Ice House Oyster Bar

4.3
170 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
Join us on Tofino’s historic Ice House waterfront patio, a place where you can watch the sun go down as you enjoy locally-caught, sustainable seafood. Our food is crafted with love and is a product of our beautiful environment. Watch as fishermen land fish and fill up on ice for the next catch. And the local wildlife might even put on a show for you too!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(250) 725-4239
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Provencial
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 170 People Are Saying
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and the portions were good. I like that the meal came with the sides . The ambiance was great. It was a lovely evening and there was outside seating if you wanted.

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RD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Our server was terrible. He made the experience good rather than outstanding. Food was exceptional buy a poor service made it a frustrating and unpleqsant experience.

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RD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was so good we ate here 2 nights in a row.
Creative, clever, sophisticated menu.
Firat night our server was amazing. 2nd night server was a dud and none of the food came out hot.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were visiting Tofino and the reviews for the Ice House were very good, so it was on our list to try. We were not disappointed. Despite having a reservation, the service staff basically ignored us for approx. 15 min. while we waited at the door. Once seated we waited for another 10 min. or more for someone to bring us menus. They were clearly understaffed for how busy they were that evening. Once we were on the radar, service improved and we enjoyed an amazing meal. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat. The sunset that particular evening was stunning, so all in all it was a very good choice.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is placed in the waterfront, and there is an amazing view to the sea. The food was excellent. We enjoyed our visit at the restaurant very much and can highly recommend a visit at Ice House Oyster Bar.

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JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food service was slow but great location & oysters were super!

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VB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Locally sourced foods, e.g. chanterelles, oysters and halibut, were such a welcomed change from the standard fare one finds at most restaurants. My only complaint was that the 8 ounce glass of wine for $19 was unexceptional and overpriced. My cocktail (a house specialty) was a much better choice.

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HC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, especially the fresh seafood platter. However, we did find the place quite cool with the door constantly opening to the outside patio.

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FM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great evening with awesome service, thank you. Fiona

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CV
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place with fabulous food! Great experience, wonderful staff and a view to die for❤️
Must do when in Tofino

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AA
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best meals we had during our 3-day visit to Tofino

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JC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Myself, my brother, and sister-in-law dined here while visiting tofino - it was fantastic. All of the food we ordered was really excellent. The only small issue we had was that it was SO dark in the restaurant we could barely see what we were eating!!! However, everything else (including the service) was just wonderful.

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AW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were excellent

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TM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My wife and I both had their fish and chips special and unfortunately the fish batter was undercooked tasting very doughy.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great food, super fun experience. Wayched a sea lion from our table while sipping a BC cabernet.

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n
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi, our dinner was very good, I wish the menu and the wine list was a little larger and your menu had more gluten free options. Would like to pass on for your information Whistler Forager is a very good gluten free beer, try it. Cheers!

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B
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Waterfront casual restaurant mostly oysters and seafood. We had mussels which were ok, not too crazy about the broth. We both had fish cod and Solomon which were quite good.
Rather loud place inside, but it was too windy outside, but they lowered music volume when we asked. Washroom needs improvement

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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Was very disappointed in our evening meal- service was so slow (required 40 minutes to get our drink order and restaurant was only 2/3 full) food was Only mediocre at best. Over cooked Halibut, gluey risotto with only two scallops (?) seafood tower at $145 is not worth it. Order 10 oysters and 1/2 crab instead! Interior at tables is very very dark after sunset so hard to tell what was what on the platters. Cell phone flashlight shouldn’t be necessary!!
Very kind and pleasant wait-staff but that’s it.

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another good experience at Ice House. Good service, charming waitress, good food. Food selection limited, but this suggests its fresh. Will come again.

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VP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent menu. Great ambiance. Must visit. The food was fresh and exceptional.

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KP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The food was delicious and well presented. We enjoyed the beautiful view and wood tables.

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our last night in Tofino, we wanted to have a special meal in a beautiful location. As usual, we searched out waterfront venues and after spotting this restaurant, we thought we'd try it out. I made a reservation so that we would be sure to get a table from which to enjoy the sunset. We were not disappointed! We had a choice of a table indoors by the window or outside on the patio (we chose inside due to the cool weather). Our waiter was very attentive and our meal of 4 shared appetizers and oysters was delicious. The snapper ceviche, mussels, shrimp and octopus were all presented very artfully and all arrived within minutes of each other. For dessert, we were lured by the tantalizing names of the chocolate pot and the rhubarb meringue. We opted for both and found them tasty and generous. The added benefit of a spectacular sunset created a perfect finale to our Tofino vacation.

