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BydesignprezSaanich, VictoriaSince November 14, 200760 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Displaying 21 - 40 of 60 Reviews Found
Apple Tree Restaurant1644 Hillside Avenue, #85, Victoria
Odd corner restaurant
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

This is an odd restaurant located in the southeast corner of the Hillside mall close to Shopper's Drug Mart. It seems to have the regular range of burgers wraps etc. and seem to have a captive audience as it's the only restaurant in the mall although there is a very nice food court with the usual culprits.

I have eaten here a couple of times and it's not bad but there is nothing to specifically recommend it. It's always busy and this allows them to close at 5 or 6 PM on many nights, so it's an example of a restaurant that does not need (or cannot serve) during dinner.

The senior crowd seems to like it, which is usually a sign of good value and I do recall that the meal was reasonably priced. So all in all a fair place to eat a quick sit down bite in the mall. Pity - it could be a real gem, but they do not aspire to that.

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Ricky's1501 Admirals Walk, Victoria
Disappointed and Underwhelmed
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Got a coupon - should try something new. Wish we hadn't.

Friday night and we thought we'd try this place. Unlike many other places it was dead on Friday evening with only 5-6 tables occupied. The decor was sad and it felt unloved and unwanted. The menus are huge with a very wide variety of meals from burgers, to pasta to steak. Prices were reasonable on most things but there were a few things that I thought were overpriced for this price point.

We sampled pizza (which looked the best of all the meals), Chicken Souvlaki and Veal with a slop of gravy embedded with tons of mushrooms (and cold mashed potato).

None of the meals tasted very good and the server could not help notice that we had eaten very little. She did try and ask what the problem was and we begged off by saying we were not hungry. Cowards. Frankly, I cannot put my finger on what exactly the problem was (which is unusual for me). There's no question the food tasted, well - old. The vegetables and meat were wilted and very sad looking and cold mashed potatoes just are not good and the heavy gravy did little to improve things.

So - all in all, I have to write off tonight's adventure off as a loss. Too bad and so sad but there are other places that can shine and are a pleasure to eat at. This isn't it and we are wiser now. Best of luck if you go - and do report. I hope I just hit a bad evening.

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Ricky's200 Burrard Street, Unit 23, Vancouver
Ricky's delivered
Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

I went here by accident as a friend and I were walking around trying to decide where to have a lunch one day. Wanting something a bit better than a quick food court sub or fried burger we ended up at Ricky's. It struck me that they are a diner (here at least) and they do what they are supposed to - which is serve reasonable food to hungry people who have to get back to work. Service was quick and I quite enjoyed my clubhouse and fries. It was just fine. The fries seemed fresh and well cooked although it sure it came from a freezer. I remember the service was efficient and was everything I expected.

This Ricky's is most definately NOT a place for a hot date, but for a little more than the price of a subway it was nice to be sitting down and have table service. I'd go again.

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Applebees Neighbourhood Bar & Grill1654 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria
It's just opened - so maybe not fair
Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

Applebees just opened on Aug 29 and it really isn't fair to do a rating so soon - but who said life is fair? This is a franchise so the operators had a chance to train their staff according to the manual. There are lots of corners that need to be smoothed out, as the staff were tripping over each other in trying to do the right thing. I can't begin to imagine how stressed they were. There was confusion over who our waiter was and another waitress tried to give me a drink I did not order.

Applebees is not fine dining but seems to be popular in a number of cities where I have visited them. Most of the food was well cooked and presented although service was slow, a bit haphazard and the wrap I had was unaccountably soggy.

The restaurant is located in the Tuscany Village Mall and I recommend you just go straight to the underground parking (when you find the entrance). Surface parking is in short supply and the door to the restaurant is awkward to find.

It will be interesting to see if they smooth out the opening glitches and get things working smoothly. If this worries you , you may want to wait a while before visiting.

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Pluto's Restaurant1150 Cook Street, Victoria
Funky place
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

This converted service station has not broken the bank in spending money on decoration. The furniture and decor are simple and unadorned. It can be cold in winter.

The service is friendly and unsophisticated and the food is the normal fare with burgers etc. predominating. I never had a bad meal there - but I would not go as far as saying that food was gourmet. Certainly - it is a funky different kind of restaurant that is a bit of an institution.

