Zambri's
Zambri's

Zambri's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zambris.ca/
  • Phone: 2503601171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Zambri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it's for your corporate presentation, birthday celebration, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, Zambri's Sala is for you.
  • Private Party Contact: Yann Frizon de Lamotte 8776737921
  • Special Events: email info@zambris.ca to inquire about our private room for your next private event! Whether business presentation, corporate lunch or dinner meeting, wedding reception, birthday etc. enjoy our vast experience and menus tailored to your budget!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blanshard
  • Public Transit: Yates & Quadra Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in front of the restaurant, across the street (Robins) and underneath the building (Robins).
A word from Zambri's
Zambri's is an award winning restaurant specializing in Classic Italian cuisine. "Best Italian Restaurant in B.C….maybe Canada", is just one of the many accolades bestowed on them.
They also recently won both Best Wine List and Most Diner Friendly Wine List on Vancouver Island for their unique selection of Italian Wines. Their stunning new location in the Atrium Building is just another reason to visit. Add to this their casual but professional service and you will have a dining experience that cannot be beat.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zambri's reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)special occasion (59)great for lunch (51)notable wine list (44)romantic (42)good for groups (38)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (25)great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (16)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Mostly great
    Nightout
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Enjoyed the food and service but background sounds make it difficult to hear my dining companion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zambris for lunch
    Joanie
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I love Zambris for lunch - usually a great experience - this time I didn't feel so welcomed - like I was intruding. I know lunch is busy but the service needs to be exceptional and feeling welcomed is so important!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive Service
    expectations
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Have only had pleasure of dining at new location twice now. Service both times (different waitstaff) have been attentive but not intrusive. Beautifully plated food that tastes every bit as good as it looks. Ambiance is somewhat noisy for me (getting older and less tolerant of noise) yet there is no problem conversing privately at one's own table. As I love a sure thing, I would bring out-of-town guests here as well as recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian in Victoria
    KevinC
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We visited Zambri's twice in one week and both times received excellent friendly service and enjoyed first class food. The second occasion was to be a romantic final dinner for two in the city before returning to the US and that is exactly what we experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have to try again
    willtryagain
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Its not fair to review this restaurant on one dining experience. I ordered the Lamb shank (a dish I had never eaten before) and didn't really enjoy the meal. Its probably best that I try again and order something different. The restaurant was quiet and the service was very good. we sat outside and would choose to do so again. My date enjoyed her meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent experience
    anakazawa
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had an excellent experience at Zambris. Dinner was amazing..wine was perfectly paired. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but...
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have always enjoyed the food at Zambri's and, if seated in the atrium to avoid the excessive noise in the main area, it is one of our favorite places. However, on this visit we ran into a problem. Spot prawns are available and 2 people in our group wanted to order the special featuring them but neither wanted them with the heads on (the menu noted them as heads on and so we asked to get them heads off). This does not seem like an unreasonable request - it should be a quick and simple matter for the kitchen to address. But, the chef refused! This is not the level of service I expect in a good restaurant. Our servicer was great but I can only give 1 star for service as I expect better from the kitchen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion spot!
