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Pescatores Fish House and Oyster Bar
Pescatores Fish House and Oyster Bar

Pescatores Fish House and Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pescatores.com
  • Email: pescatores@shaw.ca
  • Phone: (250) 385-4512
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30 Am - 11:00 Pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 Am - 11:00 Pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Luke Griffin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Government
  • Public Transit: There are many bus stops on Douglas Street which is one block East of us.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a lot of parking on the street in around our block, there are also two public lots on Broughton street just one block north
A word from Pescatores Fish House and Oyster Bar
Pescatores is an Italian inspired West Coast Seafood Restaurant. As often as we can we serve the freshest seafood coming from our local waters up and down the coast. Our focus is not only on our fresh food but also on friendly and knowledgeable service. The wines that we serve come from the coast as well including Napa, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington to name a few. This longstanding restaurant has become a staple amongst the locals and travelers alikeContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Overcooked, undersized, over-priced, underwhelmed. Another great Victoria restaurant bites the dust."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "When in Victoria, ya gotta try it at least once. A bit noisy and busy, but great seafood and very good service. A reservation would be highly recommended. "
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Food was excellent, but the service was poor. Got to Pescatores early to have a drink before our friends showed up. Hostess said our table was ready so we didn't need to have the drink at the bar. Never got that drink because the server didn't even acknowledge us until bringing water 15 minutes later. We waited for absolutely everything, one of our drinks came with a huge black hair in it, my main course was missing the vegetables, we were never quality checked although all her other tables around us were all quality checked, cutlery was taken but not replaced after the appys until we asked. Again, the food was excellent, but I don't know if I would go back just based on how poor the service was."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was an excellent representation of the restaurant, but recommend you have 3 people:). Everything was very good. I definitely would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The reservation I made online through Open Table did not make it to the restaurant. They did not have my reservation when I arrived. Fortunately, it was only a short wait to get a table, but the restaurant was very busy. This would have been very disappointing if it had been later in the year during tourist season."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was very good but it was very high priced compared to other places for great seafood in Victoria. Be prepared to pay a lot."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went here for my boyfriends birthday, neither of us had been before and we were both looking forward to it as we both love seafood. The service was very slow. We waited at least 10 - 15 minutes before our waitress came by to take our drink order. Once our food finally arrived, it was good, however the portions were very small, especially considering the price and this was for the full order, I'm glad we didn't get the half! And again we had to track down our waitress to get another drink, and have our plates cleared from the table, even though there seemed to be plenty of staff walking by our table all night, getting somene to stop at our seemed next to impossible. Overall, food is decent, but not worth the price, disappointing"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I selected Pescatore's out of ALL the restaurants in Victoria when visitors from Vancouver indicated they enjoyed seafood. Having the check list of all the FRESH items makes a difference. Service by Kelly was perfect, she was there when we needed her (refilling water, etc.) and when understanding that we were not in a hurry gave us the leisurely meal with friends that we wanted. thanks"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great food, awesome service (Carmen was fantastic), beautiful restaurant. What else do you need?"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I have lived in Victoria for almost 20 years and wanted to give Pescatores a try. It's one of the few restaurants in town that have been here this long. The whole experience was way below expectations. First off, the music was not appropriate for the ambiance - playing energetic electronic music, come on! Low-volume classical should be more appropriate. Ordered the calamari and Manhattan clam chowder to start with. The calamari was deep fried and not pan fried as per menu. Also, had to send the chowder back as it had no clams in it! The server said they would make a new one - seemed like they scraped the bottom of the pan. Took 30 min to get a new one. Halibut and chips was delicious. Crab and lobster mushroom ravioli was dry and tasteless."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "While the food was very good the service was exceptionally poor for us...we were basically ignored except to (eventually) take our order and have our food delivered. Also, we seemed to have to way a VERY long time to get our meals....like our order had been forgotten about? At one point the waiter attempted to pour my wife another glass of wine from our bottle only to realize it was empty....that is how little he visited our table. We told the manager and she attempted to make good by comp-ing part of our meal; however, damage had already been done...there is absolutely NO excuse for service this bad. Won't ever be back. Unfortunately I can't even think of anything to recommend this restaurant for."