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The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com
  • Phone: (250) 995-4688
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch daily from 11:30am - 4pm

    Dinner daily from 4pm - 10:30pm (11pm on Fridays & Saturdays)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Morgan Wilson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Entertainment: The Bengal Lounge is pleased to feature live jazz Friday and Saturday nights, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy the smooth sounds of sax man Chris Millington, doyen of Victoria's vibrant music scene. A favorite of locals and visitors alike; The Chris Millington Trio will surprise you with their seemingly unlimited repertoire of well-known jazz standards. The trio provides the idyllic musical soundtrack to many special occasions!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belleville
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground Parking is available.
A word from The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as the Empress of India, this colonial style lounge is known throughout Victoria for its authentic curry buffet and signature cocktail menu. While new restaurants and lounges appear in Victoria regularly, The Bengal Lounge is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.

Overlooking our stately gardens, the richly appointed Bengal Lounge offers not only a delicious curry lunch and dinner buffet but also an impressive international à la carte menu. Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate our vast selection of signature drinks.

The Bengal Lounge is a licensed lounge and all guest must be 19 or older.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The Bengal Room is a unique institution in Victoria. Always reliable and consistent with a wonderful ambience, good food and outstanding service. Their curry buffets are legendary and for those that don't enjoy curry, there are an array of a la carte options from which to choose. The Bengal Room takes you to another time and another world and provides an enjoyable adult dining experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "But the Indian Buffet left something to be desired. None of the dishes had any spice to them at all. Usually when you think of Indian food, there is a bit of spice and flavour. This seemed to be all dumbed down to appease the masses, and I felt all the dishes tasted the same. We had dessert on The Veranda, and this was exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Ambiance was fabulous, food was delicious and the music was among the best live music we've heard anywhere. A highlight of our trip to Victoria!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The worst Indian food I've ever tasted. It was cold, the naan was not authentic, the curries all tasted the same--the butter chicken was indistinguishable."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I can't imagine visiting Victoria without having the curry buffet at the Bengal Lounge. The food and specialty drinks are excellent and the service and atmosphere are 5 star but in a comfortable, relaxing way. Even as the end to a day trip, it is a pleasure to have dinner at Bengal."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Worth traveling from Southern California to celebrate my birthday with family. Table reserved was perfect."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great spot for a special occasion with attentive but not overbearing service. Casual enough to feel comfortable in your walking about town clothes but special enough to get dressed up for as well. Ambiance of the restaurant and hotel are so classic, and prices are very reasonable for the venue. If you like Indian food, the buffet is delicious, but ordering off the menu is equally good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great bar tender that invents creative and delicious drinks!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "In my case, the buffet food was too salty. of course, every person has different taste. but I think I am also a person that has average taste. I don't recommend if the taste of food won't be changed. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We visited specifically to celebrate a birthday.. party of 2.. late lunch. Fabulous. The waiter was nice but did not hover too much. Food was wonderful - martini chilled to perfection!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We brought my in-laws here for dinner during their "bucket list" trip to Victoria. My Father-in-law had seen the lounge in a movie, and he, my wife, and I all love Indian food. My mother-in-law was able to get fish and chips, one of her favorites, and the rest of us selected the curry buffet. My FiL enjoyed the food, and (caveat: my wife and I are very picky about Indian food) my wife and I thought it was okay. We enjoy a little more spice to our curries. That being said, we understand the challenges of providing a spice level on a buffet that pleases everyone. The atmosphere was perfect. We had a great time. Our server was a consummate professional, and the setting was elegant, well maintained and appropriately nostalgic. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The place is a little dirty. There were chunks of food under our table and the chairs are white leather so they will never look clean again. Nevertheless, the cocktails are spectacular and the space is unique. We only had a couple of snacks which were fine. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went once again for the Curry Buffet for our Mother's Day Brunch. Amazing food, ambience, and the service by our server, Lisa, was excellent. My father had the chowder and said it was one of the best he had ever had. Very enjoyable!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my mum out for a birthday dinner our server was very friendly and helpful. We we're treated with a smile from the hostess and enjoy fantastic food and drinks. I liked the decor and comfy chairs I felt pretty "royal" while dinning. I will pass on my wonderful experience to friends and family with great recommendations "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I have been coming here since the late 70's - what can I say? It is as reliable as gravity and never lets you down -- fairly pricey cocktails but attentive service and knowledgeable staff - menu rotates pretty often - is no longer purely Indian influences... Good for a romantic get away - or entertaining out of town friends and family."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "notably "saved" by 2 safety pins obtained from gracious hosts when my pant zipper suddenly unraveled! Food was much better than I remember the buffet the last time I was there and would recommend. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The Bengal Lounge has a grandeur that brings a smile to the face of all who enter. The ornate architecture lends itself to the atmosphere of a gentleman's club. The ambience has the respect of a library with sumptuous furnishings. The staff are highly skilled and most attentive. There is usually a buffet of curried dishes and a menu of select items from appetizers to main entre options available . The extensive wine list and selection of beers both international and local is quite impressive. I would highly recommend The Bengal Lounge at The Empress as place of quiet,calm and civilized conviviality. An agreeable retreat of comfort for those who need to be refreshed and pampered in a genial mood. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The ambiance and the history of the Bengal Lounge is enough on it's own to attract a hungry crowd, but their Indian lunch buffet is truly outstanding! The best I've had in Canada. The fresh flavours and variety will appeal to everyone. The mix of salads, meat dishes, vegetable dishes and the papadums rock! It's always a must-do dining experience when I'm in Victoria. Complementing the food is a fantastic Fairmont service and a very thorough list of drink options. Soak in the atmosphere of Bengal Lounge while you sink away fully fed in your comfy leather chair."