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Willie's Cafe and Bakery

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$$ - $$$
Canadian, American, Cafe
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537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
+1 250-381-8414
08:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had breakfast. The breakfast special( 2 eggs etc) was good. Also had huevos rancheros which was not good. Chorizo sausage was bland and dry. Whole dish had very little flavour . Cooked in a small cast iron pan with a soggy tasteless tortilla on the bottom. I have had better. Staff were friendly and busy. Place was very cold even... More 

Thank Gregory M
Campbell River, Canada
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit Victoria about once a year and have probably had breakfast here 5 times. The owner came over and made it clear we would be happy or it was on them. Safe bet as the food and service has always been great.

Thank Murray C
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just moved to Victoria and was told to go here ... Don't !!! I went 3 separate times and last time i went they gave me a sheet saying that they are trying to improve their food and if you dont like something they foot the bill !!! These new owners obviously screwed up and it shows in the... More 

Thank Mike M
pdx, oregon
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely breakfast. The food was cooked perfectly. We would go there again for breakfast if we were in Victoria longer.

Thank kimcimm
Toronto, Canada
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1,419 reviews
681 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 427 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here a while back and had a nice brunch and it was going well until an unexpected visit by a mouse on the half patio. I can't really blame the restaurant as its near a garden, but still, not something you want to see while you're eating... Staff were great and very welcoming with quick service. No issues... More 

Thank James A
Salt Lake City, Utah
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99 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Such a great little. Real fast location. We are at 4 places for breakfast while in town and this one tied for first in our opinion. The service was fabulous and the food was fresh, plentiful and delicious. I would highly recommend it!!!

Thank Jekela
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Not recommended. They seated us on the cover patio (in October). We had to move way from the window to avoid a draft. Food and service was very disappointing.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Homemade, friendly, comfortable. We had taken a float plane in for the day from Vancouver and had strolled around for about an hour when we happened upon Willies. Diner type vibe, friendly staff. It was a chilly afternoon and they had 3 daily soups. I was indecisive and the waitress was very nice and let me try all 3 prior... More 

Thank ksumm1
La Jolla, CA
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125 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were walking by to Market Square and noticed how busy the place was so afterwards, we walked back over and noticed they had salmon chowder and that it wasn't as busy. We waited a couple of minutes, then were shown to our table. There are so many things on the menu that sound amazing, that we had a hard... More 

Thank patilajolla
Victoria, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

...Willie's was a local favourite. Not any more. Two new owners later, it continues to go down hill. Long gone are the assorted and irresistible muffins and on site baked breads. The food comes in generous portions but lacks originality and taste. We used to bike 25 km into down town to have brunch here. Not any more. Sorry to... More 

Thank JDarlene

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$11
Canadian, American, Cafe
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-381-8414
Willies has been well known for BC's oldest bakery and the best breakfast and lunch in Victoria. This summer, Willie's launched dinner at the blooming patio! Come and try dinner menu items, such as fish n chips, fish tacos, burgers.... You will be satisfied as always!

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