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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 41 - 60 of 60 Reviews Found
Four Mile Roadhouse Bar And Grill199 Island Highway, Victoria
Really good pub
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

The Four Mile actually is a separate bar and restaurant. We have always gone to the restauarnt as we have kids with us and they can't go in the bar. I suppose the food comes from the same kitchen but for some very odd licensing reason, the range of draft beers and cider in the restaurant is quite limited. Why they can't pass drinks through is amystery known only by the great minds at the BC Liquor Board.

The food in the restauarnt has always been good, reasonable size portions and very reasonable prices that encourage me to go back again. The service is always quick, friendly and attentive without being intrusive - just the way I like it. They have a kids menu which is nice for the young 'uns and the decoration and furnishings make it very comfortable and feels like a pub. Lots of parking make it easy to go.

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Eugene's Greek Restaurant & Snack Bar1990 Fort Street, #103, Victoria
Food good but ambiance lacking
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

I have grown to like Greek Food although I have never been to Greece so I have no idea if this is how they make the food there. As other raters have noted - the Gyros and Donairs etc. are packed with meat and light on the sauce so they can sometimes be a bit on the dry side, but it's better than sauce dripping down your hand. The fries and onion rings were delicious and way better than our local A&W.

I complement them generally on the food as it is certainly fresh as it's made to order in front of you and came very quickly. But it is just a cafeteria where you have to go and order. Don't even think of trying a credit card - cash or debit only. Service is brusque and generally efficient and you collect your food when it's ready. No wasting time on serving you. This keeps the prices low but means it has all the fun of dining in a military food hall.

All in all - you can have a very reasonably priced Greek meal here - certainly the cheapest I have had in Victoria. I would prefer to rate the Ambiance at 1.5 so take that into account.

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Red Kettle2630 Bridge Street, Victoria
Popular little diner
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I have been looking for this place for a while. It's actually located at 2630 Bridge Street - a bit further North at the corner of Hillside. That explains why I missed it as it's small and unobtrusive.

The Good: It seems to be a popular diner with the workers in the local industrial area. A bit before lunch all the tables were taken and it felt like Cheers (the bar on the TV show) with regulars coming in and greeting each other and the owners. Service was pretty quick and friendly so I tried to reflect that in the rankings.

But - and it's a big but....my clubhouse and fries were just not that great. Cheap yes, but the toast was thin and dried and the fries tasted like the oil had been there a bit too long. Others having the range of sandwiches and burgers seemed to be enjoying them, so it would be worth trying them.

This is a diner with reasonable prices but not a place I would take a hot date anytime soon.

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Vie de Paris757 West Hastings Street, 140, Vancouver
Overwhelmed and unimpressed
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 11:09am [Dine in]

It is very tough work running a restaurant and running a successful one is part magic, one part luck, but a whole lot of formula driven planning and action. This one is missing some of the formula and needs luck to survive and prosper.

The newly opened Vie de Paris grew out of a successful crepe stand that operated in Sinclair Square. Its lacklustre competition in the Square is a series of fast food joints offering a range of low costs food for office workers. Until the Canada Line is finished its very difficult to find your way into Sinclair Square so its primary clientele will likely be in the building or very close by.

This restaurant needs help as the 2 serving staff seemed quite overwhelmed by the full house they had during our visit. They were rushing around trying desperately to do everything and achieving less. It took them 25 minutes to bring a glass of water. The menus took only about 10 minutes but there was no offer of a beverage, which seems odd as it loses a potential source of revenue and profit. The owner/waiter taking the order was curt and gruff to some of us. When asked what type of pasta came with the Coq au vin – he merely shrugged and said “I don't know”. There was no attempt to explain or find out.

When the meals came in about 15 minutes I canvassed each of our group and the view of most was that the meals were acceptable (rating 5 or 6 out 10) but nothing outstanding and the portions seemed to be on par with “nouvelle cuisine” which seems to be code for “go home hungry”. Our meals sampled included the aforementioned Coq au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, a few salads and a buckwheat quiche (which was reported as excellent). Most meals were satisfactory but some seemed to be missing something « je ne sais quoi ». They seemed to be somewhat bland and lacking in a depth of taste. The meals were all cooked fairly well but this restaurant could be so much more if they could smooth out the protocol for treating guests as they arrive and sit down..

Hopefully the owners will smooth out the teething problems and be a bit more welcoming as they are supposed to be. Having said that, the restaurant does not have any competition with the other fast food outlets in Sinclair Square so maybe they will do OK. Pity - as they could be superb and become a real drawing card. Time will tell.

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Rusty Gull Neighborhood Pub175 E. 1St, North Vancouver
It's a pub - get used to it
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I have been to this pub on a number of weekday evenings as I visit this part of town on ocassion. The menu has a good range of basic pub types foods including some tasty pizzas - one of which I had on special and it was good. There are also pastas, burgers etc. All good food NOT out of the Canada Health Guide.

I like the atmosphere here although jam night was a bit loud for my tastes - but others seem to enjoy it. I don't remember being over-charged for a pint of beer, but them maybe I never noticed!

