Old Surrey Restaurant

4.7
1108 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 596-2313
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Philip Aguirre
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
134th street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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k
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been to the Old Surrey in years. We returned just recently for my wife's birthday. It was amazing. Same staff, same owners. Food was amazing. Service superb. We don't often go so high end but this experience worth it!

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GD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the top, old school elegance. Food is so delicious and live the table side food prep.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was really good the food was excellent the service was quick the chair was really comfortable perfect for A Birthday

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S
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's so nice to find a dinner venue with white glove service table Linens and flambe at the table. The staff is very well trained, the food is exquisite, the Ambiance can't be beat. You will not be disappointed.

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GD
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. We had a party of 8 to celebrate my birthday. We all had the Chateau briand 4 course dinner. The appetizer was so good, we were all ready to eat nothing but that! Next came the Cesar sale made table side with fresh ingredients simply the best! The main course was fit for royalty. It melted in my mouth. I've never had more tender beef. And finally, cherries jubilee for dessert.... also made table side.
I will keep coming back to this restaurant because it's the best food I've ever eaten. Thank you again Old Surrey! We love you!

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KH
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our service was fantastic, the food was excellent. Overall a definitely wonderful experience.
Thank you! <3

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

good restaurant!taste is very nice!

i will go to again next!

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GA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We we're there for our 19th wedding Anniversary, by Request we asked for private (Romantic) area well that we Recieved it was Private. The Food was 9.2 / 10 . The Service was Impeccable through out the Evening. Thank you for an Enjoyable part in our Anniversary. G & F Aubin

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming dining room experience with excellent table side service. Great selection for omnivores, vegetarian options are limited and not on the menu, you'll have to ask.

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food,Nice service.Highly recommended.Will come again.

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MW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambience, & food is top-notch. One of my favourite restaurants for many years. I used to order the 3 course "special" dinner, however, it has become the 4 course "special". I find the 4 course offering is: too expensive and too much food. I much preferred the 3 course offering.

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined at the Old Surrey at least 25 times over the past 15 years. Tuesday night was quieter then usual but the at table service from Spiros and Kurt was exceptional. The halibut special was wonderful and the B52 coffee was amazing!

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R
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Father's Day dinner at the Old Surrey and we had a wonderful dinner. It was a set menu and I had the prawn appetizer, spring salad, Tenderloin steak and lobster tail and grand marnier strawberries with ice cream for dessert. Everything was well presented and tasted perfect. We won't wait for a special event to go back.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

A lovely ambiance staff are friendly and aim to please.Food is okay i had the mussels to start some of the shells had bo mussels which was disappointing. The Caesar salad is the best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 1st anniversary and it was the perfect place to remember our honeymoon we had had in France. The wine was excellent, the staff thoughtful, and the food delicious. Thanks for facilitating a wonderful romantic evening for us!

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B
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely meal. We both had the spring special. I had the mussels which I did not like at all, couldn’t eat them. Every other course was wonderful, exceptional staff , service and timing of the courses was spot on.

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NS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found the service to be imbeccable and the food was fantastic food

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HS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven't been there in years. My mistake !! What a great restaurant !!

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k
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favourite place to go, exceptional food..
they treat the entire family well , even children. My 8 year old daughter loves to go, even chose it for her 8th birthday

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TM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Best Caesar salad ever, made table side and customized for the one person out of 6 who was allergic to anchovies! Fabulous mussels in Gorgonzola cream sauce. Lamb ribs great, leg slices less so, menu said mint sauce but came with minuscule amount of commercial mint jelly. Filet mignon topped with crab was very good (one of four was over cooked, perhaps a service mixup)). And the meal ended with excellent crepes with rhubarb and strawberry, yum. While each of the servers were very nice, there seemed to be confusion as to who was doing what, almost as if short staffed and everyone filling in. Several times, we needed to repeatedly request things, e.g. more bread (which when finally brought, came with no extra butter). I’ll go back, a great meal but no longer in the top 100 in Canada.

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service in the middle of Surrey. We sampled half of the menu and everything was well prepared and delicious. I will be back to try the other half. Cheers

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LL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was delicious as always but the young man who was making our caesur salad put to much red wine vinegar into the dressing so it wilted the lettuce quickly and was very runny

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and the food/service was spectacular! The food was fast and delicious, and our server was so funny and nice. 10/10 would recommend for a special night.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

A bit dissapointed. We all ordered from the spring tasting menu. The duck risotto was served lukewarm. The mussels were good. The beef filet
wAs not tender. The halibut was very good. The lamb was served medium well, they did not ask how we would like it, would have expected medium rare. The roast lamb served with the rack was not tender. The crepes were good. We had been once before and were very impressed but this time not. Most likely will not return . We did not complain as we were with guests.

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrrrrrrrrific as usual. Has been our favorite spot for 15 years. Consistent great food.

