My wife and I were staying
My wife and I were staying in the hotel as well to just get away and enjoy the spa, even though we live in the city. Our waiter Mark, was an absolute delight, was very knowledgeable of the menu selections. When my wife couldn’t decide between the chicken or the steak, she left it up to Mark to decide for her. He had the kitchen serve a bit of both, which made my wife feel very appreciated to have such a remarkable kitchen make something special for her. She had the French onion soup, which she said was to die for and ruined all others she has every tried in the past. I had the scallops which were prepared in a very creamy sauce. My steak and Foi Gras were perfect, as was the wine selection. For desert my wife had the sticky pudding,
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Victorian ambience.
Great Victorian ambience. We had a table by a window looking out over the causeway to the inner harbour. Great sunset view, good food, great presentation, quiet atmosphere.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was an exceptional experience
This was an exceptional experience for my wife and myself.I cannot say enough good things about this experienceThe night was our 25th wedding anniversary,so a special night at a special place.Thanks once again, clayton
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. We asked for the Royal Table; however, after finding out it was only a "service" and had little to do with the food menu we were a little disappointed. Also, there is an extra charge for the royal table service which was not mentioned in the ad so that was also a surprise; however, having the chef prepare a course at our table was very nice and interesting. It was also a nice surprise when our desert was served with a little "happy birthday" note written on a strip of white chocolate. Overall a very nice special occasion experience and the chef who prepared one course at our table was extremely entertaining, informative and a very nice person. His performance made the entire experience worth the price.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Empress Hotel Dining Room Impresses
Dining room is beautiful and the service excellent with nice, unexpected touches to celebrate our anniversary.
Duck main course was prepared perfectly as was the filet mignon.
An terrific dining experience.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had dinner here for our 10th anniversary - the service was excellent, our waiter very knowledgeable. The salads and desserts were the highlights of the meal and we appreciated the Happy Anniversary white chocolate decorations in the latter. A lovely meal and a great way to celebrate.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have traveled the world that this was the best dining experience I have ever had.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable from the moment
Enjoyable from the moment we walked in. Great food, amazing woodwork, and excellent service.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
breakfast fit for a queen
Brought my mother here for her 85th birthday breakfast and could not have chosen better. Truly our neighbourhood gem. The breakfast menu is a joy, plus there is breakfast buffet during the summer season. Arrived first thing and was able to park out front facing the lovely Inner Harbour, even better than valet parking. Then a drive home around Beacon Hill and the waterfront. Piece de resistance, staff brought out a sliver of chocolate gateau with a ribbon of white chocolate on which was written Happy Birthday! We have celebrated countless birthdays at the Empress, but this was truly special. Thank you!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was devine, the chef was very sweet and knowagable
attmosphere was excellent.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A historic spot for a special
A historic spot for a special occasion diner. Food was good and while expensive not overly for the location.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service combined
Excellent service combined with great food in a lovely old fashioned atmosphere.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
When picking a restaurant for a special event one of the most important things is ambiance, friendly service and selection. The Empress Room had all of these details and more. My father felt relaxed and enjoyed his meal without feeling out of place since he normally likes casual dining. That in itself was a gift. As for me I loved the ambiance and the variety of choices, the staff were very accomodating and helpful. It made the visit all the more special. Well worth another visit.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The ambience was amazing and
The ambience was amazing and the service was really good. The only thing that could be improved was the Eggs Benedit on the buffet, the yolks were hard and the muffin was really hard to cut, it looked like they had been sitting there for a really long time and they were cold, our reservation was at 10.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating a milestone and we did it right by going for dinner at the Empress Room. The Chef even visited our table (twice!) and signed a menu for us as a keepsake. Very nice evening indeed.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect evening
Dinner was fabulous and the waiter was very witty,charming and very attentive. He took our picture without us having to ask. He even gave me a free sample of tea and honey to take home with us! Over the top service and great food .
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Food Historic Hotel
This is a beautiful restaurant is a historic hotel. It is great for romantic dinners, special occasions and business dinners. The décor is well appointed and the service was great. The food was delicious I had the foie gras appetizer it was delicious. My lobster tail was cooked just perfect. The wait staff addressed in a manor just like you would expect in a classy restaurant. It was a great experience.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent once again
kudos to graham the chef
and kirk the wine sommlier
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Above and Beyond!
