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Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Bent Mast, The512 Simcoe St, Victoria
hey i was in last night and the food was awesome (but i wish th chef could have sat with me )
By christa11 of vicotira bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

wow things have improved scents the last time i was in i almost promised myself i would never go back the service sucked the last time and the food was gross i was vary unimpressed but now the same server was sering me last night i was really hoping that the would have gotten rid of him (i think his name is Chance )he was doing a great job last night it must have been his first week when i came in. i had the fettuccine carrbonaira wow that was awesome and such a cute little chef i seen u putting glasses away all last night u had a brown t shirt on and i also think your name is chris cross lol that is soo cool jump jump and lots of love come here and u wont be disappointed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Delicious Pizza3388 Douglas St., Victoria
good pizza DUMMY
By fuglsworth of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 8:55pm [Delivery]

this is some of the best pizza in town. the cheese as the man from the store has told you is the industry standard pizza cheese, mostly partly skimmed mozza, with a little soya bean in there, $h1t its better than corn.

do not blame the company blame the economy, we'd all love pure cheese but other than the price there is the grease factor one of the reasons why this specifically engineered cheese is used by almost all pizza joints.

so word not the best but it's pretty damn delicious!

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5th Street Bar and Grill1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Food was good enough, service was disgusting. A good server is a gamble.
By LSHewitt of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 1:26am [Dine in]

My Mother and I went out together on Valentine's day, as I was not old enough to drink at that point I asked what was on the non-alcoholic menu, she replied "we don't have a non-alcoholic menu, so, your just going to have to think,in your head"
...It was shocking and an insult considering the simplicity of the question.
Throughout my stay I felt uncomfortable. When the food arrived I was very pleased with the results, although I had to pack most of it to go due to the sickening feeling of disrespect.
Our drinks remained empty for over 15 minutes, and when I mentioned my concerns to the waitress she figured she used that manor with everyone.

A good waitress/waiter is a gamble

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Grindstone Cafe504 Herald Street, Victoria
Delicious, Tasty Sandwiches
By denegar of Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

This little cafe is a great place to grab a delicious sandwich. For $7, I got a mediterranean grilled chicken sandwich with feta, olice, tomatoes, etc., with a side of nacho chips (the multi-coloured chips that you can buy at Thrifty's). Free water. Nice tables with newspapers, and lots of bright light. The cashier (an Australian-accented gentleman) was very pleasant and enjoyable to interact with. A female employee, however, dropped off my sandwich at my table like the plate was infected, had no smile, and didn't bother acknowleding me or even saying "you're welcome" when I thanked her. After doing that, she just stood behind the counter with a big frown on her face. Seriously, I'm paying your wages, so I expect you to be moderately police. Anyway, a fantastic place for a quick bite.

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Radar's Roost2261 Keating X Road (West Building), Victoria
Better Service, Better Food Quality, Worse Selection
By denegar of Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

It's been a year since I wrote my previous review of Radar's. Since then, there's been a change of ownership which, for the most part, has resulted in a better place overall. The food quality has improved. The service is significantly, and the staff are all much friendlier than in years past. Unfortunately, there's a lot less selection of baked goods (especially in the morning), and the price of a small coffee is now $2.13, which, in my opinion, is ridiculous. Overall, though, for employees in the Gateway Park office complex, this remains the (only) go-to place without having to walk a few blocks.

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Amrikko's Indian Grill298 Old Island Hwy, Victoria
A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
By dpatterson002 of Victoria BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 11:52am [Dine in]

** First of all I am not sure what is up when adding new restaraunts but to correct the information; This is in Victoria NOT Granville. Second the price might be dropped to $$ from $$$ as it would better reflect the per person cost.

Having never been to an Indian restaurant my wife and I decided that it was something that we really wanted to try. Our first look into local restaurants was done online looking for the one with the best reviews. Sadly most of the reviews were mediocre to down right bad and as a result we decided to try East African food instead (see my review for The Blue Nile restaruant). On the way to the other restaurant we saw the parking lot of the old Sammi's restaurant packed to capacity, something that we had never seen before. We were very excited to see that the sign had changed and that the restaruant was now Amrikko's East Indian Cuisine.

Two weeks later we invited some friends to come and try out this new restaurant with us and then called to make a reservation. When I called I got a machine so I left my name and contact info with our reservation request. The next day I received a return call from the restaurant to confirm and we were all set.

We got the last two spots in the parking lot and went in. I was so glad we made the reservation as the small lobby was full of people waiting. One thing that I noticed right away was the number of staff moving quickly about under the watchful eye of what was obviously either the managers or owners. It appeared as if they were not leaving anything to chance and they were there to make sure all went well.

We were quickly seated, watered up, and our drink order taken. The men at the table all ordered a Kingfisher beer, and Indian beer brewed and bottled in the UK. The appetizer order was two of the appy combo plates which included samosas, chicken tandoori, etc. accompanied with a chutney dip and a mint yogurt dip that were both delicious.

