Victoria, the capitol of British Columbia, is a coastal city known for its dazzling harbor – one of the world’s most beautiful – and for its Pacific Ocean views. This popular tourist destination is also home to some of the most tantalizing restaurants in the world. Each year, tourists arrive in droves via cruise ship and seaplane for a taste of Victoria. Home to the first chocolatier, the first brewpub, and the oldest Chinatown in Canada, it also has a reputation for premier high teas and a burgeoning local wine scene. The diversity of restaurants with choices like Blue Crab Seafood House, Brasserie L'ecole, and Fiamo Italian Kitchen offer all the necessary elements for a romantic dinner for two.
1.10 Acres Kitchen
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10 Acres Kitchen in Victoria is one of three restaurants that are run by the 10 Acres Farm and Restaurant Group that provide ethically raised animals from their farms to these restaurants. It’s steps from the Inner Harbour of Victoria and is housed inside a meticulously restored heritage building. The historic restaurant has a custom-built wood bar, large windows, plush booth seating, and black and white photo art that add to its elegant ambience. 10 Acres Kitchen relies on their farm-to-plate principles to deliver a fresh dining experience. Guests will enjoy the diversity of cuisine, including raw bar, steaks, and seafood dishes.
614 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-385-4512
Located in Victoria’s Oak Bay neighborhood, Blighty’s Bistro, once a fish n chips restaurant, has transformed into a talk of the town bistro. This 13-table eatery exudes a modern and inviting warmth with dark wood tables and plush leather chairs, colorful pendant lights, and owner-painted artwork on the walls. Large front windows create a light-filled space that’s reflected by bright white walls. Featuring fusion cuisine from the West Coast, meals are prepared utilizing locally sourced ingredients. Menu items includes selections such as Thai Sticky Ribs, Little Cedar Falls Steelhead, Cowichan Valley Free Range Chicken, and Moroccan Lamb Tagine.
2006 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-592-5111
3.Blue Crab Seafood House
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Located inside the spacious Coast Harbourside Hotel and Marina, Blue Crab Seafood House provides superbly fresh seafood from the great Pacific Northwest. This elegantly decorated restaurant has an ambience of comfort and warmth with a two-level dining room, carpeted flooring on one level and hardwood on the other, light colored walls, and soft recessed lights. The restaurant also features crisp linen, wood trim, and large windows with expansive views of the harbor making this an ideal location for an intimate dinner. Seafood at this restaurant is brought in daily to ensure its freshness. House specialties include Snow Crab and King Crab.
146 Kingston Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-480-1999
Bodega is a Spanish tapas bar located in downtown Victoria. The spacious, modern restaurant and bar pairs Spanish tapas with sherries in the tapas tradition. The interior design is a mix of wood and industrial elements with hardwood floors, wrought iron stools and chandeliers, and wood trim. Tons of windows flood the room with light, a mirrored ceiling reflects light from a modern chandelier, and a cushioned banquette offers comfortable seating. A small covered patio provides space for an intimate dinner or lunch. The chef utilizes locally sourced ingredients to craft their eclectic menu. Tapas favorites include Bocadillo De Serrano, Gambas Al Ajillo, Albondigas De Cordero, Bocadillo De Porchetta, Papas Supremas, and Papas Brava.
1210 Broad Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 778-406-1210
Brasserie L’ecole in Victoria’s Chinatown is located in what was once a Chinese community schoolhouse. The restaurant serves authentic French-country fare paired with a wide selection of wines. The interior décor of this bustling restaurant features bright red walls, original wood floors, pendant lights, and large front windows with sidewalk views. Dark wood furnishings, poster-style artwork, large mirrors, numerous wine displays complete the look, providing an intimate ambience for a romantic dinner. The brasserie uses local, seasonal ingredients to create their French-country cuisine like lamb neck ragout, salad with hot-smoked duck breast, and house sausage, plus certified Angus beef sirloin, and their signature Brasserie burger.
1715 Government Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-475-6260
Café Brio on Fort Street in Victoria has been a local favorite with its atmosphere influenced from its Mediterranean heritage. This classy, yet unpretentious restaurant presents diners with a warm, friendly vibe with polished hardwood floors, exposed HVACs, and chandeliers. The interior design also features a cushioned banquette along one wall, brightly colored walls, and a large skylight, making this a great place for special dinner. With an ever-changing menu, Café Brio sources local farms to ensure the freshest ingredients. Menu items include options like Duck Bolognese with Penne, Grilled Rare Albacore Tuna, Braised Pork Belly, Brio Steak, and Pan Roasted Halibut.
