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Marina Restaurant
Marina Restaurant

Marina Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marinarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (250) 598-8555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Kennliside
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Marina Restaurant can accommodate groups of up to 40 people in the dining room. The Marina Coffee House is available for private event and parties in the evenings, fully serviced and catered by the Marina Restaurant. Booking of The Marina Coffee House also provides access to the expansive deck.
  • Private Party Contact: Guest Services (250) 598-8555

Getting there

  • Cross Street: at The Oak Bay Marina
  • Public Transit: Route #8 stops in our parking lot. Route #2 stops two blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking in the Oak Bay Marina parking lot.
A word from Marina Restaurant
Enjoy the fresh tastes of the West Coast in a spectacular waterfront setting at the Marina Restaurant. The award-winning Marina Restaurant is a local favourite for delicious seafood, regional cuisine and Sunday Brunch. If you’re in the mood for sushi, our sushi bar can’t be beat.

>With sweeping views of Mt. Baker and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the Marina Restaurant at the Oak Bay Marina offers a feast for all your senses.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "my out of town guests were gushing with enthusiasm - the food, the view, the ambience"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "If you have never been to the Oak Bay Marina, you need to go at least twice. Once for dinner and once for their Sunday brunch. They have a huge selection of breakfast and lunch options (vegetarians included). Large selection of desserts, seafood, and the best hash browns I've ever had. They do enforce a 2 hour sitting limit for guests. I get that, and although the host said it to us in a polite manner, it still wasn't nice to basically be kicked out. I'm a slow eater in general and I had friends with me, so we were bound to talk a lot while working through our food. We were about 3 min over the 2 hour limit. In this type of dining setting and for what they charge their guests, I still did not appreciate getting the boot."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This place is simply fantastic, amazing, reservation recommended for Sunday brunch, kid friendly (under 5 eats free!)"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I love sable fish and this time it was so salty that is was barely edible. Too bad, because the texture was perfect as were the sides."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It is always a pleasure to return to The Marina. Excellent food, well prepared and a good wine list. The service is attentive and one is not rushed. Relaxing though the restaurant was busy."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We celebrated our 35 th wedding anniversary...we were served in a timely manner, the staff were friedly, knowledgeable and highly efficient in ther job. The menu did a disservice to the actual food delivered to our table. The food was exquisite, well prepared, properly seasoned and presented as if it were a photo take for a gourmet magazine. The seafood was fresh, tasty and delightfully wonderful as well as the paired wine served with the meal. The desserts were decadent and delicious. Staff offered to take photos of our special evening ....it was a highly memorable experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food and service were very good. Had halibut which was tasty but a very small portion for the price"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Had a wonderful Surprise 90th Birthday for my Mother; relatives from Alberta enjoy the food and service. Everyone had a great time"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We enjoy the Marina because it provides a fine opporuntiy for super sea food which is well presented in a unique setting by a pleasant professional staff."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The staff was friendly and obliging but attention to details were missing. The menu featured a lot of fish but wasn't very creative. My husband and I aren't picky eaters but had trouble finding anything that really appealed to us. We chose the crab. At market price, it was $45 each and came with a small coleslaw-like salad and a basket of French fies. We enjoyed it well enough but were a bit surprised at this combination of foods at this level of restaurant. We didn't have desert but the desert menu looked a bit more creative and interesting.nThat being said, the view is lovely and the staff are very friendly. I probably wouldn't go back for dinner, but might try lunch or their weekend lunch."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A lovely setting on the waterfront away from downtown Victoria, the Marina offers consistently good service and menus. We were not 'wowed' with the taste experience, as one should expect to be when paying over $100 for dinner for two, but it was pretty good and we will more than likely return for the ambiance and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My "natural beef burger" was undercooked - still red and cool in the middle and was too big to eat easily, while the salads seemed small by comparison. The wine by the glass selections seemed expensive. The wait staff was trying too hard to the point of being obsequious. The large room was so loud and the tables so close together that we could barely hear each other - maybe it was the multi-table family reunion seated right next to us! We had chosen this restaurant because we had had a very enjoyable experience there just a few weeks earlier. We had had a pleasant, efficient server, well-prepared dishes and we had enjoyed a quiet lunch."