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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Browns Socialhouse809 Douglas Street, Victoria
Very Well Done
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Came here for my birthday celebration last month along with ten friends. One of Victoria's newest establishments is out of the blocks in a very impressive fashion. My friend arranged the dinner and although they don't "officially" take reservations they were very accommodation. When we arrived the hostess at the front door was extremely friendly and in good spirits. Not sure what to expect when we walked through the doors because as mentioned they don't really take reservations. I was impressed to see a long table set for ten ready for us right by the bar. Our order was taken promptly once everyone arrived. Our server was very good, busy due in part to our table of ten but she didn't miss a beat.

I ordered one of their pizza's. It was a thin crust pizza just the right size and was very nice, not outstanding but as per my review a "solid" tasting pizza. My dining partners had various different things, a couple had the thai salad and they reported it to be very good.

Earlier in the day one of my friends brought by an ice cream cake to be served after dinner. Without prompting our server brought the cake , candles and all. I was very impressed because I have found that some establishments sort of frown on this bring your own cake sort of thing, not here they were more than happy to do it for us and made my birthday dinner a very pleasant experience.

Browns Socialhouse falls into the same category as Earl's, Milestones, Cactus Club. I have been to all of these establishments mentioned and so far the service here beats them all.

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Japanese Village, The734 Broughton Street, Victoria
Favorite Restaurant until latest dissapointment from last night
By jhhl of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I have been dining at Japanese Village for over 12 years now, I have brought many friends and co-workers to experience the amazing steak sauce that everybody is raving about, and I had even host few company events at this restaurant. Sammy and the crews have always treated me and my guests’ right; that was why I keep coming back and bringing more friends. However, this had all changed from my last night visit (Aug-09-2010), I am really re-considering if I would ever visit this restaurant again despite its great foods. Here is what went out, please leave me your comment(s), if I am being overly rude or unfair about my comments.

Here is the story: We were party of 9; my family of 5 and my friend's family of 4. My family had ordered Shogun's Special with NY Steak, New York Steak & Shrimp Combo, 2x Yakimeshi addon (fried rice), 1x Japanese (Shitake) Mushrooms addon, 2x large Asahi Beers and Tempura udon for my kids. My friend's family had ordered Shogun's Special with Filet Mignon, Chicken Teriyaki $19.00, 2x large Asahi Beers and Tempura udon for their kids. By all means, we did not order anything custom or not on menu. Anyway, at the end of the live cooking show, my friend had noticed that he did not get any grilled, Scallop and Jumbo Prawn as part of his Shogun's Special; so we question the chef. His immediate response was he made mistake and had given his shares of scallop and prawn to my side of Shogun's Special, and he would want us to change our order (to accommodate his mistake?!). My friend insisted that he would like to get what he has ordered, meanwhile the chef insisted that we change our order. After a little struggle, he finally ask the waitress to bring over from kitchen the missing foods; now it got more interesting, he proceeded on cleaning the teppan and asked his co-worker chef at the table behind him to cook the missing foods. I really do not understand why he can not just cook it at our table in front of us? rather, it was cooked by another chef. At this point, obviously something wasn't right, atmosphere wise. Anyway, my friend did receive his prawns and scallops, but scallops were not chopped up to bite size like how they usually prepare them. (Maybe to show us their unhappiness, because we did not change our order to accommodate his f*** up?!). Through out this entire incident, we had NOT received any apology from the chef; rather we only got this repeat message of "change your order". I have never been nor ever heard a restaurant chef to request their client to change the food order to accommodate their mistake; this is simply ridiculous and unacceptable at all! Needless to say, we left not very happy. Finally, when I brought my family's portion of the bill to pay at front, I casually mentioned this incident, just hoping someone would make sense and offer me an apology. NO, I did not receive it! the cashier dodged the question by asking for the manager to talk to me. I explain the matter to the manager; he went to talk to the chef to get a better understanding of matter (I think). Upon his return, all he kept emphasizing was that we got our foods after all! This was not my point! All I wanted is an apology for the hassle that caused us; why does a client needs to insist repeatedly on getting what he/she had ordered? And NOT to have to change the order to make up for the chef's mistake?! It turned to a slight argument, which leaded no where at all with this manager. I gave up and said I will contact Sammy regarding this matter, and then I left.

By the way, the restaurant was not busy at all that night.

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Korean Gardens3945 Quadra Street, Victoria
Gamble pays off
By rmadro of Edmonton Alberta Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

After reading some of the negative reviews we were hesitant to visit the Korean Gardens restaurant. In fact, we first tried to find a Korean restaurant downtown instead based on those reviews. Luckily that restaurant was no longer in business and a hunger for Korean food drove us to the Korean Garden.

