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Best restaurants in Victoria

The 12 best restaurants and places to eat in Victoria (BC)

Victoria, named for Queen Victoria, is full of historic beauty. Known for its quality of life, great food, famous whale watching spots, vibrant arts and culture scene, it is also a major tourist spot. Because of the location to the ocean, a wide variety of seafood restaurants and other exciting foodie spots are worth a visit. 

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Tip #1: Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef in Victoria
Le Petit Chef Victoria

Don’t miss out on the little chef and his fantastic 3D storytelling show, in the beautiful Marriott Inner Harbour hotel of Victoria, BC. The culinary cinema and 4-course dining journey, crafted by the talented restaurant team of the Fire & Water Restaurant, offers a very unique experience.

Le Petit chef Victoria
Le Petit Chef Victoria

Visit our extraordinary 3D dinner-show Le Petit Chef in Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour in Victoria (BC).

Le Petit Chef comes to life on the dining table! The little chef takes you on a journey, together with his friends Pequeña Maria from Spain, Piccolo Luciano from Italy and Chisano Takahiro from Japan. 

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Kids menu options available.

Speciality:

Cinema and dining in one. A culinary show with the little chef and his friends, with 3D storytelling technology.  

Price:

Le Petit Chef & Friends Classic menu (4-course meal, including complimentary drink) CAD $155; 

Le Petit Chef & Friends Vegetarian menu (4-course meal, including complimentary drink) CAD $145; 

Le Petit Chef & Kids menu (4-course meal, including complimentary drink) CAD $75

Hours:

Reservation is necessary, you can book online

Location:

Marriott Victoria’s Fire & Water Restaurant

728 Humboldt Street

Victoria, BC V8W 3Z5

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 480 3800

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://lepetitchef.com/victoria

Tip #2: Ghost Ramen

Ghost Ramen Victoria
Image credit: Ghost Ramen Victoria

Victoria is known for breezy weather, which makes it the best place for a bowl of Ramen. Ghost Ramen, is not only crafting their own broth, made with locally sourced ingredients, but also offering freshly on the island made noodles with each bowl.

Slurping ramen with a variety of add-ons is just one culinary experience at Ghost. Ghost bowls, bao with meat or vegan stuffings, Karaage or Gyoza, make an excellent Asian foodie experience in a relaxed atmosphere. The matcha cheesecake is a perfect sweet finish. 

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Lots of vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality :

In house crafted broth with locally sourced ingredients, fresh noodles made on the island.  

Price:

Old School Ramen in the price range between CAD $19 and $21,

New School Ramen ranging from CAD $23 to $26; 

Bowls CAD $20/22; 

Desserts starting from CAD $7 to $10

Hours:

Mon – Tue: Closed

Wed – Thur: 11.30 am – 11 pm 

Fri – Sat: 11.30 am – 11 pm

Sun: 11.30 am – 9 pm

Location:

1609 Store Street

Victoria, BC V8W 3K3

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 590 9821

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://ghostramen.ca/

Tip #3: Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Victoria
Image credit: Fairmont Empress Victoria

It’s the National Historic Site of Canada, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, located in Downtown Victoria, facing the city’s Inner Harbour. There is no visit to Victoria, without dinging in one of the restaurants in the 1908 opened hotel, famous from movies and known for the beautiful architecture

Tea at the Empress is a must, with culinary offerings for traditional Afternoon Tea, with Smoked Salmon, Grandfather Ham & Cheese, Mushroom Quiche, English Cucumber and Chicken Salad Sandwiches. The best Downtown Victoria restaurant!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. A prince & princess tea is a special kids tea offer for kids from 5 to 12 years. 

Speciality:

Fancy Afternoon Tea settings with tea, champagne and culinary sets, in one of the most beautiful and oldest hotels in Canada. 

