The 52 Best Restaurants in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

In Parksville Qualicum Beach, you'll find pizzerias, bustling food trucks, craft breweries, and elegant beachfront dining.

Top 52 Eats #myPQB

Our area boasts a diverse culinary scene, including international cuisine, exceptional coffee shops, and contemporary restaurants that elevate your dining experience with locally sourced and foraged ingredients.

With so many great places to choose from, deciding where to eat is the most challenging part of your visit! We've compiled a list of the Top 52 Eats around our area to guide your culinary journey.

This list is crafted from TripAdvisor reviews, local insights, and our social media community recommendations, giving you a taste of what's currently hot.

We've neatly organized these spots into categories and suggested some must-try dishes, making it easy for you to enjoy the best flavours of Parksville Qualicum Beach.

Use our local restaurant directory to compare your options and enjoy a memorable dining experience.


Comfort Food & Family Dining | Pubs & Craft Breweries | Vegetarian & Vegan | Casual Fine Dining | Seafood | Cafes | Breakfast & Brunch | International

Comfort Food & Family Dining

Step into the warm embrace of our family-friendly restaurants, where each meal celebrates hearty flavours and communal dining. These establishments specialize in dishes that unite people, offering everything from nostalgic classics to modern twists that delight all ages. It’s about more than just eating; it’s about creating memories around the table.

1. Lefty's Restaurant

Lefty's Restaurant is Parksville's family-friendly dining spot with a diverse menu. Known for dishes like Jerk Chicken Bowl and Thai Bowl, it's ideal for multi-generational gatherings.

2. Black Bird Schnitzel Haus

Black Bird Schnitzel Haus—A Qualicum Beach gem, this restaurant specializes in authentic German cuisine. In addition to schnitzel, it offers various traditional sauces and desserts, such as the famous apple strudel.

3. Salt Pizzeria

Renowned for its creatively topped pizzas, Parksville’s Salt Pizzeria uses Italian flour and local ingredients. When European ingredients meet local tastes, magic happens—ever tried a Panuozzo?

4. Knockananna Grill Food Truck

Knockananna Grill Food Truck offers a dynamic, locally sourced menu in Qualicum Beach. It is known for its fresh ingredients and changing options, which keep locals returning and raving about its Knockaberry Burger!

5. Old Country Market Restaurant

Famous for its goats on the roof, Old Country Market Restaurant in Coombs offers a broad menu, including fish tacos. It's a quirky destination with a very casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

6. Cuckoo Trattoria and Pizzeria

If you are looking for Italian cuisine with a twist while in Coombs, swing by Cuckoo Trattoria and Pizzeria. Their charming patio under trees enhances its rustic charm. If you are a table of four, the Paesano Platters for all to share are our favourites. In truly Italian style, celebrating life with food, family, and friends.

7. Q Burger

For an award-winning burger experience, head to Q Burger in Qualicum Beach. Ready to try their inventive options like the Burgeritto and the beloved Q-Boom. The menu also features vegan choices and local craft beers, ensuring a diverse and enjoyable dining experience.

8. Extreme Eatery

You’ve probably seen photos of Extreme Eatery’s standout Caesar cocktails. One drink is an entire meal. The famous Extreme Caesar includes a slider, mini poutine, and classic garnishes. For an enormous appetite, try the King Caesar—loaded with a slider, poutine, onion rings, chicken wings, and dry ribs. P.S.: it's perfect for sharing. And did we mention they just opened their “Extreme Eats Bar & Grill” location at Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club?

9. Deez Bar & Grill

Deez Bar & Grill is a well-known casual dining destination in Qualicum Beach! Look out for their daily features, happy hour, and weekend brunch! Their Roasted Turkey & Brie Melt is mouthwatering!

Pubs & Craft Breweries

Discover the heart of local culture in the pubs and breweries of Parksville Qualicum Beach, where the food and drink showcase the community's spirit. These spots are perfect for unwinding with friends over crafted brews and robust plates that are as flavorful as they are satisfying.