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Be sure and ask to be seated at regular chairs around a table, or you will find yourself in the same predicament that we did for our meal. Seating way too low to be comfortable. Granted the ambiance of the Bengal Lounge is one of aged beauty. Ageing gracefully (like the rest of the room), is not shown in the leather chairs. Since we booked ahead for dinner the staff should have known to seat us at better table / chair combo for a meal. The Curry Buffet was delicious and the service was great, (other than the seating location), just what we expected!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Indian buffet was delicious! Very reasonably priced and a wonderful atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who is visiting Victoria. The food was good, but I recommend it not for the food. The old world grace and charm of the room is what makes it. The informal, but knowledgeable Canadian service standard was also welcomed. There are countless restaurants that have chic interiors; it is nice to find one that has retained its original character and remains well maintained. Although we prefer truly fine dining in general, our party agreed that the dinner was good enough, and the setting was worth the visit. On a prior visit, we dined at the Empress Room, which is both beautiful and has outstanding food and wine--highly recommended for all."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "it was a great experience. we thoroughly enjoyed the Curry Buffet. we hope to do it again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "For my birthday, I asked to go to The Bengal Lounge for the curry buffet. It was wonderful! The food and service were great, and the jazz music in the background was very enjoyable. When my husband mentioned to the waitress that it was my birthday, suddenly a special dessert showed up -- capping off the evening. Thank you for making my day even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Very elegant and at the same time a cosy atmosphere. The buffet offers a good choice of delicious Indian food. Would like to repeat the experience and have already recommended it to our friends."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Dining here is a special night out. The buffet is a lovely taste of india ... back to the colonial days of this grand room. A yummy exotic treat. We had lovely night lingering in the wingbacks watching the nasty weather from the cozy lounge."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary, everything was perfect - from the table seating, to the service to the surprise anniversary cake and champagne. We enjoyed a beautiful romantic dinner for two by the fireplace, we would recommend the Bengal Lounge if you are looking for a perfect evening with someone special"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food was good but the chef seemed a little too fond of cardomom as much of the food was domininated by that flavour. Having said that my companion really enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere. We both appreciated the excellent and attentive servers"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Good food at a reasonable cost and service good and unobtrusive but cost of drinks exorbitant. Wine by the glass, very little choice under $15, half litres and bottles far too high, a standard sized Martini at $14."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I have enjoyed The Bengal Lounge for the past 15 years. This year was as wonderful as the previous 14 years. Victoria and The Fairmont Empress are an annual destination each February. The atmosphere is wonderful, the drinks wonderful, and the food perfect. The Curry Buffet is memorable, however, this time I thoroughly enjoy a selection from the regular menu. They have amazing healthy choices. I cannot wait to return!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I Love the Bengal Room. It is the first place I think of going when I want to do something really special. The Indian Buffet is really superb in every way, and the ambiance is casual yet classic. I never feel rushed. It lends itself to a special meal with a good friend. I wish the drinks were a bit more reasonably priced!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food was great and service also. Our server was very helpfull. Be back in the near future"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Our second time here, and the food was great. Mango chutney and onion chutney which we loved last time had a more bitter taste, but everything else was great. The best Indian food in town, very comfortable seating, great service, great views."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Three generations of our family have enjoyed the Bengal Lounge - for drinks, to treat visiting friends, and for the best curry in town."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "An excellent meal! The cocktails were a little expensive but delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have eaten at the Bengal Lounge on many occasions. We go for the ambiance and the relaxed casual dining experience; the surroundings and furnishings of the lounge are really spectacular. The food could be improved a lot especially given the prices - 3-4 star food at 5 star prices. The curry buffet at lunch time is a great bargain. We had the buffet in the evening - still a good bargain for $32. The cocktails are wonderful, but pricey - from $13-19 each. A glass of wine is also $13. Someone asked me if I would still go if it was just another restaurant located elsewhere - I said no."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Good variety of food choices, food quality excellent, drinks are pricey. Location excellent for an afternoon walk-about. Ambience delightful and tables far enough apart for enjoyable conversation."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This curry buffet offers an excellent variety of traditional Indian favorites for first timers and curry lovers alike, in a comfortable colonial atmosphere. All the dishes are well prepared, fresh and true to taste. The lamb curry and sambals were standouts for us and the buffet was well organized, clean and attractive. The meal is an excellent value as well and the Bengal Lounge is well worth a stop on your visit."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We are a 30s couple living nearby and were looking for a romantic restaurant for a special occasion. We were impressed. The atmosphere was very romantic with large fire place burning. They had a talented live jazz singer and piano player the night we were there. The high back chairs and indoor plants make the tables for 2 quite private even though it is a big restaurant. Our server was excellent and the indian buffet was delicious and very good value for the $32. And the empress hotel is impressive in itself with all its gorgeous architectural details. Overall excellent quality where you can spend lots on fancy cocktails if you want, or just go for dinner and both be pleasantly full for under $100."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "A frequent lunch choice. Good food, pleasant service and no problem with our sitting in their comfortable wingback chairs and talking for a couple of hours while the business lunch groups come in and out quickly. I can't do the Indian buffet at lunch - too much food - but lots of people do."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We were given a gift certificate by our children for Christmas. We chose the buffet dinner of Indian cuisine. The food at the buffet is good but not great. It is quite bland and does not have much of the great indian spices some other restaurants have. Having said that, there is plenty of choice in the buffet. The Bengal lounge is very relaxing and has the atmosphere of old English luxury. We enjoy the lounge very much. Our server was very attentive and delightful. It was not our first time at the Bengal lounge and we will probably go there again. Beautiful hotel and a good feeling to be there."
    Dined on 1/12/2014