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earnyourtipVictoriaSince October 4, 20092 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
Always dependable.
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I've been to Il Terrazzo about 10 times now, twice for lunch. You can always depend on great service, food, presentation, and atmosphere.

I've tried all sort of menu items and they always impress. The portions are actually rather large, despite looking small due to using over-sized plates. The warm mini bread slices and olive tapenade everyone gets upon seating is to die for alone. Excellent wine selection too.

Servers are there when they should be, no more, no less. They are career servers and their professionalism shows.

I love the atmosphere with the candles on the walls, the brick walls, brick fireplaces on the patio. Tables generally aren't too close together. You feel you can talk normally, have some good laughs, and not think you have to worry about interrupting other tables.

Some people say this place is expensive, but take a look at their menu online. Good size portions too. It's not any more expensive than an Earls or Cactus Club or any of those mainstream places.

Highly recommend to anyone - except families with young kids.

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Bland food, service is still snobby and poor
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

This is, for some reason, a favorite amongst many friends and colleagues. I just don't know why.

My wife and I strolled past there about a month ago looking to try out a new restaurant. There were a few employees wandering around and it was only about half full. After waiting for about 5 minutes at the entrance, we had to track down a waiter and ask if we are supposed to seat ourselves, despite the sign saying to wait. He told us to go back to the entrance and wait for the guy who was the host. About 3 minutes later, the host came along. Without any pleasantries, "How many." 2. "Look, you can sit there or there. (pointing several tables away)" It looks like you have a patio in the back, could we sit there? "Um, I think I have it mostly reserved" Could you double check? "Ya, but it will take 5 minutes or you can just sit here." What a smug putz.

For some reason we still sat down. From all the raves, we figured that guy was just a one-off. The tables are relatively small and are very close to other tables. My wife was still quite put off. We basically decided to try a different place. Then our waiter came by and we told him about the host. He apologized and said he would guarantee we would all have a blast tonight.

He took our drink order and about 10 minutes later we finally got our drinks. We ordered a couple champagne-oyster shots, a bowl of yam fries and I ordered Jambalaya (forget what my wife ordered). Took about 25 minutes to get food. First drink was done 10 minutes earlier. No one noticed.

Everything was boring and had no presentation. Jambalaya was incredibly boring. I don't know how you can do that, but they managed to pull it off. Bland everything in it. Oyster shots were decent - and they better be with 'oyster bar' in the name. Fries were skinny, peel on, and almost broke when putting in the sauce. Never saw the waiter again, despite his promise of us all having a blast.

Ordered dessert. Some sort of a chocolate-bomb. Boring again. No presentation.

Took the bill to the counter to pay with debit. Bar maid saw me standing there with card in hand but continued chatting with some friends. Had to call her over. I entered about a 5% tip. I said "goodnight" and she just gave me a look without saying anything.

All in all, everyone here seems to have some sense of superiority that is totally unjustified - especially given the quality of the ambiance, food and presentation, and service. There are many better places to spend your money in Victoria.

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