Vista 18 Restaurant
Vista 18 Restaurant

Vista 18 Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vista18.com/
  • Phone: 2503829258
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00 am - 11:30 am;


    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm;


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm;


    Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Garrett Schack
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our "Harbour Room" provides sweeping views of Victoria"s inner harbour and the Olympic Peninsula. We can accommodate groups from 12 to 50. Please contact our restaurant directly for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Vista 18 2503829258

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield Rd
  • Public Transit: 1/2 block from Vista 18 is Douglas Street which is one of the main routes for our transit system. Some of the main routes with stops here are 1, 2, 2A, 4, 7, 7N, 21, 27, 28, 30, 31, 70 and 75. For full details, please visit www.bctransit.com
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is provided based on availability. Please acquire a parking pass at our front desk in the hotel lobby.
A word from Vista 18 Restaurant
Serving Canadian Regional Cuisine, Vista 18 complements it's 18th floor views of Victoria's inner harbour and Juan de Fuca Strait with a locally inspired menu focusing on sustainable and fresh ingredients. Our versatile wine list and knowledgeable staff will help you choose the perfect wine to pair with your dinner while you enjoy the sights in our contemporary dining room.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, choose what time of day you feel it's best to see all of Victoria and the surrounding area.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Vista 18 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (35)special occasion (21)romantic (14)notable wine list (10)fit for foodies (8)great for brunch (6)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sunday was prime rib night, and it was quite good. The oysters on the half shell were also quite good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu and furnishings
    Foodlovers2
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Both a little dated. Feel menu lacked an innovative touch. Not enough vegetarian options. Chairs were shabby and torn. View lovely and many thanks for table with great view as requested. Staff helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with an outstanding view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    To be clear, Victoria is a beautiful city, and being in this restaurant allows an unlimited appreciation of that beauty. The food was good, the service first rate. There could be a renovation in store here in the near future but the present is all about the views and the great food. My father had the prime rib special, my mother ordered Yorkshire Pudding, part of the Prime Rib Special, as an appetizer, all were very accommodating. I really enjoyed the pan fried Pork Tenderloin and my wife had the Filet steak. My mom is fastidious about pasta and loved the homemade Linguini. All good. I recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit bland
    Islandguy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we were underwhelmed with our experience, although the meal was served quickly, which surprised us. while the steak was good, the albacore tuna dish was not. Just felt like another hotel restaurant. But with high prices. We expected something a little more fancy then your average chain restaurant, but what we got was something a bit awkward and bland . In short We were a little disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vista 18
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Amazing food, prices in line with a restaurant if this calibre.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Myexperience1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Not a destination restaurant, between the terrible service and over priced food you'd be better off going to one of dozens of breakfast spots downtown.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neveragain
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were very disappointed with the weekend lunch menu. TWO burgers??? Who wants burgers at this type of restaurant?? Then the only other thing was tuna tacos (very limited clients) and a shrimp and lobster melt, which I had and was really looking forward to, and it had horse radish in it?? That should have been on the menu, as again, a very limited number of clients like that. Would also expect this type of restaurant to have some lovely veggies to accompany main course, not fries and salad only. Where was the variety? Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectations almost met
    ccpcola
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    As fine dining venue with a million-dollar view of Victoria, we were eager to experience first-class dining. And we almost did. The menu was eclectic, the drink list trendy, and the staff professional. Not that the food was uninspired, just a little too "California Cuisine" in terms of presentation and quantity to meet with our expectations. This is a place to go for a romantic dinner where the food isn't the priority, but the ambiance is.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underwhelmed
    regrets
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Other than the view, nothing too remarkable. Had a so so brunch. Dinner diners may have a better experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for out of town visitors
    Crusty
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Entertained two friends from California for dinner and as usual Vista 18 was wonderful. Food quality was very good and the wait staff are both knowledgeable and cheerfully helpful. And you can't beat the views!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous place for many occasions.
    VicGirl
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great food and Great service and Great views. The restaurant is a fabulous place to go for many different occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the quiet diner only
