Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spinnakers.com/
  • Phone: 250 386 2739x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

    Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM.

    We currently do not take reservations after 6:15 PM, but we are available for walk-ins.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Alison Ryan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Amazing ales and fresh local foods for your event in our harbour facing restaurant. Our Guest Houses are a special part of Spinnakers that we are all very proud of. Our guests can stay in a comfortable heritage or contemporary house, steps from our restaurant and brewpub.
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Kissick Event Coordinator 8884133913
  • Entertainment: Occasionally we feature local musicians, mostly acoustical in the taproom on the upper level. Check our website or our newsletter for details.
  • Special Events: We are happy to host special events in our dining room for groups of up to 100 guests. A-La-Carte or set-priced menus are available for you to choose from. Please contact Jill Kissick to book your special event. Please note that a 15% tip is automatically applied to bills for groups of 12 or more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Esquimalt Road
  • Public Transit: The BC Transit #25 public city bus stops directly in front of Spinnakers. Big bus hop on/hop off service also stops directly in front of the property. Akal Airporter service from Victoria International airport is available, with drop off on site. The Victoria Harbour Ferries stop is a short 5-minute walk away, ask the captain for directions.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 45 on-site parking spaces with ample on street parking. All free of charge.

A word from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub is Canadas oldest licensed brewpub, one of the pioneers of North America's craft brewing renaissance. Spinnakers features an array of house brew with typically 10 or more styles on tap and another 3 available in cask form with a daily hoppy hour cask special, Monday to Friday at 4PM. Spinnakers food is Farm to Table focusing on artisan growers and producers. The menus change weekly as seasonal products become available.
Check our website for current menu offerings. We also offer a gluten free menu and have many vegetarian options. We feature the bounty of Southern Vancouver Island. Our seafood is always Oceanwise and meats and poultry are all ethically farmed and processed. Our wine list reflects our regional focus and provides international benchmarks to compliment the styles. We believe in taking care of our patrons and guests and offer 10 guesthouse rooms/suites so that one need not worry about the drive home.
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)scenic view (6)great for lunch (5)special occasion (4)great for outdoor dining (4)fit for foodies (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Amazing, every time
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This is our place. Friends from out of town, anniversaries, birthdays, and the " just because" in the middle of a long week, we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring Food. No Service.
    eliyz
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    The beet and lentil burger was dry and completely tasteless. It was like 3 old falafels smashed into one patty and shoved between 2 pieces of bread. No flavouring whatsoever. In fact there was no trace or taste of dressing on the salad either. Waitress did offer me a vegetarian menu upon overhearing my conversation with dinner company. That was nice and about the only service we received. Nobody came to fill water or asked anything during the whole 2.5 hours-ish. We stayed that long only because the food was extremely slow. Our burgers came before salads! The restaurant is in a beautiful house at a great location. It could be so much better. Such a shame!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special occasions
    piggies
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    We don't dine out very often, but when we do we mostly choose Spinnaker's. It is a very friendly place, the food is wonderfully fresh and intriguing. A great choice for us when there is a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brewpub and restaurant with a view
    GEEDEEBEE
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    A great place for a tasty meal in either the bar or the restaurant - inside or out on the patio - overlooking Victoria's scenic harbour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Spinnakers
    jayb
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    What I loved most about this restaurant is that every dish and item is BC raised/grown and that this is showcased on the menu for all to see. Very impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good beer, terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Great selection of local craft beers and their own brew but service was very slow and food pathetic, even for bar food. If you only have one night in Victoria you should go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canada Day casual dining
    Gogo
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    We did not get seated until 15 minutes after our reservation, but it was a busy evening. Our server was pleasant enough, but a little distracted. Food was good, but not as good as last time and it took a little while to come out, especially as it was from the appetizer menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beers
    Roelf
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    A must to be there when you are visiting Victoria!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect place to do lunch
    Fishlover
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    The halibut and chips were as good as they get, and I was given the choice of having a half chip/half salad option. Our waiter was attentive without being a "hoverer." The atmosphere was totally comfortable - a perfect place to spend an hour or so on a damp Sunday afternoon with a visitor from Toronto (who considered the fish and chips outstanding).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spinnakers is a delightful regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We frequent spinnakers, it's our local. They have great food, which is locally sourced as much as possible, delicious hand made chocolates and they brew their own beer. Their food is delightful, they are always accommodating to dietary restrictions. Their service is always friendly, even when they are super busy. We always bring out of towers, just for the experience, ambience and great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Food and Flights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Nice ambiance. Asked for a window table in our open table reservation and got a very nice one. Enjoyed the different sort of food that was served. Particularly impressed with the dried, salty kelp that came as a salad condiment although the tataki slices had no flavor. The flight of in-house beer was fun and the server was knowledgeable in helping us to choose which 4 we wanted to try. Shrimp melt was a bit fishy. Will not order it again. Loved the BLT. Dessert menu never came our way, so we didn't try any.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fun!
    ASTROnniferJENN
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    It has a pub feel but the food is high-class! Delicious and local, I love Spinnakers every time. Lots of drink options too and the beer is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time. Food was
    VictoriaGirlie
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Had a great time. Food was delicious and beer was tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I continue to support Spinnakers
    Arabella
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    I continue to support Spinnakers because I like the philosophy of using locally sourced products, however I still find the variation in standard upsetting and bewildering. Sometimes it's great, and sometimes it's only so-so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    Donello
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Waited 1 1/2 hours for our food. When we got the bill, a bottle of wine we wanted but which they were out of, still got added to bill. Very loud
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brew pub delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Several visits over the years to this brewpub & restaurant continue to impress. Good food, excellent beer OK wines & cheerful attentive service. Only wish is that the brews were more widely available in BC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We all ordered fish Not great
    Islanders
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We all ordered fish Not great food - slow service Great setting but disappointed in dinner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • afternoon lunch
