Port Renfrew is a sleepy hamlet about an hour and a half to two hour drive along a scenic (and much improved) road northwest from Victoria. As such, you won't find five-star cuisine here at the Port Renfrew Hotel, but you will find classic pub food done well. Their menu is not extensive, but covers most of the basics such as soups, salads, steak, chicken, and rib entrees, fish & chips, and sides like onion rings and even poutine.
Inside the restaurant the decor is pure West Coast: teal paint, wood, and large windows overlooking San juan Bay, all accentuated with First Nations artwork. The outdoor deck is wonderful to eat on, and we did last summer, today it was closed.
Today I ordered a hamburger with Mozza cheese, bacon, and fries. The beef patty was thick, flavourful, and clearly handmade. It was topped with crisp lettuce, raw onion rings, and sweet pickle slices (a nice change from the usual dill variety), and served on a toased bun. The two large strips of bacon were cooked perfectly; not too crisp, not too rubbery. The fries were nice and crisp, a bit more oily than I like but not to the point of sending them back. The portion was generous. Topped off with a cup of excellent coffee, this was a delicious and filling lunch.
The basic beef burgers here start at $10, then you add what you like. Extras like cheese, bacon, mushrooms etc are $1 each. Other entrees like ribs, and chicken & rib combos range up to about $25 or
Service by the single server was friendly; neither overdone nor neglectful. Time from ordering to service was about 15 minutes. Not bad for a nearly full restaurant and one server on duty.
We've eaten here previously over the last couple of years and the quality and service were about the same, so it appears this restaurant also has consistency going for it.
While the inside ambience is nice, definitely try eating out on the deck on a sunny day...it's wonderful.
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