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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
1550's Pub Style Restaurant1550 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria
Standard Pub Food
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

You know what to expect at 1550s. Standard bar food, standard service. Good neighbourhood spot, but nothing to write home about. If you order drinks, you may as well skip the pop and go straight for beer - it's just about the same price. I'd rate it as completely average.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish1006 Wharf Street, Victoria
Not Worth the Hype
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

The food was alright... but took a long time and the fish had so much batter on it that it was quite greasy. I'm glad I had a coupon, because it was expensive - even for fish and chips. If I go back, I'd get their chowder because it looked pretty good, but I wouldn't go back for standard fish and chips. Just not worth it - especially with those horrible little wooden forks they give you.

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Kim's Vietnamese Restaurant748 Johnson Street, Victoria
Favourite Pho in Victoria
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

After recently moving to Victoria from Vancouver and eating pho at both places on Fort, one on Douglas, one on Pear, and one on Yates, I can safely say that Kim's is my favourite place for pho in Victoria so far. Their broth is clear (not cloudy), they provide both basil and cilantro, their beef seems to be decent quality, the noodles weren't clumpy, and the portion size was decent. I'll definitely be returning.

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Pho Ever1669 Pear Street, Victoria
Worsened Over Time
By mockingjay of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

My friends and I have been regulars of Pho Ever for quite some time. What kept us coming back is the great Pho, speedy service, and moderate prices.

In recent visits, however, more than one of my friends has not received their meals with the rest of us. There has been no explanation from the server or the manager, and we have had to get up and flag down a staff member to ask where the rest of our food is.

Last night was the final time I will visit Pho Ever. My friend did not receive her meal with the rest of us, and after 10 minutes of no explanation, I had to get up to ask the server where her food was. The server giggled and walked away. 20 minutes later, her food finally arrived, but still no explanation. When we went to the till to pay, the manager also giggled when we told her about the situation and offered her 10% off. At any other respectable restaurant, we would have received an immediate explanation and the meal would be free. We are not fussy people, and let it slide the few times it happened, but this was the final straw.

An explanation and a free meal would have kept our service - we were regulars, after all.

Not worth it. Crappy service. Pho is better downtown, anyway.

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Wah Lai Yuen Restaurant560 Fisgard St., Victoria
Hole in the wall... but GREAT food
By HarryBaulsak of Victoria, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

been here a few times for lunch and meant to get this up sooner.
To walk by this place you would not think it was a restaurant, lots of take out (duck, pork etc.) in the window.

You get in and are IMMEDIATELY greeted by one of the friendly staff.
Tea is brought to the table quickly.

So far the best thing I have tried here are the different noodle/wonton/dumpling soups with combination of the meats you see hanging on display.
Your choice of BBQ pork, crispy pork, duck, soy chicken.
Every soup we have tried has been fantastic and a bargain.

If you order the lettuce wraps be warned, the can feed 3 or 4 people, my friend and I ordered one each... HUGE serving of fresh cut lettuce and a massive plate of filling.

The honeybuns are amazing as well.

HIGHLY recommended.

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Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
I would rate ambiance higher if we weren't sitting by the kitchen door
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

This was a special birthday celebration. My husband took me away for a weekend get away and he made reservations at Matisse for dinner.

The ambiance would have been very nice if we had a different table but it is really distracting when the kitchen door is right beside you and it is being opened and closed all night. My husband asked if we could have another table but we were told that nothing else was available.

The service was okay. The host is very good with explaining all the dishes and how they are prepared. We had to top up the wine frequently ourselves. This should not happen with the prices that are being charged. One of the reviews commented on the white wine being warm by the time the entree was served. We had to request a wine bucket to keep the wine cold otherwise we would have had the same problem. An ice bucket is something that be presented automatically with white wine. We shared a appetizer of crepe of the day - white asparagus, bacon, spinach?? and cheese. It was very good and the serving was very generous. For entrees my husband had fish or the day (I forget what it was) topped with crabmeat. It was well prepared and very tasty. I went with the rack of lamb - 6 pieces of lamb perfectly prepared medium rare as requested. It was one of the better rack of lamb dishes that I've had. We split a creme brulee for dessert. The topping was nicely carmelized but not too hard.

