The cozy interior, featuring local artwork, sets the tone for the food and wine. At the centre of this rustic charm is a bountiful oyster bar, Victoria’s only true oyster bar. Nautical Nellies offers a large selection of fresh, local, OceanWise sustainable seafood and well aged, hand cut Certified Angus Beef steaks. The menu is a mix of classic and modern styles with distinct West Coast influences. Start your meal with Jonah Crab Cakes. (Rumoured to be the best in the city!) or the succulent albacore tuna tataki. For lunch choose one of their handcrafted sandwiches featuring Dungeness crab or Atlantic lobster. At dinner, the Hunter Sirloin or a more traditional surf and turf.
The wine list has won several Playhouse International Wine Festival Awards and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2008- 2012
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm
Overall, I expected better as my last visit was to the old location with a fantastic view. I found the menu more upscale and not as basic as I remember.
The food was really fantastic, service was great, and everyone in my family had a really good time. We got to sit next to the fish tank, and there was a puffer fish!
Do not order the Beef Wellington. The mustard wss the primary flavor and completely ruined the entree. Also, the puff pastry cap was soggy. We regretted ordering it. Without a doubt, the Beef Wellington was the worst thing we’ve ever eaten in Victoria. The Delmonico steak was really good though. Lobster and crab were great. Oysters were not. Drinks were ok.
Nice quiet restaurant with good food. Good service.
The food was lovely although some of the portions were smaller than our friends thought should be. The crab cakes are delicious and you will love the scallops on forks.
Would recommend to anybody wanting a nice meal down the harbour for a special event or just a nice romantic meal.
We had been looking to make our anniversary dinner at Nautical Nellie's a tradition - unfortunately, it didn't seem that our reservation mattered. We had even included a note that this dinner was special and that it was just going to be for two for our anniversary. Despite this, and despite the many open tables, we were put at a large four person table between two other groups - not exactly the setting you want on your anniversary. We had to specifically ask to be placed at a bar booth for a more quiet space. The food was pretty good, but a little underwhelming. We didn't end up ordering as much this time because we simply didn't feel the reservation was taken seriously and wanted to leave. An unfortunate dinner in the end.
Fantastic Service and the food was delicious!
Bad experience. I went to this place with my girlfriend for celebrating her birthday. We ordered mussel steamer pot, stuffed chicken and 1lb king crab legs for dinner. The flavor of the mussel pot was okay, but got 2 stinky stale mussel in it. The crab and shrimp stuffed in the chicken was sour and weird texture, and the chicken was bland. I'll say that's not worthy but acceptable. However, the overpriced 1lb king crab($67) we got only 4 small pieces of half king crab legs which was definitely not enough 1lb. We asked our waiter and he kept telling us that's one pound. We paid 140+ for the dinner and still hungry right after we finished. Could get better dinner at other restaurant. In Blue Crab, for 1lb you can get 5+ full king crab legs for less money($50ish). Such disappointment, won't recommand this restaurant and won't come back again.
My husband and I were more than satisfied with the meal. We definitely want too come back
Good food but the restaurant was freezing.
My husband enjoyed his steak however we had the special and it was a poor value and very unenjoyable. Waitress was not the best and our drinks tasted watered down.
Been there a few times now ..this time I ordered a ceaser salad not happy ..four romaine leafs on the plate with a bit of dressing on top and 4 croutons. .so I had to cut it up it was dry and I have never seen a ceaser salad come like that before
Swift service, average food - no real complaints, but unremarkable. The short rib sandwich was tasty, but small and kind of sad. The bacon Caesar was good; the panna cotte dessert inedible. Thankfully, our server removed it from our bill. In short, with a town full of retaurants, try something else.
Great food and good customer service. Only complaint, which is small and fairly insignificant, is that they don’t give you free bread while you wait for your meal. Saves more room for the delicious steak and seafood they have. We wouldn’t hesitate to return.
The food was good, the wine is ok but pricey, over all everything is ok
Excellent food, had the 28oz ribeye, my wife had king crab, both cooked perfectly, definitely plan on going back!
The Beef Carpachio appy was so good! Great presentation and sauce. Seafood hot pot was delish, as was my husband's seafood platter. Pricey wine list, but great service, not cheap menu but great, fresh food and well worth the visit. We always dine here when over from Vancouver.
Great food and wonderful service! Beautiful views too!
