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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Ambrosio Markets & Deli225 Menzies Street, #104, Victoria
Best sandwiches in James Bay
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:56am [Dine in]

You can customize your sandwich with all sorts of yummy Italian deli type foods, from marinated eggplant to olive tapanade, this place has it all. They grill your selection to perfection for a reasonable price. The salads are also fantastic here. Best greek and potato! Great antipasta too! Olive selection is always fantastic, and they make very good pesto and tzaziki in house.

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James Bay Coffee & Book143 Menzies Street, Victoria
Love the location - not the snacks!
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:43am [Dine in]

It is a shame that such a neat, fun, perfect little spot doesn't have better coffee and snacks. I would come here all the time if the coffee was better and there was more to eat (and better quality). I've had a bagel here a couple times, always stale, same with the toast. The baked goods just look generic and unappetizing and the coffee isn't all that swell. I do love the bookstore feel though, and I'd like to patron more often as it would be the perfect place to write, but the coffee at the "corporate" locations is sadly a bit better. I have hope though, this place is the place that should!!!

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
Tasty but a bit frustrating
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:39am [Take-out]

This is not the place for take-out, everytime I have called ahead so I can pick up food at lunch (which no other place struggles so hard with), they can't do it on time. I've been given different excuses like, they want it to be fresh so it tastes good, or that they get ripped off by people placing orders. Well after a few times, one would think maybe they could write me a reference for picking up the food I order. The only thing that keep me coming back is the best veggie burger in town. It's really good. I've had a benny there, which was good too but very low on the sauce (Maybe a by-product of take-out too).

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James Bay Fish & Chips211 Menzies Street, Victoria
A nice local joint
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:34am [Dine in]

I'm a veggie, so I haven't tried the fish, but I've had the egg foo yung, stirfried bean cake, and the veggie chow mein a number of times. It's my take-out staple in James Bay, it's always good, fresh and quick. The people are nice, they aren't in your face, but they are always attentive. They could do with more vegetable selection but that's just me (and me eating just veggies), but as far as the local place to get dinner, one of the better options in James Bay!

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Cup Of Joe Caffe230 Menzies Street, #1, Victoria
Rude Food
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:31am [Dine in]

Every time I've been to this place they have been rude. I've called for take-out and been hung-up on when I asked what was in the veggie burger (I was told to call thrifty's and hung up on), I was yelled at when I came inside to eat, with my Father on his birthday. I moved something on the table and the older woman yelled at me in front of everyone. The young girl that works there, didn't know what their website was and told me to "don't be stupid, use google".

The food is never that great, potatoes are hard. The benny is alright, but not worth the abuse to get it. Many other places that are bost tasty and a bit friendly.

I'm not sure who is better to deal with, the young girl that knows nothing about her workplace or the older woman that is the rudest person I've met in awhile.

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Naanwich, The3466 Tillicum Rd, Victoria
Better than Sabri's
By tieywhiey of North Vancouver Deep Cove (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 8:08pm [Take-out]

Naanwich is a place that I frequently visited in the summer while working in the area. Though its a little over-priced, the quality of food is actually surprisingly decent for a sub-sandwich alternative.

If you're looking for a quick bite, Naanwich is definitely worth checking out. I've had the butter chicken Naanwich a number of times, and recently tried the lamb and ginger - both were pretty good.

My only complaint is the portions are not very big - so make sure you ask for most of the veggies on your naanwich, otherwise you'll be a little hungry afterwards

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Sabri Indian Cuisine3480 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Disappointed
By tieywhiey of North Vancouver Deep Cove (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I've been to Sabri's twice - the first time I went was early into dinner service (about 5:00pm). Unfortunately, it seemed as if all the entrees had been left to sit under a heat lamp for several hours, as they were dried out and not very hot. The only item that was decent was the Kheer (rice pudding), which was not all you can eat - you only got one included with your dinner

The next time, I thought I would try the lunch buffet. The food was not dried out at least, but the quality was still very mediocre. Chef Omar's pledge to you is to serve you "real" healthy food, free of chemical additives; maybe he should also try serving quality food.

The Naanwich 4 doors down has impressed me, however - if you were thinking of going to Sabri's - try the Naanwich instead.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Enjoyed my breakfast
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:48am [Dine in]

I came here for brunch the other day and sat on the patio. The service was great the whole time; I only was drinking water and it was refilled multiple times. I ordered the huevos incrediblo (or something like that) and it was tasty although I would have like the eggs a little runnier. The sun was shining and I enjoyed the summer with a tasty brunch, what else could you want?

