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Good place to meet up in Victoria, BC?

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I'm going to Victoria for the first time soon, and want to meet up with some people I know from the Interweb. The other people who are coming don't know the restaurants in Victoria all that well. Any recommendations for where we should meet?

I'd like to find a place where we don't have to shout to hear each other, downtown (near the Clipper ferry would be ideal). A restaurant or a pub, keeping in mind that one attendee is five years old. Someplace casual, where we don't need reservations. This would be on a weekday evening in August.

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  1. Hmmm. The five year old makes things a little more difficult.

    I would suggest Ferris's. If you can get a booth, you won't have to shout. A child would not be out of place. The menu is not fantastic, but they do good burgers, pastas, and the like. It has a pleasant ambience (busy, somewhat loud, but not obnoxious or pretentious).

    1. What about the Superior in James Bay? I haven't been but it's close to the Clipper ferry and it's more of a tapas-like place. I've heard some great reviews.

      1. I know it's not the most exotic choice for Victoria, but Milestones located right on the inner harbour sounds exactly like what you're hoping for - a place that's casual, a place where you could bring a 5 year old, a place where you don't need reservations, where you don't have to shout to hear, etc.

        1. My pick would be Rebar in Bastion Square. Vegetarian fare that has carnivores askning for more. Real funky. Wine overpriced but their power drinks are interesting.

          1. How about Cafe Vieux Montreal on government st? Not the most exciting ambiance, but they have an upstairs part that overlooks the cafe and is pretty quiet. I see lots of groups meet up there for language exchange, etc. They also bake their own bread and have tasty salads, some sandwiches, and lots of pastries.