Contrary to what others have experienced, the waitresses were prompt, yet patient, as we navigated the menu looking for dishes similar to those we were familiar with from other Korean restaurants. Once ordered, food began arriving quickly. The food tasted great, and the size of the dishes was average for this type of cuisine. All through the meal the service remained superb. It's a rare restaurant where the staff will go out of their way to make a two year old, our son n this case, feel at home.

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
The Kitchen needs a lot of improvement
By Foodee Guy of Broadmead - Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

We should have read the reviews before we went. This restaurant is resting on a reputation that no longer reflects what is happening. It appears that onetime success has led to the owner thinking he can serve VERY mediocre food and get away with it.
The Ribs, both the beef and pork have been been over par cooked and reheated so many times the are devoid of any flavor. They are not fresh that's for sure.
Over an hour to get food and then it was lukewarm at best. While they say they source local - badly prepared and overcooked food just means that it's local but bad.
The servers are trying very hard and do a good job. However they are not very proud of what they are serving. They never checked to see how our meals were, in fact it appeared that they knew how bad they were and avoided asking.
The owner should get his Kitchen clothes back on and get back in his kitchen or at least be in his restaurant and oversee the operation.
Don't waste your time on this one.
Read the reviews you can see that it started to go down hill about two years ago.
Too Bad, it was once good and has potential, but not now.

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Royal Kebab Grille2656 Quadra Street, Victoria
Finally, A Yummy Lunch Curry Cafe!
By joannemuriel of Victoria, BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

So many times, we have driven past the Royal Kebab Grille on Quadra, and thought about stopping in for a bite. The restaurant is a little unsure of itself, but whatever the food is called, it is DELICIOUS! I had the vegetable soup, and (Pakistani) Chicken Curry, which arrived with rice and salad, to which I requested a side of naan. My partner had the same lovely soup, excellent veggie samosa, solid spanakopita and shared my naan and sauce. My only request would have been MORE..more sauce, more chicken, more salad. The service is kind, the food full of love ~ I highly recommend it.

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Bent Mast, The512 Simcoe St, Victoria
I'm a jackass, yup without question, but god their food is good!
By Odysseus of Edmonton Alberta Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I stand corrected, my grammar is the worst of the bunch! Lmfao. Rembered, when ordering you can always specifically order, ie order mums wings with a side of west-indies sauce or the potstockers steamed, but only pan-fried for 30 seconds at high heat and with green onions in the rice wine vinegar. If you don't like any food the first time, personalize it, they'll let you and it'll become you favorite, no need to follow and eat cookie-cutter food like all the other restaurants! Cheers

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Chiba Sushi2706 Government Street, Victoria
Horrible service, food, and value.
By MellyMel of Victoria (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

We went there purely out of convenience because of the location. Normally I would choose a place I've been to before and know is good.

First of all, it took like AT LEAST 5 minutes to even be approached after sitting down.
My friend ordered a sprite and I got water.

They took a while to get our drinks and then to take our order. We each ordered an appitizer (which we asked to get first) He got tempura prawns, I got spinach salad.

Tempura prawns came first, after a long wait, and then finally the salad came which was discusting. It was wet cold spinach with practically nothing more to it. I didn't take more than a bite and sent it back (which I normally woudn't do, but I did not want to pay for it as the service was bad enough)

We ordered four rolls. One roll came, and part way through eating it realized it was not what we ordered. It was a tempura roll and didn't taste very good to me but I was hungry and ate a few bites. Then three more rolls came after and they were just horrible. I tasted each one and decided I lost my appitite. My friend didn't mind them but at the same time he tends to go to all you can eat sushi restaurants... I have slightly higher standards than that.

Not once was my friend offered a refill on his sprite until he was done eating, then the server offered and brought the drink.

On the bill, I was astonished to find a $1.95 charge for EACH fill of sprite (YES, 3.90 for the sprite) AND the spinach salad to be still on the bill! Normally I would make a big stink out of something like this but my friend was paying and I thought it would be rude of me to do that since he was paying. I am so discusted in this place - the food, the service, the COST. Our bill came close to $40 and I left hungry and disappointed. When I go to Azuma with another person, our bill comes to less than $30 without drinks, and although the odd time I have not so good service, it tends to be a way better experience than this was.

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Tooks On Cook1031 Cook Street, Victoria
Cheapest Soup in Town
By wmerk of Victoria BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Good old Tooks can always be relied on to serve two kinds of soup daily. You can get a small bowl, along with a slice of bread, for $3! Best deal in town.
They offer lots of comfort food - macaroni and cheese, quiches, cinnamon buns, grilled cheese sandwiches, milkshakes, etc.
Don't bother with their salads though - very bland and not worth the price.
Fast service too, if you're in a hurry.

