If you’re on the hunt for new eateries and restaurants to try, here are 20 great options to check out this season. We’ve put together our favourite places to get seafood, Italian, Indian, and more!
Red Fish Blue Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish is a beautiful outdoor eatery with an expanse of ocean views to enjoy. This outdoor restaurant features a selection of seafood options, including seared Tuna Tacones, Cod Dogs, fish and chips, fried pickles, and more!
Location: 1006 Wharf St., Victoria
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Enjoy views of the Inner Harbour all while indulging in some fine dining at Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio. This restaurant offers a wide-ranging menu including a diverse and creative selection of desserts, such as their Banana Mille Feuille: miso butterscotch, Orelys ganache.
Location: 680 Montreal St., Victoria
Agrius, a restaurant that has it all: out this world savoury pizza, rich dishes such as their lamb belly, a brunch menu with sweet french toast (served with apples on sourdough), and so much more. Call ahead for take-out or dine in either inside or outside on their quaint patio.
Location: 732 Yates St., Victoria
Boom + Batten Restaurant & Cafe
Boom + Batten are known for their delicious fresh menu options and shareable appetizers. Looking for exciting and tantalizing new cocktails? Boom and Batten features a wide selection of cocktails and zero proof drinks including their non-virgin and virgin piña colada, and their Boom cold brew.
Location: 2 Paul Kane Pl., Victoria
Picnic Coffee (Picnic Too)
With healthy foods, gluten-free options, and vegan choices, Picnic Coffee is all things deliciously good. This cafe and restaurant offer a broad menu including, breakfast, lunch, picnic boxes, drinks, and late-night eats. Guilt-free food that is not only good for you but tastes devilishly satisfying.
Location: 1019 Fort St., Victoria
With their new location on Fort and their food truck on Cook, Burger Crush has never been more accessible. This fun little eatery offers both meat and vegan-friendly meals, such as their “veggie style” vegan cheeseburger, served between plush and savoury brioche buns. Try out their vegan nuggets, made with deep-fried tofu with your choice of sauce.
Location: 787 Fort St., Victoria
This chic restaurant is the perfect hidden spot to have some drinks and good food, all under the peaceful ambience that is Trounce Alley. Enjoy Tapa Bar’s usual daily menu or check out their selection of happy hour drinks, from 3 to 5pm weekly, and 10pm to close (Friday and Saturday). Try out their select wines, red and white sangrias, or draught beer choices.
Location: 620 Trounce Alley
Start your afternoon off with a bang with Pagliacci’s daily happy hour from 3 to 5pm. During happy hour you can choose from Aperol spritz cocktails to a selection of white and red wines, and small bites such as The Hustler: a crispy panko mozzarella cheese ball with risotto served with a marinara sauce. Be sure to check out their full daily menu of tantalizing mains and pastas.
Location: 1011 Broad St., Victoria
Part and Parcel
Fresh food and unique flavour combinations, Part and Parcel is a welcoming eatery with lunch and dinner menu options. With both vegetarian and meaty menu choices, Part and Parcel serves something for everyone. Try out their scrumptious pork belly bun: zucchini, creamy dijon aioli, crunchy lettuce, and pepper pickles, all served on a brioche bun.
Location: 2656 Quadra St., Victoria
Fresh Ocean Wise-sourced fish, dished inside a warm bed of rice, topped with your choice of toppings and sauce is what you will find at Poke Fresh. This small eatery offers a selection of bowls on their menu—we recommend that Victoria bowl—but if none of the choices interest you, then you have the freedom to build your own.
Location: 240 Cook St. #102, Victoria
Four Spice Indian Cuisine
This local eatery serves flavour-filled and fresh dishes, including fresh bread, desserts, and drinks. Try out their Bhatura: a type of fried bread that is both savoury and chewy. This bread is a perfect addition to a main dish, such as their Aloo Gobi (a vegetarian curry made with cauliflower, potatoes, and spices).
Location: 2637 Quadra St., Victoria
10 Acres Bistro
This local restaurant selects all its food on a seasonal basis and creates its menus around those ingredients. Try out their delectable menu year-round for a diverse array of dishes and drinks, including the Kombuchart Gardens cocktail (Whiskey, lime, elderflower and kombucha).
Location: 611 Courtney St., Victoria
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Right in central downtown Victoria, down Government Street, is Earls Kitchen + Bar. This popular restaurant and bar is a great weekly choice as well as a weekend one. Enjoy their daily happy hour menu, which offers $5 highballs, $5 eight-inch margarita pizzas, and much more.
Location: 1199 Government St., Victoria
E:Ne Raw Food and Sake Bar
This Japanese restaurant not only serves fresh food and small bites, but it also offers a range of cocktails and sake. Try a sake flight to taste-test some of their choices and find your favourite. Enjoy delicious rolls and dishes, including their Bluenose Oshi signature roll with tuna, aburi tuna, jalapeno, and house aioli.
Location: 737 Pandora Ave.
Kuma Noodle Japan
This cozy ramen eatery is housed inside Cedar Hill’s small shopping centre, where they serve some of the best ramens in town. Enjoy warm, rich ramen, vegetarian dishes, and rice bowls. Try their miso ramen for a comforting dish that will awaken all your tastebuds.
Location: 1551 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
Il Covo Trattoria
Here you’ll find fine Italian food with classic yet contemporary dishes ranging from vegetarian to seafood. This eclectic restaurant is the epitome of refinement and chic design with dishes that are a treat for the eye and palate. Try a seared local halibut on top of their spaghetti primavera, served with a creamy sambuca sauce.
Location: 106 Superior St., Victoria
Do you love Indian food but are purely on a plant-based diet? Well, then look no further than Delhi. This completely plant-oriented Indian restaurant is the first of its kind to come to Victoria and offers an array of dishes, coffee, chai, and baked goods.
Location: 2504 Government St., Victoria
The Very Good Butchers
Everything vegan- and vegetarian-friendly here at the Very Good Butchers, where you can enjoy unique and mouth-watering burgers, sandwiches, and more. Check out their stores or their website and purchase takeaway dishes, burgers, sausages, and even vegan smoked salmon.
Location: 515 Chatham St, Victoria
Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant
This vegetarian restaurant, cafe, and bakery has it all! This buffet-style restaurant makes it possible to pick and choose whatever portions you’d prefer and makes it possible for you to try as many of their dishes, sides, and desserts as you’d like. Try their seasonal pumpkin pie out this fall!
Location: 560 Johnson St. #5 At Market Square’s Courtyard, Victoria
The Hive Eatery
This hard to miss bright blue building is an absolute gem when it comes to delicious and savoury burgers. From seasonal halibut and salmon burgers to Christmas turkey burgers, beef burgers and select vegetarian options, this little eatery has it all. Try one of their burgers with a fresh side of fries, salad, and/or poutine.
Location: 1275 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
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