Reviews & Media

  • Article on Marquestra:

    10 Best Things to Do in the Cowichan Valley


    We’re almost tempted not to divulge this place and keep it all to ourselves. Genoa Bay is one of those rare spots on the planet where you get the sensation that you’ve just discovered your own secret place…

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    Article on Genoa Bay in


    In Cowichan Valley, life is bountiful

    One of the finest places to dine in the Cowichan Valley is Genoa Bay Cafe, where the scenery matches the cuisine. Overlooking the marina at its namesake bay, the cafe features seafood sourced from the waters surrounding Vancouver Island as well as vegetables from the farms of Cowichan Valley.

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    Blog Post on Genoa Bay Cafe:


    Once we arrived at the Genoa Bay Café we were treated to local wine and a fantastic seafood feast starting with samples of their famous calamari, crab & chorizo cakes, and Salt Spring Island mussels….

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  • Canadian Yachting

    Article on Genoa Bay in Canadian Yachting Magazine:


    Waterside Dining
    Perched on the water’s edge overlooking the marina, the café offers five-star quality cuisine in a casual atmosphere. It has 40 indoor seats and another 30 on the seaside deck. The combination of the view, smell and taste provide diners with sensory overload…

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    Eat Magazine Review:

    Genoa Bay Café

    If you are driving hill & dale exploring the Cowichan Valley, and you want to “discover” the most picture-perfect spot, at the end of the world, for killer mussels and frites, I know the place. Genoa Bay Café [5000 Genoa Bay Road, Unit #9, Duncan Tel: 250-746-7621] is located at Mile Zero. You cannot go any further along the road or you will end up in the drink surrounded by bobbing sail boats. This charming little bistro is on the pier in a romantic-looking weathered clapboard cottage, and hiddey-ho, the food rocks! The chef has a pedigree. Chef Dave Cartner hails from Vancouver. He was the chef at popular Bin 941 and did a longtime run at Chateau Whistler. Owners Gord Rumley and Stacey Johnston work the floor; the service is crisp, fun and informative. The menu is simple but huge on fresh local flavours and the execution is deft, the presentation pleasing to the eye. The place is always packed. The locals have kept this spot to themselves far too long. Not anymore.

  • Pacific Yachting

    Article on Genoa Bay in Pacific Yachting Magazine:


    When in Genoa Bay
    Tucked under the steep treed slope of Mt. Tzuhalem, Genoa Bay is one of our favourite places to hang out on the West Coast. For us, returning here is like coming home. Owner-operators and brothers, Ben and Will Kiedaisch, maintain a friendly laid-back atmosphere at Genoa Bay Marina that is hard to find anywhere. This is the place where we relax, chat with fellow boaters or, best yet, share a meal with friends at The Genoa Bay Café.

    Our first shore duty upon arriving at Genoa Bay is to make reservations for the evening meal at the rustic café hanging on the rocks above the marina. The Genoa Bay Café has changed hands since our last visit. Chef Dave Cartner’s menu features northwest fare and local organic produce. Call 250-746-7621 for reservations.

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  • Comment on Li Read Blog:

    Mother’s Day? Try their brunch at the Genoa Bay Café. A great chef, here, and worth the few minutes drive from Maple Bay to Genoa Bay, on Southern Vancouver Island. Right at seaside, with the docks and boats to entice you, this gem is open for lunch and dinner — reservations recommended. It’s now a “discovered secret”. Enjoy!

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    Super, Natural British Columbia Canada Article:

    Genoa Bay

    This delightful piece of paradise tucked into a natural harbour on the northeastern shore of Cowichan Bay is the “kind of place sailors, wooden boaters, romantics and intelligent sentimentalists hold close to their hearts,” wrote noted European travel writer and sailor Ferenc Máté.

    Genoa Bay Marina has a full range of facilities for sailors including a marina store and “office on the go” business and internet services. Bonus: The Genoa Bay Café, frequently cited as one of the better (and certainly most charming) restaurants in the Cowichan Valley. Known for its clam chowder, fish and chips, seafood dishes, and dessert menu.

  • Review on

    Fantastic food, fantastic service and views that can’t be beat! We have dined at the Genoa Bay Café on numerous occasions and each time everything has been just perfect. From the welcoming, friendly staff, to the superb food presentation and the delicious meals, to a spectacular oceanfront location, we highly recommend it.

    Under new ownership, with Gord and Stacey to greet and serve, it couldn’t be run by more dedicated, fun and upbeat people.

    The chef is amazing, with lots of experience in the best restaurants in BC.

    Well done Genoa Bay Café … can’t wait to go back!


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    Great food, the view was fantastic and service excellent.


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    Great dining experience. Chef Dave makes the best risotto ever. We can’t wait to go back to see the boys at Genoa Bay Café.


  • Review on Backyard Feast – Sustainable food and life in the Cowichan Valley

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