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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Al-Sultan Restaurant1813 Douglas Street, Victoria
Needs remodeling
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 11:29am [Dine in]

The first thing you notice when you walk in is the place is a mess and stinks a bit. Badly needs a makeover.
The staff are very friendly that is always nice these days.
The food was ok. The dolmades were from a can and came with nothing on a dish. A bit of lemon would have been nice. Ordered the lamb. Rice was bland. Salad was plain iceburg with vinigar. The leg of lamb was well done and well seasoned. The drink selection was very poor. settled on a can of pop.
Price was very high for the food quality and service.
Probebly wont return.

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West Coast Waffles1235 Broad Street, Victoria
Great waffles service not
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 11:17am [Dine in]

They do make a great waffle and as long as they can survive on that alone they should be fine. Very slow service. Ordered a smoothie that didnt come until we made two requests then when we were finished they finally decided to make it as we were leaving.
For 1 smoothie and 2 waffles we paid $32.00. Way overpriced.
Loud hip hop music which is great for a club at nite but not in the morning during breakfast.
Unsure if I will return. If I do will be takeout only.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1010 Yates St, #1, Victoria
Great food!
By LUMPY of victoria b.c (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

We had Lunch there today. The Montreal smoked meat sandwich was excellent and served with a salad with a house vinaigrette rather than the fries. Very Tasty. My wife had the crabcakes on the brunch menu which were served with farm fresh free range eggs....very apparent from the brilliantly colored yolks..also excellent. We noticed that the manager was fussing about the presentation of every dish and consequently the quality of the food was well above average. We finished with desert and had the Apple Blueberry Tort.....it was the best part of the meal.

Nice setting and friendly service. Good value.

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IL Greco Pizzeria2900 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Disappointing
By LUMPY of victoria b.c (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

We visited for dinner and were disappointed with the quality of the food. The lamb dinner which ought to be the signature dish of a Greek restaurant was uninspired. The lamb was tough, dried out on the surface and appeared to have been cooked some time previously and re-warmed. The sauce was very salty and the vegetables served with the dinner were limp and bland. We began dinner with Tsatziki and Pita. The Tzatziki was mostly yogurt and the influence of the expected ingredients of cucumber, garlic and lemon was difficult to distinguish.

The service was prompt but perfunctory. There was no apparent interest in whether or not we enjoyed the food. The restaurant ambiance is quite pleasant and comfortable and on a Friday night it was busy.

We thought that the value was not there and will not return.

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Brasserie L'Ecole1715 Government St., Victoria
excellent restaurant
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Ordered the duck. took awhile but was well worth it. Very flavorful but a little chewy. Bread came after our meal as did our drinks which was odd. But all very good anyway. Cremebrule for desert of course and absolutely perfect.
Service was sincere polite and attentive.
Price was a bit high but typical for good french.
Beautiful decor and ambiance.
Would return and would recommend.

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Shine Cafe1548 Fort St, Victoria
Excellent food and service.
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Best breakfast place yet. Had the Nemo Eggs Benny and the Blueberry Lemon Crepe. Everything done perfectly. They have obviously taken the time to perfect their recipes and cook with care and attention. The flavors were amazing.
Service was excellent and timely. Very attentive and polite. The coffee however was extremely bitter. I wouldn't recommend it but the tea was organic and perfect.

A little pricey but one must pay for quality.
Colorful little place, very cute.

Will definitely return to try more items on the menu.

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Cactus Club Cafe1125 Douglas Street, Victoria
O the attitude
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

The food was good and came fast. The drinks were good and came slow.
The waitress had the attitude of a supermodel but without the looks. Treated my girlfriend like garbage.
she had to ask for a glass for her cooler and when that finally came it was slid across the table at her. Then she had to ask for a straw and when that came it was thrown in her drink. The looks she gave her were ignorant and rude. I understand the competition among girls as we experience it quite alot but to be treated like that in a restaurant by the staff is very gross.
Restaurants need to hire waitresses not wannabe models to represent their establishment.
The bill was nothing to brag about either and was harder to swallow after the treatment.
When she finally picked up the bill she rudely asked how much change I wanted back. These girls think tipping is mandatory.Tipping is a gift for doing an outstanding job.
Don't think I will be returning there.

