Vancouver Island restaurants

Top Choice International in Nanaimo

Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe

Place your order upfront, grab a table (made from reused bowling-alley wood) and wait for the magic to appear. Gabriel's out-of the-ordinary renditions of familiar dishes – wraps, soups, bowls and breakfasts – are m…
Top Choice Breakfast in Victoria

Jam Cafe

No need to conduct an opinion poll: the perennial lines in the street outside Jam suggest that this is the best breakfast spot in Victoria. The reasons? Tasteful vintage decor (if you'll excuse them the moose's head…
Top Choice Italian in Victoria

Il Terrazzo

Authentic Italian flavors melded with a laid-back Victoria spirit make a devastatingly good combo. If you don’t believe us, come to Il Terrazzo, a restaurant that’s as much about its atmosphere and service as it is …
Top Choice French in Victoria

Brasserie L'École

Bonsoir! You may have just arrived at the best restaurant in Victoria, a small but wonderfully elegant bistro discreetly furnished in la mode français, but without any of the infamous Parisian pretension. Service is…
Top Choice Canadian in Tofino

Wolf in the Fog

Reserve ahead for your table at this sparkling regional- and seasonal-focused restaurant that earned a spot on the Canada's 100 Best restaurants list in 2018. The menu is split into single and sharing plates. The la…
Top Choice Bakery in Ucluelet

Zoe's Bakery & Cafe

Ukee has about three places to refuel your car and at least another three to refuel your brain and legs while sating your sugar addiction, including the reliable Zoe’s where the coffee goes down like maple syrup wit…
Barbecue in Ucluelet

Frankie's Resto-Bar

Not a lot else has changed at the establishment formerly known as Hanks, still a fount of carnivorous comfort grub where the key word is 'pork.' The menu offers ample opportunities to face-plant into generous portio…
Canadian in Tofino

Shed

True, it’s a shed of sorts, albeit a very nice one with candles, an open kitchen, lovely wood furnishings – and quite decent food: count on quick-fire burgers, salads and creative ‘bowls’ headlined by the standout P…
Cafe in Port Hardy

Cafe Guido

This three-pronged business (craft shop upstairs, bookstore below decks) is Port Hardy's local hub, dispatching the best coffee north of Campbell River and serving flaky scones that you'll have to visit Tofino to em…
Bakery in Victoria

Crust Bakery

There are several bakeries on this stretch of Fort St, but the Crust jumps out at you first. Maybe it's the deliciousness of the aromas, or the delicate presentation, or the rich buttery-ness of the croissants, savo…