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Victoria Restaurant Guide

Where to Dine in Victoria, BC


Victoria is an amazing city with some fantastic restaurants. A little unknown fact – Victoria has the highest number of restaurants per capita of any major city in Canada! That being said, there are sadly many opportunities to eat a mediocre meal (or sometimes worse!) so we hope that we can help you avoid that pitfall.

If there is something in particular that you are looking for, whether that is a craving or wanting to celebrate a special occasion, please do not hesitate to ask your Representative at check-in or contact them at any time during your stay for specific recommendations and/or assistance in narrowing down the establishments listed below! We’re here to help! We are not paid to promote these establishments in any way, shape or form – these are OUR fav’s. When in an unfamiliar town it’s always best to ask a ‘local’. That’s why we’re here! You may notice some restaurants appearing in more than one category…something for everyone!

Don’t worry! We know you’re on holiday and that doesn’t always mean packing your finest ball gown or suit and tie. Good news! This is Victoria and we keep things pretty casual here! Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and you won’t feel out of place. We promise

Opening times and reservation procedures of establishments and activities referred to below may differ because of Government COVID-19 Restrictions

Fine Dining & Victoria Restaurants for Special Occasions

Brasserie L’Ecole

Address: 1715 Government St
Fusion style menu with French influence dominant – hip atmosphere. They don’t take reservations but certainly worth a try to enjoy a great dinner evening!
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10 Acres

Address: 611 Courtney St
Farm to table concept restaurant promoting local, local, local not only in food but wine and beer– tapas and regular full plate menu. Gorgeous patio with fireplace and extra heating for cool nights
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Fol Epi

Address: 732 Yates St
This multi-location BEST bakery in Victoria has now evolved into a restaurant and we couldn’t be happier! What an incredible atmosphere complete with its own charcuterie room and emphasis on LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL!!
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10 Acres Commons

Address: 620 Humboldt St
Locally based menu featuring sustainable seafood and organic produce from the 10 Acres farm, local brews, live music are just some of the reasons to come by and hangout!
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Café Brio

Address: 944 Fort St
Italian with a bit of fusion influence. Classy old world Italian atmosphere with casual blend of old and new.
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Aura

Address: Laurel Point Inn Hotel; 680 Montreal St
Gorgeous views and classy fusion-style menu with heavy Asian/Japanese/Korean influence due to world-renowned chef Takashi Ito – park in the underground of the hotel and they will comp your parking!
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Blue Crab

Address: Coast Capital Hotel; 146 Kingston Rd
Great seafood and then some! Many people agree this is some of the best seafood in Victoria
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Vista 18 Restaurant + Lounge

Address: Chateau Victoria Hotel; 740 Burdett Ave
180-degree views of Victoria – classic food, diverse menu – live jazz on Fridays
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Ferris’ Oyster Bar & Grill

Address: 536 Yates St
The tale of 3 restaurants in one – Check out the menus at Ferris’ Grill [street level], Ferris’ Oyster Bar [2nd level] and Perro Negro Tapas Bar [3rd level]. Pick your favourite and enjoy a local Victoria hot spot!
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DEEP COVE CHALET

Address: 11190 Chalet Rd
TRUE AUTHENTIC FRENCH CUISINE WITH THE MOST STUNNING VIEW! It’s a bit of a drive (it’s past the ferries in North Saanich…) or an expensive cab ride ($60 at least) but oh so worth it for true classic French cuisine! Rabbit, Sweetbreads, Duck….all the classic French dishes (and sauces!) you would expect! They also have a ‘farm to table’ concept and farm their own food or buy from farmers nearby. Book a ‘view’ table for sunset or enjoy the same menu at discounted prices for lunch…. THIS is Victoria!! If the food isn’t focus enough the view and property will stun you!
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Legislative Dining Room