It was a lovely evening but if we had a different table and the service was a bit better it would have been so much better.

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3rd Street Cafe2466 Beacon Ave, Sidney
Disappointing breakfast and lunch
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

We went to Victoria for the weekend and rather than eat on the ferry we decided to stop in Sidney for a late breakfast.

Hubby had done a google search for breakfast places and he came upon 3rd St. cafe. They were very busy. By the time we left there was a line up waiting to get in. Having eaten there I have to say that I'm not sure why. It was 11:00 and I didn't feel like breakfast so I asked if they had a lunch menu that I could order from. No problem, except that most of the lunch entrees were the same as what you would find on the breakfast menu. I guess the fact that they say all day breakfast should have clued me in.

My husband had the special omelette with Italian sausage, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms. I had a bite and to me the combination of ingredients did not blend together well. I think it would have been better with a different kind of cheese. It came with mushy fried potatoes that were distinctly lacking in flavour. I had a BLT. It came with a choice of french fries, soup or salad. It wasn't a bad sandwich but for $11.95 it is seriously overpriced. I mean it's not like I'm eating at some high end restaurant with great views, ambiance or decor.

We would not go back. We generally go to John's Place on Pandora St. in Victoria and they are much better value. The food is also much better and more reasonably priced for what you get.

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Moon Underwater Pub And Brewery, The350 Bay Street, Victoria
Service So Slow And Unremarkable It Really Makes One Wonder
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Why? This place is obviously a family run business. Sorry to say but what appears to be Mom and Dad have so little personality you have to wonder why they got into business in the first place.

I don't want to make this too personal but it really was a glaring part of my experience at "The Wet Moon" on Friday night. These people did not chat with customers, at least my table of seven. They didn't even try.
They were mechanical in their performance.

You order up at the bar there is no table service. Sure the place was packed on Friday night perhaps because of a good review in the TC recently but slow, my goodness. I ordered a dozen chicken wings at ten bucks. I swear someone was out back slaughtering the chicken, plucking the feathers one by one and then slicing and dicing. The chicken wings took forever.

Everything at our table was stutter delivered. One persons meal arrived then maybe five, ten , fifteen minutes later someone else's, etc. Not once did Mom or Dad come by and say anything to us. When a meal was ready they simply plopped it down in front of the person who had ordered it, about an hour ago up at the bar. To me this is just unacceptable. If you want people to return engage with your customers. Talk to them, kibitz a little, make it seem like you want their business and appreciate it.

Trust me I could of purchased wings at Costco for less and meatier. While the wings were okay some of them seemed to be of the weight loss variety. Skin and bones with a little sauce.

The beer was fine, nothing special.

I may give them another chance but I sure hope they read my review and accept a little constructive criticism.
I am not hard to please , just want a little appreciation from places where I spend my money.

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Tia's Heritage Cafe5303 West Saanich Road, Victoria
Better than a home cooked meal (even if your mom is the best chef in the world)
By HughManBeeing of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2011 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Hiking up the Interurban Trail on a recent March Mid-Winter's day I stumbled upon Tia's quaint and charming country diner which really is more of an old-school, home-cooked-feel, contemporary rural diner rather than a cafe. And yes, the freshly made coffee was an amazing treat after a long trek in the freakishly cool weather for this time of year in Victoria.

Plus I had roughly 50 pounds of gear on my back, and so this little Heritage diner seemed like a Holy Oasis for my tired body and weary soul.

I sauntered into this place with no prior knowledge and only one goal in my mind - eat, drink, and rest for a while (and hopefully not upset any of the locals). To clarify the comment in parentheses, I knew that my own visual presentation was not going to be a good one - I was tired, dirty, sweaty, and smelly. I probably looked like a wandering hobo, a vigilante on the run, or a Vietnam War Veteran named John Ramboni who just fell through a random time-space portal in the jungle and landed outside this Heritage building which has been converted into a restaurant. I wonder if the French Situationists or the Theater of the Absurd Crowd would approve.

