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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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1-121 McPhillips Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
+1 250-537-4491
07:00 - 17:00
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Vancouver, British Columbia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I went to Barb's for lunch on the first day of my vacation and the food was so good I went back four days in a row. Their sandwiches and salads are really tasty. The Bistro has less of a touristy feel than many other restaurants. You can actually see many year round Saltspringers eating there which is always a... More 

1 Thank O806XAsues
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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145 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Standard fare, cooked well. Service a bit hit and miss. The bread from the adjoining bakery is excellent (probably the best on island). Bathrooms are adequate but could do with more of them (there are often people waiting).

1 Thank djcalberta
Richmond, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I was on Salt Spring for four days. I kept returning here for lunch each day because I could be sure of a good meal.

1 Thank s v
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

This coffee shop/restaurant is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike. It is decent but somewhat overrated. By 3pm they had run out of most of their baked goods unfortunately. Had some cookies and clam chowder which were good. Biggest selling feature in the summer is their large patio space for people watching.

1 Thank Irish L
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Had an amazing brekky at Barb's Buns. Had the classic breakfast with organic eggs, meaty sausage, fantastic sauteed home fries and rye toast. They bake amazing "real" bread and other baked treats. Highly recommend for brekky, lunch or snack.

Salt Spring Island, Canada
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Barb's is probably one of my favourite lunch and breakfast spots on the island. With both a café and bistro side, there are interesting options for almost any budget or appetite size. I personally love their fish taco salad, or even just their artisan green salad with a side of salmon, halibut or free-range chicken. The presentation is beautiful and... More 

1 Thank Nicole M
Regina, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Great place to eat. Best clam chowder . Big portions. Quick and friendly service my husband had A grilled cheese sandwich that was awesome. The clam chowder was great and served with a roll w high was huge and very tasty. We would go back in a heart beat

1 Thank Bev V
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240 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

This local favorite offers up delicious baked goods with swell breakfast, brunch and lunch choices. It's casual and busy; always a line for their in-demand bakery. The sign out front cheekily advertises itself as "Barb's Buns." Fun!!

1 Thank Dougananda
Sidney, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Waited for fifteen minutes to get served. We were feeling like we were invisible. Another fifteen minutes for soup and salad to arrive. The food was very good and once we finished we waited, yet again, to get the bill. There were many servers and bus people, so I don't understand why the service was so slow. We finally got... More 

4 Thank jojajade
Victoria, Canada
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

A friend and I went for a day trip to Saltspring Island and decided to try Barb's for lunch. It was very busy but there seemed to be 3 or 4 waitstaff, 2 bus people and several people in the kitchen. My friend and I each ordered soup and salad. We waited over 15 minutes for the waiter to take... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-121 McPhillips Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: +1 250-537-4491

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?