We continue to receive outstanding service and outstanding food everytime we go into Zambri's. This is our favorite restaurant in Victoria. We just love it!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fantastic time at Zambri's! We sat at the bar on a quiet Monday night and were wowed with fantastic service from Wiley and chef Louis, who came out to visit folks on a couple occasions during the evening. What a fun, lovely atmosphere these guys created for us (aided by the pretty, fresh, modern, sophisticated décor).
I didn't want to leave.
We LOVED our salads (caesar and the special with strawberries) and beef carpaccio - would order them again in a second. Probably wouldn't get the bread balls or the veal again, as they didn't really "move" us. They were fine/good, but we'd likely opt for pasta or pizza next time as it looked delicious.
Would happily return and highly recommend.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and Service
We took our 6 year old son with us to dinner which is not always easy. But it was no problem here, and the food and service were outstanding. I would recondmend Zambri's to anyone who wants a increadible meal in Victoria.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Yet
Zambri's is always a treat, and our experiences have been 4.0-4.5 stars. Consistently very, very good. But our most recent visit was the best so far. The food was superb - based on our group sampling 2 appetizers, 3 different pastas, wine, cocktail special, dessert. The service was wholly professional - friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. The noise level was a bit loud, but you should expect that on a Friday night. In fact, it's a welcome sign of a thriving business we hope will be around for many more years to come. We'll be going be back soon.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice evening
We enjoyed our meal and every aspect of our visit to Zambri. We live in Seattle, but we'll be back.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous As Usual
We love Zambri's and it never ever disappoints. There was 6 of us this past week and every single dish was enjoyed :)
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came into Victoria off of our cruise ship as a party of 20. They accommodated us beautifully. The food was incredible! Service was first rate. Our large party tasted and shared many dishes. All were incredible. Pizza was comparable to the best pizza I ever had from Rome! Ambiance/decor beautiful! If ever in this great city again, we will definitely return.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional Service and cooking
The quality of the local ingredients and attention to use of herbs, vinegars and delicate use of spice makes Zambris' one of the top three restaurants in Victoria. My balsamic glazed and roasted lamb shank was perfectly paired with lentils and a melt in your mouth risotto.
Francis, over server and sommelier paired our wines perfectly.
Others int party choose locally caught rockfish with baby potatoes and local heirloom potatoes, wild salmon with the most eqisitely cooked and flash fried broccoli reminiscent of tempura only better.
I will leave to imagine how natural and perfect the dessert was.
A must in Victoria.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most beautiful buidling in town
Blanchard and Yates is downtown and so is ZAMBRIs.... in every way. The pasta with scallops and ham is yummy; even the thin crust pizza is special never mind all the other choices. Ask for a latte to finish. Saltspring Island coffee is wonderful.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Zambri's to celebrate with a good friend. We couldn't have chosen a better spot. Our service, the food, the wine....we absolutely loved it. I highly recommend Zambri's is you want fabulous service and outstanding food.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food reflects thoughtful use of fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Visito to Victoria and stumbled on this place. Very impressed!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, small touches need work
Went to Zambri's to celebrate a birthday. An excellent choice, and the table in the Atrium gave the restaurant a spacious feel. The menu was varied and tasty; something for everyone from age 20 to 90. The pickled fennel on the antipasti platter, in particular, is a "must try."
I've been dining here since it opened years ago, and one element still drives me nuts: would it kill them to give diners a side plate for their bread and olives? The pre-dinner bread is warm and delicious and the olives great, but we all end up sitting there wondering what to do with the pits, or the half of a bread slice one hasn't eaten yet.
That said, the right choice for Italian that's well above the usual pasta-focused restaurant and a nice evening downtown.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good restaurant. Staff were fantastic. Will go back next time I'm in Victoria.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was upscale Italian food. Not a huge selection for the younger diner. Had to ask for butter and olive oil and balsamic vinegar for the bread. My pizza was late getting to the table due to an accident in the kitchen and everyone had their meals. No complimentary dessert offered with apologies. They did say sorry.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
best Italian in Victoria - probably better than Italian in Vancouver - therefore best in bc?
never had a bad piece of fish here - pastas are always excellent
smart sommelier too
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had not been back to Victoria since Zambri's had moved to their snazzy quarters. We were not disappointed and had a wonderful dinner. It did lack the charm of the old place though. We will certainly return when we are next in Victoria.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good seasonal menu, nice service.