Price:

Afternoon Tea set per person CAD $95; 

Champagne tea featuring a glass of champagne in addition CAD $135/142; 

Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea set per child (5-12yrs) CAD $52

Hours:

Daily 11 am to 4 pm 

Location:

Fairmont Empress

Tea at the Empress

721 Government Street

Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 384 8111

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.teaattheempress.com/

Tip #4: Jam Cafe

Jam Cafe Victoria
Image credit: Facebook, Jam Cafe Victoria

Breakfast all day! No problem at Jam Cafe, with four locations, one in Victoria and three in Vancouver. The original spot opened in spring 2012 in Victoria’s Herald Street and is since then beloved by natives and tourists alike. 

Jam is known for comfort breakfast from the South, buttermilk biscuits, house made cornbread and a gigantic variety of pancakes, french toast and waffles. The breakfast menu is huge with lots of varieties for the sweet tooth and savory lovers.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Vegan options available. 

Speciality :

A beloved all day breakfast spot with a huge menu, with Southern comfort breakfasts. 

Price:

Benedict breakfasts ranging from CAD $17 to CAD $24; 

Savoury breakfasts from CAD $13 to CAD $24; 

Sweet breakfasts starting CAD $9.25 up to CAD $22.50

Hours:

Daily: 

Weekdays 8 am – 2 pm 

Weekends 8 am – 3 pm 

Closed on all statutory holidays

Location:

542 Herald Street

Victoria, BC V8W 1S6

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 778 440 4489

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://jamcafes.com

Tip #5: Nourish

Image credit: Nourish Victoria

The Farm to Table restaurant in James Bay, by the Harbour, offers casual, vegetarian food with locally sourced ingredients. Owner Hayley Rosenbergs restaurant is nestled in a 1889 heritage house.

The brunch menu features gluten-free oatmeal pancakes, frittata and smoked tofu sandwiches, followed by a dinner menu, available as a prix fixe menu or à la carte. Local roasters, Victorian brewers and nearby vineyards are responsible for the beverages.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian restaurants with many Vegan options. 

Speciality:

A Farm to Table restaurant, in a 1889 heritage house. Healthy, vegetarian brunch and dinner menu with locally sourced beverages. 

Price:

Brunch prices range from CAD $16 to CAD $19; 

Dinner prices range from CAD $4 (appetizers) to CAD $26. 

The prix fixe menu (starter, main, dessert) is CAD $45

Hours:

Brunch: Daily: 9am – 2pm 

 

Dinner:

Mo – Wed: Closed

Thur – Sun: 5 pm – 9 pm

Location:

225 Quebec Street

Victoria, BC V8V 1W2

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 590 3426

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.nourishkitchen.ca

Tip #6: Be Love

Be Love Victoria
Image credit: Be Love Victoria

Be Love is another beloved Victorian plant based restaurant, with 95% organic ingredients and focused on Farm to Table vegan cuisine. Opened in October 2013, the trendy, modern-style restaurant is famous for its healthy cuisine and the fancy, delicious dessert cheesecakes. 

Fresh juices and smoothies, organic wine and kombucha, go well with the wheat, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free meal choices. The menu changes with the seasons to source from local farms and communities. Be Love is one of the healthiest and best restaurants in Victoria BC!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Everything is vegan, as well as gluten-free. 

Speciality:

A Farm to Table restaurant, vegan and gluten-free, with 95% organic ingredients

Price:

Starters and Shares ranging from CAD $11 to CAD $19.50; 

Bowls from CAD $17 to CAD $22; 

Sandwiches CAD $20/21

Hours:

Mon-Thu: 11.30 am – 9 pm 

Fri – Sat: 11.30 am – 9.30 pm 

Sun: 11.30 am – 9 pm

Locations:

1019 Blanshard Street

Victoria, BC V8W 2H4

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 778 433 7181

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.beloverestaurant.ca

Tip #7: Cafe Brio

Image credit: Cafe Brio Victoria

Cucina rustica at Cafe Brio! Italian inspired food, served for almost 30 years in the heart of Victoria. Just recently the restaurant got new owners, Sam Harris and Vincent Vanderheide took over the successful and by natives and tourists beloved Italian restaurant. 

