Steamship Grill & Taphouse
Steamship Grill & Taphouse

Steamship Grill & Taphouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.steamshipgrill.com/
  • Phone: 7784336736
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch/Brunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM-4:30PM, Saturday-Sunday: 10:00AM-4:30PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jim Romer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small (8 person) private room with A/V capabilities. This will cater to not only a working business-style luncheon or dinner function, but also to special occasion diners celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.



    In conjunction with the Bateman Gallery above us, we will also be able to cater to larger groups (up to 80). We can accommodate anything from a stand up cocktail and appetizer style reception to a full sit down dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Baert / Shona Bellows 7784336736x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Menzies St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are plenty of metered parking stalls as well as 1 and 2 hour parking spots within a 3 block radius of the restaurant.
A word from Steamship Grill & Taphouse
Come to Steamship Grill & Taphouse as you are. There you will unwind; feeling more relaxed, refreshed and refueled as your visit unfolds. Casual, yet upscale, the atmosphere will be comfortable and welcoming to locals and visitors to the Inner Harbour. The decor honours the heritage of the working waterfront with elements that compliment the timeless quality of the original Steamship Terminal building.



Our chef’s approach will emphasize hand-crafted and ethically produced ingredients featuring British Columbia and, in particular, Vancouver Island ranchers, micro-brewers, vintners and artisanal producers that share his vision and passion for fresh, local & sustainable.



Our bar features the best local and international wines including 8 signature by-the-tap varietals. Our draught selection features local breweries dedicated to their craft.



