1909 Kitchen – Tofino Resort + Marina

4.3
54 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Regional American (Northwest)
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
Honouring the history of our coastal locale, our restaurant was named after the year Tofino got its name. With a fresh take on local ingredients, our shared plates are devised by up-and-coming chef with an impressive pedigree, Paul Moran. Unwind off the water with wood-fired bites or a libation inspired by the tides.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Regional American (Northwest), Pacific Rim
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(250) 726-6122
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Paul Moran
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Free Parking + EV Park.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 54 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.1
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

We were visiting Tofino for the first time and found 1909 online. We had a reservation but they seated us at a table with the sun beating in on us. There were no shades. It was hot and uncomfortable. The waitress took our order and only came back to our table once. My husband had to flag down a bus girl to get more coffee and to get our check. No one offered us bread. We ordered halibut and the broccoli side dish. Halibut was very good but the broccoli was tough, small in portion (it was supposed to feed two) and NOT worth the $7 we paid for it. The location and view were good. We won't be going back to 1909 if we visit Tofino again.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The place is in a wonderful location and it has a great vibe. The menu is interesting with good variety. The only flaw was the service that was a bit slow. I would still recommend it.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great meal and service. We were on the deck on a beautiful warm night with a great view.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

One of the best place to eat, and the view is amazing ! Perfect place for a romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food was what you’d expect from a vancouver fine dining restaurant. All locally sourced, wine list was perfect. The view was beautiful. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The setting, right on the harbour in Tofino, is beautiful, with big windows offering lovely views and the food is even better. The chef is creative and innovative, using local ingredients to make exciting new dishes. Everything the 4 of us ate (and shared) was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Eclectic and imaginative variety of seasonal and local fare. This beautiful restaurant, on the water, encourages sharing of small plates to enjoy a variety of well prepared food. John, our server, was attentive and fun. Beautiful view.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Waiter was very nice, great atmosphere. Food very bland and not worth the price.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

A fabulous location on the water with lots of small boat traffic, fishermen, divers, kayakers, eagles, seals and the occasional sea lion to distract you, while you enjoy good service and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Service and food are always delicious - love the interior.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very nice location on the water front. Relaxing place to sit and have wine and enjoy a meal. We were not aware that it was mostly appetizers to be shared.
We had a very nice you g man wait on us who was very patient and quick to he us.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Local food cooked to perfection! Not a large menu but very very well done. We had Mother's Day dinner (supper if you are a prairie person) and breakfast the following morning. All cooked to perfection, highlighting the food itself and not overly spiced or sauced. We were impressed!

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A great location and the restaurant was well designed but it was the most over-priced, poor food and slow service that I have ever seen in Tofino. Other than a nice view there is no reason to ever return.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This place was amazing! I came here for my birthday dinner and the staff were so great, the food was amazing and the location and decor is so cool! Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

An absolutely lovely spot with great service! We really enjoyed our dinner at 1909. The dining room is beautifully designed and has a great view. The food was really well executed and the cocktails were spot on! We had a capicola pizza, the crust was perfection and toppings were high quality, a cauliflower dish that was very creative and a definite standout, and clams & muscles which were in a unique carrot broth that we both really enjoyed, only low point was a few of the clams weren’t opened. Overall our experience was great and we would definitely return. We thought the quality of food was high and the price point reasonable. Thanks for a great night!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We will be back the next time we are in Tofino. Great food and really nice serving staff.
Lynda and Chris

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was awesome. Will defiantly go back on our next trip to tofino. Wished we ordered less food so we had room for dessert.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great view. Friendly service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed an excellent dinner at 1909 Kitchen! We had rosemary bread for starters which was delicious. I had the miso infused black cod and tofu. It was amazing! My favorite meal in Tofino! My date had the Capocola Pizza which he enjoyed tremendously! We had pavlova for dessert!!! Overall, it was an excellent dinner!

