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In the neighbourhood – all walkable

RNR Diner is as classic as you can get in old-style diner. Just across the road, there’s a broad menu with the added bonus of some smaller plate options. Open for breakfast and lunch only, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub is exactly as its name suggests – the place where family and friends gather around a table for a bite to eat and a drink or two. Family friendly, it’s open 11:00 am – midnight Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 am – 11:00 pm on Sundays.

CenSai Roll is our favourite sushi joint in the area. It’s across the block on Wallace Drive, just by the exit from Thrifty Foods. Closed on Sundays, it’s open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am – 8:00 pm. 778-426-3369

Peninsula Pizza is where many locals will point you to when asked where to go for the best pizza in the area. In the corner of the Shoppers Mall, it’s a hop and a skip from the front door. Open 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and an hour later to 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. 250-652-8444

Wai Heung is the local Asian take-out place. Just across Mount Newton Cross from the Prairie Inn, it’s a two-minute walk from the front door. Closed Mondays, it’s open for lunch from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and dinner from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. It’s currently take out or delivery only. 250-652-1213

Further afield

Bicycle Pizza can be found in the Beauregard Commons in Brentwood Bay. Fresh take-out or dine-in is available Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, but you can pick up a frozen pizza there Monday through Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (4:00 pm on Monday). Closed on Sundays.

The Brentwood Bay Resort is a popular place year-round, but especially during the summer months when their patio overlooking the marina is open. Located at the foot of Verdier, just before the ferry launch. The pub is open 11:30 am – 10:00 pm daily. Their fine dining space, the Arbutus Room, is open for breakfast from 7:30 am – 11:00 am daily, and for dinner Thursday through Sunday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Brewskys Taphouse is a local watering hole in Brentwood Bay with roadhouse fare located at 7100 Wallace Drive. Brunch is served daily. Open Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Monday and Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 am.

Tonolli’s Deli has two locations, one further south at 6991 East Saanich Road, and one in Sidney on Bevan Avenue. It’s a popular place with the locals for lunch or a coffee and a treat. Both open at 8:30 am daily. The East Saanich location closes at 4:00 pm, the Sidney one at 4:30 pm.

Café Zanzibar is a full-service restaurant with a North African influence located on the north east corner of Stelly’s Cross Road and West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay. Open Sunday and Tuesday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Blues Bayou Café is a Cajun / Creole eatery located with a fabulous view right on the water in Brentwood Bay at the foot of Marchant Road. Their summer hours (May long weekend – September long weekend) are 11:30 am – 8:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The kitchen closes daily from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Their website suggests that you call to confirm their hours. 250-544-1194

Fox & Monocle is a bakery by day, and award-winning restaurant by night. They are located right near the ferry terminal at 2300 Canoe Cove Road in Canoe Cove Marina, right at the bottom of the hill on the right-hand side. The restaurant is open Thursday – Monday from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Surly Mermaid is a Sidney eatery with a commitment to showcase Vancouver Island food. Located close to the pier at 9851 Seaport Place, it’s a great place to hang out on a sunny day, or end up at after a stroll on the Sidney waterfront. Open daily 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Sabhai Thai Restaurant is an area favourite on the peninsula, located on the south side of Beacon Avenue between Second and Third Streets in Sidney. Open for lunch Tuesday – Friday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, dinner Tuesday – Saturday 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Closed on Mondays

Royal Aroma is the place to get your East Indian food fix on the peninsula. Located on the north side of Beacon Avenue between Second and Third, it’s open Wednesday through Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Floyd’s is a Victoria institution that has recently opened a peninsula location on the corner of Keating and West Saanich Road – just look for the fuschia pink building. Open for breakfast and lunch only, daily 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Deep Cove Chalet is a fine-dining favourite located at Deep Cove Winery, 11190 Chalet Road in North Saanich. They are open for lunch Thursday to Sunday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.