Dining near the ocean allows you to impress your date by sharing cocktails at sunset, writing your names in the sand, and playing a shark like a trumpet. Take advantage of the scenery with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale pub fare at Flying Otter Grill.
Flying Otter Grill hovers above the water in Victoria's inner harbour, granting diners a chance to feast on a menu of upscale pub fare amid the whir of seaplanes and splashing of kayakers. The chorizo pizza’s spicy sausage and goat cheese sunbathe atop homemade pizza sauce ($13), and the blackened halibut burger’s seasoned fillet and mango-avocado salsa ($14.25) keep hands from challenging fellow diners to thumb-war tournaments. Flaky beer batter coats halibut, cod, or prawns in the fish 'n' chips basket ($10.50–$17.75), which diners devour on a heated, year-round patio.
Flying Otter Grill
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, British Columbia V8W 1T3