    scrabblechamp1
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The views are great..Food was good...good assortment of beer. Only downfall..our waitress was very, very slow but we understand that can be due to many different reasons and some beyond her control but she should at least check in with us!! Fortunately, we are on vacation and were not in a big hurry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whatever became of the 3 little pig
    Tabletop
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    Apparently they ended up deliciously on a thin crust pizza at Spinnakers Brewpub!!! i am not a fan of "thin" crust pizza and there are only one or two I don't mind. Spinnakers' 3 little pigs pizza I actually look forward to. Of course then there is the Hefeweizen beer ... unfortunately they had run out but it wasn't a deal breaker ... After a little consultation and taste samples, a suitable replacement was found ... I forget the name and can't find it on the online menu, but it was a melon blend beer ... very nice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food average service
    Growlers8
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    We had a group of 8 and even though I didn't get my first choice the food was good. Unfortunately our waitress must have been having a bad night. She was quite rude to the birthday boy and brought no personality to the table. Her mood almost ruined the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would go again, and recommend
    Museumbuffs
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    A good experience all-round. Quick sit-down at the bar with excellent ale while table came free; service was slightly distracted, but cheerful and quick; food tasty and nicely presented. Particularly recommend Titanic Stout.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience at Spinnakers,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Excellent experience at Spinnakers, as always. The noise level was very high but to be expected for a Saturday evening. The selection of microbrewed beers was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rather disappointing. Nice
    JoewasthereVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Rather disappointing. Nice view amd location. The food is very mediocre.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • THe resrvation system worked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    THe resrvation system worked perfectly including notification of a birthday which waas acknowledged whemn we arrived. The service was very cgood. THe food for all was fantastic. I would definately return. LOcation is excellent and on-site parking, sometimes a problem in Victoria is appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I find it beyond absurd that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    I find it beyond absurd that you are unable to split pitcher to multiple persons' bills on request. It takes literally 15 seconds to complete this task, and a waitress refusing to or beyond unable to do this reflects poorly from any perspective. Fix this annoying peculiarity and you will have a wondrous establishment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service is terrible. So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The service is terrible. So slow. Took a long time to get our servers attention. Food is good- that is why I will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We visit your Pub often however
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/1/2013
    We visit your Pub often however this is the first review I have written. In general we love coming to your place due to friendliness, atmosphere and the great view however on the last two occasions have found the service very slow. We waited a good 40 mins. for our meal. The waiters are fairly attentive put appear rushed off their feet. We were also disappointed to find that you were out of your pub stout beer on one of our visits. We absolutely love your pot pie - a real winner. The crust and is moist, flaky and melt in your mouth good. We also love your Americano's. We find the price on the high side for pub food- $18 for halibut burger and small salad. $50 for two for lunch. No HST will definitely make a difference.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was our first time there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/1/2013
    It was our first time there and the food and service were both very good. I loved the fact that almost everything on the menu is locally sourced, and the open concept kitchen was a joy for my son to watch. We would definetly eat there again, and tell anyvisitors about it aswell.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We booked for Easter lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We booked for Easter lunch. The website indicated there would be some Easter special menu items and we were somewhat disappointed when we arrived, there were no real "Easter" items. It was really just another lunch menu. What we did order was very good, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very reasonably priced with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Very reasonably priced with lots of great food options and some great beers to try. Also on the ocean so some wonderful views. Best if you have a car to drive there as a bit too far to walk from downtown Victoria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    During our visit back to Victoria (we lived near Sooke for several years prior to 2005) we got together with old friends from our Sooke days for a meal at Spinnakers. Great location right on the water and attentive and helpful service from the friendly staff. Best of all, a very enjoyable food experience for all of us -- everyone was delighted with their meal -- we especially loved sampling the beers available with one of the diner's menu choices -- and personally, my Oysters Kilpatrick were the best I've had in years! Great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was painfully slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Service was painfully slow. We git there at 5 pm for dinner and were there until 8, and nit by choice. Seemed the kitchen was slammed, but you would think they would be prepared as it was a saturday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Victoria institution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    One of the great places to eat in Victoria, unique and full of character. The food at my last visit was delicious. Drinks were Scottish Ale and a Mojito with berries; appetizers Beer and Cheese Pot, and Meatballs; entrees Steak Frites with their Kennebec Fries, and Bangers with pickled cabbage; dessert was Flourless Chocolate Cake, and Housemade English Toffee Ice Cream. The service was attentive, prices reasonable, but reserve ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Met my cousin for lunch, it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Met my cousin for lunch, it was busy but the waitress didn't rush us, food was great, atmosphere is warm and familiar (we both used to work in an English Pub). Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view & food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Absolutely loved the beet and goat cheese salad. A favorite restaurant for us
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal on on a blustery day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    We had a fabulous meal here. Top notch oysters, able to accommodate dietary requests, a really good waitress and cozy, festive ambiance. We will definitely be back next time we come to Victoria. This is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always enjoy going to Spinnakers
    GftjVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    We always enjoy going to Spinnakers and bringing out-of-town guests.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great views on patios
    AngieT
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Had a late lunch while visiting Victoria. Food was really good. Service was a bit slow. When we wanted to leave, we ended up going to the bar to get our bill as our server hadn't been by in a while. But other than that, it was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time at Spinnakers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    Great locally brewed beer, food was outstanding. Loved the "Pub" feel but with more upscale menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, amazing service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    Delicious food, amazing service, and beautiful view. Be sure to try the hard cider: it is a little bit of summer in a glass. The bangers and smash is the perfect comfort food, too. The next time I go, I'll definitely try out the bar at the kitchen, and watch the chefs work their magic!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate