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Barb's Bakery & Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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1-121 McPhillips Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
+1 250-537-4491
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was excellent, very tasty and delicious! The waiter was fantastic, attentive, friendly and helpful! I highly recommend this place, it made our trip to Salt Spring Island so enjoyable. On the other hand DO NOT go to Morningside Organic Cafe near the Fulford ferry. It was an absolutely horrible experience, the worst tea in my life, undrinkable and... More 

Thank Trapperdoggie
Tofino, Canada
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The casual atmosphere was relaxing, the GF muffin was delicious, but the tea - which was in a bag that the person at the counter filled - was weak. I would go there again but ask they fill the straining bag fuller so I can enjoy my cup of tea and not a cup of slightly flavoured hot water. I... More 

Thank Robin T
Salt Spring Island, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Delicious Island based foods and smoothies everyone's needs are met with a smile and your covered by exceptional staff. You can have a "dirty breakfast or a delicious veg/fruit breakfast. All this very early in the morning, espresso machine is hot and ready. Wahoo breakfast is ready.

Thank 751gigi2015
Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

The seafood chowder here is so good that I just can't seem to order anything else. More recently you can get the chowder to go, which is great. served with sour dough or seed bread. a bowl and the bread makes for a very filling and satisfying meal.

Thank Margaret j
Murphysboro, Illinois
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We highly recommend the soups and the baked goods, which were delicious. The staff and customers are friendly.

Thank DrHoch
Denver, Colorado
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Recently, we spent four days in Victoria, British Columbia. I think the fact that we spent 2 our of our 4 days having lunch at Barb's says it all! When we asked various people where to get good fish, the answer unanimously was Barb's. We took a harbor tour the first time we went and were surprised to see that... More 

Thank MistChaser
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

You have got to try the ginger swirls- fantastic. If you're up for a chill out time with great food and cakes it's got to be Barbs. Lovely laid back atmosphere. - watch out for your waistline expanding!

Thank Bernie P
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Me and my daughter both visited here and we miss it so much. The fast service and the food on offer was mouth watering, ganges is such an awesome area...I want to go back. We had course after course of fresh local food and the people were so friendly.

Thank Janey G
British Columbia
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253 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This is one of those places that has changed hands several times. Now it is a great place for breakfast. It's a little noisy and hectic because it is very busy (a good sign) with a delightful menu - lots of smoothies and healthy stuff on the menu. Loved my granola. Others at my table raved about the oatmeal and... More 

Thank Speederchick
Brunswick, Maine
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61 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Ganges is a favorite destination when I am sailing in the Gulf Islands, and Barb's is my favorite destination in Ganges. The bakery and restaurant offer extensive choices for breakfast and lunch, and the service is friendly, prompt and a great source of what to do on Saltspring Island

Thank Intrepid8

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-121 McPhillips Ave, British Columbia V8K 2T6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: +1 250-537-4491

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?