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The Colander Restaurant

££ - £££
Italian, Canadian
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1475 Cedar Ave, Trail, British Columbia V1R 4C5, Canada
+1 250-364-1816
16:30 - 20:30
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 16:30 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Trail, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

People come from all over for the spaghetti at the colander. Locals can bring in a pot and get it filled with spaghetti and sauce for a fraction of the price. Try it you will like it!!!

Thank sjohnston000
Spokane, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Bantam hockey team dined there for dinner on Saturday night. 49 of us in total. Food portions are served family style and more than most of us could eat. Real homestyle Italian & so delicious! We pre-ordered our meals, which was helpful, but a little chaotic with that many people. The only drawback was our huge party was assigned... More 

Thank 426CTS
Port Moody, Canada
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a Sunday night dinner. I was kind of craving pasta so this being number 1 on trip advisor, I thought it would be a good choice.... Eh wrong! I walked to a cafeteria style establishment. Cold atmosphere and the hostess was not thrilled to see a customer. All that aside I stayed being that everyone else is... More 

Thank Jewgal
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place. Every time I visit my family in Trail, my boyfriend insists we eat there or that we get take out. The classic all you can special is great. So is there ribs special and the baked pastas. Huge portions. So good after a long day of skiing.

Thank Rita L
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

It was good as always. The atmosphere was nice, not too noisy. The food is very filling and you get enough to take some home with you.

Thank fridge77
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The Colander has always been a family favourite when visiting Trail BC. Their food has always been delicious and the portion sizes are substantial. We recently had dinner at the Colander and found the food to be rather bland and far less tasty than in the past. We were wondering if there has been a change in ownership or with... More 

Thank K F
Edmonton, Canada
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Each time I visit family in Castlegar, we have to eat at the Colander in Trail. It's our tradition. While I opt for the vegetarian offerings, everybody else goes for the special. It is massive. It comes with salad, spaghetti, 2 meatballs, two pieces of chicken, jojo potatoes and a roll. It's not fancy or pretentious. It hasn't changed in... More 

Thank CatWillows_13
Kelowna, Canada
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We had only been once to the Colander over 9 years ago but friends from Castlegar go all the time so when we had a weekend at Christina Lake we invited them to go with us. We read the reviews and were hesitant at first -haters gonna hate I guess. We made reservations for last Sunday night for 11 people... More 

Thank Angela B
Coquitlam, Canada
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72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

It started off not so good and went downhill from there. Walked into a not so busy restaurant; the cashier was busy with customers paying their bills - no acknowledgement; several servers walked by - no acknowledgement; after 5 minutes someone finally came by to seat us. First impression - this looks like an old bingo hall converted to a... More 

2 Thank KeystoneMountaineer
Trail, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It's as good as the pasta in Italy plus a great salad ,jo-jo roasted potatoes and roasted chicken. The Italian atmosphere is wonderful and suits the dinner.

Thank doncanada31

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
16:30 - 20:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1475 Cedar Ave, Trail, British Columbia V1R 4C5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Kootenay Rockies  >  Trail
  • Phone Number: +1 250-364-1816

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?