Can’t-Miss Restaurants


Vancouver Island’s eclectic mix of food influences and unique sustainable farming philosophy makes it one of the most fascinating places to visit a restaurant.

The landscape allows you to explore local seafood, fresh produce, artisanal ingredients, delectable wines and chefs who are reinventing the ways they put food on the table.

Read on to learn about 10 of our top picks for dining out on the Island.

Marilena Café + Raw Bar (Victoria)

It is no surprise that Marilena Café + Raw Bar was named one of Enroute Magazine’s Top 10 Best Restaurants in Canada. Marilena features global and local seafood paired with farm-fresh high-quality sustainable ingredients that adhere to the highest standards. Guests can choose from a selection of nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls at the Japanese raw bar led by Chef Clark Park. Learn more at

Il Terrazzo (Victoria)

Enjoy fine Italian dining in an old-town courtyard setting featuring brick fireplaces and candlelit ambiance. The menu is inspired by Northern Italian cuisine with a Pacific Northwest twist and their certified Sommeliers have created an amazing wine program to complement the offerings. Perfect for a date night! Learn more at

Blue Fox Café (Victoria)

This is THE place for brunch! This restaurant has a cozy vibe and energetic atmosphere and the food is absolutely incredible. Come hungry because portions are huge but be prepared to wait in line during busy times as there are no reservations at this hot spot. Learn more at

Alpina Restaurant (Victoria)

This unique restaurant, located in Villa Eyrie Resort, eloquently infuses traditional ingredients and preparation methods from the Alpine regions of Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland. Boasting unforgettable vistas of the Saanich Inlet, Southern Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountains and Majestic Mount Baker from nearly every table, it offers an interesting dining experience with a view. Learn more at

Mahle House (Nanaimo)

This family-owned and operated fine-dining establishment is situated in a restored heritage house on a one-acre property featuring an English-style garden. Their philosophy is simple: serve flavourful, interesting food in a welcoming environment with relaxed, professional service—and they nail it! Learn more at

Beachfire Brewing (Campbell River)

There is nothing better than the combination of great beer and good food and Beachfire has both! All menu items are made in-house and proudly feature fresh ingredients from local farmers and producers. From light snacks to shareable plates and hearty meals, they have something perfect to accompany their beer and your appetite. Learn more at

Shelter Restaurant (Tofino)

Savour the day while you taste the freshest fare from local farms and waters, prepared with the passion that embodies Tofino’s little village paradise. This gem is in the heart of Tofino and offers great food and wonderful views. Learn more at

Locals Restaurant (Comox)

Located in a newly remodelled Comox Valley Heritage building known to local residents as The Old House, this restaurant has character. Their goal is to seek out and utilize the freshest of local sustainable food to create one of the premier and delectable dining experiences in Comox Valley and on Vancouver Island and they don’t disappoint. Learn more at

Aqua Bistro & Wine Bar/ Ocean 7 Restaurant (Cumberland Royston)

This great little weekend spot is located in the Kingfisher Resort. Your senses will be awakened with an unparalleled West Coast culinary experience and creative cocktails, while gazing out to the vast ocean views. Learn more at

Shady Rest Restaurant (Qualicum)

Since first opening its doors in 1924, The Shady Rest Restaurant has been synonymous with family friendly dining beside breathtaking ocean views. Frequented by locals and visitors alike, their menu features a wide variety of approachable items with all budgets in mind. Learn more at

Stacie Gaetz
Stacie Gaetz
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