The Gatsby Mansion Inn & Restaurant is an elegant way to experience Victoria. Serving up a unique brand of West Coast fusion with an international twist.
Let me state my bias from the outset - I had a coupon.
I went with for lunch with an acquaintance who had never been here. The location right by the Belleville ferry terminal blocks the view of the harbour a bit - but it means there is lots to look at as people come and go. The tables were set with crisp white linen and it rather feels like dining in someone's old house. Charmingly eccentric.
There was nothing eccentric about the food as it was well cooked, delicious and more than ample quantity. Lunch is always cheaper than dinner so I cannot comment on how the dinner value compares but I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this place for lunch and do recommend it. Even without a coupon!
Service was great with just the right level of intrusiveness. In December the restaurant was not overly busy - but with all the rooms it seems quieter and cozier than it would if it were one big room.
Wanting to try afternoon tea somewhere in Victoria, our hotel was next door to the Gatsby - the house is absolutely gorgeous and is also a bed and breakfast. We were allowed to wander around and check out the rooms and soak up the ambiance. But on to the food - the first course was a fruit plate; pineapples, watermelons, grapes and sweet strawberries, all ripe and perfectly in season. The next course was three scones (cheese, walnut/herb and a lemon zest-mint) fresh berry jam, whipped butter and cream cheese. The scones and Jam was absolutely delicious but I could not believe the size of the scones = slightly larger than a loonie.. I think 1/2 a dozen would have been a better number. The third course was the sandwich course = 1 smoked salmon pinwheel (again the size and thickness of a loonie) 1 smoked turkey, 1 cucumber and cream cheese and 1 tomato and parsley? sandwich - all of which were about the size of 1/2 a slice of processed cheese. Again, beautifully prepared, but I think a "whole" sandwich would have made it more of a value. The last course was the dessert course - a shot glass of chocolate mousse, a mini chocolate covered cheese cake square, a piece of carrot cake (which looked a little out of place among the elegant desserts) and a melted triangle of nanaimo bar. The service was warm and friendly, the location/setting was wonderful but the value rating would have been poor but was increased to decent as we had a 2 for 1 coupon for afternoon tea.. if we had to pay the full price of $25 a person for what we had, we would have been shocked. But we'd defintely would go back if we had another coupon :)
Lovely Victorian mansion now has new menu, new management and worth a revisit by locals, and worth a try by visitors. Small menu, good food, and good prices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea for the Inner Harbour area. Service was excellent during 2 visits in May 2014. Menu items were good sized, well presented, tasty and the wine, beer and cocktails were well priced and well paired with the menu items.
The Mansion has small dining rooms and nooks with white tableclothed tables, a veranda for outside dining on warm summer days, views of the inner harbour and the Mansion's rose gardens. The decor has a period look which is quite attractive for history buffs, and folks looking for an afternoon tea or meal in an authentic historical landmark building.
Our out of town visitors loved their dining experience at the Mansion.
We visited on 16 February 2007. We waited 15 minutes for the wine, and 5minutes more for the breadbasket. THe entrees took an hour to arrive. When they finally arrived, the sablefish was half-cooked. When it was returned, it was overcooked and the veggies were soggy. However, the ambiance is very good indeed.
The waiters were very polite and competent but obviously being run off their feet. Perhaps the cooks were too. Gatsby's was good two years ago, but not any more. Places like this put Victoria's tourist industry at risk.
Went to the Gatsby mansion in Feb 2006. It had come recommended by friends. What a let down! The server recommended the salmon - when it arrived, it tasted like it had been sitting in fish juices for weeks. Also, all 5 of our plates of food were stone cold. The potatoes were uncooked. The service was incredibly slow even though there weren't that many patrons. The only redeeming factor was the view out the window. But it couldn't make up for terrible food and terrible service.