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Mad Chef Cafe

444 Fifth Street, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-871-7622
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Ranked #17 of 117 restaurants in Courtenay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Canadian
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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82% Recommend
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English first
Vancouver Island, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The food is delicious! We enjoy the freshness and creativity of the menu. However, the tables and seating itself leaves alot to be desired. The tables are sitting out int he open. I brought my daughters there for their birthday and by the end of our meal we were surrounded by guests waiting to be seated.

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Creative food menu fun lively place to eat. I had the soup of the day and it was a wonderful blend of flavours. The garlic cheese toast had chunks of garlic on it, wonderful for me. My two friends were ver happy with their lunches as well. It was a Saturday visit and the place got busier the longer we... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I liked the place. The room is basic, with a try at hip that mostly works. Nice light from the storefront windows on 5th Street, the main street in Courtenay, some local art, and tables and booths. Interesting menu - salads, burgers, pastas, pizzas, appetizers. We had the lamb burger and the tuna burger. Both were excellent. The tuna was... More

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Although mad chef has moved, its a good thing the food is still good, because the "atmosphere" is a little lacking in their new location. I am unsure of what statement they are trying to make, but it appears that they dont either. Really good food. Very tasty food. The chairs are uncomfortable and the benches leave a little to... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I have visited here a few times-the food has been good . I hate the atmosphere and have decided to not go there anymore.not relaxing..loud,noisy-we used to go to the first location and found it very noisy/and overcrowded-you could here you neighbors conversation clearly-the place echoed.we were excited to go to the new location-and disappointed-same feel, same noise level or... More

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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had a friend visit from Fernie, and we were so excited to show him what great dining is like around the valley, so we thought 'Let's take him to Mad Chef!'. Service was terrible from the get go. Waited 15 minutes for a drink, there was maybe 3 tables of patrons, so it wasn't busy by any means. We... More

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Just ordered take out from the new location and I am not impressed. I called ahead and was told it would be a half hour wait. No big deal, it was around dinnertime, so I expect to wait and I understand that the person on the phone was a little curt with me. Upon arriving, however, I found that there... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Looking for GOOD casual food after a day of skiing, the pizza was one of the better ones we have ordered. Generous, fresh ingredients, friendly service -not fine dining but fun, fair and good quality. Nice to see an entrepreneur doing well.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The food is definitely interesting, reasonable prices, gigantic portions. Fishbowl drinks are a novelty. Our server was very pleasant and helpful. Next time I would think about sharing a meal and save room for dessert

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Rude staff, like, really rude, like, beyond novelty-rude...which is sad, because they used to have great servers. Food quality has definitely gone down as well. One can only assume that the owner's public brawls and vendettas have taken center stage while the restaurant falls by the wayside. Too bad.

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