10. Black Goose Inn

The Black Goose Inn offers a taste of British pub culture in Parksville. It serves traditional pub grub, scenic views and a welcoming pub atmosphere. Why not indulging the Fisherman’s Pie while enjoying the view?

11. Rod and Gun Bar & Grill

This Parksville staple offers hearty pub fare in a historic setting. The menu includes a variety of burgers and wings, making it a local favourite. Check out their entertainment and events schedule, too!

12. Fern + Cedar Brewing

This cozy brewery in Qualicum Beach is where the community gathers to enjoy finely crafted local beers and Chef Michael Sproul’s fresh take on West Coast cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. A favourite among plant-based options is the Citrus Avocado Bowl. A meat lover’s heart might beat for the Bison Steak Frites.

13. Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company

This brewery in Parksville is known for its range of craft beers and welcoming tasting room experience. Have you heard about their recently opened Smokehouse? It is the only Southern-style BBQ Restaurant in Parksville Qualicum Beach. And - have we mentioned their Smokehouse Feast Platter yet?

14. LoveShack Libations

LoveShack Libations is a microbrewery in Qualicum Beach that stands out for its handcrafted, small-batch beers and personable service, which add to its charm. It is a must-visit for all small-batch craft brew enthusiasts.

15. Rusted Rake Brewery

Rusted Rake Brewery combines a love for beer with farm-to-table (or tap?) dining in Nanoose Bay. It offers fresh meals that perfectly complement its brews. Try the Duck Dog and the Rusty Angler IPA!

Vegetarian & Vegan Food

The vegetarian and vegan eateries in #myPQB celebrate the power of plant-based cuisine through innovative and delicious dishes. Here, chefs use local harvests to create nourishing and inspiring meals. Head to this blog post to see the complete list of restaurants that cater to these dietary needs.

16. Realm Food Co.

Realm Food Co. is Parksville’s hub for sustainable eating. It offers a menu filled with organic, vegetarian, and vegan options, such as salads and grain bowls, and is known for its commitment to health and sustainability.

17. De L’île

De L’île Restaurant in Qualicum Beach is known among slow-food connoisseurs for its creative vegetarian dishes. It is a must-visit for innovative, seasonal cuisine with local and locally foraged ingredients best experienced through the Six-Course Chef’s tasting menu.

Casual Fine Dining

Enjoy a refined yet relaxed dining experience that combines the elegance of fine dining with the comfort of a casual setting. The restaurants in Parksville Qualicum Beach pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients to craft dishes that are both sophisticated and accessible, providing a perfect setting for both special occasions and casual outings.

18. Treetop Tapas & Grill

​​At Tigh-Na-Mara's Treetop Tapas & Grill in Parksville, you can indulge in an unforgettable Dip & Dine experience as the restaurant is located in the Tigh-Na-Mara's renowned Grotto Spa. Enjoy the Chef’s Tasting Menu in your spa robe before or after visiting mineral pools.

19. Nanoose Bay Cafe

This family-run spot is known for its seaside charm and local fare. Nanoose Bay Cafe includes a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, and marketplace featuring locally sourced ingredients. It's particularly famous for its marina-side dining experience and signature dish, the "Marina Melt," a local favourite.

20. Chameleons

Known in Parksville for its contemporary seafood dishes, Chameleons offers a sophisticated yet cozy dining experience, with highlights like seafood crepe and tender lamb shank.

21. Kalvas Restaurant

Located in a loghouse in Parksville, Kalvas Restaurant serves a fusion of farm-ocean fare with notable seafood and steak dishes. Of course, all dishes can be complemented by a passionately curated selection of wines.

22. Cedars Restaurant & Lounge

Visit Cedars Restaurant & Lounge for standout stone-oven pizzas and enticing happy hour specials, including half-price appetizers. Take advantage of their famous 3 Cheese Artichoke Dip and signature peanut butter pie. With a diverse menu that includes local and international dishes, an excellent wine list, and top-notch service, Cedars offers a dining experience that delights both palate and heart.