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "An acquaintance had recommended this restaurant as a lovely place to have lunch. Consequently three couples from three corners of the province gathered to have lunch, to have a visit with each other and naturally to do a lot of chatting. The lunch items were all delicious, the setting was very scenic, but the chatting was a bit difficult as the "background sounds" made it difficult to hear each other sometimes. Over all, it was a lovely experience and we will definitely return for another special occasion."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Dined on Tuesday evening with out of town guests. Exceptional presentation of Qualicum scallops and the baked Fanny Bay oysters. Very satisfied with the salmon and halibut dinners and extremely pleased with the selection of Naramata Bench wines and the consultation with your sommelier. Met other out of town acquaintances there who had been recommended by the concierge at the Empress to their eventual delight! I miss your "dining on the docks", love your sushi bar and w/e buffet brunch and attend with confidence when we want a spot that delivers! Well done!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My first time going for brunch and it was fantastic! The food was amazing and even though I'm a Victoria resident the views always amaze me especially while have a fantastic brunch. The food was plentifull,great tasting,plenty of options and the dessert bar was to die for."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 1:30 for 4 people. They were out of two of the four lunch items ordered. We chose this restaurant based on the menu online, the items ordered were not considered a daily special, therefore should be a stocked menu item. We will not return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had booked a 1:45 pm brunch reservation on line (latest possible to accommodate a member of our party. Someone called and confirmed and said that , while it was later than usual, they would honor the reservation. I called again to add 2 to our reservation and was told that it would be best, in terms of food choices and the fact that we would end up being the last ones there, if we woul change the reservation to 1pm. I did, we arrived at 12:50 and were not seated until 1:30....."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Ordered eggs sunny side up and it took far too long to get them to me as did an order of toast. Other than that all was OK."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Sisters birthday...staff did up a card, window seating and comp. lovely little dessert. Very nice evening. Main courses (halibut) delicious but WAAYYYY too expensive. Nice wine list."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Ordered the salad rolls - they were meh, not traditional and not very tasty. Company was great (lunch with my Dad...) View of the harbor lovely and good service"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We recently celebrated a milestone birthday at this restaurant. From start to finish the service was outstanding. We were seated by the window as requested, the knowledgeable staff helped us select a great bottle of wine and the food was for the most part excellent. A little hit and miss on some of the sides. The mushroom risotto was underwhelming and the halibut catch of the day was a bit dry, served with brown rice. We had to order more sauce to help it slide down. Dessert was their special of the day- a wonderful rich 'brownie' topped with ganache and served with caramel ice cream and macerated strawberries with fresh basil. Yum! I'd go back just for that! Great place for a special occasion and the view shouldn't be missed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We requested a table at a window, and some were available but not yet set, so we were seated at a very nice upper level table with a beautiful view of the marina and islands. The food was very good: shrimp bisque, scallops, halibut cheeks were all delicious and beautifully presented. The service was cheerful and unobtrusive, but the pace slow. We spent over two and a half hours at our table, which may have been nice for a more romantic event. However, our two elderly guests had a hard time making conversation over the surprisingly high level of noise in the dining room, so we spent a lot of that time silently enjoying the view and waiting."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We've visited this restaurant several times and each time we've had mixed feelings. Overall the food is excellent, good quality ingredients, prepared by a first-class chef. However, it really depends on what you order. Most of the seafood dishes we have sampled have been superb, but stay away from the lamb or poultry, each time it's been a poor cut, tough and either under or overcooked. Again with the deserts, overall delicious, but stay away from the black forest cake, they serve these cheap, out-of-can maraschino cherries on an otherwise high class desert that ruin it. My other complaint is related to the sunlight and lack of blinds in the dining area, the last two times we had to deal with direct sunlight in our eyes."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great service, great food great lunch. We will go back again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent use of fresh vegetables and fruits to complement well prepared entrees. Attentive service. Best restaurant we have found in Victoria."