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Zambri's
Zambri's

Zambri's Details

  • 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
  • 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
  • "The food, service and atmosphere at Zambris are beautiful. However, short of eating pizza or appIes, the only dish on the menu for vegetarians was pasta with peas and Gorgonzola cream. It was tasty but a few bites in I came to the conclusion that it is really only glorified mac 'n cheese. With a chef like that they can do better. Looking forward to more vegetarian options!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have enjoyed this restaurant for years. It never disappoints"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Only had an hour for lunch. Had made a reservation ahead of time, table was waiting and service was great. Disappointed that pizza was not available that day but enjoyed the sandwich. Made it back to work right on time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "While we know, from previous experience, that Peter Zambri is a top notch chef, alas most of our meal was ho hum! The appetizers were spectacular, but the gnocchi were pedestrian and the orange marsala sauce on the duck was aggressively sweet, drowning the flavour of the perfectly cooked duck. Also the numerous hard surfaces amplified the noise level to the point my husband and I had to shout at each other to converse, although we have been married for nearly 30 years, we still enjoy talking to each other during meals."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Came back for a second try. I'd requested a quiet table in my online reservation & got the quietest table in the place! Wanted to try their home made pasta. Was told the spaghetti had green peppers which actually were jalepenos. Dish was a bit dry, very nice flavour but way too hot for my taste. Waitress offered another pasta dish which was ok. Spouse had the scallop dish wish he rated a 7 out of 10. Wine list has very dry whites & last visit I asked what they had on the less dry & sweeter side. There wasn't anything then but on this visit the waitress suggested the moscato which was on the dessert wine list that I hadn't seen. It was quite nice but a bit too sweet. Bread needs some dipping or spread than just a bowl of olives. Boring food"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is a very pleasant lunch spot, appropriate for special occasions. We enjoyed a quiet birthday lunch there. The food is excellent and the setting is lovely."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "feature foccacia bread excellent, rabbit pate bland, tuna not fresh and over cooked, veal pasta: meatballs tasty, pasta and sauce, not so much, sorbet excellent, wine very good, coffee great. great touch with candle in sorbet but no big fuss over birthday"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Zambri's is well located in downtown Victoria. The food and ambiance are generally very good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Zambri's offers fine Italian food and wine in a fabulous downtown setting. The open somewhat industrial looking space is creatively decorated with chandeliers and colourful art, making for a vibrant elegant atmosphere. Food choices are authentic Italian, featuring delicious local fare. The wine list is fantastic. Service is attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous from the minute you enter the restaurant. We'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed all that was presented but with the beef might have been served with a more colourful plate. I found the presentation somewhat disappointing but the taste was superb."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We've been going to Zambri's since it was up the street in a little strip mall. It continues to be one of the best and most authentic Italian restaurants on this side of the Atlantic. Our brunch last Sunday was divine."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Zambri's is always great for lunch and dinner and the brunch is outstanding!! The food was delicious and the presentation beautiful. My partner enjoyed the house made lamb sausage special and I loved the classic frittata with a local crisp salad. They also serve proper esspresso and have a very interesting wine menu with servers who are happy to pair for you! A wonderful overall experience :) and no massive line at brunch! A total gem"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Zambri's service is professional, efficient and friendly, the ambiance is classy but not stuffy and the food is always a real treat. The reasonably-priced wine list offers many excellent options."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "full windows make for a light open dining area-food quality and freshness always first rate and your staff are terrific-would most favourably recommend"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Its well-balanced and easy-to-read menu assembles some great Italian dishes with a hint of pacific flavour. A good selection of wine, as well as beautiful cocktails and sparking wine creations, just adds extra fun to your already-began food celebration."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Every thing was great here. We loved the menu choices. Dessert was excellent. Wine list was excellent. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 was that my steak was way over done. I ordered medium rare and it came well done. Lucky it was tenderloin so it was still edible. If it had been some other cut I would have sent it back. A bit surprising at a restaurant of this caliber to get the steak so wrong. I wonder if the server miss heard me."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "A wonderful meal from a very excellent menu of choices fit for any tast. Artfully plated and skillfully served. Friendly staff and lovely ambience to the venue. Big improvement over previous location."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had lunch at Zambri's with three friends the other day. Made a reservation for two through Open Table earlier in the week. Plans changed and they had no problem making it a foursome with only one hour's notice. I had a pizza. The crust was thin and crispy - Neapolitan style. Toppings were tasty and the portion generous. For me, it was second only to Wolfgang Puck's at the Crystals in Las Vegas, for that style of pizza. My guests had sandwiches or pasta which also looked delicious. A great place for lunch - nice décor, lots of tables and not too loud. However, earlier in the year we had dinner with a group of twenty and the food was superb - everyone in the party agreed! Definitely the best meal I've had in Victoria."