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Willie's Cafe and Bakery

537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
+1 250-381-8414
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (35 reviews)
“pancakes” (44 reviews)
“french toast” (18 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Canadian, American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

we decided to try out this restaurant for brunch after having dinner the previous evening at il terrazo. I guess we were expecting more since it was advertised sharing the same bakery. It was very busy when we went, the service wasn't great and the...More

Thank nicolerN15OS
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Can't say enough good things about this place: Food was sooo good, service was outstanding, waitress fun and engaging, gluten-free biscuits awesome, bacon and potatoes... yum!!! This place definitely requires a return trip or 3.

Thank VanjaMom
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

We arrived on a Saturday morning and we had just a 10 minute wait for the 4 of us. We all had excellently prepared breakfasts and our waitress was both fun and efficient. Very good value.

Thank BucksTraveller2010
Reviewed August 26, 2018

We love Willie's. The location is great if we are staying downtown and the food is amazing. Healthy portions of everything you love for breakfast. Sitting "outside" on a warm summer morning just adds to the experience.

Thank Darren S
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

The food was okay, with the typical array of brunch and breakfast dishes. I had the bohemian skillet, with poached eggs. When I got it served the eggs were poached hard. The waitress apologized and got me new properly cooked poached eggs. Overall it was...More

Thank 847bernieg
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Eggs cooked properly, fresh baked bread, nicely prepared potatos, excellent chorizo patty.....and terrific coffee. Great way to start the day. Expect a line first thing in the morning and again at lunch.

Thank peterbJ2738MM
Reviewed August 11, 2018

I don't write reviews on restaurants often but couldn't pass up the chance to say how much my husband and I LOVED the breakfast and service at Willie's. We were only in Victoria for 2 days last week and just by chance we came to...More

Thank D C
Reviewed August 8, 2018

The service was not the best, but the food was definitely worth the waiting. It was the best I´ve ever tasted. You would honestly not regret your visit.

Thank Linn B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We chose to have breakfast at Willie’s having read it was one of the best breakfast places in Victoria. When we arrived we had to queue for a few minutes - which we took as a good sign. Unfortunately after we had ordered we had...More

1  Thank adamoethomas
Reviewed August 6, 2018

A nice little spot about a 15 minute walk from the inner harbor. Both indoor and outdoor tables. Food was quite satisfactory.

Thank SteveE145
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Questions & Answers
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.
May 19, 2017|
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids
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
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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