Dining & Restaurants in Victoria
Brewpubs & British Pubs
Victoria has a vibrant microbrewery culture, and you can easily map out your own pub crawl around the craft breweries of downtown.
A short ferry ride from downtown or a stroll along the Songhees waterfront brings you to Canada’s oldest brewpub, and a true pioneer of the North American craft brewing movement. At Spinnakers Brewpub, the focus is on fresh, regional cuisine, designed to pair well with their many brews. A favourite is their Moules et Frites - Gulf Island mussels steamed in Fog Fighter Belgian Ale, served with french fries & rouille.
For another British pub fare option (or if you feel like playing beach volleyball), pop by the Sticky Wicket Pub & Restaurant. With four levels of games rooms, plus the one-of-a-kind roof-top sand volleyball courts, you can work up an appetite for their tasty burger and fries.
Cajun & Creole
Across the Peninsula, in Brentwood Bay, you’ll come across a true original. Located virtually on the water Blue’s Bayou serves up traditional New Orleans Cajun and Creole food. Definitely don’t miss the Jambalaya, crammed full of seafood, sausage, veggies and more. A real treat is a leisurely lunch or dinner on the heated deck, open all day it is a great mid afternoon stop before or after the Butchart Gardens.
Victoria’s choice for fine Chinese cuisine is Ming’s. A staggering array of Cantonese and Szechuan dishes are available, but their Barbecued Duck with Plum Sauce is one of their most requested and impressive. Don’t miss viewing their serene Koi aquariums and beautiful singing love birds.
If you’ve a family in tow, you’re in luck with a number of family-friendly, terrific value dining options. For dinner, visit the Old Spaghetti Factory. While numerous spaghetti options exist here, the Spaghetti with Rich Meat Sauce is a crowd pleaser, and always accompanied with soup or salad, garlic bread and spumoni ice cream.
Another family favourite choice is the De Dutch Pannekoeke House. They specialize in breakfast, lunch and brunch the real attraction is the 12” Dutch pancake know as a Pannekoeken, with too many variations to mention it is a culinary treat and very unique.
Tucked away inside wrought iron gates is a lovely piece of France. Highly regarded Restaurant Matisse is ‘where food is art’. French classics are masterfully redone with local ingredients – don’t miss their Canard Roti au Naturel – fresh duck oven roasted slowly for three to four hours, and finished with a citrus marmalade glaze – Manifique!
Chez Michel Just a five-minute drive from downtown you will find one of the best French restaurants in Victoria. Intimate, charming, serving classical French cuisine with a Basque flavor. Michel Fort, the chef & owner, is from the south west of France. He is well known for his Lobster Bisque and Filet Mignon au poivre vert.
While small in number, Victoria’s Indian Restaurants are massive in taste. Visit India Curry House for their legendary Vegetable Thali – a vegetarian specialty traditionally prepared with rice and Poori, and taking its name from the massive thali (silver platter) it is served on.
Another flavourful option is found at Spicejammer newly renovated with a rich deep setting. Their magnificent Butter Chicken never disappoints, and their tandoori oven breads are always incredible.
Or visit romantic Il Terrazzo Ristorante, like so many locals do for special occasions. In this gorgeous setting, warmed by the woodburning oven, try their Misto di Carne alle Griglia - char-grilled skewers of marinated lamb, chicken and pork tenderloin served over white bean, tomato and arugula ragu with red onion marmalade – Brava!
Japanese - Sushi & Teppan
If it’s the full Japanese experience you’re after, head to popular Japanese Villlage for their Teppan dining at Hibachi grills. Literally right before your eyes, your chosen protein is skillfully carved, cooked and artfully presented your dinner is accompanied by soup, salad, appetizer, dessert and vegetables.
You can warm up gringo style at popular Market Square hotspot Cafe Mexico. For over 20 years Cafe Mexico has been dishing up traditional favourites along with contemporary cuisine. Their fresh, housemade tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole never last at the table long – especially when accompanied by their frosty margaritas!
Being surrounded by ocean, it’s a natural that numerous Victorian restaurants specialize in the bounty of the sea. The Inner Harbour’s premier location for seafood is 10 Acres Kitchen offering numerous mouth watering ocean wise choices including Pacific Octopus, Crab Cakes, Chinook Salmon Wellington, Seafood Towers and Prawns Al Ajillo. 10 Acres Commons is also a great spot to sample a variety of east and west coast fresh shucked oysters. Everyday between 4pm and 6pm and all day Mondays they are offered at 1/2 price!
For a casual seafood experience check out Barb’s Fish & Chips Floating Seafood Restaurant as the mane implies this restaurant is on the docks at Fisherman’s Wharf, a true Victoria institution featuring arguably the best fish and chips in the city.
A time honored tradition in Victoria brought to life in the heart of Chinatown, Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery defies definition, quality, attention to detail and wonderful food makes this a destination experience not to be missed.