The Breakwater Restaurant

The Breakwater - Restaurant LogoRestaurant: The Breakwater Restaurant
Cuisine: West Coast
Address: 4330 South Island Hwy, Courtenay, BC V9N 9R9
Summary: Situated within the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa, The Breakwater Restaurant serves fresh, contemporary West Coast cuisine sourced from local suppliers and offers an amazing scenic view. Although pricey, the quality standard and taste of the food, along with the service, met up to its price tag, so I would come back to eat here again if I was staying at the resort.

So sorry for another late update! I have been busy slaving away at work and entertaining the boyfriend while he was in town. We just went to Vancouver Island for a short getaway trip.

For the first night, we stayed at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa up in Courtenay by Nanaimo, thanks to a coworker’s recommendation. The package that we booked included a visit per person to the Pacific Mist Hydropath Spa and a dining credit of $30 per person to The Breakwater Restaurant. Not to get off the topic of food, but the hydropath was really a unique and interactive spa experience – we definitely felt relaxed and rejuvated afterwards! I highly recommend you to check it out!

The Breakwater Restaurant is situated right within the resort and its name speaks of the heritage and history of the Comox Valley by the ocean. The restaurant serves fresh, contemporary West Coast cuisine sourced from local suppliers and offers an amazing scenic view of the shoreline.

The Breakwater - Restaurant Interior Decor
The Breakwater – Restaurant Interior (day), image source: Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

Unfortunately during this time of the year, it gets dark real fast and since we went for dinner around 8pm, we didn’t get much of a view, just pure blackness with a few lights in the distance. The restaurant was pretty quiet when we went, with just a few customers, so it wasn’t busy.

This was what we ordered and ate between the two of us:

The Breakwater - Raw Shucked Local OystersRaw Shucked Local Oysters
Good
The oysters were kushi (my favourite) and tasted very fresh, not to mention sustainable as Holliewood Oysters takes back any oysters that the restaurant doesn’t sell to refeed them so that no oysters go to waste. Even the grated horse radish was very fresh.
Would order again
The Breakwater - Local HalibutLocal Halibut
Good
The halibut was hazelnut crusted with bacon and apple vinaigrette, bringing out creative and inspiring flavours. The gnocchi was flavourful, but slightly overcooked as they were more soft and I prefer them to be Q. Side veggies were good too.
Would order again
The Breakwater - Grilled AAA SirloinGrilled AAA Sirloin
Good
I loved the taste of truffle oil with blue cheese – the flavours were pure bliss in my mouth! We ordered medium rare, it was cooked right but slightly more medium than medium rare. Like the halibut, even the side veggies and potatoes were yummy too.
Would order again

We used up all of our $60 dining credit and paid an extra $45 which included the taxes and tip.


The Breakwater Restaurant

  • Quality: Fresh, quality ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Every dish tasted delicious.
    • Raw Shucked Local Oysters – Good. Fresh kushi with fresh horse radish.
    • Local Halibut – Good. Creative and inspiring flavours for the crust.
    • Grilled AAA Sirloin – Good. The truffle oil with blue cheese was pure bliss.
  • Quantity: Moderate, medium-sized portions. We were full from sharing an appetizer and having an entree each.
  • Ambience: Medium-sized restaurant offering a scenic view of the shoreline. Gears towards fine dining with a warm, quiet, and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Pricing: Expensive (approx. $50 per person)
  • Service: Great. Our server was friendly, checked up on us a few times, and knowledgeable. She educated us about the sustainable ingredients used in their dishes.

Eat Here Again? Yes. The Breakwater has fresh West Coast food with amazing, creative flavours. Although pricey, the quality standard and taste of the food, along with the service, met up to its price tag. Not to mention, the gorgeous view you get during your dining experience (better in the day than night). I would eat here again if I was staying at the resort.


If you know of any other restaurants with good West Coast food, let me know in the Comments below!

EDIT: Just a photo of the gorgeous view of the shoreline when you walk down towards the beach at Kingfisher in the day time :)

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa - Beach View