With sweeping views of Mt. Baker and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the Marina Restaurant at the Oak Bay Marina offers a feast for all your senses.
Beautiful window seat with the view to Marina harbour.
A little on the slow side after ordering
Steak too raw to eat
Food arrived cold. Manager apologized redid the orders. But did nothing about the bill. Have been there a number of times and always enjoyed it. Will go back but not for a while.
There was only one meal choice for someone who doesn’t eat meat or dairy and it was mediocre. My dining companions had bennys and were all three disappointed in them. The hollandaise sauce was not good apparently. The servers were attentive and our table had a great view.
Unfortunately we had very poor service for my Dad's 65th birthday brunch. Napkins and cutlery were forgotten, I had ordered a tea to start, and it did not come. My sister reminded the server several times about a kids menu for her 2 little children under 5. We felt our server was not attentive and the restaurant was not even busy during this time. We thought as a family that the service was poor. We had to ask maybe 3 different servers until we got our basics. It was unfortunate because the restaurant ambience was beautiful but the service did not do it justice.
Our restaurant experience was very good. We did,however, ask if we could share a salad, and they did not i for us that there would be a $5.00 surcharge for sharing. The albacore seared tuna was outstanding.
Great view over the marina. Repeat visitor to the restaurant. Very good food and service.
Enjoyed the luncheon as we were entering friends from Nova Scotia....
Our overall visit to the restaurant was good. The food was good, and the setting (views/waterfront) was a bit better than good. The staff were pleasant and helpful, although service lagged on a few occasions. We were there during a busy time, and the noise was also a bit more than we'd prefer, although to be expected during a rush.
My friends Salmon was very under done and the lamb was very fatty.
Quality of food and selection good. The location is wonderful and the service was very good.
Enjoyed our lunch, the service, and ambiance.
Great view and table by the window. Will definitely be back to try other things on the menu.
Janice, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are so pleased to hear that you and your guest(s) enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to feeding you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
Would recommend for casual dinning only. More casual atmosphere than the last time we dinned- a bit disappointed that the white table clothes were gone. We were at a small table in between other tables - even though we had a reservation - did not feel private. Hostess did not offer to check coats so we hung them on the back of the chair - again more casual.
It used to be that this was a special event place - alas no longer. Have been coming to the marina about once or twice a year for many years as we grew up a block or so away.
Jenny, We apologize if the lack of linens was disappointing, however we at OBMG are committed to operating as an environmentally sustainable business, staying current with the changing needs of our guests and the environmental cost was simply too high to ignore any longer. In regards to the coat check, what you are describing is not up to our service standards, and I will be following up with the staff on shift to address this oversight Thank you for your feedback. Marina Restaurant Management
The food was so good and just the right amount of food. Usually I am hungry after every meal we go out for. But this was perfect and it wasn't too much
Andrew, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are so pleased to hear that you and you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to feeding you again soon :) Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
Fabulous as always
We’ve been to this restaurant several times & as the years have gone by we have become less pleased with the food. The setting is lovely but the food is mediocre at best.
Valentine’s day lunch with a friend
Our experience was a bit of a mixed bag. We were greeted graciously and seated promptly by the window. I had the lentil soup which was very tasty.
Our server was attentive, but brought the machine to the table with the bill while my companion was still enjoying her tea. She did not ask if either of us wanted more hot water. I got the feeling that she wanted to turn the table and was hinting that we leave.
There were a few people waiting, but the crush wasn't so terrific that it merited rushing us like that. We settled the bill and after that, even though we lingered over our tea for some time, no one returned to our table to refresh our cold or hot water even though there was no one waiting for our seats. Those elements set the very good from good and the very good from excellent.
My companion had lamb curry which she sent back because it was not hot. When the dish came back it still wasn't as hot as she would have wished, not did it have any appreciable spice. In addition she said that the fat hadn't been adequately trimmed from the lamb. So that was a miss. The chocolate truffle dessert plate we shared was excellent. Neither of us particularly enjoy white chocolate per se; however, the white chocolate was our favourite of all the selections and was without question the best we'd ever enjoyed in our lives. (And I've enjoyed some top tier chocolate in my time.) Kudos to whoever concocted that delight!
81st Birthday. There was an uncomfortable cold draft blowing on us all the time which made us cold and it cooled the food down.
Consistently an enjoyable experience with quality food, service, and outstanding view. Thank you!
As always the Marina came through with a great meal and great service
Always a great place to eat, good view and ambiance. Menu slightly limited but what we had was very tasty. Service was not up to standard for the price. Slow getting our drink order but waitress had too many tables to look after. ordered two bottles of wine.... not cheap but we had to pour it ourselves.... good value for four people $375??? not sure.
Outstanding location, short but interesting menu, very good food, a tad expensive.
We were lucky, hitting the only sunny day of the month, which made for splendid views and a very happy 80th birthday party!
Hans, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are so pleased to hear that you and your party enjoyed your time with us. W e look forward to feeding you again soon :) Marina Restaurant Management Staff
Lovely location, pleasant ambiance, delicious food and excellent service. Recommended for a special occasion.
