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Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Penny Farthing Olde English Pub, The2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Fun food and drink, English pub style, in Oak Bay.
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:42am [Dine in]

Our dinner venue after a drive through and walkabout of some of the sights & sounds of Oak Bay, and Oak Bay Village. We popped in for a look-see early in our walkabout of the area, then dropped back later that afternoon to catch dinner (about 5 pm).

Drink: for Mom - her usual ice water w/lemon — for daughter and I, a flight of ale (four, 7 oz tasters), we opted for the four, local, tap brews 'featured' that day. It turned out to be a great selection - cool and tasty, and we sure enjoyed them: Tofino - IPA, Parallel 49 - Gypsy Tears , Category 12 - Disruption Black IPA, and Philips - Odyssey Nitro Porter. Was there a clear 'winner' amongst the four? did not think so, but suspect the IPA's were given a slight nod. They were all fine brews, and sure hit the spot that late-afternoon.

Food: for Mom - the braised short rib and onion tourtiere pie (w/mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli) — for daughter - the mushroom brie burger (w/fries) — and for me - the house burger (w/salad) - daughter and I shared the fries and salad. Rather nice presentations, good portion sizes, and very decent preparations.

We enjoyed our experience - it’s a ‘cool’ and friendly place, and the cool flight of brews, accompanied with the tasty food and good service, contributed a much-enjoyed end to our afternoon/evening in Oak Bay.

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Bartholomews Pub777 Douglas Street, Victoria
Casual, fun, good food and drink, English-pub style!!
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:31am [Dine in]

Bart's Pub was our first dinner venue during a recent stay in Victoria. We walked from our hotel in the Inner Harbour area, and when stepping inside and finding it so warm & welcoming, just knew we had found 'the' place we were seeking that evening!

What we (senior couple & daughter) ordered and enjoyed:

— drink: for Mom, ice water w/lemon — for daughter and I, sleeves of Bart's Lager (it was cool, clean, and crisp, and perfect for the time, and our moods).

— food: Mom, meatloaf (a 'stack' - thick piece of meatloaf, sitting on top of a bed of baby potatoes and veggies) — daughter, smoked meat sandwich (w/fries, and a side of cole slaw), and for me, shepherds pie w/salad (ground meat & veggies, topped w/mashed potato, and wow! what a great, tossed, green salad - two kinds of lettuce (no iceberg!), plus, halved yellow and red cherry tomatoes, and with my choice of balsamic vinegar dressing, a big yum). Daughter took some of her huge sandwich back to the hotel, otherwise, all plates & glasses were totally "almost licked" cleaned!!

A much-enjoyed dining experience. The food, drink, and service at Bart’s sure did their thing on us - we left very pleased and glowing!

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Irish Times Pub1200 Government Street, Victoria
Cool pub venue in downtown Victoria!
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:32am [Dine in]

A much-enjoyed pub venue during a recent stay in Victoria. It was our first evening out & about downtown, we were seeking a cool beverage, and something light in the way of food to go with it. It was a Saturday evening, about 6:40 pm when we arrived - the place was very busy.

Drinks: for Mom, an iced water w/lemon, daughter and I chose one of their flights of beer tasters (four, 7 oz), and we wanted it to be Island brews, so chose their 'YYJ Flight' (or '2 Mile Flight'), which included:

-- Lighthouse - Lager — Driftwood - White Bark — Philips - Blue Back — Hoynes - Dark Matter

Wow! a great flight - four very distinctive brews. Cool and flavourful. Enjoyed each of them, but must admit the 'Dark Matter' and 'White Bark' were the two biggest hits. The 'Blue Back' definitely gained some ground on those two, when we dropped in and did the same flight on two consecutive early-morning downtown walkabouts!

Food: we decided to share one of their pizzas, and ordered the 'Italian sausage'. It was fine presentation and preparation - thin crust, pretty and tasty toppings, and just what our moods had called for that evening.

Good food and drink, and friendly, courteous, and efficient service to match.

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J & J Wonton Noodle House1012 Fort St., Victoria
Tasty Chinese food dining in a Victoria neighbourhood.
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:11am [Dine in]

A venue chosen for a Chinese food dinner during our most recent stay. The restaurant is located in a neighbourhood just outside of the downtown core, an easy find, and interesting area. We arrived a touch early of the 4:30 pm opening, and were not the only ones arriving early, when it opened, four tables worth of diners, and a couple of people coming for take-out orders, entered the place! Glad we came early.

