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Superior, The

106 Superior Street
Victoria, BC V8V1T1
Tel: (250) 380-9515
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Canadian, Contemporary
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Required
  • Service: Catering
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Features: Live entertainment
  • Hours: Mon - Wed: Closed, Thu - Fri: 5:30PM - 10PM, Sat - Sun: Closed
  • The Superior Supper Club brings together srt, music, libations and food. Featuring guest chef evenings and a reasonably priced prixfixe menu. Book The Superior for your private event.


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One of the more unique dining atmospheres in Victoria
By dux23 of Victoria, BC (41 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

What can I say? The entire dining area is a work of art, and their patio is a paradise. Tables have been modified so each one is like a unique artpiece... from taxidermed crows nesting to a fountain built in the centre of a table outside.

The Superior offers a menu that aspired to the 100-mile diet... locally sourced, preferably organic... we went for brunch and had the chicken sausage scramble and their sinatra flatbread (which the runner denigrated by calling it "pizza" when it was served). There's a lot of care put into these small plates.

A full review will follow the dinner experience there. I have a feeling this is a restaurant I'll be returning to regularly.

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This place is the Real Deal.
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Went here on Thursday night, group of 6 people and we all arrived at different times - no problem, on-timers were happily ensconced and late-comers were welcomed without comment. The piano player kept the room happy throughout a terrific dinner of small plates. Standouts: Mac and Cheese (!) but this was no Annie's or KD - crumbly baked topping and pulled pork mixed in - YOW! The fried chicken was crispy and juicy. Flatbread with figs and melted cheese. Solid house greens salad. Not so successful: the Jerk chicken wings were middling - didn't feel like the chicken had been marinating - more like slapped on and grilled. The music went up a notch at 9:00 - added drums, sax player and a singer. They played jazzy Christmas stuff and the room had a terrific energy. Will make this a go-to on trips to Victoria. cheers.

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Put this on your list if you go to Vic
By monja of South Granville, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

I don't think I've said 'mmmmm' so much during one meal. I'd seen recommendations online for the Superior, but when we got there for a late Sunday brunch it was almost empty. Could be because of street closures due to the Victoria marathon. The room I'd describe as 'bohemian', and they even had a live piano player instead of the usual recorded tunes.

Food was incredible. My gf had an 'Afrocano', which she loved, and I had a Bodum of coffee as well. The cinnamon french toast is made from baguette bread and was totally sinful - almost like a doughnut with a crispy outside. The 'Araucanas' had egg, chorizo, salsa and a sauce that was sublime. For dessert we had a ginger cake that was fresh baked that morning - just the right amount of sweetness. They seem to change the menu often, with the french toast being a new addition that week.

Even the wait staff seemed genuinely enthused about the food here. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Great Patio
By k-lo of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

This was our first visit to The Superior. We elected to sit on the patio, rather than wait for a table inside where there was live music playing. We were seated promptly on a serene patio surrounded by a well tended garden and blow up dolls strewn in the crook of a tree, which sounds rather strange, but somehow seemed natural? The tables were situated in such a way that they were private, yet still part of a communal dining experience, with several having heat lamps.

The menu is definitely small plates. First we shared the root chips, which are not to be confused with English Chips, these are definitely of the North American variety. The were thin, salty, and very crispy. Quite good, though the Aoli was nothing special, and pricey at $7. Next up was Mussels in a Beet reduction, with two slices of baugette. A tasty dish, but without the broth one normally expects with Mussels, and again, quite small portions for the $15 price tag. Also had was the Jerk Chicken with Yam Pakora. This dish consisted of two chicken skewers that were just right on flavour and crispiness, if a bit dry. Accompanying was a Yam and Scallion Pakora, which more resembled a Turnip cake than a pakora in shape, and was quite satisfying both in taste and quantity.

I would recommend "The Superior" for both its food and its ambiance, but I would not expect very much in the way of portions for the price paid. That said, it is a great location and space, and more hip than most of the lack-lustre Victoria locales...even if half the patrons were over 40.

