Dear Tacofino, thank you for enriching and enhancing my life withyour beautiful fish tacos. I expected them to be good, but my oh my did you rock my world. Perfectly cooked fish and delicious toppings and sauces. The mint & lime freshie was also really great, and the diablo chocolate cookie just put things over the top. Good outdoor eating space and it was busy busy busy! Well worth the wait though.
We've been here for lunch...twice. Reliably good comfort food. Although I don't drink coffee, my partner does and said it was good. We tried Vincente's chili last year and have thought about it often since. Had to come back this year and have it again. You can have a half sandwich with soup or chili which is great for re-fueling for the afternoon. I had the roast beef sandwich which I highly recommend. Great bread and a good combination of flavours. Nice! My partner had the italian sandwich and complained that he wished he'd ordered the full sandwich LOL. Walk in, grab a menu and have a seat while you decide what you want to eat. Go up to the front when you're ready to order and then wait patiently while your food is prepared fresh and with care. Worth the wait. Enjoy!
Pork and kimchi gringa is the bomb! Seriously.So.Good. My partner tried the fish taco recently at Tacofino, Tofino, and was wowed. He's hooked. Just a matter of time before he's begging to go to Tacofino in Vancouver. On this day, they were also offering deluxe mexi-tots smothered in cheese curds and other things. We weren't interested in the deluxe version so they made us plain mexi-tots. Perfect pillowy softness on the inside and crunchiness on the outside. Added some hot sauce and bingo. The lines can get long at lunch but that's the best indicator that you're about to be oh so happy.
We skipped Sobo last year on our stay in Tofino as the menu didn't really appeal to us. This year, we gave it a chance. Lucky for us! What were we thinking? Our recent lunch there was so inspiring, we returned for dinner that same night. For lunch, we started with the shrimp cakes. Wildly fresh, perfectly flavoured, great texture and served with a nice dipping sauce. They had our attention. For an entree, I ordered the duck confit pizza with blue cheese. Snaps in a circle on this creation. My partner had the killer fish taco and a bison taco. He was thrilled with both. Quite enjoyed the fruit salsa topping. While we lunched, there was a woman who did nothing but juice limes. Lime after lime after lime. We had to know and, as it turns out, they make fresh key lime margaritas of the 3 ounce variety (limit of 2...I'm not making this up). Sold!! We'll be back for dinner and made a reservation on the spot.
We arrived for dinner and immediately ordered a key lime margarita each. I can see why there's a two margarita minimum LOL. I remember wondering where I could get a sombrero after my first one. My dinner appetizer was the shrimp with cayenne tequila sauce, blue cheese and blue claire dipping sauce. I nearly wept it was so good. High five! My partner had the tuna spring roll with peanut sauce and we both thought it was excellent. For an entree, I had the linguine carbonara and while I thought it was good overall, I would have preferred that the parsley be left out to really bring out the creaminess of the egg, bacon and cheese. My partner had a salami pizza cause Sobo has got it going on with that wood stone oven. Even better, there were a few slices leftover for midnight snacking. Finished the meal with a slice of their key lime pie and there was no surprise at how well done it was. The whipped cream it was served with was top notch.
Treat yourself to a meal here when in Tofino. You won't be disappointed. Thanks to the entire Sobo team for the renewed inspiration and for two very memorable culinary adventures!
Another night in Tofino and another restaurant to try. We chose Shelter. We had a good lunch there last year after a lengthy walk in the sun on Long Beach: shrimp sandwich for me, which is no longer on the menu, and ling cod with chips for my partner. It was tasty and we were quite satisfied. Dinner this time around started with a raspberry bellini for me and a glass of sparkling wine for him. The ambiance is a little more lively here. Many options for seating. We enjoyed sipping our drinks while people-watching. For an appetizer, and there's a theme here if you've read my other reviews LOL, I had the warm chèvre salad. The braised greens were surprisingly good! Bacon, onions, garlic, goat cheese...what's not to like? Again, serving this kind of salad with a nice, light apple cider vinaigrette is the key to showcasing the main ingredients. My partner had a couple of oysters and found them to be very fresh. My entree was the roasted chicken breast with potatos, parsnips, onions, bacon and jus. It's the epitome of home-style comfort food. Great job! My partner had the roasted lamb sirloin with squash, potato gnocchi, cauliflower and kale and was happily contented. Dining at Shelter was the perfect way to end a long day of walking in the mist on Wick Beach. Try it...you'll like it.
