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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

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Bakery, Coffee Shop, 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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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pretty Nice Baking

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
LovesParis
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Vancouver
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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87 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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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
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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Barbs is a great open space with a variety of choices. There is good parking and lots of sun light with an out door patio. Its really lovely and a good choice for food "downtown"

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

we try everything they serve-breakfasts,lunches,coffees,croissants--All very good -Always excellent service,Seating in coffee shop or restaurant or outside

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Barb's is a combo of coffee shop/bakery and a light table service café/bistro. Open beam construction results in a large room with a fireplace centrally located. Coffee and baked goods are well done and reasonably priced. The table service section is sparse but a popular lunch spot for locals. The chowder is always excellent and the selection of grilled cheese... 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: Bakery, Coffee Shop, 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?