The food seems to be ordered not in per person entres but instead in dishes that are to be shared similar to Chinese food. As we did not know this we probably ordered too much. I think that the best bet is to order a rice dish for every 2 or 3 people at the table and then order 2 or 3 flavours to go with the rice (Lamb Vindaloo, Butter Chicken, etc). I am not certain of this but in hindesight it seems like the right thing to do.

I had the Lamb Vindaloo with a medium spice and it was perfect. Along with the vegatable rice and Tandoori Nan bread it was an extremely filling meal.

In addition to fabulous food there was live entertainment. On Saturday nights they have a live belly dancer in the restaurant. One of the women at our table said that we were supposed to tip the dancer by putting money in her waistband. The funniest thing was how the two married men at the table (myself included) would not consider providing the tip directly. =P We left that duty to our lovely wives and after our table had made the first contribution most of the other tables followed suit. We were all glad to see the young lady make a few extra bucks.

Good food, exotic entertainment, great service. It was an all around good experience. Be sure to check them out.

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Blue Nile, The612 Head Street, Victoria
A taste of adventure
By dpatterson002 of Victoria BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 10:53am [Dine in]

My wife and I decided to try something completely different for our 17th wedding anniversary. At first we looked for Indian food but found very few good reviews for local Indian restaurants. Just by chance we came across an add for The Blue Nile and thought that we would give it a go. We were not disappointed.

We arrived just after they opened for dinner and were the first through the door. The buffet was fully stocked with steaming goodness and the air was filled with exotic sents. The room was decorated with a various assortment of authentic art and along with the faux grass roof that skirted the ceiling it provided a decidedly foreign ambience. The waitress was very busy setting up for dinner but dropped everything to seat us and order our drinks. I went with a Nigerian beer just for the heck of it which arrived in a large stubby bottle (a true import, brewed and bottled in Nigeria).

Once the drinks hit the table we headed for the buffet. There was a wonderful assortement of hot and savory dishes, plenty for both vegetarians and carnivores to enjoy. To accompany the main meal there was a crisp and cool green salad which contained very fresh and spicey peppers (so watch out pantywaists). Also available was a type of unlevened bread which looks like a pancake or crepe. It appears smooth on one side and porous on the other. The bread had a bit of a vinegary flavour (I could be wrong) and was very delicious. We weren't quite sure of the method by which the food was traditionally eaten so we faked it as best we could.

As we ate we watched an African version of MTV on a flat screen TV on the wall which was playing various traditional songs. The one funny thing I had to note was that in every video, regardless of the song, the people all did exactly the same dance. Two moves over and over, kind of a violent shoulder shrugging and head turning. As we were driving home my wife and I started performing the dance togther in the car to the tune on the radio much to the entertainment of those around us at the stop light. =)

The overall experience was tasty, fun, and inexpensive. I would most certainly recommend The Blue Nile to anyone looking for a spicy night out.

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Superior, The106 Superior Street, Victoria
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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Baan Thai Restaurants1117 Blanshard St, Victoria
Very inappropriate service!
By Chris of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 12:01am [Dine in]

I just returned from a dinner with my wife from the Baan Thai in Oak Bay this evening and we both decided we needed to warn other diners of what awaits them. Our waitress was dressed in a see through top, that had such a wide cut-out, that anytime she bent forward (even slightly), to refil our drinks, or serve our food we were both staring straight down her shirt. It is unfortunate to have to point this out to a "Thai" restaurant (of ALL establishments), but a dress code would do wonders for this restaurant, maybe even beautiful traditional uniforms for the staff ?! But what we were presented with tonight was the hight of distastefulness, she was serving us dinner for goodness sakes, but it was as if she were puting herself on the menue. How very, very unfortunate!

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Ambrosio Markets & Deli225 Menzies Street, #104, Victoria
Best sandwiches in James Bay
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:56am [Dine in]

You can customize your sandwich with all sorts of yummy Italian deli type foods, from marinated eggplant to olive tapanade, this place has it all. They grill your selection to perfection for a reasonable price. The salads are also fantastic here. Best greek and potato! Great antipasta too! Olive selection is always fantastic, and they make very good pesto and tzaziki in house.

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James Bay Coffee & Book143 Menzies Street, Victoria
Love the location - not the snacks!
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:43am [Dine in]

It is a shame that such a neat, fun, perfect little spot doesn't have better coffee and snacks. I would come here all the time if the coffee was better and there was more to eat (and better quality). I've had a bagel here a couple times, always stale, same with the toast. The baked goods just look generic and unappetizing and the coffee isn't all that swell. I do love the bookstore feel though, and I'd like to patron more often as it would be the perfect place to write, but the coffee at the "corporate" locations is sadly a bit better. I have hope though, this place is the place that should!!!

