Shelter Restaurant in Tofino is a popular spot for dinner. It was highly recommended by a few friends to check out when I was here for the long weekend. I made reservations a month in advance since I knew it would be crazy if I waited a few days prior to the trip to make the call. When it comes to food, I make sure I can try to get reservations where possible.
On the day of, there was a long wait to get inside, but luckily we just walked right in with reservations.
Shelter is best known for their fresh locally sourced food that represents the West Coast.
The interior is rustic and very cozy. A real fireplace can be seen burning in the main dining area.
M was a bit fancy and had Pinot Noir to go with his meal. We were on vacation, so a glass of wine was perfect to unwind.
We started off with the Crispy Deep Fried Brussel Sprouts. A good appetizer and was plenty for a group of 4.
Anything deep-fried is delicious!
Vancouver Island Oysters is served with the Chef’s cocktail sauce, horseradish and a wedge of lemon. If you love oysters, you’ll love these local oysters.
Shelter Pizza has roasted mushrooms, caramelized onion, double smoked bacon, mozzarella, truffle, and grana padano cheese.
Roasted Peach Country Lamb Sirloin has Yukon gold potato gnocchi, cauliflower puree, wilted kale and a caper dijon jus.
The lamb was tender and so full of flavour. M really enjoyed it. He wished there was more since he ate this way too fast.
Tofino Surf Bowl has your choice of local wild salmon or marinated free-run chicken with steamed vegetables, teriyaki sauce, basmati and wild rice, spicy yogurt and cilantro. Definitely a very healthy option and can be made gluten-free.
Pacific Lingcod Burger with lingcod fillet, basil-mint coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, mayo and an onion ring. Good size for a burger. Look at that fillet of lingcod.
With their casual fare menu and the regular dinner menu. there are enough items to suit those with different expectations for price points and palates. They can also accommodate allergies and dietary preferences.
We Rate Shelter Restaurant:
601 Campbell Street, Tofino,BC