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Reviewed October 4, 2023

Stopped in after a hike and had refreshments but I imagine this place rocks at night. Basic Pub menu, craft brews and snacks. Great deck for visiting.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 1, 2023

Whenever I go to San Jo Bay, theres always a rush to catch the low tide or the weather is foul, and we skip the Ibis. However, after 30 years of missing the experience, the infamous Scarlet Ibis was on the itinerary. After a long...day of rough roads, incredible scenery and interesting hiking, we were pleased to be able to sit out on the scenic deck and enjoy a brief reprieve before heading back to civilization. The server was pleasant and our menu selections were fine. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to operate a pub in the middle of nowhere. The logistics of it all are daunting as the road in, though not all that far in distance, rattles your bones and takes a good two hours. I was thrilled to see that a row of bunkies has been added and hope to take advantage of this on my next trip. Maybe they will have a pet friendly hut by then. They are very basic and the toilet is shared, but would allow us to be closer to the trail head early in the day. So thrilled to see a black bear down the beach. There is a selection of souvenir attire available but nothing grabbed me as the logo needs updating.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 16, 2023

We stayed here on our way to San Josef bay. Check in was easy. We decided to have a beer and some food on our first day. Waitress was great food was medicore but the beer cold. We loved the hut it was everything you...need. The showers were a bonus. Only thing that would have been added touch was the free wifi as they had very many options: when asked the lady said she didn’t know the password. We stopped on our way back for beer and had the manager serve us when my partner asked what other beer .. she rudely said there is no other you know where you are right. I thought it was a bit funny but rude at the same time we probably spent with our stay $400 there in a few days. Appreciate the tourists…More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed May 22, 2023 via mobile

After hearing people rave about this place in the past and learning about the place having new owners, my partner and I, along with our two young boys, decided to stop in for dinner on our way back from Grant Bay. We were greeted and...given a table and menu’s right away, but I had noticed the table was filthy- so I asked the waitress to please give it a wipe down for us, but I was given attitude immediately.. then the waitress informed us that it was dirty from the day before. We finally ordered after having to wait a while for the waitress to come back, but it didn’t take too long for the food to make it to our table(The cook had to come out and look at the menu special before preparing our food). Unfortunately, it was extremely disappointing… The flavour was very much lacking, and the portion sizes were small. The food was not very warm.. it was very basic with just no flavour, no love, and no passion put into the food at all. It was odd that there was not a lot of seafood on the menu, given the location. The paper menu’s were not very hygienic or appealing, there is no way to keep these clean. It was quite disgusting actually. There was a used condom wrapper in the parking lot as well. Overall, it was a disappointing experience, and we will not be going back. It is unfortunate, because this business has so much potential! Hopefully one day it will get there.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed February 6, 2023

Went for a getaway with friends to Northern Vancouver Island and had the best time. This is a place everyone must visit. From the food, cabins, and scenery to the beer. Will go back to explore more areas.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed August 4, 2022

My niece and I recently traveled to one of the most remote beaches on Vancouver Island - San Josef Bay. Our road trip found us staying two nights a the most remote pub on Vancouver Island - the Scarlet Ibis. We were met with friendly...faces, terrific burgers, clean washrooms and showers, and a comfortable adventure hut. We felt very well taken care of by Teresa and Dale the ladies who were working while we were there, and we felt very safe as well during our stay. I highly recommend this iconic North Vancouver Island landmark put for a meal or an overnight stay any time you should find yourself road tripping up that way.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 21, 2022

I had two meals at the Scarlet Ibis and both were delicious. Lunch was fish tacos and poutine and dinner was a burger and fries. All were very fresh and tasty. The staff was very friendly. I also stayed in one of the adventure huts...overnight and it was great. Showers were small but good. The host left complimentary muffins and coffee in the morning. This is a great stop for bikepackers. The only thing I hope they add are coin operated (or free) laundry.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed September 23, 2021

