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Swale Rock Cafe

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5328 Argyle St., Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 1T8, Canada
250.723.0777
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 19
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 7
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
What happened...used to be a destination worth the drive

Sorry to say that today's breakfast was disappointing. Very slow services despite only four tables occupied when we arrived. 40 minutes from order being taken to being served. Order was partially wrong, and two reminders needed to get it right. We used to get great and speedy service and rarely... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lizlizgrafton
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Parksville
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Parksville
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sorry to say that today's breakfast was disappointing. Very slow services despite only four tables occupied when we arrived. 40 minutes from order being taken to being served. Order was partially wrong, and two reminders needed to get it right. We used to get great and speedy service and rarely a mistake. Despite having it a be a treat to... More 

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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Always a great place for lunch and for me it is the Spinach salad and a nice glass of wine. Check the specials for budget savings. With all meals jam and fisherman's bread.

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Laurel, Montana
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I had a seafood club sandwich here that was to die for. The portion was huge and it was delicious. This is a quaint place with out side seating (weather permitting) and the staf is very friendly.

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Thank Dan G
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Bad food bad service. Will never never never go back!!!! Soup was cold food tasted old just a horrible experience

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Thank BlueMarlinInn
Port Alberni Bc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

Great family dining awesome food large portions. Fast friendly service you have to try fisherman bread and fresh jam to die for.

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Thank clintjackson
Port Alberni, Canada
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

I have been here many times with friends and family who swear by the swale rock. Menu doesn't do much for me. After many visits I finally found something I enjoy and order it every time. One thing everyone I know agrees upon though is that the "Fishermans bread" is the best part of dining at the swale rock.

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Thank Jimb01974
Courtenay, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Service has always been terrific and food great value. A great stop for breakfast when heading across the island to long Beach.

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Thank James G C
Bozeman, Montana
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145 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

What a great find. Cute little restaurant, nice ambiance, excellent service and great food. Went here for breakfast. Almost everything is home made from the breads to the jams to the sauces. Great selection of eggs benes. Will try this place again when in Porte Alberni. Great value.

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Thank gerronimo
port alberni
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I have given this place enough chances.Every 4 years i have come back to the same rude waitress..who makes you pay for bad uneaten food..I have had rotten green ham,cold eggs benny,tough unseasoned steak..when the waitress takes away uneaten food and offers no apologies and makes you pay for it..this is nuts..the food and staff is horrific..there was a time... More 

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Thank joella64
Port Alberni, Canada
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Fry bread or fisherman's bread and home made bumbleberry jam are a must try! Hopefully all will be like my first visit. The second visit the oil was too cool which made the resulting fry bread.... oily otherwise known as GREASY! The restaurant is rather dreary and dark; however, the food is excellent. Short hours are great for the staff;... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5328 Argyle St., Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 1T8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Port Alberni
  • Phone Number: 250.723.0777

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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