Let’s set the record straight: when it comes to fine food, the west coast is the best coast. Anyone who thinks otherwise only has to look at our very own Victoria, BC and the superb selection of restaurants that make up our local food scene. As new feeding places continue to pop up and flourish, other more established institutions offer five star dining experiences perfect for any foodie – beginners and experts. It’s no wonder then that so many hungry tourists come to Victoria from all over the world.
Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants Victoria has to offer.
Where: 1325 Blanshard St
What’s cooking: Middle-Eastern Food
Brought to you by the guys behind Tacofino and Cafe Medina (Vancouver), Superbaba is one of Victoria’s latest restaurants to open up. Having taken the city by storm these past two months, customers keep on coming. Serving Levant-inspired food with seasonal ingredients, one can get their hands on things like shawarma, falafel, pita and hummus.
The Drake Eatery
Where: 517 Pandora Ave
What’s cooking: Pub Food
In honour of the original Drake Hotel, which opened in 1954 and closed twenty years later, The Drake Eatery is serving up fantastic pub food and delicious craft beer. This casual atmosphere is perfect if you’re looking to come down and grab something quick. And no, not Drake like the artist.
Where: 509 Fisgard St
What do they do: Pacific Northwest Cuisine
For something a bit more stylish, OLO Restaurant may be up your alley. Half a block away from Chinatown’s Fan Tan Alley, this hot spot is known for their Pacific Northwest dishes and wine. Everything on the menu has been created with sharing in mind. From smoked salmon to squash and mascarpone tortellini, each item is one worth drooling over.
Red Fish Blue Fish
Where: 1006 Wharf St
What’s cooking: Fish Tacos, Fish and Chips
This converted shipping container has been turned into one of Victoria’s best and brightest restaurants. Located right on the pier in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, get your hands on some of the freshest fish tacos around. Although they are only open half the year (Mid February – October 31), they’re culinary expertise has gained international recognition, bringing hungry foodies in from all over the world. Get to Wharf Street while you still can!
Where: 723 Pandora Ave
What’s cooking: Canadian Comfort Food
John’s Place has been dishing out reliable comfort food for over thirty years, and people can’t help but continue to show up. This diner style restaurants offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, each one as good as the last.
10 Acres Bistro
Where: 611 Courtney St
What’s cooking: Farm-to-table
At 10 Acres Bistro it’s all about the freshest ingredients from around Vancouver Island. Taking those and turning them into inspired west-coast dishes is what they do best. Along with a lovely garden patio, customers are treated too inventive craft cocktails and amazing appetizers. Oh, and you’ve got to try the oysters. Heaven on a halfshell!
Great food isn’t hard to find in Victoria, BC! Step outside and you’re sure to come across some sort of delicious delicacy. Find more great content on the Pemberton Holmes blog!