About Old Surrey Restaurant

The Old Surrey Restaurant is Surrey’s best well- kept secret. Built in 1918, it was the residence of Lou Jack and his household until it was converted into a restaurant in 1974.

The interior has a crisp, clean aesthetic that is enhanced by hardwood floors and the enlarged photos of historic Surrey that adorn the walls. There are five distinct dining areas on the top floor (including a cozy library) and a banquet facility downstairs. The cuisine is French with a splash of West Coast flare. A treat for new and seasoned guests alike are the signature dishes that are prepared and flambeed tableside.

The restaurant is family owned and operated since 1975. Since 1984 the restaurant has entered into a partnership with the family farm in Ryder Lake overlooking Chilliwack from the nearby mountains. The Old Surrey is well known for its free-range lamb and veal allowing customers to enjoy fresh organic ingredients.

13483 72 Ave
Surrey, BC V3W 2N7
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
134th street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 596-2313

Website:
http://www.oldsurreyrestaurant.ca/

Executive Chef:
Philip Aguirre

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Authentic (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Seasonal (11)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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·Dined 6 days ago

We dined at the Old Surrey Restaurant for the fourth time in the last 30 or so years earlier this week. As expected, it was great again!
We had our first great meal there when our kids were young and we lived in North Surrey. Since then we have lived in Burnaby, Port Moody, Vancouver, St. John's, NL and now New Westminster. And occasionally we return sort of like homing pigeons to the Old Surrey Restaurant.
My wife and I both chose the Fall/Winter fixed menu that offered lots of options. We both chose bruschetta and a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing to start. I had lamb that was medium in a lovely mint gravy and my wife had salmon. For dessert I had a ginger cheesecake that was very good and my wife had puffed pastry with apple that she took home with a good chunk of her salmon.
Meantime, I devoured everything presented to me...And it was--as expected--a wonderful and memorable meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

We have being going to the Old Surrey since the 1970’s and we love it.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Tapas, Authentic, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fun, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a very nice time at your restaurant and look forward to our next visit.Great food, over the top as we couldn't eat it all👍.All in all a very good experience with very nice people.Well done.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were very pleased with the whole meal and evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Absolutely recommended for any occasion. Fabulous specials on throughout the year and do take advantage of them. Bang for the buck and the food and service are always outstanding. Not enough could be said on this. Old Surrey is one of those “hidden gems” that once discovered you will always come back again and again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Old Surrey is a favourite with our whole family. When you're there they treat you like family. We love the table side food prep and the fact they are a "make the customer" happy type of restaurant. They allow you to make changes to your menu order without a complaint or problem. Our children love to join us and enjoy the interaction and fun we have with the servers. Love this restaurant!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had the lamb and it was excellent. The service was fantastic and they were very cognizant of our time knowing we were going to the theatre.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been there 50 times and never had a bad experience. I suggest go to one of the wine tasting dinners they are the greatest and the most epic.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We have never been disappointed at this restaurant. Family owned and operated.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

A wonderful restaurant, great food and excellent service. We celebrated our 47th Anniversary and it was a very romantic evening .It is our favourite dining restaurant!!!!

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Service and food is always excellent. The Caesar salad is beautifully done at the table. The special menus has something for everyone.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fantastic old school service and very high quality food. What a beautiful experience. Highly recommended

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful food, with special features prepared at the table. Rotating seasonal prix fixe specialties. Cozy rooms and the noise level allows conversation with your dining companions! The only downside is a very small parking lot, so come early enough for your reservation to find a spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We felt we were well looked after right from time we arrived. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Looking forward to going back. We had the 4 course special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A lovely meal, quality service and impeccable service.

