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FARO - Oak Bay Beach Hotel

4.4
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51 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Translated from Italian, FARO means “beacon” or “lighthouse”, a well-suited name for a location that has been a beacon for Oak Bay locals and visitors alike, where guests have gathered to enjoy Victoria’s most luxurious oceanfront accommodation, dining experiences and award-winning spa setting for over 90 years.

FARO is anchored by its Wood Stone pizza oven and a seasonally changing menu that includes handcrafted pizzas, a variety of fresh salads and small bites, cocktails and local wines, all to be enjoyed in a stunning modern room, at the tasting bar or on the outdoor patio with fire features.

Please be aware that reserved seating is for inside only. Our patio is first come, first serve.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 51 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindaL
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely relaxing sunny comfortable patio great for Covid

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KatieB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pizza and ambiance. Could use a few other non-pizza options but a great add to the neighbourhood!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Two thumbs up

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JoyH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous tasting thin crust pizza! Friendly service! Nice seating outdoors. Would definitely go back again

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Squib
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Local Restaurant in Oak Bay with a Gifted Chef. Even if You do Not eat Pizza, the Appetizers are amazing. The Pizzas if you choose, are not pedestrian, rather a gastronomic experiences. Even the Ice Cold Water is superb !
Over 5 visits with different friends, different choices at Lunch , everyone has been happy. I have dined outside under umbrellas and trees in fine weather, and inside on other occasions.
As a medical professional, I appreciate the Social Distancing and Masks inside the Hotel . The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The ambience inside is spacious (for a small space) and welcoming. The reservation system works!
Underground parking can be facilitated if you ask.

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HG123
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The place was empty but the waitstaff were more concerned with talking then serving.

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Pamela
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful afternoon for a long and excellent lunch. The patio experience is lovely and the food and service excellent. Hope you can figure out how to extend the outdoor experience!

Pamela

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wendye
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good.
My only suggestion would be to have more portable heaters on the patio.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

All good except for table right next to door to patio - didn't realise how many times the door would be opened during our meal ! Each time led to a blast of cold air. Next time I will be sure to avoid that table., especially as there was lots of unused space inside.

Otherwise, a good dining experience.

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JulieN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was fantastic, wine was good but very expensive, service was great. My main complaint is that it is very noisy and that spoiled the overall experience. Would like to try the terrace another time.

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HowardM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza

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IndigoBlue
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous venue, service & pizza!

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IslandVC
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

This was our second visit. We were so impressed by the pizzas last time that we wanted to introduce our friends on this occasion. Sadly, the evening did not go as we wanted. Two things appear to have changed, negatively, since our first visit.

1) Service. While our server was fine, the person greeting people on arrival did not impress us. We had a reservation and our table was free when we arrived. However, we were kept waiting outside until the greeter had finished dealing with take-out orders.

2) Ambiance. The noise level in the restaurant was intolerable. We were the only people sitting inside, but we could not hear each other because loud rock music was being blasted out of the speakers. We asked for it to be turned down, which helped for a while. Sadly, a short while later it was back up again. It seems the music was there to entertain the staff rather than create an enjoyable ambiance for diners. Surprising for a hotel of this quality.

We won't be back, which is a pity as the pizzas are good.

HM
HeatherM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time out for a family Birthday. Our server was kind and attentive, food was delish and atmosphere was comfortable. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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chuck
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious Pizza, warm and efficient staff, great decor

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table isolated and server attentive but unobtrusive. Food excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!! Delicious food and fantastic service!!

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JesseS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic meal. Food was very high quality and well seasoned. Every bite was perfect.

JP
JackP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

This is a lovely spot and they're working things out with at times inattentive staff

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Pamela
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio experience. Excellent pizza. Licked the plate!

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. Lovely patio, but a bit noisy as you are on the road. Service a bit slow, but as it was a lovely day we didn't mind.

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NicoleP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the decor in Faro. SO lovely to sit outside as well with the fireplaces. Super friendly and accommodating staff! Pizza is excellent as is the caprese salad!

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MarthaA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food with efficient service and attention to social distancing.

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Curls
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant is nice. Nice decor. But the outside door to the restaurant is open, possibly to make it easier during Covid 19. The whole restaurant was cold and I did not feel much ambience at our table. The pizza was good but I felt the quantity for the price was not there.

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KatieD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pizza here is great! You can taste the fresh ingredients. We loved it.

The restaurant itself was not what we expected for an Italian place that required a reservation. Very loud, echoe-y, bright - more diner-ish than upscale restaurant in its decor and atmosphere. We sat inside so outside may have been a different experience. But it was cold when we were there and the interior design did not help.

Waitstaff were great - attentive and helpful.
We would go back though - the pizza was that good. Anxious to try all of them!

MA
MARYS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. The out door section needs heaters, it was very cold

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in Victoria

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JudyP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice lunch experience. We enjoyed and will be back.

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Caro
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Faro has an odd reservation system. You can reserve inside but not outside. Outside is first come. Faro could not accommodate our change from 4 people to 5 even though, when we arrived early in order to try for a table for 5, no one was sitting inside. Our server was the best! Beer choices are very limited, pizza ok, arugula salad excellent.

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IanM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was our server and he was wonderfully personable and enthusiastic about his work. We enjoyed the food and patio. Even booked another reservation for another evening later in the week for us and family.

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Socialgirl
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, pizzas are amazing. Drinks tasty too. Patio is lovely. Stellar service. The staff are friendly, professional and ensure it is all a positive experience.

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TerryP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Maitre de certainly took her time
Waiter was excellent

Decorator just plain missed it with all hard surfaces which amplify the noise level even in Covid times

I will pass on this noisy place in the future - when will the 'decorators' wake up

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service from Nolan! Wish there were a few more salad/appetizer options for those of us who cannot eat pizza. Nice wines for the price. Will go back

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ReneS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location and lovely patio. The pizza was amazing ... thin crust and light airy edging - simply delicious. Service was excellent.

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!
The pizzas we tried were some of the best pizza I’ve ever had!

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Julieanne
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Faro has great pizza and a beautiful setting and ambiance. I will be back, however I think they are still working out kinks as the service was very slow but new COVID procedures are also likely a factor.

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SueL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, the wine was was expensive, the service was great!

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vipBernie
El Salvador
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see the wait staff wearing masks. Was a little disappointed to see that the oven wasn't wood burning, but, the pizza was good just like one from an authentic wood burning oven.

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HVM48
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit with two friends. We each had a different pizza and all were very much enjoyed. I hope to return with another friend in early August....she is the one who first told me about FARO. Compliments to the chefs and the entire staff. Well done !

FAQs

FARO - Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 940-0302.

FARO - Oak Bay Beach Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.