Victoria - Dining
Vancouver Island is a wonderful place, it has not only the beautiful weather but also great food, especially in the south part, the Victoria city BC, in this area you can find numerous artisan food provider as well as growers as this place is next to the Pacific Ocean, and Victoria has two harbors for ships. So you will find it is an amazing place for amazing food. Freshest sea food combined with the freshest local supplies will leave you deep impression.
Restaurants of Victoria are also famous for their great chefs. Chefs of Victoria BC always like to take part in different chef competitions, and as a result, they can bring all different awards back, their food get same reviews from customers and critics. Island Chefs' Collaborative promotes the consumption of locally and grown food by, among other initiatives, working with local farmers to plan which foods to grow and can make them tests great. So this is thriving dining culture that exemplifies freshness.
Recorded as the second highest number of restaurants per capita, Victoria BC, this result means you have various range of dining options, so here let’s have a look.
If you come to Victoria BC in the second or third month of the year, you will probably need to participate in the Tourism Victoria's popular Dine Around & Stay in Town event, and enjoy three-course meals at many of the city's restaurants for a low, fixed price.
Well if you only have one dinner chance, you should go to Sooke Harbour House, it is internationally renowned restaurant and within 40 minutes driving west of Victoria BC to Sooke. It sets the bar for West Coast cuisine. The menu will not be the same for two days, the seafood is served only on the same day as it is caught from sea and the vegetable coming from the restaurant’s private gardens. Sooke Harbour House also has a great wine cellars in Canada. Sooke Harbour House has been rewarded as the best on Vancouver Island by prestigious Vancouver Magazine for 20 consecutive years, which is as long as the title has been awarded! The Marina Restaurant at the scenic Oak Bay Marina offers a sushi bar and a popular Sunday brunch buffet. Perennial Victoria favourite Pescatores Seafood & Grill is another well know restaurant for its exceptional seafood, and the romantic Camille's serves the best in seasonal, regional cuisine in historic Bastion Square.
There are also many eastern food restaurants to enjoy a Dim Sum brunch. Enjoy teppan-style dining at Japanese Village, where your meal is skillfully prepared on a searing hot grill right before your eyes. Da Tandoor is for nice Indian dishes. Baan Thai, expertly crafted by a team of Thai chefs who keep the locals coming back for more. While exploring Victoria's Chinatown, there is a Noodle Box for some delectable south-east Asian flavor.
Pagliacci’s, alocal restaurant which serves imaginative pasta dishes in a buzzing, shoulder-to-shoulder setting. Live music Wednesday through Sunday adds to the experience. The stylish Brasserie L'Ecole, located in a former Chinese schoolhouse, was Vancouver Magazine's best restaurant in Victoria for 2009. In 2008 the title went to Zambri's, where authentic Italian fare is created using locally sourced ingredients. Craving traditional fish and chips? Take the Victoria Harbour Ferry to Fisherman's Wharf and stake out a picnic table at Barb's Place. It's a great place to watch the boats and sea planes, and the seals frolic in the harbor.
Small Plates Wine Bar is a well known place for local residents, The langos, a delicious Hungarian fry bread, is a must. Pizzeria Prima Strada serves up authentic Neapolitan pizzas that have critics and locals alike singing their praises.
Red Fish Blue Fish located at the foot of Broughton Ave, this one operates out of a steel shipping container on the pier. Every seafood item on the menu is approved by the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program as being an environmentally responsible, sustainable choice. Much of their fish is caught by one of the restaurant's partners! Recycling and composting programs and a green roof are in place to ensure a minimal carbon footprint.
The intimate Paprika Bistro offers French and Italian influences. Café Brio was Vancouver Magazine's silver medalist for Victoria restaurants in 2009. Elegant Italian food is famous for house-made charcuterie. Aura boasts a menu loaded with Ocean Wise seafood options and a wine list that heavily favours Vancouver Island and BC. Floor to ceiling windows and a patio capitalize on the waterfront location.
Located directly across the water from Victoria's famous inner harbor, LURE restaurant provides one of the best views in the city. And the food is as impressive as the view. LURE was awarded five stars by the local Times Colonist newspaper in a 2008 review. Restaurant Matisse, awarded four stars by the Mobil Travel Guide, is known for its outstanding traditional French cuisine. Il Terrazzo Ristorante's Northern Italian dishes are complimented by an award-winning wine list.
Watch water traffic come and go from the Blue Crab Bar & Grill and indulge in one of their daily specials. Vista 18, on the 18th floor of the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites, offers sweeping views of the city, as well as Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.
Take in the stunning views overlooking Saanich Inlet and the Malahat Mountains at Brentwood Seagrille & Pub, located at Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa, 20 minutes north of Victoria. Don't miss the spectacular sunsets.