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Friends of Dorothy, Victoria, BC

Friends of Dorothy

4.7
4.7
148 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Cocktail Bar, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Thu–Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 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

  • Dinner & Drag

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM,Fri - 5:30 PM - 8:00 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! We offer a new feature menu every Friday that is curated by our award-winning chef Sarah Maw.
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Mon - 3:30 PM - 5:45 PM,Tue - Wed - 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM,Thu - 3:30 PM - 5:45 PM,Fri - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM,Sat - 3:30 PM - 5:45 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! Everyday from 3pm - 6pm.
  • Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Mon - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM,Thu - Sat - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Victoria's only brunch spot where you can reserve your table in advance! Book today!

What 148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Global, International

  • Victoria

    Best Overall

  • Victoria

    Best Ambiance

  • Victoria

    Best Value

  • Victoria

    Great for Brunch

  • Victoria

    Healthy

  • Victoria

    Hot Spot

  • Victoria

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Victoria

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cold inside. Average food
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. B

    saraB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    Anniversary brunch
  9. RA

    RyanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Wonderful brunch and cocktails.
  10. 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.
  11. KS

    KarenS

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun! We loved the art and covered
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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! ☺️
  21. 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!!
  22. 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.
  23. M

    Mickey

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were wonderful… the patio area was cozy without the tables being crowded. The ambient noise was low enough so that the members of our party who is hard of hearing had no trouble with conversation. Will definitely come back!
  24. DS

    DrewS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love the ambiance, the vibe, the music, and the friendly staff - we'll be back. I don't recall your Rosemary Hash Browns being deep-fried before. Hash browns are not deep fried. That is an abomination! Other than that, love ya.
  25. t

    thebchamp

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun drinks while enjoying Tuesday's local variety talent show.
  26. V

    Viclocal89

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time sharing appies and drinking cocktails. It was a slightly slower evening and our server made us custom cocktails all evening. I’ll definitely be returning!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food was somewhat flavourless, service was fine, we had to ask for cutlery and the bills twice though. Beautiful aesthetic but I wouldn’t go here specifically for the food. Still need to try their cocktails.
  28. KY

    KylaY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for a girls night out and WOW, so much fun!! Saw a late night drag show which was AMAZING, feasted on appetizers (the topanade was *chef's kiss* great), and loved the vibe! Definitly coming back soon!
  29. R

    Rrrr

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Matthew, our server was phenomenal. The prix fixé menu food was very good but very limited. Show was amusing but not exceptional.
  30. C

    Casey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff that are warm and kind. Delicious food. Gorgeous interior!! Went for brunch and was not disappointed!! I had the tomato and avocado toast and it was fantastic. Both friends with me loved their meals as well! An eggs Benedict and a traditional breakfast. Will definitely be going back when I’m next in Victoria!

    Friends of DorothyResponded on July 26, 2022Hi Casey, thank you for your glowing review! We will be sure to pass along your compliments to the kitchen team. We hope you can join us again in the near future :)

  31. C

    Cynthia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    A super fun evening out. I brought my friend who was visiting from out of town. Will definitely be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner and drag show! One of the most fun nights I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend!!!
  33. CJ

    CalgaryJack

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We’ve been wanting to go to FOD for ages and decided to book a table finally as we had a friend in town and wanted to get out DT. We had no idea it was Dinner and Drag night. We didn’t see anything on the set menu we wanted but the Happy Hour snacks were really good and then we stayed for the show and had the best night out in DT Vic we’ve ever had! Such a great welcoming vibe and everyone was there to have a good time. Can’t wait to go back. Can’t recommend it enough. Special thanks to Mina Mercury & Eddi Licious! Oh and the amazing servers!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was amazing. From the ambiance to the food to the staff. Five stars across the board.
  35. JD

    JanineD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Shrimp lettuce wraps were just too spicy very little flavour just HOT! Artichoke and mushroom appies were fantastic
  36. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    This was a kind, welcoming, inclusive space that we would recommend to anyone and everyone — even those a bit nervous about joining a queer space for the first time :)
  37. JH

    JamieH

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot recommend this place enough. Absolutely love the food, vibe, service. Order the apple cinnamon waffles!
  38. DG

    DarcyG

    Puerto Vallarta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Fun, funky interior design. Friendly servers. LGBT supportive.
  39. DC

    DiannaC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was wonderful. We enjoyed it so much the first time we went back a second time. The themed cocktails were amazing and the food was excellent. Of course, the best part was the entertainment and the amazing waitstaff. I would recommend it to anyone.
  40. W

    Whatsheeatingnow

    Toronto

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Friday nightly Drag show dinner was a fun evening out. The show was fantastic and the food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The chicken and waffle appetizer is available on their brunch menu! I can’t wait to have it again! The pork belly was tasty and we loved the chocolate cake (Brownie)

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 4.7 stars by 148 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 6 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 Mon, Thu–Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 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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