Blue Crab Seafood House - Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

4.3
909 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
Frommer's International Guide calls the Blue Crab Seafood House, the "best seafood spot in Victoria". Blue Crab Seafood House has earned a reputation for excellence in seafood and West Coast cuisine. The daily specials take advantage of the local catches for the freshest ingredients. With an ocean view from every table, it's a dining experience not to be missed! Featuring local Dungeness Crab, Alaskan King Crab & amazing local seafood.



Our lounge offers a casual atmosphere to enjoy drinks and casual dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:00am - 11:00am and Sundays 7:00am-1pm

Dinner: Every day from 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Lounge & Bar open Every day from 11am-11pm
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Phone number
(250) 480-1999
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gabriel Milne
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Catering
At Blue Crab Catering we pride ourselves on our service and attention to detail. We offer full conference services for business meetings and conferences, and we are situated on the picturesque Victoria waterfront, a perfect setting for any special event or function.
We are also happy to cater small offsite events, provide BBQ’s “to go”, or to prepare picnic lunches for your special outings.

Please call 250-940-1101 for further information, or e-mail catering@coasthotels.com .
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Cross street
Montreal Street
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Parking details
Free parking is available in our underground parkade.
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Special events & promotions
Keep an eye on bluecrab.ca for up to date special events and news! Follow us on Instagram for the latest photos and news
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 909 People Are Saying
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JM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having made a reservation 3 days in advance - for the two seater by the window in the bar - for 1:00 I was extremely disappointed that the reservation was not honoured. Then - going into the lower area - seeing a 'reserved' sign on a table - was told that we couldn't sit there either ! - then we were told we could sit there - not a good communication going on in that area. The Blue Crab is one of the places that we always go to when we visit Victoria - and this was the first time we experienced difficulties. I had made two (2) reservations - one for the Monday - and then one for the Tuesday - just to let you know that your place is important to our Victoria visit.

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DW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Seafood was fresh and excellent. Ambiance and view great as well. Service was acceptable but not extraordinary.

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S
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always head over to the Blue Crab when I’m in town for the crab cakes, they are the best! If I have someone to join me, I got into the dining room and have never had a bad meal - and I have been going for at least 6 years about twice a year.

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OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Good food but not exceptional, excellent service and a nicely set out restaurant.
However, the interior incorporates nothing but hard surfaces and is open to the bar. Consequently the noise levels were so high that we couldn’t hear each other speak at our table.
Probably a better restaurant for groups and folks that don’t mind shouting to be heard, than it is for a couple that want a quiet meal and a chat.

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MD
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant for our anniversary and the food was great. We also had a lovely window table that had a great view and was private Our food was exceptional and our waiter was very attentive but not nosy

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LW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and service. We had a later reservation and the hotel shuttle driver even gave us a ride back to our B&B.

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SS
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the harbor. My wife loved her food. Mine was very good as well. If we're ever in the neighborhood again, we'll drop by.

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LF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Blue Crab is my favourite restaurant in Victoria. The food, the view, the service, all are spectacular. We always know the visit will be all we had hoped, and most enjoyable.

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JF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent! It is more on the pricey side so they could have some table cloths and make the ambiance more “fine dining”. Was more of a quiet pub feel.

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LZ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was a little disappointing; not as good as when we went there in 2016. I would recommend to a friend with the caveat that ur going 4 the view, not the food. Our server was attentive & helpful

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here twice whilst in Victoria, had booked for first night and enjoyed it so much we came back the following night. Steelhead Salmon, Halibut and of course their Crab is highly recommended for those with patience to crack them open. King, Alaskan and Dungeoness along with a 1.5lb medley for those hungry enough. Friendly and helpful staff added to over experience with good views across the harbour inlet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fast friendly service.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

After many, many wonderful experiences dining at the Blue Crab (mostly for dinner) I took my out of town visitors there for lunch. It started to get embarrassing when we were ignored for a good 30 minutes after being seated. I will say the server, when she came, was terrific. Orders taken and then again we wait...and wait...and wait. No one comes to check on us at all. Food finally arrives. To my embarrassment the clam chowder I ordered was nothing like previous visits there. Completely tasteless. After we finished our meal I did talk to the server privately who said she would remove the cost of the chowder from the bill. Since I was a guest not the host, it was doubly embarrassing to hear my cousin when asked how the salmon lunch was said....well, the salmon was a rather dry & overcooked and the rice also quite dry. So no one really happy and I do hope my host wasn't charged for the chowder but he didn't know so we left it at that. I would not be confident to take any more guests there. Was it because the end of the tourism season resulted in all regular staff sent on a vacation and so fill-in help was employed? Just very strange after such happy memories of dining there.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service , our waitress was a gem of the highest order

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m
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant staff is always spectacular. I would reccomend this as a not to miss stop.

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TF
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great crab, service, and view!

