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takVictoriaSince June 10, 200618 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
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Local Kitchen, The1205 Wharf Street, Victoria
Fills a niche in Victoria -- food, beer, patio and kid-friendly
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I'm a local, but I'd never been to The Local until my sister and mom were visiting last year. We had two infants with us and wanted a place with a patio, a good menu and beer....that would allow babies. That meant all pubs were out, but finding The Local was more than recompense. All three of us enjoyed our meals and drinks (the burgers and pulled pork sandwich are lovely), the prices are perfectly reasonable, the beer is cold and the babies were happy. I've been back twice since, once with my visiting mom and just today, with husband and now-toddling baby, and I'm pretty sure this will be our new weekend lunch and a pint destination -- with the baby, of course!

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John's Place723 Pandora Ave, Victoria
How do you mess up fries?
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here for the first time recently, after hearing mixed reviews for years. Pretty simple meal -- cheeseburger and fries. The fries were on the cold side, totally unseasoned and not at all crispy. The burger was also lacking any seasoning and was pretty bland. The bun was not the freshest, and the fried onions were chunks of half-sauteed poorly cut onion. This is normal diner fare, not rocket science, but John's Place failed at the task.

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Worth crossing the bridge for
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

We took my parents here on their last night in town (they're from Alberta). The appetizer tray of flatbreads, cheese, olives and smoked fish was lovely but could have used more cheese. The beer is excellent and a great value. I had a turkey pasty with root vegetable -- could have used a bit of green, but very yummy nonetheless. The apple pie was very nice and not too sweet. Everyone was pleased with their meals and the prices are reasonable. The service was okay -- I felt as if the waitress didn't really want to answer my questions, which is somewhat off-putting. But the front-of-house gal was lovely, and the shortbread and crinkle cookies she sold us made the end of our night -- delicious!

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Rosie's Diner253 Cook Street, Victoria
Cute place, average food
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

The ambiance is retro-cool, and the service is very good, but the food was just okay -- underseasoned, a bit bland and uninspired. We both had sandwiches (one schnitzel, one club) and felt the portions were a bit small and the toppings lacked flavour.

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Jade Fountain Restaurant3366 Douglas St., Victoria
Wow! Great order-in Chinese
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

We ordered from Jade Fountain on Easter Monday as out other Chinese faves were closed. I'm glad we did -- the food was outstanding and very reasonably priced. The squid was the best I've had in ages, and the Shanghai noodles were spicy and generously portioned. We even got a free beef and broc dish, and the broc was the perfect bright-green, tender-crisp complement to the surprisingly tender, nicely seasoned beef. Perhaps a new Chinese order-in fave in our house.

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Pagliacci's1011 Broad St, Victoria
A tight space, but worth the squeeze
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

I lived in town for years before I finally made it to Pags for lunch, and now I can't stop visiting. The baked pastas are delish, and the bread is addictive. I've yet to try the soup but it's next on my list. I wouldn't pick it as a dinner place as it's quite small and can seem awfully cramped, but the tortellini is a great afternoon comfort food. I'm a pasta snob and I could eat here weekly without getting tired of the menu.

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Haultain Fish & Chips1127 Haultain St, Victoria
Just OK
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

I'd heard great things about Haultain F&C, but we found it just okay. If you're not in the know, it's hard to figure out where to place your order and where to pick it up, and while the service is fine for regulars it's a bit off-putting for a novice! The fish was fine, but a little hit underseasoned for our tastes, and the fries were a bit soft. The tartar sauce could use more tang. For the price, I expected better.

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Garrick's Head Pub, The1140 Government Street, Victoria
The best pub downtown
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Unpretentious, simple pub with a great patio in the summer and a nice fireplace to sidle up to in the winter. Don't expect gourmet gastro-pub fare -- the Garrick's Head is a relaxed friendly place that's great for a casual lunch or a late-night Strongbow. The bangers and mash and chowder are solid pub fare, and the daily specials are always worth trying. Ignore the over-priced tourist traps and hit the Head for a relaxed pint with friends.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Solid food, sloppy service
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

I've been to Floyd's several times over the past year or so, but I won't be going back any time soon. The food is usually good, especially the BC hash, but the service is ridiculously lacking and lately the kitchen has been spotty.