I have always found the service to be brisk and reasonably efficient. It's a pub and the service, food and atmosphere to match. I walk about 10 minutes to get there so clearly think it's worth it. Whether you do is up to you. If you change your mind on the way in, you can always purchase some wine/beer from the outlet right by the front door and head right back out.

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Rathskeller Schnitzel Haus1205 Quadra St, Victoria
Good SOLID restauarnt - German Food but not much Getmutlichkeit
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

A small group of us went for lunch on a Friday as 2 of the party had never been to this restaurant.

It was quiet and quaint in a nice way with authentic looking old fashioned decorations that clearly indicated that this restaurant has been here a long time and is not going anywhere.

The menu has a good range of German style meat and potatoes meals including schnitzels and various Wursts (sausages). Each lunch meal came with a small side salad on the plate with dressing already on it. This is a no-nonsense take it or leave it kind of restaurant style. The waitress has been there for years and speaks English with a heavy accent - so fits right in.

The food? Good and solid - no nonsense and so very German. It did not try to pretend to be anything other than good solid food. It is not pretentious or trying to be nouvelle cuisine. Frankly, I like German food and it seemed to go down well with our group. We all tried the apple strudel which came with a dollop of cream or ice cream on top (whether you asked for it or not). Again - take it or leave it. No fawning around here. The portions were very adequate and the food was solid (may be over-using that term) and the only observation was that it was not a restaurant with too much atmosphere as it was just about getting good (solid) food into your stomach. Service was reasonably attentive but cannot be termed as overly friendly as the waitress dealt with us much like a conductor on a Deutsches Bundesbahn (railways) might treat a bunch of school children.

Good restaurant with good solid food.

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Century Restaurant & Bar432 Richards Street, Vancouver
Could have been better
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

The Century Restaurant is located in an old bank building and the decoration and furnishings are tasteful and peaceful. The ambience oozes old world solidity to keep you away from the hectic outside world of falling share prices. There is a small meeting room located in the old vault that looks perfect for quiet meetings, however our 2 group lunches there have never been organized to take advantage of the space.

The owner/manager hovers around during meals which is usually a sign that things should run smoothly. Our recent visit was the second one where an organized group went for lunch together. The reservation was efficiently handled and everyone was sat quickly and drink orders were taken. The lunch menu has a fair range of steak, fish and pasta at prices of about $13 to $25.

The pasta dishes were modest in size but very tasty. If you are hungry you may not find them sufficient. The steak sandwiches during our recent lunches were not good and the meat was very tough. Upon complaint, the meals were comped but it left a bad taste about a restaurant serving this type of food.

Service was reasonably quick and efficient without being overly intrusive. No problems there.

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Rosie's Diner253 Cook Street, Victoria
Elvis Lives!!
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

There's Elvis, Marilyn Munroe and a whole lotta shakin going on in this retro diner in the Cook Street Village. Service is very friendly with reasonable prices.

We've been going for a couple of years now and it's always a pleasure eating here. Ocassionally they get an order wrong - but fix it right away.

The food is a sampling of Chinese, a lot of burgers and pastas and good solid food. Don't go here if you want high end salad (or you want to diet) as they don't serve it. I saw the review complaining about the eggs benny and I would be hesitant to have it as they screwed up our order as well.

The juke box is great and what it lacks in outright quality it more than makes up for in atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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Lakes Grillhouse n' Bar, The4670 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria
Formula driven - but OK
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Located inside the Howard Johnson Hotel on Elk Lake Drive, this restaurant looks fairly newly put together, so I am not sure how long it has been there. If you are staying at the hotel it's your only close choice for eating - but hey we live here, so we were there by choice.

The portions are decent and service quite reasonable. It appears to be a franchise run operation which means that they have a manual to tell them how to run it. It may be uninspired but at least it appears dependable.

The view is not too inspiring unless you enjoy watching traffic on the Pat Bay Highway, but it is a decent restaurant that serves acceptable food. I wouldn't recommend taking a hot date there......

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San Remo2709 Quadra St, Victoria
Eat the cake - skip the ribs
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Took the kids there and thought it was a bit pricier than expected so asked for shared meals. This must have irritated the kitchen as they clearly dug around to find the toughest mangiest old ribs and leathery chicken possible. The ribs were tougher than old shoe leather and tasted worse.

To her credit - the waitress asked what the problem was and offered a complementary desert. The chocolate mousse cake with dollops of whipped cream was good and other diners seemed to have edible food but this probably ranks as my worst dining experience in Victoria. Pity, as the decoration was good but I think it was still very pricey for the location. I cannot recommend this restaurant unfortunately.

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Olive Grove, The4496 West Saanich Rd., Victoria
Fair to middling
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

We had been meaning to try this restaurant for a while so when our no. 1 choice was full the other Friday we ended up at the Olive Grove.

It seemed a bit pricey for what they offered, especially the Greek food. In other cities Greek is reasonable but not in Victoria, so we ended up just having pizza which was good but not outstanding. It's a cozy little restauarnt with cosy corners and a small patio at the back. Service was good with no particular problems.

