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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spinnakers.com
  • Phone: (250) 386-2739
  • 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 (888) 413-3913
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Went with a group of 8 total and found that the beer was enjoyed by some, but not all. The beer didn't stand out as some other local/regional brews in the area. We all found the food tasty, but the service was painfully slow and the waitress seemed ignorant of at least saying "I'm sorry you have to wait." She was nice enough when talking with us, but the management could greatly benefit from more servers - it wasn't that crowded and we felt ignored quite a bit even though we were sitting along a traffic route. Yes, a larger group, but not enormous and the server just didn't know how to let us know in a more professional manner that she cared but was busy. Very good veggie burger, by the way!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "outstanding microbrews and quality food! Location is outside downtown, which may be a trek but its tranquil setting on lime bay is worth it. Best beers ever!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Although the server thought is was awesome, the spinach salad with goat cheese, the dressing was bland, and needed more zip, it was boring, and a disappointment, and I am big on salads. Easy to fix."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Sweltering temperature inside. The food was over cooked and dry. The pizza was awful. The halibut was overdone. The burgers were dry and the fries were tough. The beer was good. The portions were very small for the amount paid in comparison to nearby establishments. Our server was very nice and attentive. We had received many recommendations to give it a try, wished we hadn't."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Visisted this rest/pub several years ago. When I knew I was coming back for a conference with a friend who had never visisted the Island, I knew we had to go here. While enjoyable, the food and beer was not as good."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great food and great service - A must place to eat while in Victoria"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "It was such a nice evening. we had our table facing the water. Local wine good and local cheeses - very very recommended. I ate fish Black Cod & Wild Archangel Risotto - perfectly done. fortunately, we didn't have any more room for desert. also the wine was wonderful: Salt Spring Island Vineyards, Millotage... "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great little restaurant with its own in-house brewery. Beautiful views of Victoria's harbour and the ocean."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My wife and I were in town for the weekend and were told to try this place for supper by a friend and the hotel we were staying at. Not what we expected the food was PUB food and greasy. I had the fish and chips fish was over done chips were soggy my wife had the Bangers and Mash the potatoes were cold and greasy as well. The only bright spot was the desert and the beer was passable. It was very nosey and the seating was to so close together that I had trouble getting in and out of my chair due to the people sitting behind me We had asked for a window seat but my view was the empty patio and my wife could see some of the water not what we expected. Would be go back NO not even for beers would we recommend it to our friends NO Not impressed"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is a happening place (busy and noisy) and very much in demand. Thankfully we had a reservation. Great food and great drinks is normally a good recipe for success. We come here every time we are in Victoria. My burger was a little on the dry side but overall both meals were good. Sometimes I think the menu misses a little, for example I really wanted the ribs but didn't want it served with salad and polenta. To me that's a bit of a strange mix. Overall a good time and we will more than likely come back next time"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Disappointing. Had hoped for more given the previous reports. Beer range and quality disappointing and the food at best average. Wouldnt have made such an effort to go there if I'd known."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great neighborhood brewpub, casual atmosphere, great views of Victoria inner harbor. Great menu, great food, great local and import beer selection, and great service. Eat here at least once or more every time visiting Victoria, consistently great year after year."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great service. The food and beer are outstanding definitely recommend this place. We will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was average, everything else about it was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Prices are high but the food and beer was fabulous. Quality was outstanding. The mushroom soup was the best I have ever had. My father said it was the best beer he had in all of Canada. Service was friendly and helpful and prompt. I will be visiting here again."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "It's a good little spot for beer and pub food. Menu 1: Seafood Chowder (very good) and BC Artisan Cheese Taster (excellent). Both are classified as "Appetizers", however the combination was quite filling. Depending on your appetite, 2 Appetizers could serve as a meal. Menu 2: Beer & Cheese Pot Appetizer (very rich) Menu 3: 2 Oysters Appetizer (good) Both 2 & 3 had the Braised Goat Stew (Special)-very rich, but portion was on the small side"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "A table for two with a nice view of the harbour lights - a great way to welcome the new year. We chose from the special menu, reasonably priced at $55 for appetizer, main and dessert. Highlights were the sablefish with Dungeness crab (messy but delicious) and the two desserts, tarte tatin with hazelnut ice cream and elderflower cheesecake with a tart berry sauce. A glass of BC wine and a pint of the house ale went well with the meal. The service was efficient and unobtrusive, and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner without feeling rushed. Thanks, Spinnaker's staff - well done!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was very good and the service was excellent. Keep up the good work."