It's a small, and very unassuming-looking place (especially from its outside appearance), but offers more seating inside than one might expect from seeing it outside. There is certainly nothing fancy in decorations and the like inside - from what I saw, it's mostly dark, bare walls, and rather dimly-lit lighting. The brightest spot is at back, the kitchen, which is visible through a full-size, glass window, enabling diners to view the cooks doing their thing. Our first impression -- Yea, our kind of Chinese restaurant!!

What we (threesome) ordered and shared .... all servings large, Szechuan-style spicy, well-prepared and presented, and served piping hot to our table.

-- crispy, spicy, ginger fried beef - dark, quite large pieces of beef, with a fairly-crispy outside, and tender inside, w/some green onion. It was hot, spicy, and very tasty! A portion was left to take back to our hotel, and was enjoyed as a snack the next day on our balcony!

-- stir-fried prawn w/black bean sauce - shelled prawns, tender and juicy, with an assortment of veggies. Everything cooked perfectly. Yum! a very flavourful and tasty dish.

- stir-fried squid w/hot, ginger garlic sauce - tender/tasty squid rings, and nice assortment of veggies (including some large mushrooms). Squid and veggies cooked perfectly, sauce hot & spicy (a touch too!). But guess we enjoyed it, as there was nothing was left on the plate!!

- house special chow mein - nice assortment of meats, chicken, noodles, and veggies. It looked good, and tasted the same. The plate was cleaned!

Yea, the service was good, the food quite exceptional - we left 'full & happy', and sure pleased that we had chosen to dine there for our last dinner that stay!!

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
Dinner at the Canoe - tasty food and drink, and lovely views!!
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

A chosen destination for dinner, and we were sure not disappointed -- wow! what a lovely spot, with good food and beverages to match!

The day was bright and sunny, the setting shined, and looked very welcoming upon arrival. And luckily, we managed to catch a spot for the car in their small parking lot, when we got there about 5:20 pm. The building, erected in 1894, has been designated as a heritage site on the Inner Harbour. It's lovely inside and out, with all the red brick, wood finishings, and decorations.

We (threesome) chose a table inside, the weather was sunny, but it was a touch too cool and windy for us to sit outside in the patio areas. Once in and settled, our server was at our table with food and drink menus. We ordered cold beverages, then sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed them and the surroundings for a while before ordering food.

Drink: Mom ordered an ice water w/lemon, and daughter and I, a flight of beer, their 'core brands' -- a lager, pale ale, IPA, and a dark ale. The beers were cool, flavourful, and tasty -- much-enjoyed, and got our taste buds off to a great start.

Food: we ordered three of what they call 'smaller plates & sharing' -- w/descriptions from menu - the flash fried Humboldt squid (w/shaved fennel, roasted shishito peppers, parsley), wings (w/chili-shallot glaze, burnt scallions, slaw), and the margherita flatbread (mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, arugula, basil, olive oil, parmesan). When the plates and board were brought to our table, there was a rather loud 'wow' from each of us! everything looked so good - presentations so bright, colourful, and nicely-arranged. Then the tastings - we thought the preparations were as 'perfect' as they could possibly be - the food fresh, distinctively-spicy (but not overly), so flavourful, and tasty. The squid and wings were almost unbelievably tender, and major taste treats. This was our first taste of flatbread 'pizza', and it turned out to be such a great dish to accompany the others. There was nothing was left on the plates to go back to the kitchen!

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. It was such a pretty and welcoming spot, offering such well-prepared and presented food, drink, and fine, friendly service.

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Cozy Place, The1692 Douglas Street, Victoria
Chinese food at it's best in Victoria!!
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Our venue for a late-lunch/early-dinner. A small Chinese restaurant, clean, neat, and tidy, with very friendly, and welcoming husband (the Chef) and wife owners.  We sat at a table near the door, which provided a view of the restaurant's interior, and the cooking of our order in the ‘open’ kitchen.  We arrived about 3 pm, and were given the option of ordering from either the lunch or dinner menus, we opted for the lunch menu (it had a good number of selections, with small descriptions and pictures of the fare offered).  We enjoyed the first glass of tea while making up our minds on what to order.

What we (threesome) ordered, and listed in the order received: Note:  the dishes were prepared one at a time, and each brought to our table piping hot from the kitchen as prepared, allowing us to fully-savour the distinctive spicing and flavours of each dish.