No time to worry over social niceties when the body needs to refuel, so I bee-lined straight for the back, dumped my gear on the floor and tried to act natural. What was the result?

Well, aside from a few curious double-takes from locals, a woman named Sophia (who turns out to be the owner) made me feel right at home.

She immediately brought me a pitcher of ice water, and chatted with me about the journey, and then made sure I received an outstanding meal in a timely fashion.

Wow.

Being the good vegan carnivore that I am, a bacon cheeseburger like you might find at the family barbecue, a nice portion of poutine French fries on the side, and a can of chilled fizzy liquid (gourmet pop in reality) became integrated with my body real-quick-like, and suddenly I had that wondrous sensation of - yes! I just rediscovered God in a plate of seriously good Canadian food.

Was it my hunger that made it seem so divine? Was it the wonderful people at this family owned and operated diner that made me feel welcome even in the midst of my visual and olfactory poverty? Or was it just great food at a very affordable price?

My fair, unbiased, and highly subjective (haha) opinion is that the poutine was exactly how I like it and could not have been improved. The burger was excellent quality in terms of ingredients, and well prepared - the only thing I would change here is that I like a lot of seasoning for any type of beef dish, burgers included.

Many culinary artists are moving towards a less-seasoning-is-better approach in order to satisfy the largest possible audience. The reason is that, for dietary restrictions and personal tastes, people who like more can add more, but people who like less have a hard time scraping the barbecue sauce out of the burger patty!

Overall - excellent people, excellent food for the price point (burger, poutine, coffee, and pop for under $15), lovely atmosphere, great location if you want to escape the city, and I must rate this as an outstanding casual dining experience.

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
Shouldn't a steak place be able to sort out which steak to deliver to the table?
By flemmot of Victoria and Area (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

A table of 10, Saturday evening, and the specialty is steak and fries. 9 out of 10 people order a steak. The wait staff mis delivered 2 of them, and when one person had started to eat theirs, the wait staff wanted to take it away because it was supposed to be for someone else. Another steak had to be cooked, while the rest of us happily ate ours.
The wait staff seemed absolutely baffled if you told them that whatever they were delivering to you was not actually for you i.e. "Here is your caesar salad" to which I replied "I"m sorry, but I ordered the soup". They looked at you like you had changed your mind since they took the order!
Buns on the table were delivered, for 6 people only.....and there were 10 of us.
And how long can it possibly take to make dessert that was actually on the 'specials' board? We thought at one point they had gone out to get it ....
I'm sorry, but the food was mediocre and therefore overpriced for being mediocre. And the service was really poor.
We won't be returning and won't recommend the place to anyone.

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
Outstanding!
By Janed of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Love the atmosphere! Very beautiful inside, lots of glass, brass and crafted wood. Probably the best looking pub I've been in. Have been there several times, service has always been great as well as the food! Really have enjoyed the Lamb burger as well as the Tuna. So good! They have tons of beers on tap as well! And a scotch list like I've never seen.
Always impressed by the level of entertainment, ie. Bands and singers there!
Great time, would highly recommend.

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Fairfield Fish & Chips1275 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
Favorite Friday Night Meal
By happy walker of Prince Albert,sk (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:50am [Take-out]

The best fish and chips I have ever eaten! Loved the halibut. Batter was light and flaky. Coleslaw is just like homemade. The fries are wonderful. We had some left over and cooked them like hashbrowns the next morning for breakfast. The staff (owners) are friendly and personable. Great service! Great food! Reasonably priced! What more could you ask for?