    Happyeater
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We booked a table for 12 for a classy upscale bacherlorette. Every one came dressed up in dresses and suits which was perfect for the beautiful view and decor. However when the toasting started and people started to relax we were told to be quiet. Nice place but should not have accepted our reservation if the volume of 12 people was going to be an issue.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tired decor
    Bigfood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    While the food was good, the restaurant is dated and downright shabby in some areas. The seats of many of the chairs are ripped, the carpet stained and the overall space needs a total update to be reflective of the interesting food choices. We paid top dollar for our meals in a second rate dining room. I had the paella which was very tasty but there was very little seafood for the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New parent date night
    newparentdatenite
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had a much needed date night after having our son. It was a wonderful, peaceful and romantic environment. Food was beyond amazing. Service was fantastic. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a Disappointment
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Having been there recently for a business meeting I was impressed with the improvement with the quality of the food and service compare to previous occasions. Thus I suggested to my family to celebrate father's day there this past Sunday. Again the quality of the service and food were a disappointment. Although the overall service and food were all right. I expect above-average quality for both food and service for such a beautiful environment. The clams were not that fresh. What a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Was a beautiful view and great service, the food was ok expected a bit better but overall we will be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ripped chairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We went here for a birthday celebration as we heard it was one of the fanciest restaurants in town. The view was lovely. The food was great. The service was fantastic. However I was disappointed with the ambiance. The chairs were old and ripped which I wouldn't expect in a "fancy" restaurant and it looks very dated. If it wants to be known as a very nice place to eat it needs an interior update.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tired decor, great food
    Kimbly
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We visited Vista 18 for brunch. While the service wasn't outstanding, the food was great. Was surprised by the tiredness of the decor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reese
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    A breakfast gathering of six, enjoyed a wonderful time for this special day. Efron served us with a smile and attention, and the food was delectable , tasty and was enjoyed by all. I would recommend breakfast at Vista 18.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor quality food and service
    Rebecca
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The food wasn't great. A friend had the rhubarb sampler as dessert. It looked like it was the leftovers from someone else's plate. I had the chocolate sampler and it was very good though The meal was small and ho hum. Prices high. The service inconsistent. Our main waiter was very slow and the place was not busy. They got my side wrong and corrected it but certainly not friendly. Hostess was very nice
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and views for breakfast
    VistaMeetNumber1
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I made a reservation for breakfast meeting with a guest from out of town and we were not disappointed. The food was great (I had the Brie & Salmon Scrambled Eggs) and my guest commented many times about the wonderful views. We requested a table facing the Inner Harbour on our online reservation and we were not disappointed, it was waiting for us when we arrived. Our bill was just over $30.00 for 2 for breakfast, very decent for this great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    realfoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had a wonderful romantic anniversary dinner at Vista 18 this week. The view was spectacular, the service was wonderful, and the food was so very good. We are foodies and don't eat anything with pesticides or additives, always eat fresh and local and we found exactly what we were looking for at this restaurant. The Food was organic and deliciously prepared....they even have a water filter so I was able to put my water bottle away, since I am allergic to Chlorine. It was a lovely, relaxing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    dinnerout
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Our server Jason contributed to what was a very nice evening. The views are incredible but his sense of humour - picking up on the vibe at the table immediately - really made the evening. Food was excellent, the kitchen was accommodating of our special request and we had a great time. If we hadn't been going to a show we might still be there! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Treat
    SteveH
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent service, not rushed, food prepared with care. Great job Vista 18!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the view
    Victoria2explore
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    There was no mention that it would be a Brunch buffet on the website, nor when we booked online. There was only a brunch menu online. I abhor buffet dining, even when it's disguised as fine dining with a bit of seafood on ice. I ordered a Grey Goose Martini straight up with olives, I got a vodka on the rocks with olives. Service Irreverent. We had to suggest perhaps we could see a wine list. It was never offered. After that, there were a litany of small things that made it much less than a 3 star experience. Table was left uncleared, silverware replacement was forgotten, all those things that should be paid close attention to when you are being served during a buffet. It's just a view. Poor service, poor food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was amazing... We wereso enthralled with the view we barely noticed the 'getting a bit tired' decor and upholstery. Reasonable $$ for breakfast and the view is priceless!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent! Well worth it!