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Everything about the restaurant was fine. Service was polite but indifferent. Server didn't come around at all to see how things were going. Food was ok but very bland, not worth the high prices. We went during Dine Around and even then, not worth the ptice. and it took an hour for our main courses to come after our starters were cleared away. Atmosphere was nice but for just "OK", we'll go elsewhere next time."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed the wonderful food and services here and we had been returning a few times. For sure we will return again."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We were very excited to try Pescatores for the first time. The atmosphere was great, and we went in with the expectation that it would be very busy as it is currently Dine Around. However, we waited for an hour and a half for our mains. We also waited for 45+ mins for drinks and by the time we ordered dessert, almost all of the desserts were sold out. Our waitress was friendly and apologized for the delay (another server had taken the main that was to be mine and they had to re-make our mains). If a restaurant chooses to participate in Dine Around, the expectation should be that they're ready for the increased volume. Unfortunately, and we feel Pescatores wasn't, although the mgr did discount our bill which we greatly appreciated."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed the food and the service was great! It was definitely packed the night we went (Valentines weekend). The tables are quite close together so I wouldn't recommend this as a romantic spot for two but the menu was great and my husband thoroughly enjoyed the fresh oysters!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Have dined many times in the past at Pescatores and been very pleased with the food, however our lunch was a disaster. The soup was good but cold. My friend's fish cakes were cold. Several of us ordered Caesar salad and the lettuce they used, I would have discarded if it were in my home. When I mentioned it to our waiter he said "I noticed when I was bringing it out to you it wasn't very good." I think that was why he failed to ever come and ask if everything was okay. He did remove the salads from our bill. There were only 4 tables occupied while we were there for lunch and it was a Friday. Maybe the kitchen staff were having a bad day???"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent choice for seafood-- clams, oysters, scallops; they've got it all. Great location nearthe Empress hotel. Wonderful service as well, highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Pescatores the day after Valentine's Day to avoid the crush. Pescatores was very busy. We had a reservation through Open Table and they sat us about 5 to 10 minutes after our reservation time. We didn't mind. The appetizers were excellent, as well as the main courses (New York steak and lobster for me and beef tenderloin and Dungeness crab for my wife). We had a half-litre of the Oyster Bay Shiraz, NZ. It was average. Our server was most attentive. It did take about 45 minutes from the time we sat down until the first appetizers came. After that, the food staging was perfect and we enjoyed our meal very much. This is definitely a "special occasion" place. The bill with tip came to $187.00."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've been to Pescatores before and have enjoyed it. The food is very good and it's a prety fun place. But I dined there on Saturday evening and the service was very poor. I worked in the food industry. I know the pace and what happens when things get busy. But this was a truly bad experience. I won't go again when there is a chance it may be busy. Victoria has a lot of other great restaurants with good service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I would only reccomend this to a friend if they were looking for great seafood. I had a steak and ordered it Medium, it came very rare :/ It was not impressive in the accompnying vegetables either. My husband had a seafood dish & it was absolutely fantastic. service was great even tho they were very busy and they were super friendly & accomodating!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've been twice and the food and service have been outstanding. The first time (Saturday night) there was a large group and their conversation level and loud outbursts made conversation at our table very difficult. This last time (also Saturday night) it was better, but still seemed louder than most restaurants of similar capacity. Given the wonderful food and decor, a more subdued atmosphere would elevate this restaurant to the top in Victoria. This minor factor won't stop be going back though - it's worth it! I may try to go on another day of the week. The Boston clam chowder, scallops & scampi and chocolate fondue are tops!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our appetizers were very good and served with a delicious but moderately priced BC wine. We enjoyed perfectly cooked Salmon and cod as our entries, Well done Chefs! Service was cordial, although it was a bit slow."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, Pescatores never fails to please. Absolutely amazing meals for all three diners. One of the things I always like is that the chef always accommodates my food intolerances and gives a superb meal never lacking in flavours."