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Interior - Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar, Victoria, BC

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.6
4.6
722 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Located in one of Victoria's oldest buildings, Ferris' Upstairs Seafood And Oyster Bar presents deeply coloured wooden floors and rich brick walls accented by candlelight Featuring the best in fresh seafood from our local waters, and premium steaks from Alberta. It's a great place to lounge and enjoy what Vancouver Island has to offer.
POST COVID OPERATIONS: We provide a safe and comfortable dining environment with enhanced cleaning protocols, sanitizer stations and daily employee health checks. Our aim is to provide an environment that is enjoyable to dine in while keeping both our staff and guests safe.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 360-1824 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    dave@ferrisoysterbar.com: (250) 360-1824 ext. 1

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Cross street

    Locate on Yates between Government and Wharf.

  • Parking details

    Street parking, parking lot directly opposite

  • Public transit

    Multiple transit stops in the surrounding blocks.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 722 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Seafood

  • Victoria

    Best Overall

  • Victoria

    Best Food

  • Victoria

    Best Service

  • Victoria

    Best Ambiance

  • Victoria

    Best Value

  • Victoria

    Fit for Foodies

  • Victoria

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Victoria

    Romantic

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  1. LH

    LiseH

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This was my son's 40th birthday...the service was spotty...we waited 70 minutes for your food, my husband & son ordered the bouillabaisse one had half the amount of broth!! The server corrected this error and gave my son a complimentary dessert. Our entrees were not hot, our server offered to take them back but we had waited long enough for our food. Our seafood caesar cocktails which came with an oyster had no nectar at all!! The shucked oysters were good, the baked trio of oyster really good, the best was the cauliflower salad. The overall ambience was nice but it was it was really loud and hard to converse. Our table ran out of water and we had to flag someone down to get more. The restaurant seemed to be short of staff and it showed! I don't like giving negative reviews but our celebration was a bit of disappointment!
  2. DB

    DawnB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. Great bouillabaise. Will definitely return.
  3. RL

    RichardL

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fried oysters - the best in the world !
  4. WL

    WilliamL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was truly wonderful. We are from the San Francisco Bay Area and travel many times per year eating in different cities. Our dinner of cauliflower salad, pork loin, and cream brûlée was truly amazing. Do yourself a favor and dine here and enjoy a non rushed dinner with the best service I’ve had in years. Yes, we will dine here next time we are in Victoria.
  5. DC

    DCeats

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal. Not a big choice but all the better for it.
  6. S

    2Sisters

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kudos to the chefs and waitstaff. Roasted oysters were fabulous!
  7. BA

    BrittA

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous space, great food, good service. Prices are absolutely appropriate for food that is vastly better than your steak chain that probably costs MORE! The oysters were UNreal. Drinks were fantastic. And shout out to the hostess who found us a table downstairs when I got the date of our reso wrong (we were a day early...oops).
  8. JC

    JanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good all round experience would certainly recommend
  9. MJ

    MarkJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place!
  10. JW

    JoanW

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is incredible! We started with the fresh shucked oysters which were indeed fresh and served with mignonette sauce and fresh grated horseradish. Amazing. Then we had several small plates, all delicious and well balanced, followed by chocolate pots de crème and a warm brownie. Service was friendly and attentive without being too hovering. Best meal so far since we arrived in B.C.
  11. DW

    DonnaW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you! The Black Cod dish was stellar. The service was first class.
  12. QW

    QuintinW

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great staff
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Wait staff was very good. Kitchen was slow and food was disappointing. New kitchen staff may be a “much needed work in process.” Restaurant took two of our three entrees off the bill as they knew we weren’t happy with the quality of the food. Kitchen was also extremely slow in preparing our meals.
  14. JL

    JamieL

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food!! Great Service! you can't go wrong here.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious oysters - both raw and cooked trio!
  16. DS

    DawnS

    West Palm Beach

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food prepared and served by great people.
  17. J

    Jmacg1

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We came for our anniversary. Service was fantastic. We loved the atmosphere and decor of the restaurant. Aubrey was our server and was a fantastic professional. A couple of dishes did not come as expected but Audrey bent over backwards to make things right. The kitchen completely redeemed themselves and we had great time. I would recommend this restaurant.
  18. S