I've had great meals and service at this restaurant for years both at the new and old location. The only issue I've had is that the chef rarely keeps any of the great entrees I've experienced in the past on the menu. I've loved the Chicken Parmigiana and the Veal Marsala, but neither option was available at a recent visit. Instead I had the salmon which was well cooked but overwhelmed by too much battered broccoli and huge amount of polenta that didn't seem to work with the fish. On the other hand the appetizer of fried zucchini and eggplant with seasonal tomatoes and cheese was an absolute delight. You will never be bored by the ever changing menu and perhaps that is what the chef intends as he experiments with new and seasonal options.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are regulars at Zambri's - almost part of the family... Great food and service - wonderful ambiance -
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had early reservations, the bread was delicious fresh from the oven! The salad and main were delicious really recommend the yellow fin tuna! Too full for dessert, will have to try that next time :-)
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch spot!
I love Zambris for lunch - it's friendly - the decor and all of the windows help make the atmosphere very friendly!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch a delight
From the daily frittata (salmon and cherry tomatoes) to the side of outstanding potatoes, our group's meals were beautiful to look at and rewarding to consume. In particular, the salad atop the frittata had a dressing that really complemented the egg dish below.
Zambri's knowledgeable and friendly staff always make eating here even more of a treat. This is a restaurant we always enjoy, and we look forward to our next visit!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter brought the four of us a generous plate of bread and a pot of black and green olives, very lovely! Four different appetizers were ordered and by far the Croccante was the best, very generous portion compared to the other three. Beef Tenderloin and lamb shanks, two and two, were well presented, hot and delicious. Did we need dessert, no, but we did! The Tiramisu was rich, creamy and not overly sweet. The service was outstanding!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there for an early dinner Thurs. The noise level was so severe, we almost left before eating... too bad, because we really like eating there. But mostly at lunch. Much quieter.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful family
We had a wonderful family brunch, we were probably making the most noise, however we started at 10:30am so the restaurant was not at all busy. I am sure that will change as more people learn about the excellent brunch menu.
Brunch was great for me as I am Celiac and am limited in what I can order at dinnertime.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't get past the meatball sandwich on the lunch menu; so I can't tell you how good everything else is. But I've never seen an unhappy customer. Great, authentic Italian food, with welcoming service.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful evening of great
A wonderful evening of great food and service. Well done Zambri's.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic little Italian joint
I easily booked a 9-person reservation the night before the Victoria marathon, we got in and out easily, with excellent service.
The food was fantastic (the beer was a little pricey), both pizza and pasta! I highly recommend this place for large and small parties. We sat in this neat atrium (the air was a little stale, but I think it would be even cooler to sit inside the main restaurant, as the lighting was really beautiful above the bar area. Alas, hopefully next time!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was visiting Victoria with friends to run in the Victoria Marathon set of races (8k, Half, Full) and I though where better place to partake of the pre-race evening meal than at the best Italian Restaurant in Victoria! Zambri's picked up on the whole event and offered a delicious Runner's Special, which included, salad, pasta entrée and a tasty dessert. We had a great time sitting in the atrium and really enjoyed our meal. The next day we all ran our hearts out in our respective races - thanks to the wonderful pre-race meal.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loud but good
I guess any review of an Italian restaurant the night before a marathon has to come with some reservations (pun intended). The place was extremely busy and the open concept and concrete walls made any quiet conversation virtually impossible, it was very noisy. However, I have to believe on any other night of the year this wouldn't be as much of as problem. The wait staff were very busy rushing around and the wait was, I hope, longer than an average night. However, the staff did a great job, they were very friendly even if they looked a little harassed. The food was good, nice choices and tasted great. Prices were fine, nothing too expensive and the quality was good.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great place to go. Wondeful Italian food. First time for my boyfriend and we will be back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service Great Food
Had an amazing experience with a vibrant atmosphere, classic yet trendy with modern overtones. The food was elegant, well paired and worth the experience. Staff although young overall were professional, and experienced although a standard dress code for staff would be more fitting it was difficult to differentiate who worked there and who didnt at times.
