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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Prime Steakhouse623 Courtney St, Victoria
Well decorated place
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:49am [Dine in]

We felt like steak so I took my wife out to Prime for dinner.
After a look at the menu we decided on the porterhouse to share as it was advertised as 24oz.
What came was a t-bone and 16oz at best. We also ordered it medium rare and it came rare.
She ordered the double baked potato and it was bland and dry.
The waitress was nice but certainly not the price. When you pay $48.00 for a porterhouse one expects a porterhouse.
I think I will stick to seafood in Victoria and save the steaks for Alberta.

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Santiago's Cafe660 Oswego Street, Victoria
Quaint until you get the bill.
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:39am [Dine in]

High end prices for poor lunch menu food.
Ordered a beef curry dish that was bland at best with very tough beef.
My friend ordered the seafood salad and could only eat a bit. The seafood tasted stale. She also ordered a virgin margarita that was 50 cents less than a regular one.
My other friend ordered the salmon salad which also tasted stale. No half order for lunch there.
The place was quaint but the bathrooms smelled like they hadn't been cleaned in awhile.
The service was fine but nothing special.
The price was way out of line for the place. The final bill was nearly $90.00
Definitely will not be returning.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
What IS in that Burger?
By flytoys of Cashmere WA (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Five of us ladies were on a Whoopie, we're 65 outing to Victoria. We chose Milestones for our first meal..
The salads were excellent, as was the shrimp appetizer that I ordered.
However, two of us ordered the American Burger - beef This is very strange meat both in flavor and texture. I'm glad I didn't have one, I'd have sent it back. The two that did get them ate part of their burgers, but that was all they could stand. The gentleman across from us sent his back, and we knew why after we got ours.
What is in this meat? Way too much soy? Funny spices? Tofu? Didn't taste like beef, elk, buffalo or anything I'd ever met! The texture was not meat like at all.

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Vietnam Garden524 Admirals Road, Victoria
Lukewarm Broth
By applepie of Burnaby (127 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:44am [Dine in]

This place is called "Vietnam Garden" but their menu offered a very limited selection of Vietnamese food. On the wall, however, there are at least four "award certificates" for "best Vietnamese menu in Victoria". I was confused, and did not have a good feeling about this place, but was too tired to go elsewhere. So I decided to order the safest item - beef noodle soup. I figured a place named "Vietnam Garden" can probably make a decent bowl of beef noodle soup. How wrong I was! The broth was lukewarm and the noodles under-cooked. I told the server the soup was not hot at all and he took it away. When he brought it back a few minutes later, the beef was overdone and tough and the bean sprouts soft and limp. Instead of replacing the lukewarm broth, they just microwaved the whole thing for too long. In a nutshell, this place is a joke. At the very least, they should stop calling themselves "Vietnam Garden".

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Dependably fantastic!
By dlejour of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:19am [Dine in]

I've been going to Ferris's for many years and never, ever had a poor experience. The closest I ever came to being dissatisfied was actually the last time we were there, when my friend ordered yam fries that were soggy. But the way the complaint was handled, promptly and curteously, more than made up for it. My friend ended up ordering another selection which she then got for 1/2 the price, and of course did not pay for the fries. I love the ambiance, service and food. I dream about their chicken penne soup. The oysters are always great, the pasta is fresh and cooked al dente, their burgers and fries are fabulous, the ceasar is very good and I love their bread with roasted garlic. As a bonus, the one think I always griped about, their local beer selection, is actually expanding. If there are long waits at times, it's because it's such a popular restaurant, so if you're in a hurry, don't go when the line up is out the door!

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Sabri Indian Cuisine3480 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Great value for healthy, yummy indian food.
By dlejour of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:03am [Dine in]

I go to Sabri's frequently as it's close to my work and a great place for a quick, satisfying lunch. The restaurant itself is clean, and has enough tables so you never have to wait. The ambiance is not fantastic but is quite acceptable. The chairs could be more comfortable. It's always the same woman serving us and she's always been prompt with getting us water and letting us know to enjoy our meals. She's quiet but polite. The food is very good and has always tasted fresh. The nan bread is always soft and warm, the curries are flavorful, and I love all the condiments (of course the rice is bland, as one reviewer pointed out, but that's normal, it's about what you put on the rice). The buffet area is always clean and there's always someone on top of things making sure that nothing runs out.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish1006 Wharf Street, Victoria
SHUSH don't tell anyone.
By mcjardine of whiterock (29 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 5:01pm [Take-out]

