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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 - 20:00
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Wed - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Kelowna, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere during our supper. Nice view of bay. Excellent and friendly service. Had the couples coast to coast seafood platter. Excellent staff and bar service.

Thank arcticgoalie
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I are on Vancouver Island for a wedding. We decided to come for lunch because we don't get fresh seafood very often seeing as how we live in Alberta. We ordered the platter for two. It's delicious food, however, we've been here twice in the last year and both times they've had no crab. This time there... More 

Thank RandiFlowers
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Everything about our meal exceeded expectations. Even the cole slaw alongside the fish and chips was good. House made cheese cake was an added treat. Felt good supporting this local gem.

Thank islandinhabitant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This is somewhere you want to call your regular spot! Great food always, terrific service always. A terrific establishment in general.

Thank Claire B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We visited this place a few times in the weeks that we were working in the area. The food was always good especially the chowder and it is right on the water in Cowichan bay. Even though the service was a little slow on a number of evenings I would still recommend this place as the best of the places... More 

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Staffing is the biggest setback. A very full restaurant with only 2 wait staff, this is not a recipe for success. Their famous Mac and cheese was not up to what we have had in the past, and neither was their ribs. Although their Golden Beet Salad was a shocker! This was surprisingly delicious. Great flavours on the pallet, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We were craving good fish and chips and the Cow Cafe came through with the goods. Excellent halibut and chips - you cant go wrong with their food here.

Thank Northern Poet
Cobble Hill, Canada
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Love to eat here when the weather co-operates and it did last week. My friend and I had the excellent chowder and shared a crab dip with a glass of wine. Good service, not fancy, food good and a view of the Bay while you eat.

Thank gretaBritishColumbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

My family and our large party of friends visited this restaurant several times (to have lunch and dinner) during our 2 week visit to the area. For the most part, waitresses were attentive and pleasant. Food was GREAT! Especially the ribs. Lovely dinning spaces, either on the large patio overlooking the marina and eclectic boat houses or indoors, still with... More 

Thank Fountainlove
Cowichan Bay, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Every time I take a chance on this place I am disappointed. I go for the view on the patio, and hope to get a decent meal. The food is hit or miss. The service is poor. I keep going to this place with high hopes that something will change, but I have yet to leave satisfied.

Thank foodie13889

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Business meetings, Kids, 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?