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Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Sakura Sushi & Japanese Cafe1213 Quadra Street, Victoria
Authentic Japanese Meals at Good Prices
By renoir of Victoria (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

This little unassuming Japanese cafe and grocery store next to Mkt. on Yates serves very good Japanese take-out and eat in meals at low prices. The food in general is better made than Fujiya, (which I would rate as solid, thus the "outstanding" rating) but the selection is smaller. This Japanese establishment has great rich miso soup, free tea, good sushi with well seasoned rice and several types of bentos. I like the curry rice, which is only around 7$. I find the flavor rich and tasty. I didn't care for the udon but everything else I've had there is very good and I often stop in to pick up some sushi from the cooler, or eat a inexpensive well made bento. It is hard to rate the ambiance, as it is part of a Japanese grocery store. The service is fine; polite and prompt.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Great beer, terrific food
By victoriafoodie of Victoria British Columbia Canada (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 7:50am [Dine in]

I have visited Swans many times and keep forgetting to submit a review.
Swans is a local icon with a host of award winning beers.

Their pub menu is pretty extensive and I do have a few favorites.
I absolutely think they have the best fish and chips in the city, they serve a beer battered halibut fish and chip meal.
I have had it a few times and been happy every time.
The only down side is that I was charged $1.00 for a side of mayo (not cool)

If you like a bit of spice the Jambalaya pasta is really good.

I have never had a bad experience and will always recommend Swans

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Zap Thai1207 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria
Quality of food and service went downhill. Avoid
By 2invictoria of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

Used to like this place but the quality of food has gone down. The place wasn't known for ambiance but was good for a take out and a quick meal. Unfortunately it lost whatever appeal it used to have with quality of both food and service being downhill. On the latest visit, a rice dish was very badly made, burned rice, uncooked veggies, wrong type of meat. We barely picked at it and mentioned to the waitress that it was not at par with expectations or even with what we ordered. They still charged for the item and made no attempt at apologizing. Overall service was horrible and slow as the place is catering to the take out crowd, making people in the restaurant wait. Won't be back and suggest you take your business elsewhere if looking for a satisfying experience.

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Blue's Bayou Cafe899 Marchant Rd, Victoria
Worst Meal and Service
By Benson12 of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

We have been to this spot once in the past. We really enjoyed ourselves . We went for dinner on September 1 , 2012 . The service was slow and disorganized . My wife ordered the Salmon and received a 4 oz piece , plus some frozen steamed vegetables'. I ordered the chicken and found it to just as bad . I would suggest to lower your expectations and be prepared for sub standard food , and pay a large sum for it , you should enjoy yourself .We will never go there again nor recommend it to anyone .

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Loghouse Pub2323 Millstream, Victoria
Wonderful afternoon. Great food.
By Mary Brockman of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:30am [Dine in]

When looking for the best steaks , the most pleasant and professional service I head out to the Loghouse Pub. Our server Jennie is just the most genuine person. She makes a bad day bright and a bright day better. It is a total relief to be able to relax knowing you willl be treated well , fed well and left with all the warm fuzzies anyone could need. I really enjoyed Jennie's story this week about her new aquarium.
And the food. So great. Hot not warm. Hot steak done just right and accompanied by the best garlic mashed potatoes I've had in many a moons. This accommpanied by fresh sauteed mixed vegees that were not just appetizing to look at but tasty tasty tasty. Gone are the days when we were subjected to steamed tasteless mushy vegees. No, these were bright beautiful and done to perfection. I truly enjoyed every mouthful and will be back for more soon and often. A live Rock and Rolll on Friday nights sounds like another invitation to dinner and dancing . Love you LogHouse Pub and all your staff.

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McDonald's4410 West Saanich Road, Victoria
Never ever go here!
By Pinkchickadee of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 10, 2012 - 11:10am [Take-out]

This has to be the worst McDonald's in the Victoria area. They screw up almost every order that I get from them. Going back to fix an order that was not correct is hard with 4 kids and a huge waste of time. I dont know if it's a training issue with their staff or if they really don't care but the service is LOUSY and if you can avoid this location do so. I was double charged at my last visit to this location and after bringing back the printed bank statement 15 minutes later they refused to reimburse me for the double charge. They are AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!

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Fish Store, TheFisherman's Wharf, Victoria
First time
By VinceM of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:32pm [Take-out]

Today was my first time going to The Fish Store today. I got the fish and chips (cod). I found the food very bland and very oily. The fries weren't thoroughly cooked but everything was very hot as it was cooked fresh. I am not saying avoid this place but I wouldn't recommend getting the fish & chips (cod) at least.

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Dutch Bakery & Coffee Shop, The718 Fort Street, Victoria
Best in town by far!!!
By rockstar119 of Seattle WA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Three bakeries in two days...Dutch Bakery is fantastic, head and shoulders above its' peers. Even their hamburgers were exceptional...better than the local pubs who claim to specialize in them. For those that trash them in their reviews for ambiance, get over yourselves...it's a 4th generation family bakery, not the Empress. The sweets are sweet indeed, the food very good and the service solid for an extremely busy establishment. We were surprised to see the prices on the desserts to be half of what the pub charged the night before. We plan to have brunch here the remainder of our trip as it is the only place that has not disappointed. Don't miss it!!!

