Best first date in Victoria 2023

These are the best restaurants for a first date, as selected by our readers in the annual Tasting Victoria Restaurant Awards

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Victoria is an incredibly romantic city. We have beaches, mountain views, cute dogs, and most importantly, romantic restaurants. It’s a buzzing place with so much variety, and because it’s also a University town, there are a lot of singles taking a swim in the dating pool.

So, next time you go on a date, consider these restaurants.

Il Terrazzo

Inspired by Northern Italian cuisine with a Pacific Northwest twist, Il Terrazzo Ristorante has served Victoria for three decades in the heart of Old Town. Located in an old hotel and courtyard, this lively, unique dining experience offers a diverse, well-rounded menu and extensive wine program. It’s truly got something for everyone, as evidenced by its win for best First Date spot in our reader’s choice poll.

555 Johnson St.

Tapa Bar

Tapa Bar fills Trounce Alley with lively conversation and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Along with its fantastic happy hour, and underneath the sparkly Trounce Alley lights, Tapa Bar is a great place for a first date: it’s romantic, relaxed, and lively. Tapas are also a great first date food, because you’re sharing and experiencing the dishes together: a great ice-breaker, in our opinion.

620 Trounce Alley

Wind Cries Mary

Tucked away in Bastion Square, and down a short flight of stairs, Wind Cries Mary feels like you've left Victoria and been transported to Montreal or New York. The dark and moody candlelit space has a canopied bar at the centre of the room filled with local and international wine and spirits, and an even cozier brick-walled room once you’re in. Further back in the restaurant, you'll find the best seats in the house: the hidden courtyard patio.

45 Bastion Square

We encourage you to support your favourite restaurants by dining in or ordering takeout—and, of course, try new ones! Let us know what you think by emailing [email protected], or reach out on social media at @tastingvictoria.