Sauce Restaurant & Lounge
Sauce Restaurant & Lounge
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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://saucevictoria.com/
  • Phone: 2503828662
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Hrushowy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yates St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sauce Restaurant & Lounge
A staple of Victoria's downtown dining scene for the past 9 years, Sauce Restaurant & Lounge serves up tapas style dishes with a local, Canadian twist. Focusing on top quality, local, and sustainable ingredients such as Certified Angus Beef and Ocean Wise certified seafood. Open for dinner, late night, and weekend brunch, Sauce combines delicious tapas selections with an award winning beverage program and a complete infatuation with top quality, friendly service.

Swing by for our delicious Sauce Beef Tataki or Tuna Steak Crostini for dinner, or nibble on a Charcuterie Plate and Baked Brie paired with a classic cocktail late into the evening. With vegetarian options, and one of Victoria's most extensive gluten free menus, there's something for everyone at Sauce. It's no wonder Sauce has been a favourite of locals and visitors alike since 2003.
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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
  • They shut down for good one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    They shut down for good one week before our reservation. They obviously did not notify OpenTable!
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  • Small portion! I didn't feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Small portion! I didn't feel full after meal :( Without Groupon, I don't think I will go back. If you want us to order starchy side separately, fine, but do not reduce the size of meat/fish in main dish... and you call it "tapa"? ... insult to real tapas in spain lol. Why don't you go taste real thing over there sometime...
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The menu is too confusing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    The menu is too confusing! If you are going to be a tapas bar, be a tapas bar. Offering entree size meals including burgers and pastas confuses the diner. Our table shared salads (which were delicious) and then each ordered an individual tapas. Consequently, I left feeling as if I had eaten just a plate of meat and a few bites of salad. Overall, commit to your theme, or scrap it all together.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten-Free Food and Great Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    My husband and I went for a romantic middle-of-the-week dinner. It was quiet with soft lighting and they had a special on wine by the glass. My husband chose the restaurant because of my dietary restriction and Gluten-free options are listed on the menu. The service was okay that night but we had to ask about everything and were surprised by the portion sizes! We were told it was "Tapas" but we ended up with more food than we could finish. We recommend sharing any salad on the menu. The flourless chocolate cake was fantastic too. I was at Sauce on a Saturday night and found it to be too loud for my preference but the service staff was much better. If you haven't been, you're in for a treat with the food--it has been consistently amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu was wonderful for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The menu was wonderful for the gluten free folks in our group. We all enjoyed the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunately I was very disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Unfortunately I was very disappointed with my drink (ceasar) as it tasted very watered down and no flavour. Everything else was great though :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spartan but excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Our first visit to this restaurant. Decor is spartan, however food was excellent. Service started out excellent but disappeared halfway thru (when a large table with hot young guys arrived). Still we will be going again. Should note that menu is now all tapa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meal sized Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Food was quite delicious as well as the wine. Although advertised as Tapas, serving size was enough as a meal. Went on a blind date and although it was busy, the atmosphere was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not recommend... Had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Would not recommend... Had a terrible experience and the food was awful. Never again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for Valentines Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We went for Valentines Day dinner special. It was difficult to understand the menu special. We did enjoy the regular menu of tapa plates though and the 5oz wine glasses for $5.00.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    The food was good, but not great. The menu doesn't offer that many selections, and it's definitely more of a tapas style menu. We were well into our "meal" before our glasses of wine were delivered, almost a 20 minute wait. We had to choose wine by the glass, as the bottle of wine we ordered from their wine list was not available. Our server was very nice with a good personality, so perhaps it was the bar that was slow in getting the wine poured.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There were 4 of us and for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    There were 4 of us and for 3 it was our first time and won't be the last!!!! Very friendly greeting on arrival and excellent table service by our waitress Ashley. The suggestions from our waitress was very good. We will be back and look forward to outdoor seating in the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was really fast, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Food was really fast, and really tasty. The service was great. We sat and talked for almost an hour after our meals, and the waitress respectfully kept refilling our waters and unobtrusively asked if we required anything else. She also made it clear we were welcome to stay and hang out for as long as we wanted. Great atmosphere, very cozy, somewhat upscale, but really reasonable prices on food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    I was last at this restaurant bout 2yrs ago since then the menu has changed to a tapa style, not my favorite. Service was good, food was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The new menu is great! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    The new menu is great! The service was exceptional and the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were met at the door on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    We were met at the door on arriving and shown to the table we had reserved. The very pleasant server was quick to serve us; with easy explanations as to the menu and the background of the restaurant. The wine list, while not extensive, was very complete and the server knew her wines. There were four of us for my wife's birthday and everyone ordered something different. All our meals arrived at the same time and while one entre was not hot enough it was quickly adjusted to the satisfaction of the person concerned. This was our first visit to the restaurant but it certainly will be one of our first choices in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not have a good experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Did not have a good experience, food was below average, server was not completely knowledgable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had our first dinner there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    We had our first dinner there on saturday night after Sauce was recommended to us. First off you guys make the best apple martini's by far! However I was really looking forwards to the cheese plate with gluten free baguettes. The bread that came with this plate was some sweet corn bread that totally didn't go with the cheeses!! However the entrees was fantastic. Your waitress, was awful! She was unfriendly and clearly not happy to be there. She even brought my friends' birthday desert as an after thought as she literally tossed it in front of her! Not sure I'll come there again and not recommended by me :-(
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  • Excellent food and service
    PATT
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    Excellent food and service with a well priced wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friend and I are both gluten/sug
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    My friend and I are both gluten/sugar free. The waitress (Kayley) was very kind and completely able to help us with this. Our food was delicious. We spent a long time there - enjoying the ambience and meal. First time for my friend - second for me. And not that close to my home either.... had to make the trip. But we'll both be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good for a group.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    A group of 5 of us went as a post marathon celebration . Our ages ranged from 36 to 58 - not a young rowdy bunch. We arrived early and were seated with no problem - probably because we were the only table in the place. Service was adequate. We had a few beverages - their specials board was not up to date. The food was delicious - only complaint was the tuna on rice - very bland. We finished dinner, and ordered dessert. We were obviously wrapping up our dinner. The waitress came over and let us know we would have to keep it down. We were probably a little loud - we were laughing at a particularly hilarious family story. But the restaurant was practically empty. Kind of soured our entire experience.
