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A Sanctuary of Food and Culture

COUNTRY ITALIAN CUISINE

COUNTRY ITALIAN CUISINE

A down home meal made with exceptional local ingredients using the Italian flavor profile.

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PURITY. HEART. SEED

Our loving intention is to nourish our community that gathers to share in food and drink, in art and ideas.

We artfully blend the purest local foods with kind hospitality and ambiance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

food is our common ground, it is a sanctuary of food thru culture.

With warmth and gratitude.

Richard Balogh Signature
CHEF RICHARD BALOGH

The Best in the West

A place of comfort

A place of rest

A place of sustenance

A place of soul

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Meat, Fish, Vegetables

Weekly rotating menu based on three categories

MEAT – FISH – VEGETABLES

with the freshest seasonal and foraged ingredients.

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CASUAL FINE DINING EXPERIENCE

THE BEST ITALIAN TABLE ON MT. BAKER HIGHWAY

Come dine with us and experience hospitality and community in an intimate setting.

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What critics are saying about us

Great place, amazing food.
Lime Doggie
Lime Doggie
14:05 26 Apr 19
First time visiting. The lamb chops and brussel sprout casserole were excellent. No salad or bread is offered with the meal though.
russ gollen
russ gollen
17:22 18 May 19
The owner is a wonderful guy and the food was so delicious! We'll be back again soon to try other things on the menu.
Danielle Foley
Danielle Foley
13:10 01 Jun 19
Excellent place to stop for a family meal or a special occasion!
T Thompson
T Thompson
05:47 21 Jun 19
Gem of a spot in the middle of now-here.Richard and Zach are great human beings and the food is pretty good too !So good
Armen Mahdessian
Armen Mahdessian
00:04 05 Jul 19
Wonderful food, often find myself coming here or out my way, just to visit rifugio's.
Maksym Shakhov
Maksym Shakhov
15:35 06 Jul 19
Super. Casual. Wish it was in. Norman Ok.. We would visit every week. Just won't happen. On the way back from. Ak. Will not be able to visit again. Super food.
Dean Covel
Dean Covel
03:17 07 Jul 19
I feel like I've been keeping this place a secret for too long. It's the kind of place you want to tell everyone about because the food and vibe are 5 star, but it's a small place so you don't want... the world to descend on it and not be able to get a table! Selfish, I know.We love to brunch here. My daughter always gets the breakfast carbonara and I love the Twin Sisters, poached eggs on potato cakes with Richard's riff on a hollandaise.Their coffee is fantastic, so if you're driving by and don't have time to go in, you can order coffee and fresh donut holes at the window.read more
Lizzie Lau
Lizzie Lau
23:35 11 Jul 19
Delicious brunch menu! The Twin Sisters (potato cake eggs Benedict) was delicious and beautiful. This place is definitely worth stopping by if you're out this way!
Eric Chen
Eric Chen
20:44 13 Jul 19
Restaurant a clear passion project from the owner. Cosy, inviting space. Was served by the owner, who is a fun and friendly person. Fabulous pasta, and nicely done wine list with price points to suit... and type of person!Truly a lovely experienceread more
Sarah
Sarah
01:58 17 Jul 19
I had planned to take a photo of our meal, but the food was gone before I knew it. Great staff, fun environment and delicious food. No complaints.
Taylin Burns
Taylin Burns
01:15 20 Jul 19
Possibly the greatest restaurant in the history of the world!!! Check out for yourself & decide!
Bill Webster II
Bill Webster II
05:37 21 Jul 19
Went to one of the feasts. Just the right amount of food. Outstanding flavor! Very Local ingredients. 100% recommend.
Brody Coleman
Brody Coleman
00:35 11 Aug 19
Quite good food with friendly casual atmosphere
Stuart Wyatt
Stuart Wyatt
21:25 31 Aug 19
Awesome cuisine! We did not have a reservation but they squeezed us in and so thankful we stopped! A ten in our book! So glad we found this great family owned and operated restaurant. We will... definitely be back!read more
Harmony Forbes
Harmony Forbes
05:41 01 Sep 19
I’ve wondered about this place every time I drive by it (I mean, “Country” Italian? ...) but managed to stop this time and it was fantastic. It’s a little place but the food was top notch.
