The Old Surrey is located in a heritage building in Newton. It mixes English charm with French cuisine and makes use of local produce grown on the owners farm. Try the 4 course prix fixe or enjoy one of their specialties which include Fraser valley duck, broiled lobster and chateaubriand.
Upon reading the reviews and referrals from friends, we decided to celebrate our belated anniversary at Old Surrey. We made reservation at 5:30pm and advised them that this was an anniversary dinner. They had a pre-set menu which consist of an appetizer, main course and dessert for $35 which sound interesting enough. We had an entertainment coupon that we wanted to use and ask the waiter if we could have the pre-set dinner and a main course and have the discount on the main course, as we have done this at other restaurants without issue. Unfortunately they do not allow this. So we opted to have 2 main courses. My better half had the beef tenderloin that came along with deep fried mash potatoes and seasonal greens for $28 and I had the Seafood medoly which had halibut, 2 mussels, 2 jumbo prawns, 2 scallops, a lobster tail, deep fried mash potatoes and seasonal greens for $27. My better half enjoyed her meal and I had some bites from it as well. It was tasty and well presented. My meal was delicious but I found the portions to be on the smaller side. But it was to be expected as seafood is considered on the expensive side. Upon paying, I presented the entertainment coupon. I found it funny that the coupon stated enjoy one complientary dinner when another one is bought up to $21. The least expensive main course was $27. Overall I enjoyed my dining experience at Old Surrey. I wished they would have done or offer something special as it was out anniversary but apparently they do nothing of the sort. I would return back only for special occassions and with the entertainment book as it is a little pricey for what you get.
It's been over a year since we last went but we've always had a good experience and it's one of my husbands favorite restaurants.
Most of the menu is a prix fix offering a 4 course meal from $35.00 upwards. This is by far the best option but there was nothing on this menu that appealed to me. The prix fix menu offers a choice of 4 different appetizers, 3 choices for soup or salad, 8+ choices for main course and 6 or 7 choices for dessert. My husband opted for the prix fix menu and he had prawns provencal (very tasty), spicy pumpkin soup (different but very nice), Veal chop (this was a bit overdone), he forgot to specify that he wanted it medium rare and our server did not ask. He finished his meal with a dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse. This was very good. The price for his meal was $39.00. It was very good value considering the quality of most of the dishes. I ordered the peppercorn steak that was flambeed and finished at the table, although it was good it was no better that peppercorn steak that I make myself at home.
Check you bill for the wine. We were billed $45.00 for our $40.00 bottle of wine. There is no wine under $40.00.
One of the waiter we had was good but not memorable. He has been with the restaurant a number of years and he was the one who neglected to ask how my husband wanted his veal chop prepared. The other waiter we had, Chris was absolutely marvelous. He had a genuine warmth to him and you did not feel so much like you were just another table to be served. If Chris had been our waiter for the entire evening I would have rated the service higher.
I really like the ambiance of this restaurant. They have 4 different dining rooms so you never feel like you are dining with masses of people. You can have a really nice conversation and it is a really relaxing and special evening.
We would try it again.
This past Thursday, June 25th, I took my boyfriend out for his 21st birthday. After looking into a few restaurants online, I decided to surprise him with Old Surrey Restaurant because of the menu selection and the overall atmosphere. I loved the style of the house (dark aged wood, bright windows, white linens, and it was divided into smaller rooms for a more intimate dining experience).
For appetizers, I had the spinach salad with blue cheese and my beau had the shrimp bisque soup. Both were perfect sizes to start. For our entrées, I had the fresh pacific halibut with basil coconut cream sauce and he had the chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese, artichoke hearts, and spinach. We were both blown away! The freshness and quality was prevalent and loved the combination of flavours. Each dish also came with mash potatoes in a form I have never seen before (breaded and baked in little lumps... I think this was my boyfriend’s favourite part!) We took our time to savour it all.
Our waiter was polite and helped us choose a half bottle of wine to compliment. He was a little stiff, but I also assume he is the manager or owner. We were treated well, despite our young age for such a restaurant.
The pricing was decent for the quality of food. All together (including a half bottle of wine), the bill came to $88. We were never rushed (there were only a few other tables being occupied throughout the time we were there), we weren’t bombarded with constant questions or checkups from our waiter, but also weren’t neglected as well. There was complimenting music playing and photographs of the history of the house/city throughout the restaurant.
We would both definitely choose Old Surrey again and recommend it to anyone looking for quality and relaxation in a restaurant with style and excellent fresh menu choices.
We were a party of fourteen this Sunday evening. First time at the Old Surrey. Wonderful experience with great food and better service. Common consensus was that all would return. Very good value on the tasting menu and many kudos for the "regular" menu. The staff was on top of everything. Our group ranged from newly-weds to seniors.
