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Bare Bones Fish and Chips

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Seafood, British, Canadian
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4824 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 5M1, Canada
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had to visit this restaurant again. We each had the Halibut and it was very tasty, a thick piece of fish and an unlimited supply of chips. Like the fact that they don't use too much batter so you can actually taste the fish. Will visit again.

Thank billandwendy
Port Alberni, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The only place that I eat seafood because it is fresh. I like the option they give you when it comes to how you would like it cooked.(Battered, deep fried or grilled) We always order the platter which comes with a variety of seafood. It serves 2 generously.The only negative remark I have it in regards to their coleslaw. It... More 

Thank vissias2016
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to this place many times both lunch and dinner it's usually packed on Friday nights we reccomend the panco coating on the very fresh fish any way you like it .

Thank Bill G
Nanaimo, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taking visitors touring Vancouver Island is not complete unless you go to Bare Bones in Port Alberni. It is located in a old church. They prepare fish in a number of ways and the Cole slaw is great. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank John D
Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is located in an old church. It looks unique, it is very small and has that " old church smell " which we did not like it too much. The food itself was good (fish and chips) and fresh, the service was very fast.

Thank Aldona M
Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too much batter for me. The calamari and cod were heavily battered and could not taste much more than the batter. The halibut on the other hand was broiled and excellent - it saved the night.

Thank Mark&Rosa
Victoria, Canada
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really solid fish and chips spot with good service and a unique listing of sides for your fish with 3 types of salad and three types of fish available three ways. This allows you a good opportunity to try a number of variations. Good service, reasonable prices and squeaky clean make this an excellent choice in Port Alberni.

Thank Ken927
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is housed in a landmark, little church building and is decorated with chic decor that expands on the Bare Bones logo. We ordered a $32 sampler platter which included Cod, Halibut, Salmon, & Prawns (each cooked in your choice of fire-grilled, panko-breaded, or english-battered) with fries, caesar salad & coleslaw, and 5 dipping sauces (seafood, tarter, thai-chili, lemon-dill,... More 

Thank TravelMamaBear
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for a late lunch on our way to Tofino and were most pleasantly surprised. The Olde Yorke on Laird in Toronto serves very good fish and chips; what we got at Bare Bones was better. My wife and I shared an order of Panko-friend oysters, which were excellent. So was my grilled halibut with fries and a... More 

Thank operalover939
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bare Bones has what I think is the best fish and chips in Port Alberni. Good selection of types of fish, including salmon, and options for how it's cooked. It's located in a neat old church, so pretty funky on the atmosphere. Only real down side is that it is a seafood place, so with the exception of some chicken... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $15
Seafood, British, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4824 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 5M1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Port Alberni
  • Phone Number: 12507200900
Bare Bones: an upscale fish and chip restaurant featuring west coast halibut, salmon, cod and prawns. Sides include hand-cut fries, caesar salad and coleslaw. Try your fish grilled or choose our famous beer batter or panco bread crumb coating. Always fresh and delicious! Look for our patio on Johnston.

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