One of the fastest growing areas of Vancouver Island, British Columbia is the Comox Valley. For years, this area that includes the little towns of Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox has seen a rise in young families and professionals moving to the area and with that has come some major changes for these formerly sleepy little towns. Now, the Comox Valley is a great place to find world-class outdoor adventures, great coffee shops as well as incredible dining including global foods and brewpubs. With an abundance of fresh local ingredients from veggies to seafood, Comox restaurants have some of the best ingredients to work with year-round making a dining experience here worth every bite! We’ve created a list of the local approved ten best restaurants in the Comox Valley – perfect to try whether you’re staying right in the Comox Valley or visiting from nearby Parksville or Nanaimo!
132 Port Augusta St, Comox, BC V9M 3N7 | 250-339-5030
Located just steps away from the Comox Harbour, this nautical, neighbourhood pub offers a cozy fireplace and ample indoor seating in the winter and outdoor seating in the summer. Here, you can enjoy some great food – including many gluten free options – made with local ingredients and the stunning view of the Comox Glacier and Beaufort Mountain range.
146 Port Augusta St, Comox, BC V9M 3N6 | 250-890-9537
If you’re looking for the local breakfast, brunch and lunch spot in Comox, you’ll want to go to the Tidal Café. With a thoughtfully created menu filled with delicious dishes made with local ingredients, home baked goods and yummy drinks, this is the perfect place to start any day in the Comox Valley!
250 6th St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1M1 | 250-338-9838
For a great locals restaurant that always serves good food in downtown Courtenay, you’ve gotta book a table at Atlas! Since 1995, Atlas has been one of the best places to find elevated casual meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you want to dine in or takeout and whether you’re looking for some flavourful tacos or a hearty salad, Altas has your back!
Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill
140 Port Augusta St, Comox, BC V9M 3N6 | 250-890-7575
When it comes to finding a great restaurant for a date night in the Comox Valley, Toscano’s is at the top of the list! With delicious Mediterranean style menu items made with locally sourced ingredients, a robust wine list and mouth water desserts, you’ll want to make another reservation asap!
1754 Beaufort Ave, Comox, BC V9M 1R6 | 250-339-1199
If you’re looking for the perfect atmosphere for a special occasion with dishes that are both beautiful and delicious and impeccable service, book a table at Martine’s. This casual, fine dining restaurant nestled on the Comox Harbour and Marina has been rated highly by diners for years with no signs of stopping!
2064 Comox Ave, Comox, BC V9M 1P8 | 250-890-9200
This chic eatery has been a long-time favourite with Comox Valley locals for good reason! With a comfortable atmosphere, great service and delicious food that is perfect for a date night, casual brunch or a family meal, it’s easy to see why Avenue Bistro is one of the best restaurants in the Valley! Book a table or pick up a take out order when you’re staying in the Comox Valley!
Church St. Taphouse
215 Church St, Comox, BC V9M 1X7 | 250-890-0675
This fun, kid friendly taphouse and restaurant is a great place for a casual drink and some incredible pub classics. Whether you want crispy wings, a savoury charcuterie board or a fantastic burger, Church St. is the place to go. Plus, they have an ever rotating taps list, custom cocktails and great wines! Cheers!
1185 Kilmorley Rd, Comox, BC V9M 4C4 | 250-339-4466
Since the early 80’s Griffin Pub has been the place to go in the Comox Valley for a traditional pub experience. Located next to the air base, Griffin Pub offers guests a laid-back vibe, great beers on tap, classic pub fare and ample indoor and outdoor seating.
4330 Island Hwy S, Courtenay, BC V9N 9R9 | 1-800-663-7929
If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a special evening in style, you’ll want to give Ocean7 a try! This fine dining restaurant is a part of the Kingfisher Resort right on the edge of the water south of Courtenay. With impeccable service, an award-winning wine list, world-class food, stunning patio seating during the summer and stylish indoor seating with water views year-round, there is no better place to find elevated dining in the Comox Valley.
1773 Comox Ave, Comox, BC V9M 3L9 | 250-339-3222
Need some healthy takeout food in the Comox Valley? Give Sushi Kobo a try! This tiny little sushi bar whips up some incredible rolls, salads, donburi and nigiri. Don’t let the tiny little space throw you off, this sushi is always fresh and flavourful!
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Jo Klassen’s Restaurant
Glacier View Plaza, 2401 Cliffe Ave #14, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L5 | 250-338-5564
There’s something about being near the ocean that’ll make you crave fish and chips. When that craving hits while you’re staying in the Comox Valley, there is only one place to go: Jo Klassen’s. As one of the area’s most highly rated restaurants, Jo Klassen has been delighting guests with delicious fast food classics like burgers, chowders, and of course, fish and chips.
When the summer months come around, one of the best ways to explore the food scene in the Comox Valley is food trucks! Check out this handy listing of the best food trucks in the area!