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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Bin 4 Burger Lounge911 Yates Street, #180, Victoria
Best Burger Place In Town
By Sharky371 of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I have to admit I was nervous going out of my comfort zone and trying this place out but i found out the restaurant was down to earth great food and the servers were so upbeat and friendly I know its pricier then some burger places but they are way better than any place ive ever been to before

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Floyds Breakfast experience
By Sharky371 of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

First time I ever went to Floyds Diner on Yates Have to say I had a mixed experience. The looks in the place when I got in was a bit run down from the inside not to mention was not a bit impressed with a Santa that was dressed up as a Canuck fan waiting for me inside the only thing was missing was a clownhead out to talk my order into. I ordered a American Idol Eggs Benny which was really good but I really waited along time and with the price a bit high it was a bit dissapointing The people in there were freindly so Im going to try them one more time maybe they just had a bad day

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Nautical Nellies1001 Wharf St, Victoria
SOOOOOOOOOOO Not Worth The Money
By dallas012 of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:55am [Dine in]

I actually just joined this site to warn people about this place. Had dinner there last night . Never felt more ripped off after leaving a restaurant. For the money they're charging I expected a lot more. Not a hard , cold triangle of rice, two hard carrots, two hard beans , and a little bowl of seafood for 35.00. With the 15.00 $ appy for a total of 50.00 . For 52.00 you could go to Matisse for a 4 course dinner , and have a real dinning experience. Trust me, get the bread pudding for dessert.

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Rumrunner Pub, The9881 Seaport Place, Victoria
Something Rotten in Sidney
By greggcanan of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Ordered calamari to start. Other tables winced as it was delivered. Had two bites and returned. Tasted and smelled like it had been left on the dock in the sun. Another table thanked us for sending it back. Called manager on it he were told that it was the cumin spice. Really? Then he brought a bag of calamari to prove its freshness. With the bag closed across the table, that was enough. Just glad to leave. Read other reviews and look for another restaurant in Sidney!

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Chiba Sushi2706 Government Street, Victoria
Don't Dine Here
By dtcb of Mission BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:00am [Take-out]

We love sushi. We've eaten the best and the worst over the years across the country. Last weekend we were stuck in Victoria due to weather and decided to order take out sushi from Chiba Sushi. It calls itself "the best sushi place in town". It isn't. This place should be torn down and sown with salt. We arrived and place an order for over $100 worth of sushi and sashimi. We waited...and waited...and waited. No offer of tea, water...nothing. We stopped a young waitress after the 15 minute mark and asked what was up. She said "it's not my fault that they're slow". Wrong answer. The restaurant was less than 1/3 full on a Sunday night at 7PM. At the half hour mark I asked to speak to the manager...the original dragon lady...and she screamed at me...that's right...screamed, saying "I can't hurry the cooks...not my fault...and so on." This is in front of customers who had just walked in as well. Finally after about 40 minutes we got our food. When we opened it at our hotel room it was dreadful. The sashimi as old...bordering on going bad. The portions we small (and I'm being generous here). They gave us one set of chop sticks. Folks, go anywhere...even food courts...and you'll get better sushi...we even had better sushi on the ferry back to Vancouver. STAY AWAY from Chiba Sushi!

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Sharky's Fish and Chips4517 West Saanich Rd, #4, Victoria
Fish & Chips
By George of Royal Oak rea of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

A small place, has just a few tables for eat in dining. Friendly service by the owner, I enjoy eating in. Clean premises. Great hand punched thick cut fries. I find thick cut fries can be undercooked but these are cooked to perfection, excellent taste. The portions are generous, the batter on the fish tender, tasty, and crispy. The best fish & chips in Victoria for my money.

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Sharky's Fish and Chips4517 West Saanich Rd, #4, Victoria
Graet Fish & Chios
By George of Royal Oak rea of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Very friendly service by the owner, thick cut "hand punched" fries, cooked well. I'm leery of large fires because they can be cooked unevenly. These are crispy on the outside and cooked through. The fish is excellent with a a batter that is tasty and not not thick, and not greasy. Good value. I usually eat in, just a few tables, clean premises. The best fish & chips in Victoria for my money.

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Kuku's24 West Burnside, Victoria
As was said before, better to go to grocery store and buy a kit.
By baxter1 of victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 6:01pm [Take-out]

Just bought a take out portion of lamb stew. It was 80% bone and fat. Had to wrestle with the dish to get every bit of lamb meat out of it. Was still very, very hungry. Don't they know that we don't eat bone and many of us don't like gristle??? Im not going back

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Pink Sugar Cupcakery773 Fort Street, Victoria
Beware of Customized Cakes
By Poppet of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:31pm [Catering]

Beware of Customized Cakes.

We used to love Pink Sugar. In fact when we first bought a tray of their cakes we found it incredible that they were vegan; they tasted so good! We remained faithful customers and passed on many good reviews to friends and colleagues. We even brought overseas visitors there to sample what great food Victoria has. Well, things have certainly changed in the past couple of years and their quality has steadily decreased in terms of taste and flavour. (Their customer service has never been great, but you tend to overlook that for good food sometimes, right?) Numerous Groupon vouchers to sell their stale, bland goods have been circulated recently, hoping to drum up more business. That should have been my another warning.

