a day like this.
Greeted by hop vines growing just inside a fenced off area next to the entrance, the seating is open and airy. It probably could get kind of stuffy during the winter when it's socked in, but on a bright sunny day like this it's airy and open.
Really friendly staff everytime I've come in, whether just to pick up some bottles or to eat. Even when it's super busy they are good about communicating that fact and keeping things moving.
Delicious food, handmade using local ingedients for the most part... priced about on par with standard stuff of the type.

Wholeheartedly recommend stopping in anytime you're in Bellingham, or northewest washington in general for that matter

kemoarps, May 08, 2013
Photo of waldowin
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Was headed up to Bellingham to visit a friend, and decided we should eat at Boundary Bay, having never been there.

Sails drape from the ceiling, light fixtures poking through. Live music outside, wooden tables, and a kitchen entrance right next to the bar, facing the main floor, lead to a relaxed, somewhat noisy atmosphere.

Our waitress was kept very busy, but never failed to check in on us, and keep our food and drinks coming. As soon as a glass was half empty, it was refilled. The empty glasses from our beer sampler platter were cleared almost as soon as we set them down.

We had a plate of nachos to start, and then dove into some lamburgers, which are served on a toasted roll. We had blue cheese added, and it was one of the best burgers I've had.

Of the sampler platter, the Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Scotch Ale, and IPA really stood out. Unfortunately, they were sold out of bottles of the IOS, not surprisingly.

The sampler platter and the burger came to $16 after tax, so it's not dirt cheap, but for the money you really can't beat the food.

waldowin, Sep 15, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Donkster46, Sunday at 09:58 PM
Photo of Gaffattack
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Loved it here. My first time was today. Service was great, although there wasn't as many beers to choose from than I thought. The tap house section of the brewery looked neat too with the option for the love music. I enjoyed the platter I had and I'm not much of an IPA guy but none of them weren't too bad. I was happy to see the hockey game on at the bar. I live up north, I want to watch hockey not football. Ill definitely be coming back after my deployment. I'm moving to fairhaven so ill be enjoying this place for years to come.

Gaffattack, Jan 02, 2014
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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.