Adam Lewis
Adam Lewis
23:12 02 Sep 19
We chose to visit Rifugios for our 10th Anniversary dinner. The food was pretty good but the service was a little to be desired. We had to ask for water after watching all other customers receive... theirs first off. We were talked out of an appetizer ( bread, oil, balsamic)that we definitely had room for. Bread is ala carte, it isn’t offered with your meal. We were pretty much ignored after we got our dinner plates. I wanted another drink but didn’t want to ask for something else, which isn’t my job as the customer. However the goat cheese bruschetta was AMAZING! Kale Caesar simply done but very good. My tuna was very nicley done (seared) but was served with fried jo jo style potatoes? My husbands favorite food is lasagna. Their lasagna is pretty good but served in a crock, which was fine but should’ve been offered a spoon on the side because eating out of a bowl with a fork doesn’t always work well. We had the cheesecake and shared a very yummy espresso for dessert. We appreciated the garden fresh produce used and the dining room was smartly done. The price point was pretty spot on. Not overpriced or under for the quality of food. Presentation was nice. The log sections between the bar and dining room was a great touch! We had heard about this place a few years ago and had been waiting for a chance to go. We drove 2 hours to have a special dinner here and had made a reservation. We enjoyed our meal but were not blown away by the service. Might be back if we are up that way to play in the forest but won’t make a special trip again. If you live around there though try it out! Get the bruschetta!read more
stephanie Meyer
stephanie Meyer
16:36 14 Sep 19
Great atmosphere and fabulous food
Mary Guertin
Mary Guertin
03:28 28 Sep 19
Very rustic, charming, cozy. Amazing food.
brenda clark
brenda clark
20:05 29 Sep 19
Excellent food. I have eaten there many times and have never had a bad experience. The food is always delicious.
Lyn Morgan-Hill
Lyn Morgan-Hill
01:11 15 Oct 19
A true Rifugio!Artfully displayed seasonal bounty and locally roasted coffee press coffee warmed us upon arrival and the owner/chef/artist/server is clearly passionate about everything there.Tea... and Wine available as well.Next time!Both Pasta dishes were delicious!We will make a special trip whenever we make an excuse to.Thursday-SundayAccommodations for large parties as well.read more
Rachel Root
Rachel Root
03:30 28 Oct 19
Outstanding gourmet quality food. Really nice owners. Highly recommended!
Orrin Char
Orrin Char
21:04 22 Dec 19
Great atmosphere and delicious food
Matt Bianconi
Matt Bianconi
20:31 28 Dec 19
Cozy, great food, great coffee
Munchscream
Munchscream
21:29 16 Feb 20
Excellent food, good service and a warm atmosphere
Matt Soden
Matt Soden
22:53 21 Feb 20
We ate here for dinner service and really recommend this place. The ambiance is great and prices are reasonable for the quality of food and level of service.My wife had the linguini and meatballs.... The pasta was perfect al dente, and the three big meatballs were very flavorful.I had the meat special of veal chop, brussel sprouts and polenta. Again everything was technically executed but my steak had too much salt and garlic on it. I love salty food and garlic so the first half of the steak tasted amazing but then it started to become overwhelming by the time I was done. The chef seemed to be educating some new cooks so maybe it was a one off issue. The brussel sprouts and polenta were perfect.We'll be back on another trip to Mt Baker.read more
Bill W
Bill W
21:22 02 Mar 20
My friend and I are both vegans and they were very accommodating thank you
Susan Harvey
Susan Harvey
00:26 06 Mar 20
Talk about the epic hole in the wall place. Rumors are true if you find one then you will get GREAT food this place proves that rumor. If you find yourself going to Mount Baker it’s worth the stop.
Julianna Umana
Julianna Umana
01:49 08 Mar 20
Amazing food. We had the lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo. Both amazing. A friend had the steak special and said it was one of the best steaks he has ever had. Great apps and wine as well. Very lovely... staff.read more
Kim Rodgers
Kim Rodgers
22:47 16 Mar 20
Wonderful attention to detail and superb menu choices will leave you wanting to visit this place again and again.
