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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 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 118 reviewsTripadvisor (118)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    519 Fisgard St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3 Canada
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  • #2
    Saveur Restaurant
    #2 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 458 reviewsTripadvisor (458)
    $$ | French, Contemporary, Canadian
    658 Herald St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1S7 Canada
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  • #3
    Ithaka Greek Restaurant
    #3 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1312 reviewsTripadvisor (1312)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek, Grill
    716 Burdett Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3G2 Canada
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  • #4
    IL Terrazzo
    #4 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4144 reviewsTripadvisor (4144)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
    555 Johnson St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M2 Canada
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  • #5
    Legislative Dining Room
    #5 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripadvisor (292)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    614 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2L8 Canada
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  • #6
    White Heather Tea Room
    #6 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 451 reviewsTripadvisor (451)
    $ - $$ | British, Canadian
    1885 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1C6 Canada
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  • #7
    Blighty's Bistro
    #7 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 286 reviewsTripadvisor (286)
    $ - $$ | Canadian, Fusion
    2006 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1E4 Canada
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  • #8
    John's Place Restaurant
    #8 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1468 reviewsTripadvisor (1468)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner, Canadian
    723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9 Canada
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  • #9
    Fishhook
    #9 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 873 reviewsTripadvisor (873)
    $ - $$ | French, Indian, Seafood
    805 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H6 Canada
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  • #10
    Blue Fox Cafe
    #10 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1759 reviewsTripadvisor (1759)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Canadian
    919 Fort Street Suite 101, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3K3 Canada
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  • #11
    Jam Cafe
    #11 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 961 reviewsTripadvisor (961)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Canadian
    542 Herald St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1S6 Canada
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  • #12
    Nubo Japanese Tapas
    #12 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 471 reviewsTripadvisor (471)
    $ - $$ | 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 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 710 reviewsTripadvisor (710)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Canadian
    12 Erie St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X5 Canada
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  • #14
    Finn's
    #14 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 547 reviewsTripadvisor (547)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Seafood, Grill
    1208 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3B9 Canada
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  • #15
    Red Fish Blue Fish
    #15 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2892 reviewsTripadvisor (2892)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
    1006 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T4 Canada
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  • #16
    Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar
    #16 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripadvisor (337)
    $ - $$ | French, American, Contemporary, Canadian, International
    102-506 Fort St 'Down the Hall', Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1E6 Canada
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  • #17
    Cafe Brio
    #17 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 987 reviewsTripadvisor (987)
    $$ | Italian, Canadian, International
    944 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3K2 Canada
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  • #18
    Clive's Classic Lounge
    #18 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 224 reviewsTripadvisor (224)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Canadian, International
    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B2 Canada
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  • #19
    Brasserie L'ecole
    #19 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 423 reviewsTripadvisor (423)
    $$ | French, European
    1715 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z4 Canada
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  • #20
    Stage
    #20 of 1,101 Places to Eat in Victoria
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 250 reviewsTripadvisor (250)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, Canadian
    1307 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1R9 Canada
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