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Willie's Bakery & Cafe537 Johnson St, Victoria
Avoid at all costs!!!
By rockstar119 of Seattle WA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

The fact that this is the closest establishment claiming to be a bakery should have been our first clue, but as it was our first trip to Canada we didn't have any frame of reference or bias. We ordered one breakfast meal and a burger. The food was horrible. The burger was inedible and the eggs were grossly over cooked. The wait staff was inattentive at best and could not have cared less that the food did not come out right. When we attempted to speak to a manager about the food she spoke to the waitress in the hall and refused to come out. The following day we found the Dutch Bakery a few streets over...fantastic food and service!!!

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Pescatore's Seafood & Grill614 Humboldt St, Victoria
Good Food and Service, for a price
By JAFoodie of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 9:37am [Dine in]

Had reservations for a Saturday at 7:30, but arrived an hour early. Manager promptly found us seats. We started with House wine which my gf described as "spicy" and $18 Crab cakes. The cakes were good, but I was pretty surprised there were only 2 fairly small cakes for that cost.
Entrees were for my gf, a 1/2 order of Linguini di Mare, and for myself, Lobster and Crab Cannelloni. Again the food was tasty, hard to go wrong with the ingredients and I was happy with the portion sizing here.

Atmosphere: Saturday was very busy, but the staff was pretty conversational and prompt.

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Sockeye Sushi726 Johnson Street, Victoria
Still the best sushi in Victoria
By Jenn894928 of Victoria BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

Thought I'd review here again as it hasn't been reviewed in a long time.

Sockeye remains my favourite sushi restaurant even after visiting many others with friends and family. Nowhere else can compare with the amazing prices and quality of food here. The service remains very attentive. The same talented sushi chef has been at the restaurant since I first visited in 2008.
Everyone I bring here falls in love and never wants to go anywhere else!

Now that I've reviewed I'm really craving some sockeye, so definitely going tonight!

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Shima Sushi1218 Wharf Street, Victoria
My favorite sushi place! So delicious!
By MellyMel of Victoria (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

So I frequently visit this sushi restaurant because I am always greeted with a smile, and always served DELICIOUS food!

Some of my favorites:
-Beef tataki roll (HUGE roll and worth the $11). It is moist and absolutely delicious with the beef marinated in ponzu sauce and placed on top of the roll (which I believe has tempura prawn and real crab meat inside of it).
-Salmon Avocado roll, which has tempura prawns and real crab meat inside, then topped with salmon and avocado. The tempura prawns give it some crunch, and it practically melts in your mouth.
-Any spicy roll (which is NOT chopped, but contains a hearty piece of fish inside)
-Yam fries which come deep fried in a panko crust with wasabi mayo for dipping.

If you get Will serving you, I recommend trying one of his cocktails, especially the Japanese-style sangria he makes. Yum yum!

I really recommend trying this place if you haven't already, as it may just become your favorite sushi place in Victoria!

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Azuma Sushi615 Yates St, Victoria
This place is decent, would visit again when my regular sushi place is closed...
By MellyMel of Victoria (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 11:44am [Dine in]

The service here is pretty decent, depending on the day.

The food is pretty good, but once I got some bad salmon sashimi. It was not very fresh and I couldn't eat it!
The SOS on the other hand is outstanding and you MUST try it. It's shrimp, oysters, and scallops baked in this amazing sauce. I don't even like oysters and I eat the whole thing up!

The tuna, scallops, salmon are good if they're fresh, this place is in a convenient location downtown, and all in all I would say, try it.

I still prefer my favorite, Shima sushi on Wharf street. Its just a few blocks down and I swear its 10X better and they have similar pricing.

Happy dining!

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Royal Kebab Grille2656 Quadra Street, Victoria
Worst Experience Ever
By Inogoodfood of v9a6w5 (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

My whole life I have eaten and cooked Indian food with my mom and her best friend from India. I have even made this cuisine at a fancy restaurant I ran kitchen in. This is my first rant about a restaurant.

The Food

Pros:
The food was tasty and had authentic taste and not that weird red junk some other places call "butter chicken".

Con:
Weird proportions! We each got about 50% what we would normally get at any other Indian restaurant. Picture a tea cup full of butter chicken Except the rice was a whole plate full for my wife and I got 1 Nan. So my wife ate well but I starved. Like that wouldn't feed my 5 year old unless I got a whole plate full of rice. The chicken was pink and look to be questionably chicken.

Experience

Pros:
She tried to be nice but was soooooo awkward.

Cons:
She would not stop staring at me as if she did something to the food.
I really tried to enjoy this place being she was very nice and I will give her that. However I got there and the cook was asleep out front when we got there and the place was dead. The whole time she kept saying "do you think you will come again?" and "Is everything all right?" to the point where we thought they were feeding us poison. When I saw the small child proportion I new right away the reason they were asking.

