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Bear's Paw Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Canadian, International
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12415 Barkerville Hwy, Wells, British Columbia V0K 2R0, Canada
+1 866-994-2345
16:00 - 21:30
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We visited the "Paw" again this past sat. night, aug.6 and enjoyed tasty desserts and a great coversation with owner Dave and Amy Newman and Richard Wright who are responsible for the Theatre Royal productions in Barkerville. To summerize ......no visit to Wells/Barkerville is complete without a rest at the Hubs Motel, a meal at the Bears Paw and the... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We stopped in here for a bite to eat after going to Barkerville and had the best buffalo meatloaf and vegy medley ever. Big portion too. Friendly staff and we had music while we ate outside. They also have wonderful pie, we took a piece with us since we were full.

Thank Linda L
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Isn't that great pie! Our signature dessert is our Cranberry Carrot cake with Cranberry cream cheese icing, but Laura Peterson makes incredible pies and pie-crusts. She and her husband own a 100 year old orchard and she hand-makes her own pies from her own fruit! We're the only restaurant in the Cariboo where you can get these pies! Yumm. More 

Williams Lake, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Good service. Good food, limited menu on occasion. We would go back again. Barkerville Brewery beer available.

Thank wlcs2016
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your praise of the service and the food. We deliberately keep our menu small because we think that ensures the highest quality of fresh made food. We hope that it still covers all the food bases, and despite the size of the menu it manages to cover all the meat types, food groups and dietary issues, which are... More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

We enjoyed a varied sampling of the menu. The days special, the ribs and finally the bison meatloaf. The restaurant itself is an eclectic and cozy. The decor was interesting from wall to wall. The food.... OMG.... It was amazing! You would expect to pay far more for the quality and portion sizes. Not a single member of my party... More 

Thank Paula M
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit, and the kind words. We think every minute of your vacation should be part of the vacation experience, so we think eating should be more than just filling up with fuel. We're glad you had a great time, and look forward to the next visit! More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Very run down nothing special to talk about olsnot looked after,would not recommend thisplace we wold not go back we went July last week 2016

Thank Rollande T
Kelowna, Canada
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We had a busy day driving up to Barkerville and stopped for dinner. The menu was small but the choices were good for our big group. Prices are a bit high but imagine were paying for the distance and short tourist season. Definitely would go back again!

Thank Shelby H
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in and your nice review. We especially appreciate that you notice that the menu is both small and full of enough variety to feed even a big group. We make it all from scratch with fresh ingredients, and we think there's no way restaurants with large menus can do that. People are generally amazed that this much... More 

Williams Lake
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114 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Went for drinks and appies, loved the cafe, lots of character, amazing hosts and super delicious food. Will be back for sure- try the ribs!

Thank WLTrailrider
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

We enjoy being available for snacks as well as meals, and that liquor laws now allow customers to simply enjoy a beer on the patio, without the pressure of eating as well. I hope you tried one of our Craft brews, and especially one from the great craft beers from Barkerville Brewery!! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I eat at "The Paw" every time I am in Wells/Barkerville. Most recently I had a lovely salmon dinner and mooched some exceptional ribs from my dinner companions. The menu has a good variety and everything I have had has been beautifully prepared, well presented, and tasty. It is not the cheapest place to eat in town but I would... More 

Thank Auntbeast
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

That doesn't leave much room for improvement....Thanks for your kind words. We work hard to create value, and appreciate that you valued it too! Readers can also find reviews of the Mountain Thyme Guesthouse and Whitegold Adventures on Trip Advisor too. More 

Burnaby, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016

The ribs are just great. The service was one of the best and the staff were so friendly and helpful. We felt we were regulars.

Thank knightglenna
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for you compliment on your welcome...and now...when you return you will be one of the regulars. More 

Vancouver Island, Canada
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90 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

From the outside you might wonder what kind of meal you will get as this looks like any other small town diner - at least we did. However, a step in the door quickly changed our opinions. The smells coming from the food being prepped for the night were wonderful. (we dropped by late afternoon as we searched out dinner... More 

Thank SARNanoose

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Canadian, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12415 Barkerville Hwy, Wells, British Columbia V0K 2R0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Cariboo  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +1 866-994-2345
Rated the Best Restaurant in All of Central BC. People's Choice award for Best Cafe in Northern BC. Friendly, informal, really great food made from scratch. Great Food, and Vegetarian and dietary restrictions welcome!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?