Widely considered as one of the best dining experiences on the island, no major changes will be made. Pasta and Risotto, Italian style cooked meat and seafood and house cured meats will continue to be found on the menu. The house made chocolate truffles, ice creams and sherbets are always a great finish.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. 

Speciality:

Serving Italian inspired food for almost 30 years. Considered as one of the best dining experiences on the island.

Price:

Starters ranging from CAD $12 to CAD $19; 

Pasta and Risotto from CAD $16 to CAD $45; 

Meat and Seafood starting from CAD $17 to CAD $79; 

House cured meats CAD $9 each; 

Desserts ranging from CAD $6 to CAD $14

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue – Sat: 4.30 pm – 9.30 pm (last seating is 9.30 pm, but restaurant is flexible)

Sun: Closed

Location:

944 Fort Street

Victoria, BC V8V 3K2

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 383 0009

Webpage: https://cafebrio.com/

Tip #8: John’s Place

John’s Place Victoria
Image credit: John’s Place Victoria

It’s the oldest Diner in Victoria and a must-visit when on the Island. John Cantin opened the doors of his diner back in 1984. As a trained chef and traveler, he opened a place in Victoria to serve Canadian comfort food, homemade breads, pies and unique breakfasts

The breakfast menu features waffles, eggs and some Mexican favorites. Frittatas and meatloaf, vegan hash for the plant based eaters and a big variety of egg benedicts. The lunch menu offers traditional comfort foods, sandwiches, but also salads and light lunches. 

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Vegan options available. 

Speciality:

The oldest Diner in Victoria with Canadian Comfort Food. 

Price:

Waffles, Toasts and Pancakes starting from CAD $10 up to CAD $14; 

Full breakfasts between CAD $13 and CAD $19; 

Lunch menu ranging from CAD $13 up to CAD $18

Hours:

Daily: 8 am – 3 pm 

Location:

723 Pandora Ave

Victoria, BC V8W 1N8

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 389 0711

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: http://www.johnsplace.ca

Tip #9: Green Cuisine

Green Cuisine Victoria
Image credit: Green Cuisine Victoria

Victoria’s one and only vegan buffet restaurant is nestled in the courtyard of the Historic Market Square. Offering plant based food since 1990, the buffet menu is designed around the principle of a balanced diet, showcasing the five flavors – sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and salty.

The restaurant makes a lot of vegan specialty foods and products, to use for their own buffet cooking, but also to sell, as a cook at home option. Tempeh, tofu, vegan cheese, kraut and miso are proudly made in house. Draft kombucha and artisan vegan gelato are other offerings.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegan restaurant, gluten-free options are available. 

Speciality:

One and only vegan buffet restaurant in Victoria. In house made vegan speciality food for purchase. Draft kombucha, artisan vegan gelato. 

Price:

Price by weight, changes frequently. 

Certain items with fix price, like pizza CAD $19.50, Noodle boxes CAD $13.75, Cakes and Desserts CAD $4.20, Juices CAD $8

Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8.30 am – 7 pm 

Sat – Sun: 11 am – 7pm

Location:

560 Johnson Street

#5 at Market Square’s Courtyard

Victoria, BC V8W 3C6

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 385 1809

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.greencuisine.com

Tip #10: White Heather Tea Room

Image credit: White Heather Tea Room Victoria

Afternoon tea is definitely a thing in Victoria and White Heather is dedicated to offering this tradition in an elegant and authentic way for over 24 years. All food is made in house and served by an adorable ladies team. 

Sweet and savory bites, alongside with fancy teas are served in a choice of four different afternoon tea sets, one of them gluten-free. Scones, tea sandwiches, mini quiche and rotating desserts are offered. Lunch are different sandwiches (and sconewiches) stuffed with all kinds of in house made salads.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available.   

Speciality:

Serving traditional Afternoon Tea for over 24 years.  

