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Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Browns Socialhouse809 Douglas Street, Victoria
Best Atmosphere in Victoria
By Lasercat of Victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 1:49am [Dine in]

I have lived in Victoria now for about 10 months, and love it. I would however say that the restaurant scene can be a little lacking when it comes to fun places to eat and hang out... Until now. Browns seems to have hit the nail on the head, great food, good drinks, freindly management, hot waitresses, but most of all a fun and comforatable atmosphere. Nothing beets this place on a Friday night, or any night for that matter. I am not sure if people in Victoria follow DineHere, but if you do take my word for it and check out Browns Socialhouse.

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Zambri's820 Yates St, #110, Victoria
Excited then disappointed
By MichelinStar of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

Heard and read slot about Zambri's and finally had a chance to try it out. Everything was great until the main course arrived. My chicken scallopini tasted great, although 2 pieces of chicken and 4 little boiled potato halves swimming in sauce could have used a bit more imagination to present. My wifes salmon entree looked alot more appealing except for the fact that it was raw and cold inside. The server did the best that she could do at the table and took the plate back to the kitchen. I was left to eat my entree alone while the kitchen hastely cooked up 3 small thin pieces of salmon to get the main course out asap. No attempt by manager or owner was made to make up for the faux pas. In speaking with the manager about the uncooked salmon I was told that the chef/owner new what he was doing in the kitchen. Obviously not if he sends out raw food. We were not looking for anything more than a sorry we screwed up and please return to see that this was an anomoly and not something that happens very often. Got lots of attitude from the so called manager and wish them good luck in the new restaurant because they are going to need it.

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Jackson's Ice Creme Float310 St. Lawrence Street, Victoria
great price, good scoop!
By heathy43 of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

The Jackson's Ice Cream Float is a super fun place to grab a scoop or two.
I was downtown recently with my daughter and the going price for a cone...
(no matter if she chose 1 scoop or 2)
was over $6 CDN.

However at Jackson's she could get a child cone for $3 with all taxes included.

and I had a 2 scoop waffle cone for $5.75.

we walked the docks and saw the seals and had an amazing time!

GREAT place to garb a family friendly treat for a good price!!

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James Bay Fish & Chips211 Menzies Street, Victoria
A delightful find in James Bay - Amazing Value
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

In a brave new world faced with rising gas prices, HST and other economic ills, the value of this cute little diner in James Bay is amazing. The individual combo plates are huge and at $7.95 (no egg roll) are an amazing value. It took a while to study and understand why a 2 person combo was more until I realized that the dual combo included egg rolls. However, as eggs rolls are $1.50 each, it seems to be cheaper to order 2 individual combos and the egg rolls.

Mathematical games aside, I wish this small business well as they seem to be trying hard. I was a bit put out by the sign saying the washroom was broken. I did not inquire if that was only to stop people wandering in to use it - or for customers as well.

The restaurant also serves a range of fish and chips, soups, burgers and fish and chips. All that comes out of a kitchen half the size of ours, so I am not sure how they cope when it's busy. The food that we had was of good quality and was satisfying. This is not an upscale yuppie dinner place - simply wholesome food served at very reasonable prices, so that even with the new HST I did not faint from the price.

They also offer take out and delivery.

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James Bay Coffee & Book143 Menzies Street, Victoria
Coffee and a book
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I had a few minutes to kill and thought this place looked interesting. They retail a wide range of coffees, but in terms of a restaurant - it's pretty limited. Just coffee (and tea I presume) an eclectic range of soft drinks which you fetch yourself from the cooler and a range of baked goods. Frankly - it is pretty much what any half decent coffee shop can muster up.

Where this place shines is in the ambiance as it is a book store with a room at the back that holds computers (internet cafe). I found it quite enjoyable to just people watch both inside and outside the store as James Bay is full of characters. Maybe I am becoming one too.....

The service gets a low rating as they don't really do anything other than take the money and tell you to get your own drink from the cooler and pour your own coffee. That might seem unfair, but if you are expecting a high level of service you won't get it here. Frankly, I do not recall whether they serve lattes and gourmet coffees. If they do then I would have rated their service higher. Time to visit it again - which i would if I am in the area as it is certainly preferable to Starbucks yuck.....

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1550's Pub Style Restaurant1550 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria
It's kind of our local
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I like this place. For its price point it serves good solid food reasonably quickly. The outdoor patio is popular in summer although it can be noisy with traffic roaring up Cedar Hill Cross Road. The best value is the daily special and I think it's Pasta on Tuesday night - great value. None of the other meals is really expensive but the quality can vary a bit occasionally. Still, the service is friendly and they seem to treat everyone well.

Over the past few years I have tried a range of burgers, wraps, pastas and their breakfasts. The portions are way too big, so it works better (particularly value wise) if I split the meal with someone and the staff are happy to do this. They have a small range of beers including a few on tap - but it's more of a restaurant than a pub.

