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Friends of Dorothy, Victoria, BC

Friends of Dorothy

4.6
4.6
166 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Voted Tasting Victoria's Best New Restaurant 2022, Friends of Dorothy is Vancouver Island's premier LGBT2Q+ restaurant. Featuring gourmet plates and technicolor craft cocktails, our queer-owned establishment offers breakfast, brunch and dinner with bright walls, modern tastes, live entertainment and campy excellence.

Dorothy’s share-friendly dinner menu spans crave-inducing nibbles, audacious charcuterie boards, refined signature dishes. Sharable favourites include gochujang drenched crispy cauliflower and sizzling hot baked brie.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to our beautiful central downtown location at 537 Johnson Street and discover our weekly event lineup on Instagram @fodvictoria, or online at www.fodlounge.com. Truly everyone’s welcome at Friends of Dorothy!

Open every night until 12am. Reservations are not taken after 8pm - first come first served.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Cocktail Bar, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (778) 432-4565

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    For any Catering inquiries, please send us an email at victoria@fodlounge.com

  • Private party facilities

    Our space is available for Private Events. For any inquiries regarding private events, please send us an email at victoria@fodlounge.com and let us know how we can help create a memorable event for you.

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Cross street

    We are located at 537 Johnson street on the corner of Waddington Alley.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM,Sat - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Victoria's only brunch spot where you can reserve your table in advance! Book today!
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    There’s no place like Friends of Dorothy, a delicious & delightful lounge where you can sit back and relax with specials on draft, cider, house wine and of course, shafts! Pair your favourite beverage with some Confit Duck Wings or Vegan Meat Balls. Thursday through Monday: 3pm - 5pm. Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm - 5pm.
  • Dinner & Drag

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 5:30 PM - 9:15 PM
    Reserve your table for an entertaining evening of drag and performance art, hosted by Victoria & Vancouver’s most well-seasoned performers, Mina Mercury & Eddi Licious!

What 166 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Global, International

  • Victoria

    Best Ambiance

  • Victoria

    Great for brunch

  • Victoria

    Healthy

  • Victoria

    Lively

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  1. G

    Gingerwander

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved it. Fantastic decor, staff are so friendly, the entertainment was super fun, and the food and beverages were lovely. I'll absolutely be back.
  2. DA

    DeeA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Lovely space and fabulous cocktails. Drag shows would be worth coming for. The food was just ok, menu sounded better than it tasted and everything tended sweet. Very skimpy bacon on the breaky sandwich, which was pricey at $18.
  3. SK

    SiriKhan

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, drinks, and vibes. Support local business is gold and goal. Recommend 👍🏼
  4. LS

    LosieSadsen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE this place! The whole vibe and the people working there are fantastic!
  5. ER

    EllenR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great time was had at FOD last night! Excellent food and as usual fabulous service. Enjoyed the up and coming performers and drag event as well.
  6. CE

    CharleneE

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The pastas are delicious! The show is fantastic. Go and have some fun!
  7. TR

    TRS17

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a hidden gem! We had a great time overall. Food was amazing especially baked brie!
  8. J

    Jackie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were so nice, they went above and beyond. Felt like being at a friend's house and not a restaurant.
  9. KC

    KirraC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Truly have never felt so unvalued as a customer than I did at this establishment. I had made a reservation in advance and upon arriving our table was given to another couple who had just come in (behind us) without a reservation. Stuff like that happens so we moved on and got seated elsewhere. We sat at that table for 15/20 mins before being served anything including water. Just as we received our drinks an employee asked us if we could move again so the drag queens friends who had come from Vancouver to see them could sit close. The restaurant was full and the show was starting in 10 mins at this point. It was clear if we did not give up our seats they would not be able to view the show. When we expressed how its a little unprofessional the waiter just kept saying “I’m not pressuring you!” Our drinks were comped and we ended up leaving as the whole situation had just put a sour taste in my mouth. It was also clear as we sat that older patrons were being taken care of much better and with a sense of priority that is not extended young queer people. Respect all customers equally regardless of their assumed financial standing and reserve tables for performers.
  10. S

    Suzie

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Was our 42nd anniversary! We’re new to Victoria & thought we’d check it out, also we like to support local as best we can..the menu is limited but good quality. Staff are lovely 🥰
  11. KP

    KittyPurry

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A fabulous evening all around but I must say the service was above and beyond.
  12. VH

    VickiH

    Pittsburgh

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    very different, entertaining and energized. A fun venue with excellent service and good ambiance.
  13. JP

    JoannaP

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing evening to experience. Food , drink and entertainment ! So fun.
  14. KR

    KarleyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love FOD Great, friendly service. Love the decor and vibe Food was great as well as drinks
  15. AB

    AmbB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A lot of fun! Exciting, fresh, great music and entertainment with wonderful staff. Can't wait to go back.
  16. HB

    HeatherB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely vibe and great service! Small menu, but delicious food.
  17. E

    Emaek

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Mediocre, under seasoned food for way too much money. Really disappointed to have picked to dine there on my birthday.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super great They even provided the special request of a unicorns and sparkle ❤️
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cold inside. Average food
  20. KT

