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Steamship Grill & Taphouse
Steamship Grill & Taphouse

Steamship Grill & Taphouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.steamshipgrill.com
  • Email: gmss@xtramile.ca
  • Phone: (778) 433-6736
  • 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: Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Steak
  • 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 (778) 433-6736

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "Our fourth trip back and we were as impressed as we were the first time. We brought friends who are fellow foodies and they were very happy with our choice. They will be back. Right from our arrival to the unexpected mini doughnuts with the amazing dipping sauce after we paid the bill, the lunch was fantastic. Can't wait for the deck. Thanks to the staff for a perfect midday treat."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I chose the Taphouse as we were entertaining friends from out of town that night. I myself had never been, and by luck I couldnt have made a better selection. Everyone had a different menu selection for appetizers and entrees (there were four of us) and they all were excellent, out waitress was very attentive, but gave us the space we needed to have long chats as we were catching up with each other. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great food and outstanding service. Be sure to get a seat as far away from the main entrance as possible (towards the windows). It's has a bit of a 'food court' atmosphere at the entrance with people walking through from Starbucks to the washrooms and Starbucks staff walking back and forth with supplies. Not a place for a quiet romantic dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Steamship Grill was a great find. Had a Birthday dinner with friends and we all were very happy with our meals. No problem handling a big group. I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went to the Steamship Grill & Taphouse to celebrate my daughter's completion of her University courses. The food was very enjoyable, the service great, and the atmosphere was nice. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I chose the Steamship Grille and Taphouse for our girls' night out because it is new to the restaurant scene and we wanted to check it out. We were not disappointed. Our experience was very, very positive. Delicious food and great service! The renovation of the old CPR building is stunning and provides the diner with a relaxing atmosphere. We liked the "steamship" theme throughout. The outdoor patio isn't finished yet, but we can't wait to try that out during the warm summer months. What will be more perfect than sipping a summer wine with some special appys on a warm afternoon overlooking the harbor? PS - the mini donuts are a very special treat!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The dining room feels very upscale, and the view over Victoria's harbour is wonderful. The bar is a great place to sit with a drink while perusing the menu. The seating is quite comfortable and there are lots of places to hang coats or wraps near your table. The menu offers lots of choice in all the categories, and the wine list is quite satisfactory. The food was very well prepared and the service was impeccable. It's nice to be able to make reservations. We will definitely be back, often."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Notable Beer list, Good local beer. The food is fresh, local and delicious. I and my friends enjoy our lunc. Thanks"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had requested a window table but none were available when we arrived, however after about 10 minutes a window table came available and the hostess and manager asked if we would like to move. A proactive service that was much appreciated."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience at the Steamship grill and Robert Bateman centre as a whole. It was really nice to see the steamship building brought back to it's former beauty, revealing it's moldings, fireplaces and general character. The perspective of the harbour is unique for a restaurant in that area, and is rare for Victoria in general being waterside. Our waiter was especially friendly and attentive, however, there was a bit of a stuffy vibe with the staff in general. We would definitely recommend the calamari starter, with deep fried lemon slices and jalapenos and the best tartar sauce we've ever had. Seafood platter for 2 had some nice moments and some disappointments. Good selection of craft beers and fresh tap wine was a highlight."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I recently took my fiancé here for our sixth anniversary, because the restaurant is still relatively new here in Victoria. The service was absolutely outstanding, the waiter was very attentive. Food was delicious, I had the New York Striploin, which was one of the finer steak experiences I've had here in Victoria. My partner had their beet salad and one of their flat breads, which she also found to be very delicious. Wine selection was middling in quality, but completely serviceable, and they had an excellent selection of beer and cocktails. The desert was great as well (we had the chocolate torte) but was perhaps a little too expensive for how small a portion it was. The atmosphere is generally very nice, but it is very loud inside."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "...walking distance from the Fairmont Empress at the Victoria Harbour. Enjoyed the food, the service, and the craft beer/microbrew selection. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "on their way home my folks and I had dinner at the new Steamship Grill, enjoyed the evening and the dinners were well prepared and presented. only thing I would say is the noise level needs to be muted, maybe more plants and furniture, it was tinny but then it is new. lovely evening, thanks"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Crab cakes and the artisan greens salad for starters - tasty, satisfying, just right appetizer portions. My friend had the short ribs which were served on a substantial bed of roasted vegetables, quinoa and kale. She said the ribs were melt-in-your-mouth. I had the quinoa risotto, which was the only vegetarian meal on the menu, and it was delicious - quinoa, roasted vegetables, kale, topped with cashew cream ... the miso gravy was to die for! We also had fish and chips and a burger at our table and the fish was the best the diner had ever eaten. All the portions were generous, the service was friendly and genuine, the food was delicious. We will definitely go back and we have been recommending the place to all our friends."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My friend and I go out for dinner every Saturday and like to try new places. We enjoyed our experience at the Steamship Grill. The greeting was friendly, the service was great and the food was very good and nicely presented. We will definitely be back and look forward to the patio opening up for the summer."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We tried this for lunch, as it's a new restaurant in a great location. I thought the halibut was very dry, but the chips were good. The popcorn shrimp came with actual popcorn...not sure what that added to the dish. Early days: I'll come back for the beer!