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ferrystarVictoriaSince December 10, 200619 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Unique and delicious
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 11:27am [Dine in]

Love this place! I'd heard, but never tried a Japa Dog and recently I was introduced to this cute eatery. Sitting literally on the street corner, this stand usually has a few people milling around it. Hot dogs are around $4-5 but come piping hot and stuffed with toppings like daikon, sprouts, and yummy mayo sauces. So good. Totally try this out.

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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Keep this place in business!
Submitted Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

I felt compelled to write a review for this place since it so obviously needs the help. This place has definitely been affected by the Cambie construction - the place was entirely empty on a Thursday night! However, this place deserves to survive as the food is delish and the staff friendly. The sashimi is very very fresh and the rolls are tasty without the excess of rice that so many other places use. Recommend the salmon sashimi and spicy tuna rolls. Only bad thing was that we ordered the bbq salmon gama and never received it!

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Ric's Grill910 Government Street, Victoria
Just like the Keg
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 2:00am [Dine in]

Like the title states, this place is pretty much a carbon copy of the Keg: expensive big steaks. However, that doesn't mean this place isn't worth visiting. The service is very good and the ambiance is classy. We ordered the prime rib, ribeye, and the warm spinach salad. Like the Keg, you should stick to what they know best: steak. The warm salad was drenched in olive oil and balsalmic vinegar, mushy pecans, and overly large pieces of under-done roasted garlic. Not a good choice. The prime rib and the steaks however were excellent: tender, juicy, and made just to order. Highly recommend the special potatoes as well. If the prices dropped alittle, I think they could get more clientele.

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Vista 18740 Burdett Ave, Victoria
Can you eat the atmosphere?
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 1:54am [Dine in]

Certainly this is one of the most unique restaurants in Victoria. The view is amazing, especially on a bright summer evening. Also, the live music was very good, if a bit loud. The crowd here is classy and a bit older. I was only here for appies and drinks, but our waiter was attentive and friendly. My dish was the fish and chips, which was served in a unique tall wire basket. The chips were actually very thin and crisp potatoes slices covered in some tasty spices. However, the fish was basically non-existent and consisted of a single, albeit tasty, fried fish ball. For the $7 price I certainly expected more.

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Good eats off the beaten path
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

If you're hungry and looking for new place to go beyond the touristy hangouts, try this restaurant. The prices are pretty standard, but the portions are not! Unlike a lot of downtown places, the plates are big AND filled with tons of food. The burgers are a good bet and come with salad or a fries (get the yam fries which are healthier and tastier than their regular cousins). I ate the Colin's special, which decent but nothing spectacular. The servers were attentive and prompt and the restaurant was cramped in a cozy sort of way. Come early to beat lineups.

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Tropical Island3690 Shelbourne Street, 1, Victoria
A work in progress
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is trying to be something it is not, which is a downtown restaurant when it is not downtown. The price to portion ratio is not very good; portions are small compared to the prices you have to pay (at least $10+ for almost all dishes). The food is tasty, especially the malaysian satay noodle but the red curry lacked punch. Apparently the deep fried milk is amazing, but when I tried to order it, they'd run out. Other than that, the service was very friendly, though a tad slow and the restaurant was clean and well kept.

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5th Street Bar and Grill1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
A solid dependable meal
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

If you want good food, decent service, and good prices, go here. I've eaten at this restaurant several times and it is always busy, yet the service is prompt, friendly and your water glass never goes below half full. The food is good too, especially their rotisserie chicken - the meat is moist and tender. The menu is arranged by price so whatever your budget you can find something tasty to eat. A good bet is the $10 1/2 chicken with mashed potatoes - this was certainly enough for dinner plus ample leftovers. Their pizzas and crumble dessert is good too!

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Spicy political decor, but bland food
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

If you are an emo/indie music lover, a hippie, or ever watched a David Suzuki special, then you will probably like this restaurant. The most interesting thing about this place is its atmosphere and patrons. When I walked in, I felt like I was a yuppie (which I am not) because I was wearing heels and a nice trenchcoat. The walls are covered with quotations by various mentionable people, and if you read them and the menu you begin to feel like you're being subjected to some subtle propaganda by the restaurant owners. But anyhoo, onto the food!

