Vancouver Island has been recognized by the Yelp community for its culinary delights.
Popular online restaurant directory and forum, Yelp, has just released their list of top 100 places to eat in Canada for 2021, and five of them are right here on Vancouver Island, with four being in the Victoria area!
The highest rated island eatery on the list is Shirley Delicious Cafe clocking in at #13 — located just outside Sooke.
Not far behind is Fishhook #24 followed by these eateries:
- Jam Cafe (44)
- Little Yunnan Restaurant (76)
- Il Terrazzo Ristorante (93)
For those that don’t know, Fishhook offers local and organic food giving locals numerous healthy food options for lunch and dinner with dairy-free and wheat-free options.
Jam Cafe is a family home style breakfast and brunch restaurant with recipes inspired from the south that have been shared and passed down over generations.
Yunnan Restaurant is a family owned Chinese restaurant that presents the famous “Cross the Bridge Noodle” — a dish originating from a moving love story dated 500 years ago. Their motto “never hesitate to try new things” has gotten them top spot in Yelp’s Top 100 list.
Last but not least, Il Terrazzo Ristorante. Their northern Italian cuisine with a pacific northwest twist pairs perfectly with the old town courtyard setting, brick fireplaces, and candlelight ambiance of the restaurant.
This year marked the first time the top 100 list was chosen by suggestions from the Yelp community.
Data scientists at Yelp pulled the top restaurants by ratings and number of reviews last year across Canada, with representation based on each place’s share of top-rated restaurants nationally.
For those interested in the number 1 pick, Damas, a Syrian restaurant in the heart of Montreal took the crown and Toronto was crowned Canada’s top foodie destination with 27 of the best eateries.