Located in Port Alberni, the heart of the west coast on Vancouver Island, near Parksville and Qualicum Beach and on the road to Tofino & Ucluelet. 4824 Johnston Rd in Port Alberni. Dine In, Covered Patio or Take Out!
Reserve for your next social function. Room for 35 diners!
For the kids! Breaded Chicken Tenders!
For the Grown Ups! Whistler’s Forager Beer & Scenic Road Cider
Sweet Tooths! Bounty Bomb (hand breaded bounty bar, cinnamon sugar, chocolate glaze), Chocolate Ganache Cup Cake with Berry Compote and so much more!
- @brothereun, “I was sooo shocked when I found out that it was gluten free (Couple Days Later) !!!I am a white flour type of girl not really into gluten free stuff but I did not even know the difference! So delicious and crispy batter! It was the best fish and chips ever. Hands down.”
NOTE: Bare Bones Fish House & Smokery soups, sides, mains & desserts are available at the restaurant, at Off the Hook Grab & Go Meals in Parksville or at Off the Hook Surf Turf Smokery in Nanaimo. 100% gluten free, fresh chef-prepared, ready-to-eat, heat & eat or frozen, ready-to-prep meals. Learn more here …
Visit Off the Hook’s 100% Gluten-Free Sister Restaurants
About Chef Lance Dodding
Chef Lance grew up on Qualicum First Nation territory, located on Vancouver Island, BC. Being a member of this small coastal nation fostered an instinctive love for all that the land and sea had to offer. The territory is lush and beautiful, and the land is known for its richness in flora, fauna and fish throughout all four seasons. Chef Lance is a proud Qualicum First Nations member who has 2 years of culinary education and 13 years of cooking.
Lance Dodding is looking to the future and his family as the new owner of Bare Bones restaurant in Port Alberni.
Dodding studied at culinary school in 2006 and did his practicum in Tofino with Brad DeClercq, now owner of Starboard Grill at Harbour Quay. From there he went on to work seven years at the Qualicum Beach Golf Course restaurant. When he and his wife Matraca, along with their young son Ryker, bought a home in Port Alberni their realtor, Dave Ralla, arranged a meeting with Vishal Dewli at Cypress Restaurant at Chances Rim Rock. Dodding worked with Vishal for almost six years.
Dodding put his career aside when his infant daughter, Natalia, was diagnosed with leukemia.
“We spent the next 14 months in Vancouver,” says Dodding who praises the generosity of people who supported them. Despite every effort, including a bone marrow donation from Ryker, Natalia died when she was 19 months old.
By the time the family came home, the pandemic had started, work was scarce and Dodding didn’t know what the next steps should be.
“I wanted to do something for my family,” says Dodding. “For our future.”
So when the opportunity to purchase Bare Bones from Steve and AC Evans came up, he took it.
“Steve and AC are wonderful people and they built a good business over 13 years,” says Dodding.
Currently in the midst of renovations, Dodding plans to reopen June 1. He is expanding the outdoor patio area, enlarging the kitchen and reconfiguring the indoor layout.
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