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Reviewed March 6, 2021 via mobile

This place seems to be very busy, even though the parking out front is limited to a few paid stalls. There is a bakery in the front and a restaurant in the back. I arrived after 3:00pm, so that could be the reason why there...was a very limited selection of items in the bakery display cases. Since I didn’t have much to choose from, I decided on a couple of Cheese Swirls and a Dutch Shortbread Cookie. The Cheese Swirls were very small, but they packed a really good flavour punch. They had a very distinct flavour and I could really taste the sharp Cheddar Cheese. I enjoyed it very much. The Dutch Shortbread Cookie was nice, light and tasty. It was slightly sweeter than a traditional Shortbread Cookie, but it was also tasty.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 22, 2020

We stopped in at the Dutch Bakery to enjoy pie and coffee! We had been told that this was a must stop and we were not disappointed. No surprise - there was a line up to get in!! Delicious baked good available at the front...of the shop. A diner towards the back. Parking definitely an issue. We had parked on a side street - paid parking - and were walking up and down Fort Street.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 30, 2020 via mobile

All fresh made Baked goods. Pies,cakes, pastries,meat pies, tarts, breads. All delicious and they serve a great breakfast too. Only open until 4 so don't wait if you want something from the bakery. They sell out of lots of items. You will enjoy this place.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 15, 2020

There are a number of good breakfast places in Victoria and the Dutch bakery is among the best. Breakfast special about $10...delicious. Prompt and friendly service. Well known to the local folks...most tables filled up quickly. We will be back to try the lunch specials...

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed April 16, 2020

The Dutch Bakery & Diner represents something of a rarity these days. It’s not too often you can come across a place that, 1) Has been open since 1956; and, 2) Has a retro throwback vibe, but doesn’t do so as a gimmick or because...it’s “out of touch.” Instead, the Dutch Bakery uses its warm and welcoming atmosphere to demonstrate the value of culinary tradition and the importance of consistency. The end result is a bakery that has, rightly so, become a Victoria landmark. Indeed, Victoria has a fluid and ever-changing foodie landscape. As such, it’s not too often you can come across an establishment that’s been serving Victorians for the better part of 64 years; in fact, that’s practically unheard of these days. I recall driving through “Old Town” in the summer of 2017 and seeing a restaurant sandwich board proudly advertising that they’d been “Serving Victoria since 2015.” Ol’ PookyCake couldn’t help but think, “Since 2015? Is that really something to be bragging about?” I guess it is these days. Obviously, then, the Dutch Bakery has been doing something right. I suspect a large part of the Dutch Bakery’s ongoing success has to do with consistency and quality of product. This establishment has been run by the Schaddelee family for three generations and while there have been modest updates to the dining space over the years, the recipes and attention to customer service have remained as they did in the 1950s. You can see this in the nice selection of pastries, cakes, cookies, meat pies and sausage rolls on offer at their bakery counter – many of which are based on recipes handed down by founder Kees Schaddelee. In short, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I wish more restaurants followed this simple rule. In any event, I was able to see and taste the Dutch Bakery’s commitment to quality in the nice selection of snack treats we’d procured. The chocolate raspberry tart was a perennial highlight for me. Its shell was firm, but not tough; the chocolate was of good quality and not overly sweet; and the raspberry mousse was light and fluffy. The cherry tart and hazelnut tart were also sinfully delicious. I should note, by way of conclusion, that I did not have an opportunity to sample the comfort food classics in the diner area; however, I did take note of its cozy décor and nod to history: The walls feature black and white photos of the Schaddelee family over time – I love this because it entrenches the family and Bakery firmly within Victoria’s culinary history. FOOD: 4/5 SERVICE: 4/5 VALUE: 4/5 RECOMMENDATION: The Dutch Bakery & Diner is pretty fabulous. It’s fabulous because it acknowledges its history; it places emphasis on the customer experience; and it doesn’t change for the sake of being trendy. Instead, they focus on good food at a fair price and that’s what people want. Thumbs up! PS: If you found this review helpful in any way please consider hitting the "helpful" button!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2020

Friends had extolled the virtues of Dutch Bakery and Diner for some time. When we announced we were gong to Victoria for Valentine's day get away we were advised that we should try it so we did. Really nice staff but even better were the...pastries. Nice and light, rich but not too sweet. A good variety between sweets and baked rolls , turnovers and pies with meat filling. You can take out or dine inside. Only few minutes walk from our hotel, it was nice to have breakfast like a local. I would recommend anyone visiting the Victoria harbor/city area to try Dutch Bakery & Diner. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 16, 2020

I hadn’t been in this diner in many years but found it to be consistently amazing. The service was excellent. The food was great at a very reasonable price. The diner had a wonderful feel of a clean, decent restaurant. Loved it!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

A quaint family run bakery based restaurant with a rich long term history of serving Victorians. Breakfast and lunch menu selections are basic but tasty and reasonably priced. The bakery offers a wide range of offerings which will meet every one's needs. A downtown location...is also an asset.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 10, 2020

The coffee is good but there are other places in Victoria that serve better. However, the pastry is very fine indeed. We took home two large pieces of “gevulde koek,” which the restaurant calls “flying saucer” and shared one after dinner. Just as good as...it always was! And the prices are more than reasonable.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

Fantastic service and really good food! You cant beat the price as well, very reasonable prices! Definitely will come here again.

Date of visit: February 2020
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  • Dutch Bakery & Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4