Discover the Top 5 Must-Try Restaurants in Courtenay, BC


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While Courtenay may be a relatively small city, you will be surprised to discover that it actually boasts a string of some of the best and the finest international restaurants Vancouver dining has to offer.Whether you are craving for Italian, Mexican, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Thai or Middle Eastern – you name it, weekend getaways will not be complete without sampling some of these choice cuisines.

Must Try Local Restaurants

So if you are planning a visit the area, why not take a little gastronomic adventure to titillate those taste buds and sample fine dining Courtenay style? There are a myriad of places to eat here, the challenge is to narrow down your search to a handful of restaurant choices. SO here are the recommended good places to eat you can check out:

Locals Restaurant

Among the popular hotspots include the Locals Restaurant, which is widely known for its commitment to using fresh local produce mostly from the nearby Comox Valley. This is in line with their support on environmental sustainability and quality.

Among the must-try dishes are the West Coast Seafood Pizza and the Fresh Island Scallops. For beverages, make sure to get a taste of the superior suds from Surgenor, a local Comox Valley Brewery. If you favor wines, they offer a wonderful collection of premium quality wines from Beaufort Winery.

Location and Contact Details
364 8th Street
Courtenay, B.C. V9N 1N3

Phone:                250-338-6493

Operating Hours
11AM – 9PM
Tuesdays to Saturdays

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

If you prefer to enjoy good food by the sea or you have a thing for fresh seafood and fish dishes, then this restaurant this the perfect destination for you.Try out their panko-crusted pan-friend oysters and seafood chowder with clams that offers a wonderful medley of rich flavors.

Location and Contact Details
4330 Island Highway South
Courtenay, British Columbia
Canada V9N 9R9

Toll free: 1-800-663-7929
Direct Tel.: 250-338-1323
Fax: 250-338-0058

Atlas Cafe

Aside from fine dining restaurants, hip bistros and café also abound in Courtenay. Among the well-liked by both locals and tourists is the Atlas Café which gives you a rare gastronomic trip from Pacific Northwest to Mexico, from Italy to India. Make sure to order their Salmon and Halibut Cake, which is just absolutely divine.

Location and Contact Details
250 6th Street
Courtenay, BC V9N 1M1

Phone: 250 338 9838

Operating Hours
8:30AM to 9:30PM from Mondays through Thursdays
8:30AM to 10:00PM from Fridays and Saturdays
8:30AM to 9:00PM from Sundays


If you are the adventurous type and eager to sample more unique dishes, Bisque may just give you the ultimate palate treat. Sink your teeth into their Prawns stuffed with Escargot and Spinach or their Fresh Scallops served in a beautiful nest of deep-fried potatoes.

Location and Contact Details
#307-b 14th Street
Courtenay, BC

Phone: (250) 334-8564


Asian cuisines have grown increasingly more popular today. If you have a taste for spicy and rich Thai dishes, visit Kinaree.This restaurant services authentic Bangkok fare at its finest.Tickle your taste buds with a delicate combination of chilies, lemongrass, coconut milk, and garlic. Among the favorite of many is the fish apple salad, served with chucks of fried fish.  If you have not tasted deep-fried ice cream, make sure to order one.

Location and Contact Details
526A Cumberland Road,
Courtenay BC


Operating Hours
Lunch 11:30AM – 2:00PM (Monday – Friday)
Dinner 5:00 PM  – 9:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)

Getting to Courtenay

Courtenay is recognized as the urban hub of the Comox Valley and there are a number of routes available to get there, as detailed below:

  • Car Travel – From Nanaimo, it is 108 Km (67 miles) northwest or if you are coming from Victoria, it is 219 Km  (136 miles) northwest.
  • Ferry Travel — BC Ferries also operates in the area and run a number of trips on a daily basis in Comox and Powell River.
  • Rail Travel – The Malahat can take you to Courtney from Victoria with an estimated travel time of 4.5 hours.

Republished under Creative Commons License from West Coast Aquatic Safaris, an acclaimed Bear Watching, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Cove Tour Co & Marine Charter Co in Tofino, BC on the famed west coast of Vancouver Island. Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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