Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
Warm, cozy prohibition era decor in Victoria's 'Old Town". In 1882 Harry Johnson first published the Bartenders’ Manual/Guide for Hotels and Restaurants. He is still known today for his sagacious writings on service excellence and customer care. He bought the Little Jumbo Saloon in New York from a peer and rival named Jerry Thomas who had founded it in 1866. Because of Thomas’ pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States; he is considered "the father of American mixology”. In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. We pay homage to these two and our Little Jumbo emphasizes the fine craft of preparing fresh local food with a focus on continental and contemporary and pairing it with fine wines and the best of classic and modern mixology. A particular emphasis is on creating exceptional customer experience, something very dear to Harry Johnson’s heart.
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JennyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We were a bit disappointed with the new menu. It was very short and the food was just ok. Little Jumbo is one of our favourite spots but it missed the mark for us this time.

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Stxhan
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Good ambience on selection of music and decor. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. Servers have nice attitude. Highly recommend!

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Frankv
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a very pleasant surprise. Our server was pleasant and welcoming the and made some very good recommendations from the changing menu. Their cocktails are quite unique and very enjoyable. The appetiser was sufficient for my wife and I to share and main entrees were quite sufficient. I would suggest splitting a dessert unless you are still really hungry. The setting was quiet but we had an earlier than normal dinner (5:30) on a Sunday. Definitely go back again.

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trevorc
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was amazing. Top tier. The service is always great.

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vipBarbaraC
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for our kids 18th birthday. The menu was very limited, but the food we ordered was as usual very good. Just felt a bit limited with choice. The 3 desert options were not hugely appealing considering my one son is allergic to sesame and date.... so we went elsewhere for desert. The wine list is limited but good. Will he back, but not for a special occasion again. Was actually disappointed Witt the service levels, once we paid we were dismissed and had to collect our own costs etc and see ourselves out. Not what was expected for a special dinner.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 15, 2020

Thanks. We apologize for not putting your coats on & helping you out the door, difficult when the restaurant is busy . For 7 years this hasn't been an issue for our valued guests. For prospective guests, our menu is online & we encourage you to look at it in advance, we will tempt you with additional specials. It may come a relief to many, we did not design the restaurant, its menu nor ambiance for teenage birthdays. Generally considered as an adult venue or Victoria's premier date-night spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, very accommodating to allergies. And the cocktails are phenomenal, put yourself in the hands of the bartender and try " The Handshake"

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CrystalB
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service delicious food warm Cody quiet atmosphere will be back

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 15, 2020

Thanks CristalB. We look forward to serving you again. New menu launches march 18th!

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vipCeres
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to return. I am reluctant to leave a good review because I want to save this wonderful place for myself.

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HubertB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make reservations! Order cocktails they are very creative and delicious

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks HubertB. Great advice for prospective guests, we thank you.

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Halfoodie
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’ve wanted to come back here (from Seattle) for some time and were happy we could make it work. It’s a great place and we’ll be coming back!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere. We had our 6 year old with us and she loved it too! Really great bar program with creative and sophisticated cocktails and lovely curated wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal was excellent. Great wine. Prompt service. Will return.

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ChristineM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. We were so happy to have a reservation which is highly recommended. People were waiting 2+ hours for a table. The small restaurant is charming with outstanding service and incredibly delicious food. Truly a gem

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NicholasH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing evening, food was amazing and the cocktails delicious. Only sad thing was the 2 hour time limit I could of stayed for a few more hours ordering drinks and food.

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Mleb1959
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such wonderful ambience. Friendly and knowledgeable servers. Amazing cocktails and food. Great experience!

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JamieS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal! We spent the long holiday weekend in Victoria and had the good fortune of making reservations here far enough ahead of our time to get in.

Loved the ambience, the service was spot on and the food was spectacular!! A definite dining must. You can tell someone in that kitchen cares about quality, taste and presentation!!

We sat at the bar and our bartender was excellent and attentive. We asked him to surprise us with a vodka drink and he did not disappoint. We will definitely be back!!

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GillesP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our "go to" restaurant when we are headed to Victoria from up Island. Simply put there is everything you want in a dining experience. The food is beyond delicious and the staff (especially Chelsea) is accomodating to your every need. Reserve ahead if you can...this is a busy place! Amazing bar tenders! Try it, you'll love it!

