Fast gaining a reputation for awesome outdoor activities, as well as its refreshing cultural and artistic vibe, many visitors to Powell River are very pleasantly surprised to discover a thriving restaurant scene with a diverse variety of cuisines from all over the world.
Marine Avenue in Westview is home to a number of restaurants and cafes in a beautiful and friendly atmosphere, while all up and down the coast, from Saltery Bay to Lund, you are sure to find an eatery to suit everybody's tastes.
Below we have listed some of our favourite restaurants and cafes on the Upper Sunshine Coast. Cheers!
- Pubs and Bistros
- Pizza and Bakeries
- World Food
- Fine Dining
- Breakfast Food
- Coffee Shops
The Shingle Mill Bistro and Restaurant
Located on the shore of Powell Lake, just north of Powell River's Townsite District, The Shinglemill is a unique pub-style bar and restaurant that serves great pub-style food and seafood dishes in a beautiful lakeshore setting. The restaurant sits on the old site of mill that produced shingles for the Powell River area, and is also the site of the only marina located on Powell Lake, making it a great place to sit on the deck in the summer and watch people coming and going from their cabins up Powell Lake.
The Historic Lund Hotel Pub
With perhaps the best setting and view in the area, the Lund Hotel located 30 minutes drive north of Powell River is a traditional pub serving great burgers, seafood, pastas and other pub-style meals with incredible and expansive views over Savary Island, the northern Strait of Georgia, and Vancouver Island beyond. What better place to enjoy a cold drink and big hearty meal after a day (or more) or kayaking Desolation Sound?
Famous all over for their blackberry cinnamon buns, Nancy's Bakery sits above the Lund Harbour and serves incredibly tasty, local, healthy breakfasts and lunches in yet another stunning setting. The friendly atmosphere and delicious food make Nancy's popular year round with locals and visitors alike.
Rocky Mountain Pizza
Not just pizza, Rocky Mountain Pizza on Marine Drive serves great coffee, sandwiches, breads and baked goods, as well as pizza, and is a comfortable place to hang out with friends or grab a quick bite to eat while waiting for a ferry to Vancouver Island.
Fantastic Japanese restaurant located in Crossroads Village (next to the site of the new Powell River Public Library) that offers a huge selection of sushi rolls, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes in a private and authentic atmosphere. Seriously good sushi!
Little Hut Curry
Little Hut Curry serves beautiful, gourmet north Indian cuisine with unparalleled service and attention to detail in a funky little house on Marine Avenue. The food is a favourite of many locals and visitors to Powell River, the owners are extremely thoughtful and personable, and the colourful decor is punctuated by amazing local artwork created by some of Powell River's most creative artists.
Costa Del Sol
Another funky little house on Marine Avenue is the home of Costa Del Sol, serving tasty latin-inspired cuisine in yet another beautiful location. This place is popular in the summer months, but if you can get there early enough to grab one of the small tables sitting on the front porch you will be afforded one of the best seats in town to sip margaritas and watch the sun set over Vancouver Island to the west.
Good food with a west coast flair, and a great cocktail menu, make Coastal Cookery a favourite place for locals to meet, relax and socialize at the end of the week, or even just the end of the workday. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable at all times of year, while the back porch is another fantastic place in town to watch the sun set over a meal made from fresh, local ingredients.
Set in another one of those funky houses along Marine Avenue, The Alchemist is a French-inspired restaurant that serves delicious cuisine from the finest ingredients, including a healthy seafood menu fitting for the location.
The Laughing Oyster Restaurant
Set above Okeover Inlet on Malaspina Road - on the way to our Penrose Bay launch site - the Laughing Oyster has long been enjoyed by our kayak guests before and after trips with us. The restaurant overlooks Okeover Inlet with fantastic mountain and ocean views, and offers one of the best fine-dining experiences in the region. Specializing in fresh seafood, the menu endeavours to use fresh, local ingredients wherever possible in a truly memorable setting.
A Powell River institution, Magpies serves big, hearty breakfasts and lunches in the Cranberry neighbourhood of Powell River. Summer weekends can see the line snaking out the door, and it's easy to see why. Friendly service, bottomless coffee, and delicious comfort food (try one of their many twists on Eggs Benny) make Magpies a Powell River favourite.
Edie Rae's Cafe
Located in the Old Courthouse Inn, in Powell River's historic Townsite, Edie Rae's is another popular breakfast joint owned with a comfortable diner feel and great, convivial hospitality. The location of the cafe and inn next to the mill is a piece of Powell River history, once housing the courts, jail and police station of the burgeoning town, and this history has been carefully preserved. Again, the food is plentiful and the coffee hot, making Edie Rae's popular with guests of the hotel, locals, and visitors alike.
River City Coffee
River City Coffee is a mainstay of Powell River, with great coffee and genuine, friendly service, as well as tasty eats and treats prepared to be enjoyed in house or on-the-go. Located in Crossroads Village, its open seating area is a great place to catch up with friends for a coffee, breakfast, or lunch.
Base Camp Coffee
Base Camp is a small, funky coffee shop located on Marine Drive that not only serves great coffee and quick, tasty food (check out their breakfast sandwiches), but also endeavours to showcase local artists and promote outdoor activities and adventures within the Powell River area.