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Locals Restaurant in now located at the historic Old House along the river in the center of town. This 1937 Arts and Crafts era inspired homestead is the perfect location for the fine cuisine prepared by European trained chef, Ronald St. Pierre.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Healthy, Canadian, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There has been a restaurant on this site for decades and though the ownership has changed, it remains a beautiful building in a lovely spot. The menu is extensive and everyone in my party had a great meal. Our server was warm, friendly and knowledgeable....Overall we had a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great, fresh, and tasty. We booked in advance and had a wonderful experience. Great service and food was delicious! We particularly enjoyed Miriam’s vegetarian cakes! Yum!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 9, 2024

We don’t blame the front line staff, it’s management. We were expecting a 5-Star experience but were greeted with 1-Star attitude. After asking questions about the wine and food, we left and were told don’t bother coming back. When we made reservations we were told...the average entrée price was $50 and up. We were prepared to drop $300 to $400 for a dinner for 2 people, but not to be served and treated like dirt by a waitress with no personality or experience. Boston pizza has the same food with better atmosphere for way less. We walked out and went to a place called “The whistle stop” 2 blocks away. Spent $70 on two amazing meals including 2 appetizers… will not be back to that old house.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed November 28, 2023

Very disappointed about our dinner,ordered a bouillabaisse thinking it would be local seafoods,the prawns were rubbery,tasteless and tasted like Asian prawns,small portion and came with a small piece of dried bread,will never order again,the broth wasn’t that great,we were all vey disappointed with our food...and was one of the most expensive meal on menu,the good thing was the service.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed September 27, 2023

My wife and I recently stopped here for lunch on our way to a medical appointment. This restaurant has been here in one form or another for many years and it has been decades since our last visit. We were impressed with the renovations and...the friendly staff. Our first impressions were really good. It has a long term reputation as a good place to eat. My wife is a small eater so she only ordered a bowl of their seafood chowder. Having more of an appetite, I ordered seafood chowder as well as the Thai green chili bowl. The orders were slow in coming but when the seafood chowder arrived we both enjoyed it. In our opinion, it was delicious; an above average chowder. I waited and waited for the chili bowl and when a waiter checked with our table I explained that I had ordered the child bowl ages ago and was still waiting. She left and retuned shortly with my order. It was very disappointing. The appearance was unappetizing and the flavour was bland and overcooked. The cauliflower and broccoli florets mushy. It was best described as a bowl of slop, a $24.00 bowl of slop. I don't want to speculate about what happened because I still think this is a good place and we're prepared to give it another chance when we visit Courtenay in the future.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 24, 2023 via mobile

Don’t get me wrong the food was OK. Sounds promising on the menu but was fairly forgettable. I had the Halibut special for $48. It was just OK. The venue is old beams vibe. I come from the UK so this doesn’t add much for...me. Service was slowish . Seems busy enough. If you like an element of exclusivity based on price then this is the place for you. We have found better food/ experience elsewhere. I wonder whether they are suffering from the same problems of many restaurants- retaining high quality chefs.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 17, 2023 via mobile

We had a superb meal here. Top quality ingredients and delicious preparations. Excellent upmarket cuisine… The interior space is warm and there are also water facing patio tables. Lovely dinner here!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 11, 2023

This is one of the best restaurants - this is where you know you are getting a great meal out of the kitchen when you order. Not hoping it will be good or you made the right decision on the order. The staff are excellent,...fun and give good advice! From visit to visit this does not change for us.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 24, 2023 via mobile

Superb food. Top notch service . We had the Caesar salad in the manila clams. Potatoes in duck fat! Everything served perfectly hot.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 24, 2023

Well yes, it is expensive, but I think the food quality offsets that. Very busy on a Wednesday evening so we couldn't get a place outside but that was OK. Very friendly and engaging service. The main courses are all at the high 30's or...low 40s level but wonderfully prepared (I had a seafood pasta) and good portion size. Decent wine and beer list. It definitely is a special occasion venue but also great if you just want a good meal. Reservations recommended particularly towards the weekends.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 21, 2023

The food was good but not excellent given the high prices. The location is lovely but the plastic outdoor tables and chairs are cheap and could have used some dressing up. Table linens would be a huge upgrade. They offered lots of gluten free options,...which was much appreciated. The salad rolls were excellent, my husband had the carbonara which was good. I had Miriam’s vegetarian cakes on salad which were tasty but dry. They definitely needed some kind of yummy aioli or chimichurri to liven them up. Staff were lovely and accommodating!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 30, 2023

Pricey, very pricey, but fine for a special occasion. The food could not be faulted. It was fresh, local and beautifully cooked and presented. Choice of seating - indoor, outdoor, covered. Lovely location with adjoining path to river.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed March 27, 2023

OH MY GOOD LORD THIS FOOD IS CRAZY!!!! ON GAWD I HAD AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE ASCENDING AFTER EATING THIS FOOD UP!!! I highly suggest the beef tenderloin and mushroom pasta because OHHHHHH that stuff nearly made me shed a tear. Along with the...apple pie for dessert im like UHHHMMMMM YAAAASSSSSSS MMMM M M M M MMMMM MY TUMMY SINGS PRAISED TO THE CHRF!!! TO THE CHEF I SAY!!!! Anyways yeah :3 10/10 five stars absolute show stopper.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 6, 2023 via mobile

Nice ambiance, friendly courteous service, and excellent food. We had a nice table next to the window. The menu is quite varied. Potions are quite large and utilize local ingredients. We ordered the seafood pasta, the pork chop, and creme brule for dessert. All were...excellent. Would recommend and will return.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 4, 2023 via mobile

I have been coming to Locals for years and the quality of the food and service never disappoints. I was here twice in February for my birthday. The brunch was lovely, eggs Benedict cooked perfectly and the roasted potatoes cooked in duck fat to die...for. Had the yummy seafood crepe for lunch. The service is excellent and everyone is friendly and accommodating. I love that Locals’ philosophy showcases producers of the region and as evident on the new website, the new owners are committed to building on this legacy. It remains one of the best restaurants in the Comox Valley and is our go to for special occasions and treats. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Response from TAMEMBER_1012018 | Reviewed this property |
Vancouver Island casual dress is perfectly fine. If it is a special celebration, a sport jacket would also fit in. Very flexible I would say.
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Yes, the diinigroom is air conditioned and very comfortable. With the heat wave starting to be better, you may also have outdoor dining available over this coming weekend. Weather will tell....
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Locals Restaurant at the Old House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5