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A Sanctuary of Food and Culture

COUNTRY ITALIAN CUISINE

COUNTRY ITALIAN CUISINE

Using the Italian flavor profile we craft inspired Italian plates that we hope delight the guest.

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.

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CHEF RICHARD BALOGH

The Best in the West

A place of comfort

A place of rest

A place of sustenance

A place of soul

Perfect For Groups

INSPIRED ITALIAN CUISINE

Weekly rotating menu based on seasonality

INSPIRED ITALIAN CUISINE

with fresh seasonal and foraged ingredients.

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.

What critics are saying about us

Truely an out of the way quite homie place when the weather is nice you couldn't ask for a better atmosphere. The wineis excellent and the chef is very kind. Balance in all the dishes was what I... appreciated most. We will returnread more
Kelly Culver
Kelly Culver
1688413166
Do yourself a favour and give this place a try!!This hidden gem of a restaurant has been on my list to eat at for the last 2 years. I live in Vancouver and am an extremely picky eater.My fiancé... and I spontaneously ate here during Sunday brunch. I could not inhale my food fast enough. Everything about this meal was just perfect. The eggs were cooked to perfection, the hollandaise did not have any citrus flavour, the lasagna funghi was not heavy or greasy! The flavours were amazing!! I only wish that my stomach had a larger capacity!!Although they describe their food as country style cooking, this is so much better than that. They use high-quality ingredients, and the food reflects it. Unlike many other Italian restaurants these days, they don’t rely on salt, oil, cream, butter, grease, and cheese to make their food tasty.I cannot wait to return over and over again to try each menu item!What a great team! Candace (sp?) is so friendly and welcoming - she really want to get to know you as a person and might I even dare say as a friend…? Richard delivers the final blow with food that keeps you coming back. I cannot remember the name of our young waitress but she was extremely friendly and attentive. Such a great experience!!read more
Little Bunny
Little Bunny
1688972570
Outstanding food. The tomato sauce is truly homemade. The food is served hot, to your table. The lasagna is the best I've had. The spaghetti and meatballs is wonderful - the meatballs are large and... excellent. Do yourself a favour/favor.read more
Doug
Doug
1690596037
We had dinner here as part of a wedding celebration. The food was outstanding, as well as the service and atmosphere. The owner was so warm and welcoming and spent time talking with us. We would... highly recommend this restaurant and was worth the long drive to get here.read more
Dawn Schuler
Dawn Schuler
1690674068
An amazing little place. Lovely location, run by the chef and family. Attentive and gracious service, the best Italian food I've had in some time.
William Nerini
William Nerini
1690687039
Delicious sandwich, but too much CO2 in the atmosphere.
Reed Young
Reed Young
1691256113
What a wonderful meal we had to celebrate our wedding! We picked up an order for 25 people and we were all blown away by how delicious the food was! Richard and Candice were great to work with to... give a meal that would work for all our guests. We had dietary restrictions that were deliciously accommodated. The wild mushroom lasagna was hands down the best lasagna we’ve ever had, not to mention the penne and meatballs, sautéed vegetables, and chocolate tiramisu were all wonderful as well. I look forward to eating with them again!read more
Linda Blackley
Linda Blackley
1691453538
Visited here many years ago. I was reminded of the visit recently and I'm happy to see they are still thriving. It is a surreal experience - a top notch, gourmet restaurant literally on the edge of... wilderness. Divine dining in a divine setting.read more
Brad Derflinger
Brad Derflinger
1692765539
TLDR: just stop in all ready.If you’re anything like me you’ve driven by 1,262 times and wondered if it’s any good. I can confirm that the food and dining experience is wonderful, you won’t regret... eating here.read more
Zack Paukert
Zack Paukert
1696040416
So delicious! It was definitely on the list for a long time and I’m glad we stopped in. The eggplant pasta is tangy and fresh! My partner and I shared an entree and starter and it was more than... enough food.read more
Talked about coffee. 🙂 had a blast, very friendly. Even talked about wedding catering. Was there for brunch.
Cody Anderson
Cody Anderson
1696207891
Good Italian place with a good taste of ITalian food..
Felix Benavente
Felix Benavente
1696804825
Do you need more then just pizza? Make it a date night, with or without the children, all are welcome. Family owned and operated with love mixed into every dish.
Laraina
Laraina
