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The Yellow Deli

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One of the Best Places To Visits in Courtenay


596 5th St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1K3, Canada



+1 250-897-1111

Price rating

$$ $$

Rating on Google Maps

4.60 (640 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Wednesday: 7 am to 9 pm
  • Thursday: 7 am to 9 pm
  • Friday: 7 am to 3 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12 to 9 pm
  • Monday: (Victoria Day), 7 am to 9 pm, Hours might differ
  • Tuesday: 7 am to 9 pm

Featured Reviews

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  • 5/5 Elijah M. 3 years ago on Google • 17 reviews
    Beautiful building, delicious fresh food,and thoughtful staff. Today I visited this Deli randomly with no previous info. My wife and I where impressed with the indoor seating first, soon after was the delicious smells from the kitchen. We where seated outside and by our choice and loved the small but unique menu. All bread and food was made there, and you could taste that it was. So Fresh and delicious! Our server was kind and gave us a brief history of the business when we asked. I very highly recommend this place and I can't wait to go back.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Mabel M. M. 1 year ago on Google • 41 reviews
    Insanely weird decor , but such amazing food 😋, incredibly nice relaxed servers . A go to place for tourists and locals.. It was my first time, a friend brought me for lunch and she treated me. Super friends and super place. Definitely try it. Hoping to try the outdoor patio next. I had Canadian cheesy salad, earl grey tea, carrot cake. 😋😋😋.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Foochfifi L. 1 year ago on Google • 76 reviews
    A trip to Courtenay, you must do a meal at Yellow Deli Restaurant. First of all the outter building design fill your heart with inviting vibe of nature and their sign reminded me of the hippie 60's era. As I walk in my heart fill with excitement as if I have entered a faires home or as if I have gone into " Lord of the ring's elf house." The inside design was sending a welcoming, relax, positive energy. I checked the Chilieack location on google but it doesn't stirred the soul as much as this one does for me. Nothing had made me smile from the heart for 6 months, and the fod... OMG!!!! My friend and I ordered their spinwich , and ruben sandwich and I also ordered a hot apple cider to go with it. IT WAS GOOD!!! My long time no see happy food face💗 finally comes out. It was , yum, yum, yum. And my tummy is very happy toi. Overall, I wish their building design will be the same every where, really feel like I am in that mystic forest and enjoying a happy breakfadt there. They also have lunch as well, and my friend and I will definitely try ther other food before we leave the town. Just want to say thank you for lifting my spirit with your food💖
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dan H. 1 year ago on Google
    Quaint Acadian atmosphere with lovely food. The service was friendly. The decor highlights driftwood and funky.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Andriy V. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing restaurant. It has a really nice medieval vibe to it, music is calming and a pleasure to enjoy just being inside. The decor is probably my favorite about this place, everything made out of wood. The staff is really friendly and they have one of the best breakfast sandwiches on the island. Every time I am around this area, I stop by, even if it's quite a bit out of the way. I would recommend to anyone that wants to have a quick bite or just wants a place to sit down from their weary travels 😋
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 DR J. D. 8 months ago on Google • 173 reviews
    💯 my favorite lunch spot. The sandwiches are sensational. Beautiful surroundings. 10 out of 10 every time

  • 5/5 The A. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautifully unique cafe. The food feels homemade and hearty. If I lived in the area I would pop by here somewhat often .
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Michael J. 2 years ago on Google
    This place is soooo cozy..! The décor is simply stunning..! The tables and features all look like original craftsmanship. The elegant additions of flowers and butterflies pressed under the sealant on the tables is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in a restaurant. All of the staff are so friendly here as well. And the food, well, all home-made and delicious. Their 'special sauce' that they put on a lot of sandwiches is excellent. One of the best brunch places in town.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Roger T. 2 years ago on Google
    Delightful atmosphere, Lovely service and great food. This is a very cool place to check out. It is also extremely affordable which is another plus. If you are looking for a homey hardy meal, this is the place.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Steve K. 1 year ago on Google • 67 reviews
    I had my little paradise in the onset of a sunny day. Peaceful, soothing and grounding. It's serving as an oasis for rejuvenation from the world around.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 mar ter k. 4 months ago on Google • 107 reviews
    OMG what a lovely homey place with the warm wooden carpentry and macramé hangings. But the food is scrumptious and caters to all dietary challenges. I had the butternut squash soup with a slice of sourdough bread and was full and happy for hours. They close at 3PM so go earlier than that and be patient. The wait isn't as long as you might think.

