Canadian in Victoria

Legislative Dining Room

One of Victoria's best-kept dining secrets, the Parliament Buildings has its own subsidized, old-school restaurant where both MLAs and the public can drop by for a silver-service menu of regional dishes, ranging fro…
Fusion in Victoria

The Mint

This loungey hang-out is especially popular with bar staff winding down after their late-night shifts. But they don't just come to bitch about their non-tipping customers; Mint offers an eclectic, finger-licking men…
Vegetarian in Victoria


A beloved local fave with new monochrome-painted exterior (although the same riotously colorful tablecloths inside), this is the best place in town for vegetarians and carnivores to dine together without one side fe…
Seafood in Victoria

Red Fish Blue Fish

On the waterfront boardwalk at the foot of Broughton St, this freight-container takeout shack serves fresh-made, finger-licking sustainable seafood. Highlights like jerk fish poutine, amazing chowder and tempura-bat…
Diner in Victoria

John's Place

This ever-friendly, wood-floored hangout is lined with quirky memorabilia, while its enormous menu is a cut above standard diner fare. They'll start you off with a basket of addictive housemade bread, but save room …
French in Victoria

Brasserie L'École

Preparing West Coast ingredients with French bistro flare, this warm and ever-popular spot is perfect for an intimate night out. The dishes constantly change to reflect seasonal highlights, like figs, salmonberries …
Cafe in Victoria


Downtown's funkiest little cafe is easy to miss, but it's worth the hunt. There's a Canadiana feel to the interior, hence the artwork moose head, but there's nothing kitsch about the menu: fresh-made sandwiches, sal…
Italian in Victoria


A local legend that's often elbow-to-elbow packed on busy evenings, this New York-style Italian restaurant serves great past dishes often with a West Coast or regional seafood twist. Save room for a hulking slice of…
Fish & Chips in Victoria

Barb’s Fish & Chips

A Fisherman's Wharf institution for more than 30 years, this is the spot to dive into a heaping order of fish and chips alongside some boat-bobbing views. Watch out for the local beady-eyed gulls.
Chinese in Victoria

Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant

This no-frills downtown spot was satisfying local vegetarians long before meat-free diets became fashionable. Superior to most Chinese eateries and with a menu that easily pleases carnivores as well as veggie types,…