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Cowbay Cafe

1721 Cowichan Bay Rd, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
(250) 746-0378
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Ranked #30 of 84 Restaurants in Duncan
Sun 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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English first
San Francisco, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Although the inside restaurant is rather bare and a bit shabby, the outside deck (as others have noted) has terrific views. The service is pleasant and helpful. The prices were mid-range -not too expensive but not cheap either. For us, the food was mediocre. We had halibut, mixed salad, and the yam fries. None of the food was spectacular, but... More

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Most of the offerings are quite good and reasonably priced here. The notable exception is their calamari dish which is gawd awful - terrible quality overcooked calamari with cheap pickled peppers spread over top. How creative is that? Gotta dig that deck though.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had a fantastic Seafood Platter for two at a reasonable price, great priced wine list, great service and a beautiful view. We loved it so much we almost went back again our second night there. We will be going back for sure!

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Duncan, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Food here is great! Fresh and well prepared. The halibut fish and chips on special is to die for! Service, just average. Kitchen is very very slow, so be ready for a long wait for your food. However the view outside on the deck is to die for, so bring your friends or loved ones and just enjoy being outside... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

After eating here for the past 5 years on a regular basis, it's time for a review. Surprised to see only 2 reviews here so far. Sunday during the Prawn Festival, my partner and I enjoyed a lovely meal on their patio with the great view of the bay and Mt. Tzou. Cheapest pour of Guinness anywhere (when on special)... More

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Duncan, Canada
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Great place to eat. The food is excellent and so is the service. A great view from the deck. Parking is very crowded and not a pleasant experience.

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vancouver, bc
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

We visit the Cowichan Valley 5 - 6 times a year and almost every time we go to Cow Bay Cafe. Their food is so good and the service friendly. I almost always have the chowder - award winning several years and counting - and we have also had their $5 burgers, fish and chips and wings. Every thing as... More

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