Chances are that you are coming to Squamish for adventure. You’re spending your day(s) out in the wild making memories and using up every ounce of energy you have to make the most of your trip. This kind of adventure can leave you feeling full of happiness… and hunger.
Where can you go when the hunger pangs are calling you? Check out this list of seven places to eat in Squamish, and you will never have to ask that question again.
Locavore is not your ordinary run of the mill food truck. This is a food truck run by two Squamish locals that understand where good food comes from. They went from previously running their own farm in the Squamish valley to now running the Locavore truck; they offer food made from the freshest most local ingredients they can find. You won’t find a microwave or deep fryer on this food truck, as Steve the co-owner says, “Everyone deserves good food, natural food. Foods that make you happy, foods that make you feel good.”
Everything is made fresh to order, all sauces are handmade and made from the highest quality local ingredients. The menu is simple and offers you a choice selection of sandwiches, salads and sides. Take your food to go or sit in the sun filled courtyard at a picnic table. With every item on the menu being under $10, it’s great value.
Two of our must-try dishes:
There is not one but two types of bacon on this sandwich, so you really can’t go wrong with this choice. We chose to have ours on a baguette and it was filled with so much deliciousness that it will leave you wanting to come back again and again! The sandwich was filled with eggs, bacon, cheese, bacon jam, locally sourced greens and tomato.
This is an excellent vegetarian option. The burger is made with kale, mushrooms, quinoa and pumpkin, topped with onion, lettuce and tomato, and of course they add their delicious homemade sauce. If you are feeling a little cheeky and want to go for the “meaty” version of the burger, ask for a “Hypocrite”. This is a local’s special – veggie burger with bacon!
*All sandwiches can be made on a baguette, soft bun or gluten-free wrap.
While you’re at Locavore, make sure to stop in at the Cloudburst Cafe, a wonderful spot to grab a latte, cappuccino or to try their cold brew coffee that is brewed in house. The baristas are always smiling and eager to serve you a coffee that looks as good as it tastes.
Address: 1861 Mamquam Rd
If you are looking for something a bit more off the beaten track, you should try The Living Room. Tucked away just off of Highway 99, located in the Executive Suites, this sit down restaurant overlooks a beautiful small lake filled with ducks and geese and looks out onto the Squamish hills nearby. This is the perfect location for a quiet meal with a bit of more of a refined flare, without the high city prices.
The focus is on taste and presentation as, “People look before they eat”, says the Manager Tommy. The food looks beautiful on the plate and tastes equally delicious. The menu changes seasonally, and they love customer feedback on dishes to add to the menu. If it’s summer, be sure to sit on the outdoor patio for the views, and if it’s rainy outside, the lounge atmosphere inside is cozy and encourages you linger while savouring every bite of your meal.
Two of our must-try dishes:
Rare Black Sesame Crusted Tuna
A perfectly seared yellowfin tuna steak comes served over a bed of spaghetti squash which is dressed in a subtly flavoured lemon butter sauce and green beans cooked al dente. The flavours are delicate, fresh and delicious.
For something with a richer more savoury flavour, try the Philly Cheesesteak. Served on a half loaf of Filone bread it is stuffed with melt in your mouth sliced beef steak slathered in cream cheese aioli with layers of sauteed peppers, onions and melted cheddar cheese.
Address: 40900 Tantalus Rd
The Crabapple Cafe is a restaurant that will get you excited to eat out! With a menu that caters to all tastes, and a big focus on plant based, fresh, natural food options, you will always be able to satisfy any appetite. All food is sourced as locally as possible and they even grow some of the greens they use on-site, which you can see as you walk through the restaurant. The owner Tim is focused on giving people healthy, delicious options that they will want to eat time and time again. Open 7 days a week with live music every Wednesday and Friday, this is a spot you will want to check out on your next trip through Squamish.
Not only is it located in the quaint village of Brackendale just outside of Squamish and one minute off of the highway, it has a charming open air seating area with heaters that can be used year-round. The staff are incredibly friendly and if you are having a hard time deciding which delicious dish to try, be sure to ask your server as they always have the best recommendations.
Two of our must-try dishes:
Red Thai Curry
This is Thai curry done right. Smooth, spicy and slightly sweet coconut curry sauce filled to the brim with perfectly cooked shrimp, mixed bell peppers and broccoli. It’s served with a generous portion of white rice to soak up all of the coconuty curry goodness.
A delicious vegan dish for a lighter option. It’s made with carrots, beets, rice & hummus, all wrapped in a collard leaf with a miso vinaigrette dip. The collard wrap is slightly tenderized so it doesn’t tear and keeps all of the deliciousness inside to ensure that each and every bite is a perfect taste of veggie goodness.
Address: 41701 Government Rd
Nestled on the banks of the Squamish River with views over to the Tantalus Mountain Range, you would be hard pressed to find a restaurant with better views than Watershed Bar & Grill. They boast winning awards such as 3rd Best Waterfront Restaurant, 3rd Best Burger, and Best Late Night Spot in Squamish. While you sit and eat your generously portioned meal, you may spot eagles flying around the banks of the river, bears lumbering to catch fish, and seals playing in the rapids.
This is a spot to hang out, chill and relax for good food and great service after a day out playing on the trails. You will be welcomed with smiling faces and good food, so don’t rush your visit at the Watershed; make sure to soak in the atmosphere while you enjoy their scrumptious eats.
