Zambri's
Zambri's

Zambri's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zambris.ca/
  • Phone: (250) 360-1171
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Zambri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it's for your corporate presentation, birthday celebration, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, Zambri's Sala is for you.
  • Private Party Contact: Yann Frizon de Lamotte 8776737921
  • Special Events: email info@zambris.ca to inquire about our private room for your next private event! Whether business presentation, corporate lunch or dinner meeting, wedding reception, birthday etc. enjoy our vast experience and menus tailored to your budget!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blanshard
  • Public Transit: Yates & Quadra Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in front of the restaurant, across the street (Robins) and underneath the building (Robins).
A word from Zambri's
Zambri's is an award winning restaurant specializing in Classic Italian cuisine. "Best Italian Restaurant in B.C….maybe Canada", is just one of the many accolades bestowed on them.
They also recently won both Best Wine List and Most Diner Friendly Wine List on Vancouver Island for their unique selection of Italian Wines. Their stunning new location in the Atrium Building is just another reason to visit. Add to this their casual but professional service and you will have a dining experience that cannot be beat.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Zambri's reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)special occasion (54)great for lunch (43)romantic (40)notable wine list (38)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (26)hot spot (21)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food - Rushed to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great Restaurant, but disappointed in the service. Went for a special occasion on a Sunday evening and was told we only had an hour and a half to eat as there was another reservation waiting. Odd as there were open tables when we left. The food was great, but the tone was set with that statement before we were seated. Off season, not crowded = unacceptable. Too bad, it's a lovely spot!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian
    Mowknows
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The most authentic Italian food experience I've had since Italy. Great service as well. Well thought out wine list without interesting Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. It is a place my mother frequents and enjoys. It is accessible for my brother. I really enjoyed the veggies. Easy to walk to. Waiter was polite and helpful. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hit and miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been several times before. I tried a new menu item, Halibut Parmesana. Don't try it. Soggy, lacking any flavour. The creamy cauliflower mushroom polenta was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Zambri's, a great atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Please
    Ladyhawke
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I took a girlfriend there for her birthday and she was very pleasantly surprised. The service was great, the seating great and the food fantastic. We have decided to come back just for wine and the antipasta appetizer! Next time for dinner we will invite our husbands too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Impressed
    beenonroadtoolong
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Found this restaurant in local mag at hotel and it actually fulfilled its promises of great food, service and atmosphere...fish and past were incredible and the service was as good as i've ever had...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing food
    Happinessisgoodfood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The setting was very nice, however, the food varied from bland to inedible. I have never sent food back before but I had to send back my tuna entree as it was overcooked and off tasting. The waitress was unapologetic and did not seem to care!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently superb
    Paterson
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I was back to Zambri's with a guest who went to the old location: she was from out of town and had not dined at Zambri's for a number of years. She loved the new location and especially the food and wine which are consistently superb...as was the service. Another great evening...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is the first time we visited Zambri's and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff were very efficient and friendly. We were going to a show afterwards and they understood the timing and did what was necessary to get us out on time. Great Service!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crispy broccoli!
