OLO Restaurant

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Farm-to-table
Nestled in the heart of Victoria, B.C.’s bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, OLO pays homage to the region’s trade hub roots.

The name ‘Olo’ means ‘hungry’ in Chinook Jargon, a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. The Pacific Northwest was once a gathering place for traders from all over the world... French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, First Nations and more; at OLO these influences are integrated into a cuisine that showcases the Cascadian region.

We are lucky to have access to the forest, farms, and ocean here on the West Coast. We are a restaurant that believes in sustainable farming practices, seasonality, and knowing the stories of the growers.
Join us to create a unique story of your own!
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the OLO - we really enjoyed the experience! Food was outstanding and well worth the money. Our servers we polite, friendly and efficient. we will be back again soon.

CH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

We have a small child. This place was way too small to accommodate our party of three. They wanted to store our stroller in the back room. Food was probably fantastic-looked very tasty small portions, but looked a bit overpriced. Was looking forward to having a drink but very limited options. Small area with uncomfortable spacing. OLO said we didn’t show up for our reservations as well- which we did- we just decided not to order after looking at the menu. Polite staff otherwise. Seemed to understand that it was a good fit for us.

E
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a bit of a wait but food came as expected (same as before), very high quality and delicious. Service was AMAZING! It isn’t everyday that your plates get changed three times throughout one meal. I was impressed!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delightful celebration with friends, made simple by the staff who accommodated a last minute reservation time switch. We had the fix price chiefs selection which our group selected so that we had a chance to try all the options. The wow factor... is there carrot sorbet in my salad! The gaps between courses were filled by great conversation.

d
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was for a special occasion which brought us back to one of our favourite restaurants in Victoria, it was great to get reacquainted and we had a fabulous experience.

PM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is amazing! So much thought and care goes into every aspect. A wonderful treat. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived until the moment we left the service was impeccable.
Outstanding dishes to sample on the tasting menu. The wine pairings are a must to get the full experience.
Simply superb. Thank you everyone for a memorable evening.

A
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Olo gets it right from top to bottom: attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable staff, fresh ingredients, great preparation, and terrific presentation. Their emphasis on as much local supply as possible is not just a good idea, it's great in execution. The staff and ownership are truly exceptional - everyone pays attention to everything, regardless if it is that server's table. We had one server tell us that she loves working there because the owners do everything the servers do - often not the case in restaurants. Have to make special mention of the albacore tuna appetizer - it was an amazing combination of fresh ingredients and novel combination (melon, fennel creme fraiche, purple daikon, and nori-wrapped albacore). Probably the most memorable appetizer I've had this year. My companion also raved about the turnip and apple salad for its lightness and novel tastes. Truly wonderful experience.

HL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Glad we went for sure and we had a wonderful time. Food and our waitress were fantastic. The tables were a little close together but didn’t really bother us that much. It was a little loud for us to really have good intimate conversation. Found the alcoholic beverages and wine list very pricey for what you got. I’m sure we will go back now that we know how the menu works. The food was DELICIOUS!

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While overall the restaurant wants to dazzle, the experience is extremely underwhelming.

M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything delicious. Great staff. Four of us ate family style and tried a bunch of things. Our server coursed the meal so nicely and let us take our time and enjoy the food and company even though it meant we were there much past their closing time. Thank you!

GF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OLO was absolutely amazing! My Fiancé and I have enjoyed fine dining in old Montreal and OLO easily rivals if not meets that level of quality. Will definitely be back

K
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an very good time! Very nice atmosphere, great food, very kind staff!!
Especially, I loved the apple salad with frikake.
When I visit Victoria next time, I will go to OLO again.
Thank you very much.

K
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorites! We have been coming here for several years and have never been disappointed. We travel from the US to enjoy their amazing food and craft cocktails.

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great experience. Amazing food, great drinks, delicious desserts! A great experience can't wait to go again :)

P
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Chef's tasting menu for my fiance's birthday dinner. Everything was delicious, plated beautifully. Awesome drink options and recommendations. The servers and staff were super nice and fun to chat with which is always a fun added bonus for us.

