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glenalan54Saanich, VictoriaSince July 18, 200720 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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Cactus Club Cafe1125 Douglas Street, Victoria
A Pleasant Surprise
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

My wife and I were reluctant to try this restaurant for a variety of reasons but we are so glad we did. From the greeting at the door to the pleasantries when leaving, this restaurant was excellent.
My wife ordered the "sushi thing" for any appy and soft fish tacos as the main course which were excellent. The wait-staff were attentive and very pleasant without being annoying and even the manager came to our table to ask how things were and gave us a card for one free appetizer for our next visit.
I was very happy with the whole experience that my wife and I enjoyed at the Cactus Club and we will certainly be going there again.

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Casa Tequila535 Yates Street, 103, Victoria
Growing Pains?
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Casa Tequila opened in early September 2007 with the anticipation that it would offer delicious and authentic Mexican food as they advertised they were apart of the Los Taquitos Restaurant on Bridge Street (reviewed here in October)
My wife and I arrived at the restaurant just as four young people were leaving and I asked how the food was - they were not impressed. We found out why once we ordered our food.
There was only one other couple in the huge restaurant (word was still getting out that they were open) but the place slowly began to fill up after we had ordered.
The location and ambiance is good - right downtown Yates near Wharf Street and it is a spacious two-level restaurant that has a waterfountain inside and some great post and beams painted in bright colours. The many lights were far too bright and they could tone down in that area.
The food - the rice was bad, the beans were like mush and they ran out of salsa the night before! You would think that in a restaurant that sells Mexican food the owner or manager would ensure they had a basic Mexican food like salsa.
They got my wife's meal wrong and she had to return it, remember there was only two tables orders in at this time. My meal was adequate except for the rice and beans, as mentioned.

The reviewer for Monday Magazine gave Casa Tequila quite a good review recently and I suspect it was visited during ther first or second week after they opened. Our experience was not good.
We realize the restaurant is new and we don't like to see a restaurant close before it has a chance to succeed but we will not be back unless new owners or some substantial changes take place.
As we paid our expensive bill and noticed the disappointment on the faces of others dining there. The owners have to make a better effort than this and I am suspect that this place has anything to do with the best Mexican Restaurant in town, Los Taquitos.
Don't waste your money at Casa Tequila.

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Garrick's Head Pub, The1140 Government Street, Victoria
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 10:15am [Dine in]

The original Garrick's Head (different spelling in the phone book) opened in this location in 1867. Today's pub opened in 1989 and was previously a part of Smitty's Restaurant.
If one comes here in the autumn or winter they will most likely be greeted by the smell of the wood burning fire and the aroma of beer mixed with good pub stle food. This little gem of a pub is rustic and very popular with the collage crowd. The servers are young and good at what they do.
The food is a step-up from normal pub food yet the prices for both food and drink are on the high side, especially for cocktails and 'hard' drinks like rum, vodka ...
But if you've never experienced this place you owe it to yourself to drop in for a pint either at the small but accomidating bar or at one of the tables near the fireplace or on a fine day sit outside and enjoy people watching.
This place is located across from the Irish Times and is totally different and unique for Victoria. Give it a try.

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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
A good night out
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:05am [Dine in]

Ever get those days (nights) when you feel like dressing up and going out to a fancy restaurant? Il Terrazzo fits the bill.
While this fine Italian restaurant is an excellent choice for lunch I recommend you go their for an early or late dinner experience. The food and service is outstanding and together with the ambiance of brick and wood sitting inside or in the covered patio out back, is a treat.
If you've never been here you owe it to yourself to try it. You will not regret it.

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Beacon Drive-In126 Douglas Street, Victoria
An Institution
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 9:30am [Dine in]

Beacon Drive-In (no longer a drive in really) has been around for many, many years. Many Victorians have grown up with this long-established restaurant, from going their as a kid with your parents to taking your date their as a teenager to taking your kids their as an adult, Beacon Drive-In is an institution.
For great ice-cream and fast-food on a sunny day this place is great, if you expect anything else then don't come here.
The staff consists of mostly young adults, many this is their first job, and the service can relect their inexperience - but remember folks, this is a fast-food outlet. If you arrive with patience and are in the mood for some ice-cream or a burger then this is the place to go.
I hope the place is around for another fifty years or more.

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Boston Pizza3510 Blanshard St, #102, Victoria
Quick lunch or anytime meal
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 9:13am [Dine in]

Boston Pizza offers good value and decent service for a fast-food restaurant. Their Blanshard location is spacious and inviting and the pub section offers a number of tv's and a comfortable setting to watch any sports venue.
We have been to Boston Pizza a number of times through the years and know what to expect. The food is consistantly good and the pizza is much better than Dominoe's (cardboard) or Little Ceaser (more cardboard).
Pasta Tuesday is a real bargin and a healthy alternative.
For a filling lunch or a drink or coffee anytime, Boston Pizza is a decent choice.

