Victoria & Vancouver Island Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Victoria & Vancouver Island

Thanks to Victoria's coastal location and access to the farming regions of the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley, Victoria and Vancouver Island are a foodie's paradise. Let's start with afternoon tea, which is a must-do, according to visitors and locals. This tradition, which the city inherited from the region's European settlers, can be as grand or as simple as you want. It all depends on the teahouse you choose. On the extravagant end of the spectrum, there's the Fairmont Empress. It'll cost a pretty penny, but the formal, elegant atmosphere of this turn-of-the-century hotel will transport you back to a time when afternoon tea was a daily event for those in Victoria high society. Other favorites include the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden, Adrienne's Tea Garden and White Heather Tea Room.

When you've had your fill of tea and finger sandwiches, expand your gastronomic tour of Victoria by sampling the city's fresh seafood. Red Fish Blue Fish, which sits on the waterfront on the Inner Harbour in an upcycled cargo container, is a favorite among visitors for its variety of fish and chips (choose from salmon, cod, halibut and oysters). Other seafood favorites include FishhookBlue Crab Seafood House and Ferris' Upstairs Oyster Bar.

Along with its fresh seafood, Victoria excels at offering a bevy of international cuisine. For Italian, locals and travelers recommend Il Terrazzo, which is beloved for its classic Italian menu and cozy interior (it boasts six brick fireplaces). Recent visitors highly recommend Saveur for its French-inspired contemporary cuisine using local ingredients. And if you're after Mediterranean flavors, head to the family-owned Ithaka Greek Restaurant (diners especially loved the lamb).

Find the Best Restaurants in Victoria & Vancouver Island

  • #1
    IL Terrazzo
    #1 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3702 reviewsTripAdvisor (3702)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    555 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2 Canada
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  • #2
    Ithaka Greek Restaurant
    #2 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1196 reviewsTripAdvisor (1196)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek, Grill
    1102 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3M8 Canada
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  • #3
    Blighty's Bistro
    #3 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 270 reviewsTripAdvisor (270)
    $ - $$ | Canadian, Fusion
    2006 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1E4 Canada
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  • #4
    White Heather Tea Room
    #4 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 410 reviewsTripAdvisor (410)
    $ - $$ | British, Canadian
    1885 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1C6 Canada
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  • #5
    Blue Fox Cafe
    #5 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1637 reviewsTripAdvisor (1637)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Canadian
    919 Fort Street Suite 101, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3K3 Canada
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  • #6
    Fishhook
    #6 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 772 reviewsTripAdvisor (772)
    $ - $$ | French, Indian, Seafood, Soups
    805 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H6 Canada
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  • #7
    Legislative Dining Room
    #7 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    614 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2L8 Canada
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  • #8
    Jam Cafe
    #8 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 879 reviewsTripAdvisor (879)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Canadian
    542 Herald St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1S6 Canada
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  • #9
    Saveur Restaurant
    #9 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 390 reviewsTripAdvisor (390)
    $$ | French, Contemporary, Canadian
    658 Herald St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1S7 Canada
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  • #10
    Nubo Japanese Tapas
    #10 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 425 reviewsTripAdvisor (425)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    739 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9 Canada
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  • #11
    La Roux Patisserie
    #11 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 86 reviewsTripAdvisor (86)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, Canadian
    519 Fisgard St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3 Canada
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  • #12
    The Fish Store at Fisherman's Wharf
    #12 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 645 reviewsTripAdvisor (645)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Canadian
    12 Erie St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X5 Canada
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  • #13
    John's Place Restaurant
    #13 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1359 reviewsTripAdvisor (1359)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner, Canadian
    723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9 Canada
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  • #14
    The Village Restaurant
    #14 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 145 reviewsTripAdvisor (145)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Canadian, International
    2518 Estevan Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 2S7 Canada
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  • #15
    Stage
    #15 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripAdvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, Canadian
    1307 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1R9 Canada
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  • #16
    Patisserie Daniel
    #16 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 119 reviewsTripAdvisor (119)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    1729 Cook St, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 3P4 Canada
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  • #17
    Cafe Brio
    #17 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 951 reviewsTripAdvisor (951)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Canadian, International
    944 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3K2 Canada
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  • #18
    Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
    #18 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripAdvisor (292)
    $ - $$ | French, American, Contemporary, Canadian, International
    102-506 Fort St 'Down the Hall', Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1E6 Canada
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  • #19
    OLO Restaurant
    #19 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 576 reviewsTripAdvisor (576)
    $$ | Canadian, Contemporary
    509 Fisgard St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3 Canada
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  • #20
    Clive's Classic Lounge
    #20 of 1,321 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripAdvisor (201)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Canadian, International
    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B2 Canada
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