After finding the vegetarian options in Tofino lacking, we drove the 25 minutes down to the Wickaninnish Restaurant. Located in the Pacific Rim National Park, the drive there is pretty, and you need to make sure to get a parking pass from the host (or else pay the park day use fee).
The restaurant is located right up above Long Beach, beside the interpretive centre. The medium-sized room is surrounded by glass windows so you have a lovely view of the beach and the sunset if you time it right.
We were greeted promptly and seated quickly by a window. We arrived at around 8pm and the restaurant closes at 9pm. The restaurant was quiet (only maybe 4 other tables occupied). Service was friendly and very fast. Our entree arrived before we were finished our appetizer, which felt a little rushed, but we didn't really mind as we did arrive late and we were starving. The two of us shared an app of Roasted Garlic and Brie on Focaccia, and also shared the entree of wild mushroom fettucine alfredo. The kitchen even split the meal onto two plates for us which was nice. We found this to be enough food to feel full and we are average eaters, after a day of hiking.
The appetizer was delicious, with two bulbs of garlic, two toasts with brie and balsamic vinaigrette, and a little salad of greens which was mostly wild pea shoots, yum! The entree was very good as well although I found the mushrooms a little undercooked (again probably a matter of us arriving later and the kitchen rushing to get us fed and out before closing time).
Staff was friendly and professional.
Dress - we were wearing jeans, maybe a little underdressed, but since it was so quiet we didn't feel out of place. I would think for lunch jeans might be okay but you might want to dress a little better for dinner than we did.
My only complaint would be that for the price I would have expected cloth tablecloths rather than plastic. And maybe that we didn't have the opportunity to eat there more than once!
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