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
  • Y O U G U Y S R O C K ! ! ! !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Your entire staff are far and away the BEST! September the 7th, 2012 was the 1st anniversary of when my girlfriend Tanya and I met. On our 2nd date, we were supposed to go to Spinnakers, but I changed the location to James Bay... and disappointed her. Not this time though! I asked the staff to help me make this anniversary a very special event... I was planning to ask her to marry me, complete with attention grabbing wine glass ringing, photos, and sparkling pink (her favorite color) champagne.. SHE SAID YES!!! and the whole restaurant applauded! We are both very happy, even if Tanya is still in shock! This was a very memorable romantic event made all that more special because of YOU AND YOUR STAFF! I can't thank you enough!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food was a big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    the food was a big disappointment - roasted potatoes were barely warm and hard (not cooked), altho the server replaced them with fries on request. the rest of the food was fair. the server was very professional and experienced, which helped to make up for the poor food, but we are not sure we will go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place to have dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Wonderful place to have dinner with friends. Great food with unbelievable scenery.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab food, service as usual, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    We usually dine at Spinnakers whenever we're in Victoria as it is one of our favourite places in town, and it never disappoints, especially when we snag a table on the upstairs patio. However, my wife and I don't drink much, and we like to have Shirley Temples or just pop with our meal. Well, on this last visit, my wife's S.T. was just awful (basically just Sprite, which was way under syruped, and grenadine. No cherry or orange juice). I had ginger ale and, again, it was basically just soda water with a bit of color. I had my server bring me a sprite, same thing. Yes, Spinnakers is known for their beer, and I've imbibed there many times, but this time we didn't want alcohol because it was mid-day and we were driving.However, meal, server A+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Admittedly, I have never before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Admittedly, I have never before stayed in the city during tourist season so perhaps it is common for a restaurant that otherwise enjoys an excellent reputation, to become little more than a ‘tourist trap’, in season. That is exactly how I felt about Spinnaker’s when entertaining guests from Vancouver on Friday evening. Upscale prices with downscale food and service. Two adults combined their Halibut dinner so the husband, a light eater, would have enough to eat. At $27.00 a plate, one would expect a piece of Halibut that required something larger than a pair of tweezers to pick it up. Two teenaged boys, both seasoned world travelers and starving as boys usually are, wolfed down their nondescript fish and chips despite its less than ap
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been many times before This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    I have been many times before This night they must have been shortstaffed because service was very slow and fragmented. The servers however were very good. The food choice was a vegetable pie which had few veggies but a lot of green mush.so not recommeded Beer and dessert were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was ok, albeit slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Service was ok, albeit slow and the waitress did not seem to really care. She rarely smiled and seemed disinterested even thoguh it wasn't busy so she wasn't rushed. The food was ok, but not as good as I had recalled on previous trips. I was a bit disapponted as I remmember the experience being better in previous visits. Not sure I would go back for some time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spinnakers is a great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Spinnakers is a great place for anyone who loves great beer, locally sourced food, a relaxed atmosphere,and a beautiful location overlooking Victoria's active harbour. The sausages in my "Bangers and Smash" were the best I have ever had, and my son felt the pulled pork sandwich was very flavorful. Spinnakers malt vinegar on the Kennebec fries is delicious. My wife had a cod burger which was very good , although tomatoes would have been preferred over the red onions. The in-house brewed beer is fantastic. Overall, I strongly recommend Spinnakers, and have been there many times (and will continue to do so!). After your meal, there is a great walking path along the ocean to enjoy .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu is some what limited,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Menu is some what limited, We are on a special diet and I found it difficult to find something that I could eat. The food we did have was very tastely and presented nicely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we always seem to end up here
    heandi
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    we always seem to end up here for at least one meal or beer and snacks when we have out of town guests!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed opinions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    While my salad was awesome and my daughters fries were great, my husbands burger was overcooked and his fries had been sitting too long before they arrived. The view from the table was minimal. I would definitely go back for the salad with the arugula in it but I would request a table on the deck.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service from the greeter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Great service from the greeter to the waitress. The beer was excellent and the food was good and creative, especially for a brewpub.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always visit when we are
    LavenderTrinVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    We always visit when we are in Victoria and love it. Our waitress, Marah, was very friendly, informative and attentive. We had great food, beer , and experience all around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best salmon fish and chips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Best salmon fish and chips anywhere! Chef should rethink cumin and caraway in the coleslaw.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    If you are looking for a great restaurant with in house beers this is the place to go. We enjoyed the chief menu with all local ingredients and we could not decide on a favorite course. The service was amazing and very accommodating when we asked to be moved to the patio. I would definitely go again the next time I am in Victoria.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spinnakers is a good brewpub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    Spinnakers is a good brewpub with a great location. The food is very good and features local sources and creative use of beer related ingredients. The beer is top quality, but wine choices are limited. The service was rather slow and it was quit noisy. Fortunately we were a group of six and not in a hurry, so we talked and enjoyed the harbor view while waiting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was the very first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    This was the very first time I made reservations on line. Specific seating was requested and provided. The confirmation e-mail was almost instant. The experience was a pleasure and nothing fell through the cracks. See you again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local food! Locally sourced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    Local food! Locally sourced proteins and vegetables. House-brew beer. House-made fizzy waters. And very tasty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been twice and really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    We have been twice and really enjoy the atmosphere and food/beer selection. Love that the food is local and fresh. Beer selection is great. Good spot to get away from the tourist restaurants and enjoy a nice view. Worth the walk from the main area of the bay.