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The Shady Rest Waterfront

3109 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2C5, Canada
+1 250-752-9111
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Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (53 reviews)
“kettle chips” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
3109 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2C5, Canada
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Reviewed November 29, 2015

Travelling to Courtenay, the Shady Rest Pub was recommended, specifically because we wanted a waterfront experience. This place didn't disappoint us! Our server Debbe let us choose our seat, and because I couldn't decide on a beer, she brought a "Shady Flight", 4 different small...More

1  Thank Paulshappy
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thanks for stopping by! Please pass on our thanks to the kind folks who pointed you in our direction, too. Your review touches on some great Shady details, and we'd like to give you credit for accuracy. Hand made cuisine by the sea...More

Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Good food and they pride themselves on local sourcing. Some creative foods (a prosciutto, beet and goat cheese flatbread) and some pub essentials (chicken wings, burgers, calamari). Great home made soups (beer and cheddar - what could be bad about that!), and BC craft beers...More

Thank Kewarner
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thank you for your review of our Pub & Restaurant. We have been serving meals by the sea in Qualicum Beach for over 91 years, but we still enjoy reading that our guests are being well looked after in our care. The menu...More

Reviewed November 24, 2015

Great views, great food, great service. Can't say anything more. This is the spot to go. Pub style and the rest is all good too.

Thank Lynnsthoughts
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thanks a lot for your positive review. After 91 years of business, we still enjoy reading that our guests enjoyed their time with us. We look forward to serving you again. Cheers, Shady Managment

Reviewed November 11, 2015

The admosphere is wonderful and the location is stunning...the staff are also extremely accommodating. Had a wonderful late Friday afternoon this past October, on my birthday. The view is lovely and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. I will definitely be back!More

Thank frequentraveler91
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thank you very much for taking the time to share your positive thoughts about your time with us. We are very proud to read that you enjoyed your birthday meal with a view, and that our staff looked after you and your guests...More

Reviewed October 26, 2015

Waterfront, revered local spot. Fast service, tasty pub food. Environment could use a bit of sprucing up as it is well-aged.More

Thank gayle b
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thanks for the positive feedback. We are very happy to read that your time with us was highlighted by fast service and tasty food. Sounds Shady for sure. The breathtaking waterfront view has always been a large part of our initial draw, but...More

Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Shady Rest is much improved in recent years. The food is very good and the meat and produce are locally resourced. The menu lists how many kilometres away from the restaurant the food comes from. We liked that. Everything is made fresh, isn't previously...More

Thank Valerica45
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your time with us. It's true that we offer locally sourced ingredients in many of our menu items, as we are proud to showcase the area's delicious bounty wherever possible. We look forward to serving you...More

Reviewed October 18, 2015

we had golfed with friends and came here after for dinner. i had seen some hopeful reports so thought we'd come here, haven't been for awhile. my friend and i shared the 2 piece halibut and fries, both dark as oil too hot? the tarter...More

Thank jarmwr40
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your thoughts on our establishment. Indeed a great many folks do "come for the view" though they often stay for the food and service. When deciding to join us for fish & chips, our...More

Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Decent no frills fare with an excellent location and view. Service is above average as is the food. Decent bar area for a local watering hole. Great stop for tourists.More

Thank Randy B
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer As Qualicum Beach's oldest operating business - that is built on a 91 year history of exceeding guest expectations for fresh hand-made cuisine in a world class oceanfront setting - we are very pleased to read that you found our food and service...More

Reviewed October 5, 2015

Visiting the area, we ate dinner here twice--first visit was very good. Friendly service, very good mussels, good oysters casino. Returned to lax service, mediocre to poor food. Our visit was late September, so perhaps there is less attention in the kitchen and to staff...More

Thank Michael C
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer Your honesty is appreciated. Consistency is a big part of any hospitality based business, and we do our very best to be predictable for our guests as we have a great many repeat/regular customers. That said, if there is every a time where...More

Reviewed October 3, 2015

We went to Shady's for dinner. We did not have reservations and just got in - it was busy. The building is old and showing its wear - could use some updating. We had fish and chips - the standard and were very pleased with...More

Thank Bruster99
ShadyMGMT, Manager at The Shady Rest Waterfront, responded to this review

Dear, Reviewer We are very proud to read your kind review of your time with us. Thank you for sharing it with the world. We will always do our best to serve our guests according to their individual needs. It is our pleasure. A little...More

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carolinet598
We are planning to come there on July 28th - there will be 18 of us. Do we need a reservation?
May 1, 2017|
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Response from Barb D | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would summers are busy here in Parksville! They do have 2 parts the restaurant side & pub side no children. Both have ocean view.
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Suxyq
Fancy gluten free items?
May 29, 2015|
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Response from ShadyMGMT | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry regarding our "gluten free" selection. Currently on our menu we feature no less than 10 items ranging from salads and soups to appetizers, main course dishes and deserts. (humble greens and albacore... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$9 - $24
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3109 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2C5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 250-752-9111
Description
The Shady has been a local tradition since 1924!Come see for yourself why we're still having fun after all these years. Great food, friendly service, and a breathtaking oceanfront setting await. We look forward to serving you!