Local Dining

Downtown

(walking distance under 20 min.)

Il Covo Trattoria, 106 Superior St., Victoria
Truly Authentic Italian Cuisine – Right down the street.
Located in the historic area of downtown and steps from the Inner Harbour, Il Covo Trattoria is a memorable and unique Italian dining experience. Being a Trattoria, we’re the perfect spot for any occasion where you can enjoy casual, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm old world Tuscan ambience. We also offer a beautiful garden patio for outdoor eating in an al fresco Italian style. Come and enjoy a taste of Tuscany!

Santiago Cafe, 660 Oswego, Victoria
South American tapas, funky casual environment, over looking the Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Santiago Cafe is great for lunch, dinner or snack. Great Sangria and nachos!

James Bay Tea room, 332 Menzies, Victoria
British style tea room, home cooking, afternoon high tea available.

Blue Crab Bar and Grill, 146 Kingston St., Victoria, Coast Hotel
Wonderful view of the Inner Harbour, fresh seafood, lunch or dinner. Definitely a treat!

The Harbour House, corner of Oswego and Quebec St., Victoria
Offers international cuisine of the fine quality. Elegant, comfortable it overlooks Victoria Inner Harbour. The service is always excellent. The menu has a wide selection of fine steaks, delicate seafood or rack
of lamb roasted to perfection. Just go by and smell it!

Deli

Sam’s Deli, 805 Government St., Victoria
The best sandwiches, central downtown location, next to the Inner Harbor, great for lunch.
Better be hungry, huge portions, shrimp and asparagus sandwich…my favorite!

International & West Coast

Bravo on Wharf, 1218 Wharf St., Victoria
Original menu, seafood, steak beautifully prepared, intimate atmosphere, for Martini lovers great selection. High ceilings, dramatic decor, brick walls only adds to your experience.

Camille’s Fine Westcoast Dining, 45 Bastion sq., Victoria
In the same location and run by the same owner for 14 years Camille’s offers romantic atmosphere. Savour the fresh local ingredients delicately prepared. The menu which has been influenced by the international cuisine changes with the season. The restaurant is proud to support the local organic farmers and growers. You’ll remember Camille’s as a special place!

Suze lounge and restaurant, 515 Yates St., Victoria
Cool place for lunch, diner, late night snack or just relax and have martini or cocktail around the mahogany bar. The menu items include: pizzas, pasta, seafood entrees with West Coast and International flair.

Earl’s Restaurant, 1703 Blanchard St., Victoria
West coast menu, healthy choices, casual fun atmosphere.

Steak

The Keg, 500 Fort St. Victoria
Serving Victoria for over 25 year right in the heart of downtown, the Keg continues serving the best steak grilled to your exacting taste… and the prime rib slow roasted in famous Keg spice. There is much more on the menu, starting with appetizers, salads, seafood (just imagine steak and lobster). Must not miss the delectable deserts. Enjoy the sunset and the friendly environment. Classic!

Barkley’s Steak & Seafood House, 777 Douglas St., Victoria
A landmark restaurant marks out its turf as Victoria’s finest steak & seafood house. Barkley’s is the only place that offers ultra-premium steak & the freshest local seafood found on Vancouver Island, with the kind of attentive pampering associated with classic French restaurants. Barkley’s prides themselves on offering elegant table-side service, from preparing a classic ceaser salad, Chateaubriand & flambé deserts. We are located one block from the Empress Hotel & inner harbour, right in the Executive Hotel.
Great food and service. Polo Lounge.

Seafood

Pescatore’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, 614 Humbolt St., Victoria
Situated in the historic Belmont building on the edge of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Pescatores is the place for seafood in Victoria. The name pescatore is the Italian word for fisherman, and this is the restaurant in Victoria that an Italian fisherman could dine on fish as fresh as he brings home. Pescatore’s blends the best of a bygone era in a modern elegant eclectic setting. Fresh seafood such as salmon and halibut, lobster ( at least 10 fresh items every day). Must try the oysters! Piano bar, live jazz.

Blue Crab Bar and Grill, 146 Kingston St., Victoria, Coast Hotel 
Wonderful view of the Inner Harbour, fresh seafood, lunch or dinner. Definitely a treat!

Ribs

Isabel’s Ribs, 1813 Douglas St., Victoria
Generous and tasty.

Italian

Pagliacci’s, 1011 Broad St., Victoria
Extremely popular with the locals, convenient downtown location, 10 min. walk from the Inner Harbour, Pagliacci’s offer a great selection of salads and pasta. Named after your favorite movies and movie stars each meal has a little twist. The wall walls of the restaurant are covered with signed photos of famous people who dined there there as well with original paintings. Half portions are available and even half would fill you up. During the week there is live entertainment. We suggest that you may go early to avoid the line up, they don’t take reservations.

Il Terrazzo, 555 Johnson St., Victoria
Right downtown, very classy and romantic atmosphere with candlelight, fireplaces and original paintings makes you feel like you just landed in an old Italian village. Pastas and piazzas with the most delicious sauces, seafood, steaks and chicken are always prepared to perfection. Wonderful meals are complimented by great selection of wine. Family operated for 14 years the restaurant has a reputation of excellent cuisine. Be prepared for the evening of casual elegance. Reservations recommended, Il Terrazzo is always busy.