23. Qualicum Beach Cafe

Qualicum Beach Cafe is your go-to for the best happy hours - especially if you can grab a seat on their undercover or open-air patio overlooking the Salish Sea. Favourites include Smoked Old Fashioneds, $1.50 fresh oysters, and crab cakes. For a special treat, try the seafood tower—it's delicious and makes for a perfect Instagram moment!

24. Pacific Prime

At Pacific Prime in Parksville's Beach Club Resort, the menu celebrates fresh, locally sourced, and sustainable ingredients, offering everything from casual nachos to fine dining options like prime rib. Plus, it features a stunning beachfront patio right by the Parksville Beach Boardwalk, complete with cozy fire tables and unique heated dining domes in winter for a year-round spectacular dining experience.

25. Bayside Restaurant and Lounge

Bayside Restaurant and Lounge in Parksville offers scenic waterfront dining with stunning views of the ocean and mountains. The menu specializes in West Coast cuisine and features locally sourced ingredients, a vast wine selection, and creative cocktails. Favourites include seafood chowder and West Coast seafood linguine. Enjoy live piano music and local art as you dine. Check out their Brunch Menu, too!

Seafood (including Fish & Chips)

Experience the freshness of the ocean with seafood that goes straight from the water to your plate. Parksville Qualicum Beach’s seafood establishments pride themselves on a simple philosophy: serve outstanding, fresh fish and shellfish in stunning settings.

26. Shore Restaurant

Located directly at Qualicum Beach, Shore Restaurant is known for its superior fish and chips. Enjoy your order at their seaside dining on their deck —local favourite: the halibut burger and fish tacos.

27. French Creek Bistro

Are you looking for a casual dining spot in Parksville? French Creek Bistro focuses on traditional and innovative seafood. It is primarily known for its fish tacos and seafood chowder.

28. Ship & Shore

This casual eatery in Deep Bay offers fresh seafood and scenic marina views. Ship & Shore is primarily known for its seafood platters and chowder.

29. Aioli Seafood Restaurant

Grilled Fish? Or Seafood Linguine? Aioli Seafood Restaurant in Parksville is excellent for its fresh, locally sourced Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

30. Shady Rest Pub

This iconic pub in Qualicum Beach has been hosting guests since 1924. It offers excellent seafood and scenic water views. It is famous for its fish and chips and various seafood dishes.

31. French Creek Pub

French Creek Pub has views of the (you guessed it) French Creek Marina. This pub serves fresh dishes, craft beers, and cocktails in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Don’t miss their renowned fish and chips, a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Cafes, Tea Rooms & Bakeries

Take a moment to unwind in one of the cafes and tea rooms in Parksville Qualicum Beach. They offer a respite from the everyday hustle. Sip on expertly brewed coffees or teas while enjoying artisanal pastries. These spots are community cornerstones, perfect for people-watching or enjoying a quiet moment alone.

32. Camellia Tea Room at Milner Gardens & Woodland

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea in their historic tea house. The tea service features an array of sandwiches, scones with Devon Cream, and a selection of freshly baked goods and sweets.

33. French Press Coffee Roasters

With locations in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, French Press Coffee Roasters is a local favourite known for its high-quality coffee and pastries. Popular items include avocado toast and chicken brie sandwiches. A good thing to know: They banned plastic containers and lids! Why not bring your mug along anyway?

34. Bailey's in the Village

This cozy coffee and bakery in Qualicum Beach is known for its warm atmosphere and delicious selection of treats.

35. Wild Culture Bakery

Hands down, this might be your new favourite spot in Qualicum Beach. Wild Culture Bakery is known for its organic and artisanal sourdough bread and pastries. We love the 100% organic sourdough made with heirloom grains and free from commercial yeast.

36. Courtyard Coffee

Like its name states, at Courtyard Coffee, you can enjoy a delightful menu of light sandwiches, daily soups, freshly baked treats, and coffee in a fabulous courtyard. The cafe also provides gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.

37. Lilette

If you like European-style pastries, Lilette is your go-to place. Get there early to enjoy a classic croissant, a pain au chocolat, coffee-kombucha-caramel knots, or Pasteis de Nata, a Portuguese custard tart.

