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“Fantastic Meal & Service”
Review of Hudson's on First

Hudson's on First
Ranked #3 of 112 Restaurants in Duncan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: At Hudson's On First, we strive to offer Michelin Star service without the pretension, while serving the freshest ingredients in the most interesting ways, consistently without expectation, to those who love us and those who have yet to know us. We are proud to offer made from scratch cooking using wholesome West Coast ingredients influenced by modern European cuisine. We source organic and locally whenever possible. Dining at Hudson's On First is elegant yet comfortable and set in a beautifully restored 110 year old Heritage building. From the selection of ingredients to the blend of flavours and artistry on the plate, our passion for food is evident in every detail. We invite you to experience your escape on an unforgettable culinary retreat through extraordinary cuisine paired with warm attentive service. Owner Andrea Hudson is Vancouver Island raised and is formally trained and educated in Hospitality Management. She is passonate about her community, wine, food and the attention to details. Andrea and her team are thrilled to be calling the Cowichan Valley home and sharing our experience with you.
Vancouver
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207 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Fantastic Meal & Service”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

What a wonderful meal, fantastic service & lovely, warm ambience. I had been wanting to try Hudsons for some time. It did not disappoint. It is a very egant, but not stuffy, restaurant. It is apparent that the owners haven taken great care & paid attention to details. The space is beautifully restored. The meal was excellent. It was a most memorable meal, fairly priced. We will certain make the trip back to Duncan from Victoria, as the meal, service & surroundings were well worth the drive

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fine dining with unique dining ambience.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

As a celiac I was impressed with the choices. They presented me with special bread to enjoy. We really loved scallop appetizer. My father and I loved the beef shanks ... So tender and savoury. My husband and Fathers wife enjoyed a fish entree. Dessert and coffee was awesome.
I have travelled all over the world and know quality service, first class food presentation, and inviting sociable atmospheres ... Hudson's does not disappoint. Well worth the experience.
We will return.

  • Visited February 2014
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Duncan, Canada
2 reviews
“Quaint and Classy Haute Cuisine in Duncan.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

This restaurant is excellent and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good restaurant in the Cowichan Valley. Its Haute Cuisine in a cozy unpretentious atmosphere. One look at the beautifully renovated old house that they've turned into a fabulous restaurant will make you want to go there. It is just off Canada Ave. on First Street in Duncan so very easy to find and near the downtown area. Chef Dan Hudson was also on Top Chef Canada and represented us very well. Dan and his wife Andrea own and run it and with his incredible talent in the kitchen and her background in hospitality you are treated to an incredible experience. Also, the staff are very knowledgeable about the food and the wines they serve and I can't say enough about the service...excellent!

  • Visited February 2014
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Duncan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous food and service”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food was delicious, the restaurant beautiful and the service top notch. Absolutely worth it for a special night or even casual lunch.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Laura H
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Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada
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250 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Been twice, will keep coming back”
Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Not much to choose from as far as "fine dining" goes in the area... So this is pretty special. The male server there in particular is great to deal with, and I've never had a bad dish there. Some better than others (the gnocchi stands out in my mind), but all great. The only negative would be that they have a very limited scotch selection.

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