The Yellow Deli

596 5th St, Courtenay
(250) 897-1111

Recent Reviews

Mabel M. McKinney

Insanely weird decor , but such amazing food ?, incredibly nice relaxed servers .A go to place for tourists and locals..It was my first time, a friend brought me for lunch and she treated me. Super friends and super place. Definitely try it.Hoping to try the outdoor patio next.I had Canadian cheesy salad, earl grey tea, carrot cake. ???.

Cecilia Chan

Very nice atmosphere with delicious food at good price. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon

Anna Stella Jazlowiecki

Loved the atmosphere and soft music. The decor felt like it was home. The food was tasty and fresh. A very clean cafe. We will be back. Friendly genuine people with great service . The best food establishment we have been to on the island.Parking: No parking issues and no money grab meters. Victoria have the meter police everywhere in their downtown. Parking right outside the door.

Shirley Waldon

O.M.G. this is one of the best restaurants that I've eaten in. The food was fabulous and reasonably priced. I love the 60's/Woodstock interior. If available as the soup of the day, try their Butternut Squash Cream soup - it's pure heaven. I'll definitely be back the next time I'm in Courtenay.

Liza S

The Yellow Deli was delightful! Walking in, it is like entering a tree house. Gorgeous wood decor and our table had pressed flowers in the lacquer. So pretty! We both had the cranberry cashew salad and it was absolutely delicious. We have been raving about it all day!


First of all, the interior of this restaurant is a work of art. As an artist I was captivated by the amazing detail and creativity in every inch of this beautiful location. It was simply too irresistible not to photograph and the staff was very kind to allow me to do so. But that's not the only reason to come here. The food!!!!!!! Oh the food is incredible! I mean, I had THE best, hands down, vegetable sandwich on homemade gluten free bread with homemade chips. I savoured every bite. It was so fresh and tasty we're stopping by for more on the way out of town! If you can appreciate art and amazing food you really must stop by. I wish there was one in Nanaimo! Maybe I could convince them! We could really, really, really use one of these cool Yellow Deli's in Nanaimo please! Now what are you waiting for? Go!

Andriy Vdovenko

Amazing restaurant. It has a really nice medieval vibe to it, music is calming and a pleasure to enjoy just being inside.The decor is probably my favorite about this place, everything made out of wood.The staff is really friendly and they have one of the best breakfast sandwiches on the island.Every time I am around this area, I stop by, even if it's quite a bit out of the way.I would recommend to anyone that wants to have a quick bite or just wants a place to sit down from their weary travels ?

Nick Hopewell

The Yellow Deli is such a cozy and comfortable space. The interior is very unique and the vibe is so cool. It reminds me of a Hobbit home. The prices were fair and the food felt like classic comforts I would expect my grandmother to make if I went to her place for lunch. It didn't try too hard, you get something simple and very satisfying. There's absolutely nothing not to like.

Julie D

My family stopped here for lunch on our recent visit to Courtenay and I am very glad we did. The restaurant is very cute with a hippie vibe. It has natural wooden booths making you feel almost like you are in a forest. Good prices with very nice staff. Cute patio area if it wasn't raining. I had the Yellow Submarine sandwich with gluten free rice bread. Vegan and gluten free. It was excellent, the best gluten free bread I have tasted. The restaurant makes in house and sells it if you preorder it. I wish I had known, I would have taken some home. The only thing I didn't like about the sandwich was that the olives were whole and not chopped up. One of my sons had the Chipotle Chicken sandwich and my other son had the Deli Rose. They were both happy with their choices. We all had Smoothies. One Berry Blast and 2 Pina Coladas. They were very good, but tasted like they had protein powder in them. My husband had the soup of the day and a hazelnut latte and was very happy with both. We all had cream cheese pie with strawberries for dessert and it was also excellent. We were very happy that we stopped here for lunch. Would come again if we are in the area.

Foochfifi Lee

A trip to Courtenay, you must do a meal at Yellow Deli Restaurant. First of all the outter building design fill your heart with inviting vibe of nature and their sign reminded me of the hippie 60's era. As I walk in my heart fill with excitement as if I have entered a faires home or as if I have gone into " Lord of the ring's elf house." The inside design was sending a welcoming, relax, positive energy. I checked the Chilieack location on google but it doesn't stirred the soul as much as this one does for me.Nothing had made me smile from the heart for 6 months, and the fod... OMG!!!! My friend and I ordered their spinwich , and ruben sandwich and I also ordered a hot apple cider to go with it. IT WAS GOOD!!! My long time no see happy food face? finally comes out. It was , yum, yum, yum.And my tummy is very happy toi.Overall, I wish their building design will be the same every where, really feel like I am in that mystic forest and enjoying a happy breakfadt there. They also have lunch as well, and my friend and I will definitely try ther other food before we leave the town.Just want to say thank you for lifting my spirit with your food?

Audrey G

Beautifully unique cafe. The food feels homemade and hearty. If I lived in the area I would pop by here somewhat often .

Helen W

This is a very quirky restaurant with an interesting back story and a lovely lunch stop on a rainy day before catching ferry. Very friendly staff and we shared a table with a local couple who were kind enough to offer us a space on their large wooden table. Lots of yummy sandwich options as well as salads and soups. I went for the lamb on egg roll and it was delicious as the lamb was so well cooked. Prices are great too. Definitely stop here if in area.


Have to mention that during Bonnie and Clyde's insane vaxxport mandate, Yellow Deli continued to accept and treat all customers equally, decently, and without prejudice. Because of their humanity, we'll always support them. Besides, their food is fabulous.

Matin Thunder

Best food, lovely atmosphere, kind staff and great music beside magical energy. We are so lucky as local❤My favorite place in the IslandCranberry salad and butternut squash is to die for. Besides everything else really.


The desserts and sandwiches were truly wholesome and delicious. Everything weighed a ton, quality and quantity appreciated.

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