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Lure45 Songhees Rd., Victoria
Lured Back Again & Again
By bellagirl1976 of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I have been here at least 6 times now and have had each meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and it is absolutely fabulous! The service is always the best and the view is by far the best in the city, as it looks at the city and not out from it. Now the food, mmmmmm, the food. It's so good! The flavours are beyond anywhere else and everything always come out steaming hot. My only complaint could be better draught beer and lower prices (but who doesn't want that?), it's still worth it! I can't wait to go back.

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Blue Nile, The612 Head Street, Victoria
Sooooo Delicious!
By bellagirl1976 of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

I have been here about 5 times and I love it! The food is so tasty and has so much flavour - even though it looks like its been sitting under the heat lamp for a while - it doesn't taste it. They even have a delicious African beer to complement it all. The ambiance is different, I had never seen dancing like they show on the tv before, but now it's part of the whole experience and I look forward to it each time we go back. And the service is so friendly. I hope it stays in my neighbourhood forever!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
Bland, bland, bland.
By plushlush of anmore (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

Just had the most mediocre meal I have ever had. The restaurant must have one of the best locations in Victoria, right on the harbour, but what you experience as a diner lets it down unfortunately. Firstly, why do restaurants believe that children want to eat bland over-cooked food, and why would you want to sit next to washrooms when the restaurant is practically empty - and why would you serve a marguerita the color of washing up liquid (luminous green!) and tasting of a mix of salt and lime cordial - yuk! The food was bland in taste and presentation, and so overpriced. Had to try it, but never again. Oh, maybe hiring servers who can use more than one adjective might help - my meal was not 'awesome'!

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Ming's Restaurant1321 Quadra St., Victoria
Needs a Restaurant Makeover
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Visited here a few weeks back and I swear the place looks like a scene from Miami Vice. The decoration is a bit neon like inside with stars/neon on the ceiling and 80's like decor. Tried a few dishes such as the BBQ Duck - big and bit on the salty side, Cripsy Chicken - crisp but dry inside a bit over cooked, fried noodles - veggies were old fashioned and all western, a big too much sauce made it soggy, Vegetarian Dish - bad with some chinese type of gluten from a can, S&S Pork - bad, soggy and swimming in sauce, Tofu - crispy and good.

Overall the food was just OK and geared towards western tastes. Service was good and attentive. Overall, a tired looking place that needs to change if it's going to last another 10 years.

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Deep Cove Chalet11190 Chalet Rd., Sidney
Food at a cost...
By LiamO of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

We went there for a nice birthday dinner. Food was AMAZING, Service was AWEFUL. We only received 4 menus even though there were 7 of us, we had to share menus. The server was unengaged and seemed to only care about taking our order and pushing out our food. No personal interaction, no suggestions of wine pairing, no offer to explain items on the menu, etc.

We were the last table that evening. Accidentally, an expensive pair of glasses was left at the table. I called first thing the next morning, before the restaurant opened, to ensure they had them. They claimed they were not found and that they would ask the staff in regards to the missing glasses. I received no reassurance that they had asked staff, and when I persisted I was yelled at by the owner.

Just because you have great food and established customers does not give anyone the right to treat high-paying customers this way. There was no apology and no response from them.

This is my lasting impression and the story I will tell everyone when they ask about the Deep Cove Chalet.....

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Millos716 Burdett St, Victoria
Very Disappointing
By summer57 of Ladner (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Our hotel overlooked Millos, and we like Greek food, so decided to give it a try. The restaurant itself looks good, wish there'd been air conditioning because it was a very hot night, but the server was quick to bring us cold water & plenty of refills.
We're from nearby Vancouver and have been to lots of local Greek restaurants, so guess we have certain expectations for a Greek restaurant in this area.
For example, with a Souvlaki (or any) Dinner, I expect Greek salad, rice, a roasted potato, tzatziki and pita to accompany the protein. Not so at Millos. You have to pay $4. to replace mixed vegetables with some Greek Salad, and you choose either potatoes or rice, not both. Foccacia and balsamic came instead of tzatziki/pita.

I finally chose a small Greek salad and a few strips of chicken breast. My husband ordered the Moussaka with rice and limp vegetables. The Moussaka was tough and overcooked on top and cold in the middle. The vegetables were over cooked. It came very soon after ordering, so he wondered if it had been kept in the cooler and just thrown in the microwave to re-heat, along with the vegetables. The rice was plain rice. Not impressive, for the price. The server offered to re-heat his dish, and also offered free dessert, and that was good of her. Overall, a very disappointing dinner.

