Traveling is one of the most exciting things to do – finding your bearings in a new city can be an exhilarating experience. Sometimes though, that sense of adventure can turn into feeling like a fish-out-of-water. You begin to miss your familiar haunts; the grocery store you know like the back of your hand, your hometown coffee shop where the barista knows you like your latte extra hot or the restaurant where you’ve found your favourite dish and your favourite server. We know. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top ten restaurants in Sidney from fine dining to local pubs, with these local favourites, you’re sure to feel right at home.
If there is one way to start feeling at home in a new place is to visit the local pub – and if you are staying at Heron View Cottage or Resthaven Cottage you’re in luck because our top three on the Sidney waterfront are so close by! If you are looking for a relaxing atmosphere with unparalleled views of the San Juan and Gulf Islands then a trip to the Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant is a must-visit. With two cozy fireplaces for those cold rainy days and a large patio to soak up the sun, a great list of local beer on-tap, classic comfort pub food and incredible fresh seafood dishes, the Rumrunner Pub is a perfect place to start your Sidney introduction. Right next door, with great views of the Sidney Marina is the Surly Mermaid, a casual, contemporary style pub with impressive drink and food menus that are sure to satisfy every taste. For a different vantage point, try the Beacon Landing Restaurant and Pub where you will find an inviting, laid-back atmosphere, all-day happy hour, great views of the Sidney Pier and mouth-watering comfort food. To the north of Sidney, tucked away in Canoe Cove near Oceanfront Escape is the quaint Stonehouse Restaurant and Pub. This classic, tudor style cottage pub combines old-world style charm with elevated pub staples as well as pizza and fresh, local seafood.
Fish ‘n’ Chips
This classic British fare is a must when you visit the seaside. Luckily, Sidney boasts two of the best fish and chip restaurants on the island. Right in the heart of Sidney is the family owned and operated Fish on 5th. For twenty years, this local favourite has been serving up the classic combo as well as soups, salads, burgers, wraps and even vegan options! A little farther north of Sidney is the well-known Fish O Chips. This charmingly chintzy, nautical eatery has a great patio for those sunny days and an extensive menu that isn’t relegated to just fish and well, chips. With menu items like: poutine, chicken wings, nachos and calamari, Fish O Chips is a great place to go no matter what you’re craving.
For a casual, family friendly dining experience, you’ll definitely want to try one of the many great diners that Sidney has to offer. Calling all aviation fans! Right around the corner from Heron’s Landing and Patricia Bay Beach House is the Spitfire Grill. A perfect place to find friendly service, delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and views of all of the take-offs and landings at Victoria International Airport. Right in the heart of Sidney town center you’ll find the funky 3rd Street Cafe, a local brunch hotspot offering everything from silky eggs benny to scrumptious sandwiches and burgers. 3rd Street is a busy place but they pride themselves on fast turnover times and impeccable service. Even on the busiest days, you won’t be disappointed – this place is worth the wait! Another excellent brunch spot right in town is the Five and Dime Diner. From the specialty waffles and smoothies to huge sandwiches and burgers made with locally baked bread and everything in between, this diner is the perfect place to find some seriously delicious fare. If you’re in the mood for a unique dining atmosphere, take a stroll down the Sidney Pier to the aptly named Sidney Pier Bistro. This charming little diner right on the pier itself offers stunning views of the water and reliably delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you’re staying at Bazan Bay Beach House, you should definitely take a trip down memory lane at Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe – originally opened as Mary Coffee Bar 1939 to serve the airport personnel and servicemen that were flying out during WWII. While Mary’s has changed since that time, the food and service has just grown better with age which is why it is still a favourite spot for locals and airport staff!
Casual eats are always fun but when the occasion calls for something a little more upscale, we’ve got you covered. Nestled right in the heart of the Sidney marina is the Sea Glass Waterfront Grill, an easygoing but elegant restaurant that offers guests elevated comfort food, a sophisticated wine list and unparalleled views. No matter where you are staying, the Sea Glass Waterfront Grill is worth the trip. On the other side of the Peninsula, just down the road from the impressive Oceanside Lodge and the immaculate Pendray House, is the picturesque, Deep Cove Chalet. Tucked away on the shores of a calm cove, looking out on the water, this perfectly situated restaurant will impress even the most scrupulous gourmand with French-inspired dishes, fresh, local seafood and impeccable service.