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The view is amazing. The food was good, a little pricey, but good. One of my favorites by far.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a great evening. Service was friendly and authentic. Food was terrific .
The Hatch for lunch later in the week was not as good. Service slow and food was OK.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

GREAT food and the view and setting is AMAZING!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was very good, and the ambiance was wonderful. The server just wasn’t very experienced with food allergies, and it was a bit slow. But I’d go back.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Definitely check it out!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for the set menu dinner on Valentine’s Day, they served oysters and tuna tacos to start, a fire oven margarita pizza lamb shank and arugula salad for the main and a caramel ice creams something for desert. Everything we ate was delicious! Our daughter got the fish and quinoa off the kids menu and got a very nice piece of salmon. Over all we were very impressed.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We shared the Avocado and shrimp, and it was so delicious . I would highly recommend that dish. One of the best things we ate all weekend.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved this place for dinner! Food was awesome, had the share platter and would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely setting on the water - our server Carter was attentive to our needs and quick to recommend the thin crust carnivore pizza and was able to locate a Pinot noir that was not on the menu to enhance the dinner

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The chef has created a menu that will accomodate singles or, better yet, couples or groups as the menu includes many "plates" that can be shared between diners and the dishes are inventive and delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food in a great location? Sold! We will return for sure on our next Tofino visit!

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Not bad. It’s realy a pizza place with a few other things. Not really what I expected. Probably crowded in summer time because of the setting.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

An employee at our hotel told us about this restaurant. When we first arrived at the restaurant we were a bit concerned as there was no one around to take us to our table. However, within ten minutes a very nice hostess came by, apologized for the delay and Seated us. We were impressed by the variety of entrees and an attentive waiter took our orders as soon as we were ready. We started with a very fresh and flavourful shrimp stuffed avocado and salad. It shows on the menu as vegan but of course it’s not because it has shrimp in it - which we love. Most of the items noted as vegan are not truly vegan, so vegans beware. We also ordered the lamb which was perfectly braised and exceptionally delicious. The shrimp pacoras were crisp and full of exotic flavours.
We loved the homemade bread which was a wonderful, crusty rustica type.
We left 1909 with big smiles on our faces. We’ll definitely be back when we next visit Tofino.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was very good and offered unique farm to table options. The pizza was good but incredibly soggy which resulted I toppings sliding off. I would suggest the restaurant considers thicker tomato sauce which I believe would alleviate this problem. Service was very inconsistent and disorganized. I believe they were short staffed the evening we dined. Still the restaurant was far from busy and there needs to be a more organized way of providing attentive service. It took forever to get drinks delivered to us. I could not figure out what the problem was as the bar section was not extremely busy. I had a definite sense that more attention was paid to locals vs. visitors. Just my impression . Staff was extremely friendly

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

We ate dinner at 1909 while on holiday in Tofino, choosing the restaurant based on having seen a magazine article about the chef's farm to table philosophy and foraging background. The food was absolutely delicious, and our waiter Mike was knowledgeable and friendly. We were there on a cold and rainy night so couldn't really enjoy the view, but the restaurant was cozy with a fire. We would definitely recommend as a place for a great meal.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

It was an outstanding meal - the best of our time in Tofino. Everything was very creative and delicious.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

This is definitely a secret gem in Tofino — we absolutely loved our dining experience here. We ordered the chefs special (4 course dinner) and it was amazing!! All we can say is that the chef there really knows how to curate a tasting menu — everything was absolutely delicious. Our server Michael was really knowledgeable and very well-experienced; we really enjoyed his service. Whenever we find ourselves back in Tofino, we will definitely be returning to 1909 Kitchen.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was excellent! The choices were varied. I like the sharing concept. I would definitely return 😁

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The black cod and the steak were absolute stars of the night! My boyfriend said they served the best tiramisu he’s ever had — which says a lot because he always orders this dessert when we go out. We will definitely be returning to 1909 when we come back to Tofino!

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Really wished we had a better experience here. The food was cold and tasteless. The waiter had zero interest in us. We could not wait to pay and leave. Very disappointed and we won't be back.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Great, romantic spot for dinner and LOVED our server, Curtis. Dan Hamhuis eats at my restaurant in Smithers, BC every Summer so I thought I should try out his newest venture:)) Will definitely go again when in Tofino next time!!

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