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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
155 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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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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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
What 155 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

I heard so many good things about this restaurant, and it did not disappoint! I went there with my mother to celebrate my recent birthday. Everything from the service to the food was excellent.

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vipDudelistico25 (Toronto)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

The server was rude

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biddlediddle (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Very enjoyable meal in welcoming surroundings. Great service.

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DouglasW (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great restaurant, but too noisy for us. Early evening dining, where others were mostly drinking - and loud.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was fantastic. I would go back again!

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Vife (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

It's a busy restaurant and rightfully so. We enjoy our dinner there with the fresh shucked oyster, foie gras pate, bone marrow, and the night's special salmon. We have no problem going back there again!

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JoanneS (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Had an excellent dining out experience. Best oysters I have ever had. Wasnt crazy about the Irish Coffee but will be back.

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DLW18 (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Went to Little Jumbo on the last night of Dine Around. So glad we did! Creative delicious dishes! The wine pairings were perfect! And the French 75 was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Menu options were interesting and skilled bartenders will make custom cocktails or suggest other pairings for your meal. We had the bone marrow and chicken liver mousse. Both were done exceedingly well. Service all the way around was excellent! Great place for foodies, for sure.

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CamB (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent casual fine dining and kudos to the chef who put together the $40 Dine Around Victoria menu. The ambience could use some noise dampening as it was so loud that one couldn’t hear across the table at times. The music coming from the speakers along the back wall over the dining tables was too loud. It is also a bar offering high end cocktails. Perhaps the decibel level could be dropped during the main dining hour to enhance the food experience which is well worth it.

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JillD (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Best meal ever. Our server was excellent. Little Jumbo is now our favourite restaurant.

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aepage (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Came here looking for interesting places to go in Victoria. We sat at the bar - had a great conversation with the bartender. Food was good - drinks were great. Very interesting ambience. Would come back!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

If you are planning a night out in Downtown Victoria, this place is a MUST!

I recently took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner, while we were spending a weekend in Victoria. I made reservations ahead of time, and it was a good thing I did because when we showed up for dinner, the place was packed and they were turning people away!

The space is small and intimate and the ambiance is outstanding. From the lighting to the minimalist decor to the carefully curated playlists (our waiter says they often pay attention to the vibe of the crowd to select the right music) everything was spot on.

The food was some of the best my boyfriend and I have had! I ordered the lamb shank, which fell right off the bone. We visited during Victoria's Dine Around event, so my boyfriend selected that option. His salmon was flaky and perfect, and his beef and dumplings were beyond amazing. Portions were just right as well! Their wine and beer pairings are excellent.

The wait staff was prompt and friendly, and very attentive even on an extremely busy Saturday night.

If you are looking for a memorable dining experience and don't mind splurging a little bit, come see for yourself how awesome this place is!

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Valkrie (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The Dine Around Menu and tasting special was absolutely Awesome! Hadn’t been there before, however will be going back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Went there during Dine Around and loved every course

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Loud music & noise ruined our evening with visitors....unable to hear conversations. 5 course meal ok but 2 salads not necessary and amuse appetizer a joke. Have always loved the ambience here but it was a total disappointment on Tuesday evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Came in for some drinks with some visiting business guests. The drinks were fantastic and our server was very knowledgeable!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent service, cosy ambience, good value, interesting food selections

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

A gem. Excellent food, ambience and service. Will go again with more friends next time.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good price, good people, good drink, good food

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Visitors from Australia who like good food. Had a great night.

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Peter (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

From start to end, we enjoyed the space, the staff, the food, the vibe and would highly recommend LJ as a place you can go over and over again and always leave happy.

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anonyme (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great dinner. Service suffered a bit from being overrun with people and a special menu for a local dining event but the staff did make efforts to mitigate it. The dinner itself was excellent though, overall, and the cocktail was great.

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Svendiane (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Great dining experience! Had one of the best bourbon sours ever. The menu is limited and not suitable if you are looking for a variety of salads and soups. The main courses were on the small size but just excellent! Dessert and coffee also great. Wine by the glass are 5 oz portions (smallish) and there was no price for carafes so the bill provided a bit of a surprise when the carafe price was revealed. All and all we thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and meals and would definitely go back.

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review1 (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Looking forward to having the protected bike lane right outside - that will encourage us to come more often!

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DrJohn (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

A hidden treasure! Great service, wonderful food and really cool atmosphere. A must experience in Victoria! Our first time and it will not be our last!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Great restaurant, knowledgeable service, extensive spirits menu. We had a wonderful time!

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vipmattob (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing vibrant atmosphere we sat at the bar and were well looked after. Everything was great oysters braised salad and chicken foie gras. Definitely will be back.

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PocoLoco (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Hidden behind an anonymous door down a darkened hallway lurks...
... Friendly, interested and knowledgeable staff. Creative cocktails. Fresh local ingredients expertly prepared and presented. Attentive service. We had a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Outstanding selection of single malts and other spirits in an intimate setting. Excellent service and bartender was very skilled. Beautiful room, good food, just a wee bit pricey. But not so much to keep me away. Recommend reserving. Go and have fun!

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