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Mint, The1414 Douglas St., Victoria
Very Nice place for late nite
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Went late nite for some food and drinks. Good atmosphere, altthough a little loud was late nite however.
I ordered prawn with red curry and my girlfriend ordered the naan pizza. Had cesars to drink.
Food was very good and came quickly. Very polite staff and perfectly attentive.
Price was fair.
I will go back.

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Wow these guys need to hire a cook
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 8:51pm [Take-out]

Ordered Pork ribs, fried oysters, and poblono stuffed peppers.
The oysters were unedible as were the stuffed peppers and the ribs were tough and chewy. They tasted like they were doused in liquid smoke and then drowned in cheap BBQ sauce. There was nothing resembling a southern style BBQ.
Dont waste your money here they want alot of it for very poor cooking.
Should have read the reviews before going here.

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Cook N Pan Polish Deli1725 Cook Street, #4, Victoria
Really sad Polish Deli
By victoriafoodie of Victoria British Columbia Canada (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I tried the perogies and they were really overpriced and poorly cooked.
Even the frozen ones on display had freezer burn, hopefully that is not what I was served.

Really not like any genuine Polish food I have had before.

Small store, high prices.
I love Polish chocolate but not when the price is almost 50% higher than other stores
There were three staff and 2 customers and the service was still sketchy.
Worth heading to Vancouver for genuine Polish food

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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
A little gem among touristy eateries in Victoria
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (113 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

There are a lot of restaurants in the immediate neighbourhood of this place, and most are catered to tourists, which means so-so food quality. This one, however, is a bit special. The setting is in a heritage building, with an entrance off an alley. The decor is casual but nice, and the food is very, very good, not what you would normally expect at a run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. I had the grilled calamari, my wife had an ahi tuna sandwich, and my daughter had a prawns pizza. Every dish was tasty and very well prepared. We looked at nearby tables, and the food that the other guests were having was also very nicely presented, so I imagine that they, too, tasted very good. Prices are very reasonable for what you get. A good place to go to, to avoid the usual tourist trap.

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Sooke Harbour House1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke
Still great after all these years
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (113 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

I have to admit that it has been many years since I last ate here, so I may have missed the period when the two previous not-so-great reviews were written. However, I have eaten here a total of 4 or 5 times since I first came here some 17 to 20 years ago, and every time, I and my family have had a most enjoyable dining experience, from the delicious food, to the attentive and courteous service, to the very cosy and comfortable setting with a great view. The cuisine is always creative, using local ingredients (especially the veggies and edible flowers that they grow on site), and really satisfies the taste buds. Although the price is not cheap, you get what you pay for. The wine selection, too, though a bit on the expensive side, is wonderful. The only drawback is that the place is a bit out of the way, and if you want to take the last ferry back to Vancouver, you will have to start eating early and eat quickly, which defeats the purpose of going to a restaurant with such a relaxing, cosy, and beautiful setting. Best is if you stay overnight, if not at this beautiful boutique hotel, then at another one nearby or in Victoria.

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Local Kitchen, The1205 Wharf Street, Victoria
Great place for outdoor eats/drinks on a sunny afternoon
By fuuddude of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place a few times before and always found the food to be mediocre and the overall experience to be somewhat hit or miss but this latest visit was saw some great changes. I don't know if they are under new management now or just revamped the menu (it's been about a year since my last visit) but the food choices and quality seems hugely improved.

I ordered the pancetta chicken burger, which was delicious, definitely one of the better if not best chicken sandwiches I've had in awhile. For a side I got the tomato basil soup which wasn't so wonderful and could've been a lot tastier imo. I think I was expecting something a little spicier and this tasted like they just blended up tomatoes and basil and sent it out, didn't help that it was a little cold too. Fortunately my girlfriend ordered fries with her wrap and there was plenty of them so we could share those, which were great albeit a little salty.

Everyone in our party seemed to really enjoy their food, it came at just the right time and was nice and hot minus the soup of course. Plus the portions were great! One guy had the big daddy turkey club that had the biggest stack of turkey I've ever seen on a sandwich.

The service was great. The girl serving us was very attentive her timing was great. She was there when we needed her and made a point of checking in a few times to make sure everything was ok without being annoying or intrusive.

Overall, it was a great dining experience (the beautiful weather definitely contributed) and I would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone looking for a great sunny lunch spot with a beautiful view. Glad I gave it another chance.