My wife and I came here for a dinner to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant is in a stand-alone house and dining is in several rooms. The interior is pleasantly decorated with nostalgic pictures and quality furnishings. We had a reservation and were seated immediately upon our arrival (make reservations well in advance for popular times). We both had selections from the Eat and Drink BC menu: $35 three-course meal. Appetizers were tomato-gin soup and a beet salad, main courses were halibut and three kinds of lamb, and desserts were a pear pastry and chocolate mousse. All were extremely well prepared and very tasty. No complaints at all about the quality of the food. The quantities were slightly small, but not absurdly so.
As with many higher-end restaurants, we had one main server and many others bringing bread, water, and so forth. All were efficient and took good care of us. The total bill for 2 meals, 2 glasses of wine, and a cocktail came to a little over $100. I wouldn't want to spend that for every night's meal, but it is not outrageous for the the quality of food and the dining experience. About the only thing I can think of to complain about is that my seat looked out the front window at a strip mall across 72nd Ave.
We were thoroughly satisfied with the evening and will gladly return.
A terrible location but once you're inside, it's a pretty heritage house. Having said that, it could use a little sprucing up, as it's getting a little frayed around the edges. The owners are wonderful people and stay faithful to old-school French cuisine traditions. A lot of the menu items are authentically French and very tasty, albeit sometimes inconsistent in quality. If you want a quiet, romantic place to eat, with white linen, wood panelling and a fireplace, come here. Great frogs legs and excellent lamb.
We went to this restaurant last night for Valentine's celebration. They had a 3 course menu for $60. I personally do not think the food warranted $60 but since it was Valentine's Day I understand why it was so expensive.
The chairs are comfy but very old and need to be re-upholstered. The entire restaurant needs a face lift.
The service was not very good. Once we were seated we waited about 10 - 15 mins for someone to come by to take our drink order. The fellow we thought was our waiter actually wasn't and our waiter eventually turned up at our table. We placed our order and then waited and waited and received some bread...which was GREAT! Super warm and tasty. The wait between courses was too long.
The food was good. Not great but was good. The tenderloin was very thin but it was tender and cooked perfectly. The lobster was ok. Two tails, one was over cooked the other was cooked perfectly. We were at the restaurant for over 2 hours. I'm not complaining as I got to spend a great evening with my husband but the service was way too slow.....
Having tried several restaurants in the style of french in a heritage home, we finally decided to try the Old Surrey on my girlfriends birthday. After we finally found it after two drive-bys (due to their small sign) we entered and were promptly greeted and seated by our host -- very pleasant and enjoyed a short conversation. We ordered drinks to start, the waiter mentioned special drinks for birthdays or event nights so we asked for sangria -- which he declined to make stating nobody knew how to make it, and he didn't want to get it wrong.
Our aperitif came along with bread -- which was served with pre-packaged bread sticks -- this came as a great shocker. I have never been to a restaurant that served bread pre-packaged that wasn't a 'mom n' pops cafe'.
Our starters were the shucked oysters and duckling -- the four oysters were improperly shucked and had shell fragments still present. The duckling was advertised with fresh local cranberry sauce, however I could taste the distinctness of the parafin wax in the sauce and promptly concluded it was canned.
The entrees came out shortly after -- lamb chops and beef oscar. The presentation was poor and came with garlic asparagus and an interesting baked-mashed potato crisp (which we actually liked). The steak was a decent cut, however it tasted aged and the lobster on top wasn't fresh and tasted like the canned crab you'd buy at the supermarket. The lamb chops were cooked well, however overseasoned masking the quality of the meat.
We then waited 20min for our server to show and give us the bill. For the value we were extremely disappointed with our experience and would not recommend it to anyone.
I have gone to the Old Surrey Restaurant about 3 times now. The food is good but not fantastic. The service is good well, very experience server. The prices are quite high. I have an entertainment book that allows me to get $25 off the meal. They let you use it more than once so it is a pretty good value but I don't think I would go there at regular price. I attended the murder mystery dinner on halloween and it was pretty good. I would recommend this restaurant but don't go in with super high expectations and be prepared to spend a little more then you would at other places as it is higher scale.
The ingredients used in the food are fantastic. Locally grown produce and great quality cuts for all the meat.
When we first walked in, the first thing that I noticed is the place smelled like value village, and my impression of the place was like visiting an old aunt's house for dinner. We stood at the door and was not noticed for a long time, and when they finally noticed us they were not very warm(probably due to the fact that we dressed casually). We were finally sat at a table and our waiter was nice enough, but my general feeling of the place was that it was a rundown old house with a few coverups to make it look somewhat presentable. After the first few course, we ordered the veal and the duck for entree, and all the food tasted very amature and mediocre, not something an upscale restauarant would be expected to serve at all. All throughout the dining experience, it felt very strange because the waiters kept whispering behind us in the hallway about the diners and thought we could not hear them. The experience was not worth what I paid for it, and would definitely not return for a second time.