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“Gorgeous view, great food.”
Review of Wickaninnish Restaurant - CLOSED

Wickaninnish Restaurant
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed September 3, 2009

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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Thank ebickell
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Reviewed September 1, 2009

We decided to treat ourselves on holiday, and pay the expensive prices for what is quoted as exceptional ocean side dining, by the lonely planet guide. The location is incredible with views over to the pacific, however, the food really is not value for money. The starter of mussels was the smallest I have ever seen, the main course of halibut was nice, but the fish was overcooked! The dessert was lovely, but should it really be accompanied by cream from a can???? I would recomment this place for lunches of coffee, but find somewhere else for that special occasion!

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Thank Vicbat
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Reviewed May 10, 2009

The service was good, the restaurant was at a great location. The food was okay, the smoked salmon special appetizer was pretty disappointing... it was more like salmon jerky. The pickled salmon was surprisingly decent.

Anyway, I'd recommend it for the view and the location.

Oh, and you have to get a parking permit and walk it back to the car which is in a public lot beachside.

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Thank logisnews
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Reviewed April 16, 2009

I had my wedding reception at the Wickaninnish Restaurant. It was the perfect end to the perfect day. The food was incredible (thanks for recommending the crab cakes) and very reasonably priced. Good house wine and gorgeous view. The staff and manager (Brian) were very friendly and helpful. The service was definitely first class. I can't wait to come back! Thanks again for the beautiful evening! I will never forget the view!

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Thank DA_SK_3
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

We came to this restaurant on the recommendation of the proprietors of the motel we were staying at in Ucluelet. We went there for the evening meal of the last night of the holiday and it was like saving the best til last. The food was very good quality and the service was pleasant and efficient. The setting is beautiful and we went there on a sunny evening and watched the sunset over the ocean - it was out of this world! If you do go there get a reservation and request an table by the window. Highly recommended.

Thank kathmj
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