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garystravelSookeSince September 30, 20064 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance4 (4)


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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge1245 Wharf St, Victoria
Fun place, serious food, serious drinks
Submitted Friday, September 29, 2006 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Sauce is one of those great finds that the tourist almost never manage to find. The food is generally very good and has some imagination. The restaurant itself is very trendy looking which might put off some people who're more than 25 but it shouldn't. Go for the food and have fun. Or, go to the bar and have drinks and an appy. The staff is generally friendly and there to help. This is one of those places where the dinner crowd tends to show up late (in my experience).

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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
A happening place to eat
Submitted Friday, September 29, 2006 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has large portions of generally interesting food. Don't even think about your cholesterol while you're here as that will spoil your dinner (lots of cheese!). I always feel that I got my money's worth when I dine here.

A few things to note: First, this is not the place to go for a quiet dinner. It can be very, very noisy. And you're probably going to be sitting close enough to at least one other table to take part in their dinner conversation.

The wait staff usually seems to be running from one table to the next so when you've got one at your table make use of them. Sometimes I've been there and had great staff that seemed to be able to spend all the time in the world with me, other times I had to almost trip them as they went by.

For me the patio is generally a bit more sane. The only drawback is that in the winter it can be drafty, try to sit near a fireplace. If you're sitting inside, try to avoid the tables closest to the kitchen area (back left corner when you first walk in) as this raises the noise level if the kitchen is really busy.

Reservations really are a must.

While I don't seem to have given this restaurant a great review, I actually do like it and go back to it regularly. The middle of the road grading is due to the noise and the closeness of the tables. The food is fine and generally a good value; while not particularly outstanding it is consistently good.

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Blackfish Cafe, The950 Wharf St, Victoria
Go for the view
Submitted Friday, September 29, 2006 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

To me, the Blackfish Cafe is all about the view. The food is normally "solid" or better but I go for the view. When I'm taking visitors on a tour of Victoria this is one of the places that I prefer to take them for lunch. If you're lucky enough to eat outside then you're right on the water and can watch the float planes taxi in and out (and "yes", that does make some noise but it's worth it). The wait staff works hard to get to everyone and seem pretty good at it. One of the other great things about this place is that while it is a great place to take tourist, most tourist don't know about it so it's usually not too hard to get a table, unless there's a festival in the inner harbour. If you end up eating inside, then focus on the view and forget about the interior, which is pretty forgettable.

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Blethering Place, The2250 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Tourist Trap
Submitted Friday, September 29, 2006 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

There are some good things about the Blethering Place, such as the English odds and ends that you can pick up there (food stuffs). An English friend of mine went nuts over their canned goods. The restaurant itself has a cozy appearance that makes you think it would be a great place for an afternoon tea. Recently I took a visitor there for an afternoon tea and ended up apologizing to them for the experience. We arrived mid-afternoon so the place wasn't busy at all. But the service was slow. When our server appeared I got the impression we had interrupted something she was doing and she wasn't at all happy about it. She took our order, eventually dropped off our tea and cakes without a word and we never saw her again. I eventually asked another server to get our bill for us. The cake was stale, very stale. I would have sent it back had we ever seen our server again. When we went up to the counter to pay, the person at the cash register asked how our food was and I told her it was bad and told her why (politely). Her response was "oh", and that was it! Really, they seem to be geared toward tour groups and bus loads. I now take my guests to one of the other many outstanding places for tea..

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