Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aurarestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 2504146739x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 7am-11am, Monday -Saturday
    Lunch 11:30am-5pm Monday -Saturday
    Dinner 5pm-10pm Sunday-Saturday

    First Sunday of the Month Brunch: 10am-2pm,
    Sunday a la carte brunch, 11am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Takashi Ito c.c.c.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a small private dining space for groups of up to 12 people. (Only available to those who are 19 years of age or older)
  • Private Party Contact: Kimberly Spence 2504146739x
  • Special Events: For special and upcoming events please visit our website at http://aurarestaurant.ca/events for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belleville St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet or secure underground parking available.
A word from Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
A true gem of the Inner Harbour, AURA waterfront restaurant + patio is Victoria’s premiere dining destination for Pacific Rim inspired cuisine.

Featuring an eclectic winelist, island microbrews and handcrafted cocktails, enjoy spectacular harbour views from the dining room, bask in the glow of the under-lit Onyx bar, or relax on the waterfront patio. For larger gatherings, retreat to AURA’s private dining room, where original works of art keep you company.

AURA is placed perfectly to watch the world go by.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (54)great for outdoor dining (41)special occasion (40)fit for foodies (34)romantic (26)great for lunch (18)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (11)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Not disappointed in the least!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Aura is a gem in a neighbourhood right outside downtown. One of the best harbour views in the city with a great outdoor, heated patio. Exceptional food and friendly service. Staff went out of the way to make our anniversary dinner special. Recommend the cheese plate for an appetizer or dessert - impressive variety of cheeses, breads, fruit and condiments. Entree portions are the perfect size. Creative vegetarian entree offered. We will visit again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I feel like I ate at a different restaurant than the other reviewers. Service was slow, food was average at best, and everything was overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice spot
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was good, but nothing outstanding. We thought maybe we ordered wrong as it all sounded better on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great view, great meal
    davidVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Located on the bay. Floor to ceiling glass for outstanding view. Our waiter Simon was friendly and attentive. We shared the grilled calamari and the deep fried sushi appetizers on the advice of the restaurant manager. Neither was as we had expected and both were excellent. My wife had the duck as a main course and I had the steelhead trout. Again, both were excellent. For dessert we shared chocolate forte. We'd be happy to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal in wonderful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal on the patio on a warm summer day. The appetizers were spectacularly presented and delicious -- especially the unusual sushi dish. The two beef tenderloins were both rare -- as ordered -- and were much enjoyed. The trout came medium as announced and was also of excellent quality.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rude maître d' - go elsewhere
    tonk
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food here was good; however, we ordered the lamb and there were mushrooms in the dish that were not listed in the menu. My husband is very allergic to mushrooms. When we notified the waitress, the maître d' came over and argued that the menu said there were mushrooms. We looked again at the menu and no mushrooms were listed. Having been shown to be wrong, the maître d then continued to argue in a rude tone that we should have disclosed the allergy (even though there was no indication that mushrooms were in the dish in an otherwise very detailed dish description). We told him we disagreed and they should be listed on the menu. He continued to tell us we were wrong and that it was our fault. Apparently the customer is not right here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noteworthy Dining in Victoria
    paxnea
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was a thoroughly fine dining experience, with a gorgeous view. The food was carefully created, creatively plated, and even the Chef himself came to say hello. It says a lot when the sides of an entree are as exciting as the protein itself! The Steelhead Trout is absolutely not-to-be-missed. The duck breast was the best I've had because it was sweet, light, and perfectly cooked. The deep fried sushi is an experience, and the desserts made it all worth it. Do not miss this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view at the Aura patio
    bikerider51
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had lunch here on a recent visit to Victoria and it got our trip off to a great start. The view from the patio is of the inner harbor area, along with the Empress Hotel, many float planes, harbor taxis, whale-watching boats, and ferries. And the food was very good- a double cheese grilled sandwich was very tasty. It's a nice place to have lunch and get some of the harbor ambience. Recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    MikeK
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I went here for her birthday and right after checking in, they wished her a happy birthday. So from the start they were already showing good service. We had a nice table with a great view by the windows. It's too bad it was a bit cloudy that day. The waitress was very attentive and we didn't have to wait long for our appetizers or our main courses. We also asked her to take a few photos of us, which she did and jokingly referred to her as her "second job" there at the restaurant. The food was excellent and very artistically designed. In particular the lamb and chocolate brownie (not eaten at the same time, of course) were fantastic. All in all, I'd definitely recommend this place and I'm sure my wife and I will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view
