Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House
Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House

Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nauticalnelliesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 250-380-2260x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Adam Hunter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
  • Catering: Can accommodate groups up to 30 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broughton
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are 2 public parking garages, one across the street from and one adjacent to the restaurant. Street parking is also available
A word from Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House
An award winning restaurant set in busy downtown overlooking the Inner Harbour. With patio views, steps away from seaplanes and ferries, it’s a great place to dine!

The cozy interior, featuring local artwork, sets the tone for the food and wine. At the centre of this rustic charm is a bountiful oyster bar, Victoria’s only true oyster bar. Nautical Nellies offers a large selection of fresh, local, OceanWise sustainable seafood and well aged, hand cut Certified Angus Beef steaks. The menu is a mix of classic and modern styles with distinct West Coast influences. Start your meal with Jonah Crab Cakes. (Rumoured to be the best in the city!) or the succulent albacore tuna tataki. For lunch choose one of their handcrafted sandwiches featuring Dungeness crab or Atlantic lobster. At dinner, the Hunter Sirloin or a more traditional surf and turf.

The wine list has won several Playhouse International Wine Festival Awards and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2008- 2012

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (15)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (14)scenic view (12)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (8)hot spot (8)romantic (7)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent food and service
    JJGC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although we were in the heart of Victoria, the restaurant didn't have a very touristy feel - the vibe had a nice urban feel to it and we were really pleased to be there. We sat outside and the heaters took off the September chill. The staff were attentive and keen to help us make the right choices for us - we wanted to do the usual awkward stuff like sharing plates and ordering appertisers as more of a tapas and our waiter was happy to bob down the river with us. He recommended a delicious Blue Mountain Pinot Noir - we often find the red Pinot Noirs too light but this had tremendous personality. The shrimp and the salmon were sublime. We didn't venture inside so can't comment on the interior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    mark
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We made reservations at last minute for dinner. The entire experience was great, service and food was good although a bit procey for portion. We would recomend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better meals at Red Lobster
    davidVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loud, crowded, slow service. Food not very good, and the portions were small (that might actually be a good thing). I wouldn't recommend or return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our lunch was a birthday celebration and included all adults. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the service was great. We all agreed that we'd go back to Nautical Nellies without hesitation. It's on my list to stop by for lunch when I return to Victoria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a wonderful experience
    cath
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    plenty of amazing dishes to chose from. service was exceptional, very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. I had requested if it was possible on a short notice to have view seating and as quiet and intimate as possible, it was delivered. we had a very nice booth to enjoy our great meal. lobster bisque,mmmmm. seafood salad was loaded , lots of Dungeness crab,shrimp etc., the steak was tender and juicy, perfect. great drinks and a good wine list, tasting were given as I was undecided on my wine choice,i left it up to my server who did not disappoint. all in we had a wonderful meal with great service and fair prices, we followed our dinner with an evening walk along the inner harbour, beautiful! we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was dreadful, food OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ate at Nautical Nellies during the Dragon Boat Festival in August. We weren't part of the Festival but the town was busy and the restaurant was full. We arrived for our booking and were seated, orders taken and our appetizers arrived. All OK so far. Then we waited. And waited. And waited... we finished our wine and despite our best efforts could not attract the waiter to inquire about our overdue meals nor to order a drink while we continued to wait. He FINALLY arrived with our main courses with no apology or explanation as to the delay. The restaurant itself is in need of updating, it feels outdated, the food was generally fine but nothing I would go back for.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional good
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I wish there were seafood restaurants like this in the San Francisco Bay Area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great casual restaurant
    TravelgurudanvilleVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I found the other reviews for this restaurant spot on. Great good, wonderful selection, good pricing, fun staff and generous plates. Couldn't have asked for more.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As always, this restaurant has great food with a quiet atmosphere. Perfect for taking out of town guest to.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    sxmscorpio
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a busy restaurant but service was very good. We were advised that the food may be slow in coming as the kitchen was a little behind but we did not find it a terribly long wait and it was nice to be informed beforehand. Our server was never intrusive but always there just at the right time. Food was good. It's not fine dining but well cooked and good variety.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair but not for foodies
    AndMiller
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This restaurant is overrated. The food is OK, but the service by teenagers or young adults employed for the summer is what it means. Poorly deserved 2 stars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Experience
    Vancouver2Victoria
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went to this restaurant with my mom on a trip to Victoria. We decided to share a bunch of appetizers instead of ordering entrees. The food was so delicious that we over ate but it was worth it! We ordered everything seafood and it was tasty and really fresh! The service was really good, except I think the hostess may have over sat our waitress because she was looked a little busy and wasn't checking in on us for a little bit. Besides that everything was great and I will be recommending Nautical Nellies restaurant to anyone going to the downtown Victoria area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nautical Nellies
    Dori
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Best crab cakes I have ever had. Very busy but service was good. A definite place to experience in Victoria, Vancouver Island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food First View Second
    ClintonO
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We chose this location based on a recommendation based on view. What we learned is that they should have recommended food and then view. Sushi rolls with real crab, two kinds of salmon and pick your own sauce, and lastly a couple of delicious deserts. Oh, yeah by the way a spectacular view of harbour. We must admit that we made early dinner reservations and got the prime location on the patio at the end high top table and the view and ambience were just spectacular. One hostess was working about 10 tables and I could not believe how well she did it! We visited a lot of spectacular restaurants in Victoria and stumbled across this one for our last night. Great catch! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Victoria the way it was meant to be
    Mmgood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We enjoyed the perfect summer evening sitting out on the patio, watching the harbor. Our server recommended a great wine to go with our meal, the seafood was delectable, and the staff willingly made some substitutions to my husband's entree. I just couldn't have asked for a more perfect way to enjoy Victoria.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing, highly recommend
    RosV