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a great evening. The servera were great at recommending diah choices when I was stuck between options. They used great descriptors about the dishes in question and were spot on. It wasn't very busy the night we went in, but we didnt have to wait too long for out starters or mains. The noise level was appropriate and we really enjoyed out experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Zambri's has quickly became my new Friday night dining place. This visit was just as superb as the rest except for the fact that, despite having a reservation, we were sat in the alcove next to a large bridal party that was quite loud. Our experience was still fantastic and my son was able to see what I have been raving about recently, but next time a better suited seat would be appreciated. We could barely hear each other speaking from across our small table due to the noise from the large party beside us. Given we called ahead and there was other room in the restaurant, there could have been a more suitable place to seat us. Otherwise, stupendous as usual! Thanks Zambri's! Excellent service, amazing food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been to Zambri's 5 times now and it is one of our favourite places. The last 2 visits had us waiting for our wine both times, with our hot food in front of us; it's very important to us to have our wine with the meal prior to eating. We had to remind the wait staff that we had ordered it. The manager was very prompt, opening the wine and apologizing. He later offered a complimentary dessert. He kept our glasses full and was watchful, which we appreciated. Our waiter also apologized, genuinally; it was obvious that she was run off her feet, with many other tables to attend to. It might be helpful if there were more support staff to help with filling water glasses, or clearing tables, to leave her time to attend to other matters."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Zambri's is our neighbourhood local and damn are we lucky. We always leave Zambri's happy. The food is incredible and there is always something new to try. The cocktail list is genuinely original, and the wines never disappoint. Perhaps most importantly when you want to sit down with six friends for a three hour dinner on a Friday night; the service is always impeccable. Beyond this, Zambri's is actually priced fairly. I don't feel like I'm being gauged just because I'm eating downtown in a tourist town. This means that I'm happy to dine here often and leave generous gratuities."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As always not only is the food full of wonderful flavour and perfectly cooked, but it is also beautifully presented. The food is always consistently excellent! I believe that Zambri's gives great value - never disappointing food at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The salads and pizza that we enjoyed were excellent and the Italian wine totally met our expectations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • " Delicious food,decent service. Had a great time with out of town visitors. Would definitely recommend!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Nice ambience, slightly on the noisy end; very good N. Italian food; loved the availability of Piedmont wines especially the Gavi di Gavi (and by the glass!); exemplary service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Zambri's was o.k., but disappointing overall. The restaurant itself makes you feel like you are in a shopping mall........food was o.k.--not very inspired. There are other good Italian restaurants with better ambiance."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great celebration - thanks - they were out of pizza too bad!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Service 5 star. Food was outstanding. My salmon and shrimp was great. My husband lovevhis pasta"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Drinks were ho hum. Expensive. Ceasar was bland, The broccoli salad was humorous. The Pasta was OK. We had to order the oil and vinegar as a side to go with the bread. Nothing special about this place. Bills itself as Victoria's best Italian. That is pretty sad for the city. Service was the best thing about the place. Would not recco or go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Recently enjoyed lunch at Zambri's, very tasty. Meatballs & Polenta, chicken sandwich, salad...all excellent and good-sized portions (took some home for dinner). Went for dinner last year and was not impressed at all (flavourless, overly salty, uninspired). Nice to know that it was an isolated incident and that the restaurant can provide great food after all."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "There was 4 people in our group. We all enjoyed the Caesar salad. The dressing was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the main courses and the excellent wine frm northern Italy. Would recommend to anyone looking for an excellent Italian meal in Victoria."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary and wanted somewhere up class and memorable and once again Zambris didn't disappoint. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Fantastic food top notch service great wines! Because the place has so much concrete and glass it was very loud and difficult to have conversation. Ceiling baffles would help a lot !"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have only been to dinner at Zambri's. Most of the time we are on a bit of a time crunch....ballet, theatre etc. I have rarely been disappointed by my dinner choices (often two appetizers). The menu is varied (specials)prepared and presented beautifully. There is a good choice of wine by the glass and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and timely. I never hesitate to recommend Zambri's."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and service but background sounds make it difficult to hear my dining companion."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I love Zambris for lunch - usually a great experience - this time I didn't feel so welcomed - like I was intruding. I know lunch is busy but the service needs to be exceptional and feeling welcomed is so important!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Have only had pleasure of dining at new location twice now. Service both times (different waitstaff) have been attentive but not intrusive. Beautifully plated food that tastes every bit as good as it looks. Ambiance is somewhat noisy for me (getting older and less tolerant of noise) yet there is no problem conversing privately at one's own table. As I love a sure thing, I would bring out-of-town guests here as well as recommend this place to friends."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We visited Zambri's twice in one week and both times received excellent friendly service and enjoyed first class food. The second occasion was to be a romantic final dinner for two in the city before returning to the US and that is exactly what we experienced."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Its not fair to review this restaurant on one dining experience. I ordered the Lamb shank (a dish I had never eaten before) and didn't really enjoy the meal. Its probably best that I try again and order something different. The restaurant was quiet and the service was very good. we sat outside and would choose to do so again. My date enjoyed her meal."
    Dined on 5/18/2014