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“Joy of Breakfast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Red Bench Diner - CLOSED

Red Bench Diner
Cuisines: Diner, Canadian
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Bowen Island, Canada
Level Contributor
287 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“Joy of Breakfast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

How this nondescript, side of the road, off the main highway, downtown metropolis of Brackendale puts out top-rank fare for way less than average prices for ordinary food is a mystery.

And why it was not filled to the brim with people at 9am for breakfast, another mystery.

The answer to the first question seems to be that the proprietor really cares, has a good chef, isn't greedy, buys quality ingredients, and is trusted by her local and tourist clientele.

As to the second question, she simply said it was a slow time of year, but that on weekends, they're packed. Good on them!

I had a $10, 3 egg omelet, with LOTS of good lox styled cold-smoked salmon, real Swiss cheese and spinach, accompanied by a mound of chunky potato hash browns. Salsas on request.

Ok, I was pretty hungry, but that was only part of the reason why I was licking the big oval platter clean.

They serve breakfast all day, also have a hefty lunch menu. Truly unpretentious, but genuinely good food, nice people, homey atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Peter F
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English first
Maryland
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Totally unexpected, amazing breakfast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

We read about this place on trip advisor when we needed a breakfast stop while driving from Whistler to Vancouver. What a treat! The diner is small but clean, staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is quaint, small-town authentic. And the food-- fabulous!!! Way better than typical diner fare. Food is high quality, ingredients are fresh, and there are lots of options for the health conscious. And the coffee was excellent!

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank mgk5u
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Madison, Georgia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What a pleasant surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We were hungry and just passing through when we stumbled on The Red Bench. It is not on the high traffic road, so we had to search for it, but our efforts were more than adequately rewarded.

We arrived late enough that their morning rush had probably passed. My wheelchair bound wife and elderly parents and I were shown to a table and presented with menus, fresh coffee and a warm greeting. Unlike some of the establishments we stopped at during our 30 day odyssey, my wife could actually get into the restaurant and even the washroom, in her powered wheelchair.

We all ordered breakfast, which we agreed was the best we had enjoyed during our entire trip. The food was expertly prepared and tasted great!

It happened to be my mother's 80th birthday and when our server got wind of this, they treated her like a queen!

The entire experience was a pleasant memory we will think of often. Our only regret is that since we live 3,500 miles away, we cannot visit regularly.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Mark J
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Squamish
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Neat menu, home cooking. Friendly staff. Rustic little sport with great coffee. Had the "stack" could have fed 3 of me, no complaints!!

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1 Thank Abs123456
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Squamish, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cute & cosy & left with a satisfied tummy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Clean & quaint settings, prompt service, delicious eggs benny, huge servings, left totally satisfied!!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Ckateb
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