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OPA! Of Greece1150 Douglas Street, #435, Victoria
Fast - GREEK - food
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

This is located in the food court of the Bay Shopping Centre, so the overall "ambiance" of the court impacts them greatly.

I have eaten there a couple of times as they do a pretty good job of putting together a Greek meal in front of you. Prices are OK at about $7, but I would not boast about them and eating in a food court always makes me feel like a loser. I don't need that as I have been married 28 years, so hear about it all the time. (I'm kidding).

Of all the food court outlets in the Bay, this is probably my favourite, but that is not saying much.

Overall - I have probably been a little harder in the rating than is fair as I am thinking of the food court ambiance.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3233 Douglas Street, Victoria
Come early for a seat
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Swiss Chalet is always popular with the seniors crowd who know a good value when they see it. This place is always busy - year round as it's a reasonable place to have a decent meal at a reasonable price.

The location shares its site with a Tim Hortons so the biggest problem is finding parking. Most of the meals have been pretty good and very reasonably priced so I cannot complain. Service is typically brusque as they pack 'em in and feed and ship 'em out.

The house speciality is, of course, chicken - in all its variations and the meals are generally good. The only time I had a problem (partly my fault as I misunderstood a menu item) the waitress quickly whisked it away and brought another. It's efficient and worked to keep me coming back when I can stand the crowds.

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Gosworth Fish & Chips3009 Gosworth Road, Victoria
This must be a hobby business
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 10:11am [Dine in]

We came across this establishment a couple of years ago and thought we had finally found a reasonable place to eat. It is really only a take out food establishment and the prices are really really good. That's about the extent of it, as service is lackadasically slow, hence my comment that it must be a hobby. The owner is charming and certainly takes his time over things. The prices are incredibly reasonable but the quality of the food is like British food circa 1960 or 70. It's very greasy and heavy.

Don't even think of trying the pizza as the term is used loosely and is not very digestable.

Too bad. Who knew that making fish and chips was that hard?

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Christie's Carriage House1739 Fort Street, Victoria
Gorgeous pub and graet food
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 10:06am [Dine in]

I have been to this fine establishment a number of times and have always had a great experience. They have a lovely patio that is a delight in summer and can be covered up for those less wholesome days.

The food is well priced, served properly and quickly and has always tasted very good. I once had Eggs Benedict as a late Sunday breakfast and found they were my favourite in the city. The rest of he food is normal pub type fare and they have enough choice that you should find no problem locating something you like. Strangely, I have never eaten inside as it seems somewhat dark compared to the lovely patio.

This is one of my favourites and I expect to go again shortly.

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Stonehouse Restaurant and Pub, The2215 Canoe Cove Road, Sidney
There's a gem in the woods out there
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

This beautiful pub is located in the woods north of Sidney and quite close to the BC Ferry terminal, such that a 2 ferry wait could be turned into an opportunity to imbibe in a beautiful setting.

We just had a lunch there - on the patio and the pub is beautiful in summer as it is hidden in the woods and surrounded with majestic evergreens and gorgeous landscaping. The dining area inside in the winter is quite a bit smaller although there is an annex building with lots of skylights to warm up those fall and winter days that are probably coming. The pub was just acquired by the current owners 3 months ago and they have removed the fire place and put the bar there.

The menu is limited but the meals we sampled were excellent and the service was quick, friendly and efficient. The prices seem reasonable as the most expensive meal (at lunch) was a $15 steak. Most other meals were about $11 or $12. I forgot to ask if there was a more expensive dinner menu, although it seems likely.

I liked it and will be there again.

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Flying Otter Grill950 Wharf St, Victoria
You cannot get any closer to the water
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

THis restaurant just (re) opened in June 2009 under the ownership of Harbour Air. They are located in the same building as Harbour Air and feature a similar menu to the Flying Beaver at the company`s richmond location.

The restaurant has 68 seats and comes into its own in the summer as it has about a dozen tables shoe-horned into the floating patio that is right at water level. If you want to watch comings and goings of boats and planes - this is the spot. However, the aroma of aviation gas will be encountered and it can be noisy at times.

The evening we were there was fairly busy and they were playing loud music on the patio. That seemed to drive the customers away as it emptied out quite well by 7 or so. Service was bit slow and lacking polish but the food that we had was quite good and reasonabley priced for such a location.