We've been here many times, and never disappointed. Service always excellent, food well prepared and nicely presented. Fab wine list. Having the table set with ice water waiting for us when we were seated is very welcoming.
Surf & Turf for under $60. Need I say more? 👍🏻👍🏻
I spent a week on Vancouver Island, and every day- for every meal, I tried a different restaurant. Nautical Nellies is a locally revered restaurant that I would say specializes in local seafood. As a Canadian, I knew that if I wanted stellar seafood, this was the area to be in. The hostess/waiter was super helpful in assisting me with what was in season and freshly caught. For my appetizer I had Wagyu Carpaccio which was excellent, for my main I was recommended their full dungeness crab. It did not disappoint, and the pricing was pretty good. I also had their arctic char which was fantastic. The wait-staff is super friendly and knowledgeable and I knew they were a great restaurant based on conversations I had with folks working the front desk at my hotel. A must try for anyone in downtown Victoria.
Lovely meal, service and ambiance.
It was a birthday celebration.
They treated us very well and when they made an error with the order - it was immediately corrected and they gave us a bit of a discount.
The birthday girl received a free birthday dessert.
The service was very good I would go back anytime.
It was very good.
We hadn’t been here for years, but we saw the groupon and knew our previous visits were consistently delicious, and the price was right, so we decided to give it another go. We were not disappointed. We arrived slightly earlier than our reservation, but we were seated immediately in a private cosy corner which was well-lit. We had a set menu: a choice from a good selection of 3 appetizers (lobster bisque, ceasar’s salad, sushi), 3 main dishes (NY steak, cedar plank salmon, pasta) and 3 desserts (flourless chocolate torte, sorbet, white chocolate creme brûlée) and $10.00 off a bottle of wine. My husband isn’t much for soups, but he enjoyed is bisque with plenty of large chunks of lobster, my salad was fresh and crisp. His steak and my salmon came hot with roasted Brussels sprouts and lobster mashed potato for his and steamed asparagus and jasmine & wild rice for mine. The chocolate flourless cake was superb as was the creme brûlée. The portions were full-sized. Our server, Terri, was friendly and efficient. All-in-all is was a perfect evening with our groupon. We will definitely be coming back to sample the full menu!
Used a Groupon and although still really good wasn’t as good a selection as with previous Groupon promotions.
Our first time there. Atmosphere was great (we were celebrating our anniversary), service was outstanding and food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely make the trip from Nanaimo to enjoy a meal at Natical Nellie’s again.
Excellent food and great service. Nice varied menu. Great experience.
We were in Victoria for 1 evening and were recommended to go here for seafood. The meal was great! We had the hot seafood pie, seafood platter and seafood paella! The cheesecake was awesome! It was all great but the food could have been warmer. Thats why I didn't give it a 5/5.
Quality of Surf Turf for lunch was very subpar. It was on a bun which was unique and then due to liquids the bun fell apart. Not appetizing at all.
Excellent food very good wine pairing excellent service.The groupon menu is limited but everything we have had on it was excellent.
Visited because we had a groupon. The service was great and the food tasty. The portions were substantial. We will return!
Made reservations solely based upon gluten free options. Waitservice was excellent and informed. Cocktails and wine were excellent. Dinner was spot on with my filet being perfectly cooked and wife's salmon equally prepared. The only complaint we could come up with is that the potato to seasonal vegatable ratio was skewed heavily toward potatoes. Otherwise, we had an excellent dining experience.
Never been before and was extremely impressed. Food was delicious and service exceptional. Will definitely Mention to friends and have already spoken to my family about having celebratory dinners here!
This was our second time being at this restaurant and the service & food was outstanding. We love the atmosphere and will definitely be coming back.
Celebrated a birthday and wanted a steak. Well, not only was the steak superb but so was the starter - lobster bisque - and the substantial dessert. The staff, especially our server (I am sorry but I forgot her name), was very good - attentive and observant and above all very friendly, with a smile on her face and always a good suggestion when one was needed. We certainly will be back.
Food was great, especially the seafood, price is decent compared to Vancouver. I am only writing this review, which is my first on OpenTable because of how I loved this place! I would see myself come back whenever I'm in Victoria.
We had the seafood platter for 2 and it was delicious
Amazing food. Great service from Terri. Really made it a special birthday.
Love the food and with a Groupon best deal ever
Service fantastic great menu options and large portions great experience
Good food and value. The service had a slow start but recovered nicely.