944 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-383-0009
7.Fiamo Italian Kitchen
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Yates Street in Victoria is the home of Fiamo Italian Kitchen in arguably one the city’s most rustic buildings. The restaurant serves authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The interior design of the restaurant features original exposed brick walls, three different rooms to dine in, cushioned booths, and hardwood floors. With dark wood furnishing, a soft banquette, and shining chandeliers this an ideal location for a romantic dinner. Late at night, this restaurant is a hot spot featuring their wood-fired pizzas. Other Italian entrées include Tortellini Alla Fungi, Braised Duck Wings, Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Lamb Short Loin Chops, Saffron Risotto, and Chicken Parmesan.
515 Yates Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-388-5824
8.Glo Restaurant and Lounge
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With breathtaking views of the Selkirk Waterway and just minutes from downtown Victoria, Glo Restaurant and Lounge has established itself as the go-to restaurant in its area. This contemporary restaurant features an interior with a large circular bar, multi-level dining spaces, and floor to ceiling windows. Cushioned dining booths, a large outdoor patio, and fire pits, make this a good choice for a romantic meal for two. Elevated global fare uses only the freshest and finest ingredients. Menu items include options like grilled chicken pesto penne, prawn fettuccine carbonara, Selkirk chicken club, grilled halibut Baja sandwich, and butter chicken bowl.
2940 Jutland Road, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-385-5643
9.Il Covo Trattoria
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Located in a heritage building that is 100 years old in James Bay, Il Covo Trattoria serves authentic Italian cuisine with the Inner Harbour just steps away. The interior design of this elegant restaurant features a vaulted ceiling, exposed wood beams and ceiling fans. Hardwood flooring, chandeliers, and large windows with epic harbor views make Il Covo Trattoria the perfect spot for romance. They prepare freshly made, in-house traditional Italian fare with local ingredients. A must-try dish from their elevated menu is Anatra All’arancia – medium rare pan seared duck breast, fregola primavera, and Grand Marnier orange sauce.
106 Superior Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-380-0088
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10.Il Terrazzo Ristorante
For over 25 years, Il Terrazzo Ristorante has been a culinary landmark in Victoria for fine Italian cuisine. The restaurant features a unique courtyard setting with a glass enclosed roof, wood beams and a cushioned banquette. The interior features hardwood floors, exposed HVACs, stone walls, and wrought iron chandeliers. Brick fireplaces and candlelit tables create an intimate setting. Northern Italian cuisine that’s influenced by the Pacific Northwest results in a something for every taste menu. Menu options include Linguine con Frutti di Mare, Seppia e Salsiccia con Alio, and Filetto d’Alibut – fresh baked halibut, balsamic reduction, blackberry cream peppercorn, and asiago cheese.
555 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-361-0028
11.Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
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In Old Town Victoria, Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar combines the expertise of customer service and fine dining into an art form. Inside this rustic brick building resides an interior that goes back in time featuring ornate tile ceilings, exposed brick walls, and suspended lights. A cushioned banquette along the long wall, an expansive wooden bar, and a speakeasy vibe combine to create the ideal ambience for a quiet night out. The imaginative menu features elevated dishes that include Wagyu beef bavette, Farmcrest chicken breast, and seared scallops and cider braised pork belly. Guests can also enjoy a long list of handcrafted cocktails.
Down the Hall 506 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 778-433-5535
12.LURE Restaurant & Bar
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Located inside Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Lure Restaurant and Bar is a spacious establishment offering breathtaking views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This elegant restaurant offers numerous spaces to dine or hangout and drink featuring large windows, hardwood floors, and multi-level dining areas. With private booths, white columns, and an outdoor patio with heat lamps, this restaurant has it all for a romantic date night. Ingredients are sourced from the growers on Vancouver Island, ensuring the freshest of flavors. Entrées include items such as crispy chicken breast, Columbia River steelhead, Certified Angus beef, and Selva prawn fettuccini.
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-360-5873
13.Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood House
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Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood House in Victoria, the 2017 award-winner for Best Seafood in Victoria, has been a staple for fine dining in this area for over 20 years. The interior of this restaurant features dark wood furnishings, multi-colored suspended lights, and decorative wall art. This spacious restaurant also features cushioned banquettes, large windows, a long tank with fresh crab and lobster, and nautical-themed décor create an inviting space. The restaurant provides diners with locally sourced, fresh seafood from nearby waters daily. Entrées include items like Halibut Oscar and Wild BC Coho Salmon.
