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Common Ground Cafe

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596 5th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1K3, Canada
+1 250-897-1111
07:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri 07:00 - 15:00
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North Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place for a quick affordable lunch. Make sure you try the cranberry salad. The place is like a hobbit House. The decor and furniture is all recycled drift wood. The leather is reclaimed too. The food is very simple but wholesome and great tasting. Service was good.

Thank Jason K
Calgary, Canada
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At not quite noon, this place was just about full to capacity but we were able to get a seat in the solarium at the back (there are expansion renovations going on back there but two tables were set up in this small sunny room which will be the staff break room upon completion). Extremely courteous and friendly wait staff.... More 

Thank NatureNut_12
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a delightful spot for a fabulous meal??? Look no further than Common Ground in Courtenay. The butternut squash (with coconut milk) was wonderful! We shared that along with a grilled chicken burger and a beautiful salad. The seating is very unique! All in all, a great spot!

Thank MargInVictoria
Victoria, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unique delicious salads, incredible soups and fabulous sandwiches. Top grade local ingredients, wonderful ambiance and attentive non-intrusive service - all at a reasonable price.

Thank Sandy M
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We met friends for breakfast, good food, reasonably priced and a welcoming waiter. The unique decor and woodwork is a bonus, as are the cozy booths. Yerba matte good! Service was quite slow though positive.

Thank salisaha
Powell River, Canada
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

It's not often I'm able to say "that was some of the best......I've ever had!", at Common Ground it happened 3 times at one meal. It started off with some squash soup....it was the best I've had. Then a mango mate'....since it was my first ever, it was the best I've had. Then the Rachel sandwich arrived....mounds of turkey....the best... More 

Thank Alohakane3
Edson, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We had a great lunch here in a cozy welcoming setting. The butternut soup was incredible. The lentil soup was almost as good. Great value and good service. This was our second visit and we will be back again next time we are in town.

Thank Carolyn K
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Our first visit to Common Ground. It is a quaint (in a somewhat "hippie" sense) and very clean restaurant that provides a calm and relaxing environment. We had come to try the Reubens sandwich and found it to be delicious. Simple, but excellent. Probably the best we have had outside of Montreal. Will definitely return to try other items.

Thank Louis P
Sandspit, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We had lunch here the other day and quite enjoyed it. The main restaurant was full, so we were sat in the bag "solarium" room. Not quite as unique as the main dining room, but it had a nice view of the street and was cozy and warm, plus private, so we didn't mind it at all. We had the... More 

Thank remarkablerebma
Vancouver, Canada
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98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

I've eaten here six or 8 times in the past 5 years. It's always been delicious and the ambience has been very nice. I have very limited choices for food I can eat due to allergies but they have always accommodated. However, the last time I visited a month ago or so I couldn't find a single thing on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$11
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 596 5th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1K3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Comox Valley  >  Courtenay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-897-1111
The Common Ground , a family run business, is a unique experience in the heart of the Comox Valley! A 100 year old heritage home has been tastefully and creatively transformed into a warm and inviting place where you can loose yourself, be well fed, relaxed and refreshed. Wonderful artisan woodwork throughout the restaurant using reclaimed and natural materials enhances the experience.

Our menu is small, fresh, and thoughtfully prepared to provide you what id getting harder and harder to find these days - true food! Nothing too fancy here, just common sense, old fashioned care in preparation and integrity in ingredients, at a price you can afford!

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?