Restaurants in Victoria

$11 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Waffles, Valid Monday through Friday at West Coast Waffles

West Coast Waffles

Downtown

Sweet, savoury, and fruit-infused waffles such as the caramel-apple or the Carter waffle with chicken, cilantro, and barbecue sauce

C$20 C$11

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Seafood and Pub Fare at Flying Otter Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Flying Otter Grill

Downtown

Floating, harbour-side restaurant serves fresh, local seafood in a warm setting with floor-to-ceiling windows

C$25 C$13

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Burrito Meal for Two or Four or $5 for $10 Worth of Fast Mexican Food at Taco Time Victoria

Taco Time Victoria

Multiple Locations

Quesadillas encase chicken and seasoned ground beef, and daily-made ingredients burrow into hand-rolled burritos at quick Mexican eatery

C$24.46 C$12

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$10.99 for Any Two Small Sub Sandwiches, Drinks, and Chips or Cookies at Quiznos ($18.34 Value)

Quiznos

Victoria West

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on gourmet sandwiches or rolled into wraps crisp and melt when toasted in an oven or on a grill

C$18.34 C$10.99

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Meal for Two or Four at the Oyster Bar at the DOCKS seafood + steak + oyster bar (Up to 51% Off)

The Docks Seafood + Steak + Oyster Bar

On the Harbour

Chefs prepare a seafood-centric lineup of small plates, including calamari, albacore tuna sliders, crab cake burgers, oysters & beef sliders

C$39.96 C$20

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$35 for Lobster Extravaganza for Two at Nautical Nellies Restaurant ($68 Value)

Nautical Nellies Restaurant

Downtown

Sea-centric meals stuff appetizers and entrees with sweet, buttery lobster and other fresh ingredients for a casual lunch or intimate dinner

C$68 C$35

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Fatburgers and Fries for Two or Four at Fatburger (Up to 44% Off)

Fatburger

Downtown

Fresh burgers made with AAA Alberta beef and cholesterol-free oil in retro-style diner

C$23.34 C$13

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$11 for $20 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch at The Village

The Village

Royal Oak

Chefs craft sustainably harvested and local ingredients into breakfast and lunch treats, from challah french toast to Montreal-style brisket

C$20 C$11

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$15 for a Café Meal for Two with Soups and Sandwiches or Salads at The Hot and Cold Cafe (Up to $32 value)

The Hot and Cold Cafe

Fairfield

Soups, salads, and sandwiches are crafted from scratch using local produce and meats

C$32 C$15

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Ken Hueston grew up with a penchant for bones. According to the Goldstream News Gazette, he began his formal education in pursuit of paleontology, but he soon found that although his instincts were correct, they were slightly misguided?his place was not among dusty and brittle dinosaurs, but in the steam of a kitchen. There, his commitment to local ingredients, handmade cuisine, and chef education would earn him the B.C. Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008, a spot on enRoute's Best New Restaurant list, and a 2012 feature on Food Network Canada's You Gotta Eat Here.

Today at Smoken Bones Cookshack, after a brief absence, Ken is back as head chef, bringing with him a fresh dose of creativity and heeding the traditions of artisanal cooking, forming his menu's burgers, cheeses, and bacon by hand, without additives. Ken and his apprentices prepare everything on site, using scratch cooking techniques, including smoking food with local Vancouver island woods. Featured on You Gotta Eat Here, their pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket stake out the spotlight, though the Cookshack has not forgotten seafood, chicken, and stacked sandwiches. The emphasis on all-natural methods also extends past the cuisine and into the smoking process itself, which employs wood from Vancouver fruit and alder trees.

The forest figures heavily into the restaurant's decor too: in between praising the venue's bacon ice cream, Heed the Hedonist recounts "exposed ducts and exposed wood everywhere, including a plywood bar that was fashioned from a Douglas Fir that had blown down during a windstorm." Big-screen televisions augment the natural appeal, broadcasting sports on game nights, and live blues music twangs during special events.

