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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

) #5 of 38 Restaurants in Salt Spring Island $$ - $$$ Cafe, , Soups
1-121 McPhillips Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
+1 250-537-4491
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“lunch” (32 reviews)
“bread” (21 reviews)
“sandwiches” (19 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 5:00 pmAll hours
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1-121 McPhillips Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

We dropped in at noonish for a quick lunch on a rainy day. The place was buzzing .. .. .. every table full so we expected quite a wait for service. The service was fantastic - waiter was personable and efficient. He was busy but...More

Thank Russ C
Reviewed 4 days ago

I dropped in for breakfast, good food, good coffee, good service.It was really busy, but I was still looked after.

Thank europeantaste2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband loved this restaurant! Eating gluten free can be a challenge. We had lunch here twice during our stay just because of the options for gluten free. Food was delicious. Great atmosphere. Downtown Ganges.

Thank Gail C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Barb's is the local hangout for breakfast. I have been going here for many years, and the quality is still top drawer. If you have a sweet tooth, grab one of the pull-apart buns.

Thank rod2c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for b'fast to either grab and go or sit down for full service menu. Fresh baked muffins were excellent. Slept in and missed early bird b'fast special (7-8am only) but place is full of locals. Nice patio tables outside too if weather is...More

Thank Retiredhokie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We sat on the sunny patio. I had the Salish Skillet. Every item on my plate was absolutely delicious, from the pesto eggs to the smoked salmon to the roasted tomatoes and the toast and homemade jam. My husband liked his breakfast too, but I...More

Thank Prairiedrifter
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Excellent coffee, full breakfast menu at seated area plus wonderful variety at the bakery counter. Recommend the pull apart buns to share later for lunch with soup. Love, love, love this place.

Thank bmonson
Reviewed April 24, 2017

Good spot in downtown Ganges to hang with the locals, have some decent food, or buy something at the bakery. Always worth a visit. Closed Sundays amd holidays.

Thank simonholwill
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Went to Barb's every day during my 3-day stay at Ganges. First time on a cold afternoon - had the hot appie (apple, cranberry, mint, ginger) and the brownie with walnuts. Both fabulous! Came back for the hot appie and a cheese twist (yummy even...More

Thank skytripping
Reviewed April 11, 2017

I can't imagine this place getting a poor review. The food and service are excellent, the smoothies are one of my favourites, without a doubt the best on the Island. Only drawback is that it can get very busy/crowded for Salt Spring Island but that's...More

Thank SaltspringDesign
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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 Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: +1 250-537-4491
  • E-mail
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