Despite its small size, the town of Sointula has several dining options for visitors to choose from. For instance, there are several great places to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry in the morning, including Coho Joe Cafe and Upper Crust Bakery. But what if you’re looking for something a little more filling?

Located in Sointula, Burger Barn is a popular staple among visitors and locals alike. The iconic red building, with its barn-like appearance and raised platform for ordering, make it easy to spot from a distance.

Sointula Restaurant Spotlight: Burger Barn

The Burger Barn is a Malcolm Island staple that’s been serving tourists and locals alike hot, filling grub for a number of years. It’s located about 2 kilometers from the ferry dock in downtown Sointula. It’ll take around 4 minutes to drive or 25 minutes to walk to this popular restaurant from the downtown area.

Once there, diners step up onto the restaurant’s raised platform to order from the window. After you get your food, you can enjoy it at one of the picnic tables scattered about in front of the restaurant. There’s even a rustic oceanfront eating area that offers some shelter from the wind or rain on drizzly days, not to mention offers some stunning views while you eat.

Like many restaurants in Sointula, Burger Barn is open seasonally. Depending on the year and the weather, the restaurant typically stays open into September. Most years they open for the season in early May. Their operating hours also vary by season. They’re typically open from Noon until around 7:30 during the summer months. During the late Spring and early Fall, hours may be reduced.

Burger Barn Menu

Don’t let the name fool you — there’s much more than burgers on the menu at the Burger Barn. They also offer a variety of wraps, chicken strips, sides, and another popular staple, fish and chips. 

Of course, there are also plenty of burger varieties to choose from. The basic burger comes with mayo, relish, pickles, grilled onions, and the Burger Barn’s special sauce — a secret recipe! There’s also a Bacon Mushroom Cheddar burger for those that want something a bit more decadent.

Burger Barn has a tasty veggie burger for those looking for a meat alternative. You can also get a crispy cod or halibut sandwich. Speaking of fish, their popular fish and chips come in two options; cod and fries or halibut and fries.

A favorite at Burger Barn is their Greek Burger. This comes as a beef, chicken, veggie, or halibut sandwich on a bun, topped with mayo, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, peppers, black olives, and feta cheese, as well as their special sauce. You can also order this Greek dish as a wrap instead.  

One unique menu item that’s available on a limited basis is their Deep Fried Wild Salmon and Fries. It’s a unique take on fish and chips you likely won’t find outside of British Columbia! Wash down your fish or burger with a cold, delicious milkshake, available in chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla.

What Customers Have to Say About Burger Barn

Burger Barn earns rave reviews for delicious fish, homemade fries, and great views. Here’s what a few happy customers had to say about Burger Barn Sointula:

“The Halibut and chips were very good. Homemade fries are rare these days and these were very good. Great experience sitting on waterfront reaching fresh fish.” -fmacmechanic 

“We ate at the Burger Barn on 2 occasions. Had fish & chips the first time and Hamburger & fries the second time, Both meals were tasty with a generous portion of homemade fries. Tina was especially welcoming and entertaining. Would definitely eat there again.” -Nicole R

“Unbelievable how good their food is, what a gem. Lots of seating outside and a covered room with tables in case the sun is not shining. The locals eat here, coming straight off their fishing boats and we could have eaten there every night. Outstanding!” -Dendroctonus

(Reviews sourced from Trip Advisor)

Planning Your Next Visit to Sointula

Ready to start planning your next visit to Sointula? If you’re looking for a spot to grab some filling burgers after a long day on the water or somewhere to enjoy some locally caught fish and chips, make a stop at Burger Barn during your stay. From the delicious food to the great views, you’ll quickly see what makes this Sointula restaurant a staple among both tourists and locals alike.

Whether you’re looking for a special dinner spot or a place to grab a quick cup of coffee before heading off for a day of exploring, our planning resources are a great place to start. Click here to learn about other Sointula restaurants to try during your next visit.