Mark Williams
Mark Williams
23:15 16 Mar 20
Very good and they fed us even though they were closing. Very nice people.
Rob Heath
Rob Heath
02:10 08 Jun 20
Really good food. Great service.
Dan Hanlon
Dan Hanlon
08:21 23 Jun 20
The best food on 542E. Great food and lots of character (mostly the owner/waiter/chef!). This little rustic restaurant tucked away between 542E and the Nooksack River is a diamond in the ruff. Be... ready for a small menu that often has sold out items. Be ready for a wait staff of one (owner/operator). Be ready for the slow pace of the countryside. But also be ready for some seriously delicious Italian food made with lots of love and continuous creativity. The owner is an absolute sweetheart and a man with a great passion for serving excellent food to any and all who come visit. We've been going here for years and years and it's never the same menu for long but always the same great experience.read more
Aaron Straight
Aaron Straight
21:07 27 Jul 20
What an awesome and unexpected find this was. After a long day of hiking, we could not have found a better spot. Everything we ordered was excellent. The Lobster Gnocci and Homemade Lasagna were some... of the best I’ve had. I will make a point to go again when back in the area. A+read more
William Campbell
William Campbell
06:05 01 Aug 20
Personal service, excellent food and small place charm.
Diana CarsonWalker
Diana CarsonWalker
01:28 10 Aug 20
On our way home after going to Mt. Baker we stopped at Refugio Country Italian Food. The food, atmosphere, and service was all top notch. I had lasagna, Diana had the meatloaf. Both were excellent.... The owner, Richard, was out waiter. We had a great time there and will go again.read more
Sandy Brown
Sandy Brown
02:53 10 Aug 20
Al fresco dining in a lovely mountain setting was wonderful. Good was rustic & delicious. Other patrons, apparently regulars, were very friendly. Be prepared to relax; it isn't fast food.
Mary Dickens
Mary Dickens
17:53 20 Aug 20
Not much to add, amazing taste, amazing setting, and fantastic people.
tim k
tim k
03:53 07 Sep 20
An amazing and homey restaurant with fabulous service and delicious food. Brunch with the twin sisters benedict is one of the best benedicts in whatcom county. A must eat place with many options!
Rose Achey
Rose Achey
00:34 14 Sep 20
"The Cleveland" was a great breakfast dish.
Ron Reimer
Ron Reimer
02:37 16 Sep 20
Great food and service.
Carole Burton
Carole Burton
00:41 04 Oct 20
Very good food 👌 awesome atmosphere, out of the way but worth the travel
Tim Goette
Tim Goette
04:19 09 Oct 20
The food was excellent and the chicken was sourced locally. Owner was very nice and served us. Highly recommend checking out this local place if you are in the area.
Nathan McKay
Nathan McKay
02:11 17 Oct 20
My husband and I are in the Glacier, WA area for a weekend getaway and found Rifugio's on Google. This italian restaurant is wonderful! The moment you enter this small charming place you feel... welcome. The owner sat us and waited on us while we were there. He was able to explain the nights dinner menu and suggest some dishes. The chicken fettuccine alfredo and white sauce chicken Lasagna were heavenly! I would definitely eat here again if we are in the Deming area.read more
Olivia McKay
Olivia McKay
02:23 19 Oct 20
The food was amazing. Some of the best I have ever have, make sure to get the sausage.
Brock Barge
Brock Barge
22:51 29 Nov 20
My Mum and I stopped by on our way home and the Smoked Salmon fettuccine was wonderful and so was The Andes meatloaf. The owner also makes an excellent cup of tea.
Allee Gordon
Allee Gordon
23:43 06 Dec 20
Finally stopped by the place after driving by a hundred times. Absolutely delicious.
Joe G
Joe G
01:29 07 Dec 20
Super great food, and you can tell the chef really loves what he does! He changes the menu pretty frequently based off of what's in season, it's small and focused on good dishes, and he even collects... some of the ingredients himself!The area is very neat too, there are art installations nearby for you to look at while you wait for your food, and the inside of the restaurant is beautiful for when it's open again. It is a little pricey, but for what you get I would say it's worth it. Plus you support someone who is very passionate about what they do!Definitely a good place to check out.read more
