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Gary's Bistro

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

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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Genuine service

We loved the food and service. Our little 7 mo daughter loved their Greek chicken! The server was friendly and very genuine. We will definitely go back again when we come to Qualicum next

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
DEVINA P
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Bahamas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have had lunch and dinner there and always good. The burgers are huge. My favourite is the chicken enchilada. The wrap part is crunchy and it has a nice filling and sauce. Very big and satisfying.

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Thank LeighT242
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the food and service. Our little 7 mo daughter loved their Greek chicken! The server was friendly and very genuine. We will definitely go back again when we come to Qualicum next

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Thank DEVINA P
Ladysmith, Canada
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We have visited Gary's on several occasions because of their willingness to accommodate multiple food allergies. Our visit this summer was no different. The waitress asked lots of questions and checked the ingredients on the back of labels. The wait staff are fantastic at this restaurant. We were camping the last time we visited and one of our party had... More 

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Thank rwall200
Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I brought a friend to Gary's for lunch today. She has just recently moved to Vancouver Island. I had talked about What a great restaurant it was: the food and the great ambiance. Well didn't we get a surprise! the food was cold (the fries tasted like frozen reheated) and the waitress spent the whole time flirting with two tables... More 

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1 Thank Carolyn W
Vancouver Island, Canada
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Great decor, comfortable seating, nearly always busy when we walk pass. We have eaten there twice now. It is good to go into a place with a buzz as Qualicum can be a little quiet at times. Food was hot and plentiful. Will return.

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Thank travelaime
Edmonton, Canada
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Great place to stop for lunch. Great Clam chowder cream style with a burger to share. The right amount and fast service.

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Thank DonSchilling
Surrey, Canada
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

6 of us had lunch at Gary's Bistro yesterday. We all had different menu items, including a Gluten free meal for my son in law. The food and service were great. Loved all the pictures of old cars on the wall. We would definitely go back again.

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Thank Bertha41
Vancouver Island, Canada
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I have been going to Gary's over the past 5 years and have seen a few changes. The food has never been great, but with the service and the convenience of location, it was always in the running as a possible location for a fast bite. Recently while out for a breakfast with friends, we noticed that the menus given... More 

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1 Thank Oceanside2010
Parksville, Canada
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89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We went there and had fish and chips. The service was OK...the food wasn't. Mine had chips that were overcooked and hard and the fish had a damp uncooked batter that did not cover all of the fillet. It was not presented well, either - just a pile of food. My friend felt the same and later that evening had... More 

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1 Thank normpimm
Victoria, Canada
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400 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Sandwiches and burgers come with curly fries. Food is good and definitely filling. Service is attentive and the themed cars and other memorabilia is interesting. Street parking is usually available.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?