    KristaT

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was good- one of the better brunches we’ve been to. The service was great- servers were very attentive and friendly, it made for a fun morning. Would recommend for brunch.
  21. WR

    WeylaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance, service was great and they really made our special occasion extra special. The food was amazing, the vegan breakfast was soooo good! Would absolutely reccomend.
  22. AC

    AdrienneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drink! Great ambiance and decor. I will be coming back!
  23. HP

    HeatherP

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, the entertainment fun and our server Marielle was positively delightful! I felt like we were in someone’s home by invitation, not at a restaurant.
  24. CK

    CarpediemKat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rich vibrant decor and a sparkly atmosphere coupled with smiling, engaged staff and delicious food, fun cocktails are a great start. The icing on the cake is the colourful, artistic and comedic entertainment that transform a night out into a special event where you can laugh and sing and connect with your wider community! I can’t think why I would just go to a restaurant or bar any more when for the same cost I can have this much fun as well as great food and drink. So there, that’s what I think.
  25. B

    saraB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    Anniversary brunch
  26. h

    hightea

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A little expensive for a happy hour compared to other places but the decor is fabulous and food is good
  27. RA

    RyanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Wonderful brunch and cocktails.
  28. BL

    BrookeL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Would definitely recommend for appies or cocktails, not for a dinner meal though. Food was lacking but service and atmosphere were great.
  29. KS

    KarenS

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun! We loved the art and covered
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch with friend visiting Victoria. Great service, atmosphere and decor is superb. Will be back and recommend it to friends.
  31. D

    Dancer

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Very well laid out and decorated inside. Howeve,r we had our wine right away and then waited 45 min for our appetizer, we never did receive our main course's. The noise was loud, they had a drag show on that night but it was definitely poorly done. We have been to drag shows before, so not the first but this was just not good. Overall I think they need to be more disciplined.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had a reservation for 5:45pm and didn’t order until 6pm. Then our food never came until we kept asking which our server wasn’t very nice and just told us it’s coming in a firm tone. Once we asked again and said that we needed to be somewhere at 7 and told her we ordered an hour ago she said she would check and then came back to tell us that the food will be out in 2 minutes which ended up not happening. We only got the cauliflower and waited 10 more minutes for our olive tapenade… which surprisingly STILL NEVER CAME! So we asked to take it off our bill and left. This place is so unorganized I really wanted to like it since it was our first time but we felt ignored and like left overs. 0/10
  33. MG

    MarG

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the enclosed patio for brunch on a Monday, and it was such a beautiful magical space. What a great little gorgeous environment they have created! Must see! Our server was so sweet and delightful and the food was great and our portions huge! If I’m ever back in Victoria I will make it a priority to go back there for sure!
  34. r

    rocsai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Love the atmosphere and the food was delicious. The service wasn't great. It wasn't very busy and it took a while for us to place our order, and when we asked for information about the drinks, it was never provided. Also, gratuity of 20% is included in the bill (we were a table of six so I hope this is why) but server didn't tell us that when we were paying. Courtesy would have been to let us know the gratuity was included. Would still recommend it for atmosphere and good food.
  35. MS

    MykiS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I was so happy to be able to bring some of my under age family to Talent Tuesday! Chaz was such an awesome Host to the night.......brought us to tears with the humour and heartfelt narrative. The talent was awesome, the crowd was supportive and engaged....we had a great time.
  36. N

    Nann

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit there. We loved the atmosphere, the decor. The plating of the food was beautiful and delicious as well. The service was perfect. We’re looking forward to another brunch at Dorothy’s!
  37. SL

    SheriL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great vibe and atmosphere. Happy hour drinks and food was very reasonable and tasted great. Would return for dinner and sit in the back with the open air seats. Funky decor!
  38. BH

    BryanaH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing people, amazing experience. I can’t wait to come back! ☺️
  39. TP

    TanP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING STAFF!!! My friend and I went on a Sunday where it was karaoke night and the vibes were amazing! Delicious food, caring and welcoming staff, great mood and ambiance, all around perfect experience. I would definitely recommend to all and would most definitely go again! Thank you Friends of Dorothy and hope to see you soon!!
  40. AS

    AmeliaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Love this place and was excited to bring my family to drag brunch as was advertised on the site and the booking app. Disappointed food was cold and No drag :( just brunch. The whole point was for us to watch the show. Been here other times and had a super time but this last Sunday was a bust. Be sure to call in and confirm the table and entertainment.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Friends of Dorothy is rated 4.6 stars by 166 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 9 times today
Google Map for Friends of Dorothy

537 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 1M2

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located at 537 Johnson street on the corner of Waddington Alley.

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Cocktail Bar, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (778) 432-4565

  • Catering

    For any Catering inquiries, please send us an email at victoria@fodlounge.com

  • Private party facilities

    Our space is available for Private Events. For any inquiries regarding private events, please send us an email at victoria@fodlounge.com and let us know how we can help create a memorable event for you.

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