The Hen and Hog Cafe

1190 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
(250) 871-7001

Recent Reviews

Linda Lavis

Very busy - obviously popular. Lovely staff. I went there because of great reviews. Had Eggs Benny - the English muffin was like it had been sitting in hot water - was terrible. Also, no soap or paper towels in bathroom.Parking: Located adjoining motel. Therefore, ample off street parking.

Laurence

Awesome food! Bit pricey but you get what you pay for here. Top notch service.

Jessica Prodor

I asked my dad to go for breakfast since we had some time before our flight home on our last day in Courtenay. A neighbour back home had recommended The Hen and the Hog Cafe, and at a glance online it seemed to have good reviews. We ordered the waffle and quinoa bowl to eat. The table next to us received their food about 5-10 minutes after we sat down. They ate their food and paid, as we waited for our food to arrive. 3 tables had been seated after us (2 single people and a couple), and they all received their food and were eating as we waited.My Dad inquired to the wait and the reply was, “There are 2 sides to the kitchen, a hot side and a cold side.” He noted that several tables came after us and were already eating. The same sentence was repeated to us. We were told our food was coming.Sympathizing with the customer goes a long way. Acknowledging our wait (30+ minutes) and that seeing other food come out for people who came into the cafe after us, would have put us at ease. Explaining the structure of the kitchen set up does not. Taking our orange juice and tea off the bill would have made us feel welcome there and we would have left on a positive note. Checking in after a few bites would have turned the situation around. Once we received our food no one came to us until my Dad’s plate needed to be cleared. We unfortunately had absolutely no service which is super unfortunate and a sad way to experience breakfast while on vacation.The Benny’s looked great. If you love eggs Benedict you may enjoy this place. However between the poor service, the location only a few feet off the highway (we could hardly talk as the trucks rumbled by), and the ill-proportioned amount of quinoa I received (I’m not sure who eats that much quinoa in one sitting. I would have cooked that much quinoa for several dinners in a week) we don’t recommend you eat breakfast there.

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I asked my dad to go for breakfast since we had some time before our flight home on our last day in Courtenay. A neighbour back home had recommended The Hen and the Hog Cafe, and at a glance online it seemed to have good reviews. We ordered the waffle and quinoa bowl to eat. The table next to us received their food about 5-10 minutes after we sat down. They ate their food and paid, as we waited for our food to arrive. 3 tables had been seated after us (2 single people and a couple), and they all received their food and were eating as we waited. My Dad inquired to the wait and the reply was, “There are 2 sides to the kitchen, a hot side and a cold side.” He noted that several tables came after us and were already eating. The same sentence was repeated to us. We were told our food was coming. Sympathizing with the customer goes a long way. Acknowledging our wait (30+ minutes) and that seeing other food come out for people who came into the cafe after us, would have put us at ease. Explaining the structure of the kitchen set up does not. Taking our orange juice and tea off the bill would have made us feel welcome there and we would have left on a positive note. Checking in after a few bites would have turned the situation around. Once we received our food no one came to us until my Dads plate needed to be removed. We unfortunately had absolutely no service which is super unfortunate and a sad way to experience breakfast while on vacation. The Benny’s looked great. If you love eggs benedict you may enjoy this place. However between the poor service, the location only a few feet off the highway (we could hardly talk as the trucks rumbled by), and the ill-proportioned amount of quinoa I received (I’m not sure who eats that much quinoa in one sitting. I would have cooked that much quinoa for several dinners in a week) we don’t recommend you eat breakfast there

Damon Guyot

Food was amazing! There was an around 15 minute wait to get a table, but was definitely worth it! I ordered the deluxe fresh fruit crepe and it looked unrealistic! It was the best breakfast I’ve ever had, service wasn’t fast or slow, but for the effort put into my meal it was definitely impressive.

67chantalr

Best bennies we have ever had!! Charming little breakfast joint with integrity and great service. Heart & soul and amazing food!!

Jemal Wade H.

Wow wow! We were visiting Courtenay to play a festival and we're put up in the super eight hotel and we're looking for a breakfast place within walking distance and happened upon this joint...and amen praise the baby Jesus we did! The entire family was not only completely in love with all of our food, but we all had leftovers and departed very full and satisfied. We arrived on a day when the cell phone towers and ATMs were all down across Canada and some nice local man named Tim bought us breakfast too. Thank you Tim! A great first day of our trip to Canada.

Nick D.

Amazing Breakfast With delicious food and a wide variety. Egg Bennys are to die for!!!

Gregg Ferrie

Very cozy, great food and excellent service. If we want to treat our grandchildren to breakfast out and ask them where they want to go - this is the unanimous choice every time. They love the breakfast waffles with strawberries. You might have to wait a bit but definitely worth the wait.

Ms. Fancy

Food was amazing, fresh and well presented!Service was good, the gals do a great job. I see how popular this place is by the fact that as soon as a table came available it was quickly filled. A terrific sign that we hit a gem ?(My only critique would be the Tequila Sunrise being served in a tumbler with a carnival straw was not so classy but minor and an easy fix)Sincerely,Ms. FancyGoogle Reviewer⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 million + picture viewsFollow me for the straight goods on places to dine!

Dannaka D.

Absolutely amazing holidays sauce! They know my boyfriend by name and our order! Amazing staff & fantastic food!

Mimi So

Cute brunch cafe! Really friendly service!The eggs Benny is delicious. The dill hollandaise is sooo good! Probably the best hollandaise sauce I’ve had ever! Waffle was light and fluffy just like waffles should be, perfect! Omelette was filling. Grapefruit mimosa tasted like grapefruit juice and the orange mimosa tasted like orange juice.

PK Lee

What a surprise. Love it when your order comes out steaming hot. Fresh, home made style cooking. I had the taco omelette and it was fantastic. Coming back here again. Great staff too.

Keliyah MCcready

Pretty cramped seating area. Food was pretty good but nothing special. Our waitress was a stickler about only accepting 1 form of covid passport. Not sure why it matters so much which form of passport I have. Overall it was ok but probably won't go back.

Lori M

We just had breakfast here and it was delicious!!! The portions are good, prices are reasonable and the food was exceptional! We overheard another table talk about how it’s packed on weekends and hard to get a table. (It only has approx 12 tables) Highly recommend checking this place out

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