Best Restaurants

Fall flavours soon to arrive at Fairmont Empress

As summer fades into the rearview mirror, Fairmont Empress’ Chefs look toward the bounty of the autumn harvest to showcase a new season of flavours. New Q Restaurant Chef, Mark Classen unveiled his new fall menu brimming with savoury dishes that reflect the transition from warm summer days into cool, crisp temperatures. From colourful root veggies like roasted Jerusalem artichokes to locally foraged wild mountain huckleberries, chanterelles and spruce tips, it’s almost time to delve into the season’s best. Exceptional local ingredients, creativity, and care are all at the heart of Q Restaurant’s new fall menu, officially launching Monday, October 3, 2022.  

6 unique burgers to try in Victoria

There are many burgers worth trying in Victoria, and the variety is endless. When it comes to burgers, why stick to beef? We put together a list of the best and most unique burgers, and our readers helped us through their votes in the 2022 Tasting Victoria Best Restaurant Awards, presented by Portofino Bakery. The winners in the Best Burger category, sponsored by Category 12 Brewing, were Bin 4 Burger Lounge, Big Wheel Burger, and Pink Bicycle (now closed). Keep reading to learn more about our readers’ Top 3, and some other unique burgers you have to try at least once.

Pet friendly patios and restaurants in Victoria

We love our furry friends, but it can be hard to find dining spaces to accommodate them. Here at Tasting Victoria, we crafted a list of some patios that are pet-friendly, so whether you’re taking your dog (or perhaps your leashed cat) out with friends, you can enjoy Victoria’s foodie scene knowing you can bring your fuzzy family member along, too!

Every day is happy at LURE Restaurant & Bar

Mouthwatering pork ribs dripping in a sticky maple bourbon sauce, Crispy Mac + Cheese Bites with a hint of chorizo, and spicy pepper jelly, and Charred Brussel Sprouts with a parmesan, lime, and roasted garlic aioli; all while sipping on a local beer or wine and taking in the spectacular views of Victoria’s harbour… have we got your attention?

Winner Spotlight: Crust Bakery

If you’re like most of us and love the aroma of freshly baked bread, you probably will want to check out Victoria’s best bakeries, voted by you in our 2022 Best Restaurant Awards, presented by Portofino Bakery. Crust Bakery has been voted #1 in the best bakery category, sponsored by Level Ground Trading.