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Locals Restaurant at the Old House

1760 Riverside Lane, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 8C7, Canada
250-338-6493
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Ranked #1 of 117 restaurants in Courtenay
Price range: $17 - $42
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 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.
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Neenah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful inside and out. Staff very friendly and helpful. A little pricey though. Saw advertising for being family friendly. Unless there is a kids menu, it would cost a fortune to take a family. For the two of us it was close to $100, but we did have dessert (but only one had anything to drink).

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Banff, Canada
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We dined at this great spot last week and only wish this restaurant was a bit closer to where we live because it would become a favourite place of ours to dine. It was a short 10 minute drive from where we were staying (Crown Isle this time) and the last time we were in Courtenay, we could not get... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We had read the comment from this site and decided to have a dinner for our 2nd anniversary wedding. We did not reserve a table so we walked in and hoped we'd have a table. The receptionist said waited and checked. 5 minutes later she led us into the restaurant and sat. We had been waiting minutes and minutes for... More

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Tricia S, Owner at Locals Restaurant at the Old House, responded to this review

Thank you for giving such a great review of our food. I am however, very disturbed by the poor service you received. We consistently deliver quality service, and I am sincerely sorry that your wait time was uncharacteristically long. I am investigating the situation and would appreciate knowing more details, should you wish to contact me. Thank you, Tricia ST.... More

Edmonton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We had a very nice dinner on patio at Locals on Saturday night. We enjoyed our amuse bouche of fresh oysters and the appetizers were terrific. We actually could have stopped there, given the generosity of the appetizer servings of the antipasto tray and the duck rolls. We chose oysters for our entree as well, one being charbroiled (wish I'd... More

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Bunbury, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Six family members celebrated my wife’s birthday at Locals. During Canadian visits since 1978, we’ve really enjoyed the ambience of this fine restaurant, originally titled The Old House. Despite ownership changes over the decades it has maintained its ambiance and excellence. Complimentary taste treats were a welcoming surprise. Our mains included my Halibut Lemon Quinoa, Stirling Silver Steak (10 oz),... More

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Tricia S, Owner at Locals Restaurant at the Old House, responded to this review

Hello Ozcan, We are SO pleased you enjoyed your celebration with us. We had great fun restoring this gracious old building to its former glory (well, at least the area we occupy). The remainder of the "grand dame" will be renovated this fall. The Old House is a popular landmark and has played a significant role in family celebrations over... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I have never been welcomed into a restaurant in such a warm and sincere way. Jodie (the hostess) truly set the tone for what turned out to be one of my best dining experiences to date. The room itself is absolutely beautiful with huge wooden beams and exposed brick and rich wooden floors, feels super rustic and warm. We had... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This upperclass restaurant has amazing servers and the food is fantastic. We had dinner and brunch here and the 2 menus were full of sublime choices. The atmosphere is very cozy and the architecture is to die for.

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Chef Ronald and Trish were terrific host to our friends and family during our weekend. The staff was attentive and gracious while chefs Ronald food was impeccable. Wine selection is truly lovely... Wish Vancouver was a little closer so I could make it my " local" restaurant. Thank you for the great times!

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Sooke, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We attended a wedding reception at Locals on June 29, 2014. The location was beautiful and the food fantastic. Could not ask for anything more!

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Parksville, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were two persons and shared a halibut dinner. The dinner was very good, fish done perfectly and a nice variety of vegetables. Nicely presented. We felt the wait for our meal was pretty lengthy. The dessert was delicious but expensive. So by us sharing a meal it meant it was less costly, but otherwise it would have been a... More

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