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Willie's Cafe and Bakery

$$ - $$$, American, Cafe
537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
+1 250-381-8414
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (32 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (32 reviews)
“french toast” (18 reviews)
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CUISINES
Canadian, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
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1 - 10 of 513 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to for breakfast at 11:30 am...get a table in a nice please. Good atmosphere fast service...menu has a lot of options....good prices Easy parking at front ...we went to Jam Cafe was crowded and a waiting line....this is better !!! Has handicap parking...More

Thank RICARDO P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for lunch and had the Chicken Clubhouse - very good and big with the side - Waitress was a local and knew all about the local parks and places to see - loved her talkative nature and gave us good info on places to...More

Thank Sheldon L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popular restaurant with all-day brekkie at reasonable price. We were late catching up with our friends so opted for the fish chowder with toast. A convenient spot and not too touristy.

Thank g r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by this very busy cafe and had a quick pick me up in the late afternoon. It was busy and the pastries and coffee was very good.

Thank Fueldiva52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on the reviews, we decided this was a good place for a sweet fix in the morning but found the muffins and pastries to be just ordinary. Perhaps other breakfast choices are more raveable.

Thank Via_girl
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were desperate for good meals when we arrived at Willie's and nearly went elsewhere when we were told there would be a wait for a table, but the lovely host had us seated within seconds of another table leaving. Our happy server made us...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Longest line / wait for no reason and the food is less than passable. Nothing remarkable to say about this place except for the wait at the front door. Over half the tables were empty and the staff were telling people ahead of us it...More

Thank Blake M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I have frequented Willie's since 2009 on a regular basis. Breakfast is always great and still is....but, what has happened to the service? Quite frankly, if the breakfast wasn't as good as it was, i would have rated the overall hospitality / service experience around...More

Thank Rocketman999
Reviewed 24 July 2017

The breakfast menu is large and the early bird menu is good value. But the service was so slow. I was seated immediately but it took 15 mins for the waitress to arrive to ask if I wanted a coffee and 5 min more before...More

Thank NormO46
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Pretty much an old style breakfast menu. The early bird breakfasts, until 9:30 am, are good value. Service is good, breakfast arrives fast and hot. Very fresh eggs. Coffee is OK. Lunch menu looked to be basic as well.

Thank busyeater
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Questions & Answers
HockeyDad86
Hello Willies I wrote a negative review regarding your Bohemian skillet, my apology. Yes I mentioned I was in the business successfully for over 25 years, now done and moved onwards. Loved it and time for a change. Yes it was $12.50 not $15 with taxes $15, and I always tip well. The remaining of my table had lovely breakfast. I was the complainer. So on a more positive note, very nice place and I am sure most of your dishes shine. The skillet I would use a hash potato not a huge chunk deep fried potato tossed with meager garnish. Load it with garnish and seasoning, sauteed in the pan with a touch of herb, maybe Marjoram and fresh parsley, whatever. Then generously dust it with feta on top where its seen and those lovely eggs. Maybe some Red pepper for color vs Green or a mix. By sauteing the product the flavours will mix and enhance the potato and be generous with the garnish. It said spinach and really all I received was a leaf or two, feta at the bottom brown and one piece of green pepper the size of my thumbnail. Cooked, a leaf or two of spinach looks like nothing. I am sorry but it was disappointing and so boring, and really could be improved with very little effort. That's my thought. Can I retract my surprised disappointed? As for the public please go to Willie's, it was just one dish that in my opinion was..... I am not in the restaurant business anymore, successful, miss it but moved on. I will retract my negativity and give the positive. I will come back to Willies again. I will have the turkey Omelette that has received high praise. Maybe Ill try the new improved skillet or what some people call hash.
19 May 2017|
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Response from LeiHouVictoria | Property representative |
Hi Max, I'm really really sorry that I just read your reply yesterday through the alerts of Tripadvisor. Your detailed suggestion based on your experience is very very practical and specific to Willie's. I have shared your... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 15:00
Monday
08:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:30
Thursday
08:00 - 14:30
Friday
08:00 - 15:00
Saturday
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-381-8414
  • E-mail
Description
Willies has been well known for BC's oldest bakery and the best breakfast and lunch in Victoria. This summer, Willie's launched dinner at the blooming patio! Come and try dinner menu items, such as fish n chips, fish tacos, burgers.... You will be satisfied as always!
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