Two of our must try dishes:
This is one of the local favourites and you can see why! A decadent portion of brie is baked to bubbling perfection and served with red onion jam, a whole roasted garlic bulb, and lightly dressed garden salad. To top it all off, it comes with a half loaf of crusty french bread that has been partially cut to allow you to tear it apart chunk by chunk as you smear each piece in gooey brie.
Juicy, succulent, tastes like more. Just a few of the words that came to our mind as we sank our teeth into the fresh organic beef patty. A homemade peppercorn sauce added a warm spice at each bite. The burger aws accompanied with beer battered fries that were perfectly crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.
Address: 41101 Government Rd
Downtown Squamish, you will find Zephyr cafe on Cleveland Avenue, the main street in town. With indoor and outdoor seating, it creates a local hub for people to grab a coffee, a bite to eat and stellar views of the Chief. Adrian, the owner, is excited to “bridge people to good food”, so offers a range of organic, fresh, plant based, vegetarian, vegan and raw options.
With a large menu and plenty of variety, including lot’s of meat options and tons of grab and go dishes, it’s a great place to stop for a morning coffee before you head out, grab a lunch wrap for the trail, or stop on your way back to refuel with a healthy, nutrient packed dinner. The cafe is open from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm, so it makes it convenient to stop before or after your day out.
Two of our must-try dishes:
Super Veggie Wrap
This is the perfect lunch for on the trail. Grab one to go with your morning coffee and it will stay fresh and delicious until you unwrap it at lunch. Filled to the brim with fresh vegetables, it packs a veggie punch that will give you the good fuel you need for your day out. Or eat in and it will be served with one of their tasty homemade soups.
Raw Pad Thai
Yes, you read that right… it’s RAW and it’s amazing! Think zucchini noodles, carrots, beets and cilantro all smothered in a delicious cashew butter coconut milk Thai sauce. If you have never tried a raw dish, this should definitely be your first and it certainly won’t be your last. Absolutely delectable with a hint of heat married with the creaminess of the coconut cashew, this dish will leave you dreaming about your next visit to the cafe.
Address: 38084 Cleveland Ave
If you are looking for a little caffeine kick and a sweet treat, then Bean in Brackendale is a must stop. Just off Highway 99 (aka the Sea-to-Sky Highway) in Brackendale, it’s a great place to stop in the morning, as they open at 5:30 am, to grab a coffee and a muffin or a breakfast sandwich/wrap. Not an early bird, no problem. They stay open until 6:00 pm during the winter months, which gives you ample time to stop in during the day or even after a day out to fuel up with homemade goodness. Everything is baked on-site with the best quality ingredients, as Steve the owner says, “The cafe is not into serving synthetic food”. You can taste the difference!
Steve is a 20 year local that loves to bring some of the Squamish culture into the cafe. You will find hand milled wooden table tops and a cedar coffee bar that he made from wood that was sourced from his time co-building one of the best known bike trails around, Half Nelson. There is plenty of seating inside and out and ample parking, so you can be sure to always find a spot. Steve is extremely friendly and is often at the cafe, so be sure to stop by and say hi and ask him about his time spent out on the trails in Squamish!
Two of our must try-dishes:
Morning Glory Muffin
Baked with organic spelt flour, carrot, apple, sunflower seeds & demerara sugar, this makes the perfect breakfast muffin. Jammed full of hearty ingredients, this muffin is sure to fuel you up. Lightly sweetened with sugar, you can taste the subtle flavours of apple and carrot throughout. Packed with goodness yet still moist, it is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee.
This is something a little bit more decadent and sure to please your tastebuds. Soft, fluffy dough intermingled with gentle flavours of cinnamon, demerara sugar and raisins and finished with a smearing of sweet frosting, this is a must have.
Address: 41340 Government Rd
Location, location, location. Located on Squamish Valley Road, this cafe is nestled right on the banks of the Cheakamus River. Originally a fishing lodge from the 50’s that went by the name of Ferguson’s and was nicknamed Fergie’s, it is now a delightful cafe that serves locally sourced produce and unique dishes that are all made in house. Everything from the Sausage of the Week to the Smoked Pulled Pork are to die for.
Eat your meal at a picnic bench amongst the leafy trees out front, or sit on a sun-soaked patio while you listen to the calming sound of the river nearby. The views are not the only thing that will bring a smile to your face when visiting Fergie’s. The food will leave you grinning ear to ear, as every dish is created with a touch of Fergie’s love and the freshest of ingredients. Open 7 days a week, there is always an opportunity to enjoy a moment of food bliss at Fergie’s.
Two of our must-try dishes:
Pulled Pork Sandwich
This is a simple sandwich that allows the pulled pork to do all of the flavouring. The pulled pork is subtly tossed in a sauce that creates a gentle smokiness with each bite. It’s served on a soft floured bun with fresh lightly dressed coleslaw inside that adds a crunch to each soft meaty bite. On the side, you will find a garden salad that compliments the heartiness of the pulled pork well.
The Egg’s Benny is what Fergie’s is famous for, and for good reason. A homemade buttery biscuit is your first delicious layer, on top of which sits a thin slice of Granny Smith apple, topped with a poached egg gently cooked to perfection and covered in a rich, lemony hollandaise sauce. This alone would be enough to send your taste buds tingling, but they manage to entice you even more with a generous helping of crispy bacon bites scattered on top and a side of seasoned diced potatoes to soak up all of the yolky goodness.
Address: 70002 Squamish Valley Rd
Never again will you have to ask the question of where to find good eats in Squamish. This list of excellent local restaurants and cafes will be sure to satisfy every craving, and perhaps give you a reason to come visit Squamish!
Dining in Squamish, British Columbia
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