Bear & Joey

4.6
258 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Café
Nestled on the border of Downtown and Fairfield, Bear & Joey is a neighbourhood meeting hub on Cook Street, Victoria B.C.
Our aim was to create a vibrant & spacious backdrop for people of all walks of life to gather, socialize, and enjoy wholesome food.
Morning coffee, brunch or drinks, this is our interpretation of Sydney’s café culture, by combining elevated ambiance, an interesting food & drink programme and above all, true hospitality.
We are so happy to call Victoria home, and privileged to be apart of your rich culinary community.

We hope you enjoy-
Pete & Steph

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 258 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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BonnieB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Baked eggs was watery. Had it before and it had more chili and hardy Disappointing
Tuna salad was amazing!

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Lana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful decor and friendly staff. The mushroom toast was amazing!

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Emily
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Been wanting to come since I’ve moved to Vancouver! Very nice greeter but a bit slower with service. All around great experience

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Emily! We are so happy to have finally been able to welcome you! Our apologies the service speed missed the mark on your visit :( We do hope to have you back many more times to make up for it :)

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JenniferS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time at this amazing restaurant! Food was delicious and prompt. Nice that they cut off reservations at 07:00am for that day allowing for walk ins.

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much JenniferS! We hope to continue to welcome you back many more times :)

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AnnieS
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I love Bear & Joey …..The food , the service and ambiance are always consistently very good……
Anne.

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much AnnieS!

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Cathy
Edmonton
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was amazing and a lovely venue. the music was very loud and as a result people were quite loud as well to hear each other. the waitress did turn it down after I mentioned how difficult it was to hear her and to hear people at my table. Overall a very nice experience and would go back.

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much Cathy! We do hope to have you back many more times! So sorry about the music, some songs come on a little stronger than others. We are always happy to turn it down, or up!, on guest request :)

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Met my partner for a lunch date. It’s the perfect little spot to sneak away too.

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Love this! Thank you so much!

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JenM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My fave place to brunch in Victoria! The menu always impresses and the flat whites are amazing!!!

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much JenM! We are blushing!

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Jessie
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this cafe. Great aesthetics, super cute design and the food is also amazing. In my opinion they also make some of the best cappuccinos in town.

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much Jessie! Our Baristas are so passionate about what they do and we are happy to see it shows :)

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SamanthaL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It’s a beautiful restaurant. The food was very tasty and they have some of the best bacon I have ever had! Really enjoyed our breakfast.

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GrahamW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been dining here almost since they opened, and we will continue to enjoy excellent food presented in a friendly, professionally-run environment.

Bear & Joey
Responded 4 days ago

And we absolutely love welcoming you back every time :)

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is so delicious and it was the perfect feel for a brunch date with a friend.

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SallyW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Lovely decor. The staff is attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend Bear & Joey

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StefanieS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect as per usual. :) We are loving the new menu!

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KratzLnL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place in Victoria!!!
Thanks for a wonderful brunch with friends and family.

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DeeB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I always recommend to anyone who will listen. One of my favourite places to go.
Only four stars simply because, no matter how good, no one is perfect so there’s always room for improvement
Cheers.

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IesC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Very beautiful place, great scenery and atmosphere. The food was really good but not very big portions for the price you pay. And we felt pressured to leave rather fast as soon as our plates were taken away. So service could've been a little better.

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Gord
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, every time. Can be noisy at times, but that's fine. Great bright room, great vibe, great service, delicious fresh food. I never turn down a chance to meet up here for breakfast or dinner... always impressed.

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neighbour
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Far too loud. Could not hold a conversation, tables too close and with all that shouting covid possibilities exist despite vac passports. Will not be back for indoor dining.

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TammyR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere and staff were amazing, the food is incredible. I highly recommended lunch/brunch.

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KristieS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was great, incredible brunch. I only wish our server came by a little more often to ask if we wanted more coffee (the mugs were small). Nice interior ambiance, but since it was so busy it was noisy, but that’s to be expected at a popular spot! I would go again.

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Foodiefamily
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience at Bear & Joey. Happy to see them continuing to thrive in our neighborhood.

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JoanneR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We really enjoy this lunch spot. The food is fresh, the plating attractive. It was a cold miserable day that we visited and we wished there was a soup to warm us up. The menu is limited so I think a daily soup option in the winter would be popular, especially served with a local baguette to dunk it in!

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Diana
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m from Vancouver where there are many brunch places. But, Bear & Joey was by far the best brunch experience I’ve ever had!

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CrystalT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Nice atmosphere but the food wasn’t very good. Two of us ordered baked eggs and they were over cooked. We sent one dish back and by the time it arrived at the table everyone else had finished eating. We were encourage to order fried potatoes to share as well which no on touched because they weren’t good. Overall very expensive experience for poor quality food, but the coffee was at least fresh!

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AndyW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has been our go-to brunch spot for the last year. Always incredible food, service, and decor. We will be back ;)

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Maureen
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love eating at Bear and Joey My daughter from Vancouver always says she would love a Bear and Joey in Vancouver!

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ShaneK
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a great experience at your cafe. If there was anything to comment on, I personally found the sound levels a little loud…I had a hard time hearing my friend across the table.

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JoanneR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We had a great lunch . All three plates were exceptional looking and tasted really good.My only complaint is that the music was quite loud ,making it difficult to have a conversation.

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vipEats
Vancouver
87 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful space and the food was delicious!!

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CrystalB
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant for brunch, unique delicious ever changing menu.

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Dean
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Weird vibe. When I arrived at my reservation time the hostess seemed to be more concerned that I get out of there within their time limit rather than actually making me feel welcome. The server was warm and pleasant but it took 15 minutes before I could even order a coffee. My breakfast sandwich was dry and bland, however the bun was red so that's cool I guess? The potatoes were undercooked and were flavorless other than the mint sauce that was drizzled over them. My girlfriend's turkey bowl was actually pretty good though, and it was a good thing she couldn't eat the whole thing otherwise I would have left hungry. I wish I could have relaxed and enjoyed the scenery a little more without feeling rushed from the initial "greeting". Overall the experience was all over the place, decent atmosphere, half of the food was good, the service came with a smile and a time limit although they were a little slow themselves, and got $10 off because of their gift card promotion. Also there is no men's washroom. 2/5

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Janelle
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

the food was good and the drink options were good. However it was too loud and too packed, it was difficult to hear the person I was with.

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JoAnne
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Breakfast Sandwich, pork belly sandwich and Mushroom Duxelles all delicious and beautifully presented. All dishes passing us with servers looked delicious! We expect you would be happy with anything on the menu.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place to have brunch. Went with a couple girl friends and had such a great time. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was perfect. Our servers were really great, the service was prompt and we felt really taken care of. Would highly recommend. The only problem we had was that we couldn’t decide what to get, everything looked amazing!

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philglo
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

great service, very good food lots of fun will happily return

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LindaB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch. My only comment is that the noise wasn’t conducive to having a conversation easily.

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AnnieS
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service ……Just a lovely place to go !…..

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EricaJ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious healthy options and beautiful decor. A must try in Victoria. Scones are phenomenal.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the best brunch I have ever had! I loved the atmosphere and decor, the food was exquisite, well-portioned, and both interesting and delicious. I have several allergies (gluten, potato, dairy) and was still able to have lots of options! The drinks were so beautiful.

FAQs

Bear & Joey is rated 4.6 stars by 258 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.