Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel
Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel

Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluecrab.ca/
  • Phone: 2504801999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Lounge - Monday - Sunday: 11am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Northwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: At Blue Crab Catering we pride ourselves on our service and attention to detail. We offer full conference services for business meetings and conferences, and we are situated on the picturesque Victoria waterfront, a perfect setting for any special event or function.
    We are also happy to cater small offsite events, provide BBQ’s “to go”, or to prepare picnic lunches for your special outings.

    Please call 360-1211, extension #303 for further information, or e-mail catering@coasthotels.com .
  • Private Party Facilities: Upper level semi private dining area within the Blue Crab. Please inquire for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Catering Department 250-940-1101 x
  • Special Events: February 14th
    Local Jazz Singer Diane Pancel will be performing from 8pm - 11pm. With a special "sharing" menu it is sure to be the perfect venue for that special someone!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montreal Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking is available in our underground parkade.
A word from Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel
Frommer's International Guide calls the Blue Crab Seafood House, the "best seafood spot in Victoria". Blue Crab Seafood House has earned a reputation for excellence in seafood and West Coast Cuisine. The daily specials take advantage of the local catches for the freshest of ingredients. With an Ocean View from every table that is impossible to beat! Featuring Local Dungeness Crab & Giant King Crab. Very Celiac Friendly.



Winner of the 2005 People's Choice Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2003 to 2012, the Blue Crab Seafood House offers a wide selection of Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest, and new world wines, including a selection of both favourites and hard to find wines.



The lounge offers a casual atmosphere to go along with its menu. Local favourites include Vancouver Island Tuna Tacos, Halibut Fish & Chips & Thai Fish Pot.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (56)special occasion (31)romantic (22)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (8)good for groups (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Lunch with a view of the water.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We made a reservation for a late lunch, as we were traveling by ferry. We had a table by the window, with an excellent view of the water. We both ordered seafood and were very happy with the dishes. The desserts also were excellent. The wine was exprensive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Super expensive, not great food, small portions-large bill. Would not recommend this at all
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good variety, nice view
    Scot0367
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dinner for four on my Wife's birthday. We are seafood fans and were very pleased with the food. My wife had the scallops, prawns with couscous and I had the crab combo dish, with the risotto. The crab cakes for an appetizer were also excellent. Service was very good, if a bit on the slow side, but we enjoyed the marina view from our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced
    fehquigcindyjo57
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We both had appys Andy had a beer and a scotch I had the crab and he had the fish bowl and we had 1 dessert. The bill was $135 and we tipped $23The food was good but not great. My tempura prawns were more like deep fried and the oil tasted old. The crab was fine and so was the dessert so our dining experience was fine but not great, which I expect from a place like the Blue Crab.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd Visit - still no regrets
    Renoma
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Amazing food and a great view. You can take a water taxi from the harbor to the restaurant. I heartily suggest this restaurant to anyone visiting Victoria and looking for a great restaurant for steak and seafood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Internatllgirlie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My halibut was raw, sent it back, but waiter took whole dinner back to kitchen, so I sat there while my companion ate her dinner! It took a while to get my dinner, but w/ jumbled service, eating out of order, it just wasn't pleasant. We won't come back, and it was so highly recommended by a friend!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Crab Fan Club
    FussyDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We arrived late to Victoria. It's August so hard to get a dinner reservation. We were delighted the Blue Crab was in our hotel and easy to get a reservation. I wasn't too hungry but hesitated to order crab cakes as most places put in too much filler. The waitress assured me I would love theirs and she was right. The crab cake appetizer was the perfect light dinner. Their continental breakfast buffet is great too and well priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible crab
    Aj08
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We ordered the King crab and when it was delivered, the shells were so soft that we couldn't really even break in for the meat. It was like a noodle almost. We brought this up to the waiter and he said..."that happens" and never checked on us again. Terrible food, rude waiter, highly recommend you look elsewhere to eat.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodforfour
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We traveled to Victoria to celebrate my husband's birthday and my brother and sister in law's 30th anniversary. We selected the Blue Crab Seafood House as our destination to celebrate both on that night. Service was excellent and so was the food. We appreciated the free entrée as it was a practice of the restaurant to do if it was your birthday month. Quite generous of them to do this and much appreciated!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crabtastic
    Crabtastic
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had the scallops and bacon to start which were very good. The scallops were seared and perfectly cooked, and the bacon was thick and salty. We both had the all crab main which consisted of snow, king and dungeness. All were coked to perfection and tasted wonderful. We'd highly recommend the blue crab to anyone with a hankering for seafood. I have seen some reviews that say it is expensive, but we thought it was very reasonable for what you got.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engagement SUCCESS
    BandJ