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JBI Cafe270 Government St, Victoria
It's a time warp
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

I kind of like this place. Anywhere that offers coupons that cut the cost of going out catches my attention. This place has solid food and the service was OK while we were there. The decor and customers looked like they were out of the 1950's or 60's, but I liked it and would like to go again.

Parking was a bit tight on the medium sized lot and many of the streets thereabouts say residents only.

The prices were reasonable and portions of a decent size.

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James Joyce Bistro1175 C Douglas, Victoria
Good restaurant
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

I read a positive review in the TC and thought I would try this basement gem a few months back. It shares space with a pool hall but is not pool hall food and it should rank as excellent in all categories except that they screwed up my bill and double charged me for something. Obviously, I am willing to forgive and forget as I took someone there who had lived and worked close to the establishment without ever trying it.

Overall it has good service, good food and anything but pool hall service. I would go again.

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Fernwood Inn1302 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria
Fernwood Pub - Restaurant
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Not sure why this isn't classed as a pub - but it's a family type pub restauarnt albeit without a kids menu which would be a good idea. Nice ambience and a very good but limited menu of food items. It seems to have a full range of beers and a lovely little patio facing onto Fernwood.

I am told these are new owners who re-opend a the former George and Dragon. It always seems busy without being packed and reservations may be needed ta peak times. My "only" beef is that after half a dozen visist (showing I like it) I have tired of the limited selection and now rarely go.

Still -it's a good place with reasonable prices and nice ambience in the herat of Fernwood. Parking can be a problem around there as most of the streets say resident only although I have never had a parking ticket....

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Ross Bay Pub1516 Fairfield Rd., #7, Victoria
Good food and service
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 10:54am [Dine in]

On one of my Friday jaunts I thought I would try this well located pub.

Located at the end of the small shopping mall on Fairfield in Victoria, it looks the part from the outside. Walking in, I was greeted by a sign that said: "We are a pub - seat yourself" That's a good sassy start. I spied an excellent range of beers on tap at the bar but got to sample only one - as it's a working day you understand.

The menu seemed to have the usual range of pub type foods with prices maybe a dollar or 2 more that comparable pubs. I chose a seafood pasta which came quickly and was quite tasty. All in all, the service was friendly and efficient. My only beef was that the place looked a little too modern for my definition of a pub, but then maybe I am stuck in the 60's....

Good place worth a visit. There are large scren TVs all over the place that complement the very modern decor.

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James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant332 Menzies, Victoria
The special was OK
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:25am [Dine in]

After reading the other reviews I thought I would add my 2 cents worth as I went for a breakfast meeting there recently. The special (eggs and coffee/tea) was reasonably priced and the service was efficient and not intrusive. The only black mark (and it's a minor one) was that I asked if they had Marmite. Either you know what this is already or you don't want to know. She said yes and then promptly forgot about it. When pressed, she brought packages of Marmelade that are apparently concealed in the back somewhere. She had never of Marmite, so this is not a "real" English teahouse.

I drank coffee that morning and it was very good so I cannot comment on the tea.

All in all I thought it was good.

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Bent Mast, The512 Simcoe St, Victoria
Oddly quiet
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:10am [Dine in]

I use my Friday lunchtimes to sample restaurants and pubs around Victoria. On a cool and damp day (aren't they all this winter?) I visited the Bent Mast and found it deserted except for a lost tourist couple and some musicians' equipment left from the night before.

It was like being in someone's living room. The beer was good and lunch arrived quite quickly and was very tasty so I have no specific criticism, other than it was odd being in a deserted pub. I am told it has ore atmosphere at different times, so I should try another time to see. Otherwise, decent food...not cheap but OK.

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Boston Pizza3994 Shelbourne St, Victoria
Stick to the pizza
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

I admit it - I really like Boston Pizza (the pizza). The rest of the food, particularly at this establishment should be avoided.

Boston Pizza is a revitalized franchise that is normally cookie cutter the same. This is not a crticism, as sometimes, in a new area or when travelling, it's nice to know it's going to be predictable. This restaurant utterly destroyed a piece of salmon that had the misfortune to pass through the kitchen. When the toughened shoe leather was pointed out to them they took it off the bill. Oh - I almost forgot, before that they forgot half the order....

The pizza and beer are good and they tend to serve a youngish crowd so maybe we just hit a bad day the first time. My wife has been back and stuck to pizza and everything was fine.

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Romeo's2945 Jacklin Road, Victoria
Very over-rated
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is marroned among the big box stores of Langford. It had to be good as it proudly pointed out that it was voted the best pizza in Victoria. By who?

A look in the kitchen on the way to the washroom was sufficient to cause concer. The overpriced food arrived tasting faintly of rubber and generally lacking in taste and flavour. Too bad as they have no close competition.

The decor is nice and it teases with anticipation that is sadly not fulfilled.

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JJ Morgan1520 McKenzie Ave, Victoria
Just plain good value
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is popular with senior citizens who know good value when they see it. Portions can be halved for better value. Service is good and acceptably quick. The decor is a bit dated but if you are looking for a good value - this is it.

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