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and booked the restaurant before arriving in Victoria. We were pleased to hear it is well thought of by the locals as several people told us we had chosen well. We were not disappointed, from the moment we arrived we felt special, the staff were attentive and informative but not intrusive, the food was amazing and the view of the water was a nice bonus. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    eggs
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After spending 10 days in the pacific NW, this was indeed the most expensive choice for average food. Or server was great but it took an hour until we were served or meal. Steak and fish prices of$34to$42+ I felt was evasive. You even have to pay for bread, which I thought should have been sent over to us with an apology for the long wait but never came. Steak was definitely cooked longer than medium. Carrots way undercooked.Sorry,I read great reviews but there are plenty of other choices in town.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    love2dineout
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We have had the same waiter for our last two visits. His name is Jamie and he makes us so at ease and has a great sense of humor (very important!). We were a group of six and we had a great time. They really do have the best crab cakes around!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rocky
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent service and ambience. Food very good also. Will return for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Victoriavisitor
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were visiting family and found this gem on Open Table. Excellent variety for kids as well as adults. You don't have to love seafood to love this restaurant! Steaks & Seafood dishes were both delicious and generous!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steakfan56
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    In general very good restaurant, but the table itself for two persons far too small and in a relatively dark corner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    Brian
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was superb and service was great. At one point a couple of men came in who were obviously intoxicated and were a little loud. they were politely requested to leave by the manager...the situation was extremely professionally handled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    One of the best meals we experienced whilst visiting Victoria and on this occasion was a birthday dinner which made it even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good and nice location
    Ralphie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We were on our final day in Victoria and wantedto eat along the iinner harbor. We found this place and had a great experience in food and service. Good harbor view to boot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Jjjzfree
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were in Victoria for my mother in laws 80th birthday. Our waiter was one of the best I have ever had. We are all in the restaurant business and great service is hard to find these days! The menu was extensive and everyone loved their dinners, salads and app. The only room for improvement is the desserts were not chilled enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Dinner
    BobbyWack
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our party of 5 had dinner there on Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend. We walked from the Empress, where we were staying, and it was a great find (much better than the Coast Restaurant in Victoria the night before). From the Oyster Tower appetizer we shared, to the Kale Caesars and Lobster Bisque, to the Paella, Seafood Papardelle, Mixed Grill, Surf & Turf, & Risotto, ALL of the food was fantastic. Our waiter Tim was terrific as well. We all agreed it was one of the best meals we had enjoyed in a long time! We recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatseafood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We requested a quiet, romantic table and were given the closest you have to that description. The service was very good - there when we needed, but did not hover. The food was excellent. We flew into Victoria from Calgary for the weekend specifically to have dinner at your restaurant and we were not disappointed - thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 215 reviews are from the Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House reviews archive.
  • So tasty
    ASTROnniferJENN
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Groupon was an amaaaazing deal! Would totally buy it again. My Caesar salad wasn't that great (it was mostly white iceberg-type lettuce, where was the green romaine?), but the seafood platter was crazy good. The desserts were delicious but honestly a little too big after that huge meal! Now there's a 'complaint' you don't hear too often :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PdotVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Good food. Good service. We found this restaurant via open table. We will return the next time we are in Victoria.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really bad date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Even though we had made a reservation we were stuck in the far corner of a windowless room next to 2 families with young children. The service was painfully slow. The food was very good but not good enough to make up for everything else.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful As Usual
    Hemmbarr
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Nautical Nellie's is consistently outstanding. If you want a wonderful dining experience this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant evening of dining
    phramazoid
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Good for out of towners. Friendly, efficient staff. Variety of fresh oysters. Excellent filet. All prepared well and served in a timely manner. Limited beer selection for Portlanders but nonetheless a fine evening. If in Victoria again, I wouldn't hesitate to dine at Nautical Nellies.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise
    Victoria
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I passed by the restaurant many times before but since I am vegetarian it never occurred to me to enter. Made a reservation last night when out of town friends visited. My friends ate the seared tuna and loved it. I had the vegetarian stirfry and it was outstanding! Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always happy
    Tamara
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I love this place. The food, service and drinks are always amazing. I always recommend this place to everyone I know. Never a dull moment. When I leave, I'm always planning my next visit back to try something new off their menu. Great chefs and bartenders. A+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Go To.
    JimK
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have been coming to Victoria twice a year for over 10 years and after trying numerous other restaurants have stuck with Nautical Nellies as favorite spot. The food and service are consistently great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My daughter and i had a very enjoyable evening. The service was fantastic. Not Over powering but attentive. Atmosphere was very nice and we even commented how quiet yet energetic was the feeling. I think it would be a fantastic date spot. I just might do that ! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal!
    Suebella
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had a fantastic meal and enjoyed every morsel. It was lobster fest so we both took advantage of the special menu. Nautical nellies is a great place to go if you are hungry as the portion sizes are worth the price unlike many restaurants that charge high prices for a tiny bit of food in the middle of a large plate! Had sushi for our appy and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The hostess ignored our being
    mikol
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The hostess ignored our being an Open Table reservation and just took us to sit down. Open Table then assumed we didn't show up. The service was below par and the food so-so.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was fantastic!
    diner
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The service was fantastic! Very friendly but not interrupting or in my space like some places practice. The food was really good as it usually is with the exception of the crab cakes...they had an off flavor. Overall, a great place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Disappointments
    GlennL
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    We're visitors from Seattle and Houston and enjoyed the meal, including wine and service, very much. We'll return to NN when we come back to this lovely city.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.