On our last visit we waited 15 minutes AFTER being seated for coffee and a server, and waited almost an hour for our breakfast, two of which came 10 minutes after the initial two. The easiest breakfast -- scrambles eggs, toast, potatoes and bacon, requested CRISP -- sat under a heat lamp for ages and the bacon was soft. By the time the second BC hash came (mine), I couldn't eat it -- I had waited too long and felt ill. We never had our coffee refilled and no server asked how our meal was after we finally received our food.

To top it off, they didn't even comp us the coffee, despite the fact that we noted the problems to one of the servers who was apparently responsible for our table. Her response was that the kitchen was "really busy," but within 10 minutes of our arrival it was half empty. Terrible service and less-than-stellar food -- why go back?

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Fairfield Fish & Chips1275 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
Great fish and chips and great service
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

We've been on the hunt for the best takeaway fish and chips in town, and Fairfield was next on our list. It may also be our last stop! We ordered the rockfish combo -- 5 pieces of chips, 2 orders of fries, slaw and tartar sauce -- and were impressed. Next time I might splurge and get the halibut, but for a crowd the rockfish is a fantastic deal. The fries are enormous and perfect takeaway specimens, and the tartar sauce was fab and generously portioned. I'd buy it just for everyday oven fries! The service is great -- I phoned in an order and it was ready and packed up when we got there and still piping hot when we got it home. Definitely worth a stop, esp. on a cool day after a good walk by the water.

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Cafe Brio944 Fort Street, Victoria
Overpriced, overrated
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Cafe Brio remains the darling of Victoria food critics, but we were underwhelmed by our experience. The service is excellent, and the food is decent but overpriced by $5-10 per plate. I found the duck confit pasta overly fatty, with nothing to cut the oily taste, and the fish special was nothing special at all. I don't expect huge portions at a high-end establishment, but all four of us left hungry. I won't be going back.

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Brasserie L'Ecole1715 Government St., Victoria
Great food, great beer, lovely setting
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

We took my parents here when they were visiting from Alberta, in part because I'd hear good things about the seafood and had been itching to go for a good year now. We all had an oyster to start, and even the fearful among us admitted they were absolutely delicious. The tuna appetizer was perfect -- even the greens were gobbled up quickly. For mains, my dad ordered the rock fish, my husband the halibut, my mom the moules frites, and I had the steak frites. Divine. We even joked that had we been at home we all would have licked out plates clean. The frites are everything they're rumoured to be -- crispy, light, tossed in a lovely mix of salt, parm and truffle oil and served with a stellar aioli. The beer selection is intimidating, but the server kindly advised us on complimentary beers and they were much enjoyed.

Perhaps the best restaurant in town -- great food set in a classy but friendly locale.

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Blue Fox Cafe, The919 Fort St, #101, Victoria
Used to be the best, and it's still good, but....
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I've gone to the Blue Fox many times since I've lived in Victoria, and while little has changed on the menu and in the decor, the place isn't quite as rave-worthy as it once was. The eggs are still perfect, the sausages plump and juicy, but they no longer have their home-made whole wheat bread -- a great feature I was sad to see go. The portions have become somewhat smaller, which is fine -- too many potatoes make me feel wasteful -- but the potatoes are a little less crispy, and the oil a wee bit too plentiful. The breakfast quesadilla is a rather heavy on the raw tomatoes and could use a few more minutes under the grill, but the fresh salsa and ham and lovely.

I wouldn't wait in line to hit the Blue Fox on a weekend, but it's a good choice for a weekday breaky with friends. Just ask them to turn down the music!

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17 Mile House Country Pub5126 Sooke Rd, Sooke
A nice country pub
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

We stopped here for lunch when my parents were visiting from Alberta. It reminds me of pubs we'd gone to in England -- rustic, low lighting, a few regulars, and lots of character. The seafood chowder was EXCELLENT and we all agreed that if we'd known it was so good we would have not ordered burgers and just had big bowls of it alone. The Guinness is well-poured -- probably the second best I've had in the Victoria area. My super burger was everything I wanted, and the other orders (two prawn burgers and a halibut burger) were hits. The only quibble I had was that my bun was a wee bit cold, but it was still fresh and held up nicely. I'll be back for sure.

