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.
Outstanding service. Less than mediocre meals. Will never return, especially considering that Victoria has so many brilliant places to dine.
our host andrew was excellent, all of his recommendations were worth it
Halibut burger didn’t taste like real fresh fish and batter on it was much too thick. Lamb was ok, smoked salmon salad was good. Caesar’s were not very tasty(drinks)
Service was not much !
The service was excellent. The food selection could be better. The quality of food was ok. The price was on the higher side for the quality and selection of food.
Excellent service and excellent food, tremendous welcome and very attentive
Thank you so for your kind review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope for the opportunity to feed you again soon!
This is definately one of our favourite restaurants. Starting with a oceanfront setting, the food, the service, and every other rateable attribute of the Marina is a maximum.
Incredibly, the cost is comparatively reasonable.
If we lived anywhere near Victoria, we would be regulars.
Ben, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are always delighted to hear positive feedback from our valued guests. We hope for the opportunity to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
This place has great location a beautiful view. Our service was well below are average, our food arrived cold and our dessert was in edible. Too bad this used to be one of our favorite restaurants.
Thank you for sharing this feedback Debbie. We are extremely disappointed to hear that your experience was less than ideal. Our goal is to provide outstanding service and exceptional food for our guests, however, hearing where we fall short is valuable so that we can take immediate action to remedy the situation. When a guest is unhappy with their meal we will always offer to remake it or bring you another dish you may prefer. If you would like to discuss this matter further please contact us.
Favourite restaurant in oak bay!! Love the people that work there, they are extremely friendly and food is always spectacular. Not only is the dining room great, the sushi is also the best in town :)
Thank you for taking the time to share some kind words with us from your most recent visit to The Marina Restaurant. We look forward to feeding you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
One of our favourite restaurants. The service was exemplary and the food creative and delicious. One of the best places for seafood...always fresh. We always enjoy the view!
Kath, Thank you so much for your kind words! It is always so wonderful to hear that we are providing an exceptional experience for our valued guests. Thank you for your support! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
Always a joy to eat here,pleasant staff, great food.. only suggestion would be to install a designated charge station for electric cars.
Heather, Thank you so much for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. Also, thank you for the suggestion. We do not own our parking lot, however this is an excellent point to bring up, and we will be sure to follow-up with your suggestion. All the best, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
We live in Nanaimo, but will return for special occasion meals with friends and family, when we are in Victoria. Brittany our server was wonderful. Kitchen did fantastic job of accommodating my husband’s Keto diet requests.
Marlin, Thank you very much for your kind words; we will certainly pass them on to your server Brittany. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time spent with us. Thank you for your support, and we hope for an opportunity to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
I have been to the restaurant three times. The first two times the food was exceptional. This time I found the food to be well cooked but didnt like the combination of flavors and textures. The vegetable gnocchi was doughy and the lemon ricotta didnt pair well with the other flavor and textures. Overall a very mushy entree.
Lorna, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent visit. We are grateful for our continued support in the community, and we take your opinions and reviews to heart. The gnocchi dish has since been replaced with a delightful pesto spaghettini that we believe will be much more appealing to our clientele. Thank you again for your feedback, and we hope for the opportunity to feed you again soon. The Marina Restaurant Management Team
The food was excellent, our waitress was courteous, efficient, and helpful, but the music piped in was excessively loud and inappropriate for a Sunday brunch (or anytime). Music designed for staff enjoyment.
the backdrop and space is a beautiful setting. Unfortunately the service in the dining room was not. While I watched other tables receiving bread baskets, we did not. I had to ask twice for cutlery that was removed with the appetizer plates. IF my main meal were cooked evenly it would have been outstanding. I had the scallops and prawns, and one scallop was cooked to perfection, the other was seared and raw. By the time they brought out new scallops, the balance of my meal was finished. The food itself was extremely tasty with the exception of different degrees of cooking.
Been going there for years
Skimpy uninspired menu
Food poor quality lots of batter on fish little fish
Clam chowder tasteless and small portion- go try Earls
Will not return
Obvious by the empty room many feel the same way
You nee to hire a chef that can preform
The Food (Brunch) was just ok. Vegetables were raw and stringy. Other than that the service and ambiance was wonderful
Allen, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us. We are deeply disappointed that your meal did not live up to expectations. While we strive for positive feedback it is crucial for us to hear about where we are falling short so that we may correct the issue immediately. We do hope that you let your server know at the time you were dining that the vegetables were not up to par, so that we could replace them with some properly cooked ones. Thank you again for the feedback. MR
Staff were friendly and helpful, our server was friendly but a little delayed in taking our order and a long wait between appy’s and dinner, also receiving our bill as my husband had to get up and ask for it.
