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Cow Cafe

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1765 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N1, Canada
+1 250-597-4353
11:00 - 20:00
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Wed - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited for lunch and were pleasantly surprised at the affordability of the restaurant. The beautiful location and decor, as well as the great food, make this an excellent value for the money.

Thank Kathy K
Duncan, Canada
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2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Casual atmosphere, friendly staff willing to make accommodations. Beautiful setting, kid friendly but not obnoxious. Make a reservation if you want to guarantee a seat, especially on the deck.

Thank nancyisforeverfit
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a very nicely prepared steak and prawn meal. The service was great and friendly. Seating at the bar was not an issue. Getting a view would have been nice...

Thank ColinVD
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking forward to Cow Cafe fish and chips, described as being in a tempura batter but was disappointed by the dry halibut and the greasy, tough,heavy, anything but tempura, coating. The chips were not bad. We won't be back to Cow Cafe as there are better choices in Cowichan Bay for fish and chips. We did, however, enjoy... More 

Thank Leftycoaster
Cowichan Bay, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Normally one of the best food experiences in the Bay...but word of caution when making reservations...make sure to be explicit with your expectations. We had a special night planned and made reservations to ensure we had a nice table in a nice restaurant. Unfortunately, when we got there, they put us at a table where we both faced a wall....not... More 

Thank Debbie N
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We were well taken care of and there was a good selection of healthy foods. Nothing too fancy but exactly what we were looking for. We sat at corner table to sat we could have two views of the marina.

Thank Christine B
Lake Cowichan, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Was greeted at the door and promptly Sat at a table we pointed too. Realized it was a dark corner and asked to switch tables. They did happily and quickly. Waitress Ally (she was awesome) arrived quickly for our drink order and got them right away. Drinks were made very well and enjoyable. We both ordered the Dine Cowichan $35... More 

Thank George G
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Dinner here was amazing. We had the seafood chowder which was superb, the crab dip also delicious and the baby back ribs. The rib were tender, smoky, and falling off the bone. The staff were very happy and friendly. But best of all the food was amazingly good. We would go here again and recommend it to anyone passing through.

Thank Laura P
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

When we first entered the restaurant I was a little taken back as the view was not that nice but once we were settled in and ordered, the view grew on you. We ordered four different meals. Clubhouse, burger, chicken salad and a shrimp wrap. All were a nice size and all fantastic. Overall it was a lovely lunch.

Thank LParkCalgary
Courtenay, Canada
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Friendly staff :) :( Flintstone-sized veg - weird :( Overcooked proteins (why sell steak at all?) :( Staff rather chat with themselves than refill my drink :( Staff don't cover for each other so you wait

Thank upislander

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$19
American, Bar, Canadian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1765 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Cowichan Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-597-4353
Proud to say that we are locally owned and operated!! Being on the water’s edge in the unique, historic village of Cowichan Bay we continue to grow with the support of family, friends & locals. Serving modern-comfort inspired West Coast Cuisine, Creative Cocktails, Local Wines and Craft Beers. Enjoy the spectacular view from our waterfront patio, a casual drink in the lounge or a nice meal in our cozy dining room. There`s always something for everyone at the Cow Cafe - West Coast Grill

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