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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
  • Email: bluecrab@coasthotels.com
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "My wife and I went for the Valentines Special dinner, and the food was very good, with a great selection for sharing. Price was high, reflecting the quality of the food and preparation. However, the whole experience was somewhat diminished by the bland setting. No table linens, no flowers on the table, no art on the walls. Service was not very attentive. So overall, I give it a good for the quality of the food, but the rest, meh."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "for our first valentines day ...since knowing each other 48 years ago....... it was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try this restaurant for years and was very disappointed. My entree of crab was old tasting and watery. My friends beef rib entree, our caesar salads appetizers and our desserts were delicious. Service was lacking considering the number of staff were plentiful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for the special feast for two and were not disappointed. The mussel and clam starter was cooked just right and perfectly seasoned. The warm rosemary bread basket was quickly used up to soak up the amazing broth. After catching our breath, the main plate was brought: a pair of tender prawns and scallops cooked as they should be and almost melted in our mouths. We opted for King instead of dungeness crab and it was also cooked to perfection. The absolute gem on the plate was the filet. cooked as requested, perfectly charred on the outside and served with the best reduction I've ever had. An absolute gem of a restaurant with great service, food and prices as well as a spectacular view over the water. A must see in Victoria."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Tremendous meal. Great drinks. Always consistently excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although we chose the special set menu for the occasion for dinner it was presented as though it was specially created just for us. Beautifully presented and delicious and the servers were very good and explained each dish as it was served. Overall a ver good experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is fenominal! The service was great an speedy even though the restaurant was full. The only complaint was that the prices were a little high. But the quality, service, view, and ambiance definitely make it worth while."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Pros: very good food imaginatively presented. nice views over Victoria's harbour server was friendly and helpful free underground parking! Cons: wine list not very extensive, although they have an extensive cocktails list"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Had an excellent dinner accented with the most amazing view that Victoria has to offer. A chef who really enjoys his job sent dishes to the table that were amazing. Wait staff that were very attentive. The scallops with bacon were oustanding and the crab risotto was something out of this world. A little expensive but well worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I met a couple of people here for a working dinner, discussing things while we ate. The food was delicious and the staff professional and courteous. I want to go back again, but this time for a more relaxed dinner as work unfortunately dominated the evening."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food in general was very good. I ordered the half dungeness crab to go with my Duck special. I found the crab to be very small & the taste very bland. I am a fisherman & know what good crab tastes like & this was not the case. My wife had your flourless chocolate cake & was not impressed. She commented that she has had much better. The overall dining experience was very good & the atmosphere excellent. Service was also very good & your staff were very curtious & prompt."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our dining experience at the Blue Crab was positive however we were disappointed that we had to order from their "special 3 course meal" on new years eve even though we had enquired earlier and were told we did not have to. The food was very good but I felt we were rushed through it as each course came very quick. We took our dessert with us as we were too full to eat another bite. I also didn't like the fact they only gave us a wine list of bottled wines until we enquired if they sold wine by the half litre or glass."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was superb! Wine, appetizer, entrees, dessert -- it was so very good. The service was friendly. The wait staff was quite attentive until our meal was delivered. Then they pretty much left us alone. Several times we had to get someone's attention for more coffee. It's too bad. Everything else was so good."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Dinner was excellent. Service was timely. I wish management wouldn't have booked a large Christmas party in a large portion of the restaurant and given them a microphone to use. Very unprofessional in my mind."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Fabulous food and service as usual. Great views of Xmas tree outside. Very quiet"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "/Great view of the flotilla of lit ships in the inner harbour.....remember that for next year.... and book early."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Lovely night out at The Blue Crab Meal was delicious. Waiter was friendly and Knowledgeable. Friends of ours are regulars and I think we will be too!! looking forward to trying some martinis on the patio in the summer,"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "All were great. We had the platter for two. So good! The broth surrounding the starter muscles and clams was rich and smooth and just spectacular! We loved it!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "It was a good night, with excellent food, and good service. Booked a week in advance for a window table which we did not get, but all in all we enjoyed the view even though we were not right on the window. Little pricey menu. Need deep pockets for seafood platter..."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food was nicely cooked albeit to out tastes a little well done. We had the crab cakes appi - good, salmon main course cooked well as apposed to our preference of rare in centre. (to be fair we did not ask for rare) also as appetizer I had the platter - well presented excellent nectar on the muscles. My main was the scallops - again I would have preferred opaque centres but were cooked well. The only detractor to this course was the quinoa. So salty! I have eaten many times here and will again - normally I sit in the bar and would recommend both."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Had several business lunches before. Celebrated my wife's birthday, early dinner reservation. Great view and ambiance. Attentive service. I had Blue Buck. My wife chai cocktail, like a dessert, then pinot gris with dinner. Ordered from regular menu. All courses beautifully presented, colourful. Best dish was scallop appetizer - 4 large and delicious morsels - bigger than other restaurants. Crab cakes good with a kick to the aioli. Salmon entrée tasty but was overcooked (although ordered medium rare, she didn't want to make fuss and send it back). Accompanying vegetables were tasty but a bit heavy on the lima beans. Chicken was good but dry. Chocolate dessert was shared, warm and delicious. Would like to return when days longer and brighter."
    Dined on 11/16/2013