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Arbutus Cafe

American, Cafe, Canadian, Diner
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195 Kenneth St, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1N5, Canada
(250) 746-5443
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Victoria, BC, Canada
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141 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This place is like stepping back several decades. I remember cafe's like this when I was a kid, back in the '50's. The grub is fresh and plentiful; more than some can eat! And prices are reasonable.

Thank CoolCouple99
Duncan, British Columbia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We love to go to this "funky" Cafe. The meals are always good and the portions are quite generous. They have fun artwork on the walls and kids love to create their own art with the crayons and paper placemats that they receive when we are seated.

Thank rabey
Duncan, Canada
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This cafe has a very friendly staff and good food. The prices are decent and a great selection to choose from. We will be back! Dar is a hands on owner. The current kitchen staff is great!

Thank S9223
New Zealand
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Many years ago this cafe was a place that was very popular (1960's) then it went downhill. Today it has upgraded a little but still retains that era feel. The food we had was done just right and was served with a smile. There were regulars there and they were treated with respect and humour and quite frankly I was... More 

Thank Glenn H
Victoria, Canada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

This eclectic café is full of good food at good prices and amazing atmosphere. We stop here every time when we come up island and are never disappointed!

Thank 304minew
Duncan, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016

We asked around for a good breakfast eatery in Duncan and we were referred to this place, stating that they heard it was noted for their breakfasts. After reviewing their ratings, thought it was good to go. WRONG!!!! Here is how it unfolded. I asked for the two toned rye bread and got multi-graind. The toast was cold and two... More 

Thank iam949
Duncan, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016

This is one of those unspoken places- truck stop food- ie average to well prepared food at very, very reasonable prices. Miles (the owner) has his artwork on display, and he hasn't changed the formula for decades. Reliable for food, price and times, but not open in the evenings or holidays.

Thank Adrian M
Duncan, Canada
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2016

I have not been into the Arbutus Cafe for quite some time. I found the staff very friendly. A very busy little cafe. The owner, Dar is great with all the customers! Our lunches came out hot and just as we ordered them. We will be back. Well done!

Thank S9223
Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

If you are in Duncan, this is a great little diner! Whenever I am in town I make sure to stop there for lunch. The food is great and the staff are friendly. The place is always packed so you know it's the place to be!

Thank Sara_Jane23
Duncan, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2015

After reading a few of the other reviews, and being a local that loves going out for breakfast, I thought we would finally stop in. I liked the layout, the service was friendly but the food was a disaster...both had combo of eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes and some sort of cardboard soggy hash...it was as if everything had been frozen... More 

Thank grubharbs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Canadian, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 195 Kenneth St, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1N5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Duncan
  • Phone Number: (250) 746-5443

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