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  • We always enjoy our lunches
    LadysmithTravellersVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    We always enjoy our lunches at Sauce. Consistently good food. My favourite is the chicken bistro sandwich with salad, my husband always has the burger with yam frites.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Loud Sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    While the food and service was good and the prices reasonable, the place just got noisier and noisier. There are no soft surfaces in the place, so it is like an echo chamber, with everyone having to talk very loud to be heard. We were relieved to get out when we did.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good. Streak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    The food was good. Streak frit sauce was amazing. The noise acoustics were so terrible- we did not ever hear a word our waitress said. And couldn't hear ourselves well either. The noise is a shame! How about a few dividers? Not sure about returning - just because the noise was offensive. CM
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The 3 of us are gluten intolerant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    The 3 of us are gluten intolerant. We found the stay well informed and the food excellent. We highly recommend it. We stayed at the hotel across the way whose room service Is by Sauce. It to ease delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten free menu attracted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Gluten free menu attracted me- although the menu had recently changed the server was very knowledgeable and I felt comfortable and that I had lots of options
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prices very good. Menu wuld
    dmlvan
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Prices very good. Menu wuld have choices for all ages. good place to have a light meal at reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoy the food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Always enjoy the food and the gin and tonic are addictive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious food at reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Delicious food at reasonable prices - I will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The server was very knowledgeable
    Steakeater
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    The server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We started with the assorted appy plate and the maple cheese was so good! I ordered the apple, cheddar and pecan salad topped with 6oz of steak and it was cooked exactly how I like it. My party ordered the strawberry salad and the burger with fries, they were equally pleased. To top it off, we ordered the sampler trio of desserts. Heavenly! A definitely awesome meal for the price!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A reasonably good Celiac (Gluten
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    A reasonably good Celiac (Gluten Free) menu with good server awareness and sensitivity!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went on a Friday evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    We went on a Friday evening when the restaurant was crowded and lively. This meant the noise level was high although we asked for and got a quieter table by the window, so we could enjoy some conversation - an important part of fine dining for us. The food was excellent, well presented and good portion sizes - definitely good value for money. The tuna steak was outstanding. The only minor quibble was that the jasmine rice was a little dry. The service was mixed with some wait for drinks orders that were forgotten and then partially incorrect. On the other hand, our plates were delivered in good time and we were never rushed to leave after we had finished the delicious desserts. 'Sauce' is definitely a restaurant that I would recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time at Sauce for lunch,
    LadysmithTravellersVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    Second time at Sauce for lunch, really enjoyed the food and wine. I had the Chicken Sandwich (very tasty) and it came with a really nice salad. My husband had the burger with yam fries, I stole some of his yam fries because they were so good. Will definitely have this restaurant on the top of my list for lunch favourites.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • We have been going to Sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    We have been going to Sauce since it began. I have come a few less times lately not because it is bad, but we want it to remain special. We go there for celebrations and recommend it to all our friend. We had a table for ten because I wanted all my crew for Swiftsure to know our place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a "fine dining" experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/22/2012
    Not a "fine dining" experience but a great value with well presented, generous, plating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a revisit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Exceeded our expectations. Drinks and food were both generous portions and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff at Sauce are friendly
    LoveitVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2012
    The staff at Sauce are friendly and provide good service. Our server offered good suggestions and was very efficient and upbeat. We were there on Wednesday wine night and the specials are good, offering excellent value from a reasonable wine list. The seafood platter we ordered arrived very quickly. It was lukewarm and seemed as if the components had been sitting waiting for assembly (overcooked prawns, sauce on the salmon dry on top and beginning to separate, overcooked veggies). The dessert menu is limited to four choices. Our bill was the same amount we paid for a similar but much better meal the previous night at a high end restaurant.
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  • We weren't rushed, even though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We weren't rushed, even though we took forever! It made Mothers day very special and relaxing. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was Amazing!! The
    Jester
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Our server was Amazing!! The drinks were fantastic!! it got a little too loud towards the end of our time there so if you want a more quiet experience on Saturday night go early :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    The service was excellent, which is not typical in Canada. All staff were observant and assisted at any table, there was no "That's not my table" attitude. Much appreciated. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic