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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

3.8
177 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

At Spinnaker�s Gastro Brewpub in Victoria, you�ll find meals made using fresh and local ingredients, inspired by classic pub favorites. Spinnaker�s Gastro Brewpub offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu to ensure no matter what time of the day you stop by you�ll find something delicious.

For lunch or dinner at Spinnaker�s Gastro Brewpub you can try one of the shared plates, perfect for a meal with friends and family, like Spinnaker�s cured meat and cheese plates. For the main course, try one of the hand-crafted panini sandwiches, like the three-cheese panini and chicken club. Don�t forget about dessert, like a three-truffle tasting plate.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch: Daily: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM.

We currently do not take reservations after 6:15 PM, but we are available for walk-ins.
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Phone number
(250) 386-2739
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alison Ryan
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Private party facilities
Amazing ales and fresh local foods for your event in our harbour facing restaurant. Our Guest Houses are a special part of Spinnakers that we are all very proud of. Our guests can stay in a comfortable heritage or contemporary house, steps from our restaurant and brewpub.
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Private party contact
Jill Kissick Event Coordinator: (888) 413-3913
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Esquimalt Road
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Parking details
45 on-site parking spaces with ample on street parking. All free of charge.

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Public transit
The BC Transit #25 public city bus stops directly in front of Spinnakers. Big bus hop on/hop off service also stops directly in front of the property. Akal Airporter service from Victoria International airport is available, with drop off on site. The Victoria Harbour Ferries stop is a short 5-minute walk away, ask the captain for directions.
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Entertainment
Occasionally we feature local musicians, mostly acoustical in the taproom on the upper level. Check our website or our newsletter for details.
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Special events & promotions
We are happy to host special events in our dining room for groups of up to 100 guests. A-La-Carte or set-priced menus are available for you to choose from. Please contact Jill Kissick to book your special event. Please note that a 15% tip is automatically applied to bills for groups of 12 or more.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on March 14, 2015

We came for lunch and had to wait for over 20 minutes before our waiter even came to our table to take our drink order. Completely unacceptable. I love the location of this place, the views are stunning, and the food is good, but unfortunately the experience was ruined by one terrible waiter.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

We go to spinnakers about once a month. Food is decent and is well priced. Good ever changing beer and wine menu.

This occasion we had an order of salt and pepper wings to start. They were really good. I had the steak frites, it was also quite good. My wife had the fish and chips, unfortunately it was over cooked and the batter was soggy, perhaps the oil wasn't hot enough.

Overall still a great night at a reasonable price. Excellent views and a good atmosphere. Helpful staff.

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2015

Went to Spinnakers with some friends for my birthday party. As usual, Spinnakers had a vast beer selection as well as a large cocktail, wine, and cider selection. The drinks and food was great didn't hear any negative remarks regarding them from my friends. The only strange thing was the service at first it was pretty slow, but got more consistent later in the night. When it became time to pay our bill our server was totally confused and came to the table with a bill and then had us all recite our orders to her. She had forgotten things and had items mixed up. After what was another long wait trying to pay our bill we just went up to the bar recited our orders again and paid up. Spinnakers is always consistent with the food and drinks so I will be back, just the service was a bit off a few days ago!

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2015

If you want a place with good food and not too far from downtown, this is it. If you make a reservation you can get a window seat with a good ocean view, probably one of the very few places in Victoria with an ocean view at reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

We go to Spinnaker's fairly regularly and it doesn't disappoint. It's high end pub food with a northwest slant (lots of salmon choices, for example). I'm also a fan of the beer there. I'm not sure it's quite a foodie destination, but the quality is there - we chose this place as our New Year's Eve dinner spot.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2014

Spinnakers is a wonderful pub/restaurant that offers great local food, a fantastic selection of tasty beer and luckily for us, within walking distance from downtown Victoria.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2014

Warm atmosphere and eclectic dishes. A few items were not available as advertised which was a bit of a downer, but great setting on the bay and alive at any hour.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2014

