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
10 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (4)fit for foodies (4)scenic view (3)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Superior pub food
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food at Spinnakers has been consistently excellent for the last several years. The flavour, presentation and quality of ingredients all make for delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pull up your socks!!
    NeighbourBill
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We live virtually next door to Spinnakers. Over the past two years, the food quality has slipped. On our latest visit, one of the meals was cold, and one was incomplete. The special of the evening was tasty. Soup was cold. As a Brewpub, they have some spectacular brews, except that they run out of them. The wine is just wine, but, they had run out of the house pinot grigio which seems strange given that they own and run a Wine shop only a few blocks away.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    the best/freshest salad I have had in years! The food overall was GREAT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent food, ok beer, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasty brewskis and yummy pub grub
    discerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub reviews archive.
  • The spinach salad , was missing
    MaryF
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not live up to the hype.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not as good as I remembered
    firechief
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Place to be in Victoria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great food and great service - A must place to eat while in Victoria
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Alex
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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...
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  • Harbourview Dinner
    NorthernDiner
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great little restaurant with its own in-house brewery. Beautiful views of Victoria's harbour and the ocean.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    Don1234
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spinnakers Review
    Steverino
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blown Off Course
    Addy
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood brewpub,
    RickVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great service. The food and beer are outstanding definitely recommend this place. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was average, everything
    Blake
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was average, everything else about it was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    notsohappy
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable, but "small" issues :)
    Jimbo
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Dinner 2014
    coastal325
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service and food
    Mike
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The food was very good and the service was excellent. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch Review
    Brenda
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy restaurant, great views
    vclm
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent beer
    DancingBear
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Marvellous ale!
    Surreydave
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as usual
    like2travl
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    always go here when we visit Victoria and its always fabulous excellent food great views and good service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Walk Over
    twopisces
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Meeting
    WW63
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Spinnakers was a great place to meet over lunch with a colleague that we haven't seen in years!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go again.
    Beach
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Food
    Oscar
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Brews and Good Food
    BradVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Nice range of brews and good food to boot. Try the truffle and beer pairing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Alberta
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second visit. Disappointed
    ramrod
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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 .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Wide assortment of beer, both made in house and brought in from other places. Excellent food, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and amazing view!!
    MirDawn
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • traveler
    traveler
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend. We are so glad we went. Food was very good and local. I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Immer wieder gut
    Beerbear
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Zum 3. Mal in Victoria, zum 3.Mal im Spinakers: immer wieder eine tolle (Bier-) Erfahrung!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not so good for romance!
    Krissie
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feeling slightly let down
    Neighbours
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.