Well worth it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing
Have to give Zambri's credit where credit is due. They call themselves the only authentic Italian restaurant on the Island so my expectations were high going in and I was not disappointed. The meat lasagna was fantastic!!! My wife had the salmon and prawns and she seemed very happy. My only surprise what that the lasagna was the only dish that used fresh pasta. Would have thought more fresh pasta would have been used.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
i know I'm supposed to try a variety of Zambri's offerings; but I just can't get past the meatball sandwich.
I'll just have to keep trying.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zambri's was the perfect combination of food, drink, service and ambience. It was a great spot for a group dinner with the ladies, but also seemed like it would be just as great for a romantic date. Everyone loved their meals - it was really amazing Italian food that was soooo satisfying and just full of flavour (without the heaviness of some other popular Italian places). After drinks, appetizers, mains and desserts, we were expecting a hefty bill but were pleasantly surprised at how reasonable the final total was - much less than you'd expect to pay for a meal of that calibre. We will all be returning and bringing others with us!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
An absolute fantastic dining experience and we are already planning on coming back soon! Very impressed with the food, presentation, service, wine selection and doctail selection. My only negative comment was that we were seated next to a noisey table however that was through no fault of the restuarant - just the fault of the noisey people.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special birthday dinner
We had not been to Zambris before but chose it for our daughter's birthday dinner (20th). Because we had not been there before it was very special. The atmosphere was spectacular (very warm lighting excellent in this concrete building). The food was very good. There was a family with two very well behaved young children sitting at the bar eating dinner giving Zambris a community feel.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I had a lovely relaxed lunch there. The server was there when needed and the food met and/or exceeded our expectations.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian done right
As good as we've had in Rome and at reasonable prices.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our go to dining spot in Victoria
Our go to dining spot in Victoria when we visi,t consistently good ,specials always worth trying,,very good wine list.
.Overall a treat.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Dining Experience
I have had the opportunity to dine at Zambri's on several occassions and have always enjoyed my experience. The room is elegant and airy with large windows and a nice bar. The food is excellent in quality and presentation and the service is attentive but not obtrusive. Francis the Sommelier is very knowledgable and helpful with wine pairing suggestions as well as being an excellent server.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
will be back again
The one thing that really impressed us which you don't see in many restaurants is that there wasn't a specific waiter for our table we felt. At Zambri's everyone took care of everyone. If something needed attention at a table it was taken care of of a staff member walked by. In other restaurants you had to wait for your waiter to get attention. The food was also first class and reasonably priced. We can't wait to go back and try some more. We also appreciate that every wine bottle on the list is available in a half litre giving patrons complete flexibility.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
had not been there before… made a reservation through Open Table for the first time also; that all worked really well. Great hostess who assured us our 'beautiful round table' was just about ready. We were seated promptly.
Really like the 'surround glass' with views to the street and to the atrium. Service was very good. Wine list was a bit pricy although I did not pick the wine. Food was good.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The pork dish is AMAZING! I always order it when I am in town. I love the olives here and the caesar salad is one of the best I have ever tasted! My only (very minor) complaint this time is the beet salad appy, which was very tasty but on the small side.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
An interesting menu which offers an authentic 'modern' touch to Italian food. Lively ambience and excellent servers combine to provide a satisfying dining experience.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second kitchen
We come to Zambri's almost once a week - so it goes, without saying, that it is almost always a very satisfying experience.
When we suggest our top ten restaurants to visiting guests -- or locals, Zambri's is almost always near the top.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Zambri's on several occasions, and it never disappoints. The food is excellent, their wine list is extraordinary, and the service is always professional and courteous. For this occasion, I went with a group of work colleagues and the evening was a delight -- not to mention the tiramisu! Honestly, it is the best I have ever had on this side of the world. Highly recommended.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
very good restaurant
Nice vibe, though a bit too noisy.
Very good food in general, though I would not suggest to have a pasta dish as a main as there is too much pasta and not enough
veal balls for example.
Very good service, good wine list, very pleasant experience and nice ambiance
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great location, wonderful food, fine Italian wines and friendly service. Who could ask for more. We'll be back...regularly.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are here a lot - big fans actually - very rarely does Zambri's drop the ball. You can count on them for a great meal and wonderful authentic Italian food.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Filmmaker's love it
We had a great business and end-of-day relaxing dinner. Our server was very present yet respectful of our need to be left alone. The food was exceptional and loved by our clients who are used to the finest. They were very impressed by the experience and look forward to returning during their stay.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM