Review of Sinbad’s Seafood Cafe, Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

We were driving back from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver when we discovered the town of Oliver, British Columbia. Billed as the “Wine Capital of Canada,” we were surprised to find that the town wasn’t yuppie at all – it was a quaint frontier-looking town. We decided to stop here for lunch.

Here, at the northernmost point of Canada’s only desert, we found a seafood restaurant. It seemed like the stupidest possible choice, so we made it. “Sinbad’s Seafood” it was.

We entered an exceptionally clean and bright storefront. We were greeted by a friendly waitress. We each ordered a cup of the seafood chowder and split a two-piece order of fish & chips.

The menu touts the chowder as “Rich New England Style.” I do beg to differ with that, having grown up in New England and clogging my arteries for decades with thick cream-based chowders. This chowder had more of a broth-base, and was loaded with huge chunks of salmon, cod and potato. It was, in fact, delicious! The chowder was hearty and filling despite the fact that they were merely cups. We were glad we had decided to split an entrée.

When the fish arrived, we were shocked by the amount of food: very generous. The batter was crisp and flavorful – and perfectly cooked. The fish was tender and flaky. Even the French fries were excellent. Nothing was greasy.

Including our sodas, the meal came to under $25.00. Not bad for our pricey neighbors to the North.

Friendly staff, convenient location, appropriate décor, great food and reasonable prices: we give Sinbad’s two thumbs up.

Sinbad’s Seafood
35656 97th Street
Oliver, British Columbia, Canada VOH 1T0


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K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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3 Responses to Review of Sinbad’s Seafood Cafe, Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

  1. Carl says:

    You got my stomach growling, this close to lunch! Any chance they’ll deliver this far south?

  2. Pat Carney says:

    Good to see Canadians with the verve to open up a seafood restaurant in the Canadian desert. The review makes me hungry for fresh seafood, which is often served as a soggy meal even here in coastal Vancouver!

  3. Pat Carney says:

    Great idea to serve fresh fries and salmon in the BC Interior. Good review and useful for travellers!

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