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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
“Busy bustling in the eve and a great place to meet the locals. Try the Surf Bowl or just go there to have a drink (you still have to drive tho! :-) ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The chef graduated from The Culinary Guilt in the states and she is offering a vast vegetarian-based cuisine. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You can't go to Tofino without visiting the Tacofino food truck. Enough said. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Ok, the food is very good as it should - Chef Nutting is serious about food and used to be the head chef of the Wickaninnish Inn. The staff tho can be pretty pretentious and attitudey. Whatever you read in the magazines are to be taken with a few grains of salt, as the investor gas friends in the publishing industry. You need reservations to enjoy the 'upstairs' whereas the downstairs pub is first come first serve.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Food
“Tofino craft beer at it's finest. A great place to hang out and taste their latest beer creations. Also a great spot to hang out should the Tsunami horn sound. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There are two of these, and one is a secret spot, at Pacific Sands Resort. Great burgers, poutine, pork carnitas, delicious breakfast ciabbata sandwich, gumbo, chowder...the list goes on. Outdoor seating, with some cover. Watch out for the crows, they know a good thing when they see it...unattended.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing homemade chocolates, ice cream and desserts. Tuesdays are buy one pint get one free! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“Have a glass of wine or a beer in their Great Room, watch surfers at Cox Bay, or the sunset.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“I heard only very good things about this joint, but haven't been there recently. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Place to shop
“The co-op is where you will want to do your grocery shop. A full service grocery store that has everything you might need.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Small but amazing how much they fir in this small store... Fresh veggies, pastries, munchies, and more :-)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Transportation
“a free shuttle is provided in the summer months to get people from downtown to the local beaches AND they take surf boards!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bakery
“Order at the counter anything from a cheese bun to eggs and potatoes. This place has been a mainstay of downtown Tofino forever--the place we go to when the power is out, when the kids need a school lunch, when it's dreary and you need a cozy nook to read your book. Best to avoid in peak summer months unless you go early in the morning.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“Live to Surf is the closest place to rent a surf board, wetsuits and to get any surf or skate related things you may have forgotten.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
$$$
“Best seafood in town, locals favourite, longest running restaurant in town, family owned and operated ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Great beach that is about 2.5 km long (one way) and one of the few beaches in Tofino that allows beach fires (when there are no fire bans.)”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Busy bustling in the eve and a great place to meet the locals. Try the Surf Bowl or just go there to have a drink (you still have to drive tho! :-) ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“The chef graduated from The Culinary Guilt in the states and she is offering a vast vegetarian-based cuisine. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You can't go to Tofino without visiting the Tacofino food truck. Enough said. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Ok, the food is very good as it should - Chef Nutting is serious about food and used to be the head chef of the Wickaninnish Inn. The staff tho can be pretty pretentious and attitudey. Whatever you read in the magazines are to be taken with a few grains of salt, as the investor gas friends in the publishing industry. You need reservations to enjoy the 'upstairs' whereas the downstairs pub is first come first serve.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There are two of these, and one is a secret spot, at Pacific Sands Resort. Great burgers, poutine, pork carnitas, delicious breakfast ciabbata sandwich, gumbo, chowder...the list goes on. Outdoor seating, with some cover. Watch out for the crows, they know a good thing when they see it...unattended.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing homemade chocolates, ice cream and desserts. Tuesdays are buy one pint get one free! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“Have a glass of wine or a beer in their Great Room, watch surfers at Cox Bay, or the sunset.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“I heard only very good things about this joint, but haven't been there recently. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

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