Northwater

4.2
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82 reviews
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$30 and under
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Regional American (Northwest)
EAT. DRINK. EXPERIENCE. That's the motto here at Northwater. We're attached to the new Holiday Inn & Suites, across from Bellingham International Airport, and we feature house made craft cocktails and an innovative, farm to table style menu.

Our passion for great food and cocktails, starts with great product. Our menu highlights fresh ingredients, from local farms with sustainable practices and we strive to showcase all that the Northwest has to offer.

Whether you're driving north from Seattle on I5, or south from Vancouver (we're just across the highway from Costco), we are the destination that meets all of your needs.
What 82 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
3.8
Ambience
4.0
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stayed at the hotel and saw high marks on open table a decided to try.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

First time at the restaurant, overall very good dining experience. We will definitely be back, and would recommend. Went on Valentines evening, and the lobster and Prawn dinner special was very good. Impressed with quality of the food, kudos to the chef on duty. Also, the seafood chowder was really good!

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vipGreg
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Imaginative food, with only one dish a bit subpar, excellent service, and tremendous Happy Hour value! We will be back.

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KimberlyR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is great. Very creative. My steak was cooked perfectly. The prices are really reasonable for the quality. The servers were very competent and friendly (without being that annoying saccharine sweet I’m often annoyed by.) Try the clams! And the deviled eggs! And the cauliflower!

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NATALIEW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Prime rib was good. Difficult to cut the meat as they have these weird curved plates that tip when you try to cut your meat . Meat was served on top of the vegetables. When you moved it to the side to cut the plate spun around on the slick table. We had to ask for steak knives that were awkward and not helpful. We put a napkin underneath the plate, that helped a little bit. Also the booths had a step up and they put all the handicapped older people at these dangerous step up booths. The hostess should take that into consideration when she is seating older people with canes.
Server was cheerful and we thanked her for working on Christmas Day. She agreed the plates were a problem for some people.

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vipJAKesq
Vancouver
51 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

All of the reviews and pictures fail to give you the hint that this is a Holiday Inn restaurant. So let's just say my wife and I were a little surprised when we drove up for dinner and realized this wasn't a standalone Pacific Northwest restaurant.

We were pleasantly surprised with our meals. All around it was delicious, well executed, and worth the price paid. The server was especially friendly and helpful. The decor is very Holiday Inn -- but do not let that scare you away.

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Darlinlilly56
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Normally, we have had an outstanding experience here. But, this time, the halibut seemed over cooked and dry. We will go back again because of our prior experiences.

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DawnA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was amazing not complaints. The drinks were ok over priced at. The service on the other hand left a lot to be desired. Our 1st impression of our sever was when she spilled water all over me and the table. As this was all going down another service walked by and made a comment "it's only water" and kept walking. Didn't offer to help. Our server took a while to come back to check on us and take out order also had to come back to let us know a couple of times to let us know what we ordered wasn't available.

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TERRYS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was excellent and well prepared. We particularly enjoyed the fact that the noise level was very low, so we could have a conversation without shouting. That alone makes this one of our favorite restaurants in our area. The decor is low-key but very attractive.

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captT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and drink for our party of 5 was great. The waiter very attentive. My cocktail was excellent. I'll definitely come again when in town...

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LVA7
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Service was meh. Food quality and flavors were very poor and excessively priced.

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CarolynD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We visit Northwater fairly regularly because the food is almost always terrific. There aren't many excellent restaurants within 20 minutes of our home, but Northwater is one. We have been delighted with this spot since our first visit. Food, ambiance, service, unique beverages...all very good. Occasionally service is a little slow, but only when they are especially busy. Our favorite appetizer is the roasted cauliflower with embellishments. Yum! The burgers and salads are great, as are the entrees! The menu has changed over time...we miss the fish and chips...best ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I made a reservation for an important occasion and the restaurant cancels on me only a few days prior

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was great and the food was cooked perfectly. The bison burgers are amazing.

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DebbiC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Surprisingly creative dishes that delighted the palate and senses!

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MMartini
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and the food was great! I’d highly recommend. We had a large party of eight and had limited time. They let us preorder prior to us arriving so they could get our food and drinks out on time. Stellar service!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The waitress dropped our food on the floor, never came back to check on us or refill drinks during the meal, and the poor service wasn't because they were busy. We were seated immediately and would not have needed a reservation. The food was just okay.

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Kevduder
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have had many great meals here! The king salmon is the best in town! The pork chop is also outstanding. Nice portions and a great visual display! The prawn pasta is a great dinner, hard to pick from the menu. The beef fillets is a winner every thing!

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SheriS
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very comfortable and enjoyable. Great happy hour deals

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vipTeaman
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

We were shocked when our Uber pulled in to the Holiday Inn Express. I found no mention on the website that this was a hotel dining room. We honored our reservation but felt mislead. We went safe on our ordering (burgers) which were OK but definitely felt mislead.

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vipBronteATX
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner very much. Good service and choices.

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Went with a small group for weekend dinner and enjoyed our time there. The food was all very tasty. We had a variety of menu items: hamburgers, Alaskan halibut( yum), & woodfire flatbread. Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks. My halibut was prepared with quinoa yam cakes, kale and avocado salsa and was wonderful. My rating was lowered a little, as we went on New Years eve and they were a bit short handed, due to the special parties and busy evening. All in all, I would definitely go again.

