Sooke Harbour House restaurant features a daily changing menu featuring the best and freshest local and organic ingredients. All herbs and salad greens are grown on site and all other ingredients are always fresh, natural, and very local including organic rabbit, veal, duck and poultry as well as seafood and shellfish generally served the same day it was caught.
I have to admit that it has been many years since I last ate here, so I may have missed the period when the two previous not-so-great reviews were written. However, I have eaten here a total of 4 or 5 times since I first came here some 17 to 20 years ago, and every time, I and my family have had a most enjoyable dining experience, from the delicious food, to the attentive and courteous service, to the very cosy and comfortable setting with a great view. The cuisine is always creative, using local ingredients (especially the veggies and edible flowers that they grow on site), and really satisfies the taste buds. Although the price is not cheap, you get what you pay for. The wine selection, too, though a bit on the expensive side, is wonderful. The only drawback is that the place is a bit out of the way, and if you want to take the last ferry back to Vancouver, you will have to start eating early and eat quickly, which defeats the purpose of going to a restaurant with such a relaxing, cosy, and beautiful setting. Best is if you stay overnight, if not at this beautiful boutique hotel, then at another one nearby or in Victoria.
The title says it all. The food here was okay, nicely garnished, sauces that were well prepared and ingredients that were fresh. The draw for me isn't there with this place. You're paying mostly for the view because the food you get here you can easily get better at places like Matisse and Brassiere L'Ecole in downtown Victoria. I'd save the drive and simply stay in town.
I selected the Sooke Harbour House for a low key celebration of my wife's birthday. Fixed menu was well balanced and food was excellent, and meat portions (Muscovy duck & elk tenderloin slices) were large and perfectly prepared. We found the ambiance pleasing, practically the same as on our previous visits. The service was unobtrusive and we welcomed the fact that the maitre d' forgot a free bottle of excellent wine that he brought to toast the Canada Day. I have to confess that we were not ashamed to pour ourselves more wine than we were supposed to.It was a nice evening.
We were a group of four that went for a Saturday support. On arrival we were told that there was only a set menu of either chicken or fish. Three of us had fish – halibut. The halibut was over cook and hard enough to be used as “pavers”. The chicken was over noodles and cold when served. When the reservations were made mention should have been made of the set menu in light that the restaurant was told the one in the party had an allergy to fish. The set menu was priced at $75.00. This was not in keeping with the poor quality. This restaurant will surely continue to deteriorate in quality in these recessionary times. Service was poor and intermittent to reduce costs.
For our anniversary, our son and wife gave us the gift of an overnight stay and a couple of meals at the Sooke Harbour House. Wow. You just don't get this type of experience very often. The restaurant serves food right from the waterfront over which the hotel and restaurant face but also from the meticulously kept and immensely large gardens. Thier dinner salads are extra beautifully decorated with fresh garden flowers and the seafood seasoned and complimented by their own herbs. So beautiful that they invite you to take an early morning stroll with them to see it all. AND THE SMELL!! The pastry chef Josh is famous for his cornbread muffins and if you want them to make you up a picnic for the day...they will. Try it. Fantastic and beautiful. Stay the night if you can.