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Canoe Brew Pub

450 Swift St.
Victoria, BC V8W1S3
Tel: (250) 361-1940 Reserve Online
Fax: (250) 361-1950
Neighbourhood: Downtown

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Good Beer, Okay/Good Eats/Great Atmosphere
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

Hubby, sister-in-law, my two children and I went here for lunch. (Note - it is a brew pub, but there is family seating on the upper floor).

The waiter was fantastic. He was friendly and knowledgable, good with the children and timed everything well.

The food - ordered lots. Children's menu was good. They both had chicken strips and fries. Quibble - the chidren's order was served in a strange way. It was in a vertical like frame. This was too high for the children to be able to see their food. I just re-plated the food on the side plate that the vertical holder was on. I had the calamaria - it was very good. Light and crispy and a generous amount. I also had a mixed green salad with goat cheese - very tasty! Hubby had the halibut tacos. I thought they were just okay. They were smallish, soft shelled and made with nice fresh ingredients. I just didn't think that this dish warranted using halibut. I less expensive white fish would have sufficed and been just as good. SIL had the burger - which she enjoyed. We also shared some chipotle wings. I thought that these were just okay. It was not a smokey chipotle sauce and the sauce was not baked on. The wings were merely tossed in a hot sauce. I make much better wings at home and the price point was a tad high for what was received. BTW - the beer was very good. I had an expresso stout and a pale ale.

Value - a bit pricey - but one is paying for the view and ambiance. I thought charging my SIL $3 extra to substitute yam fries for regular potato fries a bit much (it should have been a gratis substitution, but if they HAD to charge extra - it should have been a buck or less).

Ambiance - excellent. The restaurant is located on the water front. It is comfortable and has interesting lighting and decorations. The tables are not crowded together so even if the place is full - it allows some elbow room. The washroom (it was a single unisex stall) was large and clean.

I would go back and share the calamria with some excellent beer!

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No leaks in this Canoe
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Had another great dining experience at The Canoe Club last Saturday. It was a rare sunny, mild day in Victoria and decided to take a friend here for lunch.

We arrived shortly after 1:30pm and wanted to sit outside on such a beautiful day. All of the tables seemed to be full however the very accommodating and friendly hostess took it upon herself to see what she could do to seat us outside. In no time we were seated outside in an area where server's were not working at the time but because we were there they accommodated us. Great service!!! The complete opposite to what we received at The Irish Times that same day, trying to get a table for six there around 8pm we were met with indifference and an attitude that it was just simply and absolutely impossible to find us a seat. We all left.

Anyway, i digress. At The Canoe for lunch I ordered their Veggie Burger, delicious. A generous sized house made patty with a bit of a curry kick that is always delicious, I have had it before. It came with a nice salad with their own dressing.

My dining partner ordered the Canoe Pub Burger. Huge with a couple pieces of bacon and cheddar cheese. I had a bite and again very impressed.

All in all if you are looking for a great meal, service and super view near the water you can't go wrong with the Canoe Club.

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BC Living has this restaurant listed in their top 5 for Victoria??
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:18am [Dine in]

When I pay $18 for a Aussie burger..I expect it to be good,it was a mess..and for all the ingredients...lacked any dicernable taste. This pub has nice looking waitresses...good luck getting their attention if you middle aged..lol..the ladies at the table beside us said it was the worst service they have enountered in Victoria so far in their 1 week visit from California. This place can't even make a half decent Caesar salad..Sad. Maybe the chef should head to Hy's Encore in Vancouiver to learn how to make a Caesar salad that will bring customers back.,their lemon-amchovy dressing had a bitter aftertaste..all in all..nice patio here...horrible service..seems from previous comments management does not want to address this issue ,as nothing has changed...no pride here,just get the customers money..when they get around to it..eventually... in this overpriced pub..that could have been great with this waterfront location and warm design...

