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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heartwood provided drop and go catering services for our wedding, which we hosted at our cabin. Communication with Ian was great, and he was willing to take any special requests and adjust the menu as requested for our tastes. The food was absolutely amazing, the...presentation was beautiful. They set up in like 10 minutes, and all we had to do was put our dishes in a bin that they came and picked up the next morning. Would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 18 May 2024

Heartwood stands out for many reasons. First: It is housed in a heritage building, which is charming in appearance & painted in a bright egg yoke color. Newcomers & visitors may ask on seeing it, what is that?The answer is it is one of Ucluelet’s...popular breakfast & brunch places, serving breakfast all days from 8:30 am on through to 1pm, when it closes. It opens a few times for dinner & it offers catering services. Its staff — under the helm of co-owner/chef Ian Riddick — is welcoming & friendly & all the usual delicious brekkie & brunch dishes are on its fairly extensive menu. It also has tables outside for the warmer months, a happy result of creative thinking over Covid. Ucluelet, or Ukee, as it is known by locals, does not allow big corporate outlets & franchises, such as Starbucks, but that does not mean the ocean village is coffee shop deprived. In fact, it is full to the brim with cafes etc. serving coffee, tea, brekkie & brunches. Heartwood has since it opened moved more & more to serving meals mostly in the earlier part of the day, @ its location on Peninsula, Ukee’s main commercial road. It caters weddings & other special occasions, also interesting theater dining events etc. all frequently @ the wonderful Ucluelet Community Centre (UCC), at the corner of Marine & Matterson, which get rave reviews from most of those attending. Brekkie places open early across Ukee on Peninsula, on Marine, & on Main, mainly. Here is a useful list of early start options. First to open is the Gray Whale @ 5 am in the summer & 6 am other months. It is on Peninsula. Next small cafe to open is The Barkley Cafe @ 7am. It is also on Peninsula. Then The Break Cafe & Foggy Bean Coffee Co. (FBCC) both @ 8 am, with Heartwood @ 8:30 am. Plant-based Yayu opens at 9pm then going to 3 pm. The BlackBerry Cove — opens @ 10 am to 6 pm — sells FBCC drip coffee & packs of its beans for home use. It is on Main. Thay Teas is also an early option with bevs & eats, & here, & as its name implies, the focus is on its wide range of teas, which it also ships. FBCC, as a roaster, also supplies to other places in Ukee & beyond. Its serving window is also in a charming eye-catching building. In fact, come to that Ukee is filled with great buildings, quaint & very contemporary, commercial, community & residential. On Marine @ The Black Rock @ its Currents, breakfast begins early, all days, serving brunch on weekends. Ukee rocks with its many culinary options, its great buildings, specular scenery, and so much more. Posted by S FullerMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 25 April 2024

So yummy in my tum tummy. Make my belly go grr grr.(In a good way.) The French toast is better than anyone's, and erm I don't like chicken but good gracious and golly I ate that uppers!!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024

Fabulous breakfast, great music, upbeat helpful staff. Pleasant decor with lovely salt & pepper finger grinders. I am buying some for gifts. Couldn't ask for anything more. 10 out of 10.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

Heartwood, in the specular ocean village of Ucluelet, aka Ukee to locals, is a great place to go out to eat but as experienced caterers, as well, it is also a great place to order in its culinary feasts, be it in your home, or...to another venue of celebration. It lists its dishes on its web site with a good selection for the various kinds of events one may want catered. Food is always good, both dine in or catered out. Posted by S FullerMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 December 2023

Heartwoods, in the specular ocean village of Ucluelet, aka Ukee to locals, is again offering its popular NYD Chinese fare to go from 2pm to 6pm on January 1. I love this culinary experience for many reasons, one of them being the way it bridges...the one new year to the other. This year the other New Year, the Chinese NY, — and in 2024, The Year of the Dragon —- begins a month later on February 10. Food is always good at Heartwoods, and the Chinese fare to go very well priced, sold by weight and delicious Posted by S FullerMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

Incredible cozy dinner. Brussel Sprouts and Kale salad to start and Steak and Mushroom Risotto to finish.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

We went for brunch mid-week and the place was busy! Despite the full house, we only waited a short time to be seated. We ordered a salmon benny and poutine. The poutine was massive (order a half portion unless you're really, really hungry) and the...benny was decent.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023 via mobile

A very busy small place. No reservations. But , the menu offers something for everyone. We opted not to join the lineups for breakfast. With early supper or late one we were able to get in quickly. Our food was excellent. The service was warm...and friendly and efficient. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

Excellent breakfast, real food, unprocessed, nice atmosphere and quiet music. Great cook, not a huge menu which us a good thing. Everything was fresh

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

We had one of the best breakfast we've had so far on this trip. Staff was really friendly. I definitely recommend this place if you're traveling on the west coast of Vancouver Island

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 October 2023

Checked out four different breakfast/brunch restaurants during my visit, Heartwood was hands down the best in flavour!!!!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

We had breakfast at this small, bustling café in Ucluelet - famed for its bennies. We were not disappointed and the french toast was excellent too. If you sit outside, its a sun trap and you just might see a passing deer!.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

Really enjoyable meal. I had the tuna special, which may well not be on when you go but I can recommend. The brownies were perfect and a sensible portion size. People friendly and talkative Strongly recommend

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023 via mobile

Whenever we visit this kitchen the vegetarian options are a joy ! Ucluelet is a beautiful spot and the service here makes for a lovely visit any time of the year 😊 Thanks again for super food !!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Heartwood Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5