    Girlsnightout
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The server was very attentive but got one of the orders incorrect. Overall the food was very good although the lamb was a bit tough. The presentation was outstanding though. Would definitely return for another special dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aura Waterfront
    PM19
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was a perfect spot for my wife's birthday with a wonderful view across the harbour. It is a very romantic location. The food & service were both excellent with a vary varied menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My wife and I had a late dinner. The service was great, as was the food. Salad dressing was fabulous.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Dinette
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Happened upon Aura while planning a trip to Victoria. So glad we took the chance! The food was outstanding -- interesting ingredients without being overly exotic, and great presentation, with something on the menu for every taste or food preference. There were 3 in our party and we were pleased with every dish, from appetizers, through to mains and desserts. Fantastic BC wines. And the best oysters I've had anywhere. Service was equally outstanding. Highly recommend Aura and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Aura
    etienne
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went for appetizers and drinks and stayed for dinner. The chef and staff pulled off a memorable experience for our family that touched all the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out standing
    2much
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    That is the word that comes to mind when I think of the overall dining experience. From the moment we got there to the moment we left, I could not have had a better experience. (Except maybe ensuring all customer are out before you lock the doors.) The food is unbelievably delicious, and the plate presentation fantastic. Our server was exceptional. Gave us plenty of time, seemed to know just when to come around. If you live here, or are just visiting do yourself a "flavour" and experience great dining at Aura.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection on the waterfront
    BiztravelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Believe the reviewers Aura is a wonderful spot on Victoria's inner harbor. Outdoor patio affords nice views but come for the food- Well prepared and creative. Nice BC centric wine menu. Halibut and salmon dishes were both excellent. Desserts were beautiful creations and tasted as good as they looked. Recommended
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly get-to-gether
    relaxingdine
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We very much liked the dining room setting, the view of the outdoors, and the quiet ambience that allowed us to renew our friendship with our neighbours from Arizona. We intend to come back again in the near future, possibly with our oldest son, who introduced us to the Laurel Point Inn about 14 years ago.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    WW63
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food at Aura was very good! The duck dish was amazing and my husband really enjoyed the halibut. The flour-less brownie was a wonderful way to finish off our dining experience. We ordered drinks and said we'd wait to order our dinner. We thought our waitperson had forgotten about us as she didn't check in on us for a very long time! She was very nice but seemed a little timid to begin with.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter Where Are You??
    crusinBC
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our appetizers and soup were outstanding--very creative presentations and great flavor. However, some of our entrees must have gotten left on a warming tray--the halibut was just too dry to eat. The fortunate ones who ordered duck were very pleased. We had difficulty getting our waiters attention through the entire meal. That may have contributed to the dry fish. The location is interesting, in a hotel but on the harbor also an easy walk from both cruise pier or downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely setting with harbor view
    LadydiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was attentive from start to finish. Food was presented beautifully and my husband is gluten free and they were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy 88th birthday
    vickyb
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Who could imagine wanting desert after fabulous halibut, chicken, duck and edamame quinoa falafel! But here it comes: uncooked cheesecake, pot au creme, and Summer Trio! From white leather to Simon, the staff photographer, AURA has it all.....Ask for TABLE 92 for the ultimate view and quiet ambience, and SIMON.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular
    Roger
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Aura is exactly what you'd expect from a top restaurant with a great menu and great service. The patio dining on a clear evening in the summer can't be beat. Food choices were select and all well prepared and beautifully presented. The waiter was knowledgable, friendly, but not intrusive. The tables are not too close as to feel you are being overheard or crowding other diners. Can't think of a reason not to come here everytime we visit Victoria. Also for gluten free diners this was heaven as it had virtually everything on the menu that could be prepared wheat-free. A diner's delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    Coffee52
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We were very impressed with both the food and the service at AURA. We ate there for breakfast, lunch and dinner during our stay in Victoria, and all meals were excellent. The presentation of the food is beautiful and very well thought out, and the sauces accompanying the dinner dishes were amazing. The desserts are excellent, also. Very happy and surprised to find such a great restaurant at our hotel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vraiment tres bien
    AnnickVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Des saveurs exceptionnelles, une fraicheur remarquable mais la serveuse n'est pas a la hauteur
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food with great view.
