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3.5
  • Food3.5
  • Service3.5
  • Value2.5
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  • Reviews8

Demitasse Cafe

1320 Blanshard Ave.
Victoria, BC V8W2J1
Tel: (250) 386-4442
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Demitasse Cafe is a warm, inviting cafe that serves tasty, fresh fare for breakfast and lunch. Favorites include their paninis, frittatas and daily soups.

Reviews

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New owners make all the difference
By SSFoodie of S. Surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 10:51am [Dine in]

About a year ago Demitasse was sold to new owners and what a difference these owners have made. This is an eclectic little cafe in an old historic building. We were there twice this past summer July and August 2007 and had breakfast both times. The food was delicious and served piping hot by friendly eclectic young people. We would definitely go back. The only reason I did not rate the food as a 4 is because I have not tried anything but breakfast (which was delicious).

bye for now

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Great coffee and OK food
By onkea of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 29, 2006 - 1:16am [Dine in]

Haven't eaten at Demitasse for awhile. The last time I did my chicken breast was raw and still pink! I had eaten there many times before this incident however, and always loved the food there. They gave me the meal for free and apologized for the problem. I would still recommend Demitasse as a place to eat, as this type of thing can happen anywhere. Would like to hear from others if this place is good or bad currently.

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Excellent restaurant
By critic-1 of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 8:06am [Dine in]

We had breakfast here and the food and service was great. I had the French toast. Don't know what they put in it, but it was tasty and they provided me with a large portion. My friend had the Mexican breakfast, really enjoyed it and could barely finish it, as once again, the portion was hugh. Our waitress (didn't catch her name) was helpful, and provided us with all the coffee we needed in our refillable coffee cup. The restaurant has new owners and they plan on adding new items and will be opening for evening meals soon. We're looking forward their evening meal and will definitely return for another yummy breakfast.

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New Owners, New Bad Service
By Adrian_in_Victoria of Victoria and Area (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I've been eating here for the past few years, about one Sunday a month at least. The food's been awesome and remains solid, and until recently (April 2010) the service and staff were fantastic. Oftentimes, there'd be line-ups out the door, but once you were seated the servers were quick, efficient, friendly and very attentive.

But not lately. According to an employee, the place is under new ownership/management, and I'm convinced that these new owners don't know cr*p about running a restaurant. Their biggest mistake was letting most of the existing employees go. Gone is the friendly Scottish girl. Gone is the sarcastic joking guy. Gone are the cute greeter girls. Our server was assigned to one half of the entire restaurant (completely understaffed), and he obviously was NOT HAPPY to be working there. Took him 20 minutes to get me a coffee. My party of 3 waited close to 30 minutes to get breakfast. Fortunately, as I've mentioned, the food is still really good. Thankfully. Unfortunately, the new owners have also cut the menu in half, and the selection, while good, is nowhere near what it should've been. My mug of coffee had a crack in it and was leaking coffee everywhere, and when I told the server it ought to be thrown out, he just puts it on another table! Yup, the next customer sitting down will now have to deal with a leaking coffee mug. The new manager or whomever she was, was behind the cash register and the staff were basically bitching aloud to her, right in front of everyone of us behind the till. Oh, under the previous owners, you'd get frequent coffee refills. Not this time.

All in all, was it worth the $15 for breakfast? Yes, because the food was excellent and it's still a nice, comfortable place to eat breakfast (although they have the tables laid out in such a way that many of the seats are really crammed in there). But even with a cheap breakfast, with everything else lacking it rates as "1 - Poor" in my book. And will I go again? No. There's plenty of other places that will now have to serve as my choice of Sunday morning brunch. Places with far, far better service and places where the owners aren't running the business into the ground and scaring the regulars away with cuts to staff and cuts to the menu.

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Oh how I love those eggies!
By NikkiJ73 of Victoria (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I've had varying experiences at Demitasse whenever I've strayed from the couple of things that are tried and true. Once there was a very long hair in my bowl of soup which not only put me off the restaurant, but soup as a food group for some time. Then it changed hands and was no longer Demitasse, but now it's back. There are a couple of dishes that are truly yummy there and those are the steam scrambled eggs. They actually steam them with an espresso machine steamer, so the eggs end up cooked all the way through, but are fluffy and moist (without that nasty snotty white stuff in it). These with cheese and their house made salsa is great, but what's even better than the plain eggs, are when you add these to a croissant. I'm not a morning person and these make me happy to think about breakfast! The coffee is good and always fresh and the lemon squares and brownies (which taste suspiciously a lot like Cascade Bakery's) are fabulous!

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Awesome breakfast!
By GoodFood2 of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 19, 2007 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

Been here a few times over the past couple months. It has it quirks, but the charm of the place brings me back. I usually try to go when it’s a little quieter (not lunch time). Great place to sit chat, I don’t think I have ever seen the bottom of my coffee mug. It truly is a bottomless cup of coffee. The service is wonderful :) and very friendly. Try the Early Bird on the croissant.

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Great eggs and coffee
By Diner_Victoria of victoria (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 7, 2007 - 2:08am [Dine in]

If you have a hankering for an omelette - this is the place! You can pick your own ingredients or choose from the menu. The ingredients are always fresh.

The scrambled eggs are just perfect - they're steamed. (note that they go a bit 'gray' if you don't eat them right away - nothing wrong with them, just due to the way they're cooked).

Soups are very good. Never had one I didn't like.

The salad with the side of veggie burger is fantastic. (now I'm hungry!)

I used to work nearby and have had most items on the menu. Never had a meal I didn't like.

Baked goods are also first class.

Potatos are much better, they've changed them recently.

Friendly and cheerful staff - they seem to be able to retain good people!

A little pricey, but worth it - you know you're getting good quality food.

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Great Experience
By AHitch of Victoria, Edmonton (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

As soon as you walk in you feel at home. Great for breakfast and quality coffee, good enough to drink black. Salmon for breakfast is always a good idea here. These guys definitely know what they're doing.

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