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Mad Chef Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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444 Fifth Street, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-871-7622
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mad Chef is our family favourite. It would also be a solo favourite, or couple favourite. They serve awesome food, have great service and a super cool atmosphere. Great place for a date, or to bring the whole family. Every time we have a house guest, we bring them there to experience it. Everything we have ever ordered was ridiculously... More 

Thank JulieTheIslander
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good atmosphere, clients of every age, crazy big portions, fresh - yummy!!! Had a positive experience with my wife and we hope to be in the area again.

Thank Guy C
British Columbia, Canada
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a long way for us to travel but the food served here is always so creative and good. Tuna appy, salads and burgers are the best.

Thank scotsrish
Vancouver Island
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I want the locally-owned Mad Chef to succeed and was glad to see it was nearly full when we went there for lunch today, but there is room for improvement in both the service and the food. Please note, too, that my expectations are reasonable and nearly all of my reviews on TA are highly positive. Our first problem was... More 

Thank McGillCollege
Victoria, Canada
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant with a great atmosphere. The food is always good. Their chef Dan in the bomb! If you want something a bit lighter the edamame packs a flavour punch and the miso soup is the best I have ever had. Yum! Order wisely as the portions are huge. The kids menu has something for everyone.

Thank TammaraK
Courtenay, Canada
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just stopped in for a quick lunch and a drink, both were very tasty. We would go back the menu looked good.

Thank Joe D
Courtenay, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the second time that my husband and I went to the Mad Chef and we very pleased again! My husband had the "Animals Taste Good" burger with ham, bacon & chicken, which was HUGE! Good thing he ordered the salad, instead of the fries, etc. to go with it. I had the "Animals Taste Good" pizza, which was... More 

1 Thank ArbourCottageBnB
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Absolute HUGE disappointment !!! After hearing so much about this place, My wife and I decided to try it... What a mistake... The sign at their front entrance says it all : "If we don't meet your standards, Maybe you should lower your standards" (something to that effect"... My wife had the "Animals taste good" chicken burger. It was over-cooked... More 

3 Thank Klodman
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

went in for lunch last week with my folks and my somewhat picky, food sensitive Aunt. We were greeted immediately and given a choice of where we would like to sit. As I am about 8 months pregnant and have been craving a Mad Chef Burger for MONTHS, I chose the "big booth" to accommodate my baby belly and impending... More 

Thank Shawna R
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This place has such a varied menu, how do they do it. Everything we've eaten there was really delicious and left us feeling quite full. Only downside was raw sprouts that I had to scrape off my burger but they are listed on the menu so my bad. Good, relaxed atmosphere and helpful service.

Thank MacEnCheez

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 444 Fifth Street, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Comox Valley  >  Courtenay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-871-7622

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