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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
4.6
672 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Canadian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (778) 433-5535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jesse Wilson/Connor Berg

  • Private party facilities

    "Fine dining in casual' in our award winning space. Buyouts are always possible for your private event.

  • Private party contact

    Chef Gabe Hansen: (778) 433-5535

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Cross street

    Wharf St.

  • Parking details

    Ample street and lot parking

  • Public transit

    Bus stop across the Street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 672 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. ES

    EmilyS

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing time as always. Incredible cocktails and food. One of the best restaurants in Victoria for sure.
  2. ED

    EvDL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drink, great service. I'll definitely be coming back.
  3. f

    foodieatheart

    Las Vegas

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My covid bubble friend and I sat at the bar for a couple of fancy cocktails and shared their delicious truffle fries.
  4. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, attentive servers, could not ask for more!
  5. GM

    GiseleM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is always consistent! Great cocktails, great food, great service, great ambiance. And I love that the restaurant is very COVID aware. Thank you.
  6. 4

    4wards

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience, food and Staff were amazing. We felt very safe during these COVID times and would definitely go again. However, if you do not feel comfortable eating in the restaurant they do offer take out and cocktails to go! Thanks to everyone at Little Jumbo for making the night great.
  7. SF

    SarahF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Little Jumbo is amazing! The drinks are perfection and the food is always amazing. I'm never disappointed when I go there. The last time I went I wasn't able to have an alcoholic cocktail, so they very kindly made me some amazing temperance drinks. I was really impressed at the complexity and thought that went into the drinks and appreciated being able to have a non-alcoholic 'adult' drink. The bartender even came over to check to make sure they were to our liking. 100% recommend this place!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoy coming back here every time! The food and cocktails never fail to surprise me in the best way possible. Service is friendly and pleasant. This is truly the best little gem in Victoria!
  9. K

    Kendle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service, delicious food and fancy drinks!
  10. MM

    M86M86

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food. I felt bad for eating it because the food was so beautiful. Instagram worthy. Some of the food was a bit too salty for my liking but they brought us a lot of bubbly water so I survived lol. Seriously nice place. Yeah this was a good place and the bathrooms had cotton hand towels. That is all.
  11. TM

    TammyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a ‘hop’, in spite of Covid. Which was really enjoyable. Drinks, food, company, were all fab.
  12. E

    Elsie

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance, drinks, and food at Little Jumbo are great. My one critique would be the fries, served with an excellent aïoli. I think they were twice-cooked, which is the way I like them, but it was as if the first cooking wasn't quite enough as the fries were actually kind of hard. Too bad, as everything else was superb.
  13. SB

    SarahB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Thank you Taylor and thank you for surprising us with Prosecco for our sister’s bday.
  14. KA

    KarimA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Awesome place totally love the vibe and the food. The waiter was quite knowledgeable I really recommend listening to his choices
  15. LS

    LiannaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails - great ambiance as well. Servers are cool and bartender knows his stuff.
  16. KR

    KirinR

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It’s wonderful. Excellent service. Excellent drinks— the bartender even came over to our table to check that we were enjoying our cocktails. Good non-alcoholic options too! Excellent food. Good covid protocols!
  17. LW

    LaurieW

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food, great cocktails, great service, overall great experience.
  18. AD

    AnonymousDiner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Was a wonderful experience as always :) I will be going back
  19. U

    Unimpressedcustomer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food and drinks are way overpriced for what you get. I spent just as much as I would at a place like the Keg but at least I’d be full. The food is for people who aren’t hungry when they arrive. We had to go order takeout after our $126 dinner. I don’t know how this place is in business. How is duck on top of hash browns $42?! What a scam and rip off this place is. Avoid and if you want a nice dandy restaurant with good value I suggest El Terrazzo!
  20. s

    sarahp

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Overall it was a nice evening but it was marred by the service we received upon entry. My husband and I had an early reservation and the restaurant was empty. We were to be seated at the only table where intimate conversation was not possible, so we apologetically requested that we sit at one of the larger tables so we could sit side by side to talk (was a very rare date night!). The host got annoyed and said all big groups were coming in so he couldn’t accommodate. He sat us in the two bar seats by the door (which opens and closes all night with cold air rushing in and people checking in and phone ringing the whole time). The other bar seats were even empty so no reason to put us there. He then proceeded to sit tables of 2 at EVERY other table in the restaurant for the duration of our stay. Not a single larger party and he’d have known that given that all had reservations. Felt like a real jerk move. For the past 5 years, little jumbo has been our favorite and go to restaurant in town but we eventually left to go have drinks and dessert down the road at the wind cries Mary, where we were treated very well even as drop ins. And no non Refundable $40 reservation fee either! I think the little jumbo host, though the restaurant is doing well in terms of traffic during this pandemic ought to remember that’s it’s loyal locals like us that have made it so. We also saw him being short with others that came in. Hoping for a better experience next time. Rest of the staff were great. Food yummy as always, but that host needs some hospitality training.
  21. EB

