Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1107 Railroad Ave.
Bellingham, Washington, 98227
United States

(360) 647-5593 | map
bbaybrewery.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.79
Beers:
132
Reviews:
521
Ratings:
1,053
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.06
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
69
pDev:
9.85%
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Reviews by Mikey440:
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Mikey440 from California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jan 10, 2017
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MikeN11 from Washington

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cool spot with a good vibe at least during covid. The issue I had was with the staff asking what "we" wanted. Pretty sure "we" didn't eat together and damn sure "we" didn't pay together. Scrap we and go back to what would you like.

The food is good not great but the "we" stuff drove me crazy.

Feb 25, 2021
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U2Chaser from North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Oct 15, 2018
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Red_Zeke from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Mar 17, 2018
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GaryColeman from California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 28, 2017
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Jun 24, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've actually been here many times, but never reviewed it until today, apparently. My wife, kids, mother, and I went there for lunch yesterday.

They're kid friendly, open and friendly vibe. Bistro isn't the nicest in the world, but it's not bad. I like going there.

They generally make good but not special beer. They have a decent selection of beer, maybe 8-10 taps, only their own beers. Yesterday, they had their 2014 Old Bounder on tap, and it was extremely good (I had a second glass of it and bought a bottle to take home).

Their food is good -- much better than standard pub grub. I haven't been disappointed by anything I've had there, and their menu seems to change somewhat, with a few dishes that seem to be on the menu all the time.

May 30, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on an afternoon Saturday, December 26, 2015
Bartender was very attentive even with a full restaurant
Limited choice coming from brewery
location and place is very good but parking is a challenge

Dec 28, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Dec 09, 2015
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nov 14, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Boundary Bay on a recent trip to Bellingham and it was my favorite of the breweries I visited. It has a very lived-in brewpub feel, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a population of regulars in addition to the autumn-weekend tourists.

There were about a dozen beers on tap during my visit, and the ones I had were decent if not mind-blowing. Everything seems well-crafted, even if the individual beers weren't all exactly to my taste. The food is good; I opted for the reuben (my go-to brewery choice) and it was quite tasty. The staff are friendly and I felt like I was treated as a regular despite it having been my first visit. I will definitely try to return here the next time I'm in town.

Oct 12, 2015
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Sails_Ambassador from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jul 15, 2015
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Noooddle from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Jul 05, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

May 17, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Vibe — A bustling and busy space with nice tall ceilings and a small main bar area that peers into the brewing space. Nice and warm, always packed. Nice outdoor seating in the warmer months.

Quality — Always high quality, though the beers may not be earth shattering, they are always well made and tasty.

Service — Usually quite good, sometimes not so much, a bit inconsistent, but overall it is good, quick and attentive.

Selection — Limited taps and often times there is something on Randal and something on Cask, can usually find something new, but can always find an old favorite.

Food — Pretty limited menu, but I have never had a dish I didn't like, the Turkey Dip is a go to, and the salads are always great.

Overall — A great place for an original craft beer and good food. We go multiple times a month.

Apr 15, 2015
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Brandonparrent from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Dec 29, 2014
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TheBungyo from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Boundary Bay has long been a staple in the NW craft beer community and even after all these years they're still on their game. Most of their offerings are very good, and the food is consistently good as well. Plus, there's usually a few offerings on cask. All of this coupled with great service make this a must visit when in Bellingham.

Dec 07, 2014
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Anaxagoris from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Dec 03, 2014
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mr-jj from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

I like the vibe of this brewpub. Lots of energy, friendly servers, great menu and food, and a good beer selection.

Nov 13, 2014
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ZachT from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Oct 24, 2014
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Erik-P from Canada (BC)

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Sep 27, 2014
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Donkster46 from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Sep 14, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Aug 16, 2014
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soccerbrew from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Jul 16, 2014
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EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First the good: love the room, the beer garden, the whole ambiance. It's great! The service was just as great. It was busy and our server was doing a fantastic job of being personable and making sure everyone was happy. Amazing! The menu has a good selection that is sure to please a wide variety of people. Speaking of which, it's a good mix of patrons from sporty-bikesters to hipsters to everyday working people. I wish patrons were allowed to choose the 6 beers in the sampler but it covers nearly all their regular offerings ... and when I asked about the two keg beers the great server happily brought me mini tasters in addition to the 6 on my tray.
Now for the bad: I really didn't like any of their beers. They were totally disjointed, tasting like they were just thrown together without any sense of balance. The listed alcohol levels were reasonable but the lack of a balanced accentuated the alcohol which made the beers taste even worse. I didn't finish any of the eight I tried. I thought I had hit the beers on an off day but a local beside me was raving about their big and bold taste.
So I'm torn about recommending BBB to friends. How about: it's a fantastic beer destination but just don't drink the beers.
Maybe it's just me so I'll give the beers another chance another time ...

Jun 29, 2014
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
Brewery rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1053 ratings