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Genoa Bay Cafe

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5000 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 5Y8, Canada
250 746 7621
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nestled in the tranquility of picturesque Genoa Bay on Vancouver Island...
Nestled in the tranquility of picturesque Genoa Bay on Vancouver Island, about 1 hour north of Victoria and only 15 minutes from Duncan, the Genoa Bay Café has rewarded guests with one of the most delightful dining experiences in the Cowichan Valley.
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Visitor rating
  • 125
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Ray & Jenn

The drive to get to the Genoa is worth it as is the cafe itself, the service and the food. Try the white salmon (ask Diana specifically), the lamb burger or chicken sandwich but start with the mussels and finish with the Tipsy Berries or carrot cake, you will not be disappointed!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Ray S
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Oliver, British Columbia
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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190 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Oliver, British Columbia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The drive to get to the Genoa is worth it as is the cafe itself, the service and the food. Try the white salmon (ask Diana specifically), the lamb burger or chicken sandwich but start with the mussels and finish with the Tipsy Berries or carrot cake, you will not be disappointed!

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Victoria, British Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Treated Mom to Mother's Day brunch at this beautiful location. Staff all went out of their way to make Mom's feel special, brunch items were delicious. So glad I made a reservation!

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Duncan, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Was taken to Genoa Bay for my birthday dinner. Absolutely fabulous. They ran out of chicken but the pork was even better! Their special of 2 can dine for $55.00 including appetizer, dinner and desert from the menu was excellent. One of my most favorite places to eat on the island. A destination worth driving to.

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Victoria, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Magical Westcoast experience that shouldn't be missed. Especially if you take the little water taxi from Cowichan Bay over which is 15.00 per person round trip. They take you over to the Genoa Bay Cafe for dinner and pick you up after dinner. So quaint and totally west coast. The Genoa Bay restaurant is amazing, especially if you reserve a... More 

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Oliver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We found the Genoa Bay Cafe on Tripadvisor and decided to check it out. When we arrived, we were in a line-up to get in. We didn't have a reservation, but they found a spot for us and I glad they did! We ordered some wine and an appy, then our main course. The view was amazing and the service... More 

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Gabriola Island, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

One of our favourite places to go for lunch, a beautiful drive through the countryside, to arrive at the end of the road, Mile 0 actually (there is a sign) to the quaint cafe in Genoa Bay. We shared the crab & chorizo cakes with the lemon aioli, so good! Then we each had a bowl of seafood chowder. The... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Had 2 dinners One pork tenderloin and one chicken breast, Both cooked to the point it was like a rock. need a saw for the pork tenderloin. Pretty bad.

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Duncan, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great food - great location - reasonable priced menu - great scenic drive to get there from Duncan. Overlooks the Marina. Well worth the short drive.

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Duncan, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We LOVE Genoa Bay... It is our go to restaurant for any special event and we are never disappointed. We take all our out of town guests here as the atmosphere is perfect, food and drinks excellent and service is always great! Worth the drive out!!!

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Duncan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a lovely restaurant overlooking the water in Genoa Bay, which is a short drive from Maple Bay outside Duncan. The food is delicious and the setting is spectacular, however it is quite pricey.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5000 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 5Y8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Duncan
  • Phone Number: 250 746 7621

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 28
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Nestled in the tranquility of picturesque Genoa Bay on Vancouver Island, about 1 hour north of Victoria and only 15 minutes from Duncan, the Genoa Bay Café has rewarded guests with one of the most delightful dining experiences in the Cowichan Valley.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?