— deep-fried chicken wings -- cooked perfectly - light-crispy outside, soft inside, spicy (not overly so), and tasty.  
— cozy place chow mein -- the 'house' chow mein - vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, broccoli, carrots, onions, chicken, shrimp, and octopus (and I may have missed something).  Good preparation, lightly-spiced, and very flavourful.
— beef brisket & tendon, w/large rice noodles -- served in a large bowl - a chicken stock base, with large rice noodles (cooked so well, not overcooked, the noodles had well-absorbed the flavours of the stock and additional spices added to the preparation), large pieces of tender brisket/tendon (melt in your mouth tender goodness!), and pieces of baby bok choy.  So good!! colourful, aromatic, distinctively-flavoured, tasty, and much-enjoyed.   — dumplings -- steamed and then lightly stir-fried, large, wraps thin and tender, fillings crammed full of a meat (chicken and pork?) and veggie mix.  Another perfect preparation, flavourful, and tasty.
— beef tomato rice -- slices of beef, pieces of tomato and onion, on a bed of rice - it looked good, and tasted the same - yum!  The beef was tender, the spicing perfect to our liking, another flavourful and tasty dish.

A delightful, much-enjoyed dining experience!  Wonderfully-prepared dishes, with such distinctive and flavourful spicing - colourful presentations - welcoming, friendly hosts and service.  From the outside, it looked like it might/could be our kind of place - from the inside, after meeting the hosts, and enjoying such a great meal - we definitely found out it 'was' our kind of place!!

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New York Fries1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Best quality fast food experience IN MY LIFE.
By Fcarl of victoria b.c. (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:42am [Take-out]

Friendly staff like WOW! So nice so energetic! You can tell that the manager takes his job seriously I trying to create a fun and positive workspace AND is just so dedicated to the customer experience. I have never seen someone in gast food give out good feeling happy vibes like this guy. He and his staff feel genuinely excited to help you get your order and too make your fries or poutine. They practically race against each other during the busy lunchtime it's amazing. It was the best food in the food court (I've tried everything) and it is fun too just watch.

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Jasmine's1752 Island Hwy, Victoria
Great food here.
By LaRiviere28 of Port Alberni, BC (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Came here with my friends for supper really good food here friendly service did not have long to wait it was my first time here I have always wonder about this place it was so busy here when we were here for those of who have never tried it you should try it you will like it.

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Cook N Pan Polish Deli1725 Cook Street, #4, Victoria
Very nice spot on Victoria's map
By Sylwiagalazka of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:47am [Dine in]

Excellent cold cuts and lunches. They are an old deli having a new location. You have to check it out. Amazing atmosphere and beautiful patio. The heritage house is located downtown but it's hidden from noise or traffic. Perfect for having a moment of relaxation! They are seEvington Fernwood coffee, homemade pastries and outstanding lunches. Polish tradition with a modern twist.

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Burger Bar 537104 Manson Road, Salt Spring Island
Tourist trap, beware. Horrible burnt food with flies everywhere.
By eric1111 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

Stay away from this place, yelp was hiding my review so as to protect this business, not good. Place was full of flies and burgers and chicken strips burnt with an excuse: "Are you American? because we need a special license to cook burgers less than well done....so here we make our burgers well done

"So you need a license to make good food? that's your excuse for serving disgusting inedible burnt food?"

Tourist trap, terrible food, worst fries and burger I've had in my entire life. And the bill? $60 for inedible burnt food.

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New York Fries1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Terrible Customer Service
By KoriTenshi of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 10:29am [Dine in]

If the poor quality food wasn't bad enough, the teenage and insolent 20 somethings that work here will make you wish you had stayed home instead. Terrible customer service, rude employees and NYF is NOT GLUTEN FREE as much as they may say they are. Be careful with your money here, and spend it somewhere else.

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Marina Restaurant1327 Beach Dr., Victoria
The food was excellent and I will go back
By anita99 of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

The location, food and service were excellent. We were a group of 6 and ordered multiple dishes off their lunch menu. Every dish was amazing. I will definitely re-visit this place in the future. Also, the restaurant is right on beach drive and has a beautiful view of the water and dock.

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Be Love1019 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Vegan without being about eating grass and seeds
By bcsaltchucker of victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

This place has some wonderful rich creative dishes. Hardly know you're going without meat. Very eclectic and satisfying. I love some the cocktails and beers they offer too. Love the Green Bowl dish. and the ones with Tahini in it. Tried to replicate at home but I do not have such talent.

