Executive Chef Tod Bosence combines unique variations of Old World favourites with his own personal creations for a modern take on tapa-style dining. Couple this stunning menu with a no less impressive cocktail list and you’ve got one the best contemporary lounge experiences in the city.
At John's place, their mottos is real food at real prices, everything is made from scratch and everything is delicious. The service is welcoming and friendly, even during their busiest times. If you love to eat, their menu caters to the food enthusiast local to Victoria and from out of town. Many items are John’s Place specialties, a feast for your eyes and for your tastebuds.
There is a really good reason why people travel from all over he world to Korea just for the food. It's amazing, and King Sejong is here to remind of us just that. Tiny, unassuming and delicious, King Sejong serves up authentic Korean dishes which give you a lot of bang for your buck. Generous portions of delicious food make this a must-stop for anyone looking for a taste of Korea in the heart of downtown Victoria.
The Snug Pub is a memorable venue to celebrate, share a few laughs and a cold pint with friends. With floor-to-ceiling ocean views and an inviting atmosphere. The Snug Pub pays homage to good food, good spirits and lifelong friends. With menus that take advantage of BC’s best produce, you will find a balanced selection of dishes, ranging from comfortable classics, such as fish and chips to more refined, modern cuisine. A healthy selection of local and international brews on tap can be enjoyed from the cozy confines of the bar or on their ocean view patio.
Winner of the Open Table Diner’s Choice Award in 2015, The Steamship Grill & Bar is not your average seafood restaurant. Chef combines world flavours with the bounty of local and sustainable products. The Steamship Grill & Bar offers the finest ingredients, upscale and welcoming atmosphere, and the best views and food Victoria has to offer.
This harbour front must-see also boasts the only true oyster bar in Victoria, with 10 varieties of oysters from the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast. Um..yum!! If oysters aren’t your thing, don’t worry, Nautical Nellie’s has the freshest seafood and sushi around. Don’t have sea legs? Their mouth-watering steaks will please any carnivore.
308 Catherine Street
$6 - $20
Spinnakers philosophy is that great beer goes best with great food. Spinnakers brewery is a main source of ingredients and inspiration for the food they create, a fact that makes Victoria’s only gastro brewpub deliciously unique.
Spinnakers was 20 years ahead of the local, seasonal, sustainable trend. Working with the community and using local ingredients is a part of their underlying philosophy and showcasing food grown close to home is what they do best. Their brewers, bakers, chocolatier, chef, pastry chef, cooks and bartenders inspire each other to be innovative in creating and recreating a local interpretation of cuisine. In the face of globalization, Spinnakers takes you back to the farm gates to showcase what makes living here so amazing.
Sick of burgers and fries? Want to try something new? Try Saaz, an Indian restaurant which specializes in fine dining in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Saaz offers locally sourced poultry and meat in their creative, authentic Indian dishes which have earned them a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ on TripAdvisor. Feeling especially hungry for lunch? Saaz has a lunch buffet with all of your Indian favourites.
Chip Chip Cheerio Ole Chap! Visit Bartholomew’s pub for a delicious taste of England right here in Victoria. Modeled after an English pub, here you will find plenty of draft beers from both near and far for your guzzling pleasure. A Victoria staple since 1975, Bartholomew’s offers live music Friday through Sunday and ‘Appy hour’ everyday, making it the perfect place for a good time. Their patio is heated during the colder months and perfect for enjoying a sun drenched meal outside during the warmer months. Casual and cozy, the whole family can enjoy Bart’s together. Don’t miss their Double Seafood Caesar, Lamb Burger or the oh-so-English, Fish and Chips.
852 Fort St.
So you like it hot, do you? The Spice Jammer uses fresh spices made to your preferred intensity of heat and high quality ingredients. This is a longtime family-owned eatery featuring a range of traditional Indian dishes in a relaxed ambience. Simply amazing flavours.
The food is spectacular, so the story goes. Mango lassie is silky smooth and a great sweetness juxtaposed to the heat of the spicy food. This is quite literally the best Indian food many a Victorian has ever eaten. So check it out, and comment below in my blog comments.
* note, author is allergic to certain spices so can't enjoy herself. So tell her (me) all about it and make me jealous.
Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar consistently serves the freshest local seafood available, in an atmosphere that is intimate, comfortable, relaxed and fun! Offering a range of traditional and house specialty oysters that will delight your senses you can count on Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar to create a memorable West Coast dining experience.
Ferris' Grill and Garden Patio has been a cozy space where guests know they can come to find great food. Over the years, the all-weather atrium, high ceilings, brick walls, and wooden floors have made Ferris' a favourite spot for locals and tourists who want good quality, well priced meals in a comfortable place.
Victoria residents have been dependent on Haultain Fish & Chips for their legendary lightly battered fresh fish with homemade tartar sauce and traditional fries since 1924. Nestled in a residential neighbourhood, Haultain is a short drive from the Inner Harbour and has been voted Victoria’s favourite fish & chips for years.
1008 Blanchard St.
$12 - $16
Experience burgers on a whole new level. At Pink Bicycle they serve great tasting burgers and care about your health. Voted Best in City for Best Burger in 2009, 2010 and 2011, all ingredients are sourced as close to home as seasonally possible to ensure freshness and to encourage sustainability. All dishes hand made daily and all oils used are top quality and trans fat free to ensure taste and health. Soups are made daily from ingredients sourced from local farms.
The decor is a surprising mix of old and new, with of course, a pink bicycle in the window. You will leave thinking about what you'll try the next time, and knowing that you have quite a few next times to finish off the list.
Passion is evident at Moon Under Water Brewpub, a sincere love of good beer and great food. Served in an English counter-style, Moon Under Water stays true to the cozy British social house; and is a winning combination of a pub serving favourite British fare, and an onsite brewery, crafting delicious seasonal ales. The atmosphere is inviting, the beers are cold, the food is satisfying and delicious.
Situated right in the heart of Victoria’s Oak Bay Village, Penny Farthington offers classic English comfort food including burgers, mac and cheese, and of course, fish and chips. This cozy and welcoming pub is open seven days a week and has live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Whether you are looking for an after work drink, a long lunch, or a comfy dinner, Penny Farthington has it all.
Barb’s Fish & Chips Seafood Restaurant opened in 1984 and has continued to grow and expand ever since. Word of mouth and positive community support have helped make them a landmark in Victoria, being voted #1 ‘Best Fish and Chips’ for the past 32 years. Whether you are a tourist or a Victoria resident looking for a great meal and an excursion that is out of the ordinary, make it Barb’s Fish & Chips at Fisherman’s Wharf.