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Masthead Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Canadian, Seafood
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1705 Cowichan Bay Rd., Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N0, Canada
+1 250-748-3714
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Cowichan Bay, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Birthday supper at our fav restaurant! Both of us ordered our Filet Mignon Chicago style - Rare. Awesome - Done Perfectly - Well Presented. Chef Martin bests or rivals any of the finer restaurants we have been to in Toronto, Vancouver or LA. The French Onion Soup was also to die for. Lovely atmosphere, quiet, sophisticated, intimate, wonderful views -... More 

Thank Debbie N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wide and I spent the Christmas holiday seadon with our daughter's and as a thank you wanted to take them out for a nice farewell meal. On their recommendation we reserved a table at the Masthead on-line and quicky received a nice confirmation email from them. We where met and seated by our charming hostess in a very nice,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

December 7. Just found out that an error was made for our annual Christmas party for 10 people. We had booked for December 10 and they had us booked for December 8. They say they can't do anything. Sad to find out on short notice when I booked weeks in advance.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Really enjoyed our last meal in Canada. This lovely old building was a great setting for a romantic meal, over good wine and excellent food. We did notice that meals were eaten quite early so we did end our meal with quite an empty restaurant. But this did not detract. One of the more expensive meals we had in Canada... More 

Thank Louise W
Duncan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have never been to the masthead a few times now and have never been disappointed. The food is always fantastic. We went there on Sunday, and by far was the best meal we have ever had. Service was excellent, the server could have been friendlier though. She didn't seem impressed with the 19% tip we gave... More 

Thank Kassandra H
Vancouver Island
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We have been to the Masthead a couple of times now and both times it was awesome. Both times we were not disappointed with anything we ordered it all tasted amazing. This is a more upscale restaurant and the prices reflect that but if your after a very enjoyable evening its well worth it. You get what you pay for.... More 

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A lovely experience from start to finish. The service was exceptional, the meal delicious, and the atmosphere lovely. We are looking forward to going again soon!

Thank GloriousKaren
Vancouver Island
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93 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We recently celebrated a milestone event with a lovely dinner at the Masthead. The service was excellent from start to finish and the meal was delicious. We enjoyed the ambience with the lovely glassware twinkling around the windows, enough light to see what we were eating but dimmed enough to make it nice. The halibut was delicious and our guests... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

I had dinner with my wife and was pleasantly surprised by the nice food and great ambience! The dessert milk and cookies was a nice surprise!

Thank Shannon C
Port Townsend, Washington
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217 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Masthead aims for the top of the market, fine dining experience, and by those standards is only average. The filet mignon steaks my wife and daughter had were good, but I was disappointed with the rib eye, rather tough and drowned in too much brown sauce. Service was quite good although it felt as though one member of the staff... More 

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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
Canadian, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1705 Cowichan Bay Rd., Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V0R 1N0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Cowichan Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-748-3714

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?