Dining in Tofino

Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:34 PM
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Dining in Tofino


We will be in Tofino for 3 nights this August. Can anyone recommend places to dine? Is there a good coffee/chai place?

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Jul 2nd, 2009, 10:00 PM
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yes. Sobo is downtown Tofino and a great place.
The Common Loaf Bakery is a quirky little place with great coffee, magnificent cinnamon buns and other foods.

The Wickaninnish Interperative centre (not the hotel) has great views of the beach and a museum attached. Good for lunch.

Long Beach Lodge is fine dining, as is the Pointe Inn, at the Wickaninnish Hotel on Chestermans Beach.

A FABULOUS place for home made chocolates and ice cream and they have coffees as well, is Tofitian. It is in a little group of places along with Live to Surf and Beaches Grocery, near Ocean Village Resort but on the highway.
There is also a great little resteraunt in there too.

Tough City SUshi, if you like sushi.
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Jul 3rd, 2009, 08:06 AM
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I thought that the food at the Long Beach Lodge was particularly outstanding.
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Jul 3rd, 2009, 01:26 PM
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The Shelter and Schooners in town are both fine - the one
with the upstairs dining room serves very nice seafood (sorry,
I get the two places confused!)
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Jul 3rd, 2009, 01:43 PM
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Schooner is the one with the upstairs. It used to be an art gallery up there but now provides more seating.
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Jul 5th, 2009, 08:47 AM
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Right - Schooner - we had a pleasant meal there a few months
ago. The Shelter is a local version of Milestones/Cactus Club
(imho) and the night we were there it was jam packed with
twentysomethings having a great (noisy) time.

We really miss the little resto - what was it - Raincity

You could always take the 30 min. drive to Ucluelet to dine
at the Black Rock - it looked very upscale. Obviously in
competition w/ the Wick.

I like the more down-home restos - we can go to any number
of foodie places in Vancouver but when we're in Tofino we're
so relaxed all we want is good seafood at decent prices in
a West Coast atmosphere.
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Jul 5th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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Rainforest Cafe, we really miss it too. Apparently they went back to Vancouver so I would love to know the name of thier new resteraunt.
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Jul 5th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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Yes, that was it - have you eaten in the replacement?
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It was closed the afternoon we went by and Sobo hadn't opened
for the season (this was in March) so we had to forgo the
fish tacos.
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Jul 8th, 2009, 03:58 AM
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We liked the Sea Shanty - decent food, not overpriced and with a sea view. Service was friendly without being fussy and the food unpretentious.

I'm not into "trendy" restaurants and some of the places looked overpriced and with limited menus. The Schooner we found a bit disapointing and the "halibut stuffed with seafood" did not live up to the description. Yes, tasted OK but we were expecting, real pieces of seafood - not just a teaspoonful of ground up paste in the middle of a small halibut fillet.

We stopped at the Wickaninnish Interperative centre mid afternoon wanting just coffee and a cake - we were served a nice but ovepriced dessert. There seemed to be more waiters than customers wandering about but that didn't stop ours from vanishing when we needed anything - our coffee went cold while waiting for some sugar and the other waiters went out of their way to ignore us. This meant we didn't go back there for an evening meal.

Maybe it's just me. ;-)
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