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Willie's Cafe and Bakery

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, American, Cafe
537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
+1 250-381-8414
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (33 reviews)
“pancakes” (40 reviews)
“french toast” (18 reviews)
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Canadian, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
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1 - 10 of 517 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

I recently had breakfast at Willie's - an old family business. I ordered the skillet breakfast which was basically home fried potatoes with fried peppers and onions in a skillet with 2 eggs on top. You have the option of how you wish the eggs...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is restaurant is located in a lovely old building and it has a very cosy stylish decor. When we arrived we were promptly greated by a friendly young woman who seated us and then was also our waitress. She brought us our drinks immediatly,...More

Thank lightlysalted
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for breakfast on our second day in Victoria. Busy little place with good food and reasonable prices. Had a table facing the window so we could watch the world go by. Staff very friendly and the portions were good. Would definitely go here...More

Thank Trudy C
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I usually come here every other time our friends go for breakfast and they do pancakes just right. Great place to come for small to medium sized groups.

Thank luxurybc
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Visited twice for breakfast during our stay in Victoria. Really enjoyed the 'Bennys' and Huevas. Very welcoming and attentive staff and a great ambience and feel. Enjoyed it very much.

Thank David C
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We went to for breakfast at 11:30 am...get a table in a nice please. Good atmosphere fast service...menu has a lot of options....good prices Easy parking at front ...we went to Jam Cafe was crowded and a waiting line....this is better !!! Has handicap parking...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Visited for lunch and had the Chicken Clubhouse - very good and big with the side - Waitress was a local and knew all about the local parks and places to see - loved her talkative nature and gave us good info on places to...More

Thank Sheldon L
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Popular restaurant with all-day brekkie at reasonable price. We were late catching up with our friends so opted for the fish chowder with toast. A convenient spot and not too touristy.

Thank g r
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Stopped by this very busy cafe and had a quick pick me up in the late afternoon. It was busy and the pastries and coffee was very good.

Thank Fueldiva52
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Based on the reviews, we decided this was a good place for a sweet fix in the morning but found the muffins and pastries to be just ordinary. Perhaps other breakfast choices are more raveable.

Thank Via_girl
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Questions & Answers
Hello Willies I wrote a negative review regarding your Bohemian skillet, my apology. Yes I mentioned I was in the business successfully for over 25 years, now done and moved onwards. Loved it and time for a change. Yes it was $12.50 not $15 with taxes $15, and I always tip well. The remaining of my table had lovely breakfast. I was the complainer. So on a more positive note, very nice place and I am sure most of your dishes shine. The skillet I would use a hash potato not a huge chunk deep fried potato tossed with meager garnish. Load it with garnish and seasoning, sauteed in the pan with a touch of herb, maybe Marjoram and fresh parsley, whatever. Then generously dust it with feta on top where its seen and those lovely eggs. Maybe some Red pepper for color vs Green or a mix. By sauteing the product the flavours will mix and enhance the potato and be generous with the garnish. It said spinach and really all I received was a leaf or two, feta at the bottom brown and one piece of green pepper the size of my thumbnail. Cooked, a leaf or two of spinach looks like nothing. I am sorry but it was disappointing and so boring, and really could be improved with very little effort. That's my thought. Can I retract my surprised disappointed? As for the public please go to Willie's, it was just one dish that in my opinion was..... I am not in the restaurant business anymore, successful, miss it but moved on. I will retract my negativity and give the positive. I will come back to Willies again. I will have the turkey Omelette that has received high praise. Maybe Ill try the new improved skillet or what some people call hash.
20 May 2017|
Response from LeiHouVictoria | Property representative |
Hi Max, I'm really really sorry that I just read your reply yesterday through the alerts of Tripadvisor. Your detailed suggestion based on your experience is very very practical and specific to Willie's. I have shared your... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 537 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-381-8414
  • E-mail
Willies has been well known for BC's oldest bakery and the best breakfast and lunch in Victoria. This summer, Willie's launched dinner at the blooming patio! Come and try dinner menu items, such as fish n chips, fish tacos, burgers.... You will be satisfied as always!
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