    Mimi
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I love the presentation and the taste of food plus great view of the inner harbor. The only thing I didn't like is the slow service. It took us almost 3 hours in the restaurant and took almost our whole time in there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we had an enjoyable birthday lunch!
    kreesk
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    All around great resto. it was a birthday lunch and we were treated very well, even after asking to change tables - twice! Food was inventive and delicious. Staff was attentive, gracious and well trained in how to serve a table. Aura is elegant yet somehow west coast casual at the same time. Other diners were also having a great time and left with smiles. Oysters were fresh and scrumptious. Also try the calamari and deep fried sushi. Yum! Everyone cleaned their plates. Service was outstanding. All our requests were met with a smile and a "sure, no problem." We were even served two complimentary drinks when the waiter could not serve two underage members of our party. All in all, a great choice. We reccommend it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Lizzie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We arrived on time after it taking 2 hours to get there as we were coming by ferry. My son and his wife also traveled that long as we were meeting for Father's day. We were told by the young woman atthe door that she had called this morning to tell us they did not have a table, although we had received a note from OT that our reservation was fine. We had already left for the ferry when they called. They argued and then finally seated us near a clean up station after a wait. The food overall was all right and they did try to be gracious. It was not what I had expected after many years of using OT on the East Coast.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every time we are in Victoria...
    athal
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    ...we go to Aura. Service is always excellent, and the food memorable. We started with a cheese plate, and it was possibly the best such arrangement of fruit, cheese and fine crackers I'd ever had. The staff is very friendly, and accommodated us and our 3 month old baby marvellously.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food but view not as good
    gstarr
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We were expecting a fantastic view but this was obstructed by a tree. Perhaps we were sitting in the wrong place which was right by the entrance. Maybe ask for a view table if that is what you are looking for. Food and service were fantastic. Lacked a bit of atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 370 reviews are from the Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio reviews archive.
  • MelRVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Fresh flavours. Delicious food. Lovely wine. Perfect view. Happy service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Idylic
    BirthdayBoyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Right on the water front facing the park, allows one to see the bay and the marine traffic while dining on some great creations by the chef.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place.
    SamaraVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Interesting food and great service. Squash soup was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Surprise !
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I used to live in Victoria and alwas dimmed on the other side of water. This is a terrific spot with adjacent harbour view with much less traffic .. Easy valet service, we were in a bit of a hurry and jumped directly into entree's with a couple glasses of wine. My wife's a vegetarian and she loved her dish. I had beef tenderloin which was wonderful with a contemporary twist. Very flavourful .. Rather than just a slab of steak. If your looking for something artistic in a dish, this is your Victoria spot. And I always thought there was no fine dinning in this city ..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    64yo
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    First time at Aura. Had heard good buzz. Wife took me there for my 64th birthday. Scallops and Deep Fried Sushi were our starters. Both very tasty. We each had the six ounce beef loin. Don't eat a lot of red meat anymore. Can't remember a better steak dinner. We shared a dessert, apple crumble with rosemary infused ice cream(!). It was unbelievably good. All told, a very creative and delicious dinner. The ambiance, otoh, was a bit more downscale than we hoped. Not shabby by any means but hardly intimate or romantic. A group of young louts at the next table drinking and cursing didn't help matters. Well, it is a hotel after all so that's the way it goes, I suppose. All things considered, we'd definitely return to Aura for a great meal.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Eats with Fabulous View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Our dinner was superb with my wife having the pork tenderloin and I the duck. First rate, cooked to perfection. Our view of Victorias outer harbour made this a very romantic dinner for us, along with the top notch service from our waiter. Highly recommend. This was my second outing to this restaurant, having eaten here with my colleagues 3 years earlier (also outstanding)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    msorror
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The place was very nice and the service was good. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    weekender
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were told this was a fabulous restaurant and a must when staying at the Inn. Overall we were quite disappointed and would not eat here again. The food was unseasoned (and no salt or pepper available to help), steak overcooked, trout smelled and tasted extremely fishy (making everything else on the plate taste and smell fishy). We ate our plates because we were hungry, but not because we enjoyed eating them. There was nothing on the plate that made me say "yum" or want to eat there again. We did get breakfast delivered to our rooms and it was OK, kind of hard to mess up breakfast, although they missed part of the order while still charging us. While the Inn was fabulous, the restaurant was a huge let down.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Nice location right on the water and had a great table for dinner. Service was a bit all over the place. Server did not know anything about wines and when asked she went to see a her mgr and forgot why she went and just brought the bottle even though we were still wondering if we should get it or not. Service was slow too and a bit scattered. Food was very good and quite enjoyed the dishes although too bad that most of the meals were served with mushrooms which a few of us did not really like so it limited what we could order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu dissappointed
    NewtoVictoria
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I am new to Victoria and wanted a restaurant with amibiance for my Mother's birthday lunch. The location was lovely with the view of the harbour but the menu was small and although we arrived at 12:30 it only offered brunch, no dessert. Service was OK.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class
    Virginia
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in Victoria. Excellent service. Interesting food, beautifully presented. I love small plates which allow us to try several dishes. Given the high standards, the price was reasonable. And for once we could hear one another because there was no loud music. And to top it off there is a million dollar view of the harbour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.