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195 Kenneth St, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1N5, Canada
(250) 746-5443
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delightfully Casual Restaurant With Excellent Food

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Larke N
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Duncan
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Duncan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Mill Bay, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This little favorite place has been around in Duncan for years! They make the best Eggs Benedict. Smoked Salmon etc, as well as their breakfast special. Love this place!

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Enjoy a good meal in a very nice atmosphere. Enjoy the paintings and wood carvings of the owner, Miles Dobson while you're there.

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Victoria, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

S one of our favorite places to go for lunch EDIT DINER FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND • Deedeem • 3 Reviews we were out of power in Youbou so we thought we would drive into Duncan for lunch! the traffic was horrid because the power to our surprise was out in Duncan as well! no where to have lunch because every... More 

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Victoria
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58 reviews 58 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Used to go to this place many years ago. The food is very good and the atmosphere is as well. Simple but done well. Will return as the place makes you feel welcome and upon leaving you feel nourished.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Arbutus cafe is a casual restaurant, serving home-made comfort food for breakfast and lunch. It is always very busy, so go early. The food is tasty and the dish portions are generally large & satisfying. Seating is in 3 areas, including an outside area. Booths,a lunch-counter and tables inside, tables outside on a street-side patio.

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Restaurant Details

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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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