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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

#1-121 McPhillips Av, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
250-537-4491
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Canadian
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

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English first
London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

I reviewed Barb's once before and indicated that the though the food is very good and reasonably priced, service can vary from very good to indifferent. Recently, I had a problem with a loaf of bread that I bought and took home, to find it was not 100% for us. I think someone forgot to transfer it to the day... More

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Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Wonderful breakfasts and lunches. Love the fresh-squeezed juices! It can get crowded, so it's best to avoid the noon-to-one hour.

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Victoria, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We enjoy visiting Barb's Bakery for coffee and baked goodies. Fun atmosphere, tasty baking and nice restaurant. The bakery is centrally located in Ganges and is close to all shops and Saturday market.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is where everybody meets from early in the morning and all day. The breads and other baked goodies are fantastic. The meals are hearty. Good deck space and a happy relationship with the ever so patient waiting dogs.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

We went around much if Ganges centre looking for lunch and after much searching fell on Barbs. Great find as we all had the clam chowder which was really good value with great bread on the side. Looked like there were other great goods on offer but we were only there for a short time.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is where you will find the Salt Spring locals meeting for a coffee or a casual lunch or breakfast. Consistently good food, Barb's always delivers excellent fresh baked goods (try the Ginger Twist or the Jalepeno Croissant) and the best Veggie Burger on the island. For those with colon issues, try the Bran Muffin-you'll be glad you did. Unpretentious... More

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Barb's is something of a local legend. Excellent bakery and a diner attached. We've eaten here several times, and the food is always consistent. Great seafood chowder and excellent sandwiches. Good coffee. Service can be a bit slow and amateurish, but they seem to try hard.

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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I have eaten here dozens of times, mostly going for the comfort food of grilled ham and cheese on sourdough. Sometimes they even let me order the kind without ham off the kids menu. Ask for extra pickles if you are inclined towards pungency. If you tend towards something healthier, then the menu is chock full of salads, vegetarian and... More

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Seattle, WA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We just got food to go, but we liked it very much. There is a café there, too. Also, our B&B served baked goods purchased here.

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Toronto, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Not fan of the croissant but the sourdough baguette is fantastic even the day after. I also enjoyed the espresso. People are very friendly.

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