We went to the Empress for breakfast and the entire experience was incredible! When I initially made the reservation, I mentioned that it was our anniversary, so I hoped we could sit by the window. When we first arrived, we were warmly greeted and wished a happy anniversary and brought to a window seat. The dining room is so elegant - even the chairs are extra comfortable and beautiful. The staff is amazing - genuine, attentive without being intrusive. The food was absolutely fantastic - we ordered from the menu, but the buffet also looked excellent. The highlight, however, was that after breakfast, they surprised us with a slice of chocolate cake garnished with a "Happy Anniversary" chocolate. Such a surprise, and such a treat. Wonderful!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
more affordable than you think
This is just as good as you can possibly imagine it to be. I didn't check off family friendly, but they treat kids like VIPs here and we have seen several families bring their kids and it has always been lovely.
The staff cares for you as though the restaurant was built for your arrival.
We love eating here and will do so many times again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We heard a lot about The Empress Hotel for their afternoon tea. Since our cruise ship arrived at 6:00, we could not attend. Instead we mad reservations for dinner and took a couple with us from the cruise. It was perfect all evening from being seated, ordering the meal, and surprising them with the dinner as an early anniversary gift. The waiter suggested the Meiomei Pinot Noir and it is now in our favorites list. Thanks so much to the staff for making it a wonderful evening!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Brunch at the Empress
The breakfast menu (which includes a small buffet) is good,and service at the restaurant is always of high quality. Pleased to see that the restaurant continues to have menu items that meet the needs of people with the various health issues (gluten-free, diabetic etc). We continue to enjoy our experiences at the Empress Fairmount for special occasions or when we want to spend some time in the Inner Harbour area. The Empress Fairmount hotel and its restaurants are treasures that deserve strong support from local residents and not just from seasoned travellers.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
if you appreciate Red Seal cuisine then go to the Empress. The food the presentation and choice is phenomenal. The award winning chocolate dessert is so unique it is worth going just for that. The waiters know what they are doing and have experience in service no waiting around wondering where they went or the if the food was ever coming. If you have a special occasion or even if you don't they had a special that was comparable to mediocre restaurants. Bon Appetite!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner during the August long weekend and being a vegetarian I found the entree to be interesting, delicious and quite unique. Quite often being a vegetarian all that is usually offered is a pasta dish or salad. So it was really a treat to have something other than the usual pasta dishes.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef went off the menu to answer my request, and followed up with personal attention. the food lived up to its reputation. Service was attentive and exemplary, the food beautifully presented, tasty, and served beautifully. A bit pricey but would return and recommend.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and experience
Everyone said we should go for afternoon tea at the Empress hotel, however we decided to opt for dinner instead and we made the right choice! When on holiday it is nice to dress up one evening and share a truly wonderful evening and that is what the dining room at the Empress delivered. The food was outstanding - 65 dollars for a set 3 course menu which included a whole lobster and beautiful seared frois gras. The service was impeccable and we had a wonderful evening. You should definitely splash out for this one.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Place Of Elegance!
The atmosphere of this dining room really takes one back to the Edwardian period. It was fun just to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings of carved wood and elegant wall coverings. The dinner was excellent. My husband had rack of lamb which was the most tender cut we've ever tasted. My wild caught Pacific salmon was cooked perfectly and the sticky rice and peas was a nice touch. I enjoyed a local Pinot Noir also. Service was very attentive and the waiter was especially good about answering all our questions about the food. A most memorable experience!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Empress Room a Delight
The food was terrific, the three course special was a great value, and our server Kirk was excellent. A memorable meal to cap off our wonderful stay at the Empress.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Empressed with the Empress Hotel!
A truly romantic place, the food was simply excellent, the service impeccable, and the ambience perfect! My husband and I had a wonderful time celebrating ( in advance) our wedding anniversary!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining at the Empress. It takes us back to old world elegance and tradition. We are grateful that there is such a place in Victoria.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Evening
I took a dear friend of mine for her dinner and had a wonderful time. The service, food and overall ambiance was far beyond anything we have ever experienced or could expected. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion and will be returning.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is one of the best places to bring ones guest in Victoria. Everyone welcoming yet not too friendly.
Food is excellent.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always The Empress Room has impressed again. Great service & check out the new grill menu. Definitely worth a visit!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the 2nd time we had
This is the 2nd time we had dinner at the famed Empress. Again, delicious food, beautiful presentation, outstanding waiter and oh so delicious desserts
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM