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Unforgettable Dining Experiences Await on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

Ucluelet, British Columbia, nestled on the west coast of Vancouver Island, offers a unique culinary experience with its blend of local seafood, Pacific Northwest cuisine, and a relaxed coastal atmosphere. Explore the vibrant food scene of Ucluelet and savour every bite on your culinary journey, starting with these local favourites: 

Jiggers Fish & Chips

Indulge in the best fish and chips in town at Jiggers Fish & Chips in Ucluelet—savour large pieces of juicy, flaky cod freshly battered and served with delicious homemade tartar sauce. For a change, try the prawn and chips or the famous poutine. This delectable food truck offers a variety of options to satisfy any seafood craving.

Eagle’s Nest Pub

Nestled with a stunning view of Ucluelet Harbour, The “Nest” Full-Service Pub offers seating for over 100 guests, including a delightful patio area. This cozy pub invites diners to indulge in freshly prepared soups, crisp salads, and what many consider the best burgers on the West Coast. Hand-cut fries and scratch-made soups complement the meals, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind after a day of adventure. Whether seeking a hearty meal or a spot to enjoy the sunset, The “Nest” provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Yayu Cafe

Plant-based and packed full of flavour, Yayu Cafe is an entirely vegan cafe and restaurant set in Ucluelet, BC. Inspired by the healing powers of food, Yayu Cafe offers specialty coffees and teas infused with exotic spices, natural ingredients, and elixirs. Or tantalize your tastebuds with energizing and uplifting smoothies and mouthwatering nourishment bowls. 

Foggy Bean

A visit to Ucluelet’s Foggy Bean Coffee House is essential for the coffee enthusiast. This family-owned and operated café roasts premium-quality coffee beans, providing patrons with aromatic and delightful specialty coffee at the source. Additionally, you can take home a bag of their signature brewed beans to savour the experience whenever you please.

Currents Restaurant

For a dining experience that combines high-quality cuisine with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, look no further than Currents Restaurant at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. Whether you visit for breakfast or dinner, you’ll be treated to an array of beautifully presented seasonal dishes alongside signature specialties. As you dine, soak in the stunning spectacle of the sun rising or setting, painting the coastal waters with a mesmerizing palette of colours. It’s an experience that tantalizes the taste buds and captivates the soul.

Pluvio Restaurant

Renowned for its excellence (ranked 4th Best New Restaurant in Canada 2019), this dining destination promises a distinctive and enjoyable experience, drawing inspiration from the scenic Ucluelet coastline. Its intimate setting and open kitchen foster personalized and refined service while menus spotlight the finest local ingredients. Diners can choose a three-course dinner or the Chef’s tasting menu, enhanced by inventive cocktails and an impressive wine collection.

Heartwood Kitchen

Indulge in a breakfast or brunch experience like no other at Heartwood Kitchen Food Outfitter. This charming eatery offers a range of eggs Benedict with unique and inventive twists, alongside signature delights such as prawn dumplings and poutine smashbrowns. With each mouthwatering bite, you’ll find yourself coming back for more!

Frankies Resto-Bar

At Frankie’s, they believe in keeping things simple, inviting guests to pull up a chair and instantly feel at home. Emphasizing delicious meals that friends and family will adore, the restaurant offers stunning harbour views and a seasonal outdoor patio. Known for boasting the best-rotating beer tap on the entire Peninsula and serving award-winning BC wines, Frankie’s has earned its reputation as Ucluelet’s favourite local dining spot.

Cedar Grill

The Cedar Grill is a beloved neighbourhood gem that blends American and Italian flavours into delectable dishes. Whether you’re craving mouthwatering pizzas, New York Strip Loin, homemade soups and sandwiches, or their renowned Cedar Scrambles, this eatery has something for everyone. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Cedar Grill offers a comforting taste reminiscent of home-cooked meals from Grandma’s kitchen. It’s a cozy spot where every bite is a nostalgic delight.

Ukee Dogs Taqueria

Ukee Dogs prides itself on delivering the ultimate culinary experience with the best hot dogs and tacos you’ll find on the West Coast. Step into their vintage diner setting, where the charm of yesteryears meets the vibrancy of today. Enjoy the best hot dogs and tacos in town, complemented by wickedly good burritos, great music and outdoor seating. It’s all high fives and good vibes at Ukee Dogs.

The Break

The Break Cafe & Bistro specializes in pastries, coffee, and brunch, guaranteeing exceptional quality and service. This cozy cafe offers delicious homemade meals in a relaxed dine-in or takeaway setting. They prioritize using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, crafting nutritious dishes with care and passion. Whether breakfast, lunch or a quick dinner from their frozen grocery section, they’ve got you covered.

West Coast Salty Buns Food Truck

A BBQ Mexican food truck born from a passion for slow-cooked, smoked meats and fresh flavours. Their 18-foot smoker, fueled by local dry alder, infuses meats with rich taste over 14 hours. They prioritize quality; sourcing wild seafood, Vancouver Island produce, and BC free-range meats. Signature bites include steamed bun tacos known as bacos, burritos, bowls, and vegan options.

Ukee Poke

Heading towards Tofino from Ucluelet and looking for some good grub along the way? Stop by Ukee Poke! A two-in-one surf and build-your-own poke bowl shop that focuses on seasonal flavours and getting you out onto the water. With outdoor seating available, you can shop custom boards, ask all your questions to local surfers and enjoy a delicious bowl of fresh local ingredients all in one place.

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