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

The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/
  • Phone: 2509954688x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (30)great for lunch (18)romantic (16)fit for foodies (15)scenic view (15)notable wine list (9)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (7)good for groups (7)great for brunch (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Consistent
    AnnickVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very good, as usual. We took 3 appetizers as "tapas" and had plentiful to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lindy
    Phoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had the curry buffet and we decided that the butter chicken is the BEST we have had anywhere. Good Service and nice environment. A pleasant experience for me to host an out of town guest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We celebrated our 22 Wedding Anniversary in style. The food and atmosphere was fantastic. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • time2goagain
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I highly recommend The Bengal Lounge for a special occasion, birthday or romantic and with special people. I have been taking a very dear friend for his birthday to the Bengal Lounge for the last few years and recently I took him there for his 89th birthday. The servers were so attentive and brought a piece of cheesecake with a candle. It's a beautiful and quiet environment that is pleasant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique to Victoria
    gypsyvisitor
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delighful Setting
    Victoria25
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Lovedit
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian food buffet
    cooker
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favourite
    Carol
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riffle
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Worth traveling from Southern California to celebrate my birthday with family. Table reserved was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous for a special occaision
    BPC1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The curry buffet is the best!
    CicisMom
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great bar tender that invents creative and delicious drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was too salty
    Davis
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Indian Curry Buffet
    eatrunsail
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the cocktails
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Islandgirlatheart
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, friendly service
    Myroyalexperience
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We like the Bengal
    ColinandAndrea
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great hospitality at Bengal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 185 reviews are from the The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel reviews archive.
  • Comfort, Quiet and Curry
    Diningbythesea
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To Dine For - 5 Star Indian Buffet
    ALuckyDiner
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bengal Lounge worthy of a visit!
    globepro
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Indian food
    Foodie3760
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The Indian buffet was delicious! Very reasonably priced and a wonderful atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • it was a great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    it was a great experience. we thoroughly enjoyed the Curry Buffet. we hope to do it again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Bobbie
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    hulosh
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic elegance, a grand night out
    wawa
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Anniversary
    gerlach
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy but comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but don't drink!
    browneyes
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy the Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bengal Room Delights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Pooch
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The food was great and service also. Our server was very helpfull. Be back in the near future
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Lounge!!
    nanjim
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • three generations enjoy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Three generations of our family have enjoyed the Bengal Lounge - for drinks, to treat visiting friends, and for the best curry in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent meal! The cocktails
    Mama
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    An excellent meal! The cocktails were a little expensive but delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shades of the old Empire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Bengal Room
    chicken
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.