Surrounded by ocean and mountain views, Victoria is an incredibly scenic city. Millions of tourists visit the capital city and region each year to take in the spectacular nature and historic architecture—and this can all be enjoyed while eating at some of Victoria’s best restaurants. The beautiful ambiance of Victoria makes it a truly magical setting for many fine-dining establishments.
From exquisite gardens to scenic ocean views to city skylines, here’s our list of Victoria restaurants with the best views:
Boom + Batten
Situated on the Victoria International Marina, you will find Boom + Batten, a Pacific coast-inspired restaurant that offers an elevated yet casual dining experience. The restaurant boasts harbourfront views from every seat in the house. On warm sunny days, enjoy Boom + Batten’s waterfront patio along the Songhees Walkway. It is no surprise that the Boom + Batten was voted as one of Victoria’s Favourite Views in the 2021 Tasting Victoria People’s Choice Awards.
The Veranda at the Fairmont Empress
Feel like royalty while sipping cocktails on the Veranda at the Fairmont Empress. The Veranda overlooks the fantastic gardens of the hotel grounds and features spectacular downtown and harbour views. Enjoy flavourful food, creative cocktails, and thoughtful service while experiencing downtown Victoria.
Vista 18 Restaurant + Lounge
Located on the 18th floor of the Chateau Victoria Hotel, Vista 18 is Victoria’s only rooftop restaurant that features ocean, mountain, and city views. Vista 18 showcases all the sites that downtown Victoria has to offer with its award-winning views and unique location. The menu features West Coast-inspired dishes that focus on local and organic selections.
Founded in 1984, Spinnakers is Canada’s first Brewpub. Spinnakers sits perched above the Songhees Walkway and boasts beautiful waterfront views. Delight in craft beer, cider, spirits, and enjoy a farm-fresh menu featuring local ingredients.
Glo Restaurant + Lounge
Glo Restaurant + Lounge has a fantastic waterfront patio that features 180-degree views of the Selkirk Waterway. Every seat in the restaurant showcases the beautiful views of the waterway. Enjoy a locally inspired menu that focuses on seasonal ingredients. Take in the summer warmth and watch the kayakers pass by while enjoying a delicious meal.
Steamship Grill & Bar
Located in the historic Steamship Terminal on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, you will find the Steamship Grill. Experience the West Coast with local seafood and Vancouver Island-inspired dishes. The Steamship’s harbourfront patio showcases the beauty of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the historic Fairmont Empress hotel.
The Beach House Restaurant
Experience ultimate beachfront dining at the Beach House Restaurant. With its award-winning views of Cordova Bay Beach, large patio, and West Coast décor, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal on a warm sunny day. The menu features contemporary Canadian dishes, local craft beer, and hand-crafted cocktails.
Finn’s Seafood Chops Cocktails
Enjoy local fresh seafood and stunning views at Finn’s. With its historic location, and large harbourfront patio, Finn’s has some of the best views in the city. Sit on one of two waterfront patios and catch the sights of Victoria’s bustling harbour.