    Muffintop
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went for my first anniversary with my boyfriend and we got a great table and our server was excellent! I think the portion sizes for the entrées are a good size, a little large maybe. If you like wine it's the place to be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good evening at Zambri's
    Hummingbird
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service at Zambri's on a busy Friday night was excellent. The wine list was not extensive but was carefully chosen with a lot of Italian gems. The food was enjoyable but not stunning - the timballo served with the veal seemed a bit stodgy. Overall, we'd go back and would give a different dish a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service excellent
    Out4dinner
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Shared a series of antipasta, pasta, and second course. Food was eligantly simple with great ingredients. Service including help with wine selection was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food inconsistant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Arrived for a 7:00 pm for dinner. Were seated after some confusion on where to put us. Seated by the large curved glass window, not a good place. Ordered wine and were told bread and olives were on the way, never saw the bread for 30 minutes. My ceasar salad was marginal, looked like it was just thrown together. My companion's eggplant was very good. I had a pizza for my entrée and the lettuce topping was soaking wet. It made the whole pizza, well, soaking wet! All through out dinner our server seemed very preoccupied. Don't think I will ever have dinner here again, maybe try lunch. Too many better choices in town.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Food, staff, location are all very good. But somehow at the end of the evening I didn't feel that I had recieved the value of the tab plus tip. I will still go there for lunch, but dinner seemed pricey.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing lunch
    EJBH
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Zambris is a popular spot for corporate lunches in my work neighborhood. Unfortunately I didn't have a stellar experience. The value of food for what you pay is dismal. Their idea of "minestrone" was some weak tomato broth with large pieces of celery and some croutons. The salad that I ate was tasteless and the portion was comically small. In all I spent $20 on a lunch that left me unsatisfied.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sharing is caring
    kidrobot
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Zambri's offers a menu I often struggle with. Not because I can't find anything I want, but because I can find TOO many delicious items I want to try. Thus, my wife and I have come up with the strategy that we order an appetizer, pasta, main and dessert and split all of them. We have been many times now and have found that the food is always fresh and fantastic, the service is always friendly and on top of things. The wines are well priced and the cocktails are always on point. If you're visiting Victoria or are a local Victorian, I would definitely recommend Zambri's for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • camilleo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Wouldn't recommend it. Had the tuna that I specified rare and it came medium. The restaurant was good a remaking the dish. Also found the dish overpowering with all the tomato piled on top of the tuna. My partners dish (the lamb) also underwhelming. Nice atmosphere - disappointing food.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Wine list was great. Excellent cocktails. Rabbit appetizer, very good. My wife had the antipasto plate. also excellent. But I opted for the special of the night. Pork tenderloin medallions served with some sort of greek salad like dish with little chunks of potatoes. Very disappointing. Pork over cooked, the greek salad oddly chopped and just strewn all over the plate, the potato was undesirable (little chunks of over cooked mush). Others at the table were very happy with their mains, including the TAGLIATELLE WITH MEAT SAUCE and the VEAL ALLA MILANESE (which I coveted from across the table).
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hubby's birthday
    jacmar
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    thanks for putting up with us ... our friends had never been there, went in the wrong door, we were late due to the parking kiosks not working ... the evening however couldn't have been better ... fabulous food and fabulous service ... my husband couldn't think of a better pace to celebrate his 65th!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night before a show
    patsyj
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This is always a top of mind dining spot whether before a show or an evening out. Great service, good seasonal changing menu and wine selection. I ordered a glass of wine after discussion with our server and did not like it and she exchanged it for another one without any fuss.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Zambris
    Joanie
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I really enjoy taking friends to Zambris - the location is perfect - lots of vibrancy and people watching - and conveniently located just on the edge of downtown making parking fairly easy! Thanks for the great service!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We came in on a recommendation from the hosts of our BnB, and were very impressed. The cocktails were creative and delicious, and the food was incredible. I would highly suggest trying the farfalle and sausage dish!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We are prompted to write this review based on our recent experience at Zambri's Restaurant in Victoria. We were met with an impersonal welcome as were seated. We ordered the tuna caponata which was overcooked, not flavourful, stale, drowned in an indistinct tomato sauce, actually difficult to say how bad it was. We sent the tuna back to the readily apparent disapproval of our manager type, who implied that somehow we had failed in ordering the dish. Like a bad dream, the tuna returned unchanged. The pasta aglio oglio was cold, crunchy, with burnt garlic. The waitstaff seemed surprised that our meal was untouched, but did not seem to eager to discover the reason.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Culinary Gem
    Foodluva
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Second time to Zambri's - very enjoyable, prompt service and great food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We come once a week for lunch and love it! Unfortunately dinner this time was not as good as we are used to. Pasta alla Vodka was very dry and not very flavourful. The pork was quite fatty but that may be how others would like it. Wine, starters, and dessert were just as good as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, quick service,
