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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Zambri's reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)special occasion (59)great for lunch (56)notable wine list (48)good for groups (42)romantic (33)hot spot (25)neighborhood gem (21)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (4)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Our meal was very good,first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our meal was very good,first halibut of the season. The wait staff respected our wishes to share courses, and the food was served either divided in the kitchen or presented with 2 plates. We were fortunate to have the restaurant sommelier as our main contact person . The wines she recommended were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I would not return to this resturant! To start we where shoved in a tiny table way in a corner, the resturant was so loud we couldn't have conversation. Our waitress was very infrendly and didn't spend any time with us she made us feel very rushed. While we where at the table still enjoying our bread and olives our dinner came... WAY TO FAST we had not even been sitting down for 15 min. The food was ok but nothing to rave about. Over all I was very disappointed and will not return. We left the resturant feeling rushed and disconnected this is not the feel we want to have on our weekly date night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A regular
    alibaba
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I've been to this restaurant many times with friends and family. Highly recommend it. Absolutely authentic Italian cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great service.
    Eat2RunVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We enjoyed dinner here, and the food was excellent. Great selection of Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first visit to
    Tannerlou
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    This was our first visit to Zambri's and it was wonderful. The food was delicious with a beautiful presentation. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food (and the facility). She was very friendly, courteous and prompt with the food. We will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So close.....
    Sadface
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Took my wife to Zambri's for her birthday. Appys were excellent, service was fantastic. Bartender certainly knows what he is doing.:) My wife had the beef brisket which was good but not great. I had the Lamb Shank, and this is where it all goes wrong. Lamb wasn't very warm, was rubbery and tough, and came with a balsamic glaze that had far too much vinegar. I ate everything else on my plate, but left the lamb almost untouched. When they collected the dinnerware no one inquired why I had not eaten the lamb. I did not want to make a fuss as it was my wife's birthday and was going to leave it at that, but then I got this review request. Great restaurant. Would not recommend the meat dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mostly wonderful
    Yummie
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I enjoyed everything about my experience at Zambri's with one small exception. We got some lovely bread before the meal, with nothing else. I had expected olive oil and balsamic vinegar with the bread, but had to ask for it. I believe we were charged for it too. I think it should have at least been offered. Other than that, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Localfoodlover
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Zambri's is always good - authentic Italian. I prefer to sit in the tables in the Atrium area - much quieter and I love the plants around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fine
    henrycharles
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Zambri's came highly recommended to us by friends. Everything was just fine but nothing was extraordinary. The service was very good. The food was nice but did not compare in flavour to many of our favourite places. The halibut was fresh. The hazelnut gelato was lacking flavour. The pizza had under-represented meat considering it was the house made sausage.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was excellent.
    Victoriadiner
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The service was excellent. We didn't feel rushed but there was no lag in wait time for drinks and our food. The food quality is excellent. The room was very noisy once it filled up with patrons. I would of liked to see a bit of an Italian feel to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service,Special Occasion
    BJandMikey
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Excellent service, attentive waitresses and waiters, good food, felt it was somewhat overpriced. The staff are excellent - couldn't imagine a better service. We really enjoyed eating in the attrium although with the large table next to us, it was a little hard to have a conversation across the table. The menu is extensive, but we did feel it was somewhat over priced. Would recommend the restuarant for a special occassion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but has lost some flavour.
    pooch
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The old Zambri's was hokey, warm and welcoming, with a wonderful open kitchen with lively cooks...the new one has, in my humble opinion,lost some of this flavour. Today's Zambri's is much like the new glass and metal eateries elsewhere. Very nice, if you like that style, certainly makes some people feel they are in a "classy" place. The service is still good, but the food seems to have become a little less robust. To repeat my line: a good restaurant but not quite as good as the old one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfection as usual
    mspurevanilla
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Zambri's is a personal favourite of mine. I have been many times over the years since they moved into the Atrium. This visit was, as always, just perfect. For the first time, we were seated "outside" in the terraced atrium section and I found this to be quite lovely and quieter than the busy 'indoor' seating. My son and I ordered off the regular menu; my husband took advantage of the Dine Around menu. All our meals were delicious, as usual. Our waitress, Haida, did a wonderful job of meeting our needs; she was friendly and attentive yet professional and knowledgeable. Her timing was perfect and we never had the feeling she was rushed, despite the "Dine Around" crowds. We will certainly be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Brandy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I've had the pleasure of having two meals at Zambri's with friends. The first time the food was amazing, great atmosphere, all around great night. The second visit was for lunch. The person I was with "liked" Zambri's Facebook page and got a coupon emailed to her. When we went to redeem it, staff didn't know anything about it and wouldn't honour it, which I was very surprised at. Finally when I went on Friday night, my husband had never been. I was so excited to be there with him. Food wasn't great - my husband had the lamb leg (not sure what it's called) and he said it had no flavor on a bed of lentils?? - not the best looking meal for $28. Overall, I was disappointed and we've decided we won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still one of the best
    iLikeToEat
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Had a lunch meeting at Zambri's as I have done many times in the past. First of all, I highly recommend Zambri's as a lunch spot - the service is excellent and the food is top quality. I really like the staff - they are incredibly professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Second of all, being half-Italian, I love the food and the flavours the chefs create. One of my all-time favourite Italian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zambri's encore
    wannabeitalian
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have eaten at Zambri's once a year for the last 3 years when I am in town. The first time I was very impressed with the sommelier and the wine list.. The food and service was also excellent. Well, nothing has changed. Zambri's continues to impress for all the right reasons and I am sure I will return next time I am in Victoria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will return
    wanderingwyatt
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We enjoyed all of our courses! Appetizers, main and dessert. We also had cocktails and wine. Our favourites were the beef and tuna appetizers and the tiramisu dessert! Have been other times and had the pizza and pasta. All delicious. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Greatfood
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time The only negative is the table and the way the table for two was positioned The fish was not overlooked and the leeks didn't overpower the taste. The seafood salad was excellent with light dressing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belated Valentines Day Save
    inDesigner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Excellent evening away from our new baby. Not many opportunities for us to have an evening to ourselves so we are very careful with the venues we choose. Our meal was excellent and Virgil made the whole experience special for my wife and I. The day after Valentines and Zambris was still performing at a top notch level. I'm thankful we chose Zambris and will do so again. Cheers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Bobby
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had the crispy pork shoulder and seafood salad with octopus. Octopus was very tender and the pork was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentines Day Experience
    Speed2race
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Zambri's never fails to deliver great service and great food. Even with the place jammed due to Valentines day, the experience was everything we wanted. The wine suggestion from our server perfectly complemented the meals. There is always something new on the menu to try and we are never disappointed. Thank you for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.