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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Steamship Grill & Taphouse reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (82)great for outdoor dining (72)great for lunch (37)special occasion (29)good for groups (26)fit for foodies (24)romantic (21)great for brunch (19)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Outdoor Patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went there to celebrate my husbands birthday and my daughters passing her national exam. Had a lovely table on the patio with great view of the inner harbour. We had to request the wine menu as there were only a few wines on the main menu. I ordered the steak medium rare and my husband ordered the salmon. Our server stated the salmon came medium rare and my husband requested medium. When our meals arrived my steak was more medium to well done and my husbands salmon was definitely more medium rare. Our children had the halibut burger and the cod they both said there's was fine. Server did offer to take our food back but as it was a family celebration we both declined. They offered 2 deserts for us to share which was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had the tacos and they were good but I don't know if something was left off because I am gluten intolerant, the tacos could have used more flavor such as salsa or more salsa. Next time I shall ask for salsa on the side, cabbage can be very bland, maybe lettuce would work better. My lunch companion is American and was impressed, will probably recommend to her many friends. The service was friendly and professional. As an ambassador for Victoria I have been able now to recommend the restaurant to tourists and locals alike, keep up the good work you have raised the roof on service and the fact that you have gluten free offers is good as I keep a list for tourists, I often get asked for them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to dine!
    RaymondT
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had supper on a beautiful August Sunday evening. The menu had a nice selection of menu choices; everyone in our party throughly enjoyed their meals. The restauarant easily accommodated our family's peanut and garlic allergy concerns when choosing a menu item. Service was great. Overall a very satisfying dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful outdoor patio
    TheKonaKid
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our fourth visit this year. During this time, the menu has been tweaked and while the selections are somewhat limited, there is usually something for everyone. I had the sesame seared tuna - nice portion size, but expected ahi tuna for the price. My table mates both had seafood dishes. Portion size for their dishes have been reduced since last spring, but quality and presentation remain high. Great room with lots of light, space and seating options. Don't expect fine dining - it's wonderful casual dining,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome outdoor location!
    FrenchFoodFan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Gorgeous view and awesome outdoor seating in summertime. Was a bit disappointed in the steak - requested it Medium Rare but it came out seared on outside. raw inside. Sent it back but it was then cooked to Medium Well/well done. Waiter was a bit stiff and so-so on being attentive, but overall was nice enough. Wine list was rather small, but the choices were good. There is a different menu and wine list for the outdoor seating than inside/bar - a bit confusing, but the inside menu is better. Overall it was definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Deck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Deck was fantastic but very busy so service was a bit slow. I had to wait about 10 minutes for a beverage to arrive after my meal was delivered. Staff were all excellent. Two of the three meals (blackened snapper and steak) were very good. The third (halibut tacos) was disappointing. The pieces of halibut were tiny and the taste was completely smothered by the other ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very slow service
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had high hopes for this restaurant with such a gorgeous view and porch. But the service was unbelievably slow. We didn't even see a waitress for over 15 mts after being seated, it took another 15 mts to get one caesar cocktail to our table, and after ordering our meal it was well over a half an hour before we saw our food. Prices are very high, as well and the food was just ok, not amazing. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    So enjoyed the food, service & ambience. Just what two girlfriends needed at the end of a hectic week! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was our second visit,and it was so enjoyable,that we bought along a guest.Very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but don't go to the bathroom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our dinner was very good. My wife and I both had dressed up salads but the price was reasonable and tasty. Our only problem was the poor shape of the washroom. I feel a poorly maintained washroom is a strong reflection of the restaurant itself. On leaving we mentioned to the hostess and the other two staff members about no toilet paper and poor cleanliness and they appreciated the observation although they didn't do anything.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Rather expensive. Zero parking for seniors with disabilities.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patio over the Inner Harbour
    great4relaxing
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Loved the patio at the Steamship Grill & Taphouse. Very relaxing place to sit back and enjoy the Victoria Harbour. Great server and did not feel rushed at all. Looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who's writing the bad reviews?
    saddatenight
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Who's writing the bad reviews? We went and found everything to be a pleasant surprise. The food was amazing and well worth the cost and wait. Our waitress (sorry I forgot your name) along with the hostesses were gracious and curtesous. Also, blankets to keep us warm by the waterfront tables? Please and thank you! We had a wonderful night out. We ordered the mussels, yum!, as well as the steak and crab. It doesn't seem like a lot of food, but once you dig in, it's plenty. Wish we had left room for dessert. Next time we're in town we'll leave room. Ignore the poor feedback and go discover on your own, we hope you're as pleasantly surprised as we were!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Details
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    heard good things about this restaurant so wanted to try it. We sat outside, the views are lovely. 4 choices of white wi , we made our selection, only to be told that their liquor order had been messed up and they didn't have 2 of the choices. One choice was too sweet for us and the other was $14.50 per glass so opted to skip it. a member of our group challenged the waiter, saying this was not good enough and what could he suggest. He asked the manager to sell us the $14.50 glass at lower price but no deal. Eventually sold us wine that had been brought in for a special occasion. Food was OK, although not generous fish in the tacos, definitely not worth the inflated prices. We will not return or recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • classy and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    pretty expensive and limited non-seafood items. Pretty high end
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality dropped
    Appraiser
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Quality of food has dropped big time. this was out fave restaurant !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had to ask the hostess for a table with a view or we would have been behind a large wall. The view is great and the weather was perfect for outdoor dining. Our server was not so interested in providing great service to us and the food was okay - thus a 3 star rating.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    consideredopinion5
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Noisy interior at lunch---mind you, it was festival time. Outside dining lovely, protective umbrellas & blankets available. Most tables have a wonderful view. Service very good, solicitous but not overpowering. Food good--seafood portion of salad very well done, perhaps too great a proportion of greens to seafood and vinaigrette on the bland side. Coffees excellent and wine list good although very expensive per glass. This could well discourage frequent visits.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another poor restaruant
    dine2win
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It may have been an off day. There were hardly any diners. Service was slow. Food was ordinary. We just returned from Eastern Europe where every cafe put your place to shame. The side salad was poor in quality and quantity. It was a deserted place so good for conversation. You must be doing something wrong as the whole downtown was bursting with tourists.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • away from home connection
    visitor7
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Traveling on Business 7 of us from different places across Canada, looking to connect with some additional co-workers in Victoria. Picked a great on the water spot, made even better upon arrival and being shown to a separate table in an alcove all by ourselves! Great location to talk, get loud, but still hear the many conversations around the table. Perfect night, perfect meal. Thanks Steamship for a great night in Victoria!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out!!
    Luv2dinedowntown
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Wonderful meal & service - we had a group of six and all thoroughly enjoyed their food and drinks. The mini doughnut dessert was amazing!!! Great restaurant to have downtown! Can't wait to try your brunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    A lovely spot to eat, right on our beautiful harbour! It is high time Victoria had a restaurant patio in a prime location and it is nice to see it being done well. Food was tasty, drinks were cold, blankets available as the deck had nice shade at lunchtime, service was pleasant. Prices are a little high, but typical for a hot tourist location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Views and Romantic setting
    queenbee
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We sat on the patio for dinner. The views are spectacular. I told our waitress to let me eat the views first. :) My friend and I shared a crab salad and Halibut fish/chip. The food was delicious and service friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You've Got to Eat Here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The view from the patio is fabulous, along with the portable heaters and blankets! The staff were super friendly and the service was exceptional. Our meals were amazing, and we would highly recommend the Halibut Tacos and the Bellville St. Chicken Salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • comment on food and service
    hacker7
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the plans for the site. Our drinks were slow in coming( about 15 minutes after order) and the food was over cooked-fish and chips and pasta dish. It was still good but not up to what we expected. To take advantage of the site and views you need excellent food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harbour view
    Diningout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great location on the harbour. Good food, attentive service. We chose to eat outdoors - beautiful summer evening. There is also a large, comfortable-looking indoor space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • harbourlover
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Sat outside on the patio, but was put by the cement wall. Couldn't see the view. I suggested that they put bar tables and higher chairs in that area so that whoever sits there can enjoy the view also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful patio dining
    jamagaw
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    On a nice day, you couldn't ask for a more scenic spot. The patio menu is adequte and the services of cheerful, helpful, but a little amateurish. It's too bad about the concrete wall which blocks the view of the Inner Harbour for several tables...what's the point of sitting outside?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barb
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What a wonderful spot on a warm summer's evening. Our server was great and very helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had the crab cases and the boulliabase seafood pasta... Both were good but pretty bland.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • babster
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    the food is great I love the decor and both times I have been there the staff have been excellent would certainly go again and would recommend it to friends and people from out of town
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Disappointing Meal
    nautical
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Thought I'd give the Steamship Grill another try after a not-so-great dinner early after it opened. This time I booked lunch with 3 coworkers. Unfortunately no one thought the food was that great. The chipotle dip was way too spicy for the two of us who ordered it with our fries so we asked for ketchup instead. The garlic dill sauce wasn't very good either so my friend asked to try the thai sauce which was too spicy & ended up using ketchup too. She said the coleslaw wasn't creamy or yummy. Two strikes... don't think I'll be back for a third go. I was impressed to see that since my previous visit & subsequent review commenting on the uncomfortable wood bench booth seating, that they have now added padding. Appreciate feedback being heard.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ziggy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was disappointing. I heard the owners are hamburger specialists so that is what I ordered. It was mediocre and my wife's soup was fair. The ambience was really nice but I wouldn't run back there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining in the Harbour
    JiminyCritique
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was a cool evening in Victoria but the staff was very accommodating. We had a patio heater and blankets if needed. The food arrived in a timely manner and was very good. The menu was West Coast (lots of seafood) and had a few vegan items. Nothing out standing on the menu, but a great variety for all types. This was our second visit and will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We are going back in two weeks with out of town folks. Great place...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a view!
    Happypaddlers
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Organized a group party at the Steamship Grill to check it out. Had heard a few good reports. They were great accommodating a large group. The food was amazingly good, the view price less, and the service was great. The blankets are a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendid location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great outdoor patio overlooking inner harbour, one of the very few in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view and location
    globepro
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have eaten here a few times for lunch this past Winter and the food and presentation were great! We looked forward to getting out on their new patio and the location and view was fabulous as hoped for. However the Halibut Taco's were not up to par with their usual fare. Taco's were dried out and the wrap was dried out and too crispy. As usual Fish Taco lovers, these aren't worthy. Your house salad had a lovely dressing although overall it was rather boring to look at, but the flavour was enjoyable. French fries are very good! Overall disappointed in the Taco part of the meal and boring salad, the price help the matter. Service was great though, so is the ambiance. Hopefully the food improves back to the earlier greatness we enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Chowder
    Robb
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We sort of stumbled on this Gem and were so glad we did . The food was outstanding and this restaurant is the first thing that pops up when either of us says what shall we do for food WE SAY CHOWDER at the STEAMSHIP for sure ! We're from California and liked that everyone was so nice to us. Everyone was very helpful , gave us many tips an great directions. Thank you so much for the excellent food , service , and Great STAFF . . .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent evening...
    Wabash
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A view of the harbor, combined with a great dinner and service make this a great stop. Close to all the downtown action, easy walk from all the hotels, it was a highpoint of our visit. You can select it with confidence.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.