Address: Room 006 at the Legislative Bldg, 501 Belleville St, Victoria
Ok…so this may sound a bit weird but this is an interesting experience and an amazing meal that is also incredibly affordable!! Watch for local MP’s and see if you can get an inside scoop on current politics! This place is often busy so reservations are recommended but not required.
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Restaurants Near the Harbour Or With A View

Milestones

Address: 812 Wharf St
For a relaxing atmosphere and beautiful scenery overlooking the wharf and surrounding area. Enjoy great food, tasty and fresh.
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Flying Otter Grill

Address: 950 Wharf St
The menu is very ‘pub-like’ but if you like planes – this is the best view
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Aura

Address: Laurel Point Inn Hotel; 680 Montreal St
Gorgeous views and classy fusion-style menu with heavy Asian/Japanese/Korean influence due to world-renowned chef Takashi Ito – park in the underground of the hotel and they will comp your parking!
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Steamship Pub

Address: 470 Belleville St
Huge outdoor patio with a view of the harbour – despite being a pub the food is great and the view is awesome!

Happy Hour – Small Bites in Downtown Victoria

Café Mexico

Address: 1425 Store St.
Happy Hour: 3pm to 5 pm; 10pm to midnight-Friday and Saturday
One of the Largest Cantinas in Canada, established in 1985

Ferris Seafood and Oyster Bar

Address: 536 Yates St.
Happy Hour: 3pm to 5pm Daily
(Oysters, Prawns, Pork Bites, Wine, Beer and Hi Ball Specials)

Tapa Bar

Address: 620 Trounce Alley
Happy Hour: 3 pm to 6pm Daily
$5 for Red/White Sangria and Beer; Small Plates-Spanish inspired tapas

The Flying Otter

Address: 950 Wharf St.
Happy Hour: 3pm Daily till Close
Incredible views, watch the sea planes dock and take off, $4 for Beer or Wine, Poutine, Wings, Bacon Wrapped Prawns

Vista 18 West Coast Grill/Wine Bar

Address: 18th Floor, Chateau Victoria; 740 Burdett Ave.
5pm to Midnight in Wine Bar, experience the views and enjoy live music; Small Plates include Chicken Flatbread, assorted Dips and More

Burgers

Bin 4 Burger Lounge

Address: 911 Yates St.

Pink Bicycle

Address: 1008 Blanshard St
The 1st in Gourmet burgers here in Victoria – still can’t be beat! Generous portions and so yum!

Big Wheel Burger Inc

Address: 341 Cook St
100% local with minimal carbon foot print as their moto and mantra. Great burgers!

Chinese

Don Mee

Address: 538 Fisgard St
In the heart of our historic Chinatown. Open for Dim Sum as well as regular Lunch/Dinner – check out the celebrity photos while you eat

Fish n’ Chips

Red Fish Blue Fish

Address: 1006 Wharf St
bottom of Fort in the parking lot near the Sea Plane terminals – a MUST when in Victoria – VERY busy in Spring/Summer! Be prepared to wait but it’s worth it!!

Finest at Sea

Address: 27 Erie St
Their food truck is giving Red Fish Blue Fish a run for their money… if you’re near Fisherman’s Wharf go here instead and pick up some great fresh fish to cook at home while you’re there as their fish store is next door!

Willows Fish & Chips

Address: 2559 Estevan Ave
Recommended by one of our owners

Fusion

DoboSala Cantina and Ride Thru

Address: 760 Pandora Ave
Chef Kunal Ghose, of Red Fish Blue Fish, Fishhook, Mermaid Wharf, introduces a unique blend of flavours, and dishes from Peru to Japan, the Phillipines to Haida Gwaii, and Mexico to Korea.; sit in dining or ride thru via the bicycle lane; Hours: 11 am to 9 pm Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm Saturday

Greek

Ithika

Address: 1101 Yates St
Classic Greek cuisine… nice atmosphere. Not cheap but worth it

San Remo

Address: 2709 Quadra St
Greek and then some….