So, against my better judgement we had to go with ordering our son's birthday cake with them. After previously looking at Ooh La La and loving what they do, we discovered they were closed and couldn't get the cake made in time. Pink Sugar sprang to mind as we had never had a customised cake before - maybe they were better? With more thought and attention to detail paid to them? Let's take the risk. They used to be good!

Bad move.

After confirming our requirements and stating what we would like for such a special occasion in our lives, Pink Sugar assured us that the cake would be made and in time. To cut a long and disappointing story short, the cake was dreadful. It was late, so my husband had to rush out just before the birthday gathering to collect it. I thought that kind of understandable, thinking the cake's appearance would make up for the delay.

Wrong again.

Plain, cracked icing and characters unsecured to the sponge so they fell over, when it arrived home in my husbands arms I was so sad. We didn't even want photos of it to remember such a lovely day. But such is life and we wanted to speak with the manager for feedback. Feedback that would be beneficial to their business that this was not good enough for the amount we were charged. We didn't expect money back, but hoped we could spare other parents the disappointment of such trash for the money paid. We left messages and was assured we would be called back by the manager. She never bothered. We then emailed them with sad looking pictures of this cake, he again, never received a reply. Maybe the manager is deluded into thinking it was a one off (no, it isn't from what I have heard), maybe she is plain lazy (likely). Either way, she is definitely unthoughtful.

So I would suggest you only go here if they have a special offer and you are desperate. Definitely not for customized cakes. They are not worth the money and seriously need to re-evaluate their business plan, their staff, their management and certainly the quality of their cakes. As they do not ever reply to phone-calls or emails from customers, I hope you guys out there never encounter any issues with them. You certainly would not want to have a conversation with their staff behind the counter like I will have to, they are miserable and sometimes, damn scary.

I don't like giving bad reviews, I prefer to speak to the business themselves. But they don't want to know that this quality of service is unacceptable, especially for special occasions. People have told me not to bother with Pink Sugar anymore, I wish I listened. This is one place I will be telling friends, family and colleagues to steer away from now. Lesson learned.

Go to Ooh La La instead. Lovely friendly people, stunning cakes and great service.

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My Thai Cafe1020 Cook St., Victoria
Not what it used to be
By More_Cowbell of victoria, BC (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2012 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent My Thai when they first opened, drawn to the great food and reasonable prices. I moved away for a few years and decided to try it again after moving back to Victoria. Wow, how things have changed.

I was first struck by just how dirty the place has gotten. There was dirt and cobwebs all over the place, the carpets were absolutely filthy, and the place did not smell very good. They also haven't painted the place since it opened and it shows. The tables had chips of paint missing all over them and looked like something out of a Salvation Army furniture section. They also had graffiti all over the front sign, which they hadn't bothered to clean or replace.

My wife wanted to leave at this point, but I remembered the food being good so we hung in there to order food. Big mistake. While the curry was not terrible, the pad thai was burnt and disgusting. The shrimp that it came with also smelled pretty bad and were not fresh. The only thing I didnt mind was the white rice.

The meal was over $50 by the end, but was not worth half of that. There is a reason the place was empty for the dinner service.

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Local Kitchen, The1205 Wharf Street, Victoria
My new local
By arctikphox of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 8:06am [Dine in]

My friend and I typically get together once per month at Moon Under Water (awesome) and decided to give a new place a try. I my 20+ years of being in Victoria I had never been into any establishment that had occupied this space. I had no expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. The service was extremely attentive despite the fact that it was busy. The owner or management (both?) also seemed to err on the side of caution with regards to staff - there were lots and they were all keeping busy. On Friday nights they pump up the music - not my usual thing - but we were still able to have a conversation and really enjoy the night. My friend ordered a burger and I ordered the wings. Two basic staples you need to get right. His burger had a beautiful bun (brioche perhaps?), the fries were perfect and the patty clearly made in house. My wings were large, very tasty (salt and pepper) and crispy. the blue cheese dressing wasn't too strong either. These are not 25 Cent wings! Anyway I will be a local at The Local - thanks for a great night.

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Barb's Place Fish & Chips310 St. Lawrence Street, Victoria
Staple Fish & Chip Joint
By VicGal of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 6, 2012 - 5:15pm [Take-out]

Barb's gets a visit from us at least 2-3 times per year, mainly in the summer months. Good change of pace to eat outside, on the docks, and be out on the beautiful Victoria waterfront.

We always get the same thing: 1 or 2 pc Halibut with Fries

Sometimes my husband & I will share a 2-pc Halibut & Fries because we're not keen on so many fries. It's about $17 or $18 for this, so very reasonable to share & plenty of food for both. Sometimes we've ordered a side of coleslaw when sharing. Our vegetarian daughter can get a veggie burger there too.

We like Barb's...you go there partly for the fish, partly for the fun of eating out on the docks.

NOTE: In the busy summer months it can be difficult to find a table, especially when the cruise ships are in. You have the pager & the wait for your food, so often times you can mill around & nab a table in the meantime (but you have to be aware & quick!)