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O
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been going there for over 30 years and the food and service is always impeccable.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service - I didn't see my server smile once. It was 20 mins before we even received water glasses at our table. When she did arrive, she was cold and brief and appeared to want to be anywhere else but there. At the end of our dinner when 3 servers/busboys came to take the plates off our table, they were reaching over our heads and it felt like we were being swarmed. The staff clearly need to be trained in proper service - not one of them appeared to know the most basic rules of which side to be setting plates down on.

Food - not seasoned properly. The escargot was gritty. The cream of asparagus soup looked (and tasted) so dull I could have been eating lumpy baby food that was made a week ago. The filet and lobster plate looked like the food was thrown on my plate and in that moment, I was definitely not eating 'with my eyes'. I've seen students in culinary school on their first day of school, plate better than that. This is my 4th time visiting the restaurant as I have always applauded this restaurant for being one of the better restaurants in this side of town and I was thoroughly embarrassed by having put my stamp of approval on it.

This "special occasion" - Mother's Day - did not feel special at all. I won't be back and neither will I ever recommend this restaurant to any one else.

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W
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been a regular there for a number of years. The food quality is excellent, the service is first class. Will be going for many years to come.

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TK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is hands down one of the best restaurants I have been to. Everything from the service to the meal was amazing. When they made me a b52 coffee at the end it just topped off my night. My wife and I will come here again.

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JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on Mothers' Day and ordered the set menu - 4 course dinner, with several options for each course. Good food, decent portion, excellent service. A bit expensive, but food quality made up for this.

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The experience we had this time at the old Surrey in was not quite as good as our last one.
While ours Mother’s had a good time, the constant, and I do mean constant mix ups with our seating plan and the table next to us was frustrating to say the least.
At one point our waitress who took our order, gave my son a steak knife, when she took the order for a steak from me. Later another waiter brought another steak knife to my son, and we mentioned I would be having the steak and I have a knife. A few minutes later our waitress came by and took the steak knife from in front of me. When I mentioned I moved it there she said “ I know because I am the one who put it there ( meaning near my son )”.
Both mothers, myself and my wife all were a bit shocked at the way she said it. Especially since she was the one with the mix up.
We recieved numerous apologies and explanations for the constant mix ups, and yet they continued on the the rest of the dinner.
On a side note the young man and lady pouring water/helping out were very polite and there whenever we needed anything.
Everyone’s meal was delicious, however 50$ and my steak was maybe a 4oz cut before it was cooked, combined with 2 timbit sized duchess like potatoes and veggies seemed a bit high for my plate.
We would still return, but most likely for a dinner date.

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DD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visit for mother's day... Very fitting atmosphere for such special occasion.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classic, traditional, local. Dust off your etiquette skills and treat your lover to a unique, soul-satisfying dinner experience.

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DJ
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. A small group (6) of us gathered to celebrate my birthday. We had a comfortable table in the sun room and it was perfect. We have dined here many times but our first time in this room- it did not disappoint!

Our guests enjoyed the attentive service and were wowed when our salad and crepes were done table side. A lost art truly!

Spiros and the rest of the staff were discreet, helpful and so accommodating to one of our guests having a sea food allergy. From start to finish, perfect food, and comfortable and private atmosphere. They source much of their products locally and it is evident in the flavors, as well a seasonal dinner special is always available and definitely a luxury to enjoy.

We will be back in the future— and so will our friends. A perfect place to celebrate or just enjoy dinner out.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my Mother’s Birthday dinner there. We were treated first class. Great vibe. Love the table side Caesar salad, crepes Suzette and Spanish coffees. Forgot what s gem this place really is. My mother said it was the best birthday she has had!

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Menu options, to include a Seasonal Set Menu. Well constructed Martini's from a long list of Martini's. Hot bread with whipped butter and an amuse bouche . Table side preparation of several dishes is a notable touch to the event. Excellent recommendations by Server resulted in a perfect dinner and desert. After dinner table side preparation of Flaming Special Coffees, liberal liqueur , lush golden abundant whipping cream. A desert menu that has something special for everybody. Impeccable service by all at Table Side. A bright, clean, fresh, yet nostalgic interior welcomes one to an evening of great food and great service. Kudos Old Surrey Restaurant, 100 Years Old and going strong!

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YV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

10th Anniversary

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TF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here for all our anniversaries. My wife’s grandma and grandpa would always go for there anniversaries. The waiters are very personable and the food is ALWAYS delicious. The wine selection is great and there specialty coffees are delicious also. We will always continue to go here for our anniversary.

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. my wife and I have been going here for special occasions for over 20 years and they've gotten it right every time...especially one time when the power went out! that was a true candlelight meal :)

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give this restaurant 6 stars I would. My wife and I both left the experience noting that it was the best dining experience we've ever had. We have been on cruise ships, to resorts, and many special event dinners. This was incredible.

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