Celiac Scene Followers Dish on Vancouver Island Restaurants that Get Gluten-Free Right!
Micheline shared, “I had the best gluten-free meal at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel last Saturday. Lots of food for the price. Lots of Foodie quality gluten free choices. It was a very memorable experience.”
“That’s what they said. The food was really 5 star as well as the ocean view dining. I had the best spicy polenta fries. Lots of seafood if that’s your thing. Had the best seafood chowder with their warm bread.”
“Two of us, appetizers, drinks, main course and dessert. 20% tip total cost was $146.90 The portions were huge. We couldn’t finish our mains.”
“The service was great. Empress like!”
Val from Powell River shares, “I would like to highly recommend ‘The Doghouse Restaurant’ in Duncan B.C.”
“I have eaten there recently and was quite surprised when I told the waitress I had Celiac Disease and was very sensitive and was concerned about cross-contamination. The next thing I knew there was a very nice young gentleman at my table explaining how my lunch could be prepared for me !! Their main concern was for me to enjoy my lunch and to go home knowing I was served a safe and delicious meal. I was thrilled as that has only happened to me twice since I was diagnosed 18 years ago!!”
Barb H’s Large Road Trip
“I’m traveling on Vancouver Island and used your restaurant info. Thanks. I usually commented to my server that I was dining there because of a recommendation on the Canadian Celiac Association Facebook Page, or through theThe Celiac Scene. I wanted them to know that it wasn’t a fluke that I was dining there. I did use the Find Me Gluten Free app elsewhere in BC & AB, but really didn’t trust it. I prefer recommendations from CCA related pages as they understand cross-contamination issues.”
Six Mile Pub was wonderful in Victoria (we had 2 meals there, as well as having a choice of 3 desserts – none of which were ice cream!) I had the Fish & Chips for lunch and the Bangers & Mash for dinner.
Big Wheel Burger in Victoria had lots of g-f options, and I had a wonderful burger (with g-f bun) and fries.
We also had dinner at the Victoria Golf Club, on Beach Drive. They had a number of g-f options and again, more than just a salad. I’m not sure if the VGC restaurant is available to the public or not, as we were there with a member.
We also ate at Denny’s on Douglas Street in Victoria and their menu was well marked, and they offered g-f English muffins for celiacs.
The restaurant in the Best Western resort in Tofino had gluten free bread, but very limited selection for meals – steak and salmon. I opted for their appetizer – scallops and strawberry salad – $14 for 4 scallops, half a strawberry sliced on 3 mouthfuls of greens. Very tasty, but way overpriced. I did realize we were in a resort town, but still!
I also had burgers and fries twice at White Spot – Campbell River and Squamish.
I do not have visible reactions to cc, though find I may get internal rumblings after some meals. This did not happen at any of my BC outings. I did ask about separate toasters and fryers before eating those types of foods. My recommendations of restaurants may not be good for others, as everyone reacts differently to cc. Thanks again for all the info that I was able to access through The Celiac Scene. Happy eating!’ Barb H.
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