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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

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Coffee Shop, Bakery, Canadian
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#1-121 McPhillips Av, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
250-537-4491
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Grilled Cheese!

Best grilled cheese we've had. The grilled cheese with ham is especially delicious (nice thick ham steak). The bread is baked at the bakery in house and the apple slaw is very tasty as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
TammyandJohn
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Surrey, Canada
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
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90 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Surrey, Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Best grilled cheese we've had. The grilled cheese with ham is especially delicious (nice thick ham steak). The bread is baked at the bakery in house and the apple slaw is very tasty as well.

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We visit the island each year and this is on our must visit list each and every time. Great food, fun people watching opportunities, yummy bakery treats.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We finally went here after seeing Barb's from the parking area many times! It was lunch time, and the indoor area was full, there were seats available outside though, We did a take-away. Between us we had a sandwich and a wrap, both were fresh and very tasty. Also got some coffee's, which were excellent. The pastries looked very appetizing,... More 

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Vancouver
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Good coffee - nice freshly baked bread and in-house baked goodies. Would definitely go back the next time we're in Salt Spring.

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Richmond Bc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

amazing breakfast, this place was hopping, friendly staff, good value, glad we found it,interesting menu and food items for purchase

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Barbs is busy year round with amazing breakfast and fantastic lunch. If you go at 12 noon it will be packed best to be there by 11:30 for lunch. If it is packed one can usually find a bar stool at the counter and order the clam chowder soup and bun. The staff will usually serve this really fast. The... More 

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Mayne Island, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a super place with wonderful baked goods and excellent coffee. It's always jam-packed with locals and tourists. A super place to get a feel for Salt Spring Island at its best.

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

dropped in for the most amazing breakfast. good service , excellent value and good atmosphere. It was filled with locals which has to be a good sign

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Surrey, BC
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We are both foodies! The breaky here is amazing and their lunches are too. There is a take out area to the left which have some amazing munchies to go, and to the right is a seated area that has service. It is always busy and you can understand why as soon as you eat there. Not a disappointment for... More 

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Vancouver, BC
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

I tried this place after reading the views and bough cookies, bread and Ecles cakes to take away. We got to the ferry terminal and the chocolate chip cookie was ROCK hard and broke apart in a million pieces. I think the seagulls enjoyed it. Safeway's Ecles cakes are better! And the bread, well I will try if for toast... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: #1-121 McPhillips Av, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: 250-537-4491

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Bakery, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?