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bobqSeattleSince November 24, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Pagliacci's1011 Broad St, Victoria
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Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

We first ate lunch here about five years ago based on a friend's recommendation. It's slightly away from the tourist crowd, and always seems to be filled with locals. We've had lots of overpriced, poor quality lunches in the area, and I guess the gushing reviews are based on this situation in Victoria. We've eaten there perhaps five or six times for lunch and twice for dinner. The menu is varied, creative and you'll find something on it you'll like. The food is well prepared and tasty, with decent portions. Pricing is good. Service has always been good for such a packed restaurant. At lunch, it's packed elbow to elbow and loud. As far as I'm concerned, this is an example of a baseline quality and value restaurant. You get good food for a good price. Every restaurant should do this at a minimum. We don't bother looking for other lunch places when we're in Victoria any more (2x per year), but it's not four or five stars.

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Bon Bistro and Bar611 Courtney St, Victoria
Solid says it all
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Went on a Thursday evening, restaurant was about 1/3 full. I tried the fried pork belly appetizer, and the smoked sea bass with compoted fruit. Both were exactly as I expected, well cooked, and an experiment I won't repeat (personal taste). My wife had a salad, escargot, and a risotto. Both were executed competently. Service staff were competent, relaxed and a bit casual. Ambiance is French Restaurant. Wine list had a good selection of lower priced wine. We had a New Zealand pinot noir that was outstanding. We would go back if we were wandering around downtown Victoria and felt like eating french food.

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Pescatore's Seafood & Grill614 Humboldt St, Victoria
Solid urban seafood dining
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

We've avoided this restaurant because of it's proximity to the hordes of tourists, but we found ourselves on a rainy night looking for seafood near our hotel. Definitely a solid choice. The menu was pretty standard, but very well executed. I had the scallops and scampi in a butter garlic reduction. They were slightly overcooked, but still delicious served over veggies and mashed potatoes. My wife's seafood cannelloni was straight forward, but also very tasty. Good chowder sampler, ok fried calamari. Wine list had a good selection of lower cost wines.

Our waitress was a bit too perky, but she was handling 7 tables and she appeared at the right time for everything, all our requests quickly done. She could give lessons in customer satisfaction. Ambiance was big and noisy, but decor and layout was very well done.

All together a satisfying evening, and we would go back.

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Deep Cove Chalet11190 Chalet Rd., Sidney
Best french restaurant value in North America?
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Menu hasn't changed in 15+ years, prices haven't changed in several years. Classical French country cuisine, cooked and served with absolute perfection. Every summer we visit Sidney by boat specifically to dine here, plus we usually manage to find an excuse to drop in during the Winter. We're "foodies", regularly dining in Seattle and Vancouver with occasional trips to New York and Paris. Quality is on par with the best, selection is classical, not adventurist, and so must not be one of the exclusive top french restaurants in North America; but the quality/cost ration may make it the best value.

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