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

Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluecrab.ca
  • Phone: (250) 480-1999
  • 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, Northwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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 "
    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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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 ."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner with a wonderful view of the harbour and food and service was excellent! "
    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!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We keep thinking about going, finally went and looking forward to going back. Great ambience, excellent staff and lovely view."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We wanted something special and got it. The mussels, scallops and crab were wonderful. The cheese cake was incredible. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was amazing. The food was wonderfully presented, and delicious. The view was outstanding and the ambiance was perfect."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent food for reasonable price. The server we had however was a little verbose, almost like she was selling a car when describing the special menu. Then when the empty meal plates were to be taken away, she had disappeared for the removal of the final two plates. Can't beat the food though."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Blue Crab not only caught my eyes before my reservation; but also impressed me to try to return after my anniversary dinner. Finally I've found a highly recommend restaurant for friends."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I had won a gift certificate, so decided to try it out....so glad we did!!! We had a fabulous time. We made a reservation which meant we were seating directly at the window...overlooking the docks and outer harbour, it was fantastic. All of the staff were very easy going, but professional...perfect for the ambience and the type of restaurant!! Great job!! I have not stopped raving about the food, we left full!!! We had the Feast for $35, and the All Crab, All the Time and what a great idea and a way of being introduced to a new restaurant. We will definitely be back again. Thanks so much for a fabulous time."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Holidaying in Victoria we found the Dine Around Victoria promotion online offering 3 course set menus for $30/$40/$50. The Blue Crab looked best. While they kept us waiting for a bit in the lounge, couldn't argue with either the view, the service, or that they were setting a window table for us that really did have a fab view. Felt I didn't need 3 courses, so just had the Dungeness Crab. My husband had the $50 choice, which included crab cakes and a huge plate of King Crab. Both came with veg and risotto. While it looked nice, I question putting the risotto underneath the crab. Mine ended up with little chunks of shell from cracking open my crab, so I couldn't eat much of it. Otherwise a great meal, esp Croissant Bread Pudding for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were disapponted with the food as we had been to the Blue Crab before and had enjoyed the food! This was a Dinearound special for $30 and it didn't seem such a good deal. The salad was OK, the beef was fatty and slopped on mashed potatoes and the creme brulee was not outstanding. The wine was expensive. The service was friendly but very slow even though it was not that busy. Of course, we loved the view."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Had an awesome meal, very tastey, the beef tenderloin melted in the mouth. Dessert was delicious, chocolate lovers. Still thinking about how great it was and how soon I'd like to go back. Beautiful view!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Always a stop on my Dine Around tour ... wonderful food with a great view! The choices are made perfectly, because they make it every day. :)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Blue Crab, Victoria, BC for our anniversary celebration. We went all out and had the Signature platter for 2. Delicious and perfectly done, steak, risotto, and crab legs. Great view of the inner harbour from our table for two."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Amazing place, amazing staff, amazing appetizers, but thats where the amazing ended."
    Dined on 2/21/2014