Parking is tight in their small lot and there is a sign warning you not to park in the lot across the road as you will be towed. Best to save the gas money and walk there if you can!

They have a Brunch menu with range of meals made with eggs etc. They do tend towards the greasy end of meals and way more fried potatoes than I can or should eat. The staff are very friendly but professional about what the do so although the food is not outstanding, I keep going there.

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Deep Cove Chalet11190 Chalet Rd., Sidney
This is very hard to beat - but at a price
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

This is a great restaurant with a view to die for - over Deep Cove. It is located amongst some lovely landscaping with beautiful flowers and trees and a small vineyard as you drive in. There is no valet parking. I found necessary to take a constitutional walk in the gardens afterwards to help the digestion.

We had salmon and Coq au Vin and they were both excellent, as they should be. There were 4 choices of fixed price menus but I simply cannot eat that much these days so we decided to choose a la carte. The portions are not large, but we all eat way too much and everything was cooked to perfection - in rich French style. It's a very extensive menu with most main dishes ranging upwards from $30. The menu is on the website so you can see what everything costs so you don't faint in front of your date. There is also an extensive wine list of domestic and imported wines although the waiter did not not really express any strong feelings about the wine I was thinking about. It was, quite frankly, one of the cheaper bottles at $40, so maybe it did not warrant any special effort. There were also half bottles available for $25 and up.

The service was excellent, reasonably casual and unobtrusive. The waiter was there when needed otherwise stayed out of the way. If you want a window table you need to reserve it ahead and you can dine outside, although it was a bit cool on the evening we were there. I thought it might be a bit stuffier than it actually was...there were even a couple of "gents" in shorts - I think resort casual is the best way to dress here. I did not see any enforcement of a minimum dress code which may be a bad thing...:)

The only observation where they might possibly improve is that they refuse to serve salad as a meal. Banish those on a diet - you have to eat more than you want. Frankly, it's not a problem for me, but then I burn it off, but there are many who are trying to watch their weight. There is also an $18 minimum charge per person at lunch to stop those pesky cheapskates from coming.

All in all, an excellent dining experience, although it is certainly more than I want to normally pay and is richer that I would want more than once in a while - but on a beautiful evening - it is almost impossible to beat. I'll go again...on a special occasion.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Couldn't Disagree More With The Previous Review
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

Hit up Floyd's again just yesterday for a great Sunday breakfast. My dining partner and I were there just around 9:30am, minutes before they were totally slammed with Sunday breakfast customers.

Once again my breakfast was outstanding. We were seated immediately on the patio and had hot coffee in our cups before you could blink an eye. I ordered my usual the rancheros incrediablous and yes they were everything I could hope for. A huge plate with fresh ingredients including a bunch of melted cheese and very nicely done guac.

The dish arrived with their new "signature" potato's. They were fresh, well seasoned and simply deeeelish.
My breakfast companion had eggs, sausage, potato's, and a great tasting pancake that I sampled.

To me Floyds is probably "the" best breakfast place in Victoria. Their lunches are good as well but I prefer to enjoy the first meal of the day there. Not a fancy place but an eclectic mix of serves having fun and treating their customers well. Trust me, other establishments in Victoria could learn a thing or two from Floyds.

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Lully's Sandwich Bar732 Broughton Street, Victoria
WOW
By Victoria food master of victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

The Roast Beef sandwich was Probably the best I've ever had. I went to this busy little hole in the wall at lunch time.It was extremely busy, so I was a little worried that I might be late getting back to work, but I got my food reasonably fast. I think I just found a new lunch place. Im geussing the rest of the sandwiches are just as good by how busy they are.

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Pink Bicycle, The1008 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Beef
By Victoria food master of victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

I'm tired of places like this trying hard to be different. You're a Burger place! Try pefecting the basic BEEF burger before you start making burgers out of every animal you can think of. Why doesnt someone build a burger joint wher you can get a good beef burger, hand cut fries and a shake. The service sucked which didn't help me forget about the dry burger. I would suggest going to A & W before going here.

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Browns Socialhouse809 Douglas Street, Victoria
Awsome
By Victoria food master of victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice and I find it hard to leave. The food was great both times, but the service and atmosphere are amazing. I've never been to a restaurant before and stayed for three hours after the meal. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to hang out and have some good food

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Cafe Marrakech2551 Quadra, #3, Victoria
Not recommended
By pepst of Duncan B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Drove down to Victoria to visit some friends. Thought I would try something new on my way home. That was a mistake. First the place was virtually empty so everything you said felt like it was being listened to by the old guy who appeared to be running the joint. The food was below average, and way to high in price for what you got. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and ordered a chicken dish and just got chicken? No veggies, no side, no nothing. If you want anything besides a plate with chicken on it, it costs you extra, and with the already high prices that is just ridiculous. I won't be returning! I wouldn't reccommend people even try. From the past reviews maybe this place was great when it opened. Don't know what happened.

