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Victoria Restaurant Reviews
White Heather Tea Room1885 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria
great place
By jane2thedoe of victoria b.c (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 11:16am [Dine in]

I had walked past the james bay tea room awhile ago, and had planned to take my mum there for high tea. When we got there we were so disturbed by the service/cleanliness/food that we decided to leave before ordering. Then we went to the empress because it was the only other place I knew of and found out it would be over 150 dollars for the two of us after all was said and done with very little food for the money, beautiful room.. but when I went in quickly to ask some questions the woman at the front treated me as though I could not afford it or something so I decided my money would be better spent elsewhere. So I asked my roommate to look online, and she stumbled accross this place..so we decided to check it out. We got the "big muckle" which was about 57 dollars after tax for BOTH of us. Which I think is VERY reasonable for a high tea. I am SO glad we did not settle, and decided to check this place out. You definately get your moneys worth. I called ahead of time before we drove out there to make sure we could get a table, when we got there the table was already made up for us and it was a table beside the window with a nice view. The service was remarkable, our waitress seemed to genuinely love what she was doing..and seemed to be very proud of what they offer. It completely turned the day around. She even brought out a sampler of the teas they had to offer so we could smell them and decide what we would like which was very nice. When we recieved our meal she explained everything she brought out with enthusiam. It looked incredible, and freshly made, and tasted as good as it looked. It had fresh lemon curd, and raspberry jam and two different kinds of scones which were to die for. We were served promptly, and with incredible service. Customer service is a lost art nowadays and very hard to find. My mum was tickled pink from the whole experience, (she almost cried) which was a huge change from the ealier experience which almost ruined the entire afternoon. I would definately recommend this place to anyone that like amazing service, great atmosphere, and incredible homemade fresh food..at an affordable price. I would advise you don't eat anything before going though, because it is extreeeemmmeelllyyy filling for two people. Very impressed.

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James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant332 Menzies, Victoria
run while you can
By jane2thedoe of victoria b.c (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 10:34am [Dine in]

The service was absolutely terrible, kitchen staff/servers were just standing around hanging out talking innapropriately in the dining room. We got told to sit wherever and then the only table that was not cramped beside the next and had a decent view had not been cleared yet. So we stood to wait and see if we'd be able to sit there and they were not paying attention to us so we finally asked the server who was just sitting doing cutlery if it would be okay for us to sit there. She was extremely rude and unimpressed about having to clear the table, pulled the cloth off and got crumbs all over my mum and treated us very poorly. Making me help put the new cloth on and then they were all talking saying how she deserved "waitress of the year" amongst other things. We felt so uncomfortable that we left. The kitchen looked gross, the staff looked like they were brought off the street. Definately not the "high tea" experience we were looking for. Would definately NOT recommend this place to anyone. We ended up going to the "white heather" in Oak Bay, and what a night and day difference. The prices were incredible.. the food was freshly made (not ordered in like this place) and the server was an absolute doll, from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out we were treated with 5 star service, and served incredible food. Very glad we left this place, and were able to turn the day around.

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Vis a Vis Wine & Charcuterie Bar2232 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Excellent wine bar
By pacla of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:28am [Dine in]

Ecxcellent choice of wine by the glass and flights. Food is also very well prepared. The choice for lunch is quite superior to those available in most other places around town. Only minor problem: the wine list available online is mostly outdated, so you cannot plan in advance. It would be nice to be able to check out wine ratings for the wines offered before going there. Also, a reliable list of wines would attract more wine lovers eager to try a particular bottle.

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Nando's Chicken2401 C Millstream Rd, #193, Victoria
Solid 4 all around
By Usatsuki of victoria b.c. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 12:20am [Dine in]

I have been to this Nando's location a couple of times and each time the food has been awesome, the service quite nice and the ambiance very unique. I will return and would definitely recommend this place to anyone as it was recommended to me.
Even their vegetarian options are quite tasty (as said by my vegetarian friend who is rather picky.)