Millos

Address: 716 Burdett Ave
Convenient downtown location – has been there for decades…you can’t miss the huge windmill

The Village Taverna

Address: 1075 Pendergast St
Located in Cook St Village – this small Greek eatery is great for simple greek food that won’t blow the bank

Italian

Il Terrazzo

Address: 555 Johnson St
Big place but cozy atmosphere…lots of fireplaces…extensive wine list. Exceptional food & top notch service!

Zambri’s

Address: 820 Yates St
Modern Italian cuisine with some classics as well

Pagliacci’s

Address: 1011 Broad St
A Victoria institution – always busy lunch & dinner and often crowded (and a bit loud) but good food and lively atmosphere

Pizzeria Prima Strada

Address: 230 Cook St
THE BEST pizza in town. Wood fire oven making thin crust pizzas. The closest thing to being in Italy without getting on a plane! AMAZING! No reservations and often busy but don’t let a line up intimidate you – it moves fast and is worth the wait!

Fiamo Restaurant and Wine Bar

Address: 515 Yates St
Try the Butternut Squash and Goats Chees Ravioli; small plates and pizzas-gluten free crusts available

Lot 1 Pasta Bar

Address: 204-815 Cloverdale Ave
Start with Baked Brie and then dive into a delicious dish; kids menu available; located at Blanshard and Cloverdale-definitely worth the drive

Il Covo Trattoria

Address: 106 Superior St
Dine al Fresco on the private patio or inside-rustic Italian cuisine in an old world trattoria

Indian

Sizzling Tandoor

Address: 637 Johnson St

New East Asian Village

Address: 1245 Wharf St

Mexican

La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

Address: 766 Fort St
Dare to compare your own personal tastes and interests in this very casual establishment. Mix and match and pick and choose what you like/want. BEST Margaritta’s in town…. That much is for sure!

La Taquisa

Address: 1017 Blanshard St
It’s a family thing! The women rule the food though! Old family recipes dominate. They started as a food truck but have expanded to a full fledge restaurant – awesome!

Nepalese

The Mint

Address: 1414 Douglas St
Nepalese focus but there’s something on the menu for everyone. Live music some nights and open late. It’s a favourite for locals and industry alike

Spanish

Chorizo & Co.

Address: 807 Fort St
some of the most authentic Spanish sandwiches and other delights ever! Open for lunch and dinner and the Paella for 2 (dinner only) is worth every moment of this intimate and cozy night time atmosphere

Steak and Seafood

The Keg Steakhouse/Bar

Address: 500 Fort St
Consistently good steaks and seafood

Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner

Address: 427 Belleville St
serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; breakfast served daily until 2 pm; kids menu available; heated patio overlooking the Inner Harbour; happy hour 3 pm to 6 pm weekdays, local beers on tap; Wednesday is Music Bingo night-FUN!

Sushi

Sen Zushi

Address: 940 Fort St
THE BEST AUTHENTIC SUSHI in Victoria –the fish is incredible!! Arigato!! This is REAL Japanese food!

The Next

Address: 240 Cook St (but really around the corner on Sutlej St – look for the sandwich board pointing the way!)
Amazing Japanese food with a modern twist. Simple and modern atmosphere yet truly inspired food

Matsuri Sushi

Address: 239 Menzies St (James Bay)
simple atmosphere but quality sushi and great service

Matsuki-An

Address: 2560 Sinclair Ave (Cadboro Bay)
Wow! Worth the drive to Cadboro Bay Village! Incredible and truly authentic! Husband and wife team. She is Japanese and runs the kitchen, he is Canadian and runs the front. AMAZING! Stunning presentation as well!

Shiki Sushi

Address: 1113 Blanshard St
Huge place… they have an ‘all you can eat/order for under $30/per

Koto

Address: 510 Fort St
recently renovated with a nice decor and good sushi

Tapas

Stage Wine Bar

Address: 1307 Gladstone Ave
Fantastic atmosphere – VERY hip and urban. Great food/excellent wine – worth the short cab ride or walk to Fernwood Village – Trust us! Buzz, buzz, buzz!