This was our second visit to the Spotted Bear in two years. Like last time, this was also a very memorable culinary experience. We arrived in Tofino and pretty much headed right there for an early dinner after a long drive. We were not disappointed. We ordered a pre-dinner drink...the SB Caesar. It has horseradish in it and there's simply no going back to a 'regular' Caesar from here on out LOL. Fantastically fresh and perfectly spiced. And I'm not just saying that as a loyal Pole. We decided to share the beet salad. It was brought out on two plates and we were pleasantly surprised at the portions. The citrus vinaigrette was a great choice to accentuate, not smother, the taste of the beets, greens and goat cheese. The pumpkin seeds were awesome to round out the texture and overall taste. My entree was the duck and as someone who is not typically a duck person, I could have easily eaten this every night while we were in Tofino. Expertly prepared with just the right amount of crispiness on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside. Simply excellent. My partner had the braised short ribs which he loved. We were thoroughly satisfied and impressed although we suspected that perhaps the Spotted Bear was setting the bar impossibly high for our other dining experiences to come LOL.
PS Our entrees for our first visit were spaghetti carbonara which, regrettably, has been taken off the menu...and the lamb shepherd's pie. Both entrees had the wow factor and if on the menu when you visit, are highly recommended.
1441 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
Long Beach Lodge Resort
We've stayed at the Long Beach Lodge twice now. The Lodge itself is incredible. Beautiful views from the deluxe beachfront room. The bed and pillows are divine. Spacious bathroom with a view to the ocean although the shower stall is awkward and small. The only complaint is being woken up at 6AM because a neighbour is showering and it's so loud it's as if they're showering in our room. Otherwise, truly wonderful and the reason for the four-star rating.
The cuisine, unfortunately, is mediocre at best. The high prices lead one to believe that you're in for a culinary adventure. There was no adventure here. We've sampled the continental breakfast which is the same old, same old every day and gets a bit boring for a five day stay. We've ordered off the menu at breakfast and while the poached eggs were nicely done, the bacon was overcooked and the potatos were saturated and soggy. The dinners we've had in the Great Room have been the priciest on each of our trips but certainly not the best tasting and have left us disappointed. While the ambience of the room itself is unmatched, the food does not keep up. We had the beet salad with chèvre and it was odd. The balsamic reduction was overpowering and did not compliment the beets nor the chèvre. Something lighter would have been more suitable and there needs to be another element added to really round it out. For an entree, I had the pappardelle with mushrooms in a thyme cream sauce. While the pasta, itself, was good, the thyme cream sauce had no discernible thyme flavour. With a broad noodle such as pappardelle, you need something that can power up the flavour. It was a bland and boring dish. The last time we were here, I had the tuna and scallops which were also bland and unmemorable. The sushi we sampled last time was also unremarkable. We have yet to be dazzled by anything we've tried and feel a bit ripped off when we get the bill.
There are some fantastic establishments in town that provide menus with more reasonable prices and deliver on the wow factor. The Spotted Bear makes an incredible beet and chèvre salad with roasted pumpkin seeds. They also make an outstanding duck entree. I'm not a duck person but I ordered this and could have eaten it every night we were here. They are very well known for their lamb shepard's pie and my partner thoroughly enjoyed it. We return to the Spotted Bear every year and are always dazzled. And you must try their Caesar (the drink) with horseradish. Ding!!!! Sobo is a must. We quite enjoyed the shrimp cakes, killer fish taco and a pizza with duck confit and blue cheese. So good was it for lunch, we returned for dinner the same day! Another place we enjoyed dinner was at Shelter. A livelier atmosphere and the food here was nicely done, lower priced and still better tasting than at Long Beach Lodge.
I think from here on out, we'll be not spending our culinary dollars at the Lodge although we will likely stay here again because the room is outstanding. We're content to have afternoon drinks in the Great Room and admire the view but we'll venture away from the Lodge in search of the foodie wow factor.