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Avalon Restaurant1075 Fort Street, Victoria
Incredible Food and Outstanding service!!!!
By c3235 of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

I love Avalon! The food is all homemade and amazing!, they have this oaten bread maid with oats and honey that comes with this strawberry rhubarb jam that is to die for and there eggs bennys are the best in town. I suggest if you want a place where you want to be treated like family and have fresh homemade food that's affordable and fast this is the place to be : )

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Cafe Marrakech2551 Quadra, #3, Victoria
Great Ethnic Food
By Bolade-Rh of Western Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

My experience at this cafe is exactly what I would expect being located in Victoria. I've been there twice so far and will continue to drive from the western communities to enjoy a dinner here. As I am new to this area and have yet to see many non-European, I can understand why it is often quiet in this restaurant which does not bother me at all. Food is served quickly and both times I have been here the portions were enough to leave me satisfied. If you are expecting a U.S. serving then this is not the place for you. This is a Muslim restaurant serving northwest African food. It is very traditional and does not serve alcohol so if you like to drink while you eat, perhaps a Cactus Club will be more suitable. I am very conscious of the foods I put in my body so found this restaurant to be satisfying however if you are not concerned about that and enjoy all the fixings of American style restaurants then this location will likely not please you. Otherwise it is a friendly, family-oriented family with competitive pricing.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
Nice place, but needs work.
By Lasercat of Victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:08am [Dine in]

It seems as though this place has great potential. I suggest staff training.

I got the feeling our business wasn't overly cared about, slow to bring drinks, no personality, and wanted to rush us out (dropped off a bill with out asking if we wanted another drink). I think this place might be just after the tourist business so they dont feel the need to hire and train good wait staff. It is a nice looking place and has a great location, I will probably try it again in the winter when the tourist season is over to see if things change.

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Browns Socialhouse809 Douglas Street, Victoria
Best Atmosphere in Victoria
By Lasercat of Victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 1:49am [Dine in]

I have lived in Victoria now for about 10 months, and love it. I would however say that the restaurant scene can be a little lacking when it comes to fun places to eat and hang out... Until now. Browns seems to have hit the nail on the head, great food, good drinks, freindly management, hot waitresses, but most of all a fun and comforatable atmosphere. Nothing beets this place on a Friday night, or any night for that matter. I am not sure if people in Victoria follow DineHere, but if you do take my word for it and check out Browns Socialhouse.

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Zambri's820 Yates St, #110, Victoria
Excited then disappointed
By MichelinStar of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

Heard and read slot about Zambri's and finally had a chance to try it out. Everything was great until the main course arrived. My chicken scallopini tasted great, although 2 pieces of chicken and 4 little boiled potato halves swimming in sauce could have used a bit more imagination to present. My wifes salmon entree looked alot more appealing except for the fact that it was raw and cold inside. The server did the best that she could do at the table and took the plate back to the kitchen. I was left to eat my entree alone while the kitchen hastely cooked up 3 small thin pieces of salmon to get the main course out asap. No attempt by manager or owner was made to make up for the faux pas. In speaking with the manager about the uncooked salmon I was told that the chef/owner new what he was doing in the kitchen. Obviously not if he sends out raw food. We were not looking for anything more than a sorry we screwed up and please return to see that this was an anomoly and not something that happens very often. Got lots of attitude from the so called manager and wish them good luck in the new restaurant because they are going to need it.

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Jackson's Ice Creme Float310 St. Lawrence Street, Victoria
great price, good scoop!
By heathy43 of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

The Jackson's Ice Cream Float is a super fun place to grab a scoop or two.
I was downtown recently with my daughter and the going price for a cone...
(no matter if she chose 1 scoop or 2)
was over $6 CDN.

However at Jackson's she could get a child cone for $3 with all taxes included.

and I had a 2 scoop waffle cone for $5.75.

we walked the docks and saw the seals and had an amazing time!

GREAT place to garb a family friendly treat for a good price!!

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James Bay Fish & Chips211 Menzies Street, Victoria
A delightful find in James Bay - Amazing Value
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

In a brave new world faced with rising gas prices, HST and other economic ills, the value of this cute little diner in James Bay is amazing. The individual combo plates are huge and at $7.95 (no egg roll) are an amazing value. It took a while to study and understand why a 2 person combo was more until I realized that the dual combo included egg rolls. However, as eggs rolls are $1.50 each, it seems to be cheaper to order 2 individual combos and the egg rolls.

Mathematical games aside, I wish this small business well as they seem to be trying hard. I was a bit put out by the sign saying the washroom was broken. I did not inquire if that was only to stop people wandering in to use it - or for customers as well.

The restaurant also serves a range of fish and chips, soups, burgers and fish and chips. All that comes out of a kitchen half the size of ours, so I am not sure how they cope when it's busy. The food that we had was of good quality and was satisfying. This is not an upscale yuppie dinner place - simply wholesome food served at very reasonable prices, so that even with the new HST I did not faint from the price.

They also offer take out and delivery.

