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I am heading this weekend to this vacation spot. Any suggestions on fun places to eat or places that are must try? I am from Seattle. I am looking for anything that is hole in the wall to expensive big night out. If you have been or live there what are your suggestions?

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  1. Try The Tapa Bar at 620 Trounce Alley off of Government St. It's a great place to eat with something for everyone. It is really awesome! You can check the menu out online also. I won't leave Victoria without eating there.

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    1. re: foodbound

      foodbound:

      Funny you should mention Tapa. It is not that I think it is outstanding but like you, rarely have we visited Victoria without having popped in for lunch. I like their patatas bravas, spicey prawns and usually a decent Spanish wine. My wife can check out the shops in Trounce Alley while I have another glass.

      If you liked Tapa, have you tried Stage? Very much a wine bar with a tapa concept. Excellent food but the plates and prices can certainly pile up. Worth a try in my view especially the octopus.

    2. Some good suggestions already...

      How "expensive" are you thinking for your big night out? Have a look at Sooke Harbour House just outside of Victoria (in....um...Sooke).

      http://www.sookeharbourhouse.com/

      World class food.

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      1. re: fmed

        I have heard tons of really good things about Sooke Harbour House... but to be honest, I was pretty underwhelmed when I went. I just didn't find the food that innovative and the service was a bit overly stuffy (maybe it was just my waiter). However, I did go during the winter, when it maybe harder to come by interesting local ingredients. Also, it was dark during the dinner hours so we couldn't enjoy the view. The biggest draw from what I've read at SHH is their herb garden, which probably isn't blooming right now. I suspect it may be more worthwhile to visit SHH during the spring/summer season, as opposed to this time of year.

        As to other places, my picks are Brasserie l'Ecole or Rosemeade for higher end. Tapa Bar for fun. Choux Choux or Daidoco or Zambri for lunches. Spinnaker's or Swans (they have live music daily) for a drink, or, as someone suggested, maybe Phillips has a tasting room (yum... double chocolate porter!).

        1. re: twinkienic

          >> The biggest draw from what I've read at SHH is their herb garden, which probably isn't blooming right now. I suspect it may be more worthwhile to visit SHH during the spring/summer season, as opposed to this time of year.

          That will make a difference, I'm sure. The kitchen has committed to using only locally sourced ingredients. You must try again in the summer. (And have the tasting menu).

        2. re: fmed

          i lived in sooke for 18 years. the harbour house is an amazing place to eat. sooke is a nice town to visit aswell.... only visit though.

        3. I always go to Rebar for brunch/lunch when I go to Victoria. Vegetarian, yes, but it is delicious food, vegetarian or not: http://www.rebarmodernfood.com/

          1. 2% Jazz and Habit for coffee. Pig for a quick pork sandwich. Brasserie l'École has always been on my list. I think some combination of these would be a solid trip. And yes, Sooke Harbour House is excellent. Great regional.

            1. The Superior is a phenomenal small plate/tapas style restaurant, and I'd say more reasonable than Stage, though the wine selection does not compare. Pig is one of the best places in Victoria for a quick lunch. I'd suggest Lady Marmalade for a breakfast/brunch joint and absolutely check out 2% Jazz for a cup of coffee. Finally, the Mint is a kind of fun place to grab a great drink and good food.