721 Station Ave
Victoria,
BC
CA

Nautical Nellies Restaurant, celebrating its 17th anniversary in 2014, is no stranger to recognition. The eatery, which overlooks the city's inner harbour, has garnered multiple Open Table Diners' Choice awards in categories including Best Food, Best Seafood, and Best Overall. Fillets of wild Pacific halibut or Vancouver Island ling cod flake beneath forks, and shellfish, lobster, and Dungeness crab claws teeter on multi-tiered seafood towers. Diners can sample 10 varieties of oysters and rolls of fusion sushi. Grass-fed Angus steaks, aged for 35 days, are cooked to any specification, from well done to what chefs term ?blue?? seared on the outside, with a cool centre and a scrawled-on frowny face.

Thanks to the work of wine director Betty Furneaux, Nautical Nellies' beverage programs are just as thoughtfully designed as its dining menus. Wine Spectator honoured the eatery's wine list with an Award of Excellence in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Cocktails range from beachy mojitos to the savoury double-prawn caesar with vodka, Clamato juice, and two black tiger prawns. The restaurant also dedicates a section of the menu exclusively to scotch.

1001 Wharf St.
Victoria,
BC
CA

Abkhazi Garden is the "garden that love built"—Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, a Georgian prince from Russia, and his bride Peggy settled in Victoria in 1946 and promptly began construction on the garden that they would refer to as "their child." Likened by Princess Peggy to an unfurling Chinese scroll, the blossom-brimming garden's meandering paths lead visitors around natural rock outcroppings, between sky-stroking garry oaks, and through the hedges where gnomes power photosynthesis with their stationary bikes. Along the banks of the garden's three small ponds, the songs of dozens of bird species cascade over guests and the resident turtles. Views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains peek through the gardens' perimeter amid azaleas and the Abkhazi's prized rhododendron woodland area. Inside the now-public main house, a restaurant—open from March to November—sends platters of eggs benedict, niçoise salad, and scones with jams and Devon cream to tables nestled in the great room, where cozy seats overlook the garden.

1964 Fairfield Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Flying Otter Grill traverses land, air, and sea. It takes its name from the Otter aircraft, much like the kind that take off from the two-storey airline terminal at the Victoria Harbour Water Aerodrome surrounding the eatery. The restaurant itself floats on a series of pontoons so that it rises and falls with the tides, its floor-to-ceiling windows treating every table to views of the ocean and choreographed seagull flash mobs. Spanning both earth and ocean, the menu of pub fare draws on fresh prawns alongside crab, salmon, and Angus steak, and Cajun spiced chicken wings. Planes land on nearby airstrips and yachts sail into the harbour on a regular basis, the bustle of transit contrasting with the calm, cabin-like setting of the restaurant, which features West Coast cedar furnishings and a crackling fireplace. Taking inspiration from its surroundings, the Flying Otter nets some of its fresh fish from local suppliers.

950 Wharf St
Victoria,
BC
CA

Since Villages Pizza’s launch in 1974, it has expanded to seven locations and an express pizza truck, all purveying the same wholesome pies. The pizzas are topped with fresh produce and lean cuts of meat, and they can start with a whole-wheat or gluten-free crust if desired. People with dietary restrictions can also find comfort in lactose-free cheese and lower-calorie flatbreads, although more classic ingredients comprise the bulk of the menu.

As a second-generation pizza maker, owner John Papaloukas is responsible for the eatery’s traditional Italian recipes, plus some new inventions with Mexican leanings. The pesto perfect pie is topped with roasted chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta, and baked pasta dishes highlight the flavours of lean meatballs, marinara, and oven.

2016 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria,
BC
CA

Within a stately Tudor Revival building, The Fernwood Inn's kitchen sparks with creative energy as a team of chefs dedicated to the pursuit of inventive, locally sourced, and gastropub fare get to work chopping, saut?ing and crisping. As servers glide across the dining room?s fir floors, aromatic tendrils from smoked meats and Asian-influenced seafood and soup dishes announce plates' arrival before they're even set down. As bites disappear between lips, oversized mirrors and wooden casks add a touch of casual elegance, and the outdoor patio enables much-underrated fresh air to get in on alfresco feeding frenzies during the warm-weather months. Gathering the community on select evenings, The Fernwood Inn hosts live musical performances as well as open mic nights frequented by young talent and juke boxes showing up on their reunion tours.

1302 Gladstone Ave.
Victoria,
BC
CA