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Canadian, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for an early lunch on April 29. Arrived at 1110. Unable to order the Big Roasted Veg salad because it was not yet noon. So we both ordered the grilled cheese and an iced coffee, paid and took a seat. There were five other...tables all with two people except for one of four. Ten minutes later I got up to check on our coffee, not having heard it called. One customer was just handed a "to go" cup and the clerk picked up her own coffee turned toward the doorway into the back and began talking to the other front counter clerk. She asked if she could help me. I asked about the iced coffees. "Didn't I make those already?" She soon delivered them to the table. Jumping ahead. At about 1145 i asked about the sandwiches. I was told the cheese takes longer to melt.There were two people working in the kitchen. I heard someone in the kitchen say they were out of bread and would have to use wraps. Minutes after 1200, the sandwiches arrived. While eating, my friend asked how long for two salads to go...30 minutes. As we were leaving, a voice in the kitchen said they were out of lettuce. Everything I've ever eaten here has been delicious! I've come to expect slow service. However, we went early so my friend could get back to work. This was inexcusably slow. I will be looking at alternatives in Campbell RiverMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed November 2, 2021

I often phone in orders of a sandwich or a salad. Always fresh, filling and delish!! If you hit them up early enough the muffins are also the best !!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed August 17, 2021 via mobile

Hubby and I had a delicious lunch. Roasted chicken, avocado, "sandwich" without the bread as they did not have GF. I did not miss the bread. Excellent salad with home made tahini dressing. Hubby had pulled pork sandwich special. You can tell they take pride...in well crafted food. Wait was about forty minutes for the food but worth it.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed February 10, 2021 via mobile

Got a great coffee and a freshly baked muffin .... and the best breakfast sandwich with avocado. I love to support a small business especially when they put a high quality product like this. Great job!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 11, 2021

Came her for lunch with my wife and we ordered the cream of mushroom soup and a BLT with the house salad/vinaigrette. We were told our order would take about 20 minutes, as it was busy, so we enjoyed the view of Quadra Island by...our window seating. Seating is limited with social distancing restrictions, but Java Shack has managed to set up hanging dividers between tables and booths for about 7-8 large eating sections along with outdoor seating. The cream of mushroom was delightful and light, full of mushrooms. Every spoonful had a bite of mushroom. A nice surprise for soup! My wife enjoyed the beautiful salad with her BLT. The salad had a nice mix of greens and arugula with strips of beets and carrots and topped with feta and beans. The BLT had the usual expected taste, but what made this different was the texture profile - with a soft bun cradling a nice crunch with each bite. We really enjoyed this one. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed September 22, 2020

OK breakfast sandwich but APPALLING SERVICE. Under good conditions they are slow. I was in recently and the server said it would be half an hour wait for a breakfast sandwich, There were 4 other people in the restaurant at the time. I simply asked..."why the half hour wait?". She was highly indignant that I even asked. I pointed out the almost total lack of customers whereupon she requested that I leave, which I happily did.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

I used this place occasionally when I was desperate for a coffee. Desperate being the key word. Predictably, every time I was served with the usual watery tosh at high end prices. In the end I never bothered and waited until I got to Quadra...Island. The food is a flag waver to mediocrity and the service not much better. One particular server had all the charm of an unwashed urinal and would openly barrack the customers (I think she left to join the army funnily enough) making the Java Shack experience even more magical. Usual CR garbage.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed January 4, 2020

I visit the Shack every time I go to Campbell River. It's great to have a cup of their wonderful coffee while watching the Quadra Island ferry come and go. Breakfast is amazing, I had the wrap, delicious.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 11, 2019

This is a "select, pay, and wait for your food at your table" kinda place. No service to speak of, BUT, the food is fresh and great, albeit selection is limited. A surprise is that the breakfast is very well done, and service is quick....For a quick bite, you can only do worse elsewhere. Lunch is best with a bit more time, the kitchen can be slow during lunch hour, so be there before noon and you will be OK. Arrive at 12:15 and you will have a bit of a wait for the food to appear on your table.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed September 17, 2019

Up early on a Sunday morning run into town searching for a decent cappuccino is always gamble as a visitor! With no expectations, I arrived at Java Shack only to realize it was closed - no surprise. Unexpectedly, the owner (Sarah) was inside with her...family on a day off and invited me inside. Offering to make a cappuccino was exceedingly kind, not charging me as I only brought a credit card, was above and beyond. It's the small acts of kindness and interest to do the unexpected that can define a business. I was grateful and wanted to share my experience. Thank you.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Java Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4