The food at Spinnakers has been consistently excellent for the last several years. The flavour, presentation and quality of ingredients all make for delicious food.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2014

We live virtually next door to Spinnakers. Over the past two years, the food quality has slipped. On our latest visit, one of the meals was cold, and one was incomplete. The special of the evening was tasty. Soup was cold. As a Brewpub, they have some spectacular brews, except that they run out of them. The wine is just wine, but, they had run out of the house pinot grigio which seems strange given that they own and run a Wine shop only a few blocks away.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2014

the best/freshest salad I have had in years! The food overall was GREAT.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2014

Went with a group of 8 total and found that the beer was enjoyed by some, but not all. The beer didn't stand out as some other local/regional brews in the area. We all found the food tasty, but the service was painfully slow and the waitress seemed ignorant of at least saying "I'm sorry you have to wait." She was nice enough when talking with us, but the management could greatly benefit from more servers - it wasn't that crowded and we felt ignored quite a bit even though we were sitting along a traffic route. Yes, a larger group, but not enormous and the server just didn't know how to let us know in a more professional manner that she cared but was busy. Very good veggie burger, by the way!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2014

outstanding microbrews and quality food! Location is outside downtown, which may be a trek but its tranquil setting on lime bay is worth it. Best beers ever!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2014

Although the server thought is was awesome, the spinach salad with goat cheese, the dressing was bland, and needed
more zip, it was boring, and a disappointment, and I am big on salads. Easy to fix.

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2014

Sweltering temperature inside. The food was over cooked and dry. The pizza was awful. The halibut was overdone. The burgers were dry and the fries were tough. The beer was good. The portions were very small for the amount paid in comparison to nearby establishments. Our server was very nice and attentive. We had received many recommendations to give it a try, wished we hadn't.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2014

Visisted this rest/pub several years ago. When I knew I was coming back for a conference with a friend who had never visisted the Island, I knew we had to go here. While enjoyable, the food and beer was not as good.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

Great food and great service - A must place to eat while in Victoria

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2014

It was such a nice evening. we had our table facing the water. Local wine good and local cheeses - very very recommended. I ate fish Black Cod & Wild Archangel Risotto - perfectly done. fortunately, we didn't have any more room for desert. also the wine was wonderful:
Salt Spring Island Vineyards, Millotage...

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2014

Great little restaurant with its own in-house brewery. Beautiful views of Victoria's harbour and the ocean.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2014

My wife and I were in town for the weekend and were told to try this place for supper by a friend and the hotel we were staying at. Not what we expected the food was PUB food and greasy. I had the fish and chips fish was over done chips were soggy my wife had the Bangers and Mash the potatoes were cold and greasy as well. The only bright spot was the desert and the beer was passable. It was very nosey and the seating was to so close together that I had trouble getting in and out of my chair due to the people sitting behind me We had asked for a window seat but my view was the empty patio and my wife could see some of the water not what we expected. Would be go back NO not even for beers would we recommend it to our friends NO
Not impressed

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

This is a happening place (busy and noisy) and very much in demand.
Thankfully we had a reservation.
Great food and great drinks is normally a good recipe for success.
We come here every time we are in Victoria.

My burger was a little on the dry side but overall both meals were good.
Sometimes I think the menu misses a little, for example I really wanted the ribs but didn't want it served with salad and polenta.
To me that's a bit of a strange mix.