This location previously had the Blackfish cafe and they have redecorated and changed a few things - but it has to be the location as it is quite enjoyable on a sunny summer`s evening. We shall see if they can overcome the lacklustre service to retain a loyal clientele. I am not sure visitors were aware it was there as it`s not obvious from Wharf street and you have to treck across the car park to get there.

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Floyd's Diner2915 Douglas St., Victoria
and we wonder why people are fat?
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

I had heard of Floyds by reputation. The (relatively) new location at the Super 8 seems an odd place for an eclectic restaurant, but we sampled it this morning. Sunday mornings are usually busy places for these type of restaurants - but the place was quiet when we wre there and still no waiting at 10:15 AM on Sunday.

The service was bohemian, friendly and suitably attentive. The prices are generally reasonable and I like that they made sure your coffee cup did not stay empty for long. The portions are huge and would be splittable for those of reasonable appetite. If you want a simple breakfast - 2 eggs and toast is only $2.99. I had the eggs benny and they were OK. I had better eggs benny at Christies Carriage House, but this one did have 2 pieces of ham and a large bun. So what the meal lacked in quality it made up for in quantity.

The walls are getting quite full from various people writing things on them. It's a Victoria institution. So, I cannot say it was the best meal I have ever had or the cheapest, but it was satisfactory.

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Gorge Pointe Pub1075 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Quite good and worth a try
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 3:37am [Dine in]

This pub is located almost across the road from Kinsmen Gorge Park so it makes it possible to combine a bit healthy fresh air with some good food and beer. Most of the draft beers were priced at $5.75 (except the fancy imports) and the menu seemed to have a good range of quality type pub fare. My daughter and I shared an order of chicken fingers and fries, so I can attest that the portion was large and very good. It was was one of the few times that I finished absolutely everything on the plate. My wife had a salad that was a good size and seemed fresh and well put together.

Our server was good and quick so no complaints in that department. We sat outside on the enclosed patio, but it looses a point or so in the ambiance department as it was very noisy with Tillicum Road right outside. Perhaps if the patio and pub windows had overlooked a park or the Gorge, it would get 5 stars, but noisy Tillicum Road will never be beautiful or interesting.

So - I recommend this as a another good watering hole in Victoria. Cheers.

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Waddling Dog-Quality Inn2476 Mount Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, Victoria
Good - but could be great
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

This place had been mentioned to me by a few people and I always noticed it during my comings and goings to Swartz Bay. FYI - it's located about 2-3 kms south of Sydney and the airport on the right side heading north..

The place is very spacious and feels kind of empty whereas I took a peek in the pub and it looked a bit more inviting. As the previous reviewer noted - it's a dark restaurant but the low prioces on the food and acceptable service temper that somewhat. There is no view to look at and a reasonable range of value priced foods including a very very cheap fish and chip special on Friday.

It lacks charm but seems popular with the local senior cistiozens who can always sniff out a bargain.

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Loghouse Pub2323 Millstream, Victoria
Good pub food
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

We've been meaning to try this one for a while as the building is very attractive on the corner of Millstream and Treanor near Home Depot. Going inside we found a large room with 2 patios (proudly proclaimed as the first non-smoking ones!). The menu had a good range of pub foods with a minor twist. Service was reasonably quick and attentive and I tried the house brew. It was good. The food came in a reasonable time and was everything it promised to be. Prices were a wee bit higher bthan some pubs but then I have been accused of being cheap.

The pub is aimed at a younger crowd with TVs everywhere so you need not miss a second of sports. The waitresses must be hired for their good looks as they are hot...just so you know! All in all, a very enjoyable meal was had and the beer was good too. I'd recommend it.

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Boston Pizza2755 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Victoria
Much improved
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 11:55am [Dine in]

Paid this restaurant another visit and I am pleased to report that the speed and attentiveness of service has greatly improved, so put this one on the good list. It obvioulsy has all the Boston Pizza food items and I still like their pizza best of all.

I just tried to post this review and I was ordered to make it longer. However, there is nothing else I can add to this specific review as the restaurant is now up to the standard of all the other Boston Pizzas around the country, so you can eat here with confidence.

That's all.