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B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but fight for window table ruined our dinner experience

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wonderful service in an idyllic setting

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W
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The view is fabulous, no question, and it's worth it to go there at least once, just for that.

The ambiance in the upper level of the restaurant is hotel-dining-room. The lower level looked to be more interesting, but that's only a perception, and we did get a window table on the upper level.

The food is good enough, but not spectacular, and for the price of the entrees, I expected spectacular. It's also quite limited - nearly all seafood (surprise, surprise), which can be difficult if you have a beef-lover in the family. The server did suggest that we could order the surf-and-turf without the surf which met that need somewhat. Two of our party were seniors who would have preferred smaller portions.

Cost for 4, incl 4 cocktails, 1 bottle of wine, 1 basket of bread (there's a charge for that) 4 entrees, 3 desserts, and 2 after-dinner liqueurs, plus tip, was a little over $400.

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KC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my fiance's birthday and our engagement. The service was outstanding very knowledgeable of the wines meal was excellent well presented. We sat by the window overlooking the harbor and watch The Coho depart couldn't have asked for a better evening highly recommended

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DM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a light lunch, crab cakes and clam chowder. Both were very nicely done and very tasty. We had a nice window seat so could view the harbour activity and people walking by. I would definitely return to this restaurant!

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BC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone here for several special occasions. Great location on the waterfront at any time of year.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Una location molto carina, con vista sulla baia. Cibo eccellente e buon servizio

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Blue Crab didn’t disappoint! The food was very good, and the service was attentive without being intrusive. The only slight negative of the experience was a table directly behind us with a very young child who clearly was unhappy with his experience. Yes, I know that happens but unfortunately Mom and Dad didn’t seem interested in taking the youngster for a walk — perhaps they felt it would interrupt the time they were spending on their smartphones☹️

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended highly and did not disappoint. Delicious food.

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g
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent fresh seafood. We loved it!

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D
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a very good experience. Food was exceptional. Two things of note. Drinks: requested a cocktail on the menu but not available. Menu: The online menu isn't kept up to date as the item wasn't available on the restaurant menu. Just two negatives which didn't spoil our evening. Waiter was especially helpful when we needed him.

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DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The 3 of us had a good experience.

We all had a different meal and were please . Great presentation. god taste

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JA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated against the windows with a great view overlooking the harbor. We ordered the cod, salmon and risotto, and snow crab legs and we were not disappointed! Fantastic meal. Great value too.

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OT
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My husband and I both started our dinners with soup. He had the Manhattan Fish Chowder and it was awful! It completely lacked any flavor. I had the Clam Chowder and it wasn’t any better. It was a cream soup with a few leeks and exactly 3 clams! It didn’t taste like any clam chowder I have ever had. We both felt that the 2 soups were cheaply done and tasted like it. We both had the salmon and it was good, nicely prepared and attractively presented on the plate. Dessert was the best course. We shared a croissant bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla bean gelato. It was delicious. The service was very good and the views are wonderful, it’s too bad they cut corners on the soup.

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RO
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food but a little to pricey for what you get

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor hostess, waitress was ok, but failed to check in with us until well into our meal.
Not as accommodating for seating with a reservation in the late evening.
Overpriced, and had to pay extra ($4) for a substitute for an item that they ran out of as part of the platter.
Overdone steak, our wine was taken to the wrong table when it finally showed, after having to ask again for it.

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TN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the service was fantastic, the ambiance was delightful and the scenery was spectacular. The only thing that was a little disappointing was that they charged for the bread. Our bill was significant and to add $2 on for the small bread basket seemed to a be nickel and diming us. Other than that we will go back again.

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GR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff very professional , service great ,food above excellent , great evening in all .we will come again.

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GV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My steak looked awesome when presented but fell short in taste. Unfortunate considering the price. Would not return.

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MR
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Waiter was fair. Not overly friendly. Seemed rushed. No bread served, felt prices warranted bread.
I ordered the halibut and it was very dry and overcooked. Husband ordered the snow crab and waiter kept saying you should have ordered the king crab legs. Waiter did give us a 25% discount on mine since I only ate half of it.

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n
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

It’s my wife birthday and we ordered steaks, and it takes 45 minutes for our food to arrive, i asked mine medium rare and to my disappointment it’s medium well, my wife asked for medium and it’s almost well done, we have no choice but to eat our steak because i dont want to wait for another 45 minutes, so disappointed by this restaurant will not coming back.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner and dining experience. Our server was friendly and efficient. There were two tables nearby that were extremely rude, demanding, and obnoxious but he took it in stride and continued to provide excellent service! Wish that diners were as great as those working.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place for Birthday

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AK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to this place with my husband for a special occasion and we were not disappointed.
The view of the marina was beautiful. The food was delicious! Service was very good!
Just an excellent dining experience!

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