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the second time we've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    This is the second time we've had a bad experience at what was our favorite restaurant. The last time I'd written them an email about it and received no reply. It's constantly packed so I believe they no longer care. The food was miserable again, the restaurant has either changed hands or it's so popular that the quality no longer matters.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every time we go to Victoria,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    Every time we go to Victoria, Spinnakers is always included in our itinery. I had the best caesar (drink) of all the places we visited. The pizza I had was awesome, never thought I would enjoy a pizza with rose petals on it! The waitress was phenominal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    The food is always excellent but it is so noisy it is hard to have a conversation. We are rethinkiong Spinnakaers as a place to go with friends because of that. Still love the food but probably just the two of us. There was a problem with one of dinners and they gave a free meal and dessert. They know how to make it right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was so noisy! We had brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    It was so noisy! We had brought a couple visiting from South Africa (for 1 night) and wanted to give them a real Victoria dining experience. Spinnakers was the first restaurant that came to mind, but it was so noisy I couldn't carry on a conversation. THe food and drink we up to spinnakers excellence, but it was a bad experience not being able to visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i was not a fan of any of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    i was not a fan of any of what i ordered. i think the menu needs to be revisited.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant could not find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    Restaurant could not find my reservation despite the fact that I had your confirmation on my cell phone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Terrific
    aggiesmom
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    Excellent food. Terrific brew selection. Wonderful chocolate truffle selection in gift shop.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The real disappointment was
    Jersey58
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    The real disappointment was the food, which I can only describe as soggy overall. We ordered from the features menu because it looked more sophisticated, but the spot prawn risotto had far too many onions and poor quality prawns (5 small prawns on each order) with a bland rhubarb sauce that was superfluous to the entree; the halibut had a heavy, soggy fritata with it that nobody in the group wanted to eat; the only passable entree ordered was a seared tuna salad. There is a very heavy hand in the kitchen here - please lighten up and respect the ingredients! On a positive note, the waitress was very good - friendly, honest, diligent. We forgot to ask her name but she comes from Saltspring Island.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The ambiance of the brew-pub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    The ambiance of the brew-pub has always been very good, but the food sometimes was sub-standard. However, over the past few years, the quality of the food has improved quite noticably. Spinnakers is now one of our favourite places to go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our fantastic 15th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    My wife and I had a great time at Spinnakers celebrating our 15th anniversary. When the host found out it was a special occasion he gave us the best table in the house. The food was amazing, the beer pairings were fantastic, and our server was friendly and helpful. And back to the beer - undoubtably one of the best microbreweries in our province! I'm planning to go back in August with some of my Vancouver friends and make a day trip of it to the island - honestly that good!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and service were great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    food and service were great - only negative point was that we were seated in the entryway, so it felt like we were intruded on by those arriving
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the unenthusiastic and uncaring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    the unenthusiastic and uncaring service made this a less than pleasant atmosphere despite the nice view, topped off by mediocre quality and poorly prepared food served with missing bits, lukewarm "hot beverage", means i likely will not choose to go there again. Spinnakers did not make a good first impression at all.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a comfortable place .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Such a comfortable place . . . like being in someone's home. The view across the harbour is spectacular. The honey cheesecake was dreamy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Many happy returns
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    We have been coming here for twenty years - whenever we visit Victoria we have to go to Spinnakers for the beers and the views. This time we were very pleasantly surprised by the bigger sustainability oriented menu and enjoyed new dishes that were delicious - the prawn appetizer, the beets, hazelnut and goat's cheese salad and the smoked tuna salad were all great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went the first time with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    We went the first time with a gift certificate and really enjoyed it so decided to come back a second time. We love that they don't charge an arm and a leg for drink prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Our server was very friendly and nice, but it took him about ten minutes o even acknowledge that we had been seated, and after taking our orders it also took a very, very long time to receive our drinks. I imagine he was too busy with too many tables to give the quality of service he is probably capable of. I'm glad we were not in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious local and ethically-raise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Delicious local and ethically-raised meat/fish ingredients.... well-prepared and a varied menu so everyone is happy! Would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    I like to take out of town guests here, especially in the summer, but I haved mixed experiences here. This particular trip, our server did not approach our table for a good 10 minutes. We had already chosen our drinks, mains and desserts by the time she came over. Although our drinks arrived promptly, the food was really slow coming. The server seemed to have a really large number of tables to cover, considering it was pretty busy. The food was as I always find it - good, but not fabulous (certain dishes were too salty, the dessert sorbet really sour). Overall it was ok, but the waiting really had us annoyed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service, locally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Good food, good service, locally sourced ingredients, interesting menu
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is always excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Food is always excellent, and if you enjoy a beer with your meal, they have many tasty choices...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service make
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Good food and service make Spinnakers a great place for us to take our friends and guests for an evening meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate