Victoria Restaurants. We heartily recommend these restaurants in Victoria BC. Get addresses, ratings, descriptions, maps and photos, links to more info.
Situated smack in the middle of Vancouver Island's Sunshine Coast, with long summer days and a mild climate, it's no wonder Victoria enjoys such a wonderful selection of restaurants. Wild caught seafood, organic and locally grown veggies, hand-crafted beers and locally made wines are ready to hand.
Much of the produce is grown along the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley. Victoria restaurants source fresh ingredients from these local farmers, ranchers and fisherman. Many restaurants are also supportive of the growing awareness of sustainably harvested seafood. Look for the Ocean Wise symbol on their menus.
Victoria offers a wide variety of restaurants, from the
Victoria Downtown Farmer's Market, to elegant dining
rooms, pubs, waterfront patios, coffee shops, bakeries and, of course, Afternoon Tea.
Listed below are a few Victoria restaurants we've been to and can recommend.
What a delightful place to stop and wet the whistle! The hub and I had a little more than an hour to kill before leaving on the Black Ball ferry returning to Port Angeles WA, and we were hungry.
It was a glorious, cloudless August day, so we headed straight to Bard & Banker, opting to sit outside and enjoy watching the world wander by. The food was excellent and the crafted beer was perfect. Yes, we stopped by the next time we were in town.
This is one of my favorite Victoria restaurants. The interior is funky, though cozy. They serve some of the best "Eggs Benny" I've ever had; they
even substituted the ham for smoked salmon. It was out of this world. The Miss Saigon Chicken Salad is also delish. The service is terrific, attentive without hovering.
Located on the water at the foot of Chinatown, this is the best rated patio pub in Victoria. You'll enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Canoe's Brewpub serves handcrafted beer, burgers, seafood, and steak, featuring fresh ingredients from local suppliers. We sat outside on the patio under umbrellas and watched the harbor in action. The food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Afternoon Tea at the Empress Room - TripAdvisor 4.5*
721 Government St., Victoria, BC
Dress Code: Casually elegant
Reservations: Strongly Recommended. Make your reservation via the above link.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel hosts Afternoon Tea between the hours of noon and 3:45 pm each afternoon. They suggest you allow an hour to fully enjoy the experience. I agree. It is elegant and scrumptious, the setting is amazing, the service impeccable, the food exquisite. Can I fit any more hyperboles here?! One of the absolute favorite things I've ever done.
In our opinion, this is a 5-star restaurant. We had the absolute best salmon ever. Our waiter, who was nicely in-tune to our needs throughout, suggested a Pinot Grigio to accompany. It was one of those meals that could have lasted forever.
Harbour House has a Rat-Pack-era vibe of sorts. We were there the minute they opened and, for a while, had the place to ourselves at a window table looking through manicured grounds and trees to the harbor. This is a place to linger with good company over a delicious meal.
Though he was a gold medal winner in the 1976 Culinary Olympics, owner John Cantin says he's always loved honest diner food. Serving up Tex Mex or pancakes for breakfast; traditional clubhouse sammy's for lunch; pasta, falafel or meatloaf for dinner; and with everything in between, I'd say John has taken diner food up a few notches.
John's Place is a fun Victoria restaurant sporting celebrity posters on the walls and other unique artwork. We both had burgers and fries, despite the very creative menu. It was really good food, and good service.
Murchie's is actually a purveyer of its own fine tea blends and roasted coffee beans. Founder John Murchie emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1894. As a youngster working for Melrose's, a premier tea importer, he delivered teas to Queen Victoria during her stays in Balmoral Castle, Scotland.
John learned the tea and coffee trade while also becoming acquainted with the preferences of royalty. It shows in Murchie's tea and coffee products.
But Murchie's is also a wonderful place to stop for refreshment.
Once we step off the ferry from Port Angeles WA, we love to stop here in the late morning before heading out to enjoy the rest of the day in Victoria. The coffee is outstanding, and their sandwiches are special, almost gourmet.
Teas and coffees are sold from space adjoining the dining area.
Nautical Nellie's is located near the waterfront with a heated deck. It is a great place for seafood or steak. My salmon was perfect, served with nice veggies. The inside atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. We both enjoyed Nellie's very much and would return.
Zaffran serves lunch, dinner, and take-away with kids menus. Traditional Indian cuisine with many vegetarian dishes, meat and seafood curries, rice dishes, homemade yogurt, cucumber, carrot sauce or mint, mango, tamarind chutney. Mango ice cream and saffron rice pudding are among the sweet desserts.
We enjoyed our evening meal at this Victoria restaurant near the harbor.
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From five-star gourmet to creative local tastes, Victoria BC offers nourishment from amazing to satisfying. What Victoria restaurants have you tried, and how did you enjoy your experience?