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OK place with a decent view
By Jenna of Victoria (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice and both times it was just kinda mediocre food for quite a large price. The first time they messed my order up and they apologized but then walked away and didn't offer to rectify it. Last time the service was better but still not great, just minimal. The view is decent and sitting on the patio is neat but I don't think I'll be back, I'll spend my money where the food is better!!

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A hangout
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:06am [Dine in]

We come to the pub side often. I love the interior design, very lofty with the wooden beams and light. Originally the seating was limited and the service a little slow, but in the past year both these things have radically improved. And we get good service always as regulars. There are 4-5 craft beers on at any time, one of which will be seasonal. My favourite seasonal is the Amber Artifact Lager; of the regulars, the pale ale is very clean with a bite for a summer day and the Beaver Brown is great when you come in out of the cold. The food is quite delicious, although pricey for a pub. I love the Aussie Pub Burger but at $17.50 and going up with each menu iteration it's too much for me.

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Wonderful brew pub
By asianfusion of Seattle (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Our first visit to Victoria and we really enjoyed tis pub. Nice open lofty like room with top house brewed beers. We arrived for lunch nad both had some great burgers. Tried a flight of beer samples and my husband tried a couple of BC whiites off a pretty impressive list for a pub. We will be going back for dinner tomorrow.

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Great brewpub
By unclespeedo of Victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

If you want to goto a pub with a great atmosphere, tasty food and reasonably priced drinks (in downtown victoria standards) you can't go wrong with the Canoe club or canoe brewpub or whatever they call it these days.

The only thing I would stay away from is the lamb, it's a brewpub stick to pubfare and you're set. They make great pizzas and the staff is always friendly and laid back.

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Sophisticated take on brew pub
By notadamthingyoucando of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Something is different at this place now - it seems to have found itself. My fiance and I were thoroughly impressed at our last visit. Our server ( who did not have a canoe for a head - whew...) was clever and well informed regarding the menu. Having spent years in the biz myself I was reassured his casual, unhurried, yet efficient approach to the job despite a busy room. I appreciate that he was able read the room well enough from the bar to interpret my eye contact and nod as, " yes please- another round."

I would describe the Canoe dinner menu as inspired. Modern and diverse this pesca-ova-lactarian had no shortage of tempting options. I enjoyed their brilliant rendition of the veggie burger. Clearly someone spent some serious time sourcing the bun, and the house made (slightly) currie patty was perfect for texture and taste -they nailed it!

One of the finer bitters I've had here in town - I'm going back on pitcher night. $12 - thanks guys.

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Set expectations accordingly on food.
By ironjabba of vancouver, bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Canoe several times in the past few months, and would say that the place has a good atmosphere but you need to set your expectations accordingly on the food and service. I have yet to have anything to eat that blew my mind and my most recent visit found a pretty awful meal. When I made note of it to the server, I was informed that they would let the kitchen know, but offered no compensation. It is a good place though for after work drinks and watching sports and I will likely go back for that particular reason. Not the food.

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Too fast.
By bdnortham of Maple Ridge (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

Recently had dinner at this restaurant for I think the fourth or fifth time. Previous outings have been pretty good except for the ill-conceived blue cheese-cheesecake which was horrible beyond description. This time however I think service took a nose dive when I orderd an appetizer, which my son and I were enjoying, only to have our dinners arrive mid dish. For any service staff out there paying attention, LISTEN UP! DO NOT BRING THE MEAL WHEN AN APPETIZER IS BEING EATEN!!!!!!! You can serve more drinks and get a bigger tip if you extend the dinning experience. The restaurant in this case was not crowded, nor close to closing. I can only think the message is get the hell out.

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Like this place
By Guirewick of Victoria and Area (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

This is a nice go to place, food was good, not outstanding but a little different from the average pub fare. Great beer selection and very good drinks selection. The service was friendly and prompt, ambience is great, nice location, nice interior. Good place to people watch. Overall I would go again.