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Noodle Box, The818 Douglas St., Victoria
Watery Curry anyone?
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2012 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

I agree with the last review I want to like this place.
They have to get a handle on their food a bit better. Not so much water in the curry would be a great start. Too bland in the flavor and too spicy in the hot. Medium spice means medium spice. With the detailed spicy chart you would think they would have that down.
Also I know the place is hip and all but making people stand at the counter for ten minutes while you socialize with friends doesn't make for repeat customers.
Great concept I do hope they get the kinks out this place could be really good.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
What a disgrace!
By melo of victoria, bc (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

What a disgrace! Really, a shame! This restaurant ought to be shut down.

THE FOOD:

Five of us had a very disappointing lunch here. The fries were cold, stale, hard, dry and tasteless. How can you mess up french fries??? I had the chicken parm and I could not figure out what I was eating, although it resembled small chicken breast. Even the tomatoes and cheese that were on it were tasteless. One of my friends ordered the bruschetta and salad. It appeared as though they topped the bread with the same salad which came with the order. According to my friend it had the same sour dressing. The other 3 friends agreed that the food was simply not good at all.

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We told our waitress that One of our friends was going to be late, and that we would like to order ahead as some of us had to go back to work and I was famished . 45 minutes later still no food. When we asked when our food was coming, she said she held the order to wait for our friend. (#&*#@)

She put a rush on the order and delivered the food in less than 5 minutes - with the check. After taking one bite, my friend paid her bill. The waitress had to come back few times as the credit card machine was not working properly. So same friend decided to pay cash and gave her a $20.00 bill for her $11.00 lunch. Waitress asked "would you be needing your change?" (Very ambitious with her tip!!!)

My friend who ordered the bruschetta gave her a $50.00 bill and asked her the same sort of question "would you like your change?"

She took $3.00 off my bill as I left the french fries on my plate. We each gave her $2.00 tip despite the lousy food and lousy service. Needless to say - will never ever return to this restaurant again...EVER!.

THE VALUE:

Negative.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
What a disgrace!
By melo of victoria, bc (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

What a disgrace! Really, a shame! This restaurant ought to be shut down.

THE FOOD:

Five of us had a very disappointing lunch here. The fries were cold, stale, hard, dry and tasteless. How can you mess up french fries??? I had the chicken parm and I could not figure out what I was eating, although it resembled small chicken breast. Even the tomatoes and cheese that were on it were tasteless. One of my friends ordered the bruschetta and salad. It appeared as though they topped the bread with the same salad which came with the order. According to my friend it had the same sour dressing. The other 3 friends agreed that the food was simply not good at all.

THE SERVICE:

We told our waitress that One of our friends was going to be late, and that we would like to order ahead as some of us had to go back to work and I was famished . 45 minutes later still no food. When we asked when our food was coming, she said she held the order to wait for our friend. (#&*#@)

She put a rush on the order and delivered the food in less than 5 minutes - with the check. After taking one bite, my friend paid her bill. The waitress had to come back few times as the credit card machine was not working properly. So same friend decided to pay cash and gave her a $20.00 bill for her $11.00 lunch. Waitress asked "would you be needing your change?" (Very ambitious with her tip!!!)

My friend who ordered the bruschetta gave her a $50.00 bill and asked her the same sort of question "would you like your change?"

She took $3.00 off my bill as I left the french fries on my plate. We each gave her $2.00 tip despite the lousy food and lousy service. Needless to say - will never ever return to this restaurant again...EVER!.

THE VALUE:

Negative.

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Cafe Brio944 Fort Street, Victoria
Should have come here sooner
By pghenry of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

We eat around town frequently, and like to change things up, but this was the first time to Cafe Brio, and what a wonderful discovery. The service was marvelous. Pork Loin and Rib Eye were done to perfection, presentation was outstanding, the food looked as good as it tasted. Hearts of romaine salad should be on everyone's appetizer list.

We will definitely return.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
BC Living has this restaurant listed in their top 5 for Victoria??
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:18am [Dine in]

When I pay $18 for a Aussie burger..I expect it to be good,it was a mess..and for all the ingredients...lacked any dicernable taste. This pub has nice looking waitresses...good luck getting their attention if you middle aged..lol..the ladies at the table beside us said it was the worst service they have enountered in Victoria so far in their 1 week visit from California. This place can't even make a half decent Caesar salad..Sad. Maybe the chef should head to Hy's Encore in Vancouiver to learn how to make a Caesar salad that will bring customers back.,their lemon-amchovy dressing had a bitter aftertaste..all in all..nice patio here...horrible service..seems from previous comments management does not want to address this issue ,as nothing has changed...no pride here,just get the customers money..when they get around to it..eventually... in this overpriced pub..that could have been great with this waterfront location and warm design...

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Romeo's777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria
Good burgers & soup
By baxterfutz of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

When I had a beef burger at this Romeo's, it was the most tender burger I have ever had. I even inquired about it & the patties are made in house, as is most of the food. Their chicken vegetable soup is also the best I have ever had, hands down - lots of seasoning, & generous with the chicken. The food is a tad on the pricey side.

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