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Friends of Dorothy, Victoria, BC

Friends of Dorothy

4.7
4.7
129 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 & technicolor craft cocktails, our family-friendly queer-owned establishment offers breakfast, brunch & dinner with bright walls, modern tastes, live entertainment, & campy excellence.

Dorothy’s share-friendly dinner menu spans crave-inducing nibbles, audacious charcuterie boards, refined signature dishes & custom three-course meals during our Dinner & Drag events (every Friday!). Sharable favorites include gochujang drenched crispy cauliflower and sizzling hot baked brie.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to our beautiful central downtown location at 537 Johnson St, & 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 fi

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Cocktail Bar, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (778) 432-4565

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sarah Maw

  • 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
    Fri - 5:30 PM - 10:00 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 129 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
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Live Music

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Global, International

  • Victoria

    Best Overall

  • Victoria

    Best Service

  • Victoria

    Best Ambiance

  • Victoria

    Best Value

  • Victoria

    Great for Brunch

  • Victoria

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Victoria

    Healthy

  • Victoria

    Hot Spot

  • Victoria

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Victoria

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SL

    SheriL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  2. BH

    BryanaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    TanP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!!
  4. AS

    AmeliaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  5. M

    Mickey

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. R

    Rrrr

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 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.
  11. 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 :)

  12. 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!
  13. 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!!!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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 :)
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. W

    Whatsheeatingnow

    Toronto

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 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)
  22. f

    funtimes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Was there for my girlfriends birthday and our table of 6 loved it. Can't wait to return.
  23. AS

    AlastairSM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Campy excellence with a side of good service and good food
  24. h

    hali

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Loved every second of it. Cauliflower and karage sandwich were both to die for!
  25. A

    Alice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the second time I'd been to FOD. The atmosphere/decor is gorgeous, and the servers are always incredibly friendly. The food is very good—expensive, but quite worth it. Was here for the drag brunch. It did not disappoint!
  26. BB

    BaileyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FOD always has the best service and the best food! I tried the pancakes today and they were LIFE CHANGING. Hands-down the best pancakes I’ve EVER had.
  27. DS

    DSMI

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was interesting and so good. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back.
  28. TY

    TammyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing night out, friendly and attentive staff. Great cocktail Menu. Definitely a new fave for me.
  29. SM

    ScottieMac

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and food. Just wow.
  30. N

    Nila

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FAVOURITE place to go for brunch!!! best vegetarian benny (tomato and avo benny) and the environment is always safe and welcoming to us queer folk (:
  31. LP

    LibertyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    LOVE the restuarant. excellent food. the ultimate culinary test is a seafood omelette, and holy smokes your chef passed the test! Unfortunately the service was slow. but def will be back! love the place. and my GF teen felt welcome, which is most important.
  32. LS

    LizS

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were their for family dinner to celebrate our son's birthday request! We were there when it was quiet (early evening). The food was excellent and the service was great. The ambience in the setting is fun!
  33. P

    Peter

    San Francisco

    324 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    324 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We both enjoyed the drinks and our meals. Attentive staff. Great atmosphere. My husband had the smashburger and I had the fried chicken sandwich. Both were very nice. The chicken sandwich had great flavors. Just wish it was a little bit thicker chicken breast but otherwise tasted great!!
  34. KH

    KaHa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    My food was delicious. One of my friends ordered her poached eggs medium and they were definitely soft with some of the whites still runny. She ignored it and ate her meal anyway, up until she found a hair in her food. That was the kicker. Now she did not complain about it so they have no idea. My other friend got the entirely wrong meal, sent it back apologetically. They brought out her almost correct meal but by that time, the other two of us had almost finished our meals. I say almost correctly because she had asked for fries instead of hash browns and that was incorrect on the second plate. They then brought her a big bowl of "extra" fries but that took another almost 10 minutes. By then we were ready to leave and she asked for a box for her food. The servers each came back several times without a box. We finally got the box and bill and and were a little surprised that they did not take any percentage off of her meal after several screw ups. She did enjoy her food though, once she finally had it. So, food was quite good (other than my one friend's experience), a little pricey but that's today's world, ambiance was great, service, although very friendly and helpful, was very slow and a lot of errors.
  35. KD

    KevinD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Friendly server. Clean Facility. Good food quality aand quantity.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the seafood omelette and didn’t share any bites. I always share. Until that omelette.
  37. D

    Dorothy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Its one of those place you go to once. We were a table of 9 and found it way too loud that you couldn't really talk or hear people speak, had to yell sometimes, portions too small ... went for a burger afterwards, service was slow, and drinks came to the table with the wrong mix. The set up in Victoria is not good because if you're sitting in the patio you cannot see the stage and the performers rarely ever come all the way to the back nor work the room - not a good set-up. There is a screen on one side of the patio but again not viewable to everyone in that area, poor design. One performer came back to collect tips despite the fact that they didn't back to the far corner end of the patio anytime prior to that ... but managed to get themselves all the way there to try and collect a tip. The other performer also came right back to our end corner table at the end of the night to say thanks and collect a tip .. but she didn't come that far to the back during her entire performance. The whole thing needs alot of fine tuning.
  38. KM

    KylaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! So much fun! Great food and drinks! Definitely going again!
  39. S

    Soentertained

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Victoria and this was the best dinner I was out to while here for 3 weeks!
  40. JH

    JoHannaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Sammy was incredible. So friendly and helpful, really made our evening great. The drag shows are always such a blast.

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 129 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 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

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

  • Executive chef

    Sarah Maw

  • 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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