Sauce Restaurant & Lounge offers fresh, innovative cuisine, a casual inviting atmosphere, an inventive drink menu, and a heated patio. The West Coast menu features a blend of steak, seafood, pastas and more. We've changed a bunch over the years and would love to show you what we've been up to.
Went to Sauce this past Sunday for a staff function, my boss was paying a real bonus.
There was eight of us, I ordered the coconut prawns to start.
The prawns were rather tasty and came with a nice curry sauce that really kicked them up a notch.
For my main course I ordered the Lamb Sirloin. The dish arrived with some rice pilaf and various veggies like roasted red pepper.
I asked for medium rare but for the most part the lamb was on the rare side and quite tasteless. The veggies were crisp and nice the rice was , well rice.
For dessert I ordered the hot fudge brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce it was very very good.
Although our server was friendly enough I had to look over my shoulder more than once to give one of those 'where the heck did she go' looks.
Overall not that memorable a meal but not bad either just very average. I will try it again in the future nothing was so bad that I won't come back.
First off, don't get me wrong, I am not a racist but sometimes I do find that western restaurants seem to be on a completely different rating system compared to other cuisines - especially when it comes to north American or eclectic and new age cuisines.
The food my friends and I ordered tonight were nothing to rave about - except for the (not sure if I remembered the name right) beef short ribs with strawberry sauce?
The foods we had were caramel salmon, the beef short ribs and 2 16 oz steaks. To end it, we ordered 2 chocolate pates and 1 mellow monk cheese cake.
We'll start with food and the one word that pretty much sums all of our orders is, PLAIN. Sure the way the menu described each dish seemed like a michelin star, award winning cook book description but when the actual dishes arrived, I could make all of it myself in an instant! Flavor-wise, nothing to rave about either, except the short ribs, because i'm sure all these contemporary young chefs would say in defense of their in-experienced, bland cooking methods is, "oh simplicity and freshness is the new lesson around the block!" BS. If you're going to charge me $23 for a pathetically small-sized piece of salmon, 2 small slices of grilled bell pepper and cheap brown rice that tastes like airplane food than please don't open a restaurant. To top it off, the taste was mediocre and nothing mysterious - felt almost borderline of amateurish.
Again, the steaks were nothing to rave about either, bland and boring, accompanied with rice and bell peppers and coming at a whopping $55. Now I truly understand Gordon Ramsay's profit of (x 4-5 the original costs) and I'd truly agree with those remarks if i actually had excellent food.
The desserts tonight also were nothing to rave about, Chocolate pates with whipped cream tasted like just concentrated blocks of chocolate with more fat than the usual. The mellow monk cheese cake, however, was not bad but I couldn't really call it a cheesecake as the weight of the cake had me thinking i was eating some kind of a souffle - rather than your usual rich cheese cakeyness.
Service was slow, took nearly 15-20 minutes for us to get our drinks and another 10 minutes before our server came to take our orders. If I had not told them that we were in a hurry, I could not have imagined just how long our main entrees might have taken.
Servers are beautiful and very polite. Overall restaurant seating design seems to be very tight and hard to maneuver around - could not even get out of the place if I did not ask people to move while they were eating.
Total of our bill came to about $130 + 15 tips and etc and I don't think I got my values worth. Take off another $40 and the restaurant would be more fair in its level and pricing.
I have watched Sauce evolve over the years and having much experience in the service industry, one thing that is for sure, Sauce keeps getting better!
I personally am very critical of every food establishment that I enter. I have high expectations when it comes to food and service. Really great service is harder to come by these days as well as great food. These two elements have greatly evolved at Sauce.
It's interesting to read some comments and some things can be said for any establishment on a busy Friday or Saturday night. Things will always take longer. If you don't know this by now, then you don't know restaurants.
One thing for certain that the quality of food that comes from Sauce's kitchen is far better than many other places in Victoria. I have dined in many different places throughout the city and would gladly choose Sauce over most places. I know what I'm going to get, I know the cost and I enjoy the atmosphere and the friendly staff.