1697421872
Less options in menu
Naveen Kumar G
Naveen Kumar G
1698546993
AMAZING!!!!! I wasn’t expecting much but oh my was it good. We spent the summer in Italy and honestly this was as good if not better than anywhere we ate in Italy. Do yourself a solid and eat... here you won’t be disappointed!!!!read more
Kathleen Pierce
Kathleen Pierce
1704594336
My next stop
Jesus Chavez
Jesus Chavez
1707814972
Our experience exceeded even chef’s table experience. We have wanted to eat here for so long and after finally making it we will be back a lot. Everything was on point.
Came in Saturday evening. We were quickly greeted and seated. The service and atmosphere was wonderful. We sat up by the kitchen and the owner and server were wonderful. This was almost like a chef’s... table experience. Loved the food and the unique touch. Will be back again and again absolutely worth what we paidread more
Midwest Mayhem
Midwest Mayhem
1707870034
What a hidden gem. We stumbled upon this lovely spot on our way up to nooksach falls. It was the perfect place for a sleepy Sunday brunch.We shared potato soup, bread, and sausage pasta. Everything... and I mean everything was absolutely delicious!The place is so cute and cozy on the inside. We will 100% be back for dinner.Very rarely am I impressed with a place but this place is the ticket. Everything was simple, elegant, and perfectly seasoned.read more
You owe it to yourself to eat here at least once in your life, although given the quality and the prices you should probably visit a few times.This is the best red sauce I have ever had. It was... complex - I tasted everything - and I can’t think of another time where I could taste every ingredient in a red sauce. I have been to Italy, I have been to Michelin restaurants, etc., etc. - this is the winner.I said I would be back to try everything on the menu and I meant it.read more
Luke W.
Luke W.
1709529930
Amazing little gourmet place, be sure to make reservations!
Randomly walked in on our way to Snowater, was not expecting the vibe of the place but definitely enjoyed ourselves. We all enjoyed our food and would come back again.
Ariel Leeton
Ariel Leeton
1710248327
I have eaten here for years and find the meals exceptional. I took a friend there today for a Sunday birthday brunch.I was shaken to see a large shift in seating as tables and chairs , with very... few exceptions inside,have been replaced with long slab tables with low chairbacks...which don't accomodate my back. The former brightly painted walls are now merlot.Their reasoning was to attract larger groups, making serving them much easier.There are tables and chairs outside....and now also an air bnb.Just not the same feel.read more
Marcia Elwood
Marcia Elwood
1713752245
My wife and I just finished dinner at Rifugio's and it was fantastic. Family owned and operated restaurant that makes you feel at home with the cozy ambiance and delicious heart-warming food. We had... the mushroom bruschetta to start, and then the bolognese lasagna and the sea scallops that were on special. Every bite was amazing. Strawberry tiramisu was perfect way to finish the meal. They also have a new airbnb onsite. 11/10read more
Had a great visit at Rifugios! Looking forward to going back, especially for the delicious chicken parm
Kendall Clark
Kendall Clark
1719093392
Amazing staff, wonderful food!
We stumbled upon Rifugio while passing through the area and were intrigued by the idea of finding an Italian restaurant in such a location. Our decision to try it out turned into a delightful... surprise!From the moment we stepped in, the warm welcome from our hostesses and chef set the tone for an exceptional dining experience. We indulged in a feast of flavors, starting with the delightful smoked salmon bruschetta. The wild cod with spinach sauce was a standout for me, perfectly complemented by the impeccably cooked scrambled egg. Each dish was a testament to the chef's skill and passion for culinary experimentation.To top off our meal, the zabaione dessert was a heavenly conclusion. Our conversation with the chef added an extra layer of enjoyment, hearing firsthand about his inspirations and culinary journey.Next time we find ourselves in the Mt Baker freeway area, there's no doubt we'll be back at Rifugio. It's a rare find where genuine hospitality meets exceptional Italian cuisine, creating an unforgettable dining experience.read more
Alicia GH
Alicia GH
1720402651
Excellent food! Everything was so delicious and cooked perfectly. This isn’t a fast food restaurant and you may be waiting a bit for your food. But the wait is so worth it! Service was mostly good... but we had to ask for knives with our meal and there weren’t enough menus so we had to share two among three people. For a restaurant of this quality I found that surprising.read more
Paula Rossetti
Paula Rossetti
1720842530
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