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Breakwater Cafe and Bistro

$$ - $$$, Cafe,
199 Dallas Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1A1, Canada
+1 250-386-8080
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good40%
  • Average24%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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“cornbread” (9 reviews)
“soup” (15 reviews)
“carrot cake” (5 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
199 Dallas Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1A1, Canada
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1 - 10 of 218 reviews

Reviewed April 3, 2018

We were staying closeby and needed to be able to walk in for take outs. A good coprehensive menu with reasonable prices

Thank Sue779
Reviewed March 26, 2018

The Breakwater Café is a casual kind of dirty feeling environment. We were looking to grab a quick bite and ended up waiting for a table due to the busy time we went. The location is right on the water so if that is important...More

Thank Dan Y
Reviewed March 21, 2018

We took out-of-country guest to this restaurant because in the past we enjoyed food there. My soup and cornbread order arrived with some other sort of bread instead. Only when I pointed this out to the man who delivered it to our table did he...More

1  Thank Lois M
Reviewed March 3, 2018

I visit BCB several times a month. It is the go to place for my friends and I to share a coffee, lunch and their amazing cornbread warmed up with melted butter and honey! I love the situation, the atmosphere and the community vibe. It...More

Thank Restingplace
Reviewed February 22, 2018

This was a very special place for atmosphere and views. Small restaurant but very welcoming and comfortable. We were there in February in mid afternoon so can just imagine what it would be like when the patio opens up in better weather. It was busy...More

Thank invue
Reviewed January 1, 2018

We chose an outdoor patio table even though it was the day after a snow storm in December. Food is ordered canteen style and brought out to your table. We were warm enough when the sun was out but it did get a bit chilly...More

Thank PPLMoi
Reviewed December 9, 2017

Pleasant setting, although the heaters running at full blast made it a bit of a sauna both inside & out, even though it was a nippy evening. The staff were prompt and pleasant, but I found the prices a bit steep. Would be interested in...More

Thank Andrea F
Reviewed November 8, 2017

Went there for dinner with a group of 12. Food was excellent and the entertainment was fabulous! The atmosphere at night is quite cozy and the service was fabulous. Portions were great as well.

Thank reed622
Reviewed October 29, 2017

We went to the Breakwater Cafe and Bistro as it was the closest place to the motel we are staying at. This place used to be a coffee shop years ago. The food was very tasty, a bit of a wait. I dined with my...More

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here after a lovely walk along the water. My friend had the mushroom and kale eggs Benedict and was very happy with it. I got to try the sauce and her hash browns and wished I too ordered this especially for only...More

Thank PeleM1976
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $16
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 199 Dallas Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1A1, Canada (Formerly Ogden Point Cafe)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighborhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-386-8080
The Breakwater Cafe & Bistro opened in Autumn 2012. Formerly known as the Ogden Point Cafe, the restaurant has been a staple in James Bay for nearly 20 years. Enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer while taking in the sunset from our patio, or pop into the cafe for a coffee or snack before a stroll on the breakwater.

We offer counter service from 9:00 until 4:00pm serving breakfast until noon and lunch until 4:00. Full Bar and Table Service starts at 4:00pm onward until we close. Join us every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday night for live music and local musicians starting at 8:00pm.

When summer hits have a seat on our Licensed Patio that basks in the sun all day long. Have a refreshing beer, with local fish n' chips from our Kraken food truck. Open from June until October and weather permitting.

Whatever the occasion, we look forward to having you as part of this great experience we now call The Breakwater Cafe + Bistro!
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