1001 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-380-2260
14.Nourish Kitchen & Cafe
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Nourish Kitchen and Café is a uniquely designed restaurant, providing diners with several rooms to dine, drink, or mingle in this 1888 refurbished heritage home-turned-restaurant. The interior design of this stately restaurant features brightly colored walls, hardwood floors, and large windows. The restaurant also boasts ornate crown molding, a stone feature wall, and a romantic fireplace. Nourish Kitchen prepares dishes with seasonal, organic, natural, and unprocessed ingredients. Menu items include selections such as Root and Kale Veggie Salad, Soup of the Day, and Turnip Noodle and Sweet Potato Bowl.
225 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-590-3426
15.O Cafe and Bistro
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Inside the Oswego Hotel in Victoria, O Café and Bistro is a casual restaurant that serves up locally sourced cuisine and provides unparalleled service. The interior of this stylish restaurant features large windows, hardwood floors, and a grand piano. A romantic stone feature fireplace, bright chandeliers, and exposed ceiling beams create an elegant space that’s ideal for a little romance. Mornings feature internationally renowned coffees and upscale bakery items. At night, the menu turn global, serving entrées like goat cheese and artichoke ravioli, and braised beef Angus boneless ribs with local vegetables, pan jus, and potato pave.
500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-940-7500
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Nestled in Victoria’s Chinatown, OLO Restaurant serves Pacific Northwest fare paired with global wines. The building’s rustic interior features hardwood floors, uniquely styled chandelier lighting, and exposed wood beams. A cushioned banquette along one wall, exposed brick walls, and large windows complete the stylish, natural space. OLO Restaurant’s menu changes seasonally and utilizes ingredients from local farms like Fox Glove Farms, Ragley Farms, and Lockwood Farms, to name a few. The sophisticated menu includes selections like flat iron steak, lamb trio, duck breast, and lingcod.
509 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-590-8795
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17.Perro Negro Tapas and Wine
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The Black Dog – Perro Negro Tapas and Wine in Victoria, shares their love of Spanish culture and food with all in this area. The ambience of this restaurant is fun and casual. Design elements include exposed brick walls, a cushioned banquette, and sconce wall lighting. This festive interior also features hardwood floors, large windows allowing natural light in, and a large, open dining space. It’s an ideal place for a relaxing lunch with someone special. The restaurant serves Spanish tapas and sherries, along with other Spanish-influenced fare. Couples should try the tapas for two experience.
536 Yates Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-360-1824
18.Q at the Empress
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Inside the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, Q at The Empress is one of Victoria’s most elegant establishments providing fine dining and exquisite service. This regal restaurant is the epitome of elegance with polished hardwood floors, ornate cherry wood ceiling beams and columns. The restaurant also features large pane windows, pendant lighting, large portraits of Queen Victoria, and modern finishes, making this restaurant an ideal place for a romantic dinner. The executive chef utilizes ingredients from local farmers to prepare the artisan fare here. Menu items include selections like braised pork tagliatelle, pan roasted spring salmon, and duck “sham” on toast.
721 Government Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-389-2727
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Saveur Restaurant in Victoria, a 2019 YAM Best Restaurant award-winner, offers exquisite cuisine in a casual setting. The ambience of this restaurant is inviting and warm featuring exposed HVACs, brightly colored walls, and dark wood furnishings. This quaint establishment also features a cozy five-person bar, hardwood floors, cushioned lounge seating, and floor-to-ceiling windows. These elements combine to create the perfect place for a special date night. With a menu that changes regularly, Saveur Restaurant offers a seasonally inspired chef’s tasting menu. Entrées include selections like morel and spot prawn, beef duo, and Sun Wing Farm tomatoes.
658 Herald Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-590-9251
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20.Stage Wine Bar
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Stage Wine Bar in Victoria, twice voted Restaurant of the Year by Vancouver Magazine, provides excellent tapas and the highest quality service. This open, airy restaurant exudes comfort with large floor-to-ceiling windows that invite in natural light and gorgeous views of downtown Victoria. Other design elements adding to the ambience include exposed brick walls, pendant lights, banquette seating, exposed brick columns, and polished wood furnishings. It’s a great choice for a special night out. Dishes are prepared by using locally sourced ingredients. Menu favorites include a Stage charcuterie platter, braised pork belly, roasted carrots, beef tartare, and pan seared sablefish.
1307 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-388-4222
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21.The Tapa Bar
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Located just off Government Street on historic Trounce Alley in Victoria, The Tapa Bar provides diners with a menu influenced by the Spanish. This cozy, contemporary restaurant has an interior design that features large windows allowing natural light in, dark wood furnishings, and hardwood floors. The Tapa Bar also features a wooden banquette along a feature brick wall, lime-colored walls adorned with modern art, and weather permitting, an outside dining patio. Food is prepared at The Tapa Bar with locally sourced ingredients. Menu items include selections such as pollo chipotle tapa, almond stuffed dates, and coconut lime mussels.
