Traveling 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 a list of the best restaurants in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada! From fine dining to local pubs, with these local favourites, you’re sure to feel right at home while you’re staying on the Saanich Peninsula!
Pubs in Sidney
9881 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3
If you are looking for great food in a relaxing atmosphere with unparalleled views of the San Juan and Gulf Islands this pub 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, Canadian beer on-tap, classic comfort pub food and incredible fresh seafood dishes (the coconut curry prawns are a must!), the Rumrunner Pub is a perfect place to start your Sidney introduction.
9851 Seaport Pl #1b, Sidney, BC BC V8L 4X3
Right next door, with great views of the Sidney Marina is the casual, contemporary Surly Mermaid. With impressive drink and food menus – you’ve gotta try the Pacific seafood chowder – and really friendly staff, this pub is sure to win your heart.
2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1Y3
For a different vantage point, check out the Beacon Landing Restaurant and Pub where you will find an inviting, laid-back atmosphere, all-day happy hour, delicious appetizers and great views of the Sidney Pier.
2215 Canoe Cove Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 3X9
To the north of Sidney, tucked away in Canoe Cove 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.
Diners & Casual Fare in Sidney
9812 Fifth St, Sidney, BC V8L 2X4
This classic British fare is a must when you visit the seaside and right in the heart of Sidney is the family owned and operated Fish on Fifth. For twenty years, this local favourite has been serving up the classic takeout combo as well as soups, salads, burgers, wraps, as well as gluten-free and vegan options!
10153 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC V8L 3G8
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 chips! They serve up delicious chicken wings, popcorn shrimp and calamari as well! So if you’re in the mood for some local fast food, Fish O Chips is a great place to go!
2321 James White Blvd, Sidney, BC V8L 3Y2
When you’re looking for great pizza in Sidney, skip the old favourites at Panago Pizza and try something local! For twenty years, Mariner has been offering customers delicious, quality pizza made with fresh pizza dough, homemade sauce, and high quality toppings! Plus with so many flavour combos, it’s no wonder why this pizza spot has such a loyal customer base! So come and try one of their specialty pizzas or make your own but be sure to order the cinnamon sticks for dessert!
9681 Willingdon Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 5V6
Calling all aviation fans! This aviation themed, friendly restaurant is the perfect place to find delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and views of all of the take-offs and landings at Victoria International Airport.
2466 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1X8
Right in the heart of Sidney town center you’ll find this funky, local brunch hotspot offering everything from silky eggs benny to scrumptious deli sandwiches and burgers. It can get busy 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!
2305 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9
A favourite with families, this diner offers everything from the specialty waffles and smoothies to huge sandwiches and burgers made with locally baked bread and so much more! Try one of their famous milkshakes made with local ice cream and feel like a kid again!
2550 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1Y2
If you’re in the mood for a unique dining experience, take a stroll down the Sidney Pier to The Pier Bistro. This charming little diner right on the pier itself offers stunning views of the water and reliably delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
9535 Canora Rd, Sidney, BC V8L 1P3
Take a trip down memory lane at Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe! Originally called Mary’s Coffee Bar this little spot opened in 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!
Global Food in Sidney
2395 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9
Consistently voted one of the best Indian restaurants on Vancouver Island, Fresh Tandoori Flavour serves up incredible, authentic East Indian food. From warm soft naan to spicy vindaloo and crowd pleasing butter chicken plus everything in between! If you’re looking for incredible Indian cuisine, this is the place to go!
101-9842 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC V8L 1Z6
This relaxed eatery serves up incredible Japanese dishes from noodles to classic sushi rolls and so much more!
2493 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1X9
When you’re craving some pad thai, there is only one place to go: Sabhai Thai in the heart of Sidney. Voted the best ethnic food in Sidney since they opened in 2006, Sabhai Thai has been impressing visitors with their incredible, authentic Thai dishes ever since!
2360 Beacon Ave #101, Sidney, BC V8L 1X3
When it comes to upscale small plates, specialty cheese and wine from all over the world The Farmer’s Daughter has cornered the market in Sidney. With cheese tasting boards, one of the most unique wine selections on Vancouver Island in a charming European-style bistro, this is the place to take a cheese lover for a special evening!
Fine Dining in Sidney
2320 Harbour Rd, Sidney, BC V8L 2P6
Nestled right in the heart of the Sidney marina is the, 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 fish tacos in a warm flour taco shell is worth the trip!
11190 Chalet Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 5M1
On the other side of the Peninsula, tucked away on the shores of a calm cove, you’ll find Deep Cove Chalet. This perfectly situated restaurant will impress even the most scrupulous gourmand with French-inspired dishes, fresh, local seafood, impeccable service and breathtaking views.