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great, wonderful
By eatmeat of Sydney, Australia (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2007 - 3:03am [Dine in]

Well I lived to Canada in 2005 and when i was there i came across the Canoe. As I am underaged I was not allowed in the pub area but i managed to get into the restaurant. All I can say is great service, free refills, great fries and burgers. They brew their own rootbeer and i do not like rootbeer but i very much enjoyed this. The free refills weere great as well + there was a great view and I think it was around the corner from a sporting shop. I liked that! Overall I really loved it!

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Great Atmosphere
By TigerWhisperer of Victoria (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 1:40am [Dine in]

Canoe Brew Pub has great atmosphere. The food is quite good and nicely plated but over priced for what you get. Good quality food. It is a great place to meet for dinner and drinks or for a nice lunch although service can be slow.

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Great Place for drinks overlooking the water
By hankijune of Yaletown, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 1:34pm [Dine in]

Great brew-pub, craft brew beers on tap. Wouldn't pick it for formal dining, has the same kind of feel as yaletown brew pub in Vancouver. Great patio for the summer. Happy hour specials between 4-5 and 9-11 I think are great deals for cheap appies to go with your beers.

If you're in Victoria, definately check it out. Just remember to try and park down the hill away from the Streetlink shelter.

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Safe bet for dinner or drinks
By bocconcinilover of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

I've been frequenting Canoe for a few years now, and have never had a disappointing experience. Service is almost always fantastic, and the servers are quite knowledgeable about the menu, drinks, etc. They are very accommodating, and had no trouble moving our large group from outside to inside once it became chilly. The pub side can be a bit noisy, so I prefer the restaurant and loft area. Servers have no trouble packaging up dessert to enjoy at home. Tuesday's half-priced wine by the glass is a great feature, I'll definitely be back!

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Good beer but the food is a gamble
By jasked of Victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

Beer is good and consistent but not overly interesting. The food is very inconsistent and even when it's good it's not great. Prices on some items are overly high. Service is usually fine. On a nice summer day you can sit out on tables near the ocean and enjoy the nice atmosphere, but the indoor seating is average.

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Nice place, but needs work.
By Lasercat of Victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:08am [Dine in]

It seems as though this place has great potential. I suggest staff training.

I got the feeling our business wasn't overly cared about, slow to bring drinks, no personality, and wanted to rush us out (dropped off a bill with out asking if we wanted another drink). I think this place might be just after the tourist business so they dont feel the need to hire and train good wait staff. It is a nice looking place and has a great location, I will probably try it again in the winter when the tourist season is over to see if things change.

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Very disappointed and shocked!
By Honestreview of victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

It was very sad to experience such poor service and food. Although there were only 3 or 4 people at lunch in entire restaurant (which surprised us) the service was so slow (an hour to get our food). No apologies by waiter or manager. The new owner of this restaurant did not even care about our poor service. Even the coffe was horrible and when I said I could not drink it after just one sip, they still charges me for it. Poorly organized and managed. Not the reputation it had years ago.

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Chic Brew house.
By youngdiner of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

The Canoe club has some good quality locally crafted beers. Our party enjoyed the change of scenery from the regular dark and dingy pub and welcomed the open, lofty feeling of the Canoe club. The decor is chic but still feels west coast with lots of wood and accents from nature.

The food was good, but on the expensive side for a self proclaimed "pub." Not overpriced, but a bit expensive. It offered something different from your traditional pub cuisine, and offered a lot of West coast cuisine featuring seafood and a bit of asian fusion.

Service was good, and staff was friendly and knowledgable about Canoe's different beers. I would suggest any of the four signature beers: Siren's Song Ale, Red Canoe Lager, Beaver Brown Ale or River Rock Bitter. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials, and their upcoming new release: the Habit Espresso Stout.

A nice modern brew house atomsphere, with an open air theme. Good food, great local beer and friendly staff. Not to mention it's right on the water!

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