Price:

Afternoon Tea four sets: 

Big Muckle (4 courses, 13-afternoon tea morsels), CAD $60 per person; 

Not-So-Wee-Tea (3 courses 11-afternoon tea morsels), CAD $54 per person; 

Wee Tea (3 courses, 8-afternoon tea morsels), CAD $42 per person; 

GF Afternoon Tea (3 courses, 10-afternoon tea morsels), CAD $60 per person; 

Lunch sets 3 entrees, pot of tea, choice of side salad, two-piece rotating dessert plates, CAD $29

Hours:

Mon – Tue: Closed

Wed – Fr: 11.30 am – 3 pm 

Sat: 3.30 pm – 5 pm 

Sun: 11-30 am – 3 pm 

Afternoon Tea: 2 seating per day at 11.30 am/11.45 am

and 1.30 pm/1.45 pm

Lunch: Wed/Thur/Fri 11.30 am – 1 pm 

Reservations are encouraged to secure a spot.

Location:

1885 Oak Bay Avenue

Victoria, BC V8R 1 C6

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 595 8020 

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.whiteheather-tearoom.com/

Tip #11: J&J Wonton Noodle House

J&J Wonton Noodle House Victoria
Image credit: J&J Wonton Noodle House Victoria

Cantonese and Szechuan food, this is what J&J Wonton Noodle house is famous for. The longstanding spot is beloved by locals and office workers for a quick lunch, hyped by tourists for the authenticity and enjoyed by folks with allergies, as they offer different allergy menus.

Customers line up for their noodle soups, but also different types of fried chicken and special rice dishes. The spiciness can be chosen, and the rice noodle dishes are an excellent choice for people with gluten allergies. Veggie options are featured in a separate food menu.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options are available.

Speciality:

A longstanding Chinese noodle place, since 1995, famous for their noodle soups. 

Price:

Soups ranging from CAD $11.95 up to CAD $20.95; 

Chow Mein starting from CAD $15.95 up to CAD $18.95; 

Rice dishes in between CAD $14.95 to CAD $19.95.

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue – Sat: 11 am – 2 pm and 4.30 pm – 8.30 pm 

Sun: Closed

Location:

1012 Fort Street

Victoria, BC V8V 3Z9 

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 383 0680

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://jjnoodlehouse.ca/

Tip #12: Naughty Nellie’s Not Just Fish & Chips

Naughty Nellie’s Not Just Fish & Chips Victoria
Image credit: Naughty Nellie’s Not Just Fish & Chips Victoria

The best fish & chips in town, this is what locals might have to say about Naughty Nellie’s Not Just Fish & Chips. The little old-fashioned shop in Victoria’s Gordon Head neighborhood, is offering, as the name describes, more than just fish and chips.

Salmon, prawns, calamari rings, cod and oyster, all kinds of seafood find their way into the fryer. The homemade chips can be ordered regularly or to feed up to five hungry people. Adding housemade coleslaw and their homemade tartar is a must. Burgers are on the menu as well. Not just fish, but also chicken and beef.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No dietary options available. 

Speciality:

Known for the best fish & chips in town. Generous portions of homemade fries, homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce. 

Price:

Salmon CAD $10.49/pc; 

Prawns 12pc CAD $14.49; 

Calamari Rings 9pc CAD $12.99; 

Oyster 6pc CAD $16.49; 

Different Combos available. For example Combo A (6 pc cod, medium chips for 3-4 people, large tartar and medium coleslaw) CAD $52.99; 

Burgers in the price range between CAD $9.99 and CAD $15.99

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue – Sat: 11 am  – 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Sun: 3.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Location:

4081 Shelbourne Street

Victoria, BC V8N 5Y1

Canada 

Contact:

Phone: +1 250 721 5555

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: http://www.naughtynelliesfishandchips.com

Our selection of restaurants is based, among other things, on the editorial team’s individual preferences and on reviews on the internet. Please contact the respective provider directly for information on reservations and prices. The pictures come from the restaurants listed. All Information is provided without guarantee!

Brian Corvers
Brian Corvers

Brian has been part of the Le Petit Chef team since day 1. As Vice President Marketing, he always initiates new projects to further develop and enrich the show.

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