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Rock Cod Cafe

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#4, 1759 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N0, Canada
+1 250-746-1550
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Family-friendly seafood restaurant in an eclectic seaside village. Family...
Family-friendly seafood restaurant in an eclectic seaside village. Family owned & operated. Oceanwise (Vancouver Aquarium recommended) & Marine Stewardship Council sustainable fisheries seafood. Local produce & bakery products. Celiac menu. Friendly, down-to-earth service.
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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Seafood

We have eaten at the Rock Cod cafe several times this summer with family &/or friends. Have tried fish & chips, both grilled and battered. Prefer the grilled. The RC (rock cod) salad is excellent. Shrimp Alfredo is superb; Bam Bam shrimp appetizer - very good; one of the best clam chowders I've... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
margor313
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Chemainus, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

You know you're in for fresh ingredients when a restaurant has a focused menu and plenty of customers. Such is the case with the Rock Cod Cafe. At risk of sounding too enthusiastic, the clam chowder at the RC is the best I've ever had. The oyster burger is excellent and the fish and chips is perfectly done.

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Chemainus, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at the Rock Cod cafe several times this summer with family &/or friends. Have tried fish & chips, both grilled and battered. Prefer the grilled. The RC (rock cod) salad is excellent. Shrimp Alfredo is superb; Bam Bam shrimp appetizer - very good; one of the best clam chowders I've had. The service is good and the... More 

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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We've been again to this great place on our Island. It's a bit out of the way but the scenery is fantastic there. The food is even better than the scenery. I had the pasta dish this time but with Chicken not the Shrimp, and My partner had the Fish and Chips. I must admit I stole a few chips... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I've been a couple of times to this very popular Cowichan Bay restaurant. The food had been good but not outstanding. Even a straight-forward dish like fish and trips was a mixed bag...fish perfectly cooked but the fries unappealing. Service was certainly friendly but at peak weekend times, the staff seemed a little overwhelmed by the number of patrons.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Rock Cod is a standby for our family, even though we do not live in the Cow Bay area. The choices for this style of seafood restaurant (fish 'n' chips) where we live are limited, and we think this is the best available south the Shady Rest in Qualicum and north of Red Fish, Blue Fish in Victoria. So... More 

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Cooper City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Good scenery, good food spent with friends. A perfect lunch! All of our meals were good, reasonably priced with friendly service.

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Duncan, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

usually it is good but we have been there a couple of times when it was just so, so. Nice view if you get a window seat. parking can be a bit of a problem but then that applies to all of Cowichan Bay

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Duncan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Good fish and chips! Tasted great and not too expensive. Lovely view of the bay. Often bring out of town visitors here.

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Duncan, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Not the place I'll go to any more. Food quality has deteriorated in this place. I don't like the extra service charges padding the bill... you want a tip? earn it with quality food and service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Had excellent fish and chips here! Right on the water in Cowichan Bay, very friendly, good service. Its right next to Cowichan Bay maritime centre which has a great display of wooden boats and engines.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: #4, 1759 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Cowichan Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-746-1550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 18
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Family-friendly seafood restaurant in an eclectic seaside village. Family owned & operated. Oceanwise (Vancouver Aquarium recommended) & Marine Stewardship Council sustainable fisheries seafood. Local produce & bakery products. Celiac menu. Friendly, down-to-earth service.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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