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.
Surrey, BC V3W 2N7
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant is split into five distinct rooms with a variety of sizes. Room capacities are 10, 16, 32, 14, 10. Please phone the restaurant directly to book any private function.
Private Party Contact:
Philip Aguirre: (604) 596-2313
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Old Surrey Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful restaurant with old school white linen and a perfect single red rose on each table. The staff are discreet and gracious. The food was wonderful as we expected it would be and given the great reviews we've noted. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals which were prepared flawlessly. The handcrafted martinis are spectacular. This is a great restaurant for a romantic evening or catching up with friends in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. The pre-fixed menu which was available when we dined on March 18 was exceptionally good value, including perfectly done steak and lobster tail. We enjoyed watching the tableside preparation of caesar salad and the nitro ice cream. The nitro ice cream was lovely and tasted exactly as ice cream should.
It was busy when we visited and parking can be a bit tricky, subsequently we ended up parking in the Enterprise lot next door to the restaurant. Despite the busy-ness of the restaurant and noting a few larger groups, it still felt intimate. Plan to spend a few hours; this is a restaurant that encourages leisurely dining and great food does take some time to prepare. The rooms are nicely partitioned and tables appropriately spaced. Well worth the drive from Vancouver for a lovely meal and impeccable service in elegant surroundings. I am so pleased that we finally tried this restaurant as I have missed the availability of restaurants in the Lower Mainland area that used to provide classic dining experiences. We are looking forward to returning soon.
Out for thank you dinner with the parents and our two children (who are well behaved, yay,& are becoming foodies). Nice dinner. Owner made outstanding fresh caesar salads tableside. Also made tableside was the Nitro icecream, very interesting. Husband asked for special appetizer which they were able to accommodate. Very nice evening overall. Servers very attentive, everyone enjoyed themselves.
This restaurant is 5/5 and the fact it's been in the same location for 42 years attests to its outstanding reputation of excellent food and service!
Two in our party had beef filet and the third guest had the seafood platter which he claimed was delicious. I will definitely try that on my next visit. I don't think you'll be disappointed with anything you order here. I highly recommend The Old Surrey Restaurant. *
We all enjoyed the Big Red special. The food was tasty and delicious. Enjoyed having the salad and ice cream done at the table. The service was excellent. Each course was delivered perfectly. Nice that they were able to accommodate making a special meal for one person who could not eat anything off the menu. The price was reasonable. The wine was excellent.
We will be back.
My husband and I went with friends to celebrate my birthday. It was on a Sunday so we had a quiet room to ourselves with music in the background. The service was exceptional as was the food. A lot of drama with the table side caesar salad and the delicious chateaubriand. The seafood platter was one of the best I have ever had. We love this place and have been going there for years for special occasions.
We arrived ten minutes early for our reservation and were promptly greeted and seated by a wonderful gentleman. We were immediately given a wine list and had the evening's specials related to us. The menu had a great selection, and the food was just perfect, and arrived just in the right amount of time allowing us to get settled, enjoy some conversation and the ambiance.
We had a wonderful meal, had very attentive staff, and were entertained several times by the spectacle of the waiter making the ice-cream desert. A great place, with great staff, and great food. We will be back...
First time visit and will not be our last. From the time we entered the front door until we left the service was impeccable ie maitre d took our coats when we arrived and assisted us with our jackets when we left. Also offered to help me down the stairs since I was on crutches. Our servers were helpful with choosing wine and described the dishes with panache. My husband had the lamb. I had the seafood platter which included the best lobster I have ever had and the garlic prawns were amazing. My husband thought the lamb was done to perfection. We enjoyed crepes Suzette cooked table side which was delicious and entertaining to watch. Just sorry we took so long to discover this real gem in Surrey.
Restaurant could do with some new decor. Service was incredibly slow and I am regretting the tip I left. Took about 20 min just to order a bottle of wine. Tried to get the head servers attention to order, but he just walked right by me. In all, I expected more from a $300 dinner for 2.
Overall quite enjoyable ambiance.
2 food issues.
While the Caesar salad tasted fantastic. Make sure you define how much oil you want.
Make sure you and the wait staff/chef understand how you want your steak. I asked for medium well and described a thin layer of pink. I got back what I would call rare. All red. I even sent it back and when it was returned it was forcefully put in front of me stating it was medium well. It was medium rare. I ate it but wasn't impressed.
I have been meaning to book a reservation at the restaurant for a long time. I live in Vancouver so driving to Surrey to meet a friend made it an easy choice. The food was good and the service was great. Had a wonderful time with my friend and would go again.
We were there for Valentines day....we were put in a corner two seated table were I got seated and the table was pushed so I was locked in....I felt cluster phobic. Our server wasn't overly friendly. There was a waitress who had messy long hair not brushed wet and nothe tied back. we ordered steak and asked for medium and got almost blood rare.....we could have complained however it was a special occasion....we tiped the waiter and left.....I love to cook and am a foodie....This was not the food or quality I expected.....Will not return.....
This is my favourite restaurant! The food, service, and ambience were perfect. We had the set menu. Caesar salad was to die for, steak was cooked perfectly, and the nitro ice cream was amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough. Thanks for a wonderful meal.
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