Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.7
300 reviews
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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.
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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Neighborhood
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, drink and foods. The vegetarian-friendly options were limited but available, and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the environment. The service was excellent- I was able to re-order drinks easily but didn't feel hovered over.

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M
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have been going to Little Jumbo for years, it is a fantastic place for the energy of the room and they have a fantastic array of cocktails and food which is generally better shared than enjoyed alone. Recently the staff have been a little less engaged and seem to be going through the motions, this is a shift from the past but it might be due to the popularity that they are just exhausted. Be aware, this is not in any way a place to hang out for dinner and drinks without having the Costco sticker shock moment at the end of the night. However, it is a place that once you go you will return as the ambience and energy of the place is unrivalled in my opinion and that lasts in your memory longer than the credit card bills at the end of the month.

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BW
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Hi - the only negative was ice bits in my French 75!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Newbies to this restaurant. Service was very good. Food was great except I ordered duck breast and the skin was much less than crispy. I think we lucked out with the corner table at the front. It was perfect and will request it upon our return. Which is definite!

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e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent service, quiet enough that we could speak and be heard; lamb neck, while yummy, was beyond fatty and in the light (or lack thereof) hard to separate meat from fat; liked the wine list, music okay- prefer a quiet jazz. easy to make reserves online

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the moment we walked in the door! The Food was fresh, local and on point! The service staff knew exactly how to execute their jobs flawlessly in order to make it a smooth and highly enjoyable experience! I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat...

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N
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I had a pleasant time. We had both been to Little Jumbo at different times for drinks. The quality, taste and presentation of the food was a nice surprise. I would say that Little Jumbo lives up to what they advertise themselves to be and the praise that is passed on through word of mouth. A great addition to the Victoria Restaurant and Bar scene.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance! Fabulous seasonal menu.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

One of two meals was good, other was just OK. Dessert was good.

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JH
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite date night spot for my wife and I. Loved the new cocktail menu, and the new twist on the burger.

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OT
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with friends visiting from Toronto. We go there often and they were super impressed with the whole experience. The current menu is stunning - try everything!! Great creative cocktails, excellent wines and superb service. The atmosphere is exciting and authentic - everyone seems to be having a great time whether couples enjoying each other's company or groups of friends. Make sure you make a reservation for a table or bar seating. It's busy!!

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I, just moved to Victoria less than a month ago and decided we needed to celebrate our arrival. We started out with a map search on Google and began perusing reviews of the local establishments. Soon after we came across Little Jumbo which seemed to suggest the vibe and ambiance we were searching for along with many very positive reviews. We were not disappointed. The food creativity, mixed drink mixology, wine selection, ambiance and service at Little Jumbo is outstanding!!! We will definitely be return patrons.

Terrence & Karen

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

Amazing food and service. We will definitely go again.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very happy with the food, great flavours. Also, our server was very professional and the service was fast but not rushed. We will go back...

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OT
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! This is the best place in town to catch up with friends and business colleagues.

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KD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was wonderful on a bed of the best braised kale ever. The tuna was perfectly rare and tasty. Service was lovely.

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V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our third time visiting Little Jumbo and probably out of the 3 times we'd been this was our least favourite visit. I wasn't as happy with the food as I had been previously, though perhaps it was just that I tried something new - had their lamb special with radicchio, though I didn't enjoy the way it was cooked.

We were there with a group of 4 and the music was too loud to have conversation, we'd almost have to yell at one another and we were consistently asking each other to repeat themselves. Definitely puts a bit of a frustration on the evening.

Love the ambiance, that's always been a plus.

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n
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the old Victoria setting. The noise level was beyond energetic. We had to speak loudly to converse. The food was excellent because each dish had a complexity that was almost decipherable, but not quite. So that was fun, to try to figure it out. Our server was very nice and fielded questions well.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall never got a chance to try the food. Walked out on my wife and I anniversary night. Only had one cocktail. Service was almost none existant for us. Not sure why. We felt it was because of our ethnicity. But that is how we felt. I mean as we walked out they did not even ask why we left, and they knew we were celebrating our anniversary. They just said "thank you"! Really! It was frickin raining outside we just walked in and now we walking back out into the rain.

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LJ
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service in a cozy atmosphere in downtown Victoria

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic place! Just visiting and had seen this place on a few lists. The cocktails are fantastic - I had the Right Off The Vine, and my cousin wasn't feeling the greatest so they made her a fantastic hot toddy, and everyone else ordered off the wine list. We ordered a bunch of mains and sides to share - kale salad, truffle frittes, steak frittes, venison special, oysters, duck breast - everything was so simple and flavourful. The service was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Would DEFINITELY recommend!

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EA
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visiting for a long weekend with friends... Highly recommend Ceviche.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best 10oz steak I’ll ever eat in my life. Dry aged and perfectly prepared. A Must Eat!

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VK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The burger is a bomb. The venison tenderlion was cooked perfectly but the portion was small for the $$.

Cheers VK

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r
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this restaurant and we especially appreciate our server -- I wish I could remember her name! She was fabulous, extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. Very impressive. My only real criticism is that, given the demographic, I think there could be a couple more vegetarian/vegan dishes on the menu. But I'd definitely go again.

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D
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as advertised. Drinks are special and different. Menu is creative and healthy. Service is terrific. Just great.

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TO
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

way overpriced . unimaginative. I received two spare ribs. and a dollop of brown beans for $26

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AD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! Do yourself a favour and stop by little jumbo. Whether it’s for a drink or for food- you will not be disappointed. I have been here many times and I absolutely swear it gets better every single time 🥂

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a great atmosphere.

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and excellent cocktails, awesome tasty food, we enjoyed a very good meal! friendly and helpful staff.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the speakeasy uniqueness of Little Jumbo. Our server was particularly enthusiastic about each item we ordered, and could talk about the flavours and high notes...always a good thing! I felt the drink menu could have been longer, although the skies the limit really, as they have everything you could want and more. I just like shopping all the creative combinations that a mixologist comes up with, rather than thinking up my own. Thank you for having us. We will be back! Cheers

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JV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and very welcoming. I appreciated the professional service allowing me and my friend to catch up and take our time with dinner and drinks on our girls night out.

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TT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! Unique menu and awesome service.

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a date here and had the best service. Would highly recommend the duck

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal, excellent cocktails, and delightful service. We were only in Victoria for two days, and there are MANY dining options. We were so glad to have chosen Little Jumbo.

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AS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

It is a great concept but due to cocktail composition, service and the fact no one we saw was interested in their food, we will not be back.

The service was poor to start and the server tried to make up for it at the end, but that was her initiative and not the house.
Everyone’s Frites were overdone in sight of us that night. Maybe cruise ship fatigue, maybe an off night but it is too bad really

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LB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, very knowledgeable on wine-brought tasters till we found ‘the’ one! No pressure, easy going and relaxed. I’d highly recommend Little Jumbo!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, and nice cocktails

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S
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. I love the decor!

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite Victoria restaurants. Amazing cocoktails and great food. Has never disappointed. Great place to bring out of town guest, have a dinner date or drinks with friends.

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