    MissusDelicious
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A recent review of Zambri's said that it was a great place to take out of town guests, and I wholeheartedly agree. It was the perfect place to bring my visiting sister who has pretty high expectations but likes to keep it fairly casual. I was really pleased to be able to get a short-notice reservation on a Friday. Staff at Zambri's is friendly & knowledgeable, but low-key, which is quite rare. The cocktail list was inspiring. The atmosphere was hip but not uncomfortable. And the food was amazing. I felt like trying some different things, so opted for carpaccio, which was beautifully prepared and presented; and the crispy broccoli, which was absolutely brilliant. Yes, I know. Broccoli. But really. Just try it. It's lifechanging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as expected
    Carell
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We ate at Zambri's a number of years ago and had a wonderful experience. It definitely wasn't as good this time around. The waiter was rather indifferent, we weren't asked how our meals were, if we wanted coffee, etc. The food was fine (not exceptional) but I don't like having to pay extra to have vegetables with my meal. The restaurant has a very trendy vibe, which was reflected in most of the diners, so I think they're going for style over substance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic setting
    King
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great vibe. Great customer service! Many choices for entrees with good prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for a group
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Attended with 3 vegetarians..excellent broad choice of lighter and more full-sized options. Food delicious as always. Excellent Italian wind selection with great assistance from Frances [ thank you!] Cesare salad now better for 1 rather than 2 to share. Found the Pannacota a bit bland..did not finish it In a group, noise is less of a distraction than if planning a romantic evening for two. It remains a consistent favourite for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • StudioYdesign
    StudioYdesign
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our first time there and it was great! It was my mom's birthday and we all had a great time!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional experience
    Paterson
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I booked Zambri's for a romantic, birthday dinner. I requested a quiet table when I reserved. We were seated by a window but a little close to another couple. It was fine. But the maitre d' must have sensed we would be happier in the Atrium because he offered to move us and the whole experience went up several notches. It was quiet, felt intimate and proved to be the perfect setting for a perfect meal. The recommended mushroom appetizer was sensational. The recommended Primitivo was superb. We stayed late and drank two bottles. We will be back...and often. It was an exceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Excellent
    Greg
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Whether its for lunch or dinner Zambris never fails to impress. Their specials are always amazing - last Friday I had rock cod with polenta that words cannot do justice. It was outstanding. You also have to try whatever veg Peter Z has on the menu - they are innovative and always a surprising twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service fell short
    mesohungry
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Ambiance was great, food was very good, wine list extensive, but the service was atrocious! Our server was either very new or having a very bad night. Either way, we were left alone the entire time after we placed our order; he didn't ever come around again to ask if we wanted more drinks (which we did), and didn't ask us how our food was (there was a mistake in my husband's order). His demeanour was cold and uptight. The next day, I wrote the manager to let them know about our experience and he sent me a personal message along with a gift card. That was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lizinthelarder
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My cappo tasted bitter. Regular coffee also. Too much dressing on my Cobb salad, should have asked for it on the side. As far as Cobb salads go, it wasn't great. The bacon was really really salty. Butter lettuce was pretty on the plate though, good presentation.
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  • Will definitely go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Amazing in every sense. We loved the modern but warm ambience and the food was absolutely fantastic. The wait staff were very helpful with working out which foods I could eat due to my unusual allergy so I felt confident and well cared for. Excellent excellent excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    food was really good, as usual, Haida's service was impeccable, and her wine recommendation perfect. What else do you need? thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    stacy
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    ossobucco.... yum great wine list.... smart servers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekday Lunch at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    To do pasta well is a real treat and my simple lunch was first rate. The waitress was excellent and attentive without being "in your face" and I'll certainly recommend Zambri's to friends. The new venue is also very pleasing and a great improvement from the old one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eccellente il pranzo
    Down2earth
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Zambri's is one of our favourite places for a superior lunch. My lunch-mates both had salads that looked as if they had come directly from the garden moments before being delivered to our table! Fresh and crisp, and not a chance of going hungry! I had the Minestrone with a sandwich that was as fresh and robust as I have had anywhere, but there is so much atmosphere here. One feels comfortable, professional, and very well looked after, without being pandered to. A delightful way to spend a working lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Noisy
    Partyof4
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The first time we went to Zambri's about a year ago we really enjoyed everything....this time no so much. It was very noisy and the food was at best, mediocre. Will not be going back.
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  • Excellent Italian in Victoria
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This beautiful upbeat restaurant was wonderful We had a window table which was perfect . Started with crispy broccoli.. delicious. I had spaghetti putenesca and loved it. My Dining partner had pnene with ricotta and enjoyed as well. The ice cream with espresso was small but wonderful. I highly recommend this great Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Authentic Italian in Victoria
    FoodFan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Zambri's never misses. The food, ambiance and service are terrific and without question, the best authentic Italian restaurant on the island. Tried the crispy fried broccoli as a starter and shared a few bites - WOW all around. Pasta is by far the most delicious and perfectly prepared you can find. We tried the special pasta for the evening with fresh tomatoes, savory and ricotta, the tagliatelle with meat ragu, and the sausage and broccoli pasta, and then finished up with the chocolate budino (shared it among three, but each of us secretly wished for our own!). If you're visiting Victoria, it's a 'must-do' and if you live in Victoria, it's probably already on the top of your 'favorites' list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Have heard many good things about the restaurant. It was our first time in. Unfortunately it was not that great. The food was bland and we spent a decent amount of money for it. Not very impressed. Maybe will try again at some point.
