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Q at The Empress - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

4.3
220 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Northwest
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Q represents Queen and country, the revered figure for whom this hotel was named. A singular letter, for a very singular space. Located in the most storied room in Victoria, Q at the Empress is a must-visit culinary celebration that is second to none. This atmospheric space has a distinctly modern, contemporary feel, all the while staying true to the building’s unique iconic heritage with its dark cherry wood ceilings and spectacularly detailed moldings. Focusing on regional ingredients, the carefully curated menu features locally sourced seafood, meats and produce prepared surely and skillfully by Chef Morgan Wilson and his incredible team. Try one of over 850 bottles of wines from the temperature controlled visible wine wall featuring the best of the Pacific North West and select vintages from all over the globe. From romantic dinner to vibrant social event all you need to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy Q at the Empress, the place to be on Vancouver Island.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest
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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(250) 389-2727
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Morgan Wilson
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Private party facilities
The Royal Table is an added refinement to your fine dining experience. Providing guests with a heightened touch of elegance during their dining experience, this experience is truly memorable for a birthday, engagement or simply an evening together. From silver cloches and candelabras to customized wine selections from our Sommelier and a few special touches from the Chef, The Royal Table service provides a sophisticated refinement to an enchanted dining experience. The cost is a C$30 surcharge per person in addition to meal selection costs.
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Private party contact
Dining Reservations: (250) 389-2727
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belleville & Goverment Streets
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Parking details
Valet or self parking is available in the Fairmont Empress parkade
Additional
Cocktails, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Treat your loved one to a romantic 4-course Valentine’s Dinner that includes a decadent visit to our Death By Chocolate Cave. Created by Executive Pastry Chef AJ Thalakkat, it’s an interactive twist on a perennial favourite! Indulge this Valentine’s Day for only $82/pp. 48-hrs cancellation required.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 220 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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3.8
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vipVanGirl (Seattle)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Loved the live music in the background, great service. A bit too good because it was a slow night. Had the sable fish. It was good, but I liked my sides better. Tasted the bison short ribs my friend had and that plate was huge and very tasty.
Beet salad to start was very large portion (good to share) and very fresh and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

The service was excellent. We had cocktails from their special menu and their gimlet was perfectly done. We went on Saturday night and there was live music. Definitely a magical experience. You could feel the history of the place. The food was delicious, with a modern flair on classic dishes. I would absolutely recommend this dining experience to anyone, especially for a special occasion.

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AVee (Vancouver)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Our go to spot for lunch in Victoria. Love the menu at the Q. Something tasty for everyone! We also love the consistent exceptional service.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Lorne couldn’t have made our four year anniversary more special. What a great night!! Can’t speak higher of the service, ambiance and food. An unforgettable evening!

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Sablefish dish is a must have. Waiter LOREN IS a delight and his recommendations are spot o n for both food .wine and beer.

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Kevin 
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

I was visiting family from out-of-town and thought it would be a treat to take my family to an upscale restaurant within the Empress hotel. I made the reservation using OpenTable, and even so, we were not greeted for about 5 minutes while waiting at the service stand at the front of the restaurant. After being seated, it took another 10 minutes for the waitress to inquire about beverages, and by that time, the table that came in after us, already had their beverages served and orders taken. The hostess and waitress were very polite, but the service was rather inefficient.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely New Year's Eve lunch with guest from out of town. We really enjoyed the menu and suggestions from our efficient server. Beautiful presentation, great timing for drinks and ordering and server was in no way an interruption, to our visit. Updated decor is wonderful and holiday decorations very tasteful and festive. Only comment I could make, is the chairs at the table need to be clean, I had to sit on a dirty one, because I did not want to make a fuss with my guests. Kind of disappointing for such a beautiful dining room. We enjoyed lovely coffee's and biscotti and lots of time to chat after our huge lunch.

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Mom2cela (Vancouver)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

We cannot say anything bad about our experience-we started at the Lounge which other than being seated near the glass wash station (only seats available) it was great! Terrific service and cocktails!
Dinner was amazing as was the service. My husband enjoyed the steak, best he’s ever had. I highly recommend the sablefish and creme caramel for dessert!

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Melnick90 (Washington DC)
2.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

For the price the food was meh, not great. We started with the seafood tower for a lot of money, and we will say the smoked salmon was amazing and the oysters were great, kind of hard to screw up raw oysters. King crab legs?? More like baby tiny legs, smaller in size than dungeoness, the shrimp was meh and the poke had too much sesame oil. Finished with a rib eye and not only very charred but super thin cut. Again, a saving factor was the potatoes, super yummy; but not worth the money. Overall the restaurant is small and cramped, and if going to the Empress is a must, have drink in the bar or tea in the afternoon, skip the dinner and go to The Irish Times Pub, half the price and super yummy!!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was delicious, our server Andrew was knowledgeable and fun. We would go back and ask to be seated in his section. We loved every minute of our dinner there.

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