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
What a disaster!
By Rick1196 of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant the other night and it was horrible. My meal was barely warm while my wife's was hot. We finally got the attention of our waitress, and asked to have my meal reheated. By the time my meal came back my wife had finished hers. I had by this time lost interest in the whole event, and had filled myself up on the large portion of fries my wife had ordered with her meal. I had a few bites of my meal and to say the least it was a mammoth disappointment. Thinking that if it was reheated propely at home and not just microwaved, I asked to have it packed up. The waitress made it very clear that I was really just too much of a bother. I did reheat the meal in the oven the next day, and it was still mostly inedible.
I see they are now in the Entertainment Book. Some times that is not a bad sign, but it can also indicate that a restaurant is in trouble. It's pretty clear where this one stands.

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Little Vienna Bakery6726 West Coast Road, #6, Sooke
Little Vienna Bakery is Awesome!
By Travels Lightly of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

My wife and I and a few of our friends were riding our motorcycles on the loop from Victoria to Duncan out to Port Renfrew and then back to Victoria. We decided to stop along the way for a coffee and pastry at the Little Vienna Bakery Cafe in Sooke. It's located at 6726 West Coast Road and is easy access directly off of highway 14 into a large, nicely paved parking lot....important for motorcyclists! We were hooked as soon as we walked in because of the smell of fresh bread. They have a bunch of different sandwiches and soups for lunch, and two display cabinets full of incredible looking cakes and pastries. We ordered a bunch of cappuccino's and some desserts.....apple strudels, schnecke's, muffins, mille feuilles and kaiser kuchen. I had the Mille Feuilles and it was unbelievably good......authentic just like when were travelling in Europe and had some. We met the owner Michael, and were thrilled to find out him and his wife Susan were also motorcyclists. Michael rides a Ducati and Susan has a Kawasaki. Anyhow, the food, service and inside of the bakery were all great. We stuffed our saddlebags and top-cases with fresh breads, cheezes and balsamic vinegars that they also sell there and headed home to Victoria.
They also have a great big deck outside surrounded by gardens which will be a great place to sit once the weather warms up a bit......we'll be back and will recommend the Little Vienna Bakery Cafe to our friends.
This is a definite stop for anyone travelling through Sooke......its worth the trip!

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Wok Box2401 Millstream Road, #143, Victoria
Poor NoodleBox rip
By HarryBaulsak of Victoria, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:51am [Dine in]

My daughter and I enjoy Asian food, so one day in Langford we decided to give Wok Box a go.
The menu is odd, not very descriptive of the dishes, but we fumbled through and ordered a Szechuan box and appy's.
Another couple came in shortly after us and ordered, the lone person behind the counter proceeded to prepare their orders first...
Getting the large bowl of noodles and appy's we returned to our table to eat.
The samosa's were alright, frozen refreid at best with a generic dipping sauce.
The Szechuan Pepper dish was very disappointing, flavorless and really not a lot of veg or meat.
We will not be returning any time soon.

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Macchiato1002 Broad St, Victoria
Fantastic quality for the price!
By erinvictoria of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Every single time I eat here (which is often) I thoroughly enjoy my meal. There is lots to choose from, and it's so interesting- no plain old ham and cheese here! The staff are friendly and accomodating, and the atmosphere is fantastic. I don't have a bad word to say about this place. The staff and management obviously care about the quality of food they are putting out and the experience they are giving their customers. Try it- you won't be disappointed!

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
A great night out
By food_is_love of Victoria and Area (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

I recently hosted a special event in one of the Bard's party rooms. I called several times to make changes to my reservation (due to an increasing guest list) and I was impressed by the professionalism and general pleasantness of the staff. They were very helpful in suggesting the best room for my event and were more than happy to answer all of my questions...they even offered to show me around before we made a final decision.
During the event, we ordered plates of appetizers and drinks for everyone to share - my guests were impressed and so was I! The live music was a fun bonus and was loud enough to hear, but quiet enough so that we could talk. There were no extra costs associated with booking our beautiful room, which we really appreciated. It was a fun and classy evening, which I would recommed.

