Top 10 restaurants in Pender Island, Canada

November 2, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Pender Island (Saanich: st̕ey̕əs ) is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located in the Gulf of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island is approximately 34 km (13 sq mi) in area and is home to about 2,250 permanent residents, as well as a large seasonal population. Like most of the rest of the Southern Gulf Islands, Pender Island enjoys a sub-Mediterranean climate and features open farmland, rolling forested hills, several lakes and small mountains, as well as many coves and beaches.
Things to do in Pender Island

1. Stand

1371 Otter Bay Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M0, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Canadian, Fast Food Lunch, Breakfast +1 250-629-3292
Excellent
37%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Stand

Reviewed By Neville W

This Stand is operated totally inside the local ferry propery. Just tell the ferry staff you are going to The Stand. They will let you in no charge. Why? This little Stand is run out of a camper type van due to restrictions about having permenant buildings on the site. It is famous for its hamburgers... oyster burgers ostrich burgers halibut salmon you name it they have it. Roadkill burgers only when supplies available. ( kidding... our Roadkill Cafe folded years ago due to short supply). To top off the champion list of burgers they offer three or four tables situated right at the waters edge. If you avoid ferry times service is fast and they offer a deadly aray of Island Farms ice cream ( the best) in eyepopping proportions for about half the price you would expect elsewhere. Whenever I buy an ice cream cone elsewhere I am always disappointed. This place is my gold standard for both burgers and ice cream all dishes up out of a tiny camper van. I think we have to hand these folks a medal. Don't overlook this as an absolutely charming spot to lollygag in the sun for possibly the most layedback eatery no the planet.

2. Bedwell Bay Pub

British Columbia, Canada Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Canadian, American Dinner HK$71 - HK$110
Excellent
32%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 23 reviews

Bedwell Bay Pub

Reviewed By ScottC - Victoria

As indicated by others the correct title is "Syrens Cafe & Pub". We boated to Pender with some friends and on the plus side all 8 of us raved about the food. Unfortunately we all universally agreed service was at the bottom of the scale and I cannot recall ever receiving such awful service. It has been a number of years since we've been to Poets and we seem certain food quality (though it really is pub grub) has gone up and service the opposite. Poets was recently sold and apparently the new seem to be taking things in an adverse direction.

3. Aurora

9801 Spalding Rd | at Poet's Cove Resort, British Columbia V0N 2M3, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American, Canadian, International Breakfast, Dinner +1 250-629-2100
Excellent
42%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Aurora

Reviewed By Tom of Orlando - Orlando

We dined at Aurora on Day Two of their seasonal opening and were very impressed with the high quality of the menu, the cooking, and the service. We'd put Aurora in the same category with Hastings House (Ganges on Saltspring), the Bird Cage (Nanaimo), and...MoreGood afternoon Tom Thank you very much for the great review, we do strive to deliver the highest food quality and customer service possible. Please come dine with us again soon, until then, have a great summer!

4. Port Browning Marina Pub and Cafe

4605 Oak Rd | Box #126, British Columbia V0N 2M0, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$133 +1 250-629-3493
Excellent
35%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Port Browning Marina Pub and Cafe

Reviewed By Neville W

This is an old island favorite. New management has done a great job of expanding without destroying the wonderful ambience and alfresco decks that overlook tge pool and rolling grass fields that abut the beach where your kids can frollic under your watchful relaxed view from the Terrace. Hard to beat their campsites in the old apple orchid with hot showers and kayak rentals on hand with cafe and pub for meals..what camping should be.

5. Slow Coast Coffee on Pender Island

5827 Schooner Way, British Columbia V0N 2M2, Canada Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout Canadian, Soups, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 250-629-3619
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Slow Coast Coffee on Pender Island

Reviewed By Fran W - Port Aransas, Texas

What a charming and quaint place this is, offering a fairly wide selection of cookies/muffins and other yummy baked goods. Perfect for most palettes: gluten free, vegan, regular. It's all here. This place makes an amazing soup. We ate our cookies first because it seemed like the right thing to do. Stop, take a break, treat yourself.

