Planning a trip to the Sunshine Coast soon? We’ve compiled a list of essential food and drink spots in Sechelt, along with a couple of can’t-miss spots in Halfmoon Bay & Secret Cove, that are guaranteed to satiate any craving. Here, local ingredients shine in a coastal setting, meaning you can indulge in everything from fresh seafood to pub classics—the perfect way to top off a day of outdoor adventures. 

Read on for details on some of our local foodie faves in Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay & Secret Cove.

Cafés, Bakeries & Breakfast Spots

Start your day off with a good breakfast. From cafes and bakeries serving grab-and-go options to breakfast joints where you can enjoy a lazy, sit-down weekend brunch, Sechelt has it all. The Bakery is a local coffee shop known for its made-from-scratch baked goods, light breakfast items, and bright and inviting atmosphere. Down the road is Middle Child, which shares space in the unassuming Elphi Cycles bike shop. This to-go counter serves excellent espresso drinks using local and Canadian roasted coffees and seriously delicious baked goods that come courtesy of West Sechelt-based The Farm (which also offers pastries directly from their roadside farmstand). And over at The Daily Roast, you'll find freshly brewed coffee, along with smoothies, pastries, soups, wraps, and more.

Strait Coffee's location in ts’uk̲w’um (Wilson Creek) makes it ideal for a pre-adventure stop in any direction, whether you're headed to Dakota Ridge to snowshoe in the winter, going for a hike, or heading south to Gibsons. They've been roasting on the Coast since 1996 and sell both coffee beans and freshly brewed drinks, along with baked goods and other eats. Gourmet Girl is a sleeper hit when it comes to breakfast. This roadside cafe offers dine-in and take-out options, patio seating, and a prime spot situated directly across from the shimmering blue waters of Davis Bay. Favourite options include the Davis Bay breakfast burger, chilaquiles, french toast, and eggs benny offered three ways. 

Looking to linger over your first meal of the day? These spots can help. Sechelt’s Basted Baker is best known for their seriously stacked eggs bennys, all built around a housemade, flaky butter biscuit. You can choose from various options, including the decadent pulled pork or the Southern comfort-meets-West-Coast version with smoked salmon. Don't miss trying the house-made spicy ketchup—it's some of the best around, and they even sell bottles that you can take home. You’ll also find The Village on Cowrie Street, a classic, no-frills breakfast diner. Think stacked fluffy pancakes and a plate of eggs and bacon. And late risers rejoice—Ricky’s All Day Grill serves breakfast until 4pm.

Basted Baker
Photo: Basted Baker

Family-Friendly & Casual Vibes

There is no shortage of casual spots and family-friendly restaurants to choose from, whether you need a quick lunch or space to dine with a crew. At Buccaneers, the family-friendly sister restaurant attached to the Lighthouse Pub, meals come with a side of ocean views. The menu is approachable and kid-forward, but adults will also appreciate seafood staples and pub classics. 

Those craving pizza can find good pies at Coastal Crust Pizzeria and Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. (Coastal Crust offers pizza by the slice if you want a quick snack between meals.) Run With Soup is a favourite lunch spot, known for their—you guessed it—soup, made fresh daily along with sandwiches, wraps, and smoothies. Italian staples and deli takeaways can be found at The Old Boot Eatery. It's a great option if you're looking to stock up on supplies for an outdoor picnic or mid-hike meal. 

For those times when you need an indulgent but quick comfort meal, head to PKLS Burgers. They offer customizable burgers and smokies with unlimited toppings and sides like fries and creamy milkshakes. For scenic views, pull up a chair at the Ocean Club Cafe, located along the Sechelt esplanade, which features a spacious sun-soaked patio and incredible views of the water, or the Blue Ocean Grill, which overlooks the tree-lined fairways of the Blue Ocean Golf Club. When it comes time for a sweet treat, head over to e.b.’s Ice Cream. They’ve partnered with Rocky Point Ice Cream to bring delicious flavours to Sechelt, including classic vanilla, raspberries n’ cream, and salted caramel. 

Over in Halfmoon Bay & Secret Cove, the Halfmoon Bay General Store offers a variety of snacks and beverages that are perfect for adding to a picnic. There are also some exciting plans underway for waterfront food service at the general store, so stay tuned for future updates.