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Boston Pizza2755 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Victoria
mystery meat
By wd82 of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

i had the burger and beer special today and i have no idea what the burger was made of. It certainly wasn't beef. It was tasteless and the color looked more like pork with a lot of flour or soy as filler. I expressed my concern with the hostess and she made no attempt to address my concerns. With my daughter's meal it was a 31 dollar bill. This is an outrageous price for mystery meat and lousy service.

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Pink Bicycle, The1008 Blanshard Street, Victoria
I want to like it
By wineanddine123 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 9, 2012 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

This place kind of leaves me feeling conflicted. The menu is interesting and I always find their food to be tasty and interesting, but I find that their burgers are waayyy to saucy and sometimes the sauce drowns out the other flavours. While eating my plate is always covered in liquidy sauce that is too thin to soak up with fries or to swipe the burger in, these are not drips - its like running out of the burger. Their offerings are interesting enough that I can try to overlook this flaw but I always feel like they have just missed the mark a little bit which I think is a shame!
The ambiance is nice and the service is friendly.

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Foo Asian Street Food769 Yates Street, Victoria
Move over Noodle Box
By wineanddine123 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 9, 2012 - 7:49pm [Take-out]

This place is awesome, we eat here several times a month at least. The packaging that the food comes in seems tiny, the first time we went we were feeling ripped off and worried we hadn't ordered enough food on our way home but when we emptied out the containers we discovered very generous portions that were just tightly packed (environmentally friendly!).
The flavors are exciting, satisfying, and well balanced, the service is always friendly and laid back, and the menu has a variety of interesting options. They have daily specials to supplement the small menu.
Try the papaya salad and the french lentil dahl (a frequent offering on their specials board). If they offered the dahl on their main menu I think I would eat it every day (except you might want to skip the fried bread it is a bit greasy).
They once had a curry chicken bahn mi that was seriously THE BEST sandwich I have EVER eaten.
Try this next time you are thinking of Noodle Box and you will not be disappointed!!!

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Spice Jammer, The852 Fort St., Victoria
Don't bother.... waste of time and money
By thenormalguy of Victoria B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Don't even bother trying this place....we waited over an hour for our dinner..we never got an explanation or a "sorry for the wait" when we were finally served the portions were so small it was a joke....the 18,95 prawn dish didn't even come with rice.....we had to spend another 5,95 for some dry rice....over 60,00 and that would feed one person....try up the road on the same street for much better service and value in East Indian dining...NEVER EVER go here..................

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Montana's Cookhouse315 Burnside Road West, Victoria
Kudos in order
By jesster of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

this used to be the most mediocre restaurant around. we tried it when they first opened it was okay but nothing to write about. We went there a year ago or so and it was garbage. I thought we would never go there again, until someone said to us that it was really good. Intrigued by the kids eat free menu on tuesdays, and the fact that another foodie said it was worth it, we went..... It was awesome. .... they made a major change to the menu, .and they now have all you can eat ribs all day every day. their prices are better than Kelsey's, and we left satisfied. We have made it our tuesday night spot and everything we have tried on the menu so far has ben outstanding..... two thumbs up for the new kitchen staff at Montana's . I am now a convert.

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Cherries Breakfast Bistro4144 Wilkinson Road, #3, Victoria
Incredible Saturday Brunch
By ReviewChef of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2012 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

A few of us decided to try out this place that we heard about through friends. The Egg Benedict special was amasing. My wife had the special cajun seafood benedict and she absolutely loved the combination with the sundried tomato hollandaise. the Omellette was very tasty and we really enjoyed the fresh baked bread and the coffee and lattes were well worth the drive. Next time we come to Victoria, we will definitely stopping here again.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The500 Fort Street, Victoria
Another bad experience at the keg
By bcfish of Nanaimo, B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Well I think we are done with the keg. We decided to just do some appys and a driand in the lounge because there was a 20 minute wait.. service was ok but nothing special, the atmosphere was terrible, as the lounge is set up be uncomfortable and crowned, the old lounge the had here years ago was much better... Plus the fact the the hockey game in the big screen with some idiot sitting at the bar by himself, yelling screaming and clapping, did nothing but piss everyone off in the whole place.. Thanks so much for not telling the guy to be quiet...
Then the food came, tuna tacos, absolutely gross, shells were dripping with grease and tasted like the fish was sitting out for a while.... Gross is the only thing I can say, crab cakes, might as well came out of a package...... This place is over priced, over rated and nothing like it used to be... I'm done with the keg... Never again

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