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Willow Street Cafe

) #2 of 17 Restaurants in Chemainus $$ - $$$ Cafe, , Soups
9749 Willow St, Chemainus, British Columbia V0R 1K0, Canada
+1 250-246-2434
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (87 reviews)
“scones” (39 reviews)
“soups” (32 reviews)
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Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
9749 Willow St, Chemainus, British Columbia V0R 1K0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were a group of 2 couples from Australia staying in Crofton on Vancouver Island and on a day trip Sunday 11June we explored the gorgeous little town of Chemainus. We need lunch and "coffee". Willow Street Cafe caught our eye because of its wonderful...More

Thank Amanda391
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great little gem while visiting in the charming little town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island. Lots of people at the tables is a good sign and we weren't disappointed. Our orders were taken at the counter efficiently and entertainingly and our food soon...More

Thank OlympicVancouver
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear OlympicVancouver, Thanks you so much for the awesome review! We are often worried people turn away as they see we are a busy place. I'm so happy you noted how efficient, fast and friendly the service was. Sounds like we provided an experience that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived late in the afternoon and were looking for something to eat. We were told about a couple of other places to eat but as we are travelling with a dog we needed somewhere close to where we were and also have shade. We parked...More

Thank Eddyboy21
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Eddyboy21, Thanks very much for your review! We're glad that you took a chance on us and we hope to serve you again one day soon! Please know that we welcome all friendly dogs on our deck and we provide fresh water for them...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to this restaurant on a regular basis when attending the Chemainus Theatre. Each and every time the food is consistently great and the service is friendly and good. You order and pay for your meal and beverages, get a number and the food...More

Thank parkdale38
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Parkdale38, Thanks so much for the awesome review! We pride ourselves on consistency and it looks like we've managed to uphold that with your repeated visits. We will strive to continue this trend! Best regards, Phil Mavis Owner/Operator

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This sleepy little town called the City of Murals has a gem of a restaurant called the Willow Street Café. The food was excellent and the service was quick. The staff was very helpful in guiding us to the attractions of the town.

Thank patrick s
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Patrick s, Thank you very much for the excellent review! We appreciate the high praise and thanks for the compliment on us showcasing our little town. Hope to see you again soon! Phil Mavis Owner/Operator

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We called in at the WS Cafe while visiting Chemainus on the way to Tofino. It has a real community and family feel that is obviously visited regularly by locals. it has great coffee and service and freshly made scones by the chef owner. It...More

Thank itmlmm27
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear itmimm27, Thank you for the INCREDIBLE review! To get the nod from you regarding the scones really makes me proud! Especially since you identified yourself as 'sniffy' about them. That comment totally made my day! Please enjoy all that our beautiful island has to...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped at this restaurant based on the reviews. Tuna and roast beef sandwiches were good. Pasta salad was good. Servings were large and we could have easily shared. Quite expensive for lunch.More

Thank HDR68
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Dear HDR68, Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you identified that our sandwiches and pasta salad were good. I'm also happy you noted the portion sizes were large. It's unfortunate that you have identified your experience as underwhelming particularly as you offered no...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Ordered take away lunch. Great menu, home made soups, fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches and quiches. Wonderful latte. Everything was fresh and tasty!! Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Super spot for coffee or lunch.More

Thank Deb E
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Dear Deb E, Thank you very much for your awesome review! Looks like we did our job! This is great news. Please let us know if we ever miss the mark. We hope you can join us for a meal in soon! We look forward...More

Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

In our party of 2 we had the BLT w/split pea & ham soup and the split pea & ham soup with the cheese scone. The bill which included coffee and tip was approx. $32.00. A little pricey for lunch but well worth it for...More

Thank nikki_river
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Hi Nikki_river, Thank you for the very nice review! I'm glad that even though the bill was a little pricey you found your lunch well worth it. Can't wait for some nicer weather to have our outstanding patio available for you to enjoy as well....More

Reviewed 29 March 2017

We found the cafe today while strolling through the (very wet) streets of Chemainus. What a lovely experience! We had the pea and ham and curried parsnip soups with a warm cheese scone (both delicious!). The lattes were superb and the staff efficient and friendly....More

Thank LottieCheshire
VitaminandDolphin, Owner at Willow Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Dear LottieCheshire, Wow! Thank you for such an amazing review! We remember you both well. I will "thank you" on Jen's behalf for purchasing her art. You'll find her email address on the back of her work; shoot her an email to let her know...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can you tell me if you serve lunch for people with celiac disease? We will be with friends on Sat. June 24th and she is celiac. As well, myself and wife are on a special protein diet so is it possible to get just garden salad with grilled chicken???? Thank you for responding. Will be there around noon or 12:30 as show production starts at 2.
17 June 2017|
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Response from VitaminandDolphin | Property representative |
Good morning Paul. Yes we do have menu options for people who are celiac. We have brown rice wrap tortillas that we can make a BBQ or Curried Chicken Quesadilla with and we almost always have a gluten free soup as a side... More
Does the restaurant serve breakfast?
20 November 2016|
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Response from VitaminandDolphin | Property representative |
We do serve our quiche with toast and bacon as a breakfast option in the morning. We also have homemade freshly baked scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, bagels and toast. However breakfast is not our specialty and if what we... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 11
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9749 Willow St, Chemainus, British Columbia V0R 1K0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Chemainus
  • Phone Number: +1 250-246-2434
  • E-mail
We are proud to serve consistent and fresh food prepared daily. Although we do not take reservations, we have a lot of table space and we are quick and efficient at what we do. We look forward to serving you.
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