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Village, The2518 Estevan Ave, Victoria
NIce restaurant in the village
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

The previous review seems to have been written by the owners, but I am a long timer reviewer so maybe a bit more balanced. Maybe - it's your call. This is a good restaurant that keeps has reasonable prices and seems likely to do well, but it could be fantastic.

First the complaints: The front door closes very slowly so on cool days - it gets cold in there. Shivering diminishes the ambiance and the outdoor tables and chairs tease with anticipation of a summer that may, one day, actually arrive. The fruit, in place of hashbrowns, sounded oh so healthy, until it arrived and consisted of an orange slice, and 2 other very small slices of fruit. I think it might be fairer to call it a fruit garnish. I had an omelette with cheese in it, and apparently the way they cook them is to cook the egg mixture first in a small frying pan and then, when finished, place the fillings inside the omelette folded over taco style. The result was that the cheese was cold in places, and I have had better omelettes, although the filling was actually quite tasty. My wife made a similar comment with the Eggs Benny on a bagel. It was good but the bagel was a bit tougher to eat than an english muffin.

The cafe has atmosphere and certainly could charge more for its offerings. Then I would really gripe. The owners celebrate their Jewish background and make it feel very homely so it feels like more than just a cafe.

Great location in the village on Estevan and it has potential.

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Scoozi's445 Howe Street, Vancouver
Pricey but good find
Submitted Friday, March 13, 2009 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

I went there for lunch and experienced something very like what most of the reviewers had although I had not seen the reviews until after my lunch. Congenial host - which is so important and good but pricey food. I do wonder if they nuke the food as it (and the plate) came out of the kitchen red hot, so it was bit of a challenge to have to wait while I blew on the food to cool it down. I can't see how my Canneloni was cooked in the plate (as that would show).

In any case - a good restaurant with prices on the high side but a nice place to sit and watch the traffic jams. They have a few tables outside if you want to enjoy some fresh diesel fumes otherwise there are probably 10-12 tables including some in a sort of semi private room that might hold 7-8 people. Not private but a bit separate.

Service was good and quick with the only minor issue being that no-one asked how my meal was or asked if I wanted my coffee refilled. However, I understand lunch is a busy time.

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Lin Heung3749 Shelburne, 120, Victoria
Popular restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I don't know about you, but I am always a bit intimidated by chopsticks - yet I like to see them in a Chinese restaurant. This restaurant claims to have been in existence since 1976 and seems popular with the Chinese community as it was busy the evening we were there.

Very extensive menu with all the classics plus Szechuan dinners, and Hong Kong Style plates. The food was reasonably priced and good when it came. The only complaint was that the 4-5 plates we ordered came at very different times so it was a bit like the Dim Sum cart came by and you got a plate full of one item and then had to wait for the next item to show up. The advantage of this was that all food was piping hot and fresh when it arrived, but I rather like the food to come all at once.

The restaurant is not very large and service was generally attentive but they had difficulty fulfilling a minor request and we had to ask twice. Maybe because they were busy...?

The meal was good and prices reasonable, so the overall rating is probably a bit on the lower side than I mean it to be as it was an enjoyable meal, even though I did not actually use the chopsticks.

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Beacon Landing Bar & Grill2537 Beacon Ave, #7, Sidney
High Class at a reasonable Cost
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant at lunch on a Sunday - it was quiet and but the staff were very well dressed in dark clothing that lent an air of sophistication to this very nice restaurant. It is beautifully located right by the waterfront in Sydney.

We were sat quickly although we had managed to come in what seems to be the back door (on Beacon Avenue). The front door is on the other side by the car park, so that is where the hostess station is. Prices for lunch were on the high side of reasonable, so it will be interesting to see if they can maintain their price point. The food that we ordered (Wok Chicken, chowder and Yam Fries) came quickly and tasted very good. The portions were very generous and it was piping hot and tasted very good. Passing the kitchen - it was nice to see that it looked like it might even pass a militarty inspection. Having had food poisoning twice - I am picky this way. Service was generally attentive without being intrusive so I think this is a restaurant to keep my eye on.

The only negatives were that the waitress did not ask if we wanted refills of drinks and for some reason the 20 people in the restaurant had managed to exhaust their supply of teaspoons - so the waitress could only suggest I use my knife to stir my coffee. Quick - spend $10 and buy some more spoons as this should not be allowed to happen.

I'd go again as this newly opened/refurbished restaurant has a lot going for it.

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