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere, the great service and especially the food. There was a perfect selection of deliciously prepared food from in house cured steelhead trout(yum!), miso soup, traditional fare like carved roasts and eggs benny and very nice in house made pastries and desserts. We loved it!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was decent but super pricey for a Sunday Brunch for what you are offered....would only go for a special occasion. Lots of other less expensive places with excellent food and service in Victoria"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We found this restaurant while looking for a new place to go for our Mother's and Father's day traditional brunch. We recently moved from Calgary, Alberta and Mother's Day seemed to be missing something special with no where special to go for brunch. We were very pleasantly surprised with the buffet and the setting. Our family tradition is intact! In fact, the food was better than where we used to go. We have already booked for another brunch in August. Thank you for rescuing a family tradition!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our Father's Day brunch. The Marina restaurant is a great place where 4 generations can enjoy a family get together. Great company, great ambiance and great food. Never felt rushed and the staff were very attentive. Many thanks for a memorable time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was nicely presented, it was delicious and the staff were attentive, knowledgeable and polite."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had guests from Las Vegas and we were looking for some dining spots that were Oceanside, had great seafood and service. The Marina met all of our expectations including a wonderful window seat that I had requested. Our guests were very impressed and we plan to be repeat clients as locals!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We booked a table for lunch to celebrate my son's convocation. I had requested a table by the window but was told there was no guarantee. When we arrived we were seated in the middle of the restaurant as the window tables were taken. After a few minutes two tables were vacated and I asked if it would be possible to move to one of those now empty tables. I was told yes and we were moved as soon as the table was set and the service was absolutely impeccable. I would highly recommend it to a friend."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always a lovely place in which to dine and the only drawback is the acoustic problem. Whether its all the glass, high windows or what, it is often very difficult to hear conversations at the table. I'm sure that management has heard this before and there may be nothing that can be done to alleviate the problem"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I had company visiting from California, and wanted to take him to the Marina due to our past good experiences dining there. I saw that there were fried oysters on the lunch menu, but asked if I could have a few as an appetizer. Our server and the chef accomodated us and the oysters were delicious. My friend ordered a grilled chicken sandwich and I had the wonderful bison flank steak (med. rare) with soba noodles, bok choy, and shiitakes in a ginger beef broth........both meals were excellent......as was the server. Many thanks to the Marina for providing the perfect lunch, service, and setting for my friend's visit, not to mention the view. We had a window table. We (I) will return regularly in the future."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Took my Mom and nephew for a University Pre-Grad ceremony lunch and was disappointed in the quality and presentation of the food we ordered. Size of serving was also a bit on the small side. The ambience and view here is spectacular...so really the food could match and you would have a winning combination. I think if this restaurant hires a more capable chef and sous chef..then they are off to the races!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Ten guests and I celebrated a friend's 75th birthday. Our server was very accommodating, cheerful and attentive. The view is great. The food was good. The room became very loud so discussion was a problem for our table, and I'm sure for all those around us. Too bad separate party rooms with great views aren't available. A few more reasonably priced wines would be nice."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Sushi was excellent as always. The mains and appies are still too pricey. Two Spot Prawns for $20 is an over-priced insult. But what would I know? I'm a local."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We went with expectations of a great meal with the new chef. His signature halibut cheeks were overdone and my sablefish was mushy - must have been frozen and then thawed. We will try it again but overall hoped for better."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Having had previous experience with the Marina for lunches we reserved a luncheon for a visitor from Ontario, knowing the scenic view, but also hoping for spotted prawns as they were in season. We received a call in response telling me that the prawns were on the dinner menu, not for lunch. When we arrived we found to our delight that the chef had added a lunch special pasta with spotted prawns. Our guest was impressed and we had a most enjoyable lunch on pall counts."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great food, fab view, service was a little slow. Had to ask twice for my tea! No offer of refill! For fot to give back my loyalty card, had to ask for it. Service was slow and it wasn't that busy. But, yes, I would go back!!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014