A couple dines on patio, overlooking the floatplane dock.
The Lighthouse Pub, Photo: Sunshine Coast Tourism/Shayd Johnson

Cideries, Brewpubs & Taphouses

Sechelt knows how to do happy hour. You'll find plenty of options for a good meal and a post-activity drink, whether you're craving cider, beer, wine, cocktails, or low-ABV beverages. Batch 44 Brewery is a family-owned and beloved local craft brewery known for its flavour-forward dishes just as much as it is for its delicious beer lineup. (Don't miss the Bayou Bite burger, an enormous Louisiana-style burger, or the lamb and beef gyro). Cider fan? Brickers in West Sechelt serves up crisp, clean, dry cider from a sprawling family orchard. Food options on-site are provided by The Shed, where you’ll find items like roasted veggie paninis and loaded chili on the menu. 

Twenty Two Taphouse doesn't skimp on choice when it comes to food or drinks. Their extensive menu covers everything from bowls and pasta to burgers and steaks. The beer menu is just as long, with over twenty taps (hence the name) featuring craft beer from across the province. Celebrate game nights at the Lighthouse Pub, a classic sports bar that just so happens to come with incredible views of Sechelt Inlet. You'll find staples, from wings to nachos to burgers and pizza. The drink list has local taps along with domestic ales and lagers, and wine.

Batch 44 Brewery and Kitchen
Batch 44 Brewery & Kitchen, Photo: BC Ale Trail

International Cuisine & Specialty Stops

When a specific craving hits, these spots have you covered. From Thai to Vietnamese to Southern-style BBQ, a range of world eats can be found in Sechelt. 

Looking for spice and heat? Take your pick between the zesty flavors of Mexican cuisine at Taco Republic or the fiery dishes of Thai cuisine served up by All Thaied Up, a food truck stationed at the Tsain-Ko Centre. More Thai food (with dine-in seating) can be found at Thai Sechelt, located along Wharf Street. For a different kind of heat, head to Lucky's Barbeque House, which brings Southern-style BBQ to Sechelt. From the Cajun classic Jambalaya and platters of smoked meats with all the fixings to sandwiches and even pizzas, everything on the menu at Lucky's is packed with flavour. 

Fusion food with a healthy twist can be found at Nourish Eatery. Savour Asian-inspired handhelds and bowls (think along the lines of a Dan Dan noodle bowl or a Korean bulgogi beef wrap) that focus on whole, healthy ingredients, with plant-based and gluten free options. Meanwhile, sushi lovers will find three places to choose from: Yami Yaki, Sima Sushi, or Bento Sushi.

Blink and you might just miss Kien Giang, a family-run Vietnamese restaurant tucked away on a residential street one street over from Sechelt's main drag. For a Chinese-style feast, head to Golden City Restaurant or Beachside Kitchen-Bar. Saffron is a much-touted South Asian restaurant known for their big portions of seriously delicious curries, naan, and other Indian staples. 

Photo: Nourish Eatery

Date Night Spots 

Cozy up at these date night spots. El Segundo combines the ambiance of a tiki room cocktail lounge with a food-forward restaurant, making it a great date night spot when you want to kick back, and turn up the good vibes. The menu plays to bold, fusion flavours, such as Vietnamese-inspired pok pok wings, tempura squash with a soy glaze and pickled radish, and miso mussels. The drinks list is just as adventurous, with a rotating selection of creative specials, fresh and fun mocktails, and an excellent wine and beer list.

One of the best-kept dining secrets on the Sunshine Coast happens to come with serious cred. La Bettolina is a "sister restaurant" to the famed Vancouver spot La Quercia, and despite its off-the-beaten-path locale tucked away on a floating deck at the Secret Cove Marina, it comes with all the same attention to detail, flavour, and service you would expect behind a team of award-winning chefs and restaurateurs. The menu is seasonal and local, pulling as much inspiration and ingredients from local lands and waters as possible. And if you happen to have your own boat, dockside parking is available. This is date night done Sunshine Coast-style.

Shift Kitchen & Bar is a small, intimate spot focusing on shareable plates with a global influence, from samosas to Halal chicken wings to banh mi flatbread. With a sizable cocktail list and daily drink specials, this is an excellent spot for sharing good food and good times with the loved ones in your life.

Both The Wobbly Canoe and Joe's on the Beach are chameleons when it comes to dining in Sechelt. They're casual in ambiance, both are family-friendly, and they  take their food and drinks seriously. You can easily dress up or down at either, making them the perfect spot for a first date, casual friend hang, or cozy dinner with your significant other. Expect handhelds, bowls, salads, and seafood staples at both, with each restaurant serving various specials for food and drinks. 

There's also a new spot to check out in Halfmoon Bay: TuBird, which is located at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort. Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside some scenic views, this restaurant is great for more than just date nights. Dinner options include The Dom Deluise, a prawn puttanesca dish, and The Pepin, a truffle-stuffed chicken breast with mushroom risotto and broccolini.

TuBird at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Enjoy a meal with a view at TuBird. Photo: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort