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
    La Roux Patisserie
    #1 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 114 reviewsTripAdvisor (114)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, Canadian
    519 Fisgard St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3 Canada
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  • #2
    Ithaka Greek Restaurant
    #2 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1306 reviewsTripAdvisor (1306)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek, Grill
    1102 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3M8 Canada
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  • #3
    Saveur Restaurant
    #3 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 451 reviewsTripAdvisor (451)
    $$ | French, Contemporary, European, Canadian
    658 Herald St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1S7 Canada
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  • #4
    IL Terrazzo
    #4 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4096 reviewsTripAdvisor (4096)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
    555 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2 Canada
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  • #5
    White Heather Tea Room
    #5 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 450 reviewsTripAdvisor (450)
    $ - $$ | British, Canadian
    1885 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1C6 Canada
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  • #6
    Legislative Dining Room
    #6 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 291 reviewsTripAdvisor (291)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    614 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2L8 Canada
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  • #7
    Blighty's Bistro
    #7 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    $ - $$ | Canadian, Fusion
    2006 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1E4 Canada
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  • #8
    Fishhook
    #8 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 867 reviewsTripAdvisor (867)
    $ - $$ | French, Indian, Seafood, Soups
    805 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H6 Canada
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  • #9
    Blue Fox Cafe
    #9 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1753 reviewsTripAdvisor (1753)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Canadian
    919 Fort Street Suite 101, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3K3 Canada
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  • #10
    John's Place Restaurant
    #10 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1458 reviewsTripAdvisor (1458)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner, Canadian
    723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9 Canada
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  • #11
    Jam Cafe
    #11 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 955 reviewsTripAdvisor (955)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Canadian
    542 Herald St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1S6 Canada
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  • #12
    Nubo Japanese Tapas
    #12 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 467 reviewsTripAdvisor (467)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    739 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9 Canada
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  • #13
    The Fish Store at Fisherman's Wharf
    #13 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 704 reviewsTripAdvisor (704)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Canadian
    12 Erie St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X5 Canada
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  • #14
    Cafe Brio
    #14 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 984 reviewsTripAdvisor (984)
    $$ | Italian, Canadian, International
    944 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3K2 Canada
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  • #15
    Red Fish Blue Fish
    #15 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2861 reviewsTripAdvisor (2861)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
    1006 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T4 Canada
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  • #16
    The Village Restaurant
    #16 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 176 reviewsTripAdvisor (176)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Canadian, International
    2518 Estevan Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 2S7 Canada
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  • #17
    Clive's Classic Lounge
    #17 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 223 reviewsTripAdvisor (223)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Canadian, International
    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B2 Canada
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  • #18
    Stage
    #18 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 248 reviewsTripAdvisor (248)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, Canadian
    1307 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1R9 Canada
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  • #19
    Brasserie L'ecole
    #19 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 421 reviewsTripAdvisor (421)
    $$ | French, European, Canadian
    1715 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z4 Canada
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  • #20
    Finn's
    #20 of 1,121 Places to Eat in Victoria
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 513 reviewsTripAdvisor (513)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Seafood
    1208 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3B9 Canada
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