    vegaslover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant as we had a very nice, drawn out dining experience. The view is the best in Victoria and the tenderloin (Chicago Style) was the best I've ever had. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions and memorable events.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Butternut Risotto
    BigJP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The views are spectacular when you first get off the elevator. The draught selection didn't really catch my eye so I had to settle for Blue Buck. I ordered the Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, which was the only thing on the menu that caught my eye. The Butternut Squash Risotto that came with it was interesting. I was expecting a puree of Butternut to be throughout, however, there were chunks of Butternut instead. It may have been the intention of the chef but when I cook Butternut in chunks I make them soft, whereas these had a bit of hardness to them. A little bit undercooked in my opinion, which threw off the Risotto a bit. Paying $28 I was expecting a bigger portion size. Im just happy the waitress brought around 2 servings of bread.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 98 reviews are from the Vista 18 Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Amazing view, but...
    30yearsOldQuebecCouple
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Would recommand for the view, but food was OK (no more) and service pretty mich inexistant.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Drink List
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Most entertaining drink list I have ever seen. The drink names are all famous quotes from movies. I ordered extra drinks just based off the names.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under $50
    OKAY
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had the before 6:30 specials and felt we had enjoyed the rich atmosphere and been treated to a fine dining experience for under $50 for 2. I've never tipped so well for such deserved service. No regrets only praise for service and food quality,
    Special Features:
    scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We dined for the first time at Vista 18 to celebrate a birthday. They gave us a great view table and comped the dessert! The meal was delicious, generous portions and excellent service. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The views here are outstanding. This was a great spot for a gathering of some friends in from Vancouver for the weekend. The menu provides plenty of variety and the prices are very reasonable. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend the West Coast Benny. Service was great. This was the perfect Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular View!
    AnnaMcLeod
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food was average and portions small. But great ambience and very attentive and knowledgeable serving staff.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view but...
    Renee
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    If there was not the spectacular view I would not return. The food was ok; most of us had brunch egg dishes which were fine but my 'salad' was bizarre...I had the Cobb Salad and it was very plain, tasteless and it was missing ingredients. The only reason I didn't complain was because I figured maybe my meal choice was odd for them. The view is worth a visit; just stick to the basics food-wise.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vista 18 is a favourite
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I always love going to Vista 18. The service is always good, it is quiet enough to have a conversation, and watching the lights come up over the harbour is very soothing. You can sit facing 3 directions with different views. They have live music sometimes that is very enjoyable, as well. It is among my favourite 3 restaurants in Victoria.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    chloeVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We didn't know what we were walking into when we booked on OT. We got giddy taking the elevator to the top floor of the hotel, walked out to find live jazz music. We sat in what I'd consider the best seat in the house, corner table with a full view of the water and downtown Victoria. Our service was hands down some of the best we'd ever received (thank you Jason). Excellent cocktails, creative menu, wine pairing was on point, and great conversation with our server. He recommended some excellent cocktail bars and breakfast spots for us to visit during the rest of our stay in Victoria. We not only want to dine here on our stay, but want to stay in the hotel as well! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great deal during fine around
    dinearoundcouple
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The 3 course dine around menu was great food for a decent price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We had an excellent evening and everyone enjoyed the food, the service and not least the view. We perhaps made a mistake in ordering the coupon $30.00 three course meal, as although the three courses were beautifully done and titillated the taste buds, on returning home everyone felt the need of a snack!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group had a good time!
    Sailor
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It was a group of 6 of us that dined. The service was was very good. Responsive but not overbearing. Food was great and they sure know how to make martini's! I would recommend this place for couples and for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate