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Sandbar Cafe

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6087 Island Highway W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2E2, Canada
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Lethbridge, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long couple of days of cancelled flights, rental car issues, travel - we ended up at the Sandbar Cafe for lunch. The staff was friendly, there was plenty of seating, the menu offered very good choices for a very reasonable price. There are vegetarian and gluten free options. I had the burger and it was delish! This was... More 

1 Thank Smerchy
Broadbeach, Australia
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our recent 'girls weekend' we had the pleasure of visiting The Sandbar Cafe. It was walking distance from our accommodation and recommended by the front desk for a nice lunch. Immediately we were intrigued by the funny and unusual artwork adorning the entry and sides of the building, it certainly has character! Our server, Marion, was a gem. She... More 

2 Thank Cj K
Chatham, Canada
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to stop for a coffee or a bite to eat. Staff are exceptional including the cook! Very clean and well kept restaurant. Art work is reasonably priced and from local artists.

1 Thank Shelley W
Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We ate there once 3 years ago and it was good. Last year was not so good and this year was terrible. Service was good but could not make up for poor food with no flavour.

Thank Allan B
Vancouver Island, Canada
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Great atmosphere and when warmer can sit on the patio. Take time to view all the pictures on the wall. Food was very good.

Thank vanislandlady
Manitoba, Canada
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733 reviews
473 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Looking for something out of the way with a view. Cute little place, older and very eclectic! Sat on the patio, and enjoyed the view of the water. Fast friendly service. Scallop/bacon burger was a hit with the husband. Salt and pepper wings were good, although a little over salted. Dry ribs were also a little over done, but flavourful.

Thank Lynda D
Parksville, Canada
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113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Since our hiking group got together for lunch at the Sandbar Cafe. I think perhaps that the cafe has seen a change of ownership, which I can tell you didn't change the quality of either service or food. Between us there was, fish and chips, hamburgers, oysters, clam chowder plus some other delights. To my knowledge everybody in the group... More 

Thank Jim S
Courtenay, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is an enjoyable stop on the Coastal Highway between Nanaimo and Courtenay. It is rustic, so if you want elegant, this isn't the place for you. But the food is good, the prices are right, the pieces of art that hang on the walls (all done by Islanders and all for sale, by the way) are lovely, and there's... More 

Thank Phyllis P
Campbell River, Canada
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

We wandered up the road from our accommodation, fancying a cup of coffe, and found the Sandbar cafe open. When we got inside we found out that there was live music - a folksy sort of group of locals who gather there weekly to share "old timey" and "roots" music. It was a lovely, warm atmosphere. The service from the... More 

Thank KNCooper
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

I have eaten breakfast and lunch here several times and never a bad meal. Stopped in for dinner last night with a friend and again the service and food were both excellent. One suggestion - change the fries. Those frozen tasteless ones just don't match the rest of the homemade taste of the other dishes.

1 Thank Ruth F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6087 Island Highway W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2E2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: 778-424-9892

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