We accidentally found this Victoria hidden gem of a unique eatery .A long line up convinced us to try a chipotle shrimp tacone,salmon & chips,samon talcone and the seafood special of the day plus drinks. What a great meal on warm May afternoon.The line up was 25 people ,but wait of 20 mins.was will worth it. We were sitting down on small upside down buckets with galvanized tables within another 10 mins. Cost of the meal for 4 adults and 2 kids was $60.00.Will go every time we are in Victoria, SHUSH don't tell anyone.

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Brannigans Restaurant1551 Cedar Hill XRd, Victoria
New York Steak
By Oldbro of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Could not cut the New York Steak rather than eat it !!! When I finally gave up trying and asked the waitress what to do she told me "our steaks are chewy". They did cook me a second steak but it was much the same.
I suggest do not order the New York.
We enjoy their breakfasts.
Oldbro

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Romeo's777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria
Hairy Mushrooms and Cardboard Pasta
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

it was 13 degrees outside and lightly raining. They had their A/C on so we had to switch tables. Then we had to sit and wait about 15min for a server. Then we had to wait another 15min for our drinks. Our appy took so long I forgot we ordered it. It was Mushooms Neptune with little black hairs and dry toast. I think it was supposed to be garlic toast but they seemed to have forgotten the butter. It went back to the hells kitchen from where it came. The wait for our mains began. Finally they arrived and to my surprise were horrible. The baked beef raviolli had no beef to be found. If you like undercooked freezdried raviolli with flour and beef bullion stuffing order this dish its a doosy.The spinich Cannaloni was bland but full of spinach. It was a little better but so is McDonalds.
The bill? 55.00
Save yourself the grief and your money.

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Ebizo604 Broughton, Victoria
Are you kidding me?
By foodie13 of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 9:21am [Dine in]

First, let me start off saying that it had been four years since I last ate at Ebizo and the reason for that was that I had ordered tuna sashimi and while eating, I discovered a rather large bone in one of the pieces while in my mouth. I was completely put off and thought how careless the chef must be.
Then I was informed by a foodie friend that (one of the partners) Kong had left Ebizo to open Tamami, so I followed him there. Sadly, Tamami closed last year and yesterday a friend suggested Ebizo and I thought ' why not?' It had been awhile, I'll give it another chance.
We were seated promptly and our server brought us some hot towels. The towels were so frickin' hot that I threw it down on the table while exclaiming "ow!" Clearly, they had over microwaved these and they were beyond boiling. (it brought to mind the lawsuit involving mcdonalds and boiling hot coffee) after a few minutes it was able to be picked up and when I did, it had what appeared to be food on the bottom corner. I am not kidding and no, it wasn't a stain. Are they just rolling them back up and reheated without washing first???? I should've left then!
I ordered a chop chop roll and it was not edible at all. The scallops were dubious to say the least and when I tried to get the attention of one of the servers, he completely and utterly ignored me.. My friend saw this go down and said that that was the most uncomfortable experience she has ever had
The fact is, I wanted them to take the scallop roll away and when I went to the bathroom and came back, my friend said they came and took the whole roll away without asking if I wanted it to go or if it was okay......nothing! No communication at all. Sure the Japanese waiter is good looking but NOT that good looking although he apparently thinks he is all that.
I will NEVER EVER EVER go back and I will go out of my way to tell people what a joke this place is!
If you're looking for good sushi, head to Shizen or Senzushi or even the Marina to the sushi bar. Unless you like abuse.........

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Azuma Sushi615 Yates St, Victoria
Maybe they've improved
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I've been reading the reviews about this place and I have to say my experiences don't match up. I've been there twice now and both times the food service and prices have been very good. The environment is nice. I had the fresh oysters and they were really good and cheaper than anywhere else in Victoria. I also had sushi rolls terryaki chicken and many other items and all came in perfect timing and excellent taste.
Restaurants can go through staff issues and clearly whatever they were doing wrong they got it sorted out. I hope it stays this way.