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KZoo
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server Stephen was wonderful. He has a great sense of humor, was there when we needed him, and I hope he is our server for our next birthday party.

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Jesse2000
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

We went for our 20th anniversary. We put that on our reservation as the reason for dinner. Nobody said anything to acknowledge it. Why ask on the online reservation if it doesn't matter to you? Other restaurants have done something special for lesser occasions. The cocktail was mostly ice, the flat bread was ok, a little burnt around the edges. In the shrimp pasta, the shrimp was fine, but the sauce had no flavor and it tasted like plain noodles with a little spice. And the salmon was dry. The restaurant has a great, trendy feel to it, and the menu is fun and unique, but with the quality of food they use, and the prices they charge, we would have expected it to taste better. Maybe we went on an off night, but we were very disappointed after reading so many great reviews.

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Linda
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I was really surprised at the quality of this restaurant, which is inside an airport Holiday Inn. The food was delicious and the service was great. I had a Caesar salad to start and meatloaf as my main course. Loved both.

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Avgdame
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Great service, terrible food. Ribs were very dry and bland! Same could be said about the salmon. My shrimo pasta made me very sick almost immediately after. Stick to drinks if you go! They are weak but won't make you sick!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Another great meal at the Northwater. You just can't go wrong here. We will be back soon.

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CapnRob
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We met with some friends for dinner and were pleased with the food and the service. Northwater has a varied menu using fresh local ingredients. The menu changes seasonally. Our server was attentive but not overly so. It took a while to get our food, but we enjoyed some wine and conversation. The food was worth the wait. I had the ribs which were meaty and "fall off the bone" tender. My wife had the meatloaf and loved it. We are going back next week for dinner with another friend.

We have also been to the bar for happy hour. The menu is loaded with creative dishes to tempt you. Reasonably priced happy drinks also.

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bhoyt
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unusual dishes beautifully prepared. Menu items change regularly.

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tracey
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

When the hostess greets you with, “Oh, you have a reservation?” it should be a sign to turn around and leave. Sadly we did not.
Our server arrived a few minutes after we were seated, came back quickly to get drink orders, and then disappeared for ten minutes! It should not take that long to pour two glasses of wine! When she returned with our entrees, she admitted that she made a mistake - but couldn’t recall what it was. (It was substituting my husband’s rice for mashed potatoes.) She also messed up by telling me the ribs were baby backs when they were spare ribs - and very tough ones at that! I may have gotten 2 ounces of meat from 8 ribs - a disappointment, since the flavor was so good. On an upside, the Brussels and horseradish mashed potatoes were great.
When I told the server about the ribs, her consolation to us was to offer a free banana cream pie. Ten minutes later she came in with our coffee and a creme brûlée , because they were out of the pie! Really?
In the end, she comped the wine, dessert, and coffee. In the end, it was still mediocre at best.

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JacobB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience5

Made a reservation for 8:45, when my wife finally found someone to help her at 8:51 we were told they wouldn’t seat us because the kitchen closes at 9:00

Sat in the lounge instead, waitress got my wife’s order in, food was awful, server was overwhelmed but friendly, we had to go to the bar a few times to order our drinks ourselves. This is the 4th time we’ve been there and we always look forward to it. Not again

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mildmanneredpharmacist
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleasantly impressed with this restaurant in an airport hotel.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They did a great job handling 21 people for dinner and 10 for breakfast the next morning. The beet deviled eggs are delicious!

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LaurieA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was amazing! It is often hard to find a restaurant that has great options for people that like 'traditional' food and vegans in the same location. Northwater surpassed our expectations. The only thing I would recommend they change is the decor as it is a bit plain and not a good representation of what their great staff and menu have to offer you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a big group in the dining room which they facilitated easily for us. The food was wonderful and the service was great! Loved the atmosphere.

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Pickman
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The environment is nice inside the restaurant. There is no view to look at and no reason to make it a destination other than a nice menu offering and nice looking restaurant to settle into. Staff was friendly and as we were told it would not be over the top, we got what we expected. We did enjoy our evening.

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vipSerenity
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

This time the service was the superior level of the last, but the recipe for my same entre dish had changed - for the worse. The chicken scallopini had too many artichokes that were just large chunks, and lacking the melding with the other flavors. The chicken, rather than improving, was drier than before. It was okay, just not as good as it could have been.
The real problem was that they did not have the same dining room open, so seated us in the bar. Fortunately, we got one of the two available tables that had some natural sunlight and were regular height. I do not sit on high stools - ever - and avoid dark, unwindowed spaces on sunny days. Certainly, it is not worth driving many miles to this far north Bellingham location near the airport, to be in the atmosphere of a bar, rather than the beautiful dining room décor I had so enjoyed last time. I noticed the wait staff had to come a long way to/from the kitchen, too. It would have been a better idea to seat everyone in the dining room, then get drinks if people are indulging at lunchtime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Didn’t realize this was a holiday inn dining facility. Service and kitchen was very slow. Took 1.5 hours for breakfast and food was cold or not cooked well (eggs ordered as over medium were barely cooked).

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DebbieH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time trying after hearing rave reviews - did not disappoint. The cocktails were amazing!! Great service & delicious food. Will definitely be returning!

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KaylaMayla
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice place , service and staff. Didn’t like that you were nickel and dimed for asking for extra sauce for the fries. Basically offset the happy hour price.

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