Rob’s Lighthouse Eatery in Cowichan Bay

Fish and chips at Rob's Lighthouse Eatery, Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaEating outdoors is a rite of summer for us, whether we are at home or on the road. It is one of the great pleasures of the season, especially when a dining experience turns up a happy new find like Rob’s Lighthouse Eatery, located on the main drag in Cowichan Bay.

We have traipsed ‘through’ this place countless times during our visits to the pretty seaside village – the community walkway cuts between the the Rob’s Lighthouse Eatery food dispensary and its covered outdoor eating area. We finally stopped long enough to sample the fare during a trip back from Victoria. We were in search of lunch, and the menu at this place certainly didn’t disappoint.

Covered patio at Rob's Lighthouse Eatery, cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British columbia

The covered patio offeres protection from the elements and great people watching

The culinary offerings included breakfast plates, paninis, hamburgers, wraps, salads, seafood – and a kids menu. We both had a hankering for fish and chips on this particular day, so broke our standing rule of each ordering something different with the intent of reporting more variety in the blog posts. Judging by what arrived at the tables of others dining at Rob’s fish and chips are a perennial favourite. One table ordered wraps that they deemed delicious and very filling (no surprise, judging by the size of them).

We ordered at the window and settled in to a corner table under cover that allowed us to enjoy the various lighthouse-themed items that adorn Rob’s. There are several tables beyond the covered area as well, and a pretty water fountain featuring – you guessed it – lighthouses.

Lighthouse water feature at Rob's Lighthouse Eatery, Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The water feature next to the patio includes, of course, lighthouses

Lunch arrived within a reasonable amount of time. A large, lightly-battered piece of flavourful cod arrived atop some of the best hand-cut fries I have had the pleasure of consuming. The fish batter was light and crispy, and the chips were crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Clearly, Rob’s has mastered the art of the perfect French fry! The meal was accompanied by a generous scoop of really good cole slaw finished with a light dill dressing – a nice change from the usual pre-made stuff that often arrives with a plate of fish and chips. Even the tartar sauce was special.

Having now sampled Rob’s fish and chips I am keen to return and try some of their other menu items. The prawns look especially appealing.

sign for Rob's Lighthouse Eatery, Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaSo, a nice meal diversion if you are traipsing around Cowichan Bay and looking for a generous, freshly-prepared meal served with good sides and great cheer. Our lunch was large enough, in fact, that it became our dinner, and I didn’t have to cook that night. Another advantage to eating at this charming little place!

Further information about Rob’s Lighthouse Eatery can be found on their Facebook page.

Price rating: $

The eatery is located at 1751 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay.

GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat.: 48.740540 Long.: -123.621133

 48° 44′ 25.944” N 123° 37′ 16.0788” W


About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers.
In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

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