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“Good food but an amazing experience!”

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Smitty's Pancake House Restaurant
Ranked #31 of 102 Restaurants in Parksville
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Nanaimo, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good food but an amazing experience!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We had often stopped at this Smitty's on our way up Vancouver Island. On our most recent visit, we had a completely unique experience.

Unusually, our order seemed to be taking a long time. Our server, who was attentive and cheerful, explained that it was being recooked as the chef was unhappy with how it looked. We were fine with the wait but astounded when we received the bill which had been discounted by 50%.

In all our restaurant experiences the world over, we had never had this happen and were completely impressed.

Of course, we will be back!

  • Visited April 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Parksville, Canada
1 review
“breakfast done right”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

I have been to Smitty's many times and have always enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere.
The swiss omelette is one of my favourites and I love that I can substitute the hash browns for sliced tomatoes and or anything else I wish to alter.
Definitely recommend this location.

  • Visited March 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great friendly staff”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stopped here for breakfast. The fare was normal pancake house food. Cooked properly. Fruit cup was generous and very fresh. Staff very friendly. Would definitely go back

Visited April 2013
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Surrey, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“good service”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

It was great to have such a caring server who did her utmost to please us, not just with her prompt service but her ability to converse with the guest. She made all attempts to help me with my picky eating. Food was hot, good portion size and tasty.

Visited March 2013
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Nanaimo
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beware!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We really should have listened to the warnings posted here, but we were really hungry! It was the only place open that wasn't serving fast food and we've eaten at Smitty's (another location) before without incidence. Really, how hard is it to screw up bacon and eggs!? Well, they did! Nothing like minced scrambled eggs, burnt bacon and cold hash browns. It didn't smell very good either. The kids meals weren't any better (no healthy options either). The BBQ Chicken dinner was a tiny little piece of chicken (about 2oz), dry as a bone and clearly overcooked or reheated. Everything was overcooked and horrible, except for the fries. If I can recommend anything, it would be the fries. They were the only tasty item on the table. Our server was nice. Not her fault the cook can't cook! Oh, and to top it all off, we were seated at the back of the restaurant (the restaurant was almost empty) right next to another family who openly burped several times. Very appetizing indeed.

  • Visited March 2013
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