  • 5/5 Erin L. 7 months ago on Google • 28 reviews
    I rediscovered my love of Common Ground Cafe this week. The atmosphere is so friendly and open, the prices are very reasonable and their Cranberry Nut Salad is AMAZING! I took this picture after starting (it was beautifully presented). I even got one to go so I could have it for lunch the next day. Delicious. And it feels so good to support a wholesome, local community. Thank you to Common Ground Cafe Family.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Philippe D. 1 year ago on Google
    Absolutely wonderful! Love coming here to eat. Started dropping in just over a year ago and keep returning with my wife for dates and with friends as I love introducing new people to this restaurant. Everyone I have brought here has had glowing remarks about it and even has adopted it as their own favorite place to frequent.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Carly A. 1 year ago on Google
    Excellent spot to come across. In town for a basketball tournament and wanted soup and came across this gem! Deliciously homemade soups, salads, banana bread, apple cider. I’ll come back here every time I’m in town.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Cecilia C. 1 year ago on Google
    Very nice atmosphere with delicious food at good price. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Liza S. 1 year ago on Google
    The Yellow Deli was delightful! Walking in, it is like entering a tree house. Gorgeous wood decor and our table had pressed flowers in the lacquer. So pretty! We both had the cranberry cashew salad and it was absolutely delicious. We have been raving about it all day!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 M G. 2 years ago on Google
    Wonderful staff, great food, and I just love the interior! It really feels like so much care and intention has gone into making the space cozy and welcoming. Their attention to detail and quality is obvious from the cleanliness of the restaurant to the food, to the beautifully pressed and dried flowers laid in the handmade tables. If you have never eaten here before you must check it out. :)
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Natalie D. 2 years ago on Google
    We had the best anniversary lunch at The Yellow Deli. The place is so cozy (we had a seat right by the crackling fire). The staff is friendly. And the food was SO delicious: warm bread, delicious root beer in frosty mugs., thick tasty smoked meat sandwiches, and a beautiful salad with yummy dressing. Thank you so much to everyone involved in running this gem.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jaynie H. 1 year ago on Google
    Delicious food, loved the unique decor. Great service

  • 5/5 Kelsey S. 2 years ago on Google
    AMAZING! How have I never been here before?! Delicious salad, house made dressing, fresh bread in my yellow sub sandwich. So good. Beautiful atmosphere. We will be back.

  • 5/5 Chad P. 1 year ago on Google
    Loved the food, I had the breakfast sandwich. The decor was top notch, cool to look at all the woodwork.

  • 4/5 Tabi D. 2 years ago on Google
    I found this place very eccentric and inviting. The decore was different and enjoyable. There was a full floor to ceiling rock fireplace as well. The food was very good and the portions were adequate for the price. The staff was friendly and checked on us a few times during our visit. They were kind enough to sub a onion bun for a kiaser bun as my husband can't eat onions. The 3 different sandwiches and soup all looked good and tasted great. I will definitely return to this place the next time I am in Courtenay, BC! Also will recommend it to those I know visiting the area!

  • 3/5 Kyle W. 6 months ago on Google
    Whatever questionable things that are going here are , they do a great job hiding it behind laminated wood , hand tooled leather, soft spoken staff, and very good food. I feel like I would have only been able to resist the allure for another few minutes. I did read a pamphlet that was lying around the place and it wasn't really my cup of tea.

  • 5/5 stewart s. 1 year ago on Google
    Ha, a visual throwback to the 60s. Super clean, not grubby like the 60s. Very healthy choices.

  • 5/5 Terri H. 1 year ago on Google
    The food was tasty & healthy. The uniquely crafted wooden interior was spotless. The staff were very helpful & pleasant.

  • 5/5 Mishko F. 4 months ago on Google • 8 reviews
    Easily one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen. A shockingly special environment, very lovely service and the food was so good! What a treat of a discovery.

  • 5/5 Matin T. 2 years ago on Google
    Best food, lovely atmosphere, kind staff and great music beside magical energy. We are so lucky as local❤ My favorite place in the Island Cranberry salad and butternut squash is to die for. Besides everything else really.

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  • Parking
    • ✓️ Free parking lot
    • ✓️ Plenty of parking
    • ✓️ Free of charge street parking
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Debit cards
    • ✓️ Credit cards
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Beer
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Salad bar
    • ✓️ Small plates
    • ✓️ Vegan options
    • ✓️ Organic dishes
    • ✓️ Healthy options
    • ✓️ Late-night food
    • ✓️ Vegetarian options
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible seating
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible entrance
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Brunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Dessert
    • ✓️ Seating
    • ✓️ Breakfast
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✗ Delivery
    • ✓️ Takeaway
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating


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