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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

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Cafe, Canadian
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#1-121 McPhillips Av, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
250-537-4491
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Casual Best

Consistently excellent food and service in a great atmosphere. It is such a happy place to be.... Vibrant and cheery servers. Add great food to this mix and it's hard to beat for a casual meal

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Brenda B
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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Won't go back. Wasn't busy when we went in for lunch. Water we were served smelled like bleach and had things flouting in it! Ordered coffee and soup, cream for coffee had something black in it. My pea soup was tasteless and had some burnt bits in it! Not impressed.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Consistently excellent food and service in a great atmosphere. It is such a happy place to be.... Vibrant and cheery servers. Add great food to this mix and it's hard to beat for a casual meal

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Thank Brenda B
Salt Spring Island, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only open during daytime & closed Sunday but great for lunches. Good family venue & reasonably priced for Salt Spring.

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Thank Salishseer
Salt Spring Island, Canada
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Best soup on Saltspring. Delightful breakfasts. Fresh baked bread to take home. Everything made with care and served with flair.

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Thank carmella92
Hunter, New York
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I visited this bistro four times in five days, it exceeded my expectation, you get quality food in a nice, friendly environment - nice atmosphere and great price value.

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Thank Ctomajko
Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Two of us went for a quick bite.Service was friendly and quick. Food well prepared and tasty. I had a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich with greens salad with maple balsamic dressing. Delicious. Busy and casual with a great looking bakery attached. Great spot to stop for a bite!

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Thank Rustproof
Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The bakery is full of amazing delights (best ginger cookies ever), and the bistro has a large selection of fresh delicious dishes. Service is friendly and the food is delicious! Always busy, great value!!

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Thank schoggigirl
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I had the green curry bowl - excellent! My partner had the grilled cheese sandwich with the apple-choy slaw. Also excellent. All the food looked great that went out. When you walk in, the bakery is on your left, and the sit down to eat cafe is on the right. Place was packed. I also got bread and some of... More 

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Thank Bernie G
Victoria, Canada
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93 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Was there on Monday for the day, and remember being her a few years back. It's busy at noon, but you'll get a table fast and the food is quick, fresh and really unique. I had the sourdough sun dried tomato sandwich with the su choy apple slaw! I also got a farmer's cookie and coffee to go. Great value... More 

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Thank TravelSmarterJZ
Kamloops, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Excellent Food!!! Well recommended. Service was great. Really busy. Unbelievable cheese twist buns. ..

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Thank jdemale

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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: Cafe, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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