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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free
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#1-121 McPhillips Av, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had an amazing brekky at Barb's Buns. Had the classic breakfast with organic eggs, meaty sausage, fantastic sauteed home fries and rye toast. They bake amazing "real" bread and other baked treats. Highly recommend for brekky, lunch or snack.

Salt Spring Island, Canada
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Barb's is probably one of my favourite lunch and breakfast spots on the island. With both a café and bistro side, there are interesting options for almost any budget or appetite size. I personally love their fish taco salad, or even just their artisan green salad with a side of salmon, halibut or free-range chicken. The presentation is beautiful and... More 

Thank Nicole M
Regina, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to eat. Best clam chowder . Big portions. Quick and friendly service my husband had A grilled cheese sandwich that was awesome. The clam chowder was great and served with a roll w high was huge and very tasty. We would go back in a heart beat

Thank Bev V
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218 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This local favorite offers up delicious baked goods with swell breakfast, brunch and lunch choices. It's casual and busy; always a line for their in-demand bakery. The sign out front cheekily advertises itself as "Barb's Buns." Fun!!

Thank Dougananda
Sidney, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Waited for fifteen minutes to get served. We were feeling like we were invisible. Another fifteen minutes for soup and salad to arrive. The food was very good and once we finished we waited, yet again, to get the bill. There were many servers and bus people, so I don't understand why the service was so slow. We finally got... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I went for a day trip to Saltspring Island and decided to try Barb's for lunch. It was very busy but there seemed to be 3 or 4 waitstaff, 2 bus people and several people in the kitchen. My friend and I each ordered soup and salad. We waited over 15 minutes for the waiter to take... More 

Thank Snowy874
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super chill place on SSI with the best bennies & granola on the island. Deliciousness on a dish;) every bite was amazing. Try the Blackstone add avacado. Mmmmmm. Don't forget your granola on the way out ! Best blueberry smoothie too. Yum. I'll be back. Thanks!!

Thank Laurel W
Port Alberni, British Columbia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very fresh and good. Busy but worth the wait. Had soup of the day with fresh bun. Delicious was homemade soup and bun. .

Thank VancouverInnkeeper
North Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the fig and goat cheese chicken sandwich with an apple and sui choy slaw with a coffee. My husband had the salmon club sandwich with the clam chowder. We both really enjoyed our meal. Menu looked awesome wih loads of tasty and unique options showcasing local ingredients, generous portions, great service, and a laid back casual atmosphere. Highly recommend... More 

Thank ZMAC0906
Vancouver, Canada
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94 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with two freiknds and all had great soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Service was good albeit somewhat slow.. All in all a fun palce

Thank Peterprev

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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