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had wonderful service from our Sever. Food was GREAT. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Lots of seafood on the menu but many choices for non seafood lovers. The meals we had were not large but definately enough to eat. The hot fresh mini doughnuts are to die for. . Great classic cocktails and some great unique ones as well. Can't wait for the patio to be open in the summer. Great place to visit with friends. Was very impressed!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our dinners were delicious and beautifully plated. Don't miss the smooth chowder! Too bad it is so noisy."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Extremely noisy ambience with mediocre food (taste and presentation) disqualifies this restaurant as a fine dining experience. The service was excellent, but this did not compensate for the overall impression of a noisy and expensive bar scene."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We had taken friends because the restaurant is new. We had enjoyed a good casual meal on our first visit. This week is a special "Dine around Victoria" event. Set menues at various price points. We chose the $30/3 course meal. Portions were not skimmpy. There were a few choices for each course..quite good. Our server was very good, but the noise level was very high as there was a party group and the restaurant design ,while attractive is not conducive to quiet. Overall, very good, and fun place. We look forward to out door dining in the summer.. Gaga/Boppa"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "An awesome new downtown restaurant in a renovated heritage building, overlooking the lovely harbour. Busy, friendly, great food and drinks. Soon to have an outdoor seating area as well apparently."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The quinoa risotto was delicious and healthy and happens to be vegan. I appreciate restaurants that offer at least one vegan entree, and this one is creative and tasty. The meals are not large for the price, but it's good food, and the location is great. The craft beer on tap makes this place even more special. Our server, Chris, was excellent."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "For the price and the hype, we expected more. The food was no better than we could have made at home. And despite the reservation and only a half, full restaurant, we were practically stacked on top of another party. Not the intimate and special evening I had in mind when booking a babysitter."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "When the patio is open this will be a must spot from May- Sept. The service was 5 star as well as the food! Well done."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Two of us had a cup of the seafood chowder, & the Beef Short Ribs - both were excellent. One person had the Popcorn Shrimp appetizer - said very good . One person had the Clam Fetticine & was abit disappointed as he was expecting a creamy sauce on same, otherwise, we enjoyed our dinner & 1st visit. We were seated by a window which was draughty that chilly wet eve. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 8pm and weren't seated until 8:40. She forgot to bring one of the starters and we waited 20 minutes for it to finally arrive after everyone else's had. The main course clam pasta was so salty it was barely edible so we sent it back and it returned much better. The server gave us a free drink to make up for the service. This restaurant only opened 6 weeks ago and I think they just haven't got their act together yet. It certainly has potential though. Apart from being unreliable, the staff were very friendly and nice, the location is great and the decor is comfortable and classy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "great service. great food ,great view. Will definitely be back. Can not wait for the patio!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Open floor and snug table settings made for a slightly louder dining experience than I'd usually prefer but the food and the atmosphere made up for everything. Calamari is to die for and the donuts with espresso infused nutella was a fabulous way to finish the course. All portions were generous and prices were very fair for a downtown waterfront heritage restaurant. I can't wait for the patio this summer!! Would recommend and I will be back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience at the restaurant and would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "restaurant could use a little softening such as pictures, plants or flowers....found it a little austere."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The other people in our party said there meal were very good. They had the salmon and fish and chips."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Feb 20 is our day so we try to pick a new place to celebrate every year, everything was great we will be back very soon."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Fabulous food. The 30 dollar menu was excellent. I had the beet salad, followed by steelhead. The dessert -- butterscotch pudding -- was shocking in its decadence. The decor, however, was very disappointing considering the magnificence of the architecture. Very cafeteria-like overall."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This renovated steamship terminal creates a neat environment for the diner. The food tastes excellent but is on the moderate price range. The chowder is the perfect level of creaminess and excites the taste-buds. The burger is clearly hand-made with local meats, creating a delicious eating experience. The fries are nothing special and definitely need something, like ketchup or pepper, to make them edible beyond presentation."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had a good experience with a good menu, great service and tasteful restoration of a historic building. Only complaint was that food arrived cold and that was a complaint from the next table as well. Willing to give them another chance as this could be a "go to" restaurant,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent fish and chips - fast service great waiter!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We were given a table in front of kitchen and serving traffic. Noise was terrible. Food was just average. Halibut was dry. A poor experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed excellent fresh grilled food. Staff very attentive and responsive. They want to make it right for you as a team. Can't wait for the patio in the summer!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was prepared with care, and you could see that the staff took great pride in preparing as well as serving. My wife was still commenting the next day on how it was the best seafood she ever had. I had a steak that was done to perfection and very nicely seasoned. The staff went out of their way to ensure we had an enjoyable evening from the hostess choosing a nice table to the friendly service. The desert did not disappoint either!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014