    Jeremy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Good food, quick service, nice ambience. Great for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An interesting daily selection
    Wine2
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    An interesting daily selection sheet in addition to a varied menu. The wine selection is varied. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My granddaughter and I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    My granddaughter and I had dinner before going to the Royal Theatre. We shared a Cesar salad and both of us had 1/2 orders of pasta. All the food was excellent. I liked that you had a Proseco on tap - it was good as well. The hostess, Haida, was especially attentive and helpful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite for lunch
    Joanie
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I love that Zambris is downtown but just on the perifary with the glass of the atrium behind. Service is attentive and service is quick - it's lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not gluten free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I picked this restaurant as it indicated on line that it served gluten free pasta. Somewhat of a misleading claim as the only gluten free pasta was of a bow tie type which was not to my friends liking. If you advertise as gluten free perhaps you should include different types of pasta. Having said that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed your pizza on thin crust. Would have given you five stars had it been on whole wheat. Your dessert was superb but the very best part of your restaurant was our server. Dont remember her name but she was awesome. One other note: you open @ 5 but there was at least 10 people waiting outside so could you not have at least opened the door and asked us to wait inside? All in all I will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for dinner and a movie,
    jacquiesc
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great for dinner and a movie, the servers at Zambri's will make sure you are out the door in time! I go for the garlic and olive oil pasta dish, my all time favourite! They never disappoint. The house wine is Orvieto, which I love, and did I mention that the bread might be the best in town!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Parasol
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The great experience at this Zambris started with an easy online booking.i took my son to celebrate his 20th birthday. He loves food and at 6 foot 3 is Abigail eater. The food well satisfied his appetite. Lots of texture and taste to the food. The cocktails and wine were yummy too. Thanks for a memorable night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gift Certificate Outing
    Gerry12
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This was a gift certificate scenario for us. Went with extended family including a 2 1/2 year old which the restaurant readily accommodated with a high chair upon request. This was a lunch outing and the place was fairly active at lunch with a variety of office type working clientele. Nice location, nice ambiance. Staff was helpful, attentive, and there was no pressure to eat and rush. This is an Italian restaurant so understandably pasta is high on the choice list and daily special. Our food choices were enjoyable. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We had a superb meal at Zambri's and the service was prompt, timely and genuine. The staff all seemed to care about making the meal a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Time
    businesslunchguy
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This restaurant prides itself on Italian fare, but I tried the crispy salmon sandwhich. The service and presentation was good, but the sandwhich was more than I expected served on the very large bun, making it awkward to eat. It was very busy, a good sign and I will be going back because the location, service and reputation are all good, but it will be for Italian next time. Would like to try it for dinner also.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers okay main course
    Stew
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Appetizers okay main course expensive beef brisket w polenta very disappointing meat not tender no flavor polenta pasty. We were really looking forward to this meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dissapointing
    carbo
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We have been to Zambris many times and usually the food is great. This time my pasta with broccoli and sausage was swimming in oil. The broccoli was mushy and it was something I wouldn't even serve at home. Our family had spaghetti with tomato sauce and seafood and another had halibut which they said was good. When the waitress came to pick up my plate which had 3/4 of the dinner left she didn't question if I had not liked it, which I consider the sign of a good restaurant. I used to love this place, not so much anymore.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining Delight
    weldon2
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I have been coming to Zambri's for year now. I had a friend introduce me to "a must experience" night of dining. He was absolutely correct and never have I been disappointed with my dining or meal experience. I do spread the word of what an incredible place Zambri's is and I know I will continue to dine there for many years to come.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The food at Zambri's is a real treat. And the price was very reasonable. If I lived in Victoria I would be here constantly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    James
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The environment is lovely, the service and the food is excellent. The new location in the BC Building is a much improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Comiaken
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Zambri's was a lovely place to spend an hour or two over brunch. The food was flavourful and plentiful. Wait staff were attentive and very pleasant. Unfortunately, the noise level was a bit high at times. Patron next to us who came after us got their food first and were almost finished eating before we got ours. We will definitely visit again as the food was authentic and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent. You can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was excellent. You can manage the menu by shaing number of dishes and taking advantage of the half pasta order so that you can experience a wide range of what is offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.