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Mint, The1414 Douglas St., Victoria
Amazing Lounge
By Tonypom of Prince George, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

I thought the Mint was amazing. Awesomer vibe with a live DJ. My friends and I all enjoyed our food. I had the Lamb Curry. I was surpirised that the potatoes and carrots were served cold but my friend Janice explained to me that they are traditionally served that way for a Tibetan dish. The service was also great, the waiter simply explained to us that our meals would be a little while because the restaurant was so busy and he was right. There wasn't a chair left vacant in the entire place. I was impressed how well the servers were moving in light of the number of people in that place. Lastly, the list of beers was the best I've seen since Fogg 'n Sudds.

Amazing place! Don't expect a two-minute meal, but I guess that is why they call it a lounge.

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Dolce Vita Coffee Art911 Yates Street, #160, Victoria
Disappointing Service for expensive coffee
By expressofan of Victoria and Area (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:49am [Dine in]

There was a time when I would often stop by this place for a decaf expresso because I was happy to support a local non-corporate coffee shop in Victoria. However, on one very hot day during the summer months I ordered an iced moka and received a regular one which was too hot to drink on a hot day.
When I told the barrista that I would prefer and iced version she became very upset with me - stating that I had not ordered it properly. I could see that she was really stressed so I asked her if she could just pour it into a new cup over ice and I would be on my way.
This suggestion was met with distain and a very aggressive suggestion that I accept it as is. At this point, I could no longer sympathize with the young woman and told her that when this had happened at Starbucks they were happy to re-do the order and give me a gift certificate for a free drink for the next time I came in. Please note: I did not expect this from this woman. All I wanted was for her to pour my Moka onto ice so that I could enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot day. After all, I had paid almost $5.00 for it.
The next thing I knew, she had gone into the back and brought out the manager who was also visibly angry with me. He refunded my money from the cash register and after slapping the change on the counter told me that in future I should go back to Starbucks.
Since then, I have taken his advice and have been happy to continue to receive excellent service from the staff at the Starbucks half a block away on the corner of Quadra and Yates.
I've never been one to go to these lengths to complain about bad service but I was so shocked at the way I was treated after being such a loyal patron ever since this place opened, not only by a staff member but also the by owner that I felt compelled to report my experience.

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Stage1307 Gladstone Ave, Victoria
Sorry to say goodbye to an old favourite!
By Mary Cat of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

I have been to Stage many times and for awhile it was almost a monthly event. The food was usually wonderful, a good atmosphere and fair value but not fantastic. I never would have said the service was terrific. The bartender was always great and made terrific drinks but sometimes the arrival of the plates was poorly timed and on more than one occassion the wait staff was a bit cranky. Our break with Stage came just a couple of weeks ago when four of us decided to meet for dinner and drinks at Stage. We arrived early (before 6) to ensure we got a table and actually remarked it was quieter than usual as even at 7:30 it was not totally full. We had drinks for about a half hour, then ordered from the menu and had more drinks. Our meals arrived and were tasty but not, we thought, as good as usual. They had changed the recipee of the pomme frites in some way and the taste was not as appealing. A couple of the other dishes were very good and the rest ok. After dinner we ordered dessert and coffee. The creme brulee was great. Before we had even finished the coffee our bill arrived on the table. We were not asked if we wanted anything else to drink or eat. Our one companion looked at her watch when the desserts arrived and it was 8:35. 20 minutes later the owner approached our table and stated that they needed our table as we had finished an hour ago and they had people waiting. We promptly departed but all of us felt very put out by the request which ruined our enjoyment of the evening. When we had arrived at the restaurant they had asked us if we wanted a table closer to the window but they would need it by 8. We asked for a different table as we knew we would want to spend longer. We had friends arriving later in the evening and we thought we might want to join them. After thinking about it for a couple of weeks I e-mailed the owner to let her know how these events had effected our evening. She was less than apologetic and essentially just lectured me via e-mail on the stresses of being in the business. So if you want to linger and enjoy a restaurant and not be treated like a naughty child after spending a few hundred dollars........go somewhere else.

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