I also know that the management team of Sauce takes this business seriously and would always take the time to listen to anything you had to say, whether was negative or positive.
I will always recommend Sauce to anyone with confidence knowing the quality of product they consistently deliver.
Sauce is one of those great finds that the tourist almost never manage to find. The food is generally very good and has some imagination. The restaurant itself is very trendy looking which might put off some people who're more than 25 but it shouldn't. Go for the food and have fun. Or, go to the bar and have drinks and an appy. The staff is generally friendly and there to help. This is one of those places where the dinner crowd tends to show up late (in my experience).
I have enjoyed many afternoons, and even more evenings at Sauce. For the most part the service is great. Beauitful friendly girls are always a pleasure to deal with. But some evenings it get's pretty busy in there, and the service slacks. So if your looking for a romantic quiet dinner I would avoid the party times. On the food end of things I cannot stop ordering the Thai Short Ribs. The Hoisin BBQ sauce and sweet potato frites with jicama slaw are ridiculously good. I don't think I can count the amount of times I have brought someone to try this plate. I think Sauce is a great place to have a few drinks and a great meal, especially if you want to get into a party mood. Hopefully you have a good experience because they're not perfect, but if you don't I would give them another chance. Enjoy
I was disappointed with our dinner at Sauce. Having reviewed the earlier comments, I had high expectations for a great dinner. The service and ambiance was good, but if food is your priority (as it is for us), then this is not the place. The food was nothing bad, but it was just nothing fantastic to write home about.
The service on the other hand was good. I had informed them that it was my husband's birthday, and they offered any dessert he wanted on the house. I thought that was A+ for service. They also went out of their way to accommodate our baby in a stroller.
I went here with my boyfriend last week. The restaurant is similar in feel to Cactus Club, only slightly less overtly trendy. The service was good and friendly. The food was solid. I had the mango chicken with rice, and he had a roast chicken. This place has big plates, which make it look like there's tons of food. It was tasty, but nothing spectacular. Our drinks were quite yummy, I had a sour apple martini and their drink menu looked extensive. The best thing about this place was the dessert: a whipped mouse cheescake served in a champagne glass. The cheesecake was smooth and light while still maintaining that rich cream cheese taste. Yum. I would come back here for dessert, but perhaps not dinner.
Oh my where to start... the service was surprisingly not great. The waitresses were definitely not the smartest bunch (for example they cannot count.. nor add.. on many many counts) and a couple were not friendly and scowled when she took our order.
The food itself, while still edible, was nothing great at all. The steak my friend and I ordered was overcooked even though we asked for rare, the salad was not very flavourful, and the dessert was satisfactory. Their Sangria was good though. OH the worst part was when both of us visited the restroom with the steak and scallop plate half full. When we came back, to our surprise, the waitress had taken the plate away and threw it out -- she did not pack it up at all! There was at least $10 worth of food (out of the $24) left on that plate!!
Please don't waste your time or money. Go to Ferris instead.
I have been going to Sauce for over 3 years now. I am a professional in town and take my clients for business meetings frequently.
Sauce has a rare combination of excellent food, friendly service AND exceptional value. They have kept there pricing very fair and provide good value. The Thai Beef Short Ribs might be the best meal I have ever had. Also the wine list is excellent value.
Added bonus... they are a great place to go for drinks and appies with friends, as they keep there kitchen open until 1am and have local DJ's.
I'd been to Sauce before and found it an average restaurant, nothing special. I went again one more time with my friends and waited nearly 45 minutes before we were asked for our orders (we had been ready since about 10 minutes after we sat down). We wondered why it was taking so long to get our food since it wasn't busy at all in the restaurant. I looked around and noticed a large party near the bar, and every waitress in the restaurant was gathered around them. They were quite loud, quite obviously very drunk and talking about absolutely disgusting things. I asked our waitress finally when I got her attention if she could ask them to be quiet as I was loosing my appetite having to listen to their vulger conversation and she told us that she couldn't do that as it was the owner who we were complaining about. I was shocked...after she left I asked my friends if we could leave not only did I now feel sick, but I felt uncomfortable because we were now receiving glares from the table (our waitress immediatly went over to the table and told the owner that we were upset - with a giggle). When the waitress came back about 5 minutes later (an hour and a half after we had ordered our food) she had our meals with her. We decided just to eat our food, as we were now starving, and we would have to wait again if we went elsewhere. We tasted the food and it was stone cold and gross. I got up went over to the table where the owner was sitting and told our waitress that we were leaving, we'd had enough and we wouldn't be paying the bill. She quickly tried to protest but we walked out. Never have I been so upset while out for dinner. I'm normally the type to stick it out but never come back if the service is bad. I will NEVER go back to Sauce again. I know that this will most likely not happen again while I'm there but it's definatly the principal. I'm still shocked that this happened.