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Ali Baba Pizza2401 Millstream Rd, #109, Victoria
Delicious american style gourmet pizza
By bcsaltchucker of victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:59pm [Take-out]

Love this place! I eat here at least once a week, for take out slices. so much better than run of the mill tkae out slices. Costs more too, but worth it. Very rich and tasty, heck once take out slice is enough for two people, though it is too irresistable to share

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900 Degrees Pizzeria2401 Millstream Rd,, Victoria
Best authentic Pizza in BC!
By bcsaltchucker of victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

I dine here fairly often. Because it is so very authentic. Very similar to the pizza we enjoyed in Italy .. in fact often better than the pizza we had in Italy.

The ambience of the restaurant is a bit weak though. loud and not enough tables for 2-4.

Also, this is the not the type of pizza you take out. We tried that once, and by the time it is taken home and enjoyed, it loses its fresh delightful crust and become a bit floppy. Dine in and enjoy it fresh - it is truly awesome.

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900 Degrees Pizzeria2401 Millstream Rd,, Victoria
Had the best time!
By Chris L of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 6, 2015 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

We went out for dinner with the kids to this new local restaurant and we loved it. It is located in Millstream Village so parking was no problem. The food was amazing! Even the glutten free pizza my wife had was delicious!!!!! Everything is fresh, organic, local and simply yummy. We will be going back very soon. Truly authentic italian pizza. So worth it.

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Raymond's815 Cloverdale Ave, #212, Victoria
They will literally rip you off
By Sinaster1 of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2015 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

They will rip you off, they full they charged us full adult price for a 2yo and a 6yo we asked them about it then they dropped the price by $10. A bunch of thieves they refused to even give us a receipt. Do not go there unless you want to get ripped off. 4 adults and 2 obviously small children shouldn't have been over $120 then $110. Our family will never return.

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Salty's Fish & Chips1205 Esquimalt Road, Victoria
Not good
By Ron of Victoria (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2015 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at several Salty's locations around Vancouver Island over the years usually getting decent value and sometimes great fish and chips until I tried Esquimalt.
I can say I have had worse....in Saskatchewan, but by any west coast standards this was a dismal excuse for fish and chips. Small fish portions and what tasted like reheated fries. Overall much like frozen boxed F&C.

I did take the time to email the head office. They did not even have the courtesy to reply.
I can only assume they just don't care and that seems to be most evident at this location.

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Oyster at Pescatores, The614 Humbolt, Victoria
No more buck a shuck
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Good food...not great but good. Very poor service. Very Very expensive for a tiny bit of food. Myself and my wife's bill 170.00 and we both left hungry and had only 2 watered down drinks and a glass of warm water. I get the whole thing about the amazing chef who's food is so great you only get a taste for hundred dollar bills but doesn't the food have to be worthy of that kind of ego??
The tiny bowls of clam chowder were so salty we could barely eat them.
Now buck a shuck is 3 bucks a shuck.... Sad

Took us 25 min to find our server when we were ready to leave

Too bad this used to be a really good place.

Still looks great with a great location. Guess that's what they're selling now.

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Ocean Garden568 Fisgard Street, Victoria
Quick place to grab a Lunch or Dinner
By MiracleMax of Victoria British Columbia Canada (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I have been going here for a few years now, and to be honest my experience is always a hit and miss.

One day it's good, the next it's so, so.

For $10 bucks, I generally grab a lunch combo and drink a pot of Chinese tea (which is complimentary)

The staff are quite friendly and service is prompt, however often I have an issue with the freshness and or appearance of the food on my plate.

I have had my food brought to me with little bits of food that are NOT part of my combo clearly visibly mixed into it. Which I hate to say it, but leads me to suspect they are scraping left-over food off of other customers plates that go back to the kitchen into back into the prepped items to save on food waste.

Also I have also had the plate come to me almost cold on a few occasions.....even when I am one of the only people in the restaurant. And last time I visited the Broccoli was extremely BITTER. So Bitter, I couldn't eat it.

When I let the staff know about these inconsistencies they just kind of shrug their shoulders and say a quick 'Sorry" but they do not offer a reduction on the bill, and do not seem very interested in bringing my concern to the kitchen staff.

That all being said.......6 out of 10 times my food is HOT, tastes fresh, comes generally under 10 minutes from when I order it and I am satisfied with the window views and the complimentary tea.

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