Tapa Bar

Address: 620 Trounce Alley
Lots of variety – authentic menu and atmosphere – good food and funky decor

Bodega Tapas and Wine Bar

Address: 1210 Broad St
modern yet relaxed and comfortable atmosphere – excellent food. A bit more of a modern twist on Tapas that thinks outside of the box. Try having a drink of sherry while you enjoy your food. It’s traditional and encouraged!

Perro Negro

Address: 536 Yates St
A wonderful addition to Ferris’ Oyster Bar – located upstairs. Yum, yum and yum!

Nubo

Address: 739 Pandora Ave
Japanese tapas-Asian fusion. Please make reservations

eNe Raw Food and Sake Bar

Address: 737 Pandora Ave
Japanese specialty dishes featuring raw delicacies that pair perfectly with their sake, drink happy hour from 3-6 pm and 9 pm to midnight, all day $4 tapas

Thai

Baan Thai

Address: 1117 Blanshard St
great downtown location (there are others further outside the core) – excellent and authentic food

My Thai Café

Address: 1020 Cook St
the atmosphere isn’t anything to write home about but the food is wonderful!

Thai Lemongrass

Address: 3838 Cadboro Bay Rd (Cadboro Bay)
more authentic atmosphere but requires a car or a cab – great outdoor patio and EXCELLENT food!

Vegetarian

Be Love

Address: 1019 Blanshard St
An inspiration to vegetarians and even carnivores! Don’t let the gluten free/dairy free menu put you off – it is INCREDIBLE!!! Funky décor

Rebar

Address: 50 Bastian Square
A vegetarian institution in Victoria – if you like the food they have an amazing cookbook you can buy too!

Green Cuisine

Address: 560 Johnson St
food cost is done by weight – choose whatever veggie delights you desire! The selection is truly inspiring and extensive!

Lotus Pond

Address: 617 Johnson St

Nourish Café

Address: 225 Quebec St
Wow! What a beautiful atmosphere in this heritage home now converted into a restaurant. Non-veggie options available as well as gluten free options as well. SO stunning and such great local food grown at HCP nearby

They Have It All, And It’s All Good

Frankie’s Modern Diner

Address: 38-910 Government St
opens 7 am for breakfast, serves lunch and dinner, kids menu; some Italian dishes, burgers, the best chicken strips you’ll ever have; try the Tomato Soup with asiago cheese finishing-it’s so good!

Beacon Hill Drive In

Address: 126 Douglas St
a Victoria Icon; famous for their soft serve ice cream; grab a burger and fries and have a picnic in Beacon Hill Park, right across the street; hours 7:30 am to 9:30 pm

The Courtney Room

Address: Magnolia Hotel; 619 Courtney St
local cuisine, uses local products wherever possible; you can enjoy a more casual experience downstairs or dine upstairs for an elevated experience such as French inspired Steak and Seafood

EI Furniture Warehouse

Address: 533 Yates St
all meal items are $5.95, licensed-with a DJ taking requests, outdoor patio seating; for the young and the young at heart; Beware: the music is loud and the place is rockin’

Breakfast

Jam Café

Address: 542 Herald St
inspired and creative breakfast focused menu filled with home-made delights such as cured maple bacon…yum! Often busy so be prepared to wait but it’s worth it – super cool décor to keep your eyes busy ‘til the food arrives

Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch

Address: 850 Douglas St
the fruit that comes with your breakfast is a big deal here… presentation and generous portions!

Shine Café

Address: 1320 Blanshard St
I didn’t know eggs benny could be done this many ways but apparently it can! Lots of traditional favourites as well

Blue Fox Café

Address: 919 Fort St
busy breakfast/brunch place…expect a line up. It’s worth it though. Good food and good service

Mo:Le

Address: 554 Pandora Ave

The Village

Address: 2518 Estevan Ave
worth the drive to experience this amazing breakfast/lunch spot. Walk off the calories on Willows beach near by afterwards. What a great neighbourhood experience!

