Marina Restaurant
Marina Restaurant

Marina Restaurant

  • 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: Sushi, Seafood, Northwest
  • 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 2505988555x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Marina Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (115)special occasion (80)great for brunch (45)great for lunch (42)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (41)romantic (37)good for groups (36)notable wine list (24)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • A bit disappointing
    Tartan
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We ordered the grilled halibut dish, and it was tasteless, as was the sauce, the vegetables were indifferent, and the crime brûlée was not cartelized, but burned. Next time well stick to the shushi, which is always excellent.We certainly were disappointed as we had brought guest from out of town to our favourite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Visited for our wedding anniversary. Food was wonderful, flavourful and delicious. Our server was great, polite, helpful and on point. Overall, a great experience and would recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat guest again happy!
    Susan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were given an appropriate choice of tables given our request for a window table. The service was appropriate - we were asked regularly if we required anything but the service staff were not intrusive. The service staff were appropriately friendly and professional. The food was very good and the menu has a reasonable range of options. All in all a great experience! I thought that the service and responsiveness to the table request was better than I have experienced as a dinner guest booking directly through the restaurant and therefore would book through Open Table again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We live in England and were visiting Victoria for the day to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We chose this restaurant because it served seafood and also because it was located away from the main touristy areas. The food was good and our waitress was exceptionally pleasant, helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chowder disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Chowder was not that good versus competition and well below the other food that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    ferikov
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Despite the nice location and pleasant view the overall experience fell short of expectations; food quality was only OK - marginally and service was very poor. Server seemed like she didn't want to be at work; did not introduce herself and had no name tag. Was slow in tending to table after seating. Salmon had a strong fishy smell and was overcooked; dry even. Also not sure rice is the best side for salmon. Will not return to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    wwmarie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love to go to the Marina to celebrate birthdays. It is just that extra special setting overlooking the Marina and the waterfront facing the Olympic peninsula. The service is good, the food is always good and the view is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food pricey
    KENALAN
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very good food, but pricey for what you get. Where out of some main courses which was bad for a Wednesday night. Very busy place, need reservations. Great views of marina and ocean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Marina maintains its excellence
    Paterson
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Dining once again at the Marina, it is reassuring to find that they are maintaining their standards of excellence. Great views, great food and great service. Deservedly, it has a great reputation for seafood, but their other dishes are wonderful. My guests dietary concerns will efficiently dealt with. I unhesitatingly recommend the Marina.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shrimper
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    we are repeat customers for lunch and brunch. this time we had table 24 and found it cramped as we were physically brushed by people and servers on both sides. our plates were changed in timely fashion but we were not offered a drinks menu or asked if we would like juice with our meal. the coffee was inferior and the bacon too salty. otherwise the food choices were excellent, especially the seafood. the buffet staff were wonderful but we felt somewhat ignored by our table waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We started with a salad (me) and tuna tartar (him). Both starters were lovely but the tuna was particularly divine. Then for mains we had halibut cheeks and a tenderloin. The cheeks were so so good but the tenderloin was fine. If I could recommend anything about this restaurant I'd say stick to the fish and you can't go wrong. Location is beautiful - perfect place for an after-dinner walk along the water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Expensive for what I got
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    $28.00 for grilled lamb which consisted of two small slices which might have been 4 ounces of meat. I ordered a Perfect Rob Roy for a pre-dinner cocktail which was sent back for incorrect mix. The second time I gave up and kept it. Several people at nearby tables were ordering appetizers and then leaving. We should have done the same. Our daughter and her family live just a few blocks away from the Marina and we have been to the restaurant a number of times in the past. There has apparently been a significant change in the business model. The last time was about one year ago and was enjoyable both from the portions served and the capabilities of the bar. Based on our most recent experience, I will be hard pressed to return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 75 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Marina Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Food was OK but not worth the price
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a friendly server, the evening was beautiful, the view was lovely and the restaurant comfortable, clean and quiet. However, the food was just so-so. We had the special - Halibut with lime butter, dry and overcooked. Came with quinoa and veggies, very plain. I had to ask for lemon to "juice it up". Had to ask for an ice bucket for our white wine which was just placed in the middle of the table. And really, at those prices (1 bottle of cheap wine, 1 bottle of beer and 1 cocktail, 3 entrees, dessert and 4 appys - over $300) it shouldn't be necessary to scoop up the extra cutlery and glasses like at a family restaurant - distracting. So I'd rate the overall experience about a 5 out of 10 and mostly for the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience in Victoria
    calmal
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were very impressed with this restaurant. We had a table next to the window overlooking the docks with a great view of Mt Baker in the background. They accommodated our request for a table by the window, even though we made our reservation at the last minute. The food was quite good and the service was excellent. We had decided to go out for the evening on the spur of the moment and we certainly made the correct choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Seafoodsupper
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went for dinner at 7:30. The wait staff were very attentive and the food was amazing, both appetizer and main course. One complaint is that there was a long time between appetizer and main course. The table next to us started after and were finished eating before we got our food. But, all the staff was friendly and very attentive when serving us. The table and view were amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    great food and good service, gets a bit hot when the sun hits the windows, need better air conditioning
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    my out of town guests were gushing with enthusiasm - the food, the view, the ambience
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch is divine
    Acho
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This place is simply fantastic, amazing, reservation recommended for Sunday brunch, kid friendly (under 5 eats free!)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very salty
    Food4thot
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    Paterson
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and inviting
    alberta01bear
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marina Restaurant
    Dave
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food and service were very good. Had halibut which was tasty but a very small portion for the price
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant
    90birthday
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had a wonderful Surprise 90th Birthday for my Mother; relatives from Alberta enjoy the food and service. Everyone had a great time
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Sea side spot
    1Seadog
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit disappointing.
    Butterfly59
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pretty setting for a nice dinner
    2onthetown
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RobRytes
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gratitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first timer
    Biff
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited lunch items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bemused
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All ok
    fraser
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    jojo2step
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine with a view
    Travelfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina
    garryoak
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed experiences
    Graham
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • willydVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great service, great food great lunch. We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate