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About Bard & Banker

The Bard & Banker offers a friendly, warm atmosphere. Featuring Victoria's best whisky selection and 30 beers and cider on tap, and an enjoyable wine list. The food menu is constantly changing and features local, home made dishes with options to please everyone. The Bard presents live local music 7 nights a week with NO cover.

1022 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1X7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Burgers, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Daily from 11:00 am to 1:00 am

Cross Street:
Fort St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(250) 953-9993

Website:
http://www.bardandbanker.com/

Entertainment:
The Bard & Banker is open seven days a week from 11am to 1am with live music every night.

Executive Chef:
Richard Luttman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bard & Banker Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (334)
Vibrant Bar Scene (268)
Neighborhood Gem (182)
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Hot Spot (169)
Great for Lunch (140)
Special Occasion (140)
Late-night Find (140)
Fit for Foodies (130)
Romantic (56)
Notable Wine List (41)
Great for Brunch (28)
Casual (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Live Music (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Scenic View (9)
Business Meals (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Our server TIA 435 was probably the best server I have had at Bard & Banker. She was excellent and the space they gave us for our celebration was perfect!

Tags: Live Music, Hot Spot
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Fish was great, salad was very good and service was great also! Will come back for sure!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great Beer, Great for Brunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Had to spend Valentine's Day away from home with colleagues. Couldn't find a restaurant and this one RQA available. We were greeted with a friendly smile, service was great and the food was really good. Fresh local oysters being shucked daily and all ingredients were very fresh. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Local Ingredients
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 7, 2017

What a great place to dine and enjoy and drink. Beautiful!

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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Went for my husband's birthday. Had Our choice of seats and we were given sample tasters of the seasonal beer on tap. Had a lovely meal.

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food4
ambience3
service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We had a gift card that had apparently expired a few years prior but the waitress looked into it and the establishment honored it...which was really appreciated. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Comfort Food
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The food was good and the local beers excellent. The restaurant was comfortable and roomy, with friendly service. This would represent a good, initial dining experience for those visiting Victoria for the first time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2016

I really like the interior of this place. Food was good, the oysters were excellent! And the service was good as well. The only negative I have is that temperature inside felt like about a thousand degrees! I only had a sweater on with no layers so I was sweating bullets the entire time. I don't know if they crank the heat in the winter or what the deal was. I would def recommend this place, just wear layers easy to peel off!

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food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Fantastic Christmas ambience. Lively, great music, good menu selection and tasty food

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food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Lot's of variety in the menu and the food was delicious. Service was prompt and polite and the meals were arranged beautifully.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
ambience5
service5
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Good as always, a family favourite! Great choices of drinks, wonderful food and leave room for the sticky toffee pudding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Nice English pub style restaurant in the heart of Victoria, good food, great, friendly staff. Menu has changed since our last visit to the area a couple of years back, still plenty of choices, not as many traditional pub style food. Still enjoyed our visit, waitress friendly, efficient, there if needed.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual, Bar Seating
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food3
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2016

We had a very tasty lunch and great service - thanks!

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food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 19, 2016

I really enjoyed the evening. I found the 1/2 fries a bit small for a 1/2 order. I really don't like the silver serving vessels. The salad dressing (I am sure it was house), was not very tasty. I would still recommend the venue tho. I quite enjoy it.

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Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 5, 2016

We had reservations and were seated promptly by a friendly waitperson. The service was great, the food was tasty, and atmosphere charming.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food4
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service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2016

Fantastic poached pear desert.

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food5
ambience5
service4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Great atmosphere and food. Scotch flights were excellent and a good value. We went back a second time during our weekend in Victoria.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Business Meals, Casual, Fun
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Beautiful ambiance. Food was fantastic. Great pub to bring visitors to Victoria.

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food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2016

We enjoyed the restaurant, but it was a birthday celebration, and nothing was offered. There was a mouse running around our table, which we realize you have no control of.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Portland)·Dined on October 10, 2016

We were so delighted to have gone to this restaurant. We sat at the bar for cocktails and had great conversations with the baristas. We then went to a table and had a wonderful meal.
When we left I told them that this restaurant is so magical. They said "you should see it when it
is decorated for Christmas."

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Naples)·Dined on October 4, 2016

The atmosphere is brilliant, Great pub space with cozy booths in the bar area. Beautiful bar with some nice premium scotch selections.
We shared a beef carpaccio that was outstanding.
Our waitress took very good care of us.
Highly recommend this spot.

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food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2016

The waitress was very attentive. They had a good array of scotches, so we ordered a flight of four 1/2 ounce 18-21 year old scotch, which was an excellent way to sample them. Also enjoyed the halibut, which came ale battered and chip crusted. Definitely recommend them!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2016

The restaurant and bar are very classy. We were seated in a booth on the side away from the bar which made it easy to have quite conversation with our friends and still see the beauty of the restaurant. The food was delicious and the prices reasonable.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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food1
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service1
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 11, 2016

Great experience - except received a "no-show" reprimand!! I did make a reservation. I did keep this reseration. The food was excellent (as always) and our server, Annie" was an absolute delight. Receiving a note implying that I had "stiffed" this restaurant left a bad taste in my mouth - which was not the fault of "The Bard and Banker" but of OpenTable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 6, 2016

The Bard and The Banker is one of the most beautiful pubs that I have ever been in! The staff is always great, the food delicious and the drinks are cold. What more could you want?!?
It was fantastic - as always!

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 6, 2016

Went there after reading a review of their grilled cheese sandwich in the Los Angeles Times. It was all that we hoped for...gooey, cheesy and delish! The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. A great place. Thank you for the experience!!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Lancashire)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Booked a table which waant available when we arrived we were then asked to dine at the bar right in front of the band but decloned and was then put in a corner rift out at the back. Food OK ovetprced pub food service ok.

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food2
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service2
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 24, 2016

We were extremely disappointed with the food.Had to send back the César salad. Tasted like lemon. The sirloin steak was tasteless. We had a nice table so we were away from the noise. Would not recommend unless you just want to socialize and drink.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching
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food2
ambience4
service4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 4, 2016

An amazing atmosphere with very reasonable prices . A truly wonderful place to spend the evening !

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Great raw oysters and sandwiches.

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food4
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Food was very good. The only concern was how noisy itwas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Great ambience, awesome beer pleasant staff and great live music! We'll be back again next time we visit victoria for sure!

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food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2016

Not a good experience. Arrived for dinner at 7:30 and at 7:45 a drummer began pounding, using a sound system that, incredibly, made the drum louder. By 8:00 the whole band started up, WAAAY too loud!!! Our party of six left without finishing our meal, which was a shame because the food tasted pretty good. Make sure you check musicians' schedule before making reservations.

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food4
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service4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Great service and good food. Enjoyed it very much

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food4
ambience2
service4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Order the rotisserie chicken. Delicious.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 11, 2016

we were on a family vacation in Victoria and the Bard & Banker was recommended. We were seated in our own little room which was very quiet & intimate. The wait staff and food was exceptional. We will eat there on our next trip to Victoria & highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 7, 2016

My friend and I shared an order of Halibut and chips. It was divided and served on separate plates which was appreciated. I would say the food was mediocre, nothing special. Chips were barely warm. Batter (potato chip) on halibut was overdone and soft. Expecting crispy on both fish and chips. We had sticky toffee for dessert and it was 'nothing special'.
Service was good.

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food3
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Good dinner. Live band at 9 everynite. Fun place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Great food with the perfect location in vibrant downtown Victoria. Filled with locals and tourists, this is a great restaurant for any kind of occasion. The high quality bar food, supreme drinks, and unique ambiance make this restaurant a one of-a-kind-dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 28, 2016

Such great service and atmosphere. Will definitely make this a favorite.

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