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115 West Second Ave., Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1S7, Canada
(250) 752-5800
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Dark atmosphere, but they make it work.

I enjoy their food, especially the burgers and fish and chips. Most of the time the servers are polite and happy, but at times I've been treated poorly and very rude. Food tastes great though!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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  • Dining on a budget
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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

A good overall place to eat, with a 'down-home' feeling. Although a bit dark, we could have gone on the patio to eat but didn't want to chance bugs (having come from Ontario (bug central)). The waitress was friendly and made us feel very welcome. The food was good, large portions were given, and the price was reasonable. Nothing spectacular,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The first impression upon entering was, "wow, it's really dark in here... oh wait, it feels like a pub". It was such a warm sunny day so we sat out on their small back patio and had some calamari, burger, and a couple of drinks. It wasn't the best patio experience (as it's fenced in adjacent to a parking lot)... More 

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Gary's is a good local spot. We visit about once a year when visiting Qualicum Beach. We always go for lunch. We were 3 people this time, and all enjoyed our meals. Taco salad always tasty. Soup, sandwiches and salads - always a variety of choices and daily specials. Large portions. Lively service. Although management has changed, the kitchen and... More 

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British Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

good food, plenty of room, great place for a large party. staff is very pleasant. have returned many times..

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Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have ate here a few times, and its good. I had a Shrimp Clubhouse that was excellent. It is a darker atmosphere, but great service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I enjoy their food, especially the burgers and fish and chips. Most of the time the servers are polite and happy, but at times I've been treated poorly and very rude. Food tastes great though!

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Parksville, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

the food is pub fare - OK I guess. Gary's is all about vintage cars from a nostalgic era .... having this under chinese ownership kills the cache. Now each time we visit there are orientals who roam around the tables talking chinese into cellphones or just hanging around as if this was a dim sum joint. We're not going... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

If you want an awesome breakfast it's a must. Took the family in very good food and nice atmosphere. Enjoy the downtown location.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Located in Qualicum center, this place had been ran by one family for many years. It is now under new management, but basically not much has changed to it. It's sort of a 50's style dinner, with a half a car mounted on one wall. The previous owner was a car buff and had ran the yearly car show on... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Nice 50's restaurant with friendly staff and interesting decor.Food is pretty good, but go there for the ambiance.

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Address: 115 West Second Ave., Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1S7, Canada
Phone Number: (250) 752-5800
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach

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  • Address: 115 West Second Ave., Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1S7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: (250) 752-5800

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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