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Bare Bones Fish and Chips

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, British, Canadian
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4824 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 5M1, Canada
+1 250-720-0900
11:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 19:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 20:00
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow. I love Bare Bones. The Building is incredible, comfortable, friendly atmosphete. The service is impeccable . The Fish and Chips are amazing. Traditional or Panko coating both are delicious, so are the French Fries. The coleslaw is fresh, light and crisp, flavorful not drenched with dressing. I like the choices you are offered. Very reasonable priced. Definitely worth the... More 

Thank Debbie J
Port Alberni
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always consistently good fish and chips, no matter which fish or batter you choose. Generous portions, good service, good value!

1 Thank Dolly C
Port Moody, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent halibut in panko crust with cole slaw & fries and tartar sauce! Good local beer to accompany dinner. One-piece fish dinner was plenty.

Thank JoelJohnston
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favourite place when you want fish and chips. Battered, fried, no batter or grilled it is your choice. The chips are deliciously sinful. We originally got married here when the building was a church, now married 36 years come Summertime, it is a fun anniversary dinner destination for us.

Thank Kelly M
Calgary, Canada
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The chips fill half the plate! So why not put some effort into making them good. Love everything else about this place but seriously - please improve your chips.

Thank Stampy2013
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. The menu is straight forward. Choose your fish, choose your coating, choose your sides. Then enjoy. The food is fresh and not greasy. Generous portions. Excellent beer on tap too!

Thank Peter K
Vancouver Island, Canada
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always good there, they even have a couple other interesting things on the menu. Have to try them next time,

Thank vanislandlady
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice crispy batter on fish,tried my husband's Panko ones too,not greasy.good portions,Glad I didn't order 2 piece as with fries and salad would have been too much.Fast friendly service.Will be back.

Thank Nancy P
Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fish & Chips. Such a simple sounding dish yet so often bungled. It seems that more often than not, the breading is too thick or the chips are soggy, maybe the whole dish is overly greasy, or the fish itself isn't fresh. Yep, there are so many things that can go wrong, but when everything comes together it's one of... More 

Thank whasis
Victoria, British Columbia
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163 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

After reading all the glowing reviews for this place, I was looking forward to some amazing fish n' chips. Being from Victoria and having lived and commercial fished in many places on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, I've had the good fortune of enjoying fish n' chips at many west coast establishments. I've also enjoyed many outstanding seafood meals... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Seafood, British, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 19:30
11:30 - 19:30
11:30 - 19:30
11:30 - 19:30
11:30 - 19:30
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4824 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 5M1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Port Alberni
  • Phone Number: +1 250-720-0900
Bare Bones: an upscale fish and chip restaurant featuring west coast halibut, salmon, cod and prawns. Sides include hand-cut fries, caesar salad and coleslaw. Try your fish grilled or choose our famous beer batter or panco bread crumb coating. Always fresh and delicious! Look for our patio on Johnston.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?