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Apr 6, 2009 12:04 PM

Victoria recs - any thoughts?

I have a few restaurants here so if you could give me feedback on these, that would be great. Also, if you have any other ideas for dinner specifically (all types/price points) in Victoria, that would be great too! We'll be in town in early June - thanks so much!

Aura Waterfront
Blue Crab Bar & Grill
Lure Seafood
The Pacific Restaurant

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  1. Heyteacher:

    If you do a search on this list you will find a number of recommendations, most of which I will be repeating.

    No trip of ours to Victoria is complete without without going for dinner at:

    Brasserie L'Ecole
    Cafe Brio

    We have also enjoyed:

    The Rosemeade [see comment below about Niche]

    The first two for sure have web-sites if you google them, I am not sure about Zambri's but great value for well made rustic Italian but with an emphasis on local flavours.

    I not think that Aura had opened at the Laurel Point by the time we were last in Victoria but I have read positive comments.

    I have often recommended the Blue Crab in the Coast Hotel as a good place to go for lunch but more because of its location and view of the inner harbour because I find the food and room itself a little tired.

    We usually stay at the Delta and have had decent luck with Lure and it too affords a great view from the opposite side of the inner harbour.

    Niche gets good reviews but I think from having read another poster below, that they are up for sale so not sure if they will be operating. [see the post from several days ago about wedding rehearsal dinner in Victoria]

    Have not been to the Pacific as we usually run out of time and money once we have hit our customary haunts.

    Great time to visit. The throngs of fellow tourists will probably not have descended just yet and the weather should be decent.

    Enjoy your stay. It is a terrific city.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Bob Mac

      I second Zambri's. I have not been to L' Ecole yet . It was closed for vacation when we wanted to try it during our last trip.

      I am going to be in Victoria in mid June, for one night , to attend my son's convocation at UVic, and a colleague highly recommends Il Terrazo for our celebratory dinner. I would appreciate your feedback on this recommendation.

      1. re: felix the hound

        felix the hound:

        We have mixed feelings about Il Terrazo. Personally I would go back to Zambri's if I was in the mood for Italian but I know many others including most of the concierges we have spoken with highly recommend it.

        That of course is not necessarily a wholehearted review, i.e. positive reviews from hotel concierges given that Terrazo has been around for some time.

        The first time we went for dinner on a Monday night when a lot of the places we might otherwise have gone to were closed. As a result it was cramped and busy and the food just ok.

        We did go back for lunch on another trip and it was interesting to see the place in the light of day and for a lunch, it was not bad.

        So not a rave review.

        Personally, I would prefer L'Ecole or Brio but if you are in the mood for ...and I am not trying to be condescending when I say this.. better than basic Italian, Terrazo will work if no other reason than their "telephone sized" wine list which was hard to read in a dimly lit restaurant......

        Mind you if it was Peter Zambri's duck ragu and green olives over polenta.....

        I would be interested in hearing what anewton or victoriafoodie have to say as they know the town better than I.

        1. re: Bob Mac

          No way would I recommend Il Terrazo. It has been mediocre for years now, but with fine dining prices.

          Brasserie L'Ecole is very solid as others have noted, but a reservation in advance is required.

          Victoria is a small city, and as such the choices are limited, but I always recommend Paprika Bistro, Stage Wine Bar, Zambri's, or Restaurant Matisse for dinner; Mo:Le for breakfast; Habit or Cafe Artigiano for coffee; Red Fish, Blue Fish, Hernandez, Pink Bicycle, or Choux Choux Charcuterie for lunch.

    2. Thanks everybody! I have some great choices to choose from....