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Sorry to note that our brunch was disappointing in a few ways - poached eggs ordered medium, came hard and for some of us in our group of 5, the eggs were unrecognizable as eggs ie yolks had been broken. Pototoes would have been good if they had been hot. Biscuit was very good, however. Thanks."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We sat by a cozy fire looking at the lights in the harbour. The server was properly attentive. The food arrived in good time - freshly made but quick. The food is inconsistent. The hot cheese pot; blue cheese spinach salad; fries and mushroom beer pizza were all good. The beet veggie burger was not good. The patty is a bit dry, with little sauce and a large bun, so it was very dry. The little bit of sauce had an interesting taste, so to be fair I should have asked for a lot more sauce. Finally the fish (salmon) and chips. The salmon seemed a bit on the dry side. The desserts were all amazing! Great beer! I recommend this restaurant, but avoid the veggie burger."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Visited for lunch and had excellent service, very attentive but not pestering. The food was great and the beer was tasty. French fries were excellent! Nice partial view of the inner harbor. The Tap Room upstairs looked like it would be a fun place for drinks after work or a good place for special celebrations."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "I have been coming to Spinnakers since it opened and have never been disappointed. This evening we celebrated my son's 19th birthday, so he wanted to experience all the fine ales. We ordered 2 flights of beer (4 x 4 oz. each flight) and got to experience a wide selection. The pulled pork nachos are great for the table to share. Mains of seafood paella, chicken pot pie, steak and seafood were enjoyed by all."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "always go here when we visit Victoria and its always fabulous excellent food great views and good service"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Nice selection of entrees and appies with a farm to table theme. Great view. About 10 minute walk from Johnson Street Bridge and maybe 20 minutes from the Empress Hotel. You can also take the water taxi. Cheers!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Spinnakers was a great place to meet over lunch with a colleague that we haven't seen in years!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Making a reservation was easy online. The waitress was a very genuine and enthusiastic. The drinks were slightly delayed at times and the table was a little squished as it was a busy Saturday night."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "The food was healthy and local. There is so much variety on the menu that it is hard to choose. We will definitely return often."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "Nice range of brews and good food to boot. Try the truffle and beer pairing!"
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "One of our best nights out in Victoria and some of the best fish and chips we experienced. The beer selection was well appreciated and memorable."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "second visit. Disappointed in quality of food and overwhelming noise level. First visit was entirely different, but realizing it was in the middle of winter compared to the early September visit ."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Wide assortment of beer, both made in house and brought in from other places. Excellent food, great service."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "First time at Spinnakers and we did not regret the decision to come here. Food was excellent. Four diners tried four different meals and they were all of high quality and tasted very good. Definitely recommend this as a must for anyone visiting Victoria."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Great food and amazing view!! We made online reservations (so handy) and requested a table with a view and got an great corner table looking back at the harbor - was so pleased!!!"
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a friend. We are so glad we went. Food was very good and local. I would return."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "Zum 3. Mal in Victoria, zum 3.Mal im Spinakers: immer wieder eine tolle (Bier-) Erfahrung!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "We enjoyed the food here, but it was so loud it was hard to have the romantic conversation we had anticipated. A few more carpets would have been nice!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "This is one of our favourite places but Fridays visit left us feeling a bit underwhelmed. We always request a window when we reserve and despite years of asking, never seem to get one. Shortly after being seated a large and incredibly loud table got seated above us pretty much making conversation at our table impossible. The acoustics in Spinnakers are very poor with open concept kitchen plus wooden floors and no attempt to muffle or subdue sounds. All this and my moules frites were disappointing. The frites were dry and bland and the dish just did not work. However the pizza and fish appetizer were very good. One last thing I wish a manager would address - why is there a bucket and towel up in the window? Does not look good."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Excellent service, nice evening out. Was put a a nice table for two at the window. Was a bit cramped and we were near a table with a screeching child for the first part of the meal. Borsch was a bit too vinegary."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "This is our place. Friends from out of town, anniversaries, birthdays, and the " just because" in the middle of a long week, we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "The beet and lentil burger was dry and completely tasteless. It was like 3 old falafels smashed into one patty and shoved between 2 pieces of bread. No flavouring whatsoever. In fact there was no trace or taste of dressing on the salad either. Waitress did offer me a vegetarian menu upon overhearing my conversation with dinner company. That was nice and about the only service we received. Nobody came to fill water or asked anything during the whole 2.5 hours-ish. We stayed that long only because the food was extremely slow. Our burgers came before salads! The restaurant is in a beautiful house at a great location. It could be so much better. Such a shame!"
    Dined on 8/4/2013