The Tapa Bar offers a fun, lively eclectic atmosphere thats compliments the latin-inspired tapas menu.
WE thought this would be fun place to eat on a busy Friday night. After a gaffe with our seating we ended up at a good table and were ready to put the initial mix up behind us. The hostess was apologetic and made sure our first round of drinks was on the house. Nice gesture...
So we ordered 4 plates - Halibut Tostadas, Chile Con Queso Fondue, Madagascar Steak and the Baked Fanny Bay Oysters. So we get the first 2 dishes right away and both were disappointing... Then while others that arrived after us have all their dishes we had to wait for the Steak and Baked Oysters. The worst part was the food is awful and we could see that other patorns had similar issues at the front door with the searing and many left in disgust.
My girlfriend went to the washroom and it was a poorly cleaned up after someone had an "accident" in one of the stalls to top it all off.
We eat out a lot and are both pretty easy going but, suffice it to say, we will not be back and I would advise others there are much better places in Victoria... Hell, Subway food would beat this
I've been to the Tapa Bar a few times and some items I have had have really been outstanding and delicious, however other items have been rather disappointing. Portions are quite small as they are meant for sharing, but for the cost, you'd think you'd get a little more from some of the dishes. Service is generally fairly good but a little slow. Definatly worth trying if you've never been before as it is unique and most of it's tasty.
The Tapa Bar used to be one of my favourite restaurants in Victoria. Unfortuneately not anymore. The last two times I've been there have been very dissappointing. Tasty dishes that were full of flavour are no longer. The menu has stayed the same for way too long and the value isn't really there. The wait staff is decent and somewhat attentive. Overall, I don't think I'd go back to the Tapa Bar. Time for a new menu, an upgrade in food quality and a return to value.
Okay, so I like the atmosphere a lot and I've given this place many chances... but every single time the food is HORRIBLE!
The only item I've ever liked was the pizza...which lets be honest, you'd have to be ridiculously incompetent to mess that one up.
I hate to tear them down so hard, but wake up....you've got a killer location and a great room, its such a shame that the food is so disapointing.
Then again I guess what do they care, they're always busy so if they can get away with serving garbage and still make money there is no incentive for them to change anything.
I've learned my lesson, I just keep on walking and head somewhere I know the meal will be good ie: Camille's, Chez Michel (okay drive to that one), Matisse, Temple, the Mint...wow there are so many, why does anyone ever go here.
And if you do go to the Tapa bar and you're reading this..I highly encourage you to visit one of the others I mention...your taste buds will thank you!
Last night I went to the Tapas Bar for the first time and found it a nice change the Mint, from my regular place to hang. On a Sunday the two of us got seated right away.
We had a pitcher of sangria on special for $13, the cheese fondue, calamari and chili rellenos. The bill came to $50 including tip. Our server was polite and efficient, and I enjoyed the dim atmosphere and music. It was such a great, relaxing way to enjoy a Sunday night.
I have been to tapa bar many times, and still think its a great place to go for a drink and a few snacks. its busy even during the week which is nice for a lively atmosphere, and the drink menu has lots of variety. Mojitos and sagria are delicious. Although I always go back, I have never found the food here to be amazing. There a few great staples, like the bacon-wrapped dates, but a lot of things I have tried are nothing to rave about.
Walked in off the street for a romantic, kid-free dinner. It was Wine Wednesday, so we had a bottle of Spanish Garnacha for $10 off. The service was prompt and professional.
The tapas themselves overall were fantastic. I highly recommend the almond stuffed, bacon wrapped dates with bleu cheese and balsamic reduction; the worst part about them was giving an odd number of them to an even-numbered table of people! The artichokes with lemon and cumin were light and refreshing. The chorizo queso fundido was decent, but would have been better if it had been served with something more sophisticated than (I'm guessing) bagged chips from Que Pasa.
All in all, an excellent light dinner well worth the $50 (before tip).
I'm from Victoria and love coming to this place with my husband or a group of girlfriends. The service is always excellent. A tip - - it's always busy so make a reservation and then you don't have to wait in line. This is a laid back tapa style bar so the best idea is to order a few plates from the menu and share. I had the sharing platter for two (between 4 girlfriends) and we all loved it. The Sangria is great as well. I highly recommend this place.
This place excels at ambiance; the restaurant is cozy and bustling, and attractive with its open kitchen, bright artwork, and outside seating looking into Trounce Alley. The menu has good variety, and the food is tasty, but nothing spectacular. As well, the portion to price ratio is a tad high on the price side and to me didn't seem worth it. Their martinis are very good and I'd recommend the portobello mushrooms in a mango vinaigrette - the mushrooms had a nice crisp edge to them with just the right amount of tang from the mangos. However, expect a very leisurely dinner here as the restaurant always seem to be under-staffed. However, the servers themselves are polite and friendly so you can't feel too annoyed. It's a great concept for a restaurant, but the prices make it a little too pretentious for my tastes.
The Tapa Bar is a comfortable eatery on picturesque Trounce Alley in downtown Victoria. We were there on Sangria Sunday where pitchers go for $11. Great price, but the sangria was watery and tasteless. The tapa selection was nothing remarkable, although the almond stuffed dates wrapped in bacon & sprinkled with blue cheese were delicious! The room has high ceilings but the lighting too diffused as the spots were not hung low enough. Interesting artwork adorned the walls and the background music wasn't obtrusive. What made the evening was the prompt, professional and friendly service. If you are visiting Victoria, I recommend this spot for the location & the service.
Tucked away in a quaint area of "Trounce Alley", this little establishment is a hidden gem that mostly locals frequent. Sitting on the outer deck makes you feel as if you have been transported to a unique little eatery in Europe. Bring friends...because it's wonderful to chat over drinks and everything is Tapas style so each dish can feed up to 4 or 5 people. We order a variety of dishes and always try something new. We have never been disappointed and each dish offers unique flavours that will make your tongue and tastebuds come alive. Both the meat and vegetarian dishes are equally tastey, so have no fear. The service is friendly and attentive, and it's very reasonable price-wise. But shhhh! Don't tell anyone I told you....we locals are trying to keep this one a secret so it won't become to over-run and we can still get our favourite seats on the deck :)