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I recently planned a surprise engagement here at the Blue Crab and I was BLOWN AWAY at the atmosphere and the cooperation of the staff with my plans. Everyone went out of their way to help me, and the food was amazing! They even comp'd us a bottle of champagne on behalf of our special night! You won't find that many places anymore... Blue Crab is an amazing place and DEFINITELY well worth the visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were seated promptly and had a lovely window table for four. Our guest who were on vacation was thrilled with our choice of this restaurant. When we were seated a portable chalk board stand was presented at our table with the daily specials written in a very easy manner to understand. We thought this was brilliant as we tend to forget the specials if they were spoken to us. I do anyways. Our meals came at a timely matter and beautifully plated. We all had the same meal.. Crab to crab and surf and turf. Meal was cooked to perfection. The crab was fun to crack open. A little messy. Suggestions of kitchen scissors would be easier to open up the crab legs.. Or have the chef cut along the edges.. Overall an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view of harbour
    Scooby
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food is pricey for what you get so expect to pay around $25 - 30 for an entree. A very nice view but nothing special for decor or ambience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live theatre on the waterway
    wawa
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Whatever the weather you can't beat the live theatre of water taxis, kayaks, floatplanes, and ferries out the window. The food is always great and Prawnfest, too was just an added bonus. thanks for a lovely evening yet again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre food and mediocre service
    underwhelmed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The main course was alright but far too over priced for what it was. The soups were sub-par especially considering they took 45 minutes to come out. Mine was under salted and lacked flavor for a chowder and contained under cooked potatoes. My wifes soup flavourful, but was thin and lacked any substance for a bisque. Our waiter was also fairly inattentive and could have done a better job in explaining why our food was taking so long. The one saving grace was the hostess. We did arrive a but earlier than our reservations and she was still able to seat us. She also noticed that we did not look completely happy and came over at the end of the meal to try and rectify things.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a Beautiful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our waiter Mike was awesome and the crab legs were delicious the food did not take long at all and the atmosphere was beautiful and genuine. I loved it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happytoad
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Good service and food. My wife and I really enjojed the waterfront view by the window. It was a very romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, a nice place to eat..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We enjoyed our experience at BCSH. The King Crab legs were not as good as other places I've had them, but overall the food was pretty good. Be prepared to spend at least $100 on dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    CanadianChivette75
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Took my daughter out for a suprise pre grad dinner. We had an absolutely amazing experience. Outstanding service, delicious food. Perfect way to end our Momma and daughter date. Thank you ! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    A bit expensive for dinner. Food quality could have been better. The salmon was dry and the spot prawns were almost non-existent (2 on the plate with very little meat in them). Blue Crab is better for lunch than dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad; not great
    wdwpixie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We at here based on Yelp reviews while on a visit to Victoria and wanting seafood. The location is nice for viewing the bay but the hotel and restaurant are not spectacular by any means. My salad before my dinner was very nice but there didn't appear to be salad dressing options. My husband's seafood dinner was not bad but for the price, not off-the-charts great. I had soup as I wasn't extremely hungry and it was decent but nothing overly memorable. This is not a place we have on the short list of places to return to.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Passion for service
    wawa
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As always, the food is wonderful and the waterfront view alive with activity. Special kudos goes out to our server who was passionate about the food and about her job, which was lovely and of late, a rarity here in Victoria. It was very nice to see. Thanks all for a great birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a great view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Not a budget wise restaurant but worth it for a very nice meal on a special occasion. We had an appetizer, wine, main course, 1 desert, and coffee for 2 of us and the bill was about $130.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blue Crab is a gem
    BizDiner
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely, leisurely dinner at the Blue Crab while on a short vacation to Victoria. It was recommended by the concierge at our hotel and did not disappoint. The artful presentation of the appetizer, main course and dessert was a feast for the eyes, and the flavours were amazing - rich and layered. The service was wonderful and we were treated royally by all the servers. All of the staff who stopped by our table, whether to top up water glasses, pour more wine, or take orders/serve conversed with humour and intelligence, and yet also gave us time to enjoy the harbor view and the food without hovering. Heartily recommend the Blue Crab!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 291 reviews are from the Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel reviews archive.
  • FussyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    After writing a glowing review last week I returned with 3 friends and had the bouillabaisse special on Saturday. Unfortunately the shrimp on top burst as I pulled the head off and sprayed my white sweater. My friends had a good laugh but fortunately our kind waiter completed the dissection for me. Next time I'll ask for help beforehand.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue Crab
    Noah
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Aside from the excellent view , the service was outstanding!! The food was good, not great. Our chicken order was overcooked a tad, and the short ribs were a bit tough ( as compared to other locations recently where the beef melted in your mouth). The setting and the friendly service helped to mask some of the foodie issues. I would still recommend the venue as a good dining experience .