Clay Pigeon

Address: 1002 Blanshard St
unique breakfast/brunch menu with some classics as well. Small and cozy…outdoor seating to people watch

Bubby’s Kitchen

Address: 355 Cook St
diverse menu to please everyone. Excellent local-focused food and reasonable prices – great outdoor patio. Take a coffee or pastry to go and window shop on Cook St or continue down to Dallas Rd to work off your meal

The Ruby on Johnson

Address: 642A Johnson St
big breakfast portions; if you’re craving waffles this is your go to place; kids menu; listen to great music from their large vinyl collection; Hours: 7 am to 3 pm daily

Pubs

Bard & Banker

Address: 1022 Government St
always fun and full of life and friendly people – decent food and Oysters at happy hour! Live music most nights

Canoe Brew Pub

Address: 450 Swift St
Seasonal beers brewed onsite. Great atmosphere and food. Live music on Thursday nights

Irish Times Pub

Address: 1200 Government St
“My friends are the best friends, loyal, willing and able. Now let’s get to drinking…all glasses off the table!!”…. True Irish pub with live irish music most nights. Decent grub too!

Spinnakers Brew Pub

Address: 308 Catherine St
local Victoria brewpub – beautiful views. Food ok – take the Harbour Taxi/ferry to get there if you don’t want to walk or drive

The Penny Farthing

Address: 2228 Oak Bay Ave
Local pub with friendly folk. Good food and good grub. If you’re in Oak Bay it’s the place to be!

Swan’s Brew Pub

Address: 506 Pandora Ave
Beer brewed onsite – great atmosphere and good bands play almost every night

Beagle Pub

Address: 301 Cook St
Local y’ocal for Cook St Village that everyone wishes was closer to their house. Friendly atmosphere, great place to watch the game and good sunny patio in summer that draws crowds

‘The Snug’

Address: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Dr
Views, views and more views….wow! A Victoria landmark lovingly restored and demanded to remain by locals despite the rebuilding of the hotel. They did a great job keeping it authentic to what it was and have only improved the memories of those who know and love it well. Have a drink for sure and take in the view. Food ok

Steamship Grill & Taphouse

Address: 470 Belleville St
Great alternative view of the harbour…. Super huge patio – watch the Coho and Clipper arrive and run for your boat when ready!

Cafés

De’lish

Address: 677 St Patrick St (Oak Bay)
SUPERB café…so special and unique as it is surrounded by residential homes in prime South Oak Bay. Super yummy food, great coffee and atmosphere. Have a picnic on the front lawn if it’s sunny as they’ll give you a blanket. Pick up dinner to go if you’d like with their weekly changing menu of home cooked meals.

Part and Parcel

Address: 2656 Quadra St (Quadra Village)
Gluten free and food in general doesn’t get much better than this! Huh? Yes! The menu is GLUTEN FREE

Ottavio Italian Bakery & Deli

Address: 2272 Oak Bay Ave (Oak Bay)
Classic Italian Deli/Café…. Yummy sandwiches and a true Oak Bay vibe

Bubby’s Kitchen

Address: 355 Cook St(Cook St Village)
Menu that pleases everyone with a real focus on as much local and organic as they can. Incredible food and really reasonably priced!!

Baked Goods and Pastries

Bakery at ‘The Market on Yates’

Address: 903 Yates St
Besides being a great grocery store – Their bakery is amazing! Insider tip! Most baked goods and pastries are ½ price after 8pm… !! Great fresh baked bread , pastries and desserts!

Willie’s Bakery & Café

Address: 537 Johnson St
First opened in 1887 this was BC’s first bakery! They also offer all day breakfasts and a delightful lunch menu promoting local and organic foods that will surely please everyone if you want more than just amazing bread!

Cascadia Wholefoods Bakery

Address: 1812 Government St
Hello Yum! Funky atmosphere and amazing in house made desserts etc…soooo good! A local favourite

The Dutch Bakery

Address: 718 Fort St
A Victoria institution… best baked goods ever…you’ll smell it before you see it…trust us!

