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Stickleback was conceived from the love of the west coast and our beautiful natural surroundings, tucked away in the sanctuary of Cooper’s Cove here in Sooke BC. Stickleback is family owned and operated and has had the pleasure of serving Vancouver Island residents and guests since 2012. To celebrate our 10-year anniversary this month, we have created a new model highlighting fresh, local beers and ciders on tap! We have also launched a brand new summer menu that explores beautiful local ingredients, inclusive gluten-free and vegan options, and is, as always, mouth-wateringly delicious! Come down and enjoy our gorgeous waterfront patio with a flight of Sooke’s local craft brews or our local
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Canadian, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been in here a few times lately. Great food, we had portobello burger and fish and chips this time. Sat inside by the window, lovely view of the cove, boats at anchor, wildlife. Staff were super helpful helping my elderly mother to her seat....Mid range price I would say, not cheap but not expensive. The food was delicious, great service in a pretty setting. Recommended if you are looking for something a little bit better than usual.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here for lunch today. Right on the water with a lovely view of the bay. The menu was interesting, the staff friendly and attentive. I had the pulled pork burrito bowl, and my partner had a chicken noodle peanut dish , absolutely yummy...generous portions. I do believe that kayak and SUP rentals are available too but i didn’t check into it. Looking forward to eating on their deck next summerMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022

Handy to Galloping Goose hiking/biking trail, and to Sooke Road (BC 14). Lots of parking space. Enjoyed window view of quiet cove of Sooke Harbour. Also outdoor deck right over the water. Friendly, prompt service. Unfortunately, food not up to standard. Mine was far too...salty. Seafood does not need that much salt! We discounted stories of mediocre fare, frequent staff change, and large turnover of ownership, but sadly the Stickleback still needs improvement.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022

Wait staff were very friends. Had the pulled pork burrito which had a lot of meat and filled with a variety of vegetables. Very tasty. Service was quick. We initially requested outdoor seating but in a short time hornets or bees were flying all around...and landed on our menus. We decided to eat indoors and had a delicious dinner. Overall, a nice dining experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022 via mobile

This is a gorgeous location on the bay, with a beautiful patio. No one was able to sit outside, however, because we were told everyone was either seated outside or everyone was seated inside. The weather was fine, blue sky with puffy clouds. The restaurant...was about half full and not understaffed. The noise level inside was high due to the sound system being cranked up- people around us were almost shouting to be heard. The food was good but our tuna Buddha bowls were an unusual mix of curry, feta, and soy sauce on the tuna.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022 via mobile

Amazing location and the food was great! They have a lovely patio and on a clear day you can see the Mt Olympus range in the states!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic fish and chips at lunch today. Cycled out from Victoria with a friend and we stopped at this waterfront restaurant to re-fuel. As a Brit, I am super critical of fish and chips outside the UK, but the Stickleback has nailed it. The fish...was obviously put in a good hot fryer as the batter was crisp and brown, accompanied by hot fresh chips. Awesome job!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed September 26, 2021

We went for lunch on Saturday after doing 9.5kms on The Galloping Goose. I had last been there in the 90s went it was a different restaurant so was looking forward to what it was like now. What a great experience. All the Covid protocols...were in place and we were seated on the patio as it was a beautiful day. What a great location. Our host and servers were super friendly and the food was awesome! I had the burger and the others in the party had the flatbread pizza, the chicken wrap and the tofu noodle bowl. Great presentation and very tasty. Must come back again soon to try the rest of the menu. Incentive to do more hikes on that part of The Goose...lol.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 22, 2021

The restaurant is located on a nice little bay with a great patio. I had the Spicy Chicken Bowl Medium hot how I like it, which was excellent! I even asked the server to tell the cook that it was the Best Spicy bowl I...have ever had and trust me I've had a few! My wife had a Chicken burger that had a full sized breast of chicken, It was too much for her to bite into. The service was very good and they followed all the new protocols that the Government had demanded! If it wasn't a ferry ride and an hour and a half drive from the ferry I would go there again!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 27, 2021 via mobile

We biked here for dinner on Sunday evening & it was well worth the ride. The vegetarian noodle dish was delicious - very generous with the tofu. The staff were all super-sweet & accommodating. One server told us the bread served with the noodles was...her family’s bannock recipe. It was unique & really tasty!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 24, 2021 via mobile

We ate supper on the beautiful Stickleback deck and enjoyed the boats and water view. I recommend the mango chicken wrap or the burger. The staff members were friendly and the food tasty. Prices are average. Location is great, maybe 10 minutes east of downtown...Sooke.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

Fabulous place. Patio right beside the water in a nice picturesque bay. You can rent kayaks here…We did. We had lunch, I had their special Pork “Philly Cheese steak”. I asked for no onions (normally w grilled onions) and got roasted red pepper under the...blanket of 2 types of cheese, in a lovely baguette. We’d been on holidays for 3 days, eating and drinking too much and this sandwich still tasted wonderful. I didn’t like their Tap options but got an S.O.B. “Stiff Jab” in the tall 473 ml (16 oz. can), a nice flavourful ale at 5.3%. abv. My Sweetie had her favourite Yam fries with Fish. She said it was excellent!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed December 6, 2020

We dined there on a Friday afternoon during the height of the COVID restrictions. Only a few other diners. The restaurant took great care to keep the place clean and safe for its customers. We were greeted warmly, seated promtly, and had great service. Two...of us had the seafood chowder and my wife had the burger with fries. Our food was delicious, the waitress friendly and efficient. We will return!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

Standard pub fare, generous portions. Not terribly overpriced but not cheap. Staff were friendly and accommodating, nice location with a deck and view over the lake. We'd probably try somewhere else if we were back in Sooke, but this place was a safe option.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2020

My friend and I were going to have a nice meal out! What a disappointment that was. We enter the building to see half of the menu up on the wall and we’re told to order and pay before we get served. No glassware but...paper cups are available to have water or any other beverage or we can bring our own water in. We sit at our table Get our food, server is not wearing gloves or a mask, handed our plates to us. Half way through she leans over the counter asks how the meal was. She was told awful but snickered and said it should be juicy. We were told to pick up our dirty plates put them outside and leave the building through the patio. I said Again what a disappointment and we now have to remove our plates that you have touched without gloves or a mask. The server said we are following protocol others are not! I would not recommend to eat here.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Stickleback Oceanfront Cider & Taphouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4