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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good diner breakfast food, meals don’t look like what you see on their website but food is tasty nonetheless. Service was efficient, seems to be a popular place with locals.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super noisy .over priced. Poached eggs floating in water. Never going back and don't recommend. You need to yell at the person to be heard. And it was half full at the time.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022 via mobile

Love the food and service. Happy to visit when I get to see family. This trip was a two trip visit to Ideal, one for breakfast and one for lunch. Mmmmm, thanks!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 23, 2022

all through covid this restaurant repeatidly broke the rules, had outbreaks and were shut down a few times . When manadtory to take info they did not and just had a book at front door, they openly advertised they would not ask for vaccine passport...in local facebook pages and on instagram. They do not believe in masks etc. Shame as before covid we went there but since covid we will not give them a penny of our money.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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leah b, General Manager at Ideal Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2022

Thank you for your opinion. We spent endless hours reading the pho order, changing operations, cleaning and improving our restaurant for our patrons. We followed all covid mandates at the time and we’re not obligated to record patrons names or ask for passports as that...More

Reviewed March 21, 2022 via mobile

On a brief visit to Campbell River and needed to find lunch. This place was rated no.1 on TA so we tried it. Glad we did, it had a real “old school” cafe/diner feel, and our waitress was excellent. We both had a breakfast and...wow food was really good, and big portions too. Great choice!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 10, 2022

Such a relaxed down home atmosphere. And best of all...they've stood out as an admirable example of freedom fighters. I travelled all the way from Nanaimo to eat there for that reason. (also...they have the VERY best vegan breakfast skillet on the entire island!) We...love and support you Ideal Cafe. You are a beacon of light in a society currently dark with fear. <3More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 9, 2022

We stopped in at this lovely cafe for a quick bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised. The menu has quite an extensive selection of breakfast and lunch items. I had the Organic Tofu Scramble with avocado on a slice of French bread, my spouse...had the Roast Beef au jus with fries, both meals were delicious and fresh! There is a lovely fifties decor throughout the cafe, and Leah is so friendly and cheerful. Great spot for a tasty meal, and we were not subjected to invasive questioning about our personal health status.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 23, 2021 via mobile

Quite honestly the best breakfast I've ever had! The place was packed full of diners but you'd never know it by the quality of service & food. My coffee cup was never empty despite the crowd. The servers were incredible! The shredded hashbrowns melted in...my mouth. Eggs were fresh & made to order & the bacon was cooked exactly as ordered. One of the best experiences & meals I had during my visit to the area.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2021 via mobile

Had the split pea soup & beef dip… oh my! That gravy deserves to be a meal on its own…lol! Went because they treat everyone equal and small business like that gets my support. Thanks for the great meal!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 13, 2021

This is a fun little diner serving classic greasy breakfast. Service is friendly and the food is tasty and prepared well.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 2, 2021

Great service great food no discrimination towards lions in a world of lambs. I’d get the boat and the only reason I recommend that is cause my review must be 100 words. But it was awesome

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 19, 2021

Ive never had a bad meal or bad service at this establishment, we always leave with a full belly and a smile. The staff are friendly and the food is absolutely worth the trip

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 15, 2021

I rarely agree with restaurant ranking but this one i agree. Such a great breakfast place. Nothing fancy just food that you actually want to order and eat.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021

The old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover" can be said for the exterior of the Ideal Cafe, but don't be fooled the interior is warm, inviting and comfortable. Take a seat at the counter or wait to be seated in 60's style...tables/chairs. Spending six days in Campbell River, five of which having breakfast at the Ideal Cafe made our trip. The menu features Salmon Benedict, The Boat, Barge and the best of what Campbell River has to offer for a reasonable price. Locals consider the Ideal Cafe the best of all their wonderful choices. And, should you decide a Mimosa or a slightly more alcohol infused drink would spice up the morning, the Ideal Cafe has that as well.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021

The food and atmosphere in the restaurant are wonderful. Feels nostalgic, like a place my dad might have gone for breakfast when he was growing up in the 60's - in a good way! The food was excellent and the waitress was very attentive despite...being the only one on the floor for a while when the Cafe opened and people began streaming in. If you are travelling through Campbell River while on the island, this is the must try place for breakfast.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Ideal Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4