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“Old School Service”

Strand's Old House Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 47 Restaurants in Invermere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$31
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Description: Strand’s overlooks the business section of Invermere and offers a commanding view of the Rocky Mountains. Today, as yesterday, Strand’s is an integral part of Valley history. It was built in 1912 as the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Ritchie. At that time Mr. Richie owned the Livery Stable in Invermere and did heavy hauling with his team and wagon. He later became a prominent Valley rancher. The home was purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Filmer Coy around 1920. “Doc” Coy, as he was affectionately known, was for many years the only medical practitioner between Cranbrook and Golden. He set aside one room of his home for use as his consulting-study and many of his patients were examined and treated there. Dr. and Mrs. Coy were very influential and highly respected Valley citizens. Dr. Coy attained high military office during the Second World War. strands-08The Ian Weir family purchased the home about 1946 and three generations of Weirs enjoyed its beauty and comfort. In 1979, the home was purchased by Tim Strand and he opened Strand’s Old House Restaurant in June 1980 with Chef Tony Wood. Renovations and furnishings reflect the historical integrity of the home and, in line with its rich heritage, Tim Strand named the dining areas the Ritchie, Coy and Weir Rooms, and a fourth dining room Harrington named after the maiden name of Tim’s mother. Executive chef Tony Wood originally hails from New Zealand and has been an integral part of Strands since its inception. In 1992, Tony expanded on his partnership role and became the sole proprietor of Strands.
Reviewed 24 March 2018

We might not have gone during peak season so i am not sure how this large place fills in in the summer.

One of three or four table that night in a place which must have 80. We were greeted pleasantly and seated fast. the large place was vacuous with no other patron in our sight.

Had an old stand by Veal Schnitzel. Nice size and well done. Was tender and juicy. the fried Bries was a nice surprise with several smaller balls well fried and gooey as they should be.

Service was formal and spotless. A nice chatty server who kept us libated and paced dinner well. I think his name was Bob.

truffle fries were not as good as at the top of the mountain.

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Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

This is a fine dining restaurant with excellent food, good staff and reasonable prices and near to downtown.

1  Thank Lindsay N
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We had dinner at the Strand mid-week, around 8:00pm without reservations. We could see they were “very” busy. That resulted in slower service, food came out warm and not all at once. We have eaten here before, and that type of service is unusual. The staff were doing their best. I would still recommend the Strand for dinner even though our experience was not up to their standards.

1  Thank Shreder
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We like to come here for a meal when we want some good food and a nice ambience.
The old house is very charming and cozy. The service is always pleasant. The food is usually good to very good. The steaks are not their best offering. I don't believe they use AAA or Sterling Silver beef and they're often a bit tough. Fish is usually a good choice. Veggies are always good and the rolls and flavoured butter are yummy and desserts always satisfy.
We enjoy it here and believe it is good value for your money.

2  Thank Winderbelle
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for many years as we go up to Canada each year in the fall. We have always been impressed with the food, service and ambience.
The appetizer we had was fabulous. French onion soup this year was not as good as years past. Too much bread !!!! Not enough stock. The elk steak was fixed to perfection. The veal was not young tender veal. Very dry and tough. Sent it back and the second was just a tad better but not much. Would definitely not order that.
Other wise we had a wonderful time. Service was great.

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Thank Lois M
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