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Bear's Paw Cafe

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Canadian, International
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12415 Barkerville Hwy, Wells, British Columbia V0K 2R0, Canada
+1 866-994-2345
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 21:30
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Maple Ridge, Canada
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Had dinner at the Bear's Paw Cafe in Wells, and the ribs were awesome, but you have to get there early as the locals reserve seats, and you may not get in, the ribs are that good!

Thank ValL393
British Columbia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We had such a great meal here and the owner and server were so accommodating and enriched the evening with interactions and giving the kids things to do. Food was fantastic.

Thank michellesU2028KY
Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We were visiting Barkerville (staying in town) with friends and the trip coincided with my son's 8th birthday. The Bear's Paw is a short jaunt from Barkerville so we decided to try it for his birthday dinner. We were so happy with our choice! I had the ribs and an amazing salad. The kids were super happy with the kid's... More 

Thank Erin D
Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

After 8 days on Bowron Lakes the Bear's Paw serves exactly what you want to eat. Hearty, home cooked food from scratch. Big portions and tasty. Our party loved the Sockeye Salmon and the meatloaf. Loved that each plate came with a big pile of roasted vegetables. Such a gem! I would return here for sure.

1 Thank Soiken B
Kamloops, Canada
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The Bears Paw has delicious food that is fresh made every day. I had the Mediterranean lasagna and ribs that were so delicious. The staff is very friendly. Definitely a great place to go after a long day in historic Barkerville.

Thank Vicki714
Smithers, Canada
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Friendly staff, great food, fun atmosphere. The menu is limited so come early to avoid disappointment as favourites can sell out. The owners were super helpful with hints for hiking and canoeing in the area.

Thank RamblinTam
Golden, British Columbia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, fast service and great atmosphere. The staff are friendly and the food was amazing. I loved all the different salt & pepper shakers and the slideshow that played of all the great adventures to be had in the area. I will definitely be back! A great experience overall!

Thank brandyb4
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words and for noticing the quirky salt and pepper shakers. We've always thought that a holiday meal should be just another part of a great vacation, not just a fuel stop, so it's nice to see you enjoyed so many aspects of the Bear's Paw. More 

Kamloops, Canada
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We had two excellent dinners there. The owners are on site to assist with great customer service. You get acknowledged as soon as you come , even if there is a small wait.

Thank Lenore M
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your high praise and for enjoying your dinner enough to eat here twice. We consider that a great honour in a place with a variety of restaurants from which to choose. More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Was advised to eat here and wow was it worth it! We went too early and it was still closed, so it was a 2 hour round trip to go back there. Easily worth it.The staff there was great, very interesting and nice people. I had the ribs, ordered the full rack because I wanted leftovers. There were no leftovers.... More 

Thank EdfromAlberta
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for waiting to have a great meal, Ed. I just read your review today before heading down to tonights dinner service. What a happy surprise to have someone unintentionally almost quote your story. A couple(who pride themselves on their high taste for ribs) had ordered 2 racks of ribs of with the intention of only eating 1 and 1/2.... More 

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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

As a party of 8, we were happily accommodated, even though they were juggling reservations, and other large groups. Because they were busy, they were unable to offer the appetizers in advance - they came with the main meal. The menu is a bit slim for kids (pizza or ribs) and only a few more for adults. There was no... More 

Thank HHinMexico
12canoe, Owner at Bear's Paw Cafe, responded to this review

That was quite a night! We're so happy that we could fit you in and keep you well fed. It's true that we offer a limited menu for kids, but we pride ourselves on two key ingredients: The kids meals are cheap(for the sake of the adults), and come without veggies(for the sake of the kids!) (although veggies ARE an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Canadian, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12415 Barkerville Hwy, Wells, British Columbia V0K 2R0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Cariboo  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +1 866-994-2345
Rated the Best Restaurant in All of Central BC. People's Choice award for Best Cafe in Northern BC. Friendly, informal, really great food made from scratch. Great Food, and Vegetarian and dietary restrictions welcome!

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