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Treat
    FussyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I asked our server about the salmon salad special, because I only want salmon that's wild and fresh. He told us that he had it for lunch and thought it was delicious. Right on! As requested, it was cooked rare and this Coho was the best grilled salmon I can remember eating. The salad was fresh gourmet mixed greens with balsamic dressing on the side - perfection. As the Coho in the stores is still "previously frozen", I'm going back to the Blue Crab this weekend with friends.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mostly Awesome
    Petra
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were looking for good seafood and this was it! The crab was amazing and the clam chowder was also delicious and delicately flavoured. Our table wasn't right on the window but as a last minute reservation it still afforded a lovely view of the harbour. The Blue Crab Caesar was wonderful with the hot prawn garnish and the Blue Crab coffee for dessert was stellar. The cheesecake as a dessert was adequate and my only other item to note is it would have been nice to have been offered a finger bowl or moist towel when we had finished out crab.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IloveSA
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a lovely dinner with a wonderful view of the harbour and food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    ToTasteVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My mom and I picked up my daughter at UVIc, so we celebrated Easter here for brunch. The buffet, though expensive (at over $30 a person, not including coffee) was really good. Lots of variety and tasty offerings, like two types of Eggs Benny - seafood, hot and cold plates…It's good if you like to check out the ocean and enjoy a great view, but it's very much a 'hotel' restaurant, not much in terms of ambiance inside - dated and boring. The food made up for it. The only thing I was disappointed with is Coffee, orange juice - or better yet Champagne and Orange juice should be included, like most places do - I've had better brunches at other hotels for $23 a person and they had omelette stations! Bill for three was $135 tip in, coffee only!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty good
    Cateringchef
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Seafood applies and entrees were very good. Disappointed by dessert - vanilla bean creme brûlée with no hint of vanilla bean - or vanilla for that matter. Very bland. It's my favourite dessert and I didn't bother to finish it. Signature cocktails were very good and service was great. Halibut was delicious and tempura prawns very good. Crab cakes were a little bland.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Celebration
    VisitorFromFrance
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Seafood dinner was well prepared & served. The only complaint is that most wine list prices (except for 2) were excessively high -starting at $55/bottle. Ridiculous!
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In town from Campbell River
    Clinton
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great food! We had the platter for two which was served in a timely manner. Steak was cooked to perfection. We had crab with our platter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent value and flavours
    BobFar
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Hard to beat the "Feast" currently as a special. Quality ingredients, excellent sauces and presentation is very good. For seafood this is the place in Victoria and the prices are very reasonable. The view of course is a bonus as is the easy parking and convenience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The service was outstanding, and the crab cakes were amazing! I found it louder than I thought it was going going to be...my husband thought his tenderloin meal was quite small, while my king crab meal was large..I was not a big fan of the risotto, but everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We keep thinking about going, finally went and looking forward to going back. Great ambience, excellent staff and lovely view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    Fajah
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    My wife and I had a very nice meal and experience here. We were seated in a prime window spot with beautiful views of the harbor. We both had the restaurants 3 course special (which is offered for a limited time). The appetizers were great (I had the raw oysters, my wife the clams and mussels). For our main course my wife had the prawn and scallops and it was top notch. I had the 'all crab all the time' which consists of 1 piece of king crab, one snow crab cluster, and crab risotto. It was very good. I would have liked to have seen a larger selection of fresh fish... the only choices were salmon and halibut. Overall, nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It All Came Together
    SaskatoonCouple
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    It was a beautiful evening for harbour viewing, the halibut was in season and fantastic, the wine was everything it should be and needed to be, and the service was impeccable. We visit Victoria often, as our son and his wife live in Victoria (and work at neighbouring harbour hotels, by the way!) . The Blue Crab is a must if you want a fine dining seafood experience in this city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!
    KathyS
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    First time at the Blue Crab - if you like seafood this is the place! Appies, entrees and dessert (cheesecake) were fabulous. I never have dessert at a restaurant but could not resist and was glad I didn't. Crab cakes should be the signature dish here (maybe they are) - Outstanding! Our server was friendly, helpful and very attentive. Loved the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, horrible service.
    Yumz
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We took our young son and niece here for dinner while visiting Victoria. For the most part the food was good, (except my steak which was extremely salty.). However, the service was terrible! When ordering a full lobster I am fairly certain a finger bowl should come standard but my husband did not get one. We were seated for ages before being able to give even our drink order and my appy, (Cesar Salad,) took over 30 min! The kids wanted pop refills as the glasses were 70% ice and even though I put the glasses to the side of the table where the waiter was! he walked by 4 times before I got his attention for a refill. If you can wait an hour for the salad it's one of the best I've tasted though....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate