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Willie's Cafe and Bakery

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537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
+1 250-381-8414
08:00 - 16:00
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Willie's is a bit of a hole in the wall, although it's been in Victoria for over a hundred years. We both ordered the 222 and were very pleased with our breakfasts. The portions were great...not too big but sufficient. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

Thank DonkN
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Hi DonkN, Thank you so much for having meals at Willie's and spending your valuable time to recommend Willie's to TripAdvisor users. I really appreciate that from my heart. The 222 you ordered is one of the two most highest price ($15) menu items. I'm very glad that you think it's worthwhile. We have the confidence that Willie's uses high-quality... More 

Bellingham, Washington
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213 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Willie's was close to where we stayed, so we gave it a try. Wished we hadn't, particularly after finding much better food and value elsewhere in town. While the 2-2-2 my partner had and my eggs with potatoes and chicken sausage weren't terrible, they also weren't anything special --- particularly since the price came to over $50 CDN with coffee... More 

Thank HeadingOut98229
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Hi, there, First of all, thank you so much for spending time writing review for Willie's. Your review let us know that we're not good enough and will definitely help us to improve our food quality and service quality. I really appreciate it!! But here, as the owner of Willie's, I want to state a couple of facts: The eggs... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for casual breakfast. Been here many times over the years and always make it a point to eat here when we visit Victoria. Never disappointed and always leave stuffed. Eggs benny for $8, with coffee. Come on, you can't beat it! Enjoy!

Thank McKahl
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81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

4 of us and a toddler had enjoyed a thoroughly delicious breakfast here, with outstanding service by the super friendly Vivian. The banana bread French toast was a first for me, and was mouthwatering. The ambience of this heritage building is warm and inviting, as it is the site of BCs first commercial bakery built in 1887.

Thank heredotus
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Hi Heredotus, Thank you so much for giving Willie's so good review. It's our great honour. Like many other items, the banana bread is also made from scratch in our restaurant. The one you had maybe was made by my wife. Also, as the first commercial bakery in BC, we're rebuilding our bakery business. I hope you have the opportunity... More 

Victoria, Canada
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164 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Willie's is usually packed, with a lineup to get in, but this morning I passed during a lull and decided on breakfast for myself. Wise choice. I had been there a number of times in the past and had always been happy but I quickly became aware that the menu had been expanded to include a much wider variety of... More 

Thank Bill H
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Hi Bill, Thank you so much for writing so detailed review for Willie's. I believe your review can help our perspective customers quite a lot. Willie's is continuously updating the menu items based on the feedback of our customers and our own expertise. Our recent experiment is try to replace ham with turkey. Turkey is healthier compare to ham. Look... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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124 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The first visit to Willies outdid the second by a lot. Short staffed and misjudging food supplies we had to change what we came for -out of home made brioche bread on Saturday morning?! I didn't want to sub multigrain for French toast or black stone benny. Out of spinach so can't do a couple other benny styles. Ok. Waffle.... More 

Thank krayon59
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Good morning Krayon, I feel very sorry for your terrible experience. This Saturday you came in is a great lesson for Willie's. Our kitchen didn't well prepared on Friday for the weekend thus caused the big trouble for our valuable customers. It's my fault and we have learned from this lesson and will not happen again. Is it possible you... More 

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99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Does not disappoint, simply the best. Great selection, awesome service, and an amazing interior and patio. It had been a couple of years, but the memories and flavours were just like yesterday. Filling and a lot of variety and choices, eggs Benny, skillets or just a traditional.....whatever the choice, Enjoy!

Thank PartagasCat
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Good morning, Thank you so much for trusting Willie's for so many years! your great comments gave us encouragement and also help us strive for the next level of food quality and service quality. Welcome back and have another memorable experience. Lei More 

Vancouver Island
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Oldest bakery in Victoria but now is more of a lunch stop. We found this place while on a tour with A Taste of Victoria Food Tours and we feel in love with their soups. They are made fresh daily and usually there are two daily choices. Excellent for a quick lunch or early dinner.

Thank huckyVancouverIsland
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Hi Hucky, Thank you so much for choosing Willie's as one stop of your tour. It's our great pleasure! You're not alone that fall in love with our soups for many of our customers love them. Even some customers went to Willie's just for soups. We have 5 soups (Salmon Chowder, Carrot Ginger, Borscht, Lentils & Ham, Chicken & Rice),... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Willie's is a small cafe, but it has a cozy atmosphere. My server Venus was incredibly friendly and attentive. I strongly recommend the Tofino Eggs Benny it was delicious!

Thank Sarah T
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

Good morning Sarah, Thank you so much for visiting Willie's and writing review for us. I'm really glad to hear that you enjoy your dining experience. Venus has been with us for a long time and is our treasure. Speaking of Tofino, the smoked salmon is made in house from BC wild salmon with our smoker and our own recipe.... More 

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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

All day breakfast is great. Lots of Egg Bennie choices. The salmon chowder was great too. Right around the corner from where we are staying. We'll be back!

Thank MavisfromSK
LeiHouVictoria, Owner at Willie's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review

@MavisfromSK, I really appreciated your visiting Willie's and recommend us to our prospective customers. Blackstone and Tofino are definitely the stars of our Egg Benny's choices. Also Portobello benny is the new item of this category for our vegetarian customers. It's becoming more and more popular. Welcome back and enjoy our other menu items such as Beef Burger, which we... More 

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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
USD 7 - USD 11
Canadian, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?