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
Very enjoyable week day dining experience
By Scottie of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

We saw this restaurant on the news awhile back (profiling their stilton cheese cake) and always wanted to give it a try. Decided to dine on Wednesday night after work. We were greeted immediately and seated at a booth. The waiter was very attentive, taking our drink order while we reviewed the menu and bringing us the BEST bread and butter to start our meal with. Our food was delivered to us within 15-20 minutes. I ordered the fish and chips + a pint special. That night the 2 piece fish was tempura beer battered red snapper; OMG! the best fish I have ever had. This came with purple cabbage cole slaw, fries (or salad if you prefer) and the best tartar sauce. My partner had the lamb burger with stilton cheese and chipolte onion relish; he was raving about this burger through the entire meal. The meal, including one beer each, came to $43.00 + my $6.00 tip. The background music was pleasant, and the ambiance was enjoyable. My only complaint - put some better cushioning on the booth seats. Great job, we will be back. Too bad we didn't have room for dessert - next time.

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Royal Kebab Grille2656 Quadra Street, Victoria
Delicious Indian / Pakistani Take out, Delivery or Eat in!
By RusskiFoodie of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Wow, I just came back from Royal Kebab and grill, and I was so impressed with the food and the reasonable prices that I felt inclined to write a review about it. Also the older couple who own it and work there are so kind and nice.
First of all, I've walked by this place many times, but I always felt it looked rather unassuming.
Yesterday however, I decided to give it a try, and I was really surprised! I had the butter chicken, with rice, and Naan. I also had the Masala tea, and a samosa.
So I went again today, and I had the Chili Chicken and a Lassi to drink.
It was all so delicious and well cooked. I am not sure who decided on that blend of spices over in Pakistan, but it was a wise person ;)
I cannot wait to go back soon and try the Lamb Kabsah.
I also noticed they sell Donairs, salad, soups, Tikka Masala, Kabsah lamb or chicken... There were quite a few others that I cannot remember, and some deserts too.
The service was a little bit slow, but I have eaten indian and pakistani food in London, England, and Toronto and quite a few places renowned for their ethnic cusine and large south asian communities, and I must say that this is one of the better ones.
I can easily say that I will be back, and I have found a new favourite restaurant, nestled in Quadra Village.
Highly recommended.
The Decor is not so impressive, but it is the food that will have you coming back.
They also do delivery and take out, which is probably what I will try next time.
YUM! 5/5!

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Wharfside Eatery and Decks1208 Wharf St, Victoria
Wharfside..was hoping for better.
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 8:45am [Dine in]

Well..after reading the reviews in Dine here we were hesitant to eat here,but Groupon had an offer,so we gave it a shot.Coconut shrimp we ordered came to the table..with no coconut..lol. They used a wonton batter as they were out.Very small prawns..Thai chili sauce was basic...decent.For a $16 appetizer..I expected more. Our waiter [Dave} was personable and funny. my cousin ordered Beef Wellington and after one bite sent it back...very very salty. Pastry surrounding beef was saturated to the point it was quite mushy.Replaced her order with fish and chips.I orderede the AAA sterling 10 oz new york steak..aged 28 days @ $29. I've had sterling 28 day aged steak before,granted this resteraunt is not Hy's,were the steak litterally can be cut with a butter knife..this steak had a bit of gristle,and was chewy. The Oscar sauce was watery..claimed to have crab and shrimp in it..looked everywherer for crab..couldn't spot a sliver of it...asparagus wilted and overcooked. The mashed potatoes were strewn with onion threads..I detest onion..sent them back,but ate the steak as I was hungry.The manager came over to see how the food was..very polite,and we told him about the wellington and potatoes,didn't have the heart to mention the disapointing Oscar sauce...at an additional $7.99...Nice view in atrium overseeing the harbour,but this place needs a chef...a good one..and quality control. I really wanted to enjoy the experience here..Manager and waiter...{Dave} were great,but menu item,,except the fries..oddly enough which were quite good..were subpar.I attended cooking school for 1 1/2 years and if I served this at home..I would have it sent back..

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Montana's Cookhouse315 Burnside Road West, Victoria
real improvements lately
By kidsintow of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

I have been coming to Montana's for a long time now and have seen the service and food go threw some big ups and downs over the years. I have to say that something has changed lately. It is better than I can remember. Some of the same long faces are there walking around but the service I received from a new face there was outstanding. She was at the table the right amount of time and we didn't feel like she was part of our meal. It was great. I recommend trying it again if you haven't been in for a while.

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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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