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Clubhouse, The919 Douglas St, Victoria
Ever Changing
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 10:15am [Dine in]

I have a soft-spot for this great old Hotel and the Olson Brothers who own it. The Hotel Strathcona was built in 1911-1912 and was going to open as the Empress Block Office Building but instead opened as the Strathcona Hotel in 1912. In 1946 "Barney" Olson purchased the Strathcona and over the years his two sons improved the hotel and added a myrad of great and innovative clubs and pubs.
The Clubhouse is the result of the ever-changing night life environment where 'fickle' and chasing the latest trend results in the constant changes that have taken place in the hotel since 1954 - some meeting with success others not.
Unfortantely the Clubhouse can be quite dull and drab if your looking for entertainment other than sports - but it is ment to be a sports pub. The food is typical or somewhat better than typical pub fare with a decent selection and large portions.
I would and have come here for lunch and been quite happy.
The service is average as many establishments don't pay their staff enough money nor do they train them properly.
I certainly like the ability to go to all the different rooms in the Strathcona where services and service change considerably.
If you've never been here you should try it and look around the hotel for the history alone. But if it's good food and good service you must give the Clubhouse a pass.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Swans yes, but not to eat.
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 9:58am [Dine in]

I have been going to Swans on and off over many years and the trend seems to be inconsistant food quality coupled with some good home brew.
I find if you treat this place like a pub with typical pub food then you won't be too disapointed. I do enjoy their unique and delicious beer which can come in taster-sized glasses of four or six; try it if you wish to try some variety. Also the music is exceptional with the Bill Johnson Band (arguably the best blues guitarest on the Island.)

Swans service can be inconsistant as my friends and I have had quite good service one day and have been ignored another. But generally a decent effort is made.

I like the look of Swans; it's unique and its Westcoast flavour in a converted wharehouse and feed store works well with tourists and locals alike. But most locals know not to go here for food.

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Gorge Pointe Pub1075 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Ever Changing Neigbourhood Pub
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

In 1925 a California missionary style hotel with a beer parlour was built on the site near the present day pub. This place was great and had good food and cheap beer. In 1992-1993 the place was demolished and replaced with expensive waterfront condo's and the Gorge Pointe Pub. A far cry from the lovely old building it replaced.

Over the past twenty years neigbourhood pubs have matured and evolved to places where drinks are no longer cheap but the selection is great; where the food has improved from the old standard pub fare and the service, while not as efficient as the old beer parlour days, is generally good and pleasant.
The (new) owners of the Gorge Pointe Pub take pride in their establisment. It shows both in the decor and the quality of the food. This is a good place for lunch, to take in a game or to just relax and unwind.

I've not been a big fan of the neigbourhood pub for a varity of reasons but the Gorge Pointe and especially the owners have made this place wothwhile for a good lunch and a pint or two. Try it.

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Kitty's Hideaway Restaurant3020 Douglas Street, Victoria
Best Breakfast in Victoria
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Kitty's is located in the Vacation Inn (used to be the Tally-Ho Motor Inn)
Walking into Kitty's is like going back to your mom & pop restaurant of the 1960's-1970's - from the old fashion and curious decor to the view overlooking the pool.
The food is cheap, good, and plentyful Service is quick and friendly. There are a number of regular customers who love the food staff and the prices.
For a casual, comfortable and filling breakfast or lunch this is the place to go in Victoria.

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17 Mile House Country Pub5126 Sooke Rd, Sooke
The Historic Roadhouse
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 10:49am [Dine in]

I first stepped foot in the 17 Mile House in 1977. I used to work at Sooke Forest Products Sawmill and on the afternoon shift (5-1) the boss would let us off work ten minutes early so we could get last call (pre-arranged) at the 17-mile.

The place is unique and steepted in history. It cannot be compaired to any other pub. No keno or other gambling crap as found in many bars today, unique interior that has remained unchanged over the years save the expansion that took place in the late 1980's. Quite a lovely place in any season to enjoy a drink or a great meal (not just pub fare).

If you've never been here you must try it (before it is demolished and made into a cond tower)

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Cafe Mexico1425 Store St, Victoria
North American Mexican
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 10:30am [Dine in]

I am a sucker for the tacky North American-Mexican look of Cafe Mexico. From the wooden floor up the walls to the sombreros hanging from the ceiling. The place is casual and can be fun.
It's a hoot to look around while listening to Mmexican music in the background and my friend and I once asked to wear sombreros while we ate and they were ok with that.

The food: The salsa is great. Order that as an appy while waiting for your meal. In the early days one used to get a free bowl of chips and salsa, but now it costs a small fee.
The prices are much higher now as the place has been around for years and the portions are smaller than they used to be. But the food can fill you up depending on what you order.
The fare is North American Mexican. Take it for what it is and you will not be disappointed. If you want true Mexican food there are a few places to go other than here (see my other reviews) but if it's a filling meal in a causual atmosphere near some great shops in a historic building then give Cafe Mexico your business.