CMDR Plorpoise
CMDR Plorpoise
05:48 30 Jan 21
We had the most enchanting evening as the only guests at Rifugio’s. Richard, the owner and chef, is clearly dedicated to his craft. He was passionate, warm, and made us feel at home which is saying a... lot given The current times. We felt safe - masks when he came to the table, the only guests, etc. the food was unreal. Every dish was executed perfectly. My favorites were the homemade bread and oil and the lamb ragù enough. Topped off with a bottle of Italian red — we were transported for a couple of hours to the old days of dinners out, only better. Total satisfaction. Huge thanks to Richard for making our weekend.read more
Hannah Spring
Hannah Spring
15:05 02 Feb 21
Amazing Valentine's day experience! This place is a fantastic find. Richard the chef is amazing. Highly recommend!
Brandon Whitley (EnderGotGame)
Brandon Whitley (EnderGotGame)
05:38 15 Feb 21
Awesome tasty food
Kamalika Roy
Kamalika Roy
23:53 16 Feb 21
What a special experience, food was fresh and hot, exceptional wine and service. The owner was very personable... we had a wonderful time and can’t wait to visit again.
Tammy Napoli
Tammy Napoli
02:19 01 May 21
Lovely place to sit outside, grab a hearty meal and well-priced bottle of wine, and chat with the friendly chef/owner. The menu is simple, honest and delicious.
Coline S.
Coline S.
02:45 18 May 21
We have stopped at this restaurant every time we come up by Mount Baker. Richard is an amazingly talented chef. There has not been one dish that we have tried that has been anything less than... phenomenal. The restaurant itself is beautiful, the family had put so much hard work into every detail!read more
amaltbie3
amaltbie3
22:20 06 Jun 21
Great place!! The staff is extremely friendly... Got to enjoy my food being prepped right in front of me. And yes it did taste great as well!!
Kriti Nigam
Kriti Nigam
18:45 04 Jul 21
Veteran chef tending a small family style kitchen with awesome natural wooden tables and displays. Food was excellent. Mom had the meatloaf and I, a picky eater, ordered plain ol noodles and tomato... sauce. Best plain noodles and tomato sauce I'll ever eat. Noodles were homemade and tasted like they were made yesterday.read more
Stacy Kendra
Stacy Kendra
00:03 10 Jul 21
Definitely recommend the coleslaw and the carbonara from the brunch menu
Valliappa Lakshmanan
Valliappa Lakshmanan
05:42 16 Aug 21
We stumbled into this restaurant accidentally. What a gem! The hosts showed us great hospitality, food and wine are all excellent! Also the tables were set amongst collected and well known... sculptures, quite a tasteful rustic setting in the summer. Recommend stopping by if you are on the way to or from Mount Baker.read more
HYXPRO
HYXPRO
06:33 22 Aug 21
TLDR: Small quirky Italian restaurant were you better have a reservation and a passion for food.This was a small restaurant with a nice interior and an ok outside dining area. The food was good and... the overall flavors were rich and thought out. I struggle to describe my food. Yes, it was good and I enjoyed the meal, but I guess I was expecting much more for the price. Maybe it was an off night for the head chef or maybe the COVId economy has forced this restaurant to use cheaper ingredients. I left that night not really satisfied and rather let down. Portions sizes were small for an Italian restaurant. The bread was cold, the internal structure was good but it required some force to tear it apart. I will mostly give this place another shot, and if they knock it out of the part I'll update my review.read more
Jessica Thor
Jessica Thor
21:03 03 Sep 21
Nice little place with a charming atmosphere. The bread was okay a little cold at the center, so it didn't taste fresh, but everything else was delicious!
Nicole Thor
Nicole Thor
20:56 05 Sep 21
Best meatballs I've ever had
Nathan Moller
Nathan Moller
18:57 07 Sep 21
Excellent food and service!
Desiree Feix
Desiree Feix
02:41 26 Sep 21
I live in Bellingham so it's a bit of a drive away and it's been a bit since I've been here but sometimes I find myself wishing I could make up an excuse to stop by. Seriously good food, some of the... best Italian I've had. Owner is cool, really loved the atmosphere.Will be back again!read more
Austin Dayton-Ogle
Austin Dayton-Ogle
06:55 26 Sep 21
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