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Bar 500, Victoria, BC

Bar 500

4.6
4.6
36 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian

Italian inspired eatery/bar led by talented chef Josh Cocca and master mixologist Mark Roeric. Newly re-designed in the lobby of the Oswego Hotel. Local products, smart wines, true cocktails, Whistle Bouy draught and a commitment to quality, are all presented by professional and passionate staff, making bar 500 the go to hot spot in James Bay.

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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 940-7500 ext. 6505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josh Cocca

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Cross street

    Oswego and Kingston

  • Parking details

    Free underground parking as well as ample street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Romantic

  • Victoria

    Kid Friendly

  • Victoria

    Fit for Foodies

  • Victoria

    Hot Spot

  • Victoria

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Victoria

    Notable Wine List

  • Victoria

    Romantic

  • Victoria

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AS

    Agent22Smith

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are staying at Hotel Oswego, (excellent), where BAR 500 is located. They positive reviews on Open Table are warranted. Food is locally sourced, creatively prepared and everything we had was excellent. Our waiter (Mark) masterfully steered us through the menu. This is a small restaurant with well-spaced tables of 2-4 persons, creating a quiet ambience perfect for couples. Prices represent a great value for such outstanding dining.

  2. EM

    ElizabethM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very enjoyable music, lovely food even though the menu is small.

  3. CD

    CandD

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    A great place to meet, loved the ambiance! The food was good but unfortunately the service was not great. We had to ask for coffee refills twice, had to ask for more cream, there was no quality check on the food, no refills of water. Basically once we were served, we had to flag down our server (who continued to talk to another staff member), every time we wanted something. There was only one other table of two in the place. Although we didn't order very much, I still expected better service than we received. I was the one who suggested this place to my friends and would like to bring others but I may be a bit hesitant to make this my first choice. The server was nice enough and I did still tip her but only because I used to be in the service industry and I know times are tough right now. I'm sure I will return but perhaps a bit more customer service training for staff would be helpful.

  4. MS

    MarkS

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and the food was amazing. Chef Josh made us an exceptional carbonara! Can’t thank him enough. Will be back soon!

  5. BE

    BeckyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Great food. Very impressed with everything. And as a big guy I still left full, which I was not expecting.

  6. FS

    FranzS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    The menu is short but each of the four dishes we ordered were exceptionally tasty. The dessert - strawberry, rhubarb, cognac pie - was the only part of the meal that was uninspired. The two wines we ordered - a French white and an Italian red - were very good and complimented the meal. The service was quick and efficient but perhaps a bit sparse. I would recommend this restaurant for a very tasty dinner.

  7. SC

    SatisfiedCustomer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was super friendly and checked on us just the right amount of times. The food was delicious - the pasta in particular - and all for a fantastic price

  8. C

    Crisoery13

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our waitresses were excellent. They were friendly and energetic. The entertainment was fantastic. Food was very tasty. The soup and salad were plentiful and incredibly flavourable. The ravioli was great, but we thought the portion was too small.

  9. s

    shawnr

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    This was our first visit to Bar500. Dine Around is what prompted the visit. Food was excellent - atmosphere was nice. We will ask to sit at the bar next time.

  10. J

    Josh

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Awkwardly quiet. Food was just okay - didn’t pack a punch. Server could have been more inviting and exciting.

  11. GG

    GeorgeG

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It has taken me a long time to actually make a reservation for dinner in the Bar 500, even though I live in Victoria. I took a couple of friends from out of town last night, and we had a very pleasant experience in the restaurant. The food was excellent, and the service was better. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Bar 500, and I'm sure we will return.

  12. KK

    KeithK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent. Food was interesting, a different take on some dishes. The pear pasta was excellent

  13. SL

    SeanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great server, great food. Was very happy with cocktails as well.

  14. SD

    SidD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food; friendly staff, lovely Christmas decorations. Recommended!

  15. d

    daryld

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best resto in Vic

  16. DG

    DanaG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    The drinks were great, service good. For the price there should be free bread like other higher priced pasta spots in the city. We ordered bread anyway and it was terrible. My husbands ragu was worse then boxed hamburger helper. My catch of the day meal was ok. I would recommend for the drinks but not the food

  17. MS

    MarkS

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    It was our first time there and it won’t be our last. Chef Josh’s food was amazing! It blew me away. Mark and Anuke were a delight behind the bar. Bar 500 was a pleasant surprise and we’ll back back very soon.

  18. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food, delightful drinks and some live music made for a lovely evening.

  19. HA

    HeatherA

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Best Italian food we have had in a long time and very nice to hear the live jazz music.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot for a nice but casual bite and a quality drink.

  21. D

    Dudelistico25

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    They’re on OpenTable but don’t take OpenTable dining checks! They think it’s a gift card program but it’s essentially them making back the money they pay into using OpenTable. They wouldn’t call the number on the back of the check either. Won’t be back! What’s the point if they don’t honor being on OpenTable

    Bar 500Responded on October 29, 2021

    Our apologies concerning the OpenTable cheque redemption. We certainly do accept them and regret that you were informed otherwise. Our sincerest apologies and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

  22. RK

    RichardK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved the small menu, locally sourced (mushrooms), and the the enthusiasm of our server. I look forward to another visit.

  23. H

    Halom

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Somewhat disappointed with the experience here.The menu was quite limited and did not give any indication as to what was a starter or main course and lacked a description of the meal. We had a starter of the mussels which were well done but a very small portion and the toast that went with the mussels were burnt. The main course was a small portion for the price and my partners fish was overdone and way too salty.The accompanying vegetables were not the freshest either. Bar500 needs to up its act if it wants to compete in this market.Unfortunately it has been our experience that restaurants in the tourist harbour area of Victoria often don’t have to try too hard to attract customers.We left feeling that we had overpaid for a meal with too small portions of rather indifferent quality.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service was awesome! Would recommend.

  25. YV

    YVRdwntwnfamily

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely dinner at Bar 500. The menu is brief but well thought out. Had the catch of the day and it was excellent - sides really complimented the fish. Tasty craft cocktails and a delicious cappuccino to finish the meal. Great service and excellent value!

  26. JW

    JennyW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Food was salty and virtually inedible with "foraged" weeds and potato foam that was more like toothpaste in texture. Over priced and underwhelming to say the least. One of the worst meals we have ever had. No question.

  27. MM

    MargueriteM

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have been here a few times and always a lovely experience.

  28. E

    Eats

    Vancouver

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, great service and a lovely dining space!! I highly recommend the hot chicken sandwich.

  29. E

    Eats

    Vancouver

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food & excellent service.

  30. D

    Dudelistico25

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mark is a wonderful server/mixologist! He makes Bar 500 very welcoming! Amazing food and drinks! The patio atmosphere is to die for! On the quiet side which is nice :)

  31. j

    justinp

    Edmonton

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Will keep coming back!

  32. E

    Eats

    Vancouver

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and service was amazing. A nice little patio with limited covers seating. We will be back again!

  33. JA

    JonathanA

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service! We look forward to our next visit.

  34. D

    Dudelistico25

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    amazing food, amazing drinks and best of all: amazing service. The ambience is definetly amazing!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The tastiest pasta I’ve had in years!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best new restaurants in Victoria! The pasta was fresh and some of the tastiest I’ve had in a long while, the beet tartare is definitely recommended, and the tiramisu hit the spot for a sweet treat at the end of our meal

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar 500 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 940-7500 ext. 6505.

Bar 500 is rated 4.6 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Bar 500

500 Oswego St Victoria, BC V8V 5C1

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oswego and Kingston

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free underground parking as well as ample street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Josh Cocca

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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