Wildfire Organic Bakery

Address: 1517 Quadra St
Wood fired oven to bake the bread!!! Need I say more?? YUM! If you get home with a loaf intact we will be impressed!

La Tana

Address: 101-3 Fan Tan Alley
Oh so good! Fresh baked Italian breads and then some other easy to grab and go treats….

Bubby’s Kitchen

Address: 355 Cook St
Bubby’s is a restaurant now but used to be a bakery so they still offer lots of treats… they know their stuff. Coffee too! If you’re in Cook St Village this is the place to go

La Roux Patisserie

Address: 519 Fisgard St
enjoy a buttery croissant or pastry with coffee in a beautiful environment; one of Dani’s favourite bakeries in Victoria; Hours: 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm Sunday

Sweets and Desserts

Cascadia

Address: 1812 Government St
Too many in house goodies to promote just one…you decide. Coffee is good too!

Murchies

Address: 1110 Government St
Some of THE BEST treats in Victoria…. You must try their macarons and excellent tea and coffee selection

Bon Macaron Patisserie

Address: 1012 Broad St
Ok this is insane….possibly the BEST macaron’s you will EVER have. The owner/chef Yann from Paris, France does them like you’ve never experienced before! These are TRUE French Macarons…. The selection of flavours will overwhelm you enough and the taste will take you to the next level!

Rogers Chocolates

Address: 913 Government St
This is OUR chocolate …. You’ve never had anything like it. A must for now and buy more to take home!

Tea Rooms

The Empress Hotel Tea Room

Address: 721 Government St
High Tea at the Empress Hotel… This is a once in a lifetime experience. Classy all the way! It’s NOT cheap but everyone needs to do it ONCE in their life!

Venus Sophia Tea Room

Address: 540 Fisgard St

Abkhazi Gardens and Tea Room

Address: 1964 Fairfield Rd
A beautiful property with a beautiful love story… tour the gardens after tea… very unique and special to Victoria. It’s worth the walk, drive or short cab ride

Butchart Gardens

Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave
It’s Butchart Gardens….you’re already in heaven! These gardens are spectacular no matter what time of year and known world wide!!Tea to enjoy it all? Yes please!

Cook St Village (and why it’s worth going)

Beagle Pub

Address: 301 Cook St
possibly one of the friendliest pubs in Victoria – great food and great atmosphere, great patio! Hang with the locals and see what it’s like to really LIVE here!

Pizzeria Prima Strada

Address: 230 Cook St
also referenced in ‘Very Victoria’ – the BEST pizza place in town with wood fired oven

Bubby’s Kitchen

Address: 355 Cook St
also referenced in ‘Very Victoria’ – great ‘local’ fare at reasonable prices and great atmosphere

The Village Taverna

Address: 1075 Pendergast St
Located in Cook St Village – this small Greek eatery is great for simple greek food that won’t blow the bank

Moka House Coffee

Address: 345 Cook St
Local coffee chain…great patio that everyone loves and vies for a seat on….

Serious Coffee

Address: 230 Cook St
Another local chain – excellent coffee and service

Surroundings At Home

Address: 249 Cook St
closed Monday’s – one of the nicest Home Décor stores in Victoria. Always changing and offering a variety of goods in all price ranges. Truly special

Mother Nature’s Organic Market

Address: 240 Cook St
local organic food including meat, produce, prepared foods as well as a wide selection of organic dry goods and supplements – this is your ORGANIC one stop shopping!

McLennan’s Island Butcher

Address: 307 Cook St
LOCAL island meats that are ALL hormone and anti-biotic free – gorgeously delicious!

The Next (Modern Japanese Cuisine)

Address: 240 Cook St (but really around the corner on Sutlej St – look for the sandwich board pointing the way! )
Amazing Japanese food with a modern twist. Simple and modern atmosphere yet truly inspired food