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“Excellent Prime Rib! Watch the prices...”

The Cypress Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #26 of 96 Restaurants in Port Alberni
Price range: US$9 - US$15
Cuisines: American
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Excellent Prime Rib! Watch the prices...”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We were camping in the area and did a day trip to Port Alberni. As the day wore on it became clear we would need to dine out. Quite by chance we came upon the Chances RimRock Casino - inside which is Cypress!

The special for Fri & Sat nights is Prime Rib, which required no further arm twisting from us.

We did call in advance and make a reservation. Were offered restaurant or lounge and opted for the lounge. As it turns out we would not have needed a reservation that night because they were not that busy.

The seats in the lounge were very comfortable, and the place was air conditioned well - a real plus with the heat wave that had hit the area at the time.

We ordered the larger cut of Prime Rib. Others have said the Prime Rib is some of the best on the Island. I'll go one farther - I have not had Prime Rib this good since our Wedding! It was REALLY GOOD.

Then for desert we tried this strange cheesecake make with filo pastry. The server said if we did not like it SHE would eat it. Well not much chance of that! It was AMAZING! Never had anything like it, and I wish we could get that in Vancouver!

This place is great, and it is on our list for a repeat visit! The service was great, and the food was fantastic. And we even took in some slots action after dinner.

About the only thing I would take note of is that I found the prices on the menu high. For example, full size Cobb Salad $11.00 - +$5.00 for with chicken - so $16 for a Cobb Salad??? Butter Chicken $18??? We go to Surrey for East Indian food all the time, and butter chicken is NOT $18. Full rack of Baby Back Ribs $27? We just found those prices a tad on the high side - especially considering this is a Casino venue. Our experience has been that Casinos try to get you in the door with LOWER food prices, not higher. I'm sure the other food will be great if the Prime Rib is any indication, just be preapred for the prices.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
British Columbia
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“The best food in Port”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I am amazed at the lack of recent rating for the Cypress. We have been dining here for the past 3 years and without doubt they make the best prime rib anywhere on the Island (Fri and Sat evenings).
The food coming from the kitchen is always hot and the service is top notch. The host is also amazing and adds a lot of class to the dining experience.
We have tried most menu items and have never been disappointed and besides the prime rib I highly recommend any of the cuts of steak, the ribs, the pork schnitzel and for desert the filo cheese cake is amazing!!
Without a doubt this is the best and most consistent food in Port Alberni and we have tried them all.

  • Visited July 2014
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Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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47 reviews
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“Wow!”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We were recently in Port for a week on a work project and had asked around looking for different ideas for dinner. Almost everyone we talked to said "you have to go to the casino". We were skeptical but decided to give it a shot...I mean, how good a meal are you going to get at the casino? Wow! We ate in the dining room and it is a beautiful atmosphere and the staff are top notch. Once inside, you completely forget that you are in a casino. There were 6 of us the first night and we each had something different. Every single meal was perfection. It was so good we went back twice more during the week! To say we were surprised is an understatement but I can't wait to come back! The Rim Rock Hot Pot was a particular favourite.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Not a Brew Pub but....”
Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

When a place calls itself a Brew Pub then that's what I expect. Not even a quality IPA was offered in bottle let alone Craft Brew. The food and service were however very good. I would have ranked the food and service one star up by itself. We were a large party and general opinion on food and service was favorable. The room itself was a tad dark with little exterior input but that is consistent with most casino dining I have experienced. Prices are inline with offerings. We would go back but with lower expectations concerning beer. Cheers

Visited July 2013
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port alberni bc
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“classy n quiant”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

ive seen this resturaunt change so many times through out the years it seems nice n cozy i still enjoyed the theme the most when it was legends but thats probably because no one else has had n e thing like that in port alberni

Visited September 2012
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