I ordered the spicy tofu which turned out to be the blandest dish I've ever tasted. Even after sprinking some chili paste liberally onto my plate, it still did not make this dish interesting at all. It was a bowl of broccoli, hard viscous tofu covered in some mysterious brown sauce, rice, and a handful of raw lettuce sprinkled on top. The Foundation burger and the OPPP pesto pasta of my fellow diners looked better. I have also heard that the spicy peanut dish is good too, though they sometimes forget the peanuts and the spice! I don't think I would ever come back here again as I have had much better vegetarian food elsewhere. Now if you'll excuse me, I do believe I have to go shop at the Gap now.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Come hungry or go home
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I'm not a pasta person usually, but I was persuaded to try this place b/c everyone seemed to rave so much about the huge portions. Did I mention I'm also not really an all-you-can eat fan? After waiting an hour in line, I was definitely looking to be impressed. The surprise was, that everyone was right! My chicken/mushroom/pesto pasta was fantastic, if a bit too heavy on the garlic. Despite the restaurant being packed, our server was friendly, helpful, and the food arrived in a timely manner. None of us at the table could finish our meals and I ended up eating my pasta over the course of the next 3 days, but after those 3 days, I still wanted more. Now that's the mark of a good restaurant.

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Gogo Tea Cafe8788 McKim Way, #270, Richmond
Cute waitresses, good dessert
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

My friend and I found this place when we had a random bbt hankering one night. The restaurant scores very high on the ambiance factor; the decor is modern and hip-looking, and the waitresses wear the cutest little sailor/maid-style outfits. I was very tempted to ask where I could purchase one for myself! As for the food, I ordered a strawberry calpico and we shared an order of the mango shaved ice. Both came in large portions and were relatively cheap for such a fancy looking place. The shaved ice was covered in fresh slices of mango which were soft and sweet tasting. The menu offers a wide assortment of drinks and desserts and some food offerings as well. I would recommend this place for some late night drinks and dessert.

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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Slow but tasty
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

I went here for a quick bite to eat. At first I had good vibes about this place since it seemed very busy, but I soon learned why it was so full. The service here is VERY slow. Pho should be like an Asian version of fast food, but my total meal time from sit-down to payment took over an hour! However, the prices are cheap and at $6.25 I received (eventually) a large bowl of stir-fried rice noodles with a 1/4 of lemongrass chicken. The noodles were fried just right, though kindof in one large ball and the chicken was tender and moist. Still, I could get good food quicker somewhere else, so the tastiness doesn't make up for the lack of service.

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Tio Pepe's1134 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great little mexican place
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2007 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant is hard to spot among all the others crowding along Commercial, but it is a good find. The decor is bright and welcoming and the servers are friendly and attentive - your water glass is never less than 1/2 full. The menu offers the usual favourites - tacos, burritos and taco salads, but also offers some intriguing dishes you won't usually see such cactus pads, fried plantains, and another dish involving cornmeal stuffed with chicken and steamed in banana leaves. Unfortunately, some of these dishes can take 30+ minutes to prepare so I opted for the lamb skewers instead. Portions are generous. The lamb was not as great as Greek roasted lamb, but it did come with a zesty red wine sauce and a hearty helping of refried beans and salad. Also, you get a complementary starter dish of tortillas with a great salsa; for those used to 'chunky' salsas, I've been told that authentic salsa is more like a tomato paste with sauces and if so, then this salsa is most authentic. Overall, a cute inviting restaurant with tasty food.

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Tapa Bar, The620 Trounce Alley, Victoria
Over-rated
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

This place excels at ambiance; the restaurant is cozy and bustling, and attractive with its open kitchen, bright artwork, and outside seating looking into Trounce Alley. The menu has good variety, and the food is tasty, but nothing spectacular. As well, the portion to price ratio is a tad high on the price side and to me didn't seem worth it. Their martinis are very good and I'd recommend the portobello mushrooms in a mango vinaigrette - the mushrooms had a nice crisp edge to them with just the right amount of tang from the mangos. However, expect a very leisurely dinner here as the restaurant always seem to be under-staffed. However, the servers themselves are polite and friendly so you can't feel too annoyed. It's a great concept for a restaurant, but the prices make it a little too pretentious for my tastes.