Karen, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent trip. We apologize for the delay in your service, which we will look into. Looking back to the evening you dined with us, it appears we had a very busy night which is likely what the delay can be attributed to. We are grateful for all feedback from our guests, and so please know that we appreciate hearing from you. We hope for an opportunity to feed you again soon. The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Entertained out of town guests and they too were pleased.
Bill, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are always elated to hear when our valued guests have enjoyed themselves while dining with us. We look forward to feeding you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Excellent service. Good menu choices. Salmon and Chicken were both excellent. Nice marina and sea views. Prices on the high side of moderate.
Phil, Thank you for the kind words. We hope to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Recommend only for location/ambience. Food was below expectations.
Denny, We are disappointed to hear that we fell short of your expectations. We encourage our guests to let their server know if there is something about their dish that is unsatisfying so that we can remake it to their liking, or replace it with something they might prefer. We strive to offer only exceptional food and service to our valued customers, but we do not know if something is wrong unless you tell us. We hope for another opportunity to showcase the exceptional food we are known for. MR
Much has changed! I should try it again...Maybe it was an off day. Met family from out of town for brunch and they enjoyed it, but then again, their eggs were cooked properly. I had asked for mine to be cooked (poached hard) and they were most certainly not. The server did offer to replace the meal, but I decided to eat at the same time as my family. The pea-meal bacon was an unexpected surprise as well...I was expecting a slice or 'round' not a heap of shaved ham. The view was spectacular, and my guests enjoyed it, which was the best part of the experience for me.
Kelly, While we strive for positive feedback, it is always valuable to hear where we are falling short for our guests so that we can address the issue head on. We are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your experience. When a guest is not enjoying their dish we will always offer to either remake it or replace it to ensure that you feel valued and leave with a happy, full belly. We hope you will give us another opportunity to showcase the exceptional service and food we are known for. MR
The food was wonderful and the view was beautiful. The atmosphere was spacious, yet cozy at the same time. This is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate any special occasion.
Kimberly, Thank you for taking the time to share a review of your most recent experience at the Marina Restaurant. We are always so pleased to hear positive feedback from our valued guests. Thank you for your support. We hope to feed you again soon! The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
We (my friend) and I a bit early before our 11:30 reservation - so had a quick visit before being seated!
Our host apologized for making us wait and seated us in a lovely table by the window.
I want to compliment you on our server - she was exceptional - very attentive without interrupting and very discreet in making sure we had everything we needed!
Joanie, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are always elated to hear that our guests are enjoying their time spent with us. We appreciate your support, and we hope for the opportunity to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
We showed up early for dinner as we were starving after a day of sightseeing in Victoria. Turned out we were the only reservation that night so we were promptly and pleasantly accommodated. Great waitress, very efficient and attentive without being intrusive. We had a lovely meal overlooking the marina at sunset.
One disappointment was that sushi apparently wasn't available that night. I never followed up why as it appeared on the website menu but not on the menu we were presented. No big deal but I was hoping for some good sushi that evening.
Chuck, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent trip to the Marina Restaurant. We are very happy to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your time spent here. In regards to sushi, our sushi menu is always available at the round bar and the sushi bar section. Currently we are limited to only offering sushi in the dining room on a case to case basis. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please don't hesitate to contact us. The MR Management Team
A beautiful setting, excellent food and great service. My sisters and I had a lovely lunch together and were made to feel welcome and comfortable. The surprise dessert at the end to celebrate a birthday was really a nice touch.
Linda, Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here. We hope to feed you again soon! The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Ambiance, could not be better, staff friendly, helpful, server was so helpful, food was delicious, well presented, again server was attentive, it was my wife’s birthday, she wanted to make sure she was happy, this is our tenth birthday visit,when we have out of town visitors the Marina is always on the agenda!
I thought the “Happy Birthday “ desert was to be crass, A class act!
disappointed with the food. expected better. found the crab cakes to be very small and was lukewarm as served. Poor value IMHO and as a result we just wanted to leave which was really disappointing as it was a milestone occasion and I had selected this restaurant precisely to impress family members. that being said the server was very good.