Overall a good time and we will more than likely come back next time

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2014

Disappointing. Had hoped for more given the previous reports. Beer range and quality disappointing and the food at best average. Wouldnt have made such an effort to go there if I'd known.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2014

Great neighborhood brewpub, casual atmosphere, great views of Victoria inner harbor. Great menu, great food, great local and import beer selection, and great service. Eat here at least once or more every time visiting Victoria, consistently great year after year.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Great service. The food and beer are outstanding definitely recommend this place. We will return.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Food was average, everything else about it was great.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2014

Prices are high but the food and beer was fabulous. Quality was outstanding. The mushroom soup was the best I have ever had. My father said it was the best beer he had in all of Canada. Service was friendly and helpful and prompt. I will be visiting here again.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2014

It's a good little spot for beer and pub food.
Menu 1: Seafood Chowder (very good) and BC Artisan Cheese Taster (excellent). Both are classified as "Appetizers", however the combination was quite filling. Depending on your appetite, 2 Appetizers could serve as a meal.
Menu 2: Beer & Cheese Pot Appetizer (very rich)
Menu 3: 2 Oysters Appetizer (good)
Both 2 & 3 had the Braised Goat Stew (Special)-very rich, but portion was on the small side

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2013

A table for two with a nice view of the harbour lights - a great way to welcome the new year. We chose from the special menu, reasonably priced at $55 for appetizer, main and dessert. Highlights were the sablefish with Dungeness crab (messy but delicious) and the two desserts, tarte tatin with hazelnut ice cream and elderflower cheesecake with a tart berry sauce. A glass of BC wine and a pint of the house ale went well with the meal. The service was efficient and unobtrusive, and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner without feeling rushed. Thanks, Spinnaker's staff - well done!

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2013

The food was very good and the service was excellent. Keep up the good work.

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2.0Dined on December 26, 2013

Sorry to note that our brunch was disappointing in a few ways - poached eggs ordered medium, came hard and for some of us in our group of 5, the eggs were unrecognizable as eggs ie yolks had been broken.
Pototoes would have been good if they had been hot.

Biscuit was very good, however.

Thanks.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2013

We sat by a cozy fire looking at the lights in the harbour. The server was properly attentive. The food arrived in good time - freshly made but quick. The food is inconsistent. The hot cheese pot; blue cheese spinach salad; fries and mushroom beer pizza were all good. The beet veggie burger was not good. The patty is a bit dry, with little sauce and a large bun, so it was very dry. The little bit of sauce had an interesting taste, so to be fair I should have asked for a lot more sauce. Finally the fish (salmon) and chips. The salmon seemed a bit on the dry side. The desserts were all amazing! Great beer!
I recommend this restaurant, but avoid the veggie burger.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2013

Visited for lunch and had excellent service, very attentive but not pestering. The food was great and the beer was tasty. French fries were excellent! Nice partial view of the inner harbor. The Tap Room upstairs looked like it would be a fun place for drinks after work or a good place for special celebrations.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2013

I have been coming to Spinnakers since it opened and have never been disappointed. This evening we celebrated my son's 19th birthday, so he wanted to experience all the fine ales. We ordered 2 flights of beer (4 x 4 oz. each flight) and got to experience a wide selection. The pulled pork nachos are great for the table to share. Mains of seafood paella, chicken pot pie, steak and seafood were enjoyed by all.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2013

always go here when we visit Victoria and its always fabulous excellent food great views and good service

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2013

Nice selection of entrees and appies with a farm to table theme. Great view. About 10 minute walk from Johnson Street Bridge and maybe 20 minutes from the Empress Hotel. You can also take the water taxi. Cheers!

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2013

Spinnakers was a great place to meet over lunch with a colleague that we haven't seen in years!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2013

Making a reservation was easy online. The waitress was a very genuine and enthusiastic. The drinks were slightly delayed at times and the table was a little squished as it was a busy Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2013

The food was healthy and local. There is so much variety on the menu that it is hard to choose. We will definitely return often.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2013

Nice range of brews and good food to boot. Try the truffle and beer pairing!

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2013

One of our best nights out in Victoria and some of the best fish and chips we experienced. The beer selection was well appreciated and memorable.

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2.0Dined on September 7, 2013

second visit. Disappointed in quality of food and overwhelming noise level. First visit was entirely different, but realizing it was in the middle of winter compared to the early September visit .

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