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Scott
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty however a little pricey.
I really like this restaurant

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FoodieinTO
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Lovely, knowledgeable service. Very satisfying.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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BenM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, very creative chef, cocktails over the top

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LauraK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and awesome atmosphere .

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BrendanR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Went there for a birthday dinner, and the food and cocktails were fantastic!

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SandraDee
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were amazing thank you , would be coming back again.

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Wiggy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food delicious, waitress thoughtful and attentive. Wine by the glass delicious but pricy. Cocktail served with a sticky glass stem

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Sorry about that stem, bartender may have been overly generous in filling your glass. Sometimes creates and issue for servers' steady hands.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great dinner and evening.

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ptoes
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for food and drinks. Love the ambience and the bartenders sure do know how to mix a drink!

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MurrayC
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was more than good enough and the service was exemplary. That combination means we'll be returning, but on a day when the restaurant is less busy and thus not as noisy. It reminded me of a restaurant I often visited that was really great, except for the noise level. Management solved the problem by putting up some floor-to-ceiling room dividers and hanging some large cork panels at different angles. And presto! Problem 100% solved.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks for the feedback and recommendations. You happened upon us in the latter part of the City's highly promoted 'DineAround' event, very busy night. The restaurant was awarded Best Commercial Design for Vancouver Island in 2014 largely for its exemplary prohibition era authenticity, and many guests wouldn't take lightly to us breaking that up. Perhaps come early from Sunday to Wednesday and you will find a quieter experience.

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darjan
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and variety...we did the dine around. Drink flights were quality products...only downside..too popular..some at table of four found it difficult to follow conversation due to noise level from very full restaurant.

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SusanW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food terrific. Great bev. Just two complaints: took a long time for food to arrive and music too loud. But, it was busy.
Asked server to turn music down and she did.
Will go again. Cozy and great food.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. You happened upon us in the latter part of the City's highly promoted 'DineAround' event, very busy night. Perhaps come early from Sunday to Wednesday and you will find a quieter experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my two university girls out for a delicious night. They are both vegetarians and said it was the best meal they had eaten! I am a pretty good chef so I was a little hurt but very pleased with my choice of restaurant. My meal was also lovely but the dessert was the highest level of decadence. Absolutely worth the calories! A chocolate crunchy caramel warm brownie with cold cream fresh. Yum.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks so much! Sorry about any potemtially bruised ego. Don't let the girls know, but the Chefs will share their recipes.

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EsaP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it all. Beautiful, tasty food and drinks.

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DavidB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and drinks and service at this restaurant are impeccable. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an old saloon or speakeasy. It’s not exactly quiet but in that in can be private but not exactly intimate-if that’s what you’re looking for; however, if you are looking for a social atmosphere this place is stellar.

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant, but this was "Dine Around Victoria" and they had a sampling menu. It was tasty, but I prefer their normal menu options.
We did get the truffle fries though. A must!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, regular menus are back on February 4th. We protected some the the favourites with an add-on menu, glad you enjoyed those fries.

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Matt
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dine around menu and awesome! Loved the cocktail
pairings with the dine around courses.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thanks so much, great feedback for the team who put a lot of effort into those pairings.

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Mili
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Dine around was in effect, so unless you liked that menu (limited to 3 choices) or a few choices from their menu, then you were out of luck. No leafy greens offered, one pasta option, or beef, duck. My flat iron steak consisted of meat, topped with salty cheese, and an enormous amount of greasy salty fries with yet more fatty salty dip. Service was friendly, .......food is not my idea of upscale food. Very dark in there as well and difficult to see what you are eating. Probably better promoted as a place to drink with snacks, as opposed to a full service restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Dine Around menu and found all our choices fantastic. We went with wine pairings and were equally happy with that choice. The service is the perfect balance of professional and friendly. Loads of fun!

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EvanD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was exceptional. Cocktail and wine list was amazing. Service was great.

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JenniferA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love Little Jumbo. Excellent sharing dishes and exceptional cocktails/wines/beer. The servers and bartenders are brilliant--knowledgeable, ever present without hovering and not at all pretentious. The ambiance is cozy casual. A perfect place to meet friends for drinks or date night. The grilled kale is to die for and the beef tartare is exceptional. We'd have given 5 stars for the food had they not been out of mussels on two separate occasions. The mussels ARE delicious, but we were there pretty early in the eve and they were already out. And so it goes. We'll just have to keep coming back to get them again.

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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 433-5535.

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