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“A a seat by the fire” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shelter Restaurant

Shelter Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 52 Restaurants in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $25
Cuisines: Brew Pub, Canadian, American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
San Francisco, California
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106 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“A a seat by the fire”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Picture this. This place is like a shelter from a cold and bitter world outside. We stopped by for dinner. Sat by the fire. Ordered a bottle of wine. Ordered dinner. Wonderful, delicious salads. Warm, comforty food. Tasty desserts. Conversation. Conviviality. It's the real deal. BUT we felt that all the food in the main courses was over-salted. We mentioned it in passing to our server and the manager, or some such official, came by to make a special point to say that no one else had mentioned anything, so perhaps the food was fine. The one off-note in an otherwise wonderful meal. I'll go back, though!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Hamilton, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Keep the power going!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

When I went to eat at Shelter, the food was amazing, and the waitress was very easy-going and genuinely friendly. It was during a big storm, and the power went out towards the end of my meal. However! this place has a back up generator (I am told by locals perhaps the only back up generator in the town) and the lights came back on in moments! Everyone was able to continue enjoying their experience.
The restaurant filled up pretty quickly afterwards ;)
A great place!
I had the wild salmon sandwhich with a side of their mushroom soup (broth... not cream, it was fabulous).

Visited March 2013
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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome place, great people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Had a great meal, good wine and friendly staff, fantastic place to go to finish the perfect day or just to make a day better!

Visited March 2013
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good Bar food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

We needed dinner but not a lot so headed into the lounge at Shelter. It is a very nice place with a big open kitchen. We ordered wine, calamari, yam fries, one of their special hamburgers and onion rings.

It was all very good. To be sure, the Burger was one of the best I have had in a long time. Cheese, Tomato, Bacon, Pickle, very tasty patty. I reccommend it! A good experience with a nice atmosphere and multi Flat Screens showing incredible SURFING VIDEOS.

Visited March 2013
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Victoria, BC
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just "Okay"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Our recent dining experience here was quite dissapointing. While the entrees were interesting, there were not a lot of lo-carb or diet friendly combinations. What we did eat was good, but the not very attentive service, elbow bumping table space and total lack of view did not justify the cost. Just getting our table's water bottle refilled seemed to be a struggle.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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