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John's Noodle Village823 Bay St., Victoria
A Victoria Gem
By ccooke of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

I have been going to John's Noodle Village for years. It is by far one of my favorite places to eat in the entire city. When guests come from out of Town this is one of our destinations. The food is simply superb. Try the Ginger Fried Beef. Once you have had it you too will be hooked.

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Shine Cafe1548 Fort St, Victoria
Nice Brunch
By KushPizzaSleep of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 5:19am [Dine in]

30 degrees out on a balmy August morning and our party found this place as it next to our new apartment. Interesting location, and had to wait to sit outside, as I was interested in being steamed cooked inside. I ordered the "Canadian" Benny and it was good. I like how they asked if how I wanted my Egg hard or soft, as some places don't...... cough "floyds" cough. All in all the food was pretty good, nothing amazing though, it is nice to sit outside and the service was friendly and non pretentious which I like. All in All though I rather go to John's Place!

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Lotus Pond, The617 Johnson St, Victoria
My FAVORITE restaurant in Victoria
By rditzian of victoria,bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 3:15am [Dine in]

I love the Lotus Pond. My favorite dish is the sizzling mock chicken with black bean sauce. I also like to get the chow mein. Their food is simply the BEST!

I am a vegetarian, so it is a real treat to go somewhere where you can order ANYTHING off the menu and you don't have to ask whether they used bacon to start the soup and that sort of thing...

One problem with being vegetarian is that some vegetarian restaurants serve bland food. I hate that. Lotus pond serves wonderful, flavourful food with a Chinese style to it.

I have taken many non-vegetarians to this restaurant and one like it in Edmonton (called Padmanadi's) and most of them LOVE it! The mock meat is made from texturized vegetable (or soy) protein and it soaks up surrounding flavours and when they cook it, it really has a very meat-like flavour and texture. However, it is not so meat-like as to be gross to those of us who haven't eaten meat in just under a decade.

The restaurant, like most wonderful Chinese restaurants, is not all about the decor. However, it is nice. It is plain, but clean and they sell the mock meat so that you can make some mock meat dishes of your own at home.

The prices are reasonable -- really, about what I would expect to pay at just about any good Chinese restaurant. I think someone said something about a deal for $6.95 -- well, you get what you pay for. I remember when I was a meat eater, there was westernized chinese food in the mall that was really cheap, but it was basically just greasy balls of deep fried dough over top of chunks of low quality meat.

What you are getting at Lotus Pond is high quality and very healthy. I am fairly sure they do not even use MSG.

Anyhow, it is my boyfriend and my favorite restaurant. I only wish I had a little more spending money so that I could go more often. :)

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Crumsby’s2509 Estevan Avenue, Victoria
What a wonderful little cupcake cafe
By rditzian of victoria,bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I really enjoyed going to Crumsby's. Who would ever have thought that the cupcake would one day become chic? With wonderful flavours like strawberry lemonade and carrot cake (with cream cheese icing) and raspberry chocolate and... oh, my mouth is watering so many others, the biggest problem I had on both occasions I went there was selecting my cupcakes.

They sell mini cupcakes for $1.50 each or you can get a 6 pack for $7.50 (or 12 for $15).

They also serve lunch and items that looked very tasty and I was told by others that they were and I was told by others that their muffins are good too, but, hey, get out of my way, I want CUPCAKES!!!

By the way, they have a vegan, gluten-free cupcake! So, just about anyone can go and enjoy a cupcake there.

The ambiance is wide open, light, airy and friendly.

And the only thing I would say is sad is that they are not open evenings because they would make such a lovely little cafe to go to in the evening and read a book or chat with a friend.

However, I'm not complaining. They are lovely.

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Cabin 123111 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria
Well worth it - spread the word!!!
By [email protected] of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 11:23am [Dine in]

My husband & I just had breakfast there. We both really enjoyed our meals (me: Eggs Benedict Shambala - grilled tomatoes, spinach & feta, Him: Breakfast Clubhouse), coffee was great, service excellent, On a very hot day, really appreciated getting ice cold water immediately without asking before the coffee arrived soon after. The books, games, art and some of the furniture encourage you to stay as long as you like.
Will definitely go back.

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Caffe Fantastico1109 McKenzie Street, Victoria
little kept secret
By ck diner of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

what? has nobody submitted a review? this is like the best kept coffee secret in Cook St. for the past few years... Best locally ground been, good baristas.. one of the three Fantasticos in town. Try their macchiato.. it puts Starbucks, Moka House and SC to shame..

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