The service can be "hit and miss" but over the years we have received quite good and quick service.

I like Cafe Mexico for the reasons I've outlined but they are pricing themselves out of my budget range.

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Los Taquitos & Tortielsy Mexican Food2512 Bridge Street, Victoria
In the mood for authentic Mexican food?
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 10:12am [Dine in]

Hidden in the most unlikely area of town, the industrial area of Bridge Street, Los Taquitos is a great little restaurant to enjoy some tasty authentic mexican food.
The food is delicious, inexpensive and authentic. This is not Noth American mexican and thankfully you can forget about Taco Bell while dining here. It is a popular restaurant where seating is limited so you may wish to reserve a table if you wish to dine during peak hours. But it is certainly worth the visit.
My wife and I have gone there a number of times since we discovered it a few years ago and it has been consistantly good.
If your in the mood for Mexican food, try this place.

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Irish Times Pub1200 Government Street, Victoria
Irish Times - North American Style
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 9:54am [Dine in]

The location of the Irish Times Pub at the northwest corner of Bastion and Government has a long and interesting history. The first mayor of Victoria, Thomas Harris, had his brick mansion built on this site which eventually became the Bank of BC. It was torn down and replaced with the Rattenberry masterpiece that the Irish Times is housed in today.
The ambiance of this place is quite outstanding, especially if you are a visitor to Victoria, as it does provide a qunique setting to down a pint or two in. Just the sight of so many beer taps on the ground level bar makes many a beer-drinker drool.

The downside (which is somewhat minor depending on your take) is that drinks and food are over-priced and the food is not particularily special. To be fair the drink prices in the downtown core tend to be too expensive in general.
But if it's a unique atmosphere that offers great music then a visit to the Irish Times should be on your schedule. You just may not wish to be a regular visitor unless money is not a concern.

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Rathskeller Schnitzel Haus1205 Quadra St, Victoria
Easter at the Rathskeller
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I've wanted to try this place for years and finally did on an Easter weekend. I was not disappointed with either the food, service or the ambiance. There are not many restaurants in town that serve German food and we enjoyed the change from our usual Italian or Chinese fare.
The Rathskeller Schnitzel Haus has a long history at it's present location and it's nice to go into an establishment that has grown roots in this city and be served up such a good meal.
In the mood for something different? Go German.

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Romano's Macaroni Grill3195 Douglas St, Victoria
Good for 1 to 51
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I have enjoyed this restaurant a number of times and still look forward in coming back. While the food may not be strictly Italian it is delicious and reasonably priced.
I like the ambiance as a large open restaurant with a working fireplace.
The service is very good and I did enjoy the occasional operatic
outbursts from a select member of the serving staff.
Delightful for a causual or semi-formal dinner by yourself or with a large group. This place never disappoints.

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Pagliacci's1011 Broad St, Victoria
Unique dining experience
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

My wife took me here three or so years ago and as we stood in line (not for long) I spied ex-mayor Campbell with Mayor Lowe and others. The place reminds me of something found in New York City - it is noisy, confusing and just perfect. Different than any other restaurant that I've been to here or in Vancouver.
The service was good and the food was delicious and very reasonably priced.
Pag's is unique and the three times I've eaten there (so far) I have not been disappointed. Try it if you haven't already.

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Chandlers Seafood1250 Wharf St, Victoria
Unfortuately a rip off
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Chandlers Seafood, lovely building, somewhat nice inside, and a competent polite server - that's when the fun ended.
The food was so-so but the price was outrageous. I ordered a small 8 oz steak and paid more than $22 for it.
Stear clear of this place, especially you tourists, who may get sucked into the lovely exterior of this historic downtown building...there are so many better places to go where the price is far more reasonable.

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Bengal Lounge, The721 Government St, Victoria
The Bengal Lounge
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

If your looking to enjoy a drink in quiet luxurious surroundings that also offers a touch of history and outstanding service then you must try the Bengal Lounge. Originally the Reading Room, it became the second lounge to open in Victoria in 1954 when the liquor regulations releaxed. It became the Bengal Lounge in either 1967 or 1971.
If you have never been here, it is worth a visit, especially if you are a visitor to this region.

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Bartholomews English-Style Pub777 Douglas St., Victoria
Barts since 1973
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Bartholomews Bar & Rockefeller Grille started as a small lounge in the Executive House in 1973. I remember my first times there in the late 1970's just before they expanded and now occupy the area where the swimming pool was.
I enjoy the live free music and the long bar as well as the ambiance which (thankfully) has not been altered since the last expansion in the early 1980's.
If your stuck for a casual and inexpensive New Year's give this place a try - it's a real bargain. The food is good and reasonably priced plus you are right downtown with options to go to nearby restaurants, drinking establishments and/or shopping.

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