The Old Spaghetti Factory serves up made-from-scratch pastas and a large selection of steak, chicken, veal and seafood in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
Ate here last night or should I say late afternoon. My first thought entering the restaurant was, 'should be no problem getting a table for myself and my two dining partners, who the heck eats dinner at 4:30pm?". Seems half the city eats early , the place was packed with plenty of people already waiting on the wooden benches. Go figure. My dining partners hadn't arrived yet so I requested a table for three then grabbed a beer at the bar. It wasn't long before a table was ready for me. Shortly after sitting down our server arrived with some of that OSF bread, quite nice. My friends arrived and we quickly ordered our meals. OSF is not a fine dining establishment but a family place sort of the McDonalds of Spaghetti. The next table over there was a seven year olds birthday party taking place, what seemed like 60 girl guides at another part of the restaurant. You get the picture.
You wouldn't bring a special date or celebrate some sort of milestone at the OSF. You hunker down at your table and get ready for a carbo-rific time. I ordered the minestrone soup and was very pleasantly surprised with the flavour. Not tasteless but very hearty and flavourful. For my main course I ordered the meat lasagna and again it was very good. I was sort of expecting a somewhat tasteless, ho hum, lasagna dish something to fill me up but this was very good also very hot. We all wound up our meals with that signature OSF spumoni ice cream plus coffee. If you are pinching the pennies but still want to get away from your own kitchen from time to time you can't go wrong with the OSF.
You talk about dirt cheap. Non stop bread, soup, lasagna, ice cream and coffee plus a half litre of house red for under $25.00 bucks, bargoon.
I will always have good memories of this location. We dined here on a road trip with some friends and chose to eat here for cost factors (the other couple were living on a university student budget). Our server was so amazing for such a restaurant,.. I mean this girl would have made a killng in tips at a high end restaurant, she was that good! We were seated right away, she was at our table within minutes of us being seated. This was a crazy Saturday mid-day too! Our drinks arrived within 5 minutes of being ordered and our starter soups 5 minutes after that. As soon as they were done, she was right there with more beverages and to clear the soup bowls away. Lunches arrived a few minutes later with a smile and yet no interuptions to our conversations. Halfway though lunch, there she was with more beverages for us. Dishes cleared right away when all 4 of us were done (pet peeve when plates are removed one by one as they're done. it makes the fast eaters feel greedy and the slow eaters self conscious). Ice cream in front of each of us within 5 minutes of the lunch dishes being removed. Not once did we have to ask for beverages. Now, admittedly it's easier for servers to be on top of this with pop rather than alcohol but this young lady was just on top of her service. I think it may very well be the only time we've left a 50% tip for anyone anywhere. She was that good. Wow! I will always remember her fantastic service!
Good food for good prices. I had an appetizer as an entree because I wasn't that hungry and that turned out to be a good idea considering a 7 dollar appetizer was a meal unto iteself and with the bread that comes complimentary to the meal, I was stuffed. The Drink and food came ontime and the ice cream afterwards was good, though I had room only for a taste. The Service was fast and there were smiles each time. I'll go again and I would recommend it to anyone, so long as they dont mind kids and a little noise...
We find ourselves going to Spaghetti Factory fairly often because it really is a great deal. They bring you yummy warm bread as soon as you sit down. Service is fairly quick and friendly. Pastas not great but not bad either. Salad's decent, clam chowder is relly quite good, but the best part is the spumoni ice cream for dessert!! And you get all this, plus tea or coffee for a really decent price!! Great place to go when you are hungry because they bring the bread right away, they keep it coming if you want more, and you get a decent amount in your salad or soup, pasta and ice cream.
I went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Toronto maybe 25-30 years ago as a child and, while the restaurant interior was neat, I remember not liking my spaghetti. That's probably because my mother made the best spaghetti sauce in the world. My husband makes a good one as well, so I would never order spaghetti in a restaurant.
I went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Victoria last Wednesday and sat on the patio. It was noisy from the traffic, but the interior is noisy, too. It was a lovely sunny day.
I ordered the all-inclusive dinner of chilean langostino penne. I expected to see little lobster tails but what I got was chopped up lobster - but no matter. The dish was really good. The portion size was just right for me, though some people may think it a bit small - but remember, you get bread, soup or salad and dessert as well, so you don't need a huge portion.
I'm not a soup person, but I tried their minestrone and I thought it was really good. The bread and garlic butter were good as well, although the bread seems to dry out quickly. I love ice cream although I'm not really into spumoni, but it was very good as well.
I would definitely go back. Next time I'll have one of my favourite comfort foods - seafood linguine alfredo - with a salad (I'll pay the extra for a Caesar).
I wasn't expecting much from this restaurant but I have to say I was pretty impressed.
In Victoria for a weekend getaway, and this place is a predictable, value-added place to eat for all family members. Portions reasonable, quality acceptable and it does not break the bank. Generous servings of fresh bread and buters, pastas offer a wide array and the sauces maintain their individuality, and - of course - who can turn down the spumoni? I like the fact that it is predictable, consistent and everyone can find something they like. We have hit a few OSFs in other cities, and have not been disappointed.
I really enjoy alot of flavor in my food, and this place has no flavor. I went a couple of years ago, a couple of times for family events and from that experience I would never recommend this place to anyone.
I did not like this place at all. There was no flavor in any of the three pasta dishes I tried. It reminded me of pasta dishes you would find at a bad buffet style restaurant. It is very chef boyardee type food not fresh and a conveyor belt feel, but then again the whole meal was about $11. with pasta, salad, bread, coffee, and icecream, so you can't expect culinary delights. The service was medioker we were not really checked on after the food arrived.
Being recommended to us (2 adults, 1 child) as a family-friendly restaurant we were looking forward to a dining experience a notch up from the usual family diner suspects...
Unfortunately, neither the lovely interior of this historic building nor the generally appealing menu couldn't cover up the fact that there was a factory-like quality to the food and to the way the tables were processed.
All dinner menus come with bread and garlic/plain butter, soup or salad for a starter and ice cream for desert (as well as pop or milk with kids' dinner options). The kids menu choices were good and really fairly-priced, though I should add the following:
The minestrone soup was quite heavy on cracked pepper and way too spicy for a three year old's palate, the spaghetti with tomato sauce were lukewarm (not necessarily a bad thing, as everyone will concur who has ever had to deal with the hungry-child-meltdown syndrome), but came in a wide-rimmed pasta plate that was so hot you couldn't touch it with bare hands.
My linguini with Thai red curry sauce and jumbo shrimp were lukewarm and quite mediocre, bland and a disappointment really. My husband had baby ribs that were lukewarm, too, with fries (which were great).
Our waitress was friendly, but very busy, once the restaurant filled up (which happened really quickly on a weekday night at around 6:30 pm). She never told us about the free pop/milk for the little one, and by the time we found out had already ordered an Italian soda at full price.
As for family dining, I had much better food and fun times at 'hole in the wall' sushi places and lively Chinese eateries than at the Old Spaghetti Factory which is kind of sad, as a good Italian family restaurant would fill the gap between the big American-diner chains and the numerous places with take-out character.
A few friends and I went there for dinner the other day, to my surprise we were able to get a seat ~6:30PM!
The service was great, they even served warm bread with garlic butter shortly after we sat down. We loved their soups, their spicy popcorn shrimp was very tasty and their steak was well cooked; however, the pasta had little flavor which was rather disappointing considering this is the spaghetti factory. Anyway, great value for their food, and good ice cream at the end.