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Arbutus Cafe

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195 Kenneth St, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1N5, Canada
(250) 746-5443
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Local diner type joint

So if you are looking for the locals hangout that has good food and a great following this is it. Lots of Sandwich selection on about 5 kinds of bread. Great curry, homemade desserts, good coffee, daily specials and a funky vibe. Oh and really great prices!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
kitkat14DuncanBC
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Duncan, Canada
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Duncan, Canada
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

So if you are looking for the locals hangout that has good food and a great following this is it. Lots of Sandwich selection on about 5 kinds of bread. Great curry, homemade desserts, good coffee, daily specials and a funky vibe. Oh and really great prices!

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Molokai, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Arbutus, as described by several other reviews, does feel a little like a throw-back to hippie days--but it's quite nice inside and has a good outside seating area as well. I went for breakfast. The menu isn't extensive, but the food is good. I'd actually rate it a little better than the average diner breakfast.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Situated just off the main strip on the corner is the unassuming Arbutus Cafe. Quirkily decorated with clients artistic offerings on napkins and some unique local art, this is a superb eatery. Brilliant burgers, fabulous fries and scrumptious salads. All freshly prepared and served by helpful welcoming staff. What a find!

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Duncan, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The sandwiches here are good, french fries good, curry sauce dip is good. Stay away from their stir-fries, not very tasty at all. Staff are super super friendly, interesting wall art, worth a visit. Try a BLT with fries you won't go wrong

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Duncan, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

prices a little high. okay if they used good ingredients. indigestion & heartburn from margarine. not the place to cut corners.

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Duncan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is very informal but has the best food and is reasonably priced. It has been operating in Duncan for many years and just keeps getting better! The decor includes paintings and carvings done by the multi-talented owner. A great place for lunch and is always full.

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Duncan, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's an old hippie hangout, which could be fun, but you have to have good food! I only had eggs and bacon, hard to ruin but they did.

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Lake Cowichan
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Everything here is made from scratch, from burgers, bread to hashbrowns. sometimes a little bit of a wait but well worth it.

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Duncan, Canada
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I liked the place, it was quite busy when I went, and it was a little loud, but the food was quite good, the service was fantastic. The people working there were not overly friendly, but polite. Fast service even though it was busy. I will go again, would like to try a burger some time, when we went, I... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Ok I am constantly on the hunt for a great burger. It is my favorite meal. This was one awesome burger...was near perfect. Nicely caramelized burger, great bun, awesome fries... a true winner. The ambiance is definitely dinner with some funky art done by the owner and locals. Prices were reasonable and the pie was great! Would definitely recommend!

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  • Address: 195 Kenneth St, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1N5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Duncan
  • Phone Number: (250) 746-5443

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