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Zambri's
Zambri's

Zambri's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zambris.ca
  • Email: info@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
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "We come once a week for lunch and love it! Unfortunately dinner this time was not as good as we are used to. Pasta alla Vodka was very dry and not very flavourful. The pork was quite fatty but that may be how others would like it. Wine, starters, and dessert were just as good as always."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Good food, quick service, nice ambience. Great for business lunches."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "An interesting daily selection sheet in addition to a varied menu. The wine selection is varied. The service was good."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My granddaughter and I had dinner before going to the Royal Theatre. We shared a Cesar salad and both of us had 1/2 orders of pasta. All the food was excellent. I liked that you had a Proseco on tap - it was good as well. The hostess, Haida, was especially attentive and helpful"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I love that Zambris is downtown but just on the perifary with the glass of the atrium behind. Service is attentive and service is quick - it's lunch!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant as it indicated on line that it served gluten free pasta. Somewhat of a misleading claim as the only gluten free pasta was of a bow tie type which was not to my friends liking. If you advertise as gluten free perhaps you should include different types of pasta. Having said that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed your pizza on thin crust. Would have given you five stars had it been on whole wheat. Your dessert was superb but the very best part of your restaurant was our server. Dont remember her name but she was awesome. One other note: you open @ 5 but there was at least 10 people waiting outside so could you not have at least opened the door and asked us to wait inside? All in all I will be back"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great for dinner and a movie, the servers at Zambri's will make sure you are out the door in time! I go for the garlic and olive oil pasta dish, my all time favourite! They never disappoint. The house wine is Orvieto, which I love, and did I mention that the bread might be the best in town!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was a gift certificate scenario for us. Went with extended family including a 2 1/2 year old which the restaurant readily accommodated with a high chair upon request. This was a lunch outing and the place was fairly active at lunch with a variety of office type working clientele. Nice location, nice ambiance. Staff was helpful, attentive, and there was no pressure to eat and rush. This is an Italian restaurant so understandably pasta is high on the choice list and daily special. Our food choices were enjoyable. Would go again."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had a superb meal at Zambri's and the service was prompt, timely and genuine. The staff all seemed to care about making the meal a good experience."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The great experience at this Zambris started with an easy online booking.i took my son to celebrate his 20th birthday. He loves food and at 6 foot 3 is Abigail eater. The food well satisfied his appetite. Lots of texture and taste to the food. The cocktails and wine were yummy too. Thanks for a memorable night."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This restaurant prides itself on Italian fare, but I tried the crispy salmon sandwhich. The service and presentation was good, but the sandwhich was more than I expected served on the very large bun, making it awkward to eat. It was very busy, a good sign and I will be going back because the location, service and reputation are all good, but it will be for Italian next time. Would like to try it for dinner also."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Appetizers okay main course expensive beef brisket w polenta very disappointing meat not tender no flavor polenta pasty. We were really looking forward to this meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been coming to Zambri's for year now. I had a friend introduce me to "a must experience" night of dining. He was absolutely correct and never have I been disappointed with my dining or meal experience. I do spread the word of what an incredible place Zambri's is and I know I will continue to dine there for many years to come."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been to Zambris many times and usually the food is great. This time my pasta with broccoli and sausage was swimming in oil. The broccoli was mushy and it was something I wouldn't even serve at home. Our family had spaghetti with tomato sauce and seafood and another had halibut which they said was good. When the waitress came to pick up my plate which had 3/4 of the dinner left she didn't question if I had not liked it, which I consider the sign of a good restaurant. I used to love this place, not so much anymore."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food at Zambri's is a real treat. And the price was very reasonable. If I lived in Victoria I would be here constantly!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Zambri's was a lovely place to spend an hour or two over brunch. The food was flavourful and plentiful. Wait staff were attentive and very pleasant. Unfortunately, the noise level was a bit high at times. Patron next to us who came after us got their food first and were almost finished eating before we got ours. We will definitely visit again as the food was authentic and delicious."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The environment is lovely, the service and the food is excellent. The new location in the BC Building is a much improvement."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was excellent. You can manage the menu by shaing number of dishes and taking advantage of the half pasta order so that you can experience a wide range of what is offered."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I would not return to this resturant! To start we where shoved in a tiny table way in a corner, the resturant was so loud we couldn't have conversation. Our waitress was very infrendly and didn't spend any time with us she made us feel very rushed. While we where at the table still enjoying our bread and olives our dinner came... WAY TO FAST we had not even been sitting down for 15 min. The food was ok but nothing to rave about. Over all I was very disappointed and will not return. We left the resturant feeling rushed and disconnected this is not the feel we want to have on our weekly date night."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our meal was very good,first halibut of the season. The wait staff respected our wishes to share courses, and the food was served either divided in the kitchen or presented with 2 plates. We were fortunate to have the restaurant sommelier as our main contact person . The wines she recommended were excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant many times with friends and family. Highly recommend it. Absolutely authentic Italian cooking."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner here, and the food was excellent. Great selection of Italian wines."