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James Bay Coffee & Book143 Menzies Street, Victoria
Coffee and a book
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I had a few minutes to kill and thought this place looked interesting. They retail a wide range of coffees, but in terms of a restaurant - it's pretty limited. Just coffee (and tea I presume) an eclectic range of soft drinks which you fetch yourself from the cooler and a range of baked goods. Frankly - it is pretty much what any half decent coffee shop can muster up.

Where this place shines is in the ambiance as it is a book store with a room at the back that holds computers (internet cafe). I found it quite enjoyable to just people watch both inside and outside the store as James Bay is full of characters. Maybe I am becoming one too.....

The service gets a low rating as they don't really do anything other than take the money and tell you to get your own drink from the cooler and pour your own coffee. That might seem unfair, but if you are expecting a high level of service you won't get it here. Frankly, I do not recall whether they serve lattes and gourmet coffees. If they do then I would have rated their service higher. Time to visit it again - which i would if I am in the area as it is certainly preferable to Starbucks yuck.....

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1550's Pub Style Restaurant1550 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria
It's kind of our local
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I like this place. For its price point it serves good solid food reasonably quickly. The outdoor patio is popular in summer although it can be noisy with traffic roaring up Cedar Hill Cross Road. The best value is the daily special and I think it's Pasta on Tuesday night - great value. None of the other meals is really expensive but the quality can vary a bit occasionally. Still, the service is friendly and they seem to treat everyone well.

Over the past few years I have tried a range of burgers, wraps, pastas and their breakfasts. The portions are way too big, so it works better (particularly value wise) if I split the meal with someone and the staff are happy to do this. They have a small range of beers including a few on tap - but it's more of a restaurant than a pub.

Parking is tight in their small lot and there is a sign warning you not to park in the lot across the road as you will be towed. Best to save the gas money and walk there if you can!

They have a Brunch menu with range of meals made with eggs etc. They do tend towards the greasy end of meals and way more fried potatoes than I can or should eat. The staff are very friendly but professional about what the do so although the food is not outstanding, I keep going there.

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Deep Cove Chalet11190 Chalet Rd., Sidney
This is very hard to beat - but at a price
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

This is a great restaurant with a view to die for - over Deep Cove. It is located amongst some lovely landscaping with beautiful flowers and trees and a small vineyard as you drive in. There is no valet parking. I found necessary to take a constitutional walk in the gardens afterwards to help the digestion.

We had salmon and Coq au Vin and they were both excellent, as they should be. There were 4 choices of fixed price menus but I simply cannot eat that much these days so we decided to choose a la carte. The portions are not large, but we all eat way too much and everything was cooked to perfection - in rich French style. It's a very extensive menu with most main dishes ranging upwards from $30. The menu is on the website so you can see what everything costs so you don't faint in front of your date. There is also an extensive wine list of domestic and imported wines although the waiter did not not really express any strong feelings about the wine I was thinking about. It was, quite frankly, one of the cheaper bottles at $40, so maybe it did not warrant any special effort. There were also half bottles available for $25 and up.

The service was excellent, reasonably casual and unobtrusive. The waiter was there when needed otherwise stayed out of the way. If you want a window table you need to reserve it ahead and you can dine outside, although it was a bit cool on the evening we were there. I thought it might be a bit stuffier than it actually was...there were even a couple of "gents" in shorts - I think resort casual is the best way to dress here. I did not see any enforcement of a minimum dress code which may be a bad thing...:)

The only observation where they might possibly improve is that they refuse to serve salad as a meal. Banish those on a diet - you have to eat more than you want. Frankly, it's not a problem for me, but then I burn it off, but there are many who are trying to watch their weight. There is also an $18 minimum charge per person at lunch to stop those pesky cheapskates from coming.

All in all, an excellent dining experience, although it is certainly more than I want to normally pay and is richer that I would want more than once in a while - but on a beautiful evening - it is almost impossible to beat. I'll go again...on a special occasion.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Couldn't Disagree More With The Previous Review
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

Hit up Floyd's again just yesterday for a great Sunday breakfast. My dining partner and I were there just around 9:30am, minutes before they were totally slammed with Sunday breakfast customers.

Once again my breakfast was outstanding. We were seated immediately on the patio and had hot coffee in our cups before you could blink an eye. I ordered my usual the rancheros incrediablous and yes they were everything I could hope for. A huge plate with fresh ingredients including a bunch of melted cheese and very nicely done guac.

The dish arrived with their new "signature" potato's. They were fresh, well seasoned and simply deeeelish.
My breakfast companion had eggs, sausage, potato's, and a great tasting pancake that I sampled.

To me Floyds is probably "the" best breakfast place in Victoria. Their lunches are good as well but I prefer to enjoy the first meal of the day there. Not a fancy place but an eclectic mix of serves having fun and treating their customers well. Trust me, other establishments in Victoria could learn a thing or two from Floyds.

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