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  • Expected More
    fussy4u
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've heard so much about Zambri's so were excited to finally dine there. When we entered we waited for awhile before someone finally came over to seat us. I thought it was rather small, no atmosphere, bare tables and the staff seemed quite frantic even though the restaurant was not filled with diners. The wine was superb; the meal - my partner had pasta and I the special which was rockfish - was good; the gelato which I think is made in house was excellent. Overall it was okay, however, we will not rush back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • More than lives up to reputation
    BestOfTheBest
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the moment we were shown our to our table by our affable host we were bombarded ( in a good way ) by friendly and very attentive staff who all genuinely went to great lengths to make us feel welcome. We will be making Zambris a weekly event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grazzie Mille!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As we were visiting from California, we found this gem on Open Table. Our table was on time but we preferred the bar. Noah was great, his cocktail delicious, wine selection superb, and pasta just like my Nona! thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Fabulous!
    Eric
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had the most amazing meal at Zambri's. Every dish was memorable, but it always is when we come here. We love to order a bunch of dishes and share them. It's a great way to try a range of dishes here, from antipasti to pasta to fish. On this occasion the four of us at the table shared eight dishes - that came in two rounds - and it felt like we were having an Italian-style family meal. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been coming to Zambri's for years now. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, food is consistently good, whether pasta and a glass of wine before a movie of birthday celebration with kids and family. Last Thursday the pasta special was especially good. thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zambri's not so special
    joey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Limited wine list - first chosen bottle not available; seafood pasta on menu not available - pasta options limited for an Italian restaurant, no pasta special; server was very good. Won't return any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service Excellent Food, Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went for early dinner to Zambri's prior to seeing a movie. The service was excellent, great timing for our food. I wanted to order a salad with a filet of salmon on top, they were not able to accomodate this request. I order a tuna dish with mixed vegetables and they were not able to leave the cucumbers out. Besides not being able to meet my requests the food was very delicious. I would return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was good, service mediocre, noise level atrocious. There's absolutely no attempt to dampen sound level anywhere in the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great tastes !!!
    mandms
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    everything we ordered was tasty and fresh. so great to have an authentic italian restaurant in victoria. the service at the end of the meal (ie. getting our dessert and bill) was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HAPPY DINNER CELEBRATION
    2good
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated my friend's birthday, and we all left dinner smiling broadly, extremely content with our meals. I particularly enjoyed the roasted duck, as it was well prepared and presented. The roasted broccoli was excellent, an interesting but tasteful take on this type of vegetable. From start to finish, the service was good, and always friendly. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Be prepared to wait.
    FLJdesigner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had tried to eat at Zambri's once before but the wait was too long. This time we made reservations on Open Table, and requested a table by a window. When we arrived our table was ready. Unfortunately, they had us seated by the bustling wait station & smack beside a room divider -- probably the worst table. Considering that we hired a nanny for our 'special night out', this table was not suitable. We asked for one by the window, and after waiting at the bar for 30 minutes, we got one. Our evening improved after that. We ordered the $3 bread -- a little annoying that Zambri's is 'nickel and dime-ing' guests for bread. I ordered beef tenderloin with blue cheese (excellent) and my husband had clams. Overall: great food, be prepared to wait.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, disappointing service
    Socialgourmande
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    How many different staff came to our table during the course of our meal? I completely lost track. There was the person who brought us to the table, the person who offered drinks, the person who took our order for dinner, the person who brought the appetizers, the person who brought the mains, and the person who finally brought the bill when our waiter failed to appear. Nobody came to ask how our meals were, or whether we wanted any fresh pepper etc. Unfortunately, poor service severely detracts from a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate