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Northern Lights Restaurant

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Seafood, Canadian
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1817 Campbell Way, Port McNeill, British Columbia V0N 2R0, Canada
250.956.3263
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Local cuisine
Dinner
Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Power cut!

Despite a power cut wiping out the east coast of Vancouver a Island. These guys managed to put together a basic menu and keep going despite everywhere else having to close. We were just back from a 2 day kayaking trip and wanted to eat and go back to our self catering cottage. With nowhere open... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2014
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Despite a power cut wiping out the east coast of Vancouver a Island. These guys managed to put together a basic menu and keep going despite everywhere else having to close. We were just back from a 2 day kayaking trip and wanted to eat and go back to our self catering cottage. With nowhere open, including supermarkets, these good... More 

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Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We eat here at least monthly and are pleased with the wide variety of meals. Whether you want a sandwich with soup for lunch, or a delicious dinner, we are rarely disappointed.

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Courtenay, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This restaurant is on the main road coming into Port McNeil. The decor is kinda retro so not a great atmosphere but the menu had lots to offer. The daily specials featured lots of seafood and the entrees were a good portion. The service was good and friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We live in Los Angeles and were up exploring the area. We didn't know what to expect but we won't forget Northern Lights. Though a little on the pricey side we thought at first, we soon took into consideration how much was put into the preparation of the food in such a remote location. I had the seafood pasta (delicious)... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A great seafood restaurant in a small town. Stick to locally caught seafood, such as halibut & salmon, if you're a stickler for freshness. The Seafood Neptune, if on special when you're there, is fantastic.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

To be honest Port McNeill is some way from anywhere and my wife and I were not expecting much above the basic when it came to restaurants. Northern Lights surprised us by being very much above basic. It was an unpretentious little place, tables and booths with no tablecloths, just formica tops, but the staff were friendly and efficient and... More 

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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Great choice of food and very friendly staff. Ate in both the restaurant and bar great atmosphere in the bar and you get to choose from either menu.

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We ate here 4 times, once in the restaurant and the other three times in the bar. Couldn't fault the food or the service. Tried a variety of things on the menu and all were very tasty. Chay was our waitress and she was very friendly and attentive. Julian & Mandy Keswick, England.

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Nanaimo
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The staff are very enthusiastic and friendly, the chef very committed and the menu ambitious...but this place disappoints regularly. Some of the dishes are pulled off in exceptional form and mostly on weekends, but this is a rarity. Weekend chefs are usually better and this is a trend notable in most restaurants independent of location. Here however...may luck be on... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Ate here twice at beginning and end of a sea kayaking trip. Food was just about OK in the first visit and very good on the second, I got the impression that it rather depended on the chef that was on duty. Having looked around town this seems the best place to eat as there is pretty limited choice. Prices... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1817 Campbell Way, Port McNeill, British Columbia V0N 2R0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Port McNeill
  • Phone Number: 250.956.3263

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?