Greek

Millos Restaurant, 716 Burdett St., Victoria
If you walking up Douglas Street in downtown just look for a windmill. You can not miss it. Step in and be transferred to another world. Smell of garlic, herbs and roasted meat welcomes you. Greek music and on certain days belly dancers entertain you. Classic Greek menu of souvlaki, roasted lamb or chicken, seafood, humus, tzatziki, pitta bread and of course famous Greek salad. To have a taste of everything mixed plate for two is recommended.

Periklis Greek restaurant, 531 Yates, Victoria
Description similar to the Millos also most excellent Greek experience.

East Indian

Da Tandoor Restaurant, 1010 Fort St., Victoria
Victoria’s finest authentic Indian cuisine. Relax and enjoy tasteful decor and smell of exotic spices (which you can purchase on the way out). Family operated Da Tandoor offers freshly home cooked meals that are spiced from mild to extra hot to suite your palate. The specialty of the house Tandoori and Tikka dishes. The menu also includes extensive selections of vegetarian and seafood dishes, wide range of appetizers, Naans and fabulous deserts. Opens for diner at 5 p.m.

Spanish

Tapa Bar, 620 Trounce Alley, Victoria (Marketa’s favorite!)
Tucked away in cute little alley, right downtown , Tapa Bar is one of the local favorite. Warm decor, spanish music, original paintings by Mexican painter Luis Merino makes you feel warm even in the middle of Victoria’s winter. Tapas are small dishes which are meant be shared by everybody at the table. And you do want to share because you do want to taste everything. Once again the combination plate is recommended filled with fresh mussels, house smoked chicken, crispy calamari and much more, you have to see and taste it for yourself. Do not forget the Sangria!

Chinese

Wonton Noodle House, Fort and Vancouver in Victoria
All dough away from China town it is the best Chinese food available in Victoria. Family operated, no MSG offers wide variety of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Don Mee, 538 Fisgard St., Victoria
In the heart of China town, the best Dim Sum lunches. Our mayor’s favorite place to dine.

Japanese

Kaz, 1619 Store St., Victoria
Located in the Gateway Village, north of Save-On Foods. Lunch and diner, Robata Bar, Excellent fresh sushi, barbequed oysters, boats with mixed menu. Private rooms available.

Zen Sushi, Fort and Vancouver, Victoria
Filled with Japanese antiques, good sushi, reasonable prices.

Swiss

Swiss Restaurant, 1280 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
Delicate Swiss menu with daily specials offering pork with martini sauces, stuffed chicken breasts, lams, complimented with rich desserts, home made breads and soups.

Mexican

Cafe Mexico, Market Square, Victoria
Located in historic Market Square in downtown Victoria, Cafe Mexico offers traditional Mexican food such as sizzling fahitas, pollo chipotle, enchiladas, taquitos, quesdillas and much more. Have you ever had deep fried ice-cream?

Vegetarian

Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson St., Market Square., Victoria
Delicious healthy meals from self service hot buffet, salad bar and dessert bar as well as wide variety of entrees fresh daily with all the natural and organic ingredients. You can also enjoy a large selection of freshly squeezed organic juices, smoothies and shakes.

Family Dining

Old Spaghetti Factory, 703 Douglas St., Victoria
Home made pastas, salads, children menu, fun.

Johns Place, 723 Pandora St., Victoria
A local favorite since 1984, 60′s style dinner with a music box, huge milkshakes and all right type of food for family dining with an international twist.

Fish & Chips

Barb’s Place, Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria
Voted best fish & chips, fresh from the boat. Enjoy the lunch while sitting outside on the dock. You’ll love to watch the buzz in the Inner Harbour and if you don’t feel like walking you can catch a little ferry to go back downtown, Victoria or go for a ride around the Harbour.

Haultain Fish and Chips, 1127 Haultain St., Victoria
Serving Victoria from the same location since 1932 Halibut, prawns, clam strips, popcorn scallops you name it…

Brew Pubs

Swans Brew pub & Wild Saffron Bistro, 506 pandora Ave., Victoria
Located in an international award winning heritage building in historic Old Town, the glass in flower patio and great selection of original are create unique atmosphere for enjoying draught ales brewed on promises. Must try Bavarian Lager! Live music Sun.-Thur. Attached to the pub sits very Wild Saffron Bistro. Classy but casual, contemporary cuisine, fine wine selection, intriguing dining flavor.

Spinnakers Brew Pub and Restaurant, 308 Catherine St., Victoria
Canada’s first in-house brew pub. The water front dining room and tap room with seaside patios feature real ales, fresh breads, local seafood, poultry and meat complemented by a wide selection of in house produced all natural smoked meats and sausages.

Hugo’s Grill & Brewhouse, 619 & 625 Courtney St., next to Magnolia Hotel, Victoria
Two uniquely different restaurants and micro-brewery under one roof.

High Tea

The Fairmont Empress, 721 Government St., Victoria