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Azuma Sushi615 Yates St, Victoria
Solid Sushi
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Food: Ordered pork gyoza and an eel & avocado roll. The arrived promptly and was tasty. Nothing spectacular here. The roll was a bit on the small size, but contained smooth, soft avocado which countered the usually strong flavour of unagi. The menu also features a good list of Asian beers, though avoid the Tsing Tao - it has a strong after taste.
Service/Ambiance: Azuma's had a renovation since the last time I visited which I have to say has given the place a fresh new, upscalre look. What is nice is the flat panel tv's, making it a great new place to watch the playoffs, eat some good sushi and chill with some sake or Sapporo :)

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Boathouse Restaurant, The8331 River Road, Richmond
Mediocre food and service
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

We made a reservation here this last weekend and had to wait over 30 minutes until our table was ready. In consolation, they offered us free appetizers, but we then had to wait another 15 mins until those too arrived. The portions here are good, especially if you order the seafood dinners, but they also make you pay for those sizes as well. I ordered the grilled chicken penne, which I'd say was average in taste and size, but at over $16 way above average price.

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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge1245 Wharf St, Victoria
Good date place
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

I went here with my boyfriend last week. The restaurant is similar in feel to Cactus Club, only slightly less overtly trendy. The service was good and friendly. The food was solid. I had the mango chicken with rice, and he had a roast chicken. This place has big plates, which make it look like there's tons of food. It was tasty, but nothing spectacular. Our drinks were quite yummy, I had a sour apple martini and their drink menu looked extensive. The best thing about this place was the dessert: a whipped mouse cheescake served in a champagne glass. The cheesecake was smooth and light while still maintaining that rich cream cheese taste. Yum. I would come back here for dessert, but perhaps not dinner.

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Pho Hoa765 Fort St, Victoria
A Clean Greasy Spoon
Submitted Monday, December 25, 2006 - 3:09am [Dine in]

I love Pho Hoa. It's fast, cheap and delicious! The service is very punctual and the tables are clean. Your order comes very quickly and is piping hot just as pho should be. There are a wide variety of choices here, including easy ones for beginners (ie. no raw stuff!). For pho virgins, I'd recommend chicken or the meat balls. For those more adventurous, try the seafood, or beef flank/brisket options. You can even "make your own pho" from their list of ingredients. If you're looking for quick eats, go here - just as fast and so much yummier than McDonalds!

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Siam Thai Restaurant512 Fort St, Victoria
Good Eats
Submitted Monday, December 25, 2006 - 3:05am [Dine in]

Siam is a small restaurant near the Keg downtown. There is nothing really about the look of the restaurant that makes it stand out, but it is a good place to get some Thai food in Victoria. The portion sizes for the noodles and rice are perfect for a meal. The curries are slightly watery and could come in a larger pot size, but are otherwise delicious. The pad thai is standard, but if you love peanut sauce, you must try the Noodle Delight. The food can be a bit spicy if you're not used to Thai food and the waiters aren't the most prompt in re-filling your water glass. The seafood soup is delicious with large pieces of shrimp and the perfect blend of coconut and chilis. For dessert, finish off with a generous portion of deep-fried bananas and vanilla ice-cream; the warm sweet banana enveloped in a crispy fried shell and paired with smooth vanilla ice cream is great, but be sure to share this dessert as it is more than enough for one person.

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Guru Korean Bar & Grill1015 Fort Street, Victoria
Good, but pricey Korean BBQ
Submitted Monday, December 18, 2006 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is a bit out of the way from the main core of downtown, but inside it is clean, bright and the staff are friendly and helpful. The menu is a bit small, and rather pricey considering there are no pictures on the menu to display what you will be getting for your money. Also, if you ask the waiter, there are actually 3 portion sizes available for your order, but they only show the largest (and most expensive) option on the menu itself. Once you get through ordering though, the food is quite delicious and the portion sizes are worth the money. The bbq meats are tasty and come with the usual variety of side dishes. The fried rice in a stone pot is quite good, with the typical korean egg placed on top of the rice for you to stir in and mix with the rice's flavour. Beware of the red sauce they give you as a side to the rice though - it looks like ketchup but is very hot!

Overall, this restaurant was a good find, but considering Korean bbq is a "new" thing in Victoria, I thought the prices were a bit too high to give this place the edge it needs to gain a foothold in the Victoria market.

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