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I enjoyed everything about my experience at Zambri's with one small exception. We got some lovely bread before the meal, with nothing else. I had expected olive oil and balsamic vinegar with the bread, but had to ask for it. I believe we were charged for it too. I think it should have at least been offered. Other than that, a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Took my wife to Zambri's for her birthday. Appys were excellent, service was fantastic. Bartender certainly knows what he is doing.:) My wife had the beef brisket which was good but not great. I had the Lamb Shank, and this is where it all goes wrong. Lamb wasn't very warm, was rubbery and tough, and came with a balsamic glaze that had far too much vinegar. I ate everything else on my plate, but left the lamb almost untouched. When they collected the dinnerware no one inquired why I had not eaten the lamb. I did not want to make a fuss as it was my wife's birthday and was going to leave it at that, but then I got this review request. Great restaurant. Would not recommend the meat dishes."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Zambri's and it was wonderful. The food was delicious with a beautiful presentation. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food (and the facility). She was very friendly, courteous and prompt with the food. We will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Zambri's is always good - authentic Italian. I prefer to sit in the tables in the Atrium area - much quieter and I love the plants around."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Zambri's came highly recommended to us by friends. Everything was just fine but nothing was extraordinary. The service was very good. The food was nice but did not compare in flavour to many of our favourite places. The halibut was fresh. The hazelnut gelato was lacking flavour. The pizza had under-represented meat considering it was the house made sausage."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service was excellent. We didn't feel rushed but there was no lag in wait time for drinks and our food. The food quality is excellent. The room was very noisy once it filled up with patrons. I would of liked to see a bit of an Italian feel to the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Excellent service, attentive waitresses and waiters, good food, felt it was somewhat overpriced. The staff are excellent - couldn't imagine a better service. We really enjoyed eating in the attrium although with the large table next to us, it was a little hard to have a conversation across the table. The menu is extensive, but we did feel it was somewhat over priced. Would recommend the restuarant for a special occassion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The old Zambri's was hokey, warm and welcoming, with a wonderful open kitchen with lively cooks...the new one has, in my humble opinion,lost some of this flavour. Today's Zambri's is much like the new glass and metal eateries elsewhere. Very nice, if you like that style, certainly makes some people feel they are in a "classy" place. The service is still good, but the food seems to have become a little less robust. To repeat my line: a good restaurant but not quite as good as the old one."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Zambri's is a personal favourite of mine. I have been many times over the years since they moved into the Atrium. This visit was, as always, just perfect. For the first time, we were seated "outside" in the terraced atrium section and I found this to be quite lovely and quieter than the busy 'indoor' seating. My son and I ordered off the regular menu; my husband took advantage of the Dine Around menu. All our meals were delicious, as usual. Our waitress, Haida, did a wonderful job of meeting our needs; she was friendly and attentive yet professional and knowledgeable. Her timing was perfect and we never had the feeling she was rushed, despite the "Dine Around" crowds. We will certainly be back again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I'm sorry, it was the second time I tried Zambris but I just don't think it's my style. The food is way to rich and unbalanced not enough freshness, sweetness or acidity to balance out the super buttery rich saltiness of everything. The food actually was really unenjoyable - I wanted to like it."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I've had the pleasure of having two meals at Zambri's with friends. The first time the food was amazing, great atmosphere, all around great night. The second visit was for lunch. The person I was with "liked" Zambri's Facebook page and got a coupon emailed to her. When we went to redeem it, staff didn't know anything about it and wouldn't honour it, which I was very surprised at. Finally when I went on Friday night, my husband had never been. I was so excited to be there with him. Food wasn't great - my husband had the lamb leg (not sure what it's called) and he said it had no flavor on a bed of lentils?? - not the best looking meal for $28. Overall, I was disappointed and we've decided we won't be going back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed all of our courses! Appetizers, main and dessert. We also had cocktails and wine. Our favourites were the beef and tuna appetizers and the tiramisu dessert! Have been other times and had the pizza and pasta. All delicious. Great service too."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a lunch meeting at Zambri's as I have done many times in the past. First of all, I highly recommend Zambri's as a lunch spot - the service is excellent and the food is top quality. I really like the staff - they are incredibly professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Second of all, being half-Italian, I love the food and the flavours the chefs create. One of my all-time favourite Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I had the crispy pork shoulder and seafood salad with octopus. Octopus was very tender and the pork was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent evening away from our new baby. Not many opportunities for us to have an evening to ourselves so we are very careful with the venues we choose. Our meal was excellent and Virgil made the whole experience special for my wife and I. The day after Valentines and Zambris was still performing at a top notch level. I'm thankful we chose Zambris and will do so again. Cheers"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have eaten at Zambri's once a year for the last 3 years when I am in town. The first time I was very impressed with the sommelier and the wine list.. The food and service was also excellent. Well, nothing has changed. Zambri's continues to impress for all the right reasons and I am sure I will return next time I am in Victoria."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Zambri's never fails to deliver great service and great food. Even with the place jammed due to Valentines day, the experience was everything we wanted. The wine suggestion from our server perfectly complemented the meals. There is always something new on the menu to try and we are never disappointed. Thank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "One of the best meals I have had in a long time The only negative is the table and the way the table for two was positioned The fish was not overlooked and the leeks didn't overpower the taste. The seafood salad was excellent with light dressing"
    Dined on 2/15/2014