Sauce has earned "Top Spot" on my list of favourite Victoria restaurants and lounges. Why? Well perhaps most importantly, the food is great, with a menu combining a variety of of old favourites and new, interesting northwest inspired dishes - all at reasonable prices. Being part lounge, just about every possible libation is offered. One thing I especially like is that a selection of wines are offered at a fixed amount above cost, so it's possible to splurge on an excellent bottle of wine without being gouged.
Service? Well, the staff seem genuinely happy to be there, and this shows in the service which has never dissapointed.
Atmosphere is casual, but nice casual, with both indoor seating and a outdoor patio. During the day and early evening, Sauce is all restaurant, but after 9 or 10 at night, the lights drop a little lower and especially on Friday and Saturday nights, Sauce transforms into a popular lounge with a nice late night menu to match, and lots of "beautiful people" coming and going.
Somehow the folks at Sauce have managed to come up with that unique combination of things that make it my top spot in Victoria. Give it a try - it just might become your favourite too.
HUGE thanks to Steve and all the team at Sauce for making Dec. 1st one of the BEST days of our lives! After our engagement, we wanted to celebrate at Sauce and they went an extra 100 miles for us by setting up a beautiful table and even playing our favourite song! Much more than a simple reservation offer from other restaurants, Steve and the crew were so warm and excited for us and wanted to share in our big day. A HUGE THANK YOU and an even bigger RECOMMENDATION to everyone out there looking for more than a restaurant but a real community experience! WE will never forget that evening!
I came here with my boyfriend when he visited the island. It wasn't that busy since it was a Thursday night but it made the experience better because the seats are pretty close to each other.
Anyways, the restaurant had a fall special going on. 2 salads, one appetizer to share, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for only $60! The server was really nice and always checked in on us. The food was amazing. My boyfriend got the steak and I got the chicken and prawns. They serve it with mashed potatoes and cutlets of sweet potato. It was delicious and cooked perfectly. It was a cute place with a great ambiance perfect for a date.
We had a great time!! I would say if they had a live band going on that would make it a 5/5 rating :)
VALUE: Went for dinner on a saturday night with friends during the "Dine Around Victoria" event. Both menu offerings (a $20 & $30) were pretty good - there were steak choices on both (a priority for us), and for our friends, there were multiple seafood choices, and a chicken option as well.
FOOD: Food was solid. Nothing exceptional. The steaks were done to order, and we had no complaints about the food. serving sizes were adequate.
SERVICE: Hostess and Waitress were nice. Not stupid, thank God. the waitress was good about asking us when we wanted the next course. but, we asked at least three times for more water, and the waitress never brought us more.
AMBIANCE: Dining room was very crowded. To get to the washroom, you had to shimmy through tables, and brush up against the backs of people's chairs. The atmosphere was very loud. at about 9:30 they cranked the night club atmosphere, so we left.
Suggestions: Naan bread appy, and the cheesecake for dessert!
Face it... it is difficult to get a bad meal in Victoria BC. That said, there are places that just seem to go out of their way to give you $10 worth of enjoyment for every $1 you spend.
Dan and his crew have done a incredible job when we hosted a party for 150 of our closest friends as he did on a rainy Tuesday in November when my wife and I decided upon dinner in front of the fire place.
The food is outstanding. The service is top notch. Looking forward to our Alaskan Cruise in June so we can take a bunch of friends from the ship over to Sauce.