Pub-style restaurant with fantastic sourtherly views of the Victoria International Airport, runways, aircraft, and activies. Reasonably-priced food and excellent quality. Several beers on tap, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff. Rarely packed (at least during dinner on weekdays.)
I attend flight school in the same building as RC Grillhouse N' Lounge, so I eat here regularly and often even grab my morning coffee before flying lessons. During the week, I usually eat here between 5-6 PM and it is rarely that busy. It is apparently much easier on Friday and Saturday nights, however.
The servers are quick and helpful, friendly. The food quality is very, very good. My favorites are their lemongrass wings and honey Dijon ribs. They also have a delicious selection of salads, with the tossed greens being the best in my opinion. The coffee is always fresh, and there are about 4 different beers on tap. On Tuesdays (the Tuesday I was there, anyway), they had a $4 domestic bottled beer special. $2 for a coffee. If you're an aviation buff, this is a great place to grab a bite or just a coffee and watch the airplane activity. They've even placed binoculars at some of the tables so you can look at stuff!
There’s also a bar where you can sit and watch the flatscreen TVs if you like. Tables are enough for anywhere between 2 people (or 1) and a larger-sized party. Also, they seem to have live music on the weekends, and I can imagine that would be pretty fun.
Parking is easy and pretty much always plentiful, so that’s not a problem. They accept cash, debit, and credit card. All in all, a really good, great food, excellent service, very good value for the dollar, and it sure beats eating anywhere else at the airport, especially the airport terminal (which is actually on the other side of the airport).
I had planned to take the VICE group (and the ladies that tolerate us) to the Taste of Tokyo at 6 PM for the Saturday buffet but they were unexpectedly closed for a staff holiday. I discovered this upon calling for a reservation at 4:30 PM so was in a bit of panic about where to take the group! Happily, RC's came to mind. This hidden jewel is located on the second floor (handicap accessible) of a newish but undistinguished building located across the street from the Nicholson logging equipment factory in the industrial area to the East of Victoria airport. Don't be fooled: Within this building a wonderful dining experience awaits you!
My call for a reservation was promptly answered and the reservation efficiently taken. Upon arrival our group of 10 people was immediately seated at a table that had obviously been prepared for us beforehand. The seating areas are arranged around the Western perimeter of the building giving a panoramic view of airport operations if you are there before dark. The ambience is wonderful with good quality tables, chairs, tableware and tasteful fixtures. This being a Saturday, there was live music consisting of a solo guitarist/singer who played wonderful dinner music at a level that was just perfect. Loud enough to hear against the otherwise very quiet background, but soft enough for our table to engage in conversation.
The menu is fairly broad with interesting items and upon looking at it you immediately get the impression the management and kitchen staff care greatly about the quality of the food they are preparing. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and engaged well with the group. This is important to us as one of our number suffers from celiac disease and must be very careful to avoid foods containing gluten. Our orders were taken promptly and accurately with one minor exception which was more my fault than RC's. When pointed out, the error was immediately and cheerfully rectified. The appetizers and food were delivered promptly and the quality was to rave about! The ingredients were fresh, perfectly prepared, and presented with style. Our entire group was very impressed with the overall dining experience and it should be pointed out that two of our number are or have been professional chefs. The cost for my wife and I (2 appys and 2 entrees) was about $50.00. Not inexpensive, but outstanding value if you are looking for an upscale dining experience.
To sum it up: The management and staff at RC's are clearly aware of all the details, both large and small, that go into the making of a wonderful dining experience and they succeed in taking care of all those details in a relaxed and efficient manner. We will return...