Stage

4.3
396 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
French
Stage is a casual, neighborhood French