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place blew me away with their incredibly fresh seafood. We ordered oysters and their 2 tier seafood platter; they kept the flavours delicate and simple while maintaining the flavour of the seafood. They're also located out on the water overlooking the calm out in the distance. I would definitely return anytime I'm on the island.

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MN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really not as good as expected. Super waterfront location with outside seating. However, table was heavily worn. So much so that my wife snagged her dress on a splinter. Food had many flavors but they never melded into a coherent flavor profile. Service was fine, but not heartfelt. There are much better options in Tofino, although none with this view.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and everything I asked for with a tip of more. Perfect ending for a perfect day! Thanks for spoiling us! See you again

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was lovely. No lighting outside to see your meal once it gets dark. Difficult to eat the crab dish etc in those conditions.

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and lovely location. Oysters were excellent. Loved it.

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S
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

A very average looking place and needs major maintenance works. There is virtually no upkeep , even the dresses of servers are sort of dirty. The location is good right on the water. Food was average in taste as well as presentation.

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DY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good place to visit in Tofino. Parking could be challenging.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in my salmon dinner. The fennel was hard and chewy and I like my salmon a little more cooked. I complained about the fennel and our nice server gave us a portion of good potatoes. For the price of meal not worth it.
I would not go again especially with so many great eating places in Victoria. We visit Victoria every year.

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w
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ate here 2 years ago when it first opened and Elliott Kempster was the mgr. While on our holiday in Tofino we had 3 meals at the Oyster House. We brought friends with us the 2nd and 3rd time and all of us raved about the quality of the meal and the ambience. In 2017 we returned but the OH was closed for the season. Our meal on Saturday night was superb as was the ambience and service.One of the people who joined us in 2016 was with us again and he was as happy as my wife and I with the service etc. He is operating the BriMar B&B and is expecting 3 guests from France in early September and has made reservations to take the French contingency. He is also going to recommend OH to other guests.It is a pleasure to see a restaurant continue to deliver high quality food ad and service rather than resting on it's laurels.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Patio was great and the drinks were good. Service was unbelievably slow considering it wasn’t that busy. It took nearly 2 hours for our meal and the server didn’t give us any updates. When the meal came the waiter spilt crab water on us and didn’t even apologize I’d highly recommend having a Caesar with an oyster in it and then going somewhere else.

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LB
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We were seated at a very busy high top table next to the door. This is despite reserving more than a month ago. It was probably the least desirable table in the restaurant. My husband had the mussels. At least 40% did not open- he enquired but was rebuffed by server 1. Server 2 offered to take it off the bill (but when the bill came it wasn’t). Our other dishes were mediocre at best. My dungeness crab at $27 was probably about 2oz of crab max. We had to go for Pizza afterwards. Honestly the room is nice - but the place is a scam. We will not be dining again and have canceled our reservation for later in the week. BTW the other meals we have had in Tofino have been excellent. Highly recommend Wolf in the Fog ... We dine out frequently for pleasure and business- at home and in other locations when traveling. We preferentially use Open Table because of the service, convenience and honesty of the reviews (on most part). Please save your money and dine elsewhere.

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere; fantastic oysters and fish. Beautiful sunset!

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SD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant! What a wonderful evening over the sunset!!

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K
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Walking in, you see the view over the water and turn right to see the bar with six or eight types of oysters piled up behind. You order a cocktail and the oyster man explains the qualities of each oyster variety. You go to your seat to order some great mussels and the oysters arrive, fresh and wonderful. The poached halibut is sublime, the risotto with a side of scallops is great comfort food, and a dessert shared by all tops it off. If we lived here, we'd be regulars!

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C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Buon ristorante di pesce sulla baia di Tofino. Servizio piuttosto lento.

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a
Munich
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Das Icehouse wurde uns empfohlen und wir saßen im Sonnenuntergang auf der Terrasse und haben die vorzüglichen Austern genossen. Auch der Weißwein dazu war perfekt gekühlt - insgesamt ein toller Abend!!

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PC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The service wasn’t brilliant. The staffing seemed disorganised. When the food arrived the fish was slightly overcooked. Although inside it was cool and draughty.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant. Strong focus on fresh local seafood. Best seafood plate I have had in Canada. If you visit Tofino and appreciate great seafood then you need to get a table here. Try the oysters and the locally brewed kelp stout. Outstanding!

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