620 Trounce Alley, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-383-0013
22.Veneto Ristorante and Bar
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Located inside the Hotel Rialto on Douglas Street in Victoria, Veneto Ristorante and Bar provides diners with a sleek, modern ambience. The interior design of this elegant restaurant features unique pendant and recessed lights, ornate ceilings, and hardwood floors. Add in a stylish marble top bar, large windows, light wood trim, and banquette seating, and an ambience of romance begins to emerge. Serving Northern Italian cuisine, the restaurant utilizes locally sourced produce and ingredients to ensure the fare here is the freshest. Menu items include options like Yarrow Meadows duck breast, and organic beef bolognese – Fraser Valley Pork, Cache Creek beef, and Spaghetti.
1450 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-383-7310
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23.Victoria Harbour House Restaurant
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For over 30 years on Vancouver Island, Victoria Harbour House Restaurant has established itself as the ultimate seafood restaurant in this community. This quaint, intimate setting is perfect for a romantic dinner. It features a stylish ambience with large windows that provide natural light and views of the inner harbor, along with a geometrically shaped roof. The intimate dining room boasts banquette seating, a romantic stone fireplace, and a total capacity for only thirty diners. Serving fresh seafood and New American fare, the restaurant uses local fresh ingredients. Entrées include selections like Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, rainbow trout almondine, and salmon.
607 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-386-1244
24.Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar
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Residing in the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites in downtown Victoria, Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar offers exquisite views with a fine dining experience. This elegant and contemporary restaurant is on the rooftop of this regal hotel and features large windows overlooking Mount Baker, the Juan de Fuca Straight, and the Olympic Mountain range. The chic restaurant also features sconce lighting, private booths, and dark wood furnishings. Vista 18 prepares their organic meals with fresh, local ingredients. Menu items include options like Fryer Tuck chicken supreme and steelhead fillet.
740 Burdett Avenue, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-382-9258
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Zambri’s in Victoria, a GOLD Best Casual Italian Restaurant winner, has been an icon of fine dining in this community since 1999. The interior décor of this stylish, eco-conscious restaurant exudes comfort with candlelit tables, hardwood floors, and chandelier and globe lighting. A stylish bar with gold accent mirrors, large floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in natural light, and a lush garden-style patio make this an ideal place for a romantic night out. Serving environmentally conscience trattoria classics using locally sourced ingredients is the basis of the menu. Zambri’s Italian soul food includes entrées like crispy pork shoulder, beef filet fonduta, and petto di pollo.
820 Yates Street, Victoria, BC, Phone: 250-360-1171
25 Best Restaurants in Victoria
- 10 Acres Kitchen, Photo: Kati Finell/stock.adobe.com
- Blighty's Bistro, Photo: lcrribeiro33@gmail/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Crab Seafood House, Photo: Blue Crab Seafood House
- Bodega, Photo: Bodega
- Brasserie L'ecole, Photo: Andrew/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Brio, Photo: Kalim/stock.adobe.com
- Fiamo Italian Kitchen, Photo: Fiamo Italian Kitchen
- Glo Restaurant and Lounge, Photo: Glo Restaurant and Lounge
- Il Covo Trattoria, Photo: Il Covo Trattoria
- Il Terrazzo Ristorante, Photo: Nestor/stock.adobe.com
- Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar, Photo: Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
- LURE Restaurant & Bar, Photo: LURE Restaurant & Bar
- Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood House, Photo: Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood House
- Nourish Kitchen & Cafe, Photo: Nourish Kitchen & Café
- O Cafe and Bistro, Photo: O Cafe and Bistro
- OLO Restaurant, Photo: OLO Restaurant
- Perro Negro Tapas and Wine, Photo: Perro Negro Tapas and Wine
- Q at the Empress, Photo: Q at the Empress
- Saveur Restaurant, Photo: Saveur Restaurant
- Stage Wine Bar, Photo: Stage Wine Bar
- The Tapa Bar, Photo: The Tapa Bar
- Veneto Ristorante and Bar, Photo: Veneto Ristorante and Bar
- Victoria Harbour House Restaurant, Photo: Victoria Harbour House Restaurant
- Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar, Photo: Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar
- Zambri's, Photo: Zambri's
- Cover Photo: Eakrin/stock.adobe.com