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Drift Cafe & Bistro

4.6
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136 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
Sustainable ingredients.
Located in lower Gibsons on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Drift Cafe & Bistro offers a constantly changing menu of fine West Coast cuisine.

In the summer months our patio is open and our guests can take in incredible views of Keats and Bowen Island as well as the Coast mountains and Salish Sea while enjoying the fresh local fare.

Large groups are welcome, but require a phone call to reserve as we have limited seating - 604-886-5858

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 136 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DarrellR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow we’re do we start, had the best Eggs Benedict ever, sooo tasty, my Wife enjoyed her Buckwheat Waffle and eggs,
Make a reservation very popular place!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Double charged is for appetizers we didn’t order (cauliflower) no kids menu so least expensive dish is $29 and only 4 entre choices. $7 charge for 3 pieces of bread to go with the $29 pasta. Dinner was $468 plus $60 top (although there was one person serving the whole restaurant and we had to stack noir own dirty dishes on the table beside us.

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DennisM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

What a disappointment! Service was so disjointed. Had to repeat our appetizer order twice and they still got it wrong. On the plus side, the view is great.

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CharlotteM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited but excellent menu, friendly staff, yummy eats

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view and relaxed outdoor dining! Excellent food with personalized service. Have taken covid precautions seriously.

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Vals
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t recommend drift highly enough! Superb service and excellent food and drinks. We ate on the patio with a view of the harbour during the rain and they set out blankets and umbrellas, making it perfectly warm and cozy. Can’t wait to return!

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PaulK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice little restaurant. A hidden Gem on the Sunshine Coast and Gibsons. I have been there 3 times now and each time the food has been great.

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DanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and deck, we had a great time.............

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mayas
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary meal at Drift this week. The food, new menu, was OUTSTANDING. We loved our three appetizers, shared main and dessert. The drinks were delicious, and as my husband said, "properly made". The vibe felt safe but fun and the service was excellent.

I hope everyone tries the newly renovated Drift Café & Bistro.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic bistro. Love everything about it, not the least of which is the view!

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KarenL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drift is always our first choice all year long, especially for brunch. Excellent food and a fine ambiance for lingering over good conversation. - KL

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Coastaldiner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a birthday dinner and we were both very satisfied with our 3-course meals. Service was friendly, prompt and unobtrusive.

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Rougette
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Drift is a charming, intimate room overlooking Gibsons Harbour. Great service, great food

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JayB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic food and quaint atmosphere

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ChrisM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Food was fabulous, very nice touch to meet the chef. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food and awesome service. Stephanie is lovely an very accommodating. We always have a wonderful time at the Drift!

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CelineG
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a very pleasant evening dinner , mid week. Too bad they were out of mussels - but everything else was good. Would return again for sure

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RobinIsland
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely experience, knowledgeable and efficient service, delicious food. Only small note is it was almost too quiet. I’d just like to have a conversation without worrying about everyone else in the room in on it so perhaps some quiet music (not yell worthy) or a cracking 🔥, something to muffle others table convos.

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vipBarbaraC
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at Drift - such a gem! The food was excellent, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere small and intimate.

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Penney
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We both had the 3 course dinner- only different and they both were excellent. I wish the weather had been better so that we could’ve enjoyed the view

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to the Drift, the food is delicious, the service is awesome and staff is friendly. They have a good selection of wines and local beers. The patio is absolutely gorgeous, overlooking the ocean and Keats Island. Thank you Stephanie & Tim 😊

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JulieJ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and seafood stew were amazing, the chef is very creative with his use of ingredients making the dishes very special! Highly recommend for excellent food as well as a beautiful setting!

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BarbB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very relaxed, fun restaurant with a unique menu and great service.

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HeatherM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience on the outside patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Pleased to find such a gem in a small town! Food perfect (with exception flank steak, somewhat overdone; no where near as nice as the hanger steak we had previously). Servers and kitchen very kid-friendly for our toddler and baby. View from deck is beautiful.

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SuzanneF
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Brought 4 guests for the first Time
Everyone liked their food very much
Portions a bit on the Small side
Ordered 2 pavlovas and had to take them with us as it took 20 min and some were catching ferry
We were all extremely disappointed as it was not a true Pavlova and no whip cream ❗
I would have sent them back if we had still been at restaurant
2 guest were from new Zealand home if Pavlova

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JulianB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. We were celebrating an anniversary last weekend and were made to feel even more special. A big thank you to all the staff that worked that night!

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vipHRP6
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding. Service was great until we ordered dessert. It seemed the kitchen got busy and we were left for 45 minutes waiting for our dessert to appear even after finishing our coffee. Sadly, our waitress did not follow up with us and we couldn’t track anyone down for sometime to alert them to the issue. Would definitely allow the restaurant a second chance should we be in the neighbourhood again.

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Marmist
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place in the summer when the large deck with a view of the ocean and nearby islands is available. Cozy in the winter months. Outdoor heaters and blankets for the deck when aporopriate. The food is excellent with limited choices. Two entrees with wine and one shared salad and one desert just over $100.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from beginning to end!

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Zoeandnick
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful view, great atmosphere, the food and wine were amazing the duck confit and the chocolate brownie are to die for. Would highly recommend this place

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ManonL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was great ! We were on the patio and the view is just amazing ! Food and wine were great as well

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vipRedkate
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The location of this restaurant is well known to locals in Gibsons but even they are impressed with the views from the deck which are stunning!

Unfortunately, even though they are on Open Table, one is greeted as a walk in because the staff does not have access to it. Luckily we were able to have a table on the deck as the inside dining section is virtually empty on a nice evening. Since they don’t look at the reservation data, they had no idea it was my husband’s 70th birthday so it was not acknowledged.

The food was great: pork belly and duck confit were outstanding. Dessert pavlova would have been better eaten 12 hours earlier.

Staff is essentially competent but there were significant gaps in service and we did not really feel valued as local diners.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would have given 5 stars but the tuna was too salty. Everything else was great.

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MazyM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I think we caught it on a too busy night. My steak was wet and bland and our appetizer of salmon rillet was reminiscent of canned salmon salad. I loved the ambience, service and wine selection and would give them another shot.

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ChuckK
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered from the new Summer Season menu - perfect.

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ChuckK
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well thought out menu
Flavorful, well prepared food
Knowledgeable wine guidance, very good pairing capability
Friendly attentive unobtrusive service

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Shera
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great menu! Staff are friendly and informative. Cute atmosphere. Awesome view on the patio!

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AmyE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drift is a charming, well run, little gem with a gorgeous view. The food is delicious and we will definitely come again. We were particularly impressed with the service.

FAQs

Drift Cafe & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 886-5858.

Drift Cafe & Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.