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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
Great place for a date
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

I went to Matisse for the first time 2 weeks ago with my boyfreind, and really enjoyed the entire experience. The service from the moment we walked in the door was amazing, The owners' passion for food was evident, and the menu was very difficult to choose from as there are so much great options. We shared the pate and Lobster Bisque to start, both were delicious. Then came our mains of lamb and duck. The lamb was tender and juicy with a great sauce and perfect sized portion, the duck was also good but I liked the lamb better. We finished the meal with creme brulee, and it was as expected, amazing! its a quiet and upscale atmosphere which is great for a date, I felt like I was valued as a customer and the food lived up to matisse's reputation, will definitely be back.

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La Belle Patate1215 Esquimalt Road, Victoria
best poutine ever
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:53pm [Take-out]

most authentic and delicious poutine in Victoria by far. If you are from Quebec you won't be disappointed. great place to stop by for a snack during the day or at night. Prices are resonable and service is great. I have looked far and wide for an authentic poutine place and I have finally found it.

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Italian Food Imports1114 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Best meatball sandwich around
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:49pm [Take-out]

Almost every weekend we stop by this italian deli for a meatball sub, panini, or soup. The meatball panino is the best i have had, and the ingredients in all sandwiches are always fresh and tasty. Service is quick, as this place is often lined up, and there is a few small tables with chairs if you want to dine in. The prices are very reasonable for the sandwiches. The soups here are usually amazing, restaurant quality (lobster bisque is heavenly!). There is also a few delcious pre-made salads to choose from, and while you are grabbing lunch you can order some italian deli meat, cheese, or pasta for dinner as well.

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Grindstone Cafe504 Herald Street, Victoria
Great place to pick up lunch
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:44pm [Take-out]

Whenever I feel the need to eat lunch out, I usually stop by the Grindstone cafe and grab one of their delicious homemade soups, and the apple chicken panini (amazing!). Their sandwiches are filling and delicious with real ingredients and their soups are always well flavoured and unique. The prices and fair for what you are getting and the service is always freindly and quick.

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Fol Epi398 Harbour Road, #101, Victoria
Delicious Bakery!
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:39pm [Take-out]

I live close by and have tried many items at Fol Epi. The fresh baked bread is to die for, they usually have a selection of baguette and rye. The bread is 8.00 a loaf, so not a bargain, but worth it once in awhile if you ask me. The macroons here are amazing and authentic, and come in many flavours. The pastries are delicate and come in perfect portions, pair any baked good with a coffee from Discovery Coffee right next to Fol Epi and enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon sitting on the patio in the sun.

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Donair Shop, The1243 Esquimalt Road, Victoria
Best Donairs in Vic
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:35pm [Take-out]

I have been to this hole in the wall in Esquimalt a few times and have never been disappointed. Their donair meats are authentic and stuffed inside large warm pitas with veggies and delicious sauces. Very reasonably priced and I haven't found a better place to pick up a donair and greek salad for take out. Service is fine, not overly freindly, but I think it kind of adds to the personality of the place. If you want a nice place to sit down, this is not the place for you.

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Caravana Cafe2984 Jutland Road, Victoria
Great Food!
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

Owners are always eager to serve you and they are friendly with lots of personality. The food is authentic and consistently flavourful and delicious. Portions are large and prices are low. Caravanas has some of the best tabbouleh, falafel, and chicken donair plates that I have had, and all of the sauces and ingredients taste homemade.

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Buon Amici's Coffee645 Tyee Road, Victoria
Great place for a light Breakfast and Coffee
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

I have been to Buon Amici's many times since its very close to my house, their espresso is great and I find that their lattes and mochas are way better than starbucks or serious coffee. They also have delicious muffins, baked goods and breakfast pitas. Its a nice quiet spot to sit and read and enjoy a snack or coffee.

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San Remo2709 Quadra St, Victoria
Bait and switch tactics on their website
By elmel of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:22pm [Delivery]

I was very disappointed with my online ordering experience yesterday. I ordered 3 items: the $7 jalapeno appy, the $8 eggplant appy and the $17 souvlaki entree (for 2 meat skewers). 2 minutes later I get a call from the restaurant to inform me that the online souvlaki listing was wrong: it only comes with one skewer. And when the order arrived, I was charged $9.50, $8.95 and $17.95 respectively for my 3 items (and the Greek salad had no dressing on it. When I called to discuss the price discrepancies, I was told that they were not going to honour their online prices. They lost $200+/year of my business for $4.40 - I hope it was worth it.

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Amrikko's Indian Grill298 Old Island Hwy, Victoria
Good Food, Nice Place
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

We go out for Indian often in Victoria, this place is great. The food has consistently been good, and the atmosphere is nice (which sometime can be sacrificed when going out for indian food). Service was great, wait time was minimal, prices were decent, and the butter chicken and pakoras were really good.

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Beacon Drive-In126 Douglas Street, Victoria
Not the ice cream it used to be
By oscarfel of Victoria and Area (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2012 - 11:37am [Take-out]

We have been going to the Beacon Hill Drive in since 1967. In the last 15 years we have been going every Sunday, except for Xmas when it has been closed.
We noticed the change that seem to coincide with the change in management. The quality and quantity has taken a real turn for the worse.
We do not recommend this drive in restaurant to any one.