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McDonald's4410 West Saanich Road, Victoria
Horrible!!!
By hokmah of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2012 - 8:44am [Take-out]

I usually drive out of my way to avoid this store as the get my order wrong 90% of the time and managers clearly don't care.
Made the mistake of going back again when I was in a hurry...the cashier made a mistake and canceeld the transaction in the middle...but it clearly went through as it said approved after I entered my PIN. Waited a LONG time for the manager to finally arrive...she totally blew me off and insisted I pay again and come back with my Visa statement if in fact I was double charged. WHAT???? Not my mistake so why am I inconvenienced.

I WAS double charged and have now wasted my time and gas going back 3 times, plus a phone call from the manager...but STILL have not received a refund. I have yet to hear the word "sorry" and have not been taken seriously or treated with the least bit of respect.

Run screaming from this store!!!!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The500 Fort Street, Victoria
Ok choice for dining alone
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (139 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I was in Victoria for business and found myself craving more than some take out in my hotel room. I wandered around the city - most of the decent places were too busy, some of the tourist trap places I checked Dinehere first and opted out. I didn't want to go to an ethnic place where I was alone at one of the two occupied tables. So, I tried the Keg. It was a good option for being alone as they suggested I sit in the lounge where 4 of the 5 occupied tables were lone business diners.

Being vegetarian, the Keg is tough. I read on the internet to ask them to make portabello fajitas instead of chicken but I don't know where that came from as there are no fajitas ont he menu at all. I have not seen them on a KEG menu in many years. There is really NOTHING vegetarian at the Keg for entrees. What a stupid move on their part. That is why I rarely go.

Anyway I ended up ordering the spinach salad with strawberries cranberries nuts and blue cheese and I ordered the snap peas and aparagus tempura. I have had both before at other kegs. The salad this time was drowned in some type of unfavourable dressing to the point that the greens were soggy and dripping. The tempura veg was ICE COLD. Once tempura gets ice cold it gets soggy. The whole dinner was not great, but of course I didn't want to complain or draw attention to myself as I was alone.

I think I'm done with this chain. You should really not waste your money here.

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
A small Hot Mess
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (139 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I can really only review what I had, and perhaps I ordered the wrong thing. The breakfasts all looked ok as did the fries and wraps I saw.

Unfortunately I didn't order those things. I had a veggie Cristo sandwich. A Monte Cristo sandwich is a whole sand wich dipped in egg and cooked till golden and crisp like french toast. This was yellow coloured soft floppy bread and small pieces too. Inside was supposed to be avocado, brie, roasted garlic and peppers. I could not taste, nor did I see any peppers. I got a couple of whole chunks of almost raw garlic though. Yuk. The worst was the two premium items I wanted. The brie was so hot it had melted into an indistinguishable liquid mess. Then there were large chunks of hot avocado. Hot avocado is positively gross. The whole sandwich was a complete disaster. Plus it tasted like pesto which was not in the description.

It came with salad and the dressing choices were one - take it or leave it. The salad had some shaved beet on it which was nice, but there was some weird type of green in it that made the whole thing taste a little weird. All this for only $10.95. I want my money back. Wait staff was bored.

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Sookjai Thai839 Fort Street, Victoria
Pretty Good Thai in Victoria
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (139 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 9:06pm [Take-out]

I've had Thai at a few places in Victoria. Baan was atrocious, Siam good, Noodle box - boring.

Decided to get take out from this place. Had spring rolls which were very good. Not greasy and very tasty. Had a little different taste so you could tell they weren't just deep fried costco rolls like most places they had made them. Pad thai was pretty good as well. The prawns tasted just a tad off but but were good and teh noodles just the right thickness. The only problem was it didn't have any of the pickled radish that pad thai should have. It was also a little expensive for take out - no discount. But, all in all pretty decent.

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Boston Pizza3510 Blanshard St, #102, Victoria
Things Have Really Turned Around!
By foodlover72 of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 10:01am [Dine in]

I decided to take my wife out for dinner this weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the new selection of food, the outstanding service I recieved and the addition of all new HDTV's around the restaurant.

I have had good experiences here in the past but it really seems that things have changed and the management has fixed a lot of the old complaints/problems.

Highly recommend you go and see for yourself

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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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