DE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Victoria. The quality is always top notch and the presentation spot on. Some of our diners are vegan and OLO is always able to cater to them. I especially like starting off the dining experience with one of their well thought out and executed cocktails. Very happy to have them in our neighbourhood.

c
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for the tasting menu plus some extra appies.
Drinks were excellent. Service was so lovely. I’ve never woken up the next morning thinking about carrots in my life. Exceptional food. Can’t wait till next time.

RE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A few too many cucumbers used as garnish! The flavours could have been a little richer. The halibut however was fresh and perfectly cooked!
And the service superb.

FT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t judge a restaurant in value so I don’t feel comfortable rating it that way. I can say it was delicious, had creative combinations and FRESH food! I ordered a cocktail that was so good! So if you are looking for something different that an “Italian”, or “burger” joint, this won’t disappoint 🤗

d
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really liked their wine menu. Awesome duck and lamb.

CK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding, every dish was incredible, highly recommend the tasting.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Really wanted this to be special as it was my birthday.
The food was mediocre at best.
Very fried mushrooms with Ranch dressing to start after we were told the main course would take 45 minutes.
Steak with a lovely chanterelle sauce- fried potatoes and broccoli. The sauce being the best part of that meal.
My Halibut must have been left the window for awhile, it arrived with a thick skin. The rice was just white rice- the whole experience was just disappointing.
The Sorbet and VancouverIsland sparkling wine was the best part of the meal.
The service was uninterested in us and our experience.
Perhaps because we are tourists.

AM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding -- creative choices, diverse tastes and textures, and beautifully plated. The wine pairings complemented the dishes very well. Clearly, significant care and attention was evident in every dish.

CT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inspired food and wines; staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Pricing high, but value for pricing very reasonable. Would definitely return and recommend to others.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere. The food was tremendous, particularly the carrot sorbet. The server was knowledgeable and affable.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were told about OLO from another shop and we are so grateful they did. The food and drinks were outstanding. Melt in your mouth tuna is a must. The server was sweet and so helpful. Highly recommend!!!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very unique. The atmosphere was perfect and our service was impeccable. The service, atmosphere, and dessert would make me go back. The price for the food was a mismatch for me. All in all a nice night out.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and inventive combinations of local seasonal produce, exceptional ingredient quality, attentive service, superlative flavours! Will definitely return on a future Victoria visit.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic locally sourced food served by knowledgeable staff, Fantastic

BG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal and service. A very memorable experience

MM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Try everything, you will not be disappointed. We had the kitchen tasting and all the flavors complemented each other.this was a real treat.

AL
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is fantastic. Top quality. Elegant display. Friendly atmosphere

JC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything looked so yummy that we couldn't decide, so we did the tasting menu and wine pairing. The food is outstanding and presentation was lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite. I would highly recommend OLO and would come back again and again. Special shout out to our waiter Nolan who was awesome.

c
Ottawa
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time there - had the tasting menu with wine pairing - OUTSTANDING !!! Attentive & friendly service, great atmosphere - would for sure go back !!! LOVED IT !!

S
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of 4 was welcomed and made comfortable right away.
The food and service were both excellent with details about every dish offered when it was placed on the table. Highly recommended!

WG
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Attentive but not overly so. Enthusiastic + helpful but not overbearing. Drank all BC wines and enjoyed well cooked, well presented, creative grub. Worth a try for a fun celebration or other occasion.

MR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. The service and food were exceptional!

DP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

They had a very limited Menu so I ordered the steak. It was cooked properly (medium rare) but was small (about 1/2 inches in thickness) and not particularly flavorful and came with a small potato patty. I had the smoked salmon appetizer and chocolate cake for desert. Both were good but nothing special.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around! Food and wine is locally sourced. Our server was very knowledgeable about the origins of the ingredients and wines. She helped with food and wine pairings, made excellent recommendations and told the stories behind what we were eating and drinking. It felt like a culinary tour of BC. The service was well paced- not too fast or slow. The ambience was quiet, calm , upscale but still casual and local. I would come back to Victoria just to dine there again. If I could give 6+ stars I would.