6. Coffee & Kitchen

4709 Canal Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Wine Bar, Canadian, Cafe, International, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$31 - HK$173 +1 250-629-3353
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Coffee & Kitchen

Coffee + Kitchen is the urban style farm-to-table restaurant at WOODS on Pender Resort on Pender Island B.C.. The food is based on foods that bring back memories and inspire new ones. Locally sourced, made in house, healthy quality ingredients. Smaller plates that can be shared or paired together to give our guests flexibility. We make our own pizza dough fermented 24 hours with local craft beer. Toppings change with what's fresh and in season. Our cured meats are from Whole Beast in Victoria. Our coffee beans from Fernwood Coffee Company. Our teas from Silk Road. Ravenrock grows most of our veggies in the summer. In the winter months we source from Saanich Organics and Root Cellar in Victoria. The decor is clean, modern but rustic. Great deck with 2 x 10 foot communal tables beside our new Hall's greenhouse where we grow herbs for the bar and kitchen. Come by and check us out.

Reviewed By PartagasCat - Alberta

Enjoyed a truly amazing dinner, went back again for lunch! Presentation, service, decor and the conversations were fantastic. Oh yeah, the food....wow, and wow. Local, fresh, flavourful, filling, delicious....the list goes on. Had the burger for dinner...seriously perfect. Vegetarian Sandwich for lunch, seriously perfect. Friend all tried some different dishes and they were equally amazing. The cider was lovely, the coffee tasted amazing as well. The best part, was the cocktail list, that is an art in itself. Must say, the mule was simply divine indeed. Look forward to a return visit.

7. The Cafe at Large

6621 Harbour Hill Dr | Sea Star Winery, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada Wheelchair Accessible Canadian, Fusion Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$71 +1 250-539-0375
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

The Cafe at Large

A happy little food truck located at Sea Star Estate Farm and Winery! We serve a small locally sourced menu with emphasis on sustainable foods! We are only open for the summer months Apr/May/June/July/August. If missed us...You can come visit us though at our main location The Cafe at Hope Bay!

Reviewed By mrs_jothebartender - Victoria, B.C.

Amazing food, deliciously paired with the fantastic wine. Went almost every Saturday last summer with friends for a great meal and a lovely bottle of wine. Not pretentious (wine snob) food, but creative, flavorful and fresh. Will be going back every weekend I can.

8. Jo's Place

4605 Bedwell Harbour Road | Square, British Columbia V0N 2M0, Canada Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Television Bar, Healthy, Canadian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +1 250-629-6033
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Jo's Place

Reviewed By Ken P - Freeport

Jo's Place is a welcome addition to the Pender restaurant scene. The menu is extensive and the staff are on the ball. We were happily greeted at the door, seated quickly and keep well caffeined with plenty of hot coffee. The waitresses seemed to work well together to get things done and none of them hovered around our table. This was refreshing.
Breakfast is served all day. Try one of the many benny's (Eggs Benedict) or settle for the wholesome breakfast special. Go exotic with spicy, tomatoey Sakshuka or enjoy a stack of pancakes. Want more? Try a mouth watering Reuben or BLT.
Don't get up that early. Try Jo's for lunch. Wednesday is burger and beer day. And there are many more selections on the menu. I have not had the pleasure to eat dinner at Jo's but I believe I will have to wait till next year as the dinner service has ended for the season.

9. Vanilla Leaf Bakery Cafe

4605 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M0. | Unit 17, British Columbia V0N 2M2, Canada Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating Cafe, Canadian, Soups Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$612 +1 250-629-6453
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Vanilla Leaf Bakery Cafe

Reviewed By GPaCalgary - Calgary

We always enjoy our visits to the bakery for lunch. On this occasion three of us ordered the soup special which was a squash cream soup. It was tasty with just the right amount of spice. However, we were all disappointed that it was served only lukewarm. My grandson had a baked veggie wrap which he said was not that tasty. Our granddaughter enjoyed her chicken pot pie. We went back two days later and the soup was served very hot ( good!). My grandson enjoyed a spanikopita. My wife and granddaughter shared a Turkey BLT, and I had a cheese and onion scone, which was very tasty.

10. Penderosa Pizza Limited

5827 Schooner Way, British Columbia V0N 2M2, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Outdoor Seating, Television Pizza, Canadian, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$24 - HK$149 +1 250-629-6666
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 54 reviews

Penderosa Pizza Limited

PenderosaPizza.com - Online Ordering, Delivery & Takeout by Land or Sea! Welcome to Penderosa Pizza at Medicine Beach Market, Pender Island. Delivery and Take-out by Land or Sea! Penderosa Pizza is a family-friendly restaurant located on beautiful Pender Island, BC. For Delivery and Pickup phone(250) 629-6666 or order on our website at penderosapizza.com. #pizza

Reviewed By Sarah G

We sailed into Otter Bay Marina today and were delighted to find that pizza Delivery was available! It exceeded our expectations, delicious, fast, unique and friendly, AND delivered to the dock! Wow, great fresh food, we are already planning what to order next!

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