Restaurants

Top Choice International in Nanaimo

Gabriel's Gourmet Café

An expanded new location for Nanaimo's best farm-to-table eatery (check out the tables made from old bowling-alley wood) means a larger menu of international-influenced comfort dishes. But some things never change, …
Top Choice Seafood in Victoria

Red Fish Blue Fish

On the waterfront boardwalk at the foot of Broughton St, this freight-container takeout shack serves fresh-made, finger-licking sustainable seafood. Highlights include jerk fish poutine, amazing chowder and tempura-…
Diner in North Vancouver Island

Cable Cook House Cafe

Whether you're driving up or down island, look for road signs to Sayward and you'll soon find yourself double-taking at the quirkiest streetside diner you've ever seen. Enveloped in 2,500-meters of thick steel cable…
Canadian in Tofino

Wolf in the Fog

Reserve ahead for your table at this sparkling regional- and seasonal-focused restaurant that's won awards as Canada's best new restaurant in recent years. The larger plates to share are the best way to go (expect a…
Seafood in Ucluelet

Ravenlady

The sole exponent of Ucluelet's food-truck scene is far superior to many bricks-and-mortar seafood restaurants. Specializing in fresh-shucked regional oysters, there are also gourmet delights from octopus linguini t…
Canadian in Tofino

Sobo

This local favorite launched as a food truck but has been a popular sit-down eatery for years. The focus at Sobo – meaning Sophisticated Bohemian – is seasonal West Coast ingredients prepared with international infl…
Pub Food in Port Hardy

Sporty Bar & Grill

Great service and pub grub push this regular-looking neighborhood bar to the top of the Port Hardy dine-out tree. Sporty's (as everyone calls it) offers hearty burgers, pizzas and fish and chips but there's also a g…
Canadian in Parksville & Qualicum

Bistro 694

Ask the locals and they'll tell you to cancel your dinner plans and head straight here. You'll find an intimate, candlelit dining room little bigger than a train carriage and a big-city menu fusing top-notch regiona…
Breakfast in Victoria

Jam Cafe

The locals won't tell you anything about this slightly off-the-beaten-path place. But that's not because they don't know about it – it's because they don't want you to increase the line-ups for Victoria's best break…
Vegetarian in Victoria

Venus Sophia

A delightful cream-walled tearoom combining traditional tea service (including a lovely afternoon tea) with beautifully presented vegetarian lunches, this is a uniquely tranquil respite from Chinatown's sometimes bu…