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Kuku's24 West Burnside, Victoria
better out of a jar
By hoover77 of Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 16, 2010 - 9:37am [Dine in]

Oh boy.... well, the owner/operator was very friendly, giving us samples from the menu to try before we ordered. It was pretty well down hill from there. The naan bread is store bought!!! It is usefull for sopping up the tears you'll be shedding at this abomination. The baigan bhartha was flavorless, the mixed veg. korma was super oily and tasted like rejected chineese food. The take away dishes are packed in the back and reheated in a pizza oven in the front of the store. Really drives home the fact you are eating left overs, which is fine but at least be sneaky about the re-heating. For a slightly more authentic experience check the ethnic food aisle at safeway and make it yourself :( ... or check out indian food market on quadra @ mackenzie

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Browns Socialhouse809 Douglas Street, Victoria
Just opened - they are trying hard
By Bydesignprez of Saanich, Victoria (60 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

I noticed this restaurant being built in the new building on Douglas where the HSBC is. Nice location, seems like a good reason to visit.

The staff look good and they seem to be taking their cue from the Cactus Club. I did not check out the washrooms although the decor is very new age. Frankly, that was my biggest complaint as I sat myself, or rather perched, on a bar stool at a small round table as it was too cool to sit outside when I went. After 20 minutes, I found it very uncomfortable and could not relax lest I fell off the stool. I had a gourmet burger of some description and a beer. The beer was good but the burger proceeded to fall apart because there was so much stuff jammed into it. I had to wipe my hands down from all the goo that squeezed out. Service was good and really just about the right level of attentiveness inquirying how the food was, did I want another drink, etc.

So, all in all, I assume this will become one of the trendy places to go which means that I will move somewhere else to have a quiet good lunch. That is not a complaint against Browns, but just the type of customer I am. The prices were equivalent to the Cactus Club and they seem to have hired some good looking staff who know it. Good luck....

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Montana's Cookhouse315 Burnside Road West, Victoria
WORST Service ever
By kaarma of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 9:39am [Dine in]

i gave no tip!!
i saw the waitress only once...........
someone else brought our food,
had to stand up to get the bill.....
HORRIBLE FOOD ALSO,
looked like it was from the night before...uhg
was cold and couldnt find the waitress to send it back!

im wondering how long they will be in business
recievership should take over soon,,,,,,,,LOL

skip this restaurant unless you want to get diarreah

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Pig BBQ Joint1325 Blanshard St, Victoria
Very tasty
By tonyw of Victoria BC Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I found that place by accident since it is very small restaurant (Well if you call it restaurant). However the burgers taste surprisingly good. I think tasty food is the most important. I prefer to takeout since the office is not fair away. Oh you want to have it warm.

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Fujiya3624 Shelbourne Street, Victoria
I want the old Fujiya
By tonyw of Victoria BC Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I still get my takeout there. Since I like shusi a lot; and the food is still good.
However I wish it was as good as before. At the beginning, I thought it was just quality control because I guess the cooks are temp. After several visits, I feels it is just not that good anymore.

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Young Young1540 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria
Not for food
By tonyw of Victoria BC Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 11:47am [Dine in]

The place looks nice inside if you are into that kind of style. I graded the food with two starts because the bubble tea is ok. I have to say that Richmond has better and inexpensive BBT. Too bad there is no competition here.

The food is joke. Most of your orders would be "frozen and heat" kind of thingy. I have been there three times because of my friends and bubble tea but I was dispointed by the food every time.

The service is bad. I would fire every one of them since none of them have sense of customer service.

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Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
A nice little French restaurant in Victoria
By anita99 of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

Matisse restaurant located in downtown Victoria was a delight. The food was not exceptional all around. We came in from Vancouver and have dined at other French restaurants throughout Ontario, Quebec and France. So, we had some expectations going in. Our server recommended a Reserve wine, and if I recall it was Mission Hill and went well with our dishes. We ordered the escargot and butternut squash soup as appetizers. Both were good but not exceptional in our minds. My husband ordered the halibut and I ordered the filet of beef as main courses. I tried my husband's dish but thought it was average at best. The beef was excellent and cooked to perfection with complementing garnishes. For dessert, we ordered the bread pudding and it was full of flavor and is highly recommended. The service was good too. Would I go back? Yes, I would go back and sample some of the other dishes based on the quality and ratings of some of the dishes we ordered. By the way, our seating was @ 7:30 pm and we did not see a 2nd seating at this place. We didn't leave until 10 pm. The service is a bit on the slower side but I think it is done purposely. We enjoyed it.

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