    ErikBeerepoot

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Little jumbo is great. They have quality menu options (though recently a bit less appealing to vegetarians), a very good selection of alcohol, great bartenders and solid service. The food, as always, is top notch. Even with the precautions necessary due to the pandemic, the ambiance is still good! On top of it all, they're taking COVID-19 seriously, with a temp check at the door, plenty of distance between patrons, and all the servers wear masks. I would be happy to visit this place anytime.
  22. d

    davidm

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    We were constantly reminded from the minute we sat down there was a time limit for us to be there. This happened 5 times while we were seated, this is unacceptable in my opinion. Won’t be returning to this restaurant this is a very bad decision by the management and makes it for a very uncomfortable dining experience.
  23. j

    jmcb

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    nice cozy room but noise level spiked with noisy arrivals
  24. E

    Emma

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and intimate setting, even socially distanced : )
  25. A

    Alyssa

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place, love the ambiance and the staff were very approachable and knowledgeable. Amazing little spot. On rated 4 for the food because we didn’t have any! Must go, cheers.
  26. G

    Giancarlokc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Waiter rushed us throughout our meal. There was a time limit and we didn’t get a chance to try dessert. In three occasions they reminded us of the time we had left. Pressure while I’m eating is a big no-no.
  27. RS

    ReyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent and well presented. Tables are private and well separated. Mixologists make outstanding cocktails.
  28. BS

    BenS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Restaurant included gratuity in Bill. I was not advised and then tipped another 18%. Effectively tipping 36% of my bill.
  29. T

    Theaterjunkie

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Little Jumbo, Their COVID19 procedures are excellent. The food and drinks were delicious. They carefully accommodated a food restriction. With the extra plastic dividers and fewer bodies the room is a bit noisier than usual, but that's a small complaint.
  30. SC

    ShannonC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    A beautiful place, with great drinks. The server with the short blonde hair, however, was clearly impatient and fairly short of temper. Not quite sure why, but we did feel a bit like we were somehow "inconvenient". We made our decisions quickly and didn't ask for anything special, so I could do with some better service when paying top dollar. The lamb tartar had WAY too much sesame oil, it was kind of all you could taste. But the duck was delish, and good portions of each. Ah well. We enjoyed ourselves.
  31. LP

    LindsayP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, great food, great service! We will be back time and time again!
  32. MM

    MathewM

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner, phenomenal service, steak frites was cooked to prefection! The oysters are a must
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt super comfortable and at ease and was very happy with their Covid protocol.
  34. TN

    TaylorN

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails and appetizers - had a great time sitting up at the bar. Highly recommend checking this place out!!
  35. MR

    MichaelaR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you so much for having us! The experience was totally amazing! The service was super friendly and we enjoyed every single aspect of our visit.
  36. J

    Jemilla

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and great vibes. Will definitely go back!
  37. MM

    MsMack

    Vancouver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartender was lovely Food was very good Can be very noisy depending on the clientele All over good experience
  38. h

    heatherm

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Went here for an anniversary dinner and we were SO disappointed. The ambiance is cozy and service was very good, but the food was the big disappointment. Oh and the wine list. Started with the lamb tartare and heirloom tomato salad. The lamb was the only dish we enjoyed- although the baguette slices were too charred. They obviously didn’t provide enough baguette for the portion and predictably charged extra for more. The tomato salad was inedible (and the only salad on the menu). It had a very odd smoky emulsion with it that overpowered the whole dish. It’s all we could taste. We actually didn’t finish it. For entrees we had the duck and flat iron steak. The duck was not cooked properly, with undercooked skin (not crispy) and none of the fat rendered so that was unpleasant. The meat itself was rubbery and lacked flavour. The flat iron was meh. Nothing great, served with lots of fries. That’s it. Dessert was also disappointing- the ‘mille feuille’ was more like chocolate mousse accompanied by two crispy wafers. The rhubarb tart pastry was hard and the filling underflavoured. It’s like the chef didn’t actually taste anything and was relying on presentation only. The menu is odd, one salad only - but 3 different appetizers that were some form of spreadable meat. For a small menu this seemed imbalanced. The wine list, as well, was limited and unoriginal in any way. Overall this place lacked any true quality or thoughtfulness on any front - menu design, wine list creativity and, worst of all, food preparation. It was a very expensive mistake.
  39. L

    Lilac50

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We made a reservation ahead of time. When we got there we were told we were limited to 1.5 hours but we were not made aware of that at the time of booking. Food was fine . We had the flat iron steak and it came with a bunch of fries , no veggies. Cocktail drink was unique. Service was good. Plexiglass barriers in place.
  40. S

    Sherrlyn

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 672 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wharf St.

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Canadian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample street and lot parking

  • Public transit

    Bus stop across the Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jesse Wilson/Connor Berg

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (778) 433-5535

  • Private party facilities

    "Fine dining in casual' in our award winning space. Buyouts are always possible for your private event.

  • Private party contact

    Chef Gabe Hansen: (778) 433-5535

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