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Victoria Restaurants - Where to Eat in British Columbia's Capital City

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Victoria has a huge variety of eateries, from corner cafés creating artisan sandwiches and waterside pubs serving belly warming fare to upscale restaurants for a dressy meal out. You can go for juicy steaks and burgers, Asian sushi and noodles, or vegan-friendly organic food. Fresh-from-the-ocean seafood and locally grown, seasonal produce from Saanich Peninsula farmland are frequently found on Victoria's menus.

Typical dishes

 

Typical seafood dishes in Victoria include wild Pacific salmon and Alaskan king crab. Pies piled high with fresh BC blueberries and cream are a favorite summer dessert.

Downtown Victoria

 

Savoring gourmet tacos from a food truck, delving into bowlfuls of mussels by the waterfront, and slicing through prime Albertan steaks are all part of downtown's dining experience. For international flavors, you can pick from Italian pizza and pasta, Spanish tapas, and Japanese izakaya (drinks and light fare). A traditional Victoria treat is afternoon tea at the Empress hotel, complete with dainty cakes, warm scones and cream, and piano accompaniment. For fine dining with an 18th-floor panoramic view of Victoria, you might dig into seared sablefish drizzled in rhubarb sauce at Vista 18.

 

  • The Fairmont Empress, 721 Government Street, Victoria V8W 1W5; Tel: +1 250 389 2727; Website: The Fairmont Empress
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  • Vista 18, 740 Burdett Avenue, Victoria V8W 1B2; Tel: +1 250 382 9258; Website: Vista 18

 

Fisherman's Wharf

 

Around 15 minutes' walk from the Inner Harbor, Fisherman's Wharf is a waterside cluster of floating homes, take-out eateries, and adventure-tour operators connected by wooden boardwalks. Fine dining is off the menu here. Instead, you can park yourself at an open-air picnic table and munch halibut and chips from Barb's, which has been keeping hungry diners happy for 3 decades. You might spy the odd seal angling for leftovers, too. And if you have room for dessert, Jackson's Ice Cream Float serves gigantic scoops of fruity sorbets and island-made ice cream. Both businesses are open in summer only.

 

  • Barb's Fish and Chips, 1 Dallas Road, Victoria V8V 0B2; Tel: +1 250 384 6515; Website: Barb's Fish and Chips
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  • Jackson's Ice Cream Float, 1 Dallas Road, Victoria V8V 0B2; Tel: +1 250 858 0052; Website: Jackson's Ice Cream Float

 

Saanich restaurants

 

If you're staying in the Saanich district, you'll have a wide choice of casual, family-friendly restaurants and neighborhood eateries. For uninterrupted ocean views and hearty West Coast cuisine, visit The Beach House, overlooking Cordova Bay's sweeping sand-and-pebble beach. You can linger over a monster brunch of eggs Benedict and maple syrup-drenched waffles, or book a spot on the outdoor patio for halibut tacos and beef Wellington. A half-hour scenic bike ride along the coast from downtown Victoria, Thai Lemongrass Restaurant in Cadboro Bay Village fuels you for the journey back with green chicken curry and pork pad Thai.

 

 

Sooke dining

 

Around an hour's drive west of downtown Victoria, the small community of Sooke is a gateway to wild beaches, hiking trails, and aquatic adventures. Eating options range from cozy bakeries and coffee shops to elegant, high-end restaurants. Mom's Cafe is a classic, unfussy diner with booths and a menu as long as your arm. Burgers and brunch fill you up for the day, but you'll want to leave room for a mammoth slice of lemon meringue or apple pie. For immaculately presented dishes created from super-local produce, how about organic rabbit cooked with homegrown herbs at Sooke Harbour House?

 

  • Mom's Cafe, 2036 Shields Road, Sooke V9Z 0P6; Tel: +1 250 642 3314
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  • Sooke Harbour House, 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke V9Z 0T4; Tel: +1 250 642 3421; Website: Sooke Harbour House