We stayed two nights in their cozy adventure cabins. The hosts were awesome and very friendly. It was a great place to see the area, lots lovely walks and beaches.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 20, 2021

I don’t remember the last time I had such bad food. The fish and chips was disgusting. Dark brown, limp, greasy fries. The fish was inedible. It tasted it like microwaved old food. We left our food unfinished. I don’t recommend this at all. Save...your money.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 11, 2021 via mobile

Awesome local spot. Rent one of their new Adventure cabins for 2 nights. Clean, equipped with beds, fridge, electric, baseboard heating, chairs. Shared washroom and showers spotless. Restaurant has lots of options and great food. Bonus - 2 local brews on tap. Lots of indoor...seating and deck seating..friendly and accommodating. Close to San Joaef Cove and many other excellent hikes and beachesMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 1, 2021 via mobile

We were recommended to stop at this pub on our road trip through North Vancouver Island. And we were so happy we did!! Upon walking in, the pub/eatery is not much to look at. It is a simple place. You wait for your turn to...go to the counter and order. You find your own place to sit and you get your food when your name is called. We brought in our water bottles and the lady at the counter serving us was more than happy to continue to fill them. The pub food menu was all the regular things you would expect, but just a little bit better when you get it and eat it. The Holberger is a must fir a burger lover!! It is huge and so good. The beef ribs are rediculously low priced and amazing. And the chicken club is top notch. I asked what they had for white wine and she said, well I’ve got one, and she pulled out a box of Pino Grigio!! It was like being at a best friends house. Nothing pretentious, just all fantastic. The service, the food and the feeling from your hosts! There is a selection of some camping gear for those who are in need for a trip to the nearby Cape Scott Trail and some neat pub logo’d takeaways. We bought a hat and some stickers as well. We came back a couple nights later after our hike through the Trail and found the pub closed for serving food. She apologized for leaving the door unlocked but still asked if there was anything she could get us. She filled and refilled our water bottles and we bought some chips and pepperoni from her. She threw in a couple day old cinnamon buns for my boys because she said she would be throwing them out anyways. A tremendous gesture and such an appreciated treat after overdoing ourselves on our hike and being in need of some food and water. This place is a MUST STOP AT!!! I can’t say enough about it. My boys will remember it for many years to come.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 8, 2021

Had a great night staying in one of the Adventure cabins the Pub offers. Good music and fun playing darts. Nice view from the deck and a cool place to hang out after a dusty ride to Winter harbour, the beautiful beach at Grants bay...and the numerous Bears we saw along the way. Tasty Burger and Onion rings, Cold beer. Staff is super friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed September 2, 2020 via mobile

Best wings of my life!!!! Stopped at the scarlet 5 minutes before closing hoping they’d still serve food! They didn’t disappoint and did what they could! I was so surprised! Fries and wings after a cold day at the beach was just what we needed!...Great service, the lady was friendly and didn’t mind that we last minute! Also loved the darts you can play! Forever thinking about those wings!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed August 4, 2020

Stopped at this ultra cool pub and restaurant on our way through Holberg - beautiful location, delicious food, stunning views, and very affordable prices for the large portions. I love love love the owner, she is so very hopsitable (as it the whole Hamlet). I...would highly reccomend a visit to the Scarlet Ibis.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 6, 2020

We were very pleased to enjoy delicious burgers and beers at the characterful Scarlet Ibis Pub after our three day hike to Cape Scott. They have new safety protocols in place and also have a rockin jukebox. They also sell chocolate bars, eggs and milk...and a few other basics for anyone wanting to stock up before arriving at the park. They are open 3-8 pm so plan to visit in the afternoon or early evening.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Gosh, don't really know but we arrived there (great trip on the logging road by the way), for around 1.00pm - 1.30pm. Summer time I would think it could be open relatively lateish. It is a great little spot, so far from... More
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Scarlet Ibis Restaurant Pub is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5