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Disappointed, overpriced
By Hettie Wheeler of Victoria BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

We had a family get together on February 17th. Five adults and two children under five. We ordered two children's meals at $10 each plus numerous other adult menu items .... platter, appies, one entree, salad, etc. I was told I could use coupons when I made my reservation. The total bill was $179.75. I asked if I could use one of the coupons for the childrens two meals, which would have meant a $5.00 saving. Big deal! Anyway, the manager told me "no" since they don't make any money on children's meals. Good grief, the children's meals were a hamburger and macaroni. The food service seemed slow, however we were enjoying a family visit, so this was not an issue. Food was definitely not anything other then mediocore. The location is good. Victoria foodies will definitely give this restaurant a hands down.

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Terrible Food and Staff Incompetent
By saraho of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 1:35pm [Take-out]

I had a GC and decided to use it last night to order take out and my goodness was I glad I didn't spend my own hard earned money on such terrible food. It was a disaster. Not only did i have to wait 10 mins for the staff to figure out how to cash my GC my food tasted like crap and was freezing cold. My boyfriend ordered a burger which is pretty simple and shouldnt be that hard to make taste good and it was terrible. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was dry and nasty. We both ordered yam fries. Firstly, the yams were not peeled before hand- LAZYNESS.... they were ice cold and they were burnt. All in all an terrible experience and I don't reccomend going to this resturant to waste your money.
Hope they pick up their socks and make it a good place to dine. Looks like bad reviews since they have moved to Downtown Victoria.

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Bin 4 Burger Lounge911 Yates Street, #180, Victoria
Best Burger Place In Town
By Sharky371 of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I have to admit I was nervous going out of my comfort zone and trying this place out but i found out the restaurant was down to earth great food and the servers were so upbeat and friendly I know its pricier then some burger places but they are way better than any place ive ever been to before

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Floyds Breakfast experience
By Sharky371 of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

First time I ever went to Floyds Diner on Yates Have to say I had a mixed experience. The looks in the place when I got in was a bit run down from the inside not to mention was not a bit impressed with a Santa that was dressed up as a Canuck fan waiting for me inside the only thing was missing was a clownhead out to talk my order into. I ordered a American Idol Eggs Benny which was really good but I really waited along time and with the price a bit high it was a bit dissapointing The people in there were freindly so Im going to try them one more time maybe they just had a bad day

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Nautical Nellies1001 Wharf St, Victoria
SOOOOOOOOOOO Not Worth The Money
By dallas012 of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:55am [Dine in]

I actually just joined this site to warn people about this place. Had dinner there last night . Never felt more ripped off after leaving a restaurant. For the money they're charging I expected a lot more. Not a hard , cold triangle of rice, two hard carrots, two hard beans , and a little bowl of seafood for 35.00. With the 15.00 $ appy for a total of 50.00 . For 52.00 you could go to Matisse for a 4 course dinner , and have a real dinning experience. Trust me, get the bread pudding for dessert.

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Rumrunner Pub, The9881 Seaport Place, Victoria
Something Rotten in Sidney
By greggcanan of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Ordered calamari to start. Other tables winced as it was delivered. Had two bites and returned. Tasted and smelled like it had been left on the dock in the sun. Another table thanked us for sending it back. Called manager on it he were told that it was the cumin spice. Really? Then he brought a bag of calamari to prove its freshness. With the bag closed across the table, that was enough. Just glad to leave. Read other reviews and look for another restaurant in Sidney!

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Chiba Sushi2706 Government Street, Victoria
Don't Dine Here
By dtcb of Mission BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:00am [Take-out]

We love sushi. We've eaten the best and the worst over the years across the country. Last weekend we were stuck in Victoria due to weather and decided to order take out sushi from Chiba Sushi. It calls itself "the best sushi place in town". It isn't. This place should be torn down and sown with salt. We arrived and place an order for over $100 worth of sushi and sashimi. We waited...and waited...and waited. No offer of tea, water...nothing. We stopped a young waitress after the 15 minute mark and asked what was up. She said "it's not my fault that they're slow". Wrong answer. The restaurant was less than 1/3 full on a Sunday night at 7PM. At the half hour mark I asked to speak to the manager...the original dragon lady...and she screamed at me...that's right...screamed, saying "I can't hurry the cooks...not my fault...and so on." This is in front of customers who had just walked in as well. Finally after about 40 minutes we got our food. When we opened it at our hotel room it was dreadful. The sashimi as old...bordering on going bad. The portions we small (and I'm being generous here). They gave us one set of chop sticks. Folks, go anywhere...even food courts...and you'll get better sushi...we even had better sushi on the ferry back to Vancouver. STAY AWAY from Chiba Sushi!

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Sharky's Fish and Chips4517 West Saanich Rd, #4, Victoria
Fish & Chips
By George of Royal Oak rea of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

A small place, has just a few tables for eat in dining. Friendly service by the owner, I enjoy eating in. Clean premises. Great hand punched thick cut fries. I find thick cut fries can be undercooked but these are cooked to perfection, excellent taste. The portions are generous, the batter on the fish tender, tasty, and crispy. The best fish & chips in Victoria for my money.

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Sharky's Fish and Chips4517 West Saanich Rd, #4, Victoria
Graet Fish & Chios
By George of Royal Oak rea of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Very friendly service by the owner, thick cut "hand punched" fries, cooked well. I'm leery of large fires because they can be cooked unevenly. These are crispy on the outside and cooked through. The fish is excellent with a a batter that is tasty and not not thick, and not greasy. Good value. I usually eat in, just a few tables, clean premises. The best fish & chips in Victoria for my money.

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