38. Trees Restaurant

Trees Restaurant is where you indulge in absolutely divine (butter) tarts. It also offers incredible gluten-free baking options!

39. Billy G’s Doughnut Shop

Visit Billy G’s Doughnut Shop for unique, freshly made doughnuts in various flavours. Highlights include the 'Gimme S’more' with marshmallow and chocolate and the bacon-topped 'Billy Gruff Bombers.' Arrive early to avoid missing out, as they often sell out before noon.

40. Sweetspot Bakeshop

Once a beloved food truck, now a thriving brick-and-mortar store, Sweetspot Bakeshop offers a variety of baked goods, including cookies, brownies, and cakes. “The Baker's Dozen Assorted Stuffed” is highly recommended for those wanting to sample different treats. They offer vegan, sugar- and gluten-free options!

Breakfast / Brunch

Kickstart your morning with breakfast or brunch at one of our beloved local spots, where the day's first meal deserves the spotlight.

41. Pacific Brimm Cafe

Pacific Brimm is the spot in Parksville if you are looking for a comprehensive coffee and breakfast menu with delicious eggs benedict, waffles, or pancakes. Get an extra treat, and take it down to Parksville Community Beach, just a block from Pacific Brimm Cafe!

42. The Final Approach

Unique for its airport location in Qualicum Beach, the Final Approach offers a diverse breakfast menu with great views, making it a memorable spot for early meals. Note: Brunch is only available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Otherwise, lunch and dinner are always available.

43. Gary’s Bistro

For egg benedict enthusiasts, Gary's Bistro is a must-visit. The menu offers a diverse selection of eggs benedicts, with the Mexican and Canadian Benny as favourites. Gary's is also acclaimed for its tasty burgers, making it an excellent spot for breakfast and lunch delights.

International Cuisine

Travel the world one plate at a time with the many international dining options in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Each offers an authentic taste of its cultural roots. These restaurants bring global flavours to the forefront. It’s a culinary journey that spans continents, all from the comfort of Parksville Qualicum Beach.

44. Mekong River

Mekong River—Known in Parksville for blending Vietnamese and Canadian-Chinese culinary traditions, Mekong River serves well-spiced Asian dishes, including favourites like seafood hot pot and wontons.

45. Sam’s Sushi

Sam’s Sushi in French Creek offers a wide array of traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi, highly regarded for their fresh flavours and authentic preparation.

46. Taste Taco Bistro

This small Mexican-fusion bistro is located in the Oceanside Village Resort in Parksville. It serves legendary Street Tacos, Burritos, Bowls, and cocktails in an elegant setting. Did we mention their churros yet?

47. Masala Hut

Masala Hut proudly serves traditional Indian cuisine with a twist in Parksville. It is known for its rich curries, tandoori dishes, and huge portions.

48. Amrikko’s Indian Grill

Renowned for its authentic Indian cuisine in Parksville, this spot offers a menu that includes traditional and modern dishes made with fresh ingredients.

49. Saigon Garden

Saigon Garden is a favourite in Parksville for its Vietnamese cuisine. It offers a variety of dishes, from pho to spring rolls, celebrated for their freshness and authenticity.

50. Thai Smile Cuisine

Are you craving a taste of Thailand in Qualicum Beach? Thai Smile Cuisine’s menu features all the classics, including Pad Thai and green Curry. It is known for its authentic flavours and fresh ingredients.

51. Ramen Eight

Ramen Eight in Parksville offers what many consider the island's best ramen, featuring a menu rich with choices, including the special Yuzu Japanese Citrus Ramen. The chef, hailing from Japan, ensures each bowl is uniquely flavorful, with options for customizing your meal through various tasty add-ons. The intimate setting, limited to a few tables, makes it a quaint spot worth the wait for its exceptional and reasonably priced offerings.

52. Chicken Zip

Meet Parksville's go-to destination for Korean-style fried chicken: Chicken Zip. Be sure to try the hot pepper and garlic chicken—a standout dish that's earned rave reviews for its bold flavours.

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