PS Vincente's Cafe and Tacofino are highly recommended for lunches.
I drove into Tofino hoping to go shopping but little did I know that the co-op grocery store closed fairly early. I ended up doing some shopping at the corner store nearby which turned out to be pretty expensive and didn't even buy anything for dinner. On my way back to resort, it was recommended that I check out Wildside Grill for good take out. I ordered some fish tacos which were really good. At first I was a little skeptical as they were $13 for 3 tacos which seemed a little pricey but the tacos were huge and the fried ling cod they used was very fresh and tasty. They were well topped with a little bit of spiciness and even had some guacamole on them. I enjoyed the tacos and would like to try some other seafood items on the Wildside Grill's menu.
We went to Shelter for a late lunch and were not disappointed. I ordered the shrimp sandwich which is served on focaccia bread with avocado and bacon. It was really tasty and had a ton of shrimp on it. To accompany my sandwich, I ordered the chowder which was also really good. Flavour was excellent and loaded with seafood and not too much potato. Overall, I really enjoyed the food.
The pricing is quite reasonable for the quality of food. I liked the ambiance which I would describe as modern rustic with an open kitchen concept so you can see the flurry of activity in the back of the restaurant. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Shelter and would return.
Too bad it was our last hour in Tofino that we discovered this spot. Now, I will always be craving for their fresh and perfectly grilled tuna burger. The fries were really good too. I wish I could sit back and enjoy the relax afternoon vibe, but we had the burger to go and catch the ferry. This is now one of my favourite and a definite go-to place to eat.
I stayed at the Pointe in Wickaninnish Inn and the staff recommended to have reservation at the Pointe Restaurant. It is the most romantic restaurant in the west coast! My description will be understated so it is worth dining there and experience the ocean-view and sunset. I will be back next summer and I hope they will still serve their sea salt caramel topped with pecan.
We went there for lunch and dinner. Both occasions we had rude welcome from the hostesses. We were deciding where to sit (shade or not) and the afternoon hostess told us that she doesn't care where we sit in an abrupt manner. We had very friendly waitress and waiter though. Went back for dinner because a) the appetizers were very very delicious, b) we won't experience the lake/roadside ambiance in the city and c) maybe the hostess was just having a bad day. Dinner hostess was just as bad. We had to wait for her to finish chatting with another guest for 4 mins before getting any acknowledgement. It was the manner they delivered their rudeness that we wouldn't consider going back ever.
We were in Tofino and wanted to check out this restaurant because it is in the Wickannish Inn which is basically one of the most well-known Inns in the area. The restaurant has a fantastic setting right on the edge of the water, it is seriously to die for. I wish I could say the same of the food! We had brunch here, I ordered the duck confit eggs benedict which was cooked well but just a totally wrong mishmash of flavours -- goat cheese, onion confit, duck confit, eggs and hollandaise sauce. The goat cheese and onion confit totally overwhelmed any other flavors of egg, duck, or sauce in the dish. My friends were all fairly unhappy with their foods, except one of the four of us who ordered the mushroom omelette, she said that was good. The price was very expensive as well, it turned out to be about $35 a head with orange juice and some cheese as an appetizer.
SoBo is my favourite restaurant on the island - and if it were on the mainland, it still would be.
Their fish and chicken tacos are to die for (really, to DIE for), filled with complementary flavours that are hard to describe. It's like a mouthful of every great taste you can imagine (from mangoes and rosemary to lavander and basil). They even make cilantro taste good (and I can't stand cilantro).
Their Ahi tuna is seared to perfection and their chowders and soups are hearty and absolutely scrumptious; (you can eat them with a fork.) The way they fuse spices and ingredients together is simply a product of the miraculous.
It's the best place to relish in the flavours of the *true* Westcoast cuisine.
I was introduced to SoBo back in the day when its location was in the Botanical Gardens. I must admit I preferred that location because it was in the midst of nature (which is why most people visit Tofino); however, the new location's floor-to-ceiling windows do the trick, too.
SoBo stands for "Sophisticated Bohemian", so after all, the new location is just as fitting, really.
(And the sea cucumber on the men's bathroom door is a testament to their undying bohemianism!)
I recommend going there for lunch - unless you're a wine-o!