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Sandbar Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Canadian
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6087 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2E2, Canada
+1 778-424-9892
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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British Columbia, Canada
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The breakfasts are good and the service is fast. Nothing really fancy but a nice little place to eat and the waitress is a sweetheart.

Thank scotsrish
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're on Vancouver Island and would like some great home style cooking, visit Sandbar Cafe in Qualicum Bay along West Island Highway. It's a quaint little restaurant that offers ocean view patio dining. We went for dinner on a Saturday night and Julie was our waitress for the evening. Very friendly and efficient. Nice ambiance in the restaurant with... More 

1 Thank Lousab56
Saskatoon, Canada
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Basic cafe food. Marion the waitress is awesome. Friendly and kind not phoney or syrupy. The cook made a small error with our breakfast (gave us bacon instead of ham)-they made such a fuss over this, bringing out ham a couple of minutes later and didn't charge us for either. Wow. Just a nice place to be.

Thank Stevefrench34
Sebastopol, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

They have the best food and are very reasonable with prices. Go above and beyond with customer service. Called and said we would be in at 7:30 with 5 people on a Sunday evening. Said they would keep kitchen open for us. They did and were even very happy to have us at such a late hour.

1 Thank Traveler69Bike
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim and so glad we did! We had breakfast - perfect poached eggs and lovely smoked ham cut thick. The potatoes were roasted - hash browns the way I like them! Staff was lovely, attentive and friendly. It's a fun, laid back little place and we'll be sure to be back!

Thank Marlowe S
Bowen Island, Canada
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259 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

The appeal here is the location a stones throw to the ocean, and the funky laid back atmosphere. The art on the wall is fun and local to boot. You can eat inside, or as we did on a sunny day, on the patio. I ordered chicken wings- big mistake. Dry, flavourless and poorly presented. And at $12 the dozen... More 

Thank Peter F
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

This little place is very average and smells a bit musty at times but they have some interesting art on the walls and the lemon pie is delicious.

Thank gayle b
Duncan BC
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

A couple of us visited this café for supper one evening recently, and we were delighted. There was a trio on the deck playing country music and so all the deck tables were taken, because the trio was good! But so was the food inside (my wife's salmon was better than my halibut), service was friendly and efficient, interior surroundings... More 

1 Thank james123griffin
Lethbridge, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

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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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2E2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 778-424-9892

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