Best views in Victoria 2023

These are the restaurants with the best views in Victoria, as selected by our readers in the annual Tasting Victoria Restaurant Awards

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Nothing beats a view, and lucky for us Victorians, catching a glimpse of the ocean, a sunset, or a stunning sunrise is as incredible as it is accessible. And if you’re looking to dine out while enjoying the best views, Victoria is the right place to be. Many Victoria restaurants have gorgeous ocean views, mountain views, or even harbour views.

Here’s the top three restaurants with the best views in Victoria, sponsored by Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard, and voted on by you.

Boom + Batten

With its perfect view of the Inner Harbour, Boom + Batten’s elevated casual dining offers guests an experience inspired by the Pacific Northwest surroundings. The stunning architecture and detailed décor are almost as impressive as their sweeping waterfront views. This is the only place you will be able to feast while gawking at some of the largest yachts moored at the Victoria International Marina.
2 Paul Kane Pl.

Vista 18 at the Chateau Hotel

Located on the 18th floor of the Chateau Victoria, Vista 18 is independently owned and managed by the Piercys—a family which has been in Victoria since the 1890s. Prior to becoming Vista 18 in 2000, the rooftop restaurant was known among locals as The Parrot House, in honour of a very real and unique parrot named Louis, who resided in the hotel. Now the restaurant brings distinctive menus focusing on fresh, organic, and local ingredients with stunning views of the inner harbour.
740 Burdett Ave.

The Snug Pub at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

An icon and an institution in Victoria dating back to 1954, The Snug Pub is the city’s first neighbourhood pub. With floor-to-ceiling ocean views and an inviting atmosphere, the Pub pays homage to good food, good spirits, and lifelong friends. It takes advantage of BC’s best produce by adapting menus to the seasons. You will find a healthy selection of local brews on tap to be enjoyed at the cozy bar or—as its place on our list suggests—on the heated and covered oceanfront patio.

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.