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Christie's Carriage House1739 Fort Street, Victoria
A snug spot
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

I really enjoy the layout of this place. It has an old English pub feel, with low ceilings, many cozy snugs, and a wooden decor. It's only competition that way was Vancouver's Jolly Taxpayer (now sadly destroyed) and Nanaimo's Crow and Gate (the very best of the genre I've seen in BC). The food at Christie's is pretty basic pub fair, plenty of variety though not outstanding, and the service is solid - given that I've never been in there when it wasn't crowded to the rafters.

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Darcy's Pub1127 Wharf Street, Victoria
Fine spot
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

I like this place. It's at the centre of all things touristy, if you're a tourist, and has a good selection of beer and a decent menu. The food is good. In terms of the ambience, I like the wooden decor and that the interior design is in circles and squares. My only nit is the price. Bit expensive at over $7 for a 'sleeve' vs. a pint.

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Sunnyside Cafe1234 Esquimalt Road, #101, Victoria
back open!
By biffy1009 of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

The Sunnyside is back open and now 7 days a week 8am-3pm!!
The menu is the same and has 2 soups daily as well as a daily special.
The coffee is now from 2% jazz (based on douglas street- but moving to the hudson)
The cafe is dog friendly and they are allowed out on the patio and will no doubt be offered a treat and something to drink!

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Great afternoon hangout
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:43am [Dine in]

We are regulars here and have seen many changes in the upstairs pub. The view of the outer harbour and Ogden Point is tremendous. There's a real wood fire. The setting is great. The clientele are interesting - esp. the cruise ship passengers and the regulars bellying up to the bar with their own pint pots hanging in hooks. The food is very tasty and the menu shifts regularly, which is nice; they make attempts to vary the snacks, which we appreciate. There are 7-8 craft beer on, of which 1-2 is a seasonal. Some are served at room temp, English style; others are colder, Canadian style, which I prefer, but the beer is consistently good and the pub features caskivals and beer fests for afficianados. The only nit I have is the service. While we always get friendly enough service, it's always SLOW. Not sure if the waitresses are understaffed or the bartenders are slow or if the manager's not motivating enough, but we have never had really fast service.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Basic brew pub with a twist
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:27am [Dine in]

We come here often. Once we had terrible service but now the service is quite good - not as fast as I'd like but solid. I like the ambience here, the wood and the hangings, and there's a snug out back which is where we hang out. If you sit in the main pub for lunch you get a great street view and the music fits the mood. There are 7-8 craft beer on tap, one of which is a seasonal. Some of the beer is served at room temp English style and some colder Canadian style; I prefer the latter and wish some of the others were colder but that's me. I also wish they'd serve the pints in chilled pint mugs rather than large warm pop glasses. The menu was for years very basic and expansive but they've now toned it down - which is good - and revitalized it. I still find the food overall pretty basic but they've been able to keep their prices competitive. They do breakfasts quite well.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
A hangout
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:06am [Dine in]

We come to the pub side often. I love the interior design, very lofty with the wooden beams and light. Originally the seating was limited and the service a little slow, but in the past year both these things have radically improved. And we get good service always as regulars. There are 4-5 craft beers on at any time, one of which will be seasonal. My favourite seasonal is the Amber Artifact Lager; of the regulars, the pale ale is very clean with a bite for a summer day and the Beaver Brown is great when you come in out of the cold. The food is quite delicious, although pricey for a pub. I love the Aussie Pub Burger but at $17.50 and going up with each menu iteration it's too much for me.

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
VERY BAD choice of restaurant all around - not worth money
By cityqat of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Party of 3 on a quiet afternoon. There is nobody in the restaurant, yet we have to wait 30 minutes to be seated despite our reservation. I am a pollo vegetarian (chicken only) so this was of utmost priority.... there was ONE choice of dish on the menu for me, so I ordered it. I was handed my chicken, bit into it and believed it to be FISH. I called the waitress over to ask what it was? "Chicken. It's chicken." I ate it, then found out it was *definitely* fish (bones) and ran to the washroom to vomit. I called the waitress over again to point out the error and the results of that error (vomiting and sick). "You ate it. I will not take it off the bill." I paid an inordinate amount of money to be ill.

BAD SERVICE.
NOT WORTH MONEY AT ALL. I'D RATHER STARVE THAN GO BACK TO THIS RESTAURANT.

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Wok Box2401 Millstream Road, #143, Victoria
Not Impressed at all
By AxionJaxion of langford bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went there for the first time on the 18th Dec and ordered two noodle boxes to go. It took too long to get our order for the amount of customers there, which wasn't many. When we got home, my wife found a plastic suction hook in her noodles~! We called them, and they said to bring it in and she would get a free meal.
We went in next day and ordered noodle soups. Again we were disappointed. The soup was not hot, ingredients were missing from those indicated on the menu - lime, basil. When I asked for it, I was told by the server, " Oh, most people don't want it". She was indifferent to our needs, and if I was the owner, she would be looking for another job.
For a new restaurant, I give it a year before they go broke, unless they change their approach to service, quality, and customer satisfaction. In one word: Terrible.

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