Sooke Harbour House Sooke's dining options range from high-end, epicurean creations to down-to-earth, funky coffee shops. With an abundance of food from area farms, fresh local produce, fish and other seafood, and some of the best mushrooming on Vancouver Island, visitors will be surprised and delighted by the menu offerings of some of these west coast establishments. Here are some of our favourites: Renowned as one of the most scenic spots in North America, the restaurant at Sooke Harbour House is a west coast culinary landmark. The menu changes daily to serve only the freshest local ingredients. Salad greens and herbs are grown in their own kitchen gardens and ingredients include organic rabbit and veal, organically raised chickens and local duck, and seafood and shellfish such as Pacific salmon, halibut, oysters and scallops. At the west end of the Sooke basin is Markus's Wharfside Restaurant. Owner/chef Markus Wieland works wonders with seafood, lamb and free-range chicken. The pretty blue restaurant overlooking the harbour was certified in 2009 as a culinary destination by the Culinary Tourism Society of British Columbia. The Prestige Oceanfront Resort offers several eateries to choose from: The Mix by Ric's and Sofia Café, and Yesaki Wine & Raw Bar. Each restaurant offers its own special ambiance and cuisine, for lunch, dinner or tapas, with freshly prepared, house made sauces and pastries as well as a commitment to local ingredients and fresh oceanwise seafood. Enjoy the cozy indoors or relax on the deck with its panoramic view of Sooke Harbour. Or, if a west coast adventure is on your agenda they'll pack sandwiches, drinks and treats to go. Point-No-Point, about 30 minutes west of Sooke past French Beach on the West Coast Road, offers fusion-style lunches and dinners in a charming cottage overlooking the Juan de Fuca Strait. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as B.C.’s first meadery in 2003. The combination of 43 years of beekeeping and over 25 years of mead making experience bring a unique and educational culinary experience to their tasting room. Pick up a bottle of their award winning meads (honey wines) for a picnic or to bring home; each blends varietal honeys and berries from the region. Other notables:
  • Substantial pub grub, good beer, and lively crowds are the norm at such local institutions as the 17 Mile House, an 1894 coaching inn near the East Sooke turnoff on Highway 14.
  • The Alternative Kitchen in Sooke's downtown is a popular breakfast and lunch hangout.
  • A favourite spot for day trippers is Mom's Café. The cozy booths at this vintage roadhouse are a great spot for burgers and pie.
  • The Stone Pipe Grill features a casual fusion menu.
  • Good burgers and exceptional milkshakes are available at Homers next to the highway at Sooke River Road.
  • The Smoking Tuna Cafe on Beecher Bay Road near the gates of East Sooke Regional Park, a summer spot known for its creative menu and fabulous seafood.