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“The view and the food just don't mesh”
Review of Artisan Eats

Artisan Eats
Ranked #2 of 3 Dessert in Bowen Island
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian, French
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A modern yet rustic french cafe/bakery serving hand-made viennoiserie, pastries, breads... Panini Sandwiches, home cut twice cooked kennebec fries (several ways) Lunch items all day, Breakfast daily until noon, weekend brunches until 3pm. Stunning view of mountains, ocean & forest.
Bowen Island, Canada
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292 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“The view and the food just don't mesh”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

An incredible location- with ocean and mountain views. No competition at Artisan Square, except a coffee/chocolatier hole-in-the-wall. Experienced restaurauteurs (They also own Tuscany, an italian upscale pizza/pasta joint)

So why does this place fall flat for me? Well, first, despite some design modifications, it just isn't warm and cozy, unless you sit by the fireplace. The room is echoey, and the scale is not comfortable. Nice to sit outside in the summer though.

The food is serviceable, but not remarkable. The drinks and wine are expensive. The staff get distracted selling stuff out of the deli case (most of which you can get in Vancouver at Bosa foods for half the price). The staff turnover seems high, and they tend to forget small requests during the course of a meal. When four people go out and drop $200+, I don't expect the world, but I do expect competence, and that is not consistent.

Visited March 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Vancouver, BC
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great breakfast, great atmosphere!”
Reviewed February 13, 2012

Communal table and lots of chit chat. It's where we Bowen Islanders go to hang out and socialize. For me, best for breakfast or brunch and their special French Feast nights. Great coffee, delicious eggs benedict, beautiful baked goods and deli.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Specatcular View with a Delicous Meal”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

It was a fresh spring morning and perfect for patio dining at Artisan Eats. The breakfast was delicous: potoatos, veggies, eggs all tossed together with a great cup of hot coffee. The price was reasonable, the service great, the food was excellent and the view of the sound with the Coastal Mountains as the back drop was breath taking. We loved the fresh air outdoors but dining inside is all at a couple of community tables which makes getting to know the community easy.

If you like stop by and pick up their Artisan Bread or other baked goods to take home. For those that are gluten free they offer gluten free bread loaves as well.

I highly recommend for breakfast or lunch (they are closed for dinner). When finished with your meal shopping in Artisan Square is fun with lots of choices. Try it,,,,, you will like it!!!

  • Visited May 2011
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