    Spice

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wait staff was pleasant, comfortable setting, halibut was delicious!
  19. o

    oysterhound

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, from the appetizers to the main dish. Consistent quality, attentive service and a great ambiance. Better than just an oyster bar.
  20. N

    Nancy

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, cheerful and excellent spot. We enjoyed the dinner we had there. Lots to choose from with a focus on seafood--presented in some unique ways. Highly recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST food and people.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ‘‘Twas great
  23. LH

    LaurieH

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    My halibut wrapped in prosciutto was very dry and the beans that it all sat on were very boring in glivour
  24. J

    Jane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I did not appreciate their tipping system that indicates that giving an 18% tip is for "good" service, 20% is for "great" service and 25% is for "very good"... Seems rather excessive. Giving 18% is generally reserved for excellent service... Very upsetting to have this presented to us at the end of the meal.
  25. DA

    DineAround

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Our server was attentive. However, the main reason that I dine out is for the food. In this case, the food was average. The steamed shellfish was not as flavourful as I would have hoped. The bacon-wrapped dates were a pleasant surprise.
  26. BH

    BryceH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, really delicious food and fun environment. Chairs were not very comfortable but not enough to make a decision over.
  27. KE

    KateE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening celebrating our daughter's graduation from university. Great service, food and ambience.
  28. WL

    WendyL

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I had the best seafood meal of our lives. Every dish tasted so fresh and was uniquely prepared. Quaint atmosphere. Lovely service. Perfect from start to end.
  29. K

    Kris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative fish kitchen combining fish and meat in a clever approach
  30. m

    mike

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ferris' has been our go to restaurant for the last 24 years. The food is consistently good as is the service. We eat there at least twice a month in one of the three venues.
  31. AE

    AndrewE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was very good but the menue has shrunken quite a bit in size since the last time we were there and it took quite awhile for the food but it was delicious none the less
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service, ambiance, etc were fine. I gave the food a middle of the road rating because of the two of us, one had a dish that was excellent (Sable Fish) and one had a dish that was meh (steak). The sable fish in tom yum broth was outstanding - so good my dining partner had a hard time deciding which element was the best. While the vegetables served with the steak were nice (but not amazing) the steak itself was under seasoned and bland. To be fair, I’ve never been a fan of restaurant steak (I do it better at home), but this was just a slab of meat with nothing to recommend it, and fairly gristly as well. The marrow-butter (probably the main reason I decided to give the steak a try) had zero marrow flavor. None. Nada. Zilch. Crème brûlée for dessert was way overcooked. Overall, it was pretty underwhelming for me, but I’ll go back to try that sable fish.
  33. AE

    AlexisE

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal I have ever had. Unreal food. We had the best table in the place too, by the front window ! Server was exceptional. Table ordered the dates, oysters, Sable fish entree and the duck entree. Everything was plated with intention and care and not one morsel of food was left on anyones plate .
  34. AR

    AmyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Was somewhat disappointed with the food this time. Good flavors as always but the food wasn't cooked properly, some overdone some underdone, and poorer quality meat than usual. Won't stop us going back but wasn't the usual fantastic food.
  35. a

    alchemisty

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a birthday celebration at Ferris Upstairs and everything was perfect. The service, the delicious food, menu adjustments for food sensitivities, everything. Love this place.
  36. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu. Appetizers and entrees were delicious. Service was excellent.
  37. S

    Stephanie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely service, and a soft warm ambience in an old heritage brick building. I often eat here for special occasions. Oh and 100% try the brownie - it is magic
  38. EP

    ElizabethP

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great dinner-out experience: great food, solid wine list, lovely room and good service. Never disappointed!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night, great food
  40. C

    Cat83

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Places that serve good food seem to be dwindling, but Ferris Upstairs is definitely not one of them. We started with Happy Hour drinks and appies which are excellent value, and the food is really good. The main dishes are priced fairly for the standard, which is very high - I had the sablefish, which is one of the best dishes I've had anywhere, and my spouse had a tasty bouillabaisse. So many restaurants in this city serve mediocre food because people still come, so Ferris Upstairs is a very welcome departure. Please keep doing what you're doing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 360-1824 ext. 1.

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 722 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar

536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Locate on Yates between Government and Wharf.

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking, parking lot directly opposite

  • Public transit

    Multiple transit stops in the surrounding blocks.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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