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
Tasty but a bit frustrating
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:39am [Take-out]

This is not the place for take-out, everytime I have called ahead so I can pick up food at lunch (which no other place struggles so hard with), they can't do it on time. I've been given different excuses like, they want it to be fresh so it tastes good, or that they get ripped off by people placing orders. Well after a few times, one would think maybe they could write me a reference for picking up the food I order. The only thing that keep me coming back is the best veggie burger in town. It's really good. I've had a benny there, which was good too but very low on the sauce (Maybe a by-product of take-out too).

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James Bay Fish & Chips211 Menzies Street, Victoria
A nice local joint
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:34am [Dine in]

I'm a veggie, so I haven't tried the fish, but I've had the egg foo yung, stirfried bean cake, and the veggie chow mein a number of times. It's my take-out staple in James Bay, it's always good, fresh and quick. The people are nice, they aren't in your face, but they are always attentive. They could do with more vegetable selection but that's just me (and me eating just veggies), but as far as the local place to get dinner, one of the better options in James Bay!

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Cup Of Joe Caffe230 Menzies Street, #1, Victoria
Rude Food
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:31am [Dine in]

Every time I've been to this place they have been rude. I've called for take-out and been hung-up on when I asked what was in the veggie burger (I was told to call thrifty's and hung up on), I was yelled at when I came inside to eat, with my Father on his birthday. I moved something on the table and the older woman yelled at me in front of everyone. The young girl that works there, didn't know what their website was and told me to "don't be stupid, use google".

The food is never that great, potatoes are hard. The benny is alright, but not worth the abuse to get it. Many other places that are bost tasty and a bit friendly.

I'm not sure who is better to deal with, the young girl that knows nothing about her workplace or the older woman that is the rudest person I've met in awhile.

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Naanwich, The3466 Tillicum Rd, Victoria
Better than Sabri's
By tieywhiey of North Vancouver Deep Cove (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 8:08pm [Take-out]

Naanwich is a place that I frequently visited in the summer while working in the area. Though its a little over-priced, the quality of food is actually surprisingly decent for a sub-sandwich alternative.

If you're looking for a quick bite, Naanwich is definitely worth checking out. I've had the butter chicken Naanwich a number of times, and recently tried the lamb and ginger - both were pretty good.

My only complaint is the portions are not very big - so make sure you ask for most of the veggies on your naanwich, otherwise you'll be a little hungry afterwards

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Sabri Indian Cuisine3480 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Disappointed
By tieywhiey of North Vancouver Deep Cove (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I've been to Sabri's twice - the first time I went was early into dinner service (about 5:00pm). Unfortunately, it seemed as if all the entrees had been left to sit under a heat lamp for several hours, as they were dried out and not very hot. The only item that was decent was the Kheer (rice pudding), which was not all you can eat - you only got one included with your dinner

The next time, I thought I would try the lunch buffet. The food was not dried out at least, but the quality was still very mediocre. Chef Omar's pledge to you is to serve you "real" healthy food, free of chemical additives; maybe he should also try serving quality food.

The Naanwich 4 doors down has impressed me, however - if you were thinking of going to Sabri's - try the Naanwich instead.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Enjoyed my breakfast
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:48am [Dine in]

I came here for brunch the other day and sat on the patio. The service was great the whole time; I only was drinking water and it was refilled multiple times. I ordered the huevos incrediblo (or something like that) and it was tasty although I would have like the eggs a little runnier. The sun was shining and I enjoyed the summer with a tasty brunch, what else could you want?

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Lure45 Songhees Rd., Victoria
Lured Back Again & Again
By bellagirl1976 of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I have been here at least 6 times now and have had each meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and it is absolutely fabulous! The service is always the best and the view is by far the best in the city, as it looks at the city and not out from it. Now the food, mmmmmm, the food. It's so good! The flavours are beyond anywhere else and everything always come out steaming hot. My only complaint could be better draught beer and lower prices (but who doesn't want that?), it's still worth it! I can't wait to go back.

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Blue Nile, The612 Head Street, Victoria
Sooooo Delicious!
By bellagirl1976 of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

I have been here about 5 times and I love it! The food is so tasty and has so much flavour - even though it looks like its been sitting under the heat lamp for a while - it doesn't taste it. They even have a delicious African beer to complement it all. The ambiance is different, I had never seen dancing like they show on the tv before, but now it's part of the whole experience and I look forward to it each time we go back. And the service is so friendly. I hope it stays in my neighbourhood forever!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
Bland, bland, bland.
By plushlush of anmore (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

Just had the most mediocre meal I have ever had. The restaurant must have one of the best locations in Victoria, right on the harbour, but what you experience as a diner lets it down unfortunately. Firstly, why do restaurants believe that children want to eat bland over-cooked food, and why would you want to sit next to washrooms when the restaurant is practically empty - and why would you serve a marguerita the color of washing up liquid (luminous green!) and tasting of a mix of salt and lime cordial - yuk! The food was bland in taste and presentation, and so overpriced. Had to try it, but never again. Oh, maybe hiring servers who can use more than one adjective might help - my meal was not 'awesome'!

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