Lovely dinner at Marina! Would highly recommend it
Susan, Thank you for the kind words :) We hope for an opportunity to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
Such an excellent setting and the service was very good . We were disappointed with the calamari, but the seafood chowder was delicious as were the crab cakes . Our waiter was great too ! Most impressive was the young lady who showed us to our table and assisted my 90 year old mother with her walker, then took my coat and checked it in to the cloak room. After lunch she assisted my mother, out the door and down the ramp, while I was bringing my car to the entrance, to pick her up . Very much appreciated !
Coop, Thank you very much for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are so pleased to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your time here. We will be sure to share your kind words with the hostess who was working that shift. We look forward to an opportunity to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
We enjoyed our first meal at the Marina Restaurant during this visit. The staff were excellent and each of us enjoyed the lunch we selected. A bonus was the ease in finding parkin at the restaurant.
William, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us. We are grateful for you support, and elated to hear that you and your guest(s) enjoyed your experience here at The Marina Restaurant. We look forward to feeding you again soon! The Marina Restaurant Management
We went to celebrate our joint birthdays. The server was lovely and professional. We had the Dine Around dinner and a glass of Prosecco to start. The perogy appetizer was fine, the duck breast entree was terrible and neither of us ate it after the first forkful. I had the profiterole dessert and my friend had the cookies. The profiteroles were inedible, so dried up and hard that it was virtually impossible to even cut them, much less chew them. The manager did come to speak with us afterwards and apologize, indicating the our feedback would be given to the kitchen. He also generously discounted our bill, which was appreciated. We had chosen the Marina because of the setting and ambience and previous positive experiences, although neither of us has dined there for some time. It was pretty shocking to have a meal of such low quality.
Expected much more: food was substandard, greasy (we ordered battered sole & chips) & very disappointing, given we chose this restaurant for quality & ambience - we were celebrating 2 birthdays.
Lida, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. The experience you're describing is certainly not up to our service standards and we would like to apologize that more was not done for your party. Whenever a guest is unhappy with any element of their dish we will always offer to remake or bring you something else you may prefer. We will look into this service and speak with our staff accordingly. Thank you for your feedback. Marina Restaurant Management
Previous resident of Oak Bay meeting friends for lunch. My friend arrived first but was told there was no reservation. She drove home and called me. I confirmed I had the reservation and she drove back to the restaurant. When my friend asked again about the reservation the girl at the desk said, "Oh the reservation just popped up, she (referring to me) must have just made it". Nothing like blaming the guest for your own mistake. I had actually made the reservation a couple of weeks earlier. We were seated in a booth and each received a glass of warm water, no ice. I ordered a coffee. It never came. We got menus and waited. After about 25 minutes I called over the manager and asked if we could get some service. When the meal finally arrived it was pitiful. It was cold and under-seasoned. There was no salt and pepper on the table and we had to flag down the manager again to get that delivered. Nice visit with my friends though, no thanks to the restaurant.
Ann, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. The service that you are describing is certainly not up to our standards and we will be looking into the matter more closely and speaking with the staff who were on-shift to ensure our service standards are being upheld. Although we strive for positive feedback, it is often the negative that allows us to address any issues head on. Please know we appreciate your support. The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
My friend and I enjoyed our luncheon and I would come again to this restaurant.
We enjoy the Marina Restaurant, and often use it for special occasions. The location, ambience and food are wonderful, and always impressive!
Linda, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are grateful for your kind words and your continued support. We look forward to feeding you again soon! Happy New Year, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
We went for buffet brunch and had been before. This time was disappointing. Grossly overpriced for what was offered. $55 per person and nothing notable or exceptional. Ham was overcooked and dry, shrimp were never refilled, pasta was basically just cooked noodles, cheese selection was pedestrian. I’ll skip this next time. Was expecting quite a lot more for a New Year’s brunch at $55!
We enjoyed our New Years Day Brunch at your Restaurant.
Good and great variety of food and good Service.
You’ll see us again. Thanks !
Christine, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us. We are so happy to hear that our New Years Day Feature Brunch Buffet was to your liking. We look forward to feeding you again soon! Happy New Year, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
New year’s Eve. Would have liked to know that there was a set menu - no Sushi available that night. Should have been posted on the website. Service was quite slow.
Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us. We apologize that you did not know in advance of our New Year's Eve Menu, however the menu was posted on our website in advance, similar to previous years. We hope that despite the abnormal wait times given the high volume of diners that you and your guest(s) still enjoyed your 4-course dinner. Happy New Year, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
We booked a table for New Years Eve and had the
The New Year’s Eve menu with 4 courses was amazing! The food was carefully prepared and very tasty. Different palettes would enjoy the selection. And the atmosphere near the water was beautiful. The wait staff was happy and friendly which is always appreciated.
Dianne, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are elated to hear that you enjoyed our Chef's special 4-course menu for New Year's Eve. We will share your kind words with the team. Happy New Year, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
as usual, the place was stunningly clean and beautiful. Our server was delightful, professional and attentive. The menu, in my opinion needs a refresh. It's all good but could do with a few new selections. I had the Halibut burger and was a bit disappointed in that it was processed fish. Not what I expected for the $$. The other 4 in our group thoroughly enjoyed their selections. The presentation was, again as usual, beautiful.
The best part of the evening, apart from the food, was our server.
She was exceptional.
Accommodating, knowledgeable, not overbearing and a lovely demeanor.
Murray, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience while dining here. We are grateful for your support, and we look forward to feeding you again soon! Happy New Year, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
Marina Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 970 OpenTable diners.
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