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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 - 21:00
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Wed - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Cobble Hill, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great drinks and great service over looking the Bay. Their burger is the best. Daily specials offered at good prices. There is also nicely done seafood on the menu. It is a restaurant and pub with an outdoor dining area on the water. A great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Thank hiebertfamily
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here after whale watching and had the most amazing food. I got a full crab which was $34, very reasonable. It could have used more salt in the water and garlic in the butter, but other than that it was cooked perfectly. The local chardonnay was delicious. We even saw a otter climb onto the dock in front... More 

Thank Makayla C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice setting. We stopped mid afternoon for fish and chips. Very doughy and over cooked. Advised the.server who said she would mention it to the cook- stating the obvious......

1 Thank Brent D
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were a group of 12 , and we all had a great time, service of local beers was very good. the food was delicious. recommended for all.

Thank Emmanuel M
Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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 30 March 2017

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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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 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 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

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 

1 Thank Leftycoaster
Cowichan Bay, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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?