As a bonus, the liquor store in the parking lot is very well-stocked and the owner was friendly and very helpful. It's nice to see wines you can't get at regular government liquor stores, and nothing beats fridges that actually keep the beer cold!

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Charles Dickens Pub2280 Beacon Ave, Victoria
Good, solid pub food
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

Went here after finally getting in from the mainland on the ferry trip from hell. We were craving burgers, but Woody's (across the street in Sidney) was closed, so we went here instead. It was quite nice! The beer is good, the ambiance is cozy and, as a Brit lit scholar, I loved the Dickens quotes on the walls. I had a killer burger and great fries, and my husband had a solid steak sandwich. The location may seem odd, but it's worth a pop in for some yummy pub food and fun, attentive service.

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
Nice pasta, nice place
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

My sister and I, both in from out of town, dropped in here for lunch. Service was spotty at first -- the hostess gave us the wrong menu -- but the server was attentive, helpful and accommodating. We were the only people in the restaurant aside from a couple who had salads for lunch (business meeting?). The patio looked like it would be grand in the summer. The server gave us plenty of FRESH bread and roasted red pepper hummus -- divine. I had the Veal Cheeks Garganelli and it was one of the best pastas I've had in ages -- rich and fresh, very filling. My sister had the Angel Hair & Bistro Prawns, and the waiter shared her distaste for cilantro and said it would be no problem to make the dish without it. It was spicy but delicate -- v. nice. The food kept us going for hours.

I would go back for a sunny afternoon lunch or casual group dinner the next time I'm in town. There aren't a lot of Mediterranean joints on Robson, so it was nice to stumble across this one during our shopping trip.

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Lovely for lunch, spotty for dinner
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

I've been to Ferris' four times -- twice for lunch and twice for dinner -- and while the food is always great, the service is spotty in the evening. On my most recent visit, my parents' oyster meal (two parts -- oysters and pasta) arrived over 10 minutes apart, and there was another significant bread between the time their pasta arrived and the other meals arrived. Also took about 45 minutes for any food to arrive. At lunch, everything is flawless -- my guess is that the there isn't enough service at night around tourist time. But the food is AMAZING -- esp. the prima piatti pasta, the pesto baked oysters and the awesome nut burger.

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Black Olive, The739 Pandora Ave, #737, Victoria
A real Medditarranean gem in downtown Victoria
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

My husband and I chose to The Black Olive for our anniversary dinner, and we were thrilled with our experience. The restaurant is cozy and eclectically decorated. The service was professional and mindful to our needs -- as it was our anniversary, we wanted an intimate dinner, and the servers were present but not intrusive. The only quibble I had was at the end of the evening, when I asked about the cheese platter -- I would have appreciated a bit more detail about the cheeses. The bread basket comes with a lovely light hummus and warm, golden bread. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer and the server informed us that it was pan-fried without breading, which was fine with us, and in fact preferable. The calamari arrived promptly and was divine -- served in a light, slightly spicy tomato sauce and accompanied by a good size salad of mixed greens in a delicate vinaigrette. For dinner, my husband had the rack of lamb. We'd heard it was the best in the city, and it certainly was the best we'd ever had. The lamb was rich but delicately seasoned, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. I ordered the Black Olive linguine -- fresh linguine noodles in a black olive pesto cream sauce, dotted throughout with generous portions of scallops, prawns, mussels and clams. It was the most interesting seafood pasta I've had in a restaurant By this point we'd had two bottles of wine -- one a Gew├╝rztraminer from the interior of BC, and one bottle of house white (a chardonnay-semillion) so we opted for desert to give us time to linger over our glasses. We had the vanilla creme brullee -- light, with enough vanilla to make it sweetly decadent. The portion size would be small for dessert lovers, but it was fine for us. All in all, a fantastic dinner with great hosts.

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