Robert, We are very disappointed to hear that we did not meet your expectations on your most recent visit. We appreciate your feedback, and if you would like to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to contact me personally. General Manager Jason Mcmillan
Nice evening and lovely view. Lovely way to celebrate my wife's birthday.
Thank you for the kind words Tim, we hope your wife had an exceptional day! Thank you for your support. We hope to feed you again soon :) Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
wait staff not overly friendly;the person removed my place setting at the place I wished to sit at the table;no smiles and not the most attractive people I've seen especially for a high end place;few smiles very little explanation re the menu,ie I did not know what I had ordered had lots of garlic in it as my system tolerates very little,then when my replacement meal arrived I had no fork and I had to call 3 times to get the waitresses attention and when I finally got one brought by someone else no apology.
I have eaten at you establishment many times and is one of my favourite locations but I took some friends there I was expecting much more attention and service.
I also work for a limo company looking after hundreds of cruise ship people and I tried to contact the restaurant last Saturday and no one answered the phone and when I inquired about it Tuesday evening no one seemed to care one way or the other.
I hope this was an off night as I have had better experiences in the past.
Some flowers may ad to the ambiance;maybe a better dress code ie no blue jeans and t-shirts
respectfully ,glen pillar
Thank you for taking the time to provide a review, I'm sorry that we did not exceed your expectations on your recent visit. The Marina Restaurant is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer. We hire based on skill, experience, personality and ability, not appearance or other grounds protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act. We will use your feedback as a learning opportunity to improve, but we are proud of the team that we have cultivated at our restaurant. General Manager
Love the views and service is excellent. Appreciate the quality food sourced locally. Sometimes a bit noisy but still beautiful.
Brenda, Thank you for taking the time to share some kind words with us. We hope to get the opportunity to feed you again soon! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Probably because of the view!
My friend thought the crab cakes tasteless, although I had eaten them the day before and enjoyed them. I was disappointed by the sushi. Normally, when I have been to the Marina for the Mother’s Day brunch Ihave been impressed by the food. Maybe this day was just an off day!
Overall it was good. Excellent service however online menu did not relfect what was available in house. Had my heart set on the beef tenderloin to learn it had been replaced by a striploin. $38 is a little steep for a striploin. Cheese board was fantastic.
Thank you for taking the time to share a review with us from your recent dining experience. We apologize for the discrepancy between our online and in-house menu; we update our menu quite frequently and sometimes there is a lag in updating the online menu. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we will correct the online menu ASAP. Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Beautiful venue with spectacular views. It was our anniversary, and they reserved a really nice table next to the window for us. The food was excellent and the service was great. We will definitely come back next time we're in town!
Thank you for the kind words Stargazer! We look forward to feeding you again soon :) The Marina Restaurant Management Team
Service was good but the food was mediocre, pricey for what you get, prices seem to be based on where you are. Service was good.
Vegetarian Gnocchi was not edible... loaded with salt. All other food was delicious.
My husband and I went to the Marina to celebrate our 20 th anniversary. We have previously enjoyed the experience very much. While the food was outstanding we felt the service left alot to be desired. We also miss the white tablecloths and proper cutlery . Candles appeared at the end of our meal. We felt that the restaurant has slipped into the “ordinary” category from the special place it was. It needs some colour, as the grey and white scheme is dull and uninteresting. While I am on it, the light fixtures were full of bugs! Sorry guys, quite disappointed this time.
Thank you for sharing feedback with us from your recent visit. While we understand some guests are sad to see our linens go, the decision was made based on many factors: primarily the environmental cost associated was simply too high for us to ignore any longer. I can assure you our cutlery has not changed since we had linens, and our light fixtures have since been vacuumed free of dust. Please know we value all feedback and we are grateful for your support. The Marina Restaurant Management Team
An outstanding chef!
Thank you for your kind words Daisy - we will be sure to pass them along! Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Staff
value for money: overpriced for the value of the food. much ado about nothing
My son and his wife were visiting from Manitoba and I had not seen them for five years. We wanted a special place to go for good food and a place to visit. Service and food was excellent. The music was turned up quite loud around 12:30 pm. I do not think they need to play it that loud when people want to visit. A nice background type music would be much nicer.
Thank you for your feedback Irene, Please don't hesitate to let your server know if this is an issue the next time you visit us; we would be happy to lower the volume for you. Cheers, The Marina Restaurant Management Team