Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.7
257 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Canadian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(778) 433-5535
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gabriel Fayerman-Hansen
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Cross street
Wharf St.
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Parking details
Ample street and lot parking
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Public transit
Bus stop across the Street.
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Special events & promotions
October 30th - Harvest Dinner and Cocktail Pairing
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Craft cocktails, Kale Salad and Tuna were 5 star!!

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RM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and terrific food in a beautiful room. Love it!

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DM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent -- very, very tasty and well presented. And the cocktail was delicious -- a whiskey-based one with whiskey, whiskey liqueur, aloe vera, citrous, and a couple other things. We shared the warmed olives and a tomato salad; I had the duck breast, my wife the corn risotto.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Drinks were amazing. Duck was cooked amazing and so tasty. The only reason I gave the food a four was the beef ribs were a little too fatty. The flavor was amazing and the homemade beans with ribs were mouth watering. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and drinks

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JH
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love truffle fries, but my wife can't stand truffle - so the kitchen very nicely made "plain" fries for her. She was thrilled! All our cocktails (we tried four from the new menu) were fabulous, as always.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks are amazing, bartenders are fun and food is almost as amazing

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JP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

We are regular customers of little jumbo and always love the food, drinks, service, vibe. We have been disappointed the last two times with menu and food. Not up to previous standards. Duck was tough and gnocchi tasted like gayer tots.

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l
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous experience. Our reservations were for 6:00, but it didn't get busy until after 7:00. The truffle fries and burger were delicious, as was the risotto. The chocolate pot de creme was fabulous. Delicious BC wines were well chosen and very reasonably priced, especially with the conversion to US $. We enjoyed our evening so much, we went back two days later. This is a real treasure in Victoria.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's been several years since my last visit and the ambiance has become more intimate with lower lighting since then, bring a torch to read the menu! The service was very good with the waitress being very familiar with the menu and able to answer all our questions. The choice of food was interesting and the quality very good. Thank you for an enjoyable dinner.

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WW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thought we’d try out a new to us restaurant. Everything was amazing! We shared a plate of Truffle Fries, wow!
Great wine too.
Everyone really enjoyed their meals. I think I just might have had the best tuna ever, literally melted in my mouth!!

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KJ
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tucked away spot. Don’t let the entrance dissuade you. Walk in and enjoy a cozy bar and pub like atmosphere with an amazingly gifted bar tender and chef! Innovative and fresh approach to both cocktails and fine food.

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L
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our friends to Little Jumbo and really enjoyed it. The food was excellent and the drinks are tops.

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JO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, although a little on the louder side.
Ordered the clams and they were the best i've ever had (and I couldnt even finish them) - Dad had the burger and was really impressed with that as well. Very happy to have a hidden gem like this!
Definitely would recommend.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding! as was the hostess who seated us. The turned the table so we could sit side by side to talk. Made a special evening - wines excellent especially the Gamay. Dinner very good.

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RI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and outstanding service! Our server made the night and the hostess was able to accommodate our request for a larger table.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal/ waiter was attentive and helpful

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Little Jumbo. Thanks to the New York Times, or we never would have known about it....not exactly a place you would wander in off the street. Wonderful cozy atmosphere, amazing food and excellent service. We sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every trims I come to Victoria I set up both personal and business related meals with Little Jumbo. From the moment you enter the door until you leave the dining experience is exceptional. Their mixologist is outstanding creating innovative and tasty cocktails. The food is awesome and creative. This is topped off with fantastic service. In addition, there is a lot of history with this restaurant which one should read about on little jumbo restaurant. The horse carriage worn wooden pillars remain from when this building was first built so many many years ago. Little Junbo is truly a must visit for both local islanders and visitors.
Melissa Scott

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M
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great room, excellent service, good food. What more can you want? I recommend sitting at the bar. Skirt steak was fantasic.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food (burger and fries) was delicious. We felt a tad over dressed since it said it was a business casual restaurant, had people with torn pants with just a t-shirt.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way!! Can’t go wrong at Little Jumbo!

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LB
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome - cool speakeasy theme. Love Love

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is defined as a speakeasy due to it's history, so it does have that ambiance. But it is snug.
Price: $$ of 5
Pro: Great choice of creative cocktails, interesting choice of dishes, good for an adventure
Cons: not great for a date if you want a) be able to talk b) want some space for yourselves c)romance

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SW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the presentation of the cuisine and the flavours. Salads are superb.
The music was too loud. I think jazz or blues would be more suitable to the atmosphere.
Staff very pleasant.

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MD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Little Jumbo. Great little hidden jewel of a restaurant. Event the Mocktails are fantastic!!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and drinks. Cocktail game on point.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails were fabulous, service and food were wonderful! I had the duck and shared with others, they couldn't believe the taste, tenderness and that it was actually duck. Everyone enjoyed what they had and said they definitely would come back. Thank you!!

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DE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire group of six loved their dinner choices. And the creative drinks were yummy too!

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k
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server made excellent suggestions for BC wine to accompany meal. Bartender made cocktail not on menu at our request. It was delicious and he shared his recipe. Altogether a fun experience.

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PS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a fabulous time with amazing cocktails and food!

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best cocktail bars in Canada. The mixologists know their stuff and will make fabulous cocktails up for you on the spot. Never really had the food other than snacks. For serious cocktail lovers and well worth a reservation

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails were fantastic.

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CK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the restaurant.. cool decor, great food and friendly, enthusiastic, helpful servers. Truffle fries were outstanding!
Wine list was BC focused and good value.
Would definitely recommend Little Jumbo and hope to be back again.

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I discovered Little Jumbo and are so thankful! The service was amazing, the drinks delicious and the food was out of this world. Wonderful little restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server

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j
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and had a wonderful experience with the bartender. The food was incredible.

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KR
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening of food and drinks for my son's birthday. THE BEST hamburger I have had in Victoria bar none and the trifle fries were also extremely tasty. Amazing variety and VERY tasty drinks, some of which I never even thought would go so well together in regards to ingredients. Very nice atmosphere and service was great !! Will definitely go back and have already referred to some friends.

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M
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great food. Part of our party faced an ugly wall while the others enjoyed a better view. A simple painting would help this. Food presentation was elegant while the taste was okay.

Oysters were amazing, drink (old fashioned) amazing.

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D
Dallas
113 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the asparagus and the duck carbonara 💕. Service was fantastic and it was a fabulous dinner.

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MA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening at Little Jumbo! Our waiter was excellent and knew the drink and food menu inside and out. He was very helpful in choosing drinks, and he was spot on. Our food was perfect in every way. There are so many tourist trap places in Victoria and I am so glad that we found a real gem!

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