We have been there several times and will again— highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had the fall special choosing the Soft Shell Crab (Very Good) , Beef Wellingdon - also very
good and Spring Lamb Rack of Lamb & Leg - not as tender as I would have liked. The Caesars Salad was excellent as was our dessert (Brownie with BlackBerry Flambeu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

visited Old Surrey Restaurant with friends to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. Couldn't have been a more perfect evening. Food was delicious and beautifully presented; service is attentive but relaxed allowing time for visiting. The lack of music and background noise made it very enjoyable for our hear-aid folks. We totally enjoyed our private dining room and will be back for sure.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service and food Excellent on each visit I make here!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Wonderful service - server was attentive but we didn't feel crowded. The food is divine and as good if not better than many fine dining restaurants in Vancouver. The ambiance could use some freshening up, but I did enjoy how quiet it is.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Old Surrey House still delivers great cuisine and French service ,reminiscent of fine dining experienced four decades ago. This family business delivers every time I've had occasion to dine there. A true diamond in the rough and well worth a visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Expensive but excellent service and delicious food. Very nice atmosphere. However when the waiters are doing a Caesar salad or searing the food at other tables it tends to distract from the ambience of the occasion. But overall angood experience

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants to go to for a special occasion .... never disappoints.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

This truly a place to go for a special occasion. The food is excellent! The
preparation and presentation of some menu items tableside definitely makes you feel like a celebrity.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have been to the Old Surrey Restaurant three times in the last two months. Each visit we were never disappointed with the food, service or atmosphere.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

The season special was so good! And at a great price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Best Caesar salad ever! Great selection on the four course dinner. Lamb and beef Wellington were incredible and the brownie served with flambaied berries in Amaratto with pistachio ice cream was an incredible finish to an excellent meal!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had not been to the Old Surrey in a very long time. I took my husband there for his Birthday and we were definitely very impressed. The food was 5 star as was the service. A lovely place to go for a special dining experience. The atmosphere is quiet, fine dining and worth it to try.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was excellent. The setting is very nice, and very relaxed. The staff is very polite. If you're looking for fast this is not the place for you, it's a slow leisurely enjoyed the meal.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner and the service was great.
We will be back

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Too noisy for intimate dinning, crepe suzzette was too salty and bland.

Caesar salad for 2 was beyond excellent (previous visit) but a single Caesar was a sub par.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Quite good food, uneven service, dirty floor. On the night we visited, there were two or more large parties there, and the smaller tables were essentially ignored. This used to be my local restaurant of choice - I stopped going a few years back because of poor service - but decided to try them again because the chateaubriand special is so good. It seems as though they do not assign a designated server to a specific table and consequently, several servers try to "fit" the smaller tables in when s/he can. If they expect to keep their customer base, they need to pick up their game regarding the service flow.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always a great time with exceptional food and service, a gem in the heart of surrey.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Came with my family for my moms birthday. Love the heritage building. They flambé things at the table which is fun. The food was all really good. They have lots of great BC wines-- Although slightly over priced(it's general practice at restaurants to charge double what they pay for a wine but here it was a bit higher.) at least the wine list doesn't suck like most places in Surrey. It was cute in there and my mom really liked it which when you boil it down if the birthday girl is happy then you're all happy. Goodnight over all.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had our 11th wedding anniversary. I requested the library as I had eaten there before many years ago.
The service was friendly and professional without being intrusive. We chose the briand for two which was superb. Next time we are going to have the lamb from their farm in Chilliwack.
Yum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I have been enjoying the menu at the Old Surrey Restaurant together with my wife, family, and friend for years. I have no recollection of a disappointing meal ever. The serving staff are plentiful, attentive, and amazing. Spiros is a gem. He always make the evening perfect. The food is pricey, but always amazing. Made perfectly, and always consistently good. It is at this restaurant that I don't mind spending a premium for a good meal; I am never disappointed. The wine menu is varied and interesting, though, I do have my go to favorites. If I do feel a little adventurous and feel a need to experiment with a new wine, then I can always depend on knowledge and experience of the Old Surrey Restaurant staff to recommend the perfect wine. I would recommend that if you are interested in experiencing this restaurant that you don't do it during their special occasions like Mothers Day or Valentines. The staff handles these special dates like pros, but it is during the quieter evenings while sitting in the library room that you will truly experience this restaurant at its best.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great dinners in a relaxing atmosphere, thank you Spiro.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This is our go to place for special occasions, the food is always very good , you can't beat the ambiance, always polite talk with neighbouring tables ... a must do in my opinion , service is fantastic as well ...

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Love the experience. Highly recommended. Pricier but worth it. Love the option where food is prepare directly in front of us. Staff always attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

The restaurant had a beautiful decor, the service was fantastic and the food was outstanding. I couldn't get over how generous the portions were as well. Would highly recommend it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fantastic food with amazing presentation! Great service! Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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