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We loved the ambiance of this restaurant. We both had appetizers, calamari and crab cakes, both very good, although some pieces of calamari a bit chewy. For entrees, daily special of salmon, and lobster and crab cannelloni. Service was impeccable and our server was very knowledgeable. We would definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "First off, we've been to Pescatores many times over the years and have always been very happy with the food, and the wine list contains some great values- no up-charging here!. On this night the service, ambience and attention to detail was top-notch, but our entrees were not quite there. Appetizers- oysters on the half shell, calamari and crab cakes were outstanding. Also, my mother's entre of the cioppino was equally outstanding. My wife had the lobster and crab ravioli, which while quite tasty was incredibly dry. Manager brought some alfredo sauce for moisture, but flavor was lacking. I had the seafood linguine, and again was very dry- no sauce. Used my mom's cioppino broth which helped a lot. Wife's entrée was comp'd- much appreciated."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We hadn't been at Pescatores for years so weren't sure what we'd find. We love fresh, meaning fresh, seafood. The selection of oysters was lovely, and the option to purchase as many as you want rather than a half dozen or dozen is great. I discovered you can also get a simple house salad, not on the menu, if you ask.The lobster was fresh and the pasta was tasty. Fruit sorbets were excellent as well."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I had seen an appetizer on the online menu and was disappointed to find it not on their menu. After questioning that to our server, I was approached by someone else and he offered to have it made for me!! That, to me, is outstanding service. The food was perfectly prepared and presented. We'll go back!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We love Pescatores and are always pleased with our evenings there. Service, decor and food are always lovely. Except this past Saturday the food was not what we've come to expect and were particularly disappointed as it was my birthday dinner."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife & I enjoyed a very nice meal & evening. The seafood selection was excellent & our course selections came out hot & delicious. Rusty was our server & he was attentive without being intrusive. He was also very knowledgeable about the food & made some excellent suggestions. We travelled from Alberta for a getaway weekend & this was a memorable & great way to start us off. We would highly recommend this restaurant:)"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Food was ok but was very expensive. This restaurant was rated one of the best seafood places in Victoria? I think I will stick with Alberta beef from now on."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Served a flat prosecco, sent it back, served a second one with a "this is OK" from a waitress who should have been at McDonalds. Second one was just as flat. Food very mediocre; had "asparagus and crab risotto" but with no detectable content of either of the title ingredients. Overall a bad experience, wouldn't go there again."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Quite disappointing. Seafood salad saved it....a lovely variety of seafood, cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Main course, Arctic char with fresh crab, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.....sounds delicious! But how disappointing...arctic char overcooked and dry.., hollandaise (?) was cheesy tasting with a dry crust over top. The asparagus and crab saved the dish as both were great. Mashed potatoes had unexpectedly become potatoes au gratin which were also delicious. Vegetables not worth mentioning. Scallop carbonara very good with a generous helping of the scallops. Service OK Perhaps because it was New Years Eve, our expectations were too high, but nevertheless would not rush back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Wanted to go some where for Seafood and thought we try Pescatores. The food was really good and have to say the seafood was amazing! My daughter and I shared the seafood dinner for two. My Husband and Son had the rib eye steaks. My daughter had Celiac Disease and it is hard to find a restaurant that is safe for her to eat at. This Restaurant was on the Celiac scene web site. With the Seafood dinner it did come with some sauces and I asked if they were gluten free, the waiter said they were. There was a soya sauce looking sauce and I asked him to double check and he came back and took it away because there was soya sauce in it. Glad I checked. Had the chocolate fondue desert which was fantastic. We will defiantely go back again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Very nice ambience and great food choices on the menu. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Fantastic seafood, outstanding service, would recommend booking a booth when making your reservation. Would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Have been coming here for the past 3-4 years for our anniversary. Always good food and service. This time however, small issue with ordering from the 'specials' menu. First of all, informed that they were out of asparagus which was part of the dinner I ordered. Then after I had ordered, was informed that they ran out of the Arctic char...nice."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Fun fans on the ceiling make this an interesting and cozy place to dine!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Went here with my aunt for her birthday. The food was excellent, and I found the kitchens to be highly accommodating of my food allergy. The server was a little brusque which would be my only complaint. overall a great restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We had a small problem with one dish, and they were very apologetic and made the whole thing again and it was FABULOUS!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The ambience was very cozy, food was great, and wine, what can I say, it was great as well."
    Dined on 12/4/2013