Reviews & Media

  • sail-world

    Article on Genoa Bay in – 2014:


    Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast
    For us, a visit to Genoa Bay would not be complete without a meal, or two, at the Genoa Bay Café. Perched on the water’s edge overlooking the marina, the café offers five-star quality cuisine in a casual atmosphere….

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  • Cobble Hous Bed & Breakfast

    Blog Post on Genoa Bay Cafe – June 13, 2014:


    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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  • Elm Hill Car Tours

    Article on Genoa Bay By Elm Hill Car Tours – 2014:


    Vancouver Island Road Trip Planner and Resources for the Driving Enthusiast.
    Located on the water in picturesque Genoa Bay, this Cafe serves up delicious creative dishes using fresh locally sourced ingredients for lunch and dinner. A taste of the regions bounty is in every dish and the wine and beer choices are incredible…

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  • Canadian Yachting

    Article on Genoa Bay in Canadian Yachting Magazine – March 1, 2013:


    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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  • Cowichan Valley Voice

    Article on Genoa Bay Café by the Cowichan Valley Voice – March 2011 Issue:


    Seaside Scoop on The Genoa Bay Café
    Seaside dining accessible by land and water, the Genoa Bay Café has been a favourite destination for recreational boaters and Vancouver Islanders in-the-know. Proud new owners Stacey Johnson, Gord Rumley and Dan Caird, along with Café chef Dave Cartner are enthusiastic to share their passion for great food and fine wine this season at the Café.

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  • eat-magazine

    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 Affinity Guesthouse Blog:

    We had a fantastic paddle to Genoa Bay Café for dinner last night. The food is as good as ever at the cafe, we enjoyed the seasonal risotto, duck and the most amazing halibut dish! Yum yum!

  • 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!

  • super-natural-bc

    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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  • Review on Vancouver Island Beyond Victoria

    Genoa Bay Cafe – worth the trip!

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