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Apr 9, 2011 08:39 AM

victoria 3 nts

Will be in Victoria for 2 nts, then returning for an additional evening.
I was considering Brasserie L'Ecole, Cafe Brio and Aura Waterfront. However, Aura's menu doesnt look as appealing to me. Q: are L'Ecole and Brio too much the same? Can someone recommend a third place. Since the first two are french, seafood would be great. One of the nts is a Sunday and we dont arrive until 6:30 pm, so I need something near our hotel( the Magnolia) for7:30 or 8pm.

Cafe Brio
944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V3K2, CA

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  1. Third place: Ulla or Pizzeria Primastrada.

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    1. re: fmed


      In response to your first question. No. Similar but IMHO, not "too much of the same". Both are excellent and we usually eat at each of them during our visits.

      fmed recommended Ulla and Primastrada. Marc Morrison at Brasserie recommended the former but it was closed when were last in Victoria in February but Primastrada was a nice place to have thin crust pizza and an excellent salad [Fresca] after a walk through Beacon Hill Park and along Dallas Road.

      Zambri's is a favourite and we had lunch and dinner there at their (relatively) new more central location.

      Cannot recommend a seafood spot as my "significantly better half" is a non-fish diner although most places in Victoria will have sablefish, salmon and/or albacore tuna on their menus.

      911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

      1. re: Bob Mac

        Bob Mac is right - Brasserie & Brio are different enough (in food & atmosphere) that you'd be fine doing both in a weekend. Brasserie & Ulla aren't open on Sun/Mon, if you're setting up your schedule.
        I like Lure (over the bridge, in the Delta Ocean Pointe) for seafood (and great view of downtown). Not walking distance, but a short drive/taxi. The preparation of the fish/seafood is excellent.
        Brasserie will have local trout and possibly another fish - as will Brio - so you'll be able to hit seafood without sussing out a seafood-specific place.