Suggestion: Check this place out...but not on an empty stomach

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yummy brunch
By vsal6767 of saanich (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Brunch was really good

service was really slow.

Coffee was excellent though, which is hard to find.

Had the scramble and benny. both were good.
Maybe a little to much goat chesse in the scramble.

cool little location right by the ocean
looks like they have live jazz at nights

They also had a really nice patio, which was closed though

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Great way to spend 3 hours!
By foxyninja of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

Not only did we have drinks immediately, the staff was attentive the whole night. Our server and others cleared away dishes and ensured our water glasses were full. We enjoyed bantering with our waitress. We thoroughly enjoyed the menu, sharing small plates. Wonderful local cuisine, wines and talent. We tried to go back the next night with no luck as there would have been an hour wait. Be sure to make reservations people as this is a small local restaurant with amazingly original ambiance, a great owner and an antique store next door with some original antiques! I wish we had a restaurant like this in Vancouver.

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Over priced menu
By fresh taste of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I have read all the great reviews on this place and I am just so confused as to why I didn't get the same vibe and love of food they did. Maybe because we were not there when the music was playing or it was to bright that we saw the old worn out look which felt dirty, but what i can not understand is how anyone can feel good about paying so much for next to nothing. Especially when other restuarnts in the area serve local cusine at a price where you actually feel full after dinner. I am not taking about massive heaps of food for a steal of a deal, but you can hardly call it a menu to share when you get a plate with so little on it. I felt ripped off and insulted by having to pay the bill. It was the first time I wanted to walk out on a place and had to swallow my $120 tab. The sevice was good but they should really warn you how small the meals are and not mislead people by saying there sharing dishes there nothing but a taster. But by reading the reviews poeple obviously found something I could not but saldy i will not be eating there again nor recommending it.

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You Can Count On This One
By campbecw of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 12:43am [Dine in]

When I heard that a favorite local artist of mine was going to be playing at the Superior I thought, "Sure, I'll round up some buddies and we'll have a quite evening listening to some music and sipping drinks." No intentions to eat anything.
Upon arrival that idea was confirmed as the food seemed a bit pricey from a university student's point of view. However, that notion didn't last long as we saw the food being pumped out to surrounding tables, and as we realized that in reality, all the dishes were meant to be shared amoung the table. Then, the price didn't seem so bad, and we ordered.
I had heard that the flatbread was good, that was verified. It was outstanding!
I had heard that the root chips were good, which I initially though would be a waste of money. Fancy chips? I'll stick will Old Dutch. WRONG. They're chips were something extraordinary.
Watching the bar tender fill up drinks was like watching a guy take care of his baby. Delicate. Personal.
The ambiance was quirky, with an upside down chair hanging on the wall that you could contimplate. The tables were neatly decorated and the lighting was dim, but not dark. Perfect for a relaxed, vodka sipping time to some cool tunes.
I had heard that one needed a reservation, and didn't think much of it. I really do recommend going that. You could end up waiting for quite some time. We did.
I don't recommend their local beers. Unless you're a die hard beer drinker, it'll be not tha much better for a great deal more.
It was interesting to see the owner flitting around...
Finally, the best thing about this place was that everyone was there. By that, I mean you had old, young, hip, groove, dying, feeble, athletic, punky and homely all mixed together. No one should feel that going to this place would mean you have to fit in. The upside down chair says it all. Nothing fits, but everything is right.
Having gone there, I know now that if I ever need something to do in the evening, I can always count on the Superior to provide good food, good drinks, and a good local.

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A Restaurant with Potential...
By Paloma of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I've dined at The Superior at least four times now, not because I'm particularly drawn to this restaurant on account of its food or ambiance, but because I like to support the highly talented artists that sometimes perform there. In fact, if it wasn't for such artists, I would have stopped dining there long ago. From lost reservations to waiting over an hour for someone to take our drink orders, each time I've found the service to be terribly poor. I appreciate The Superior's artistic vision, and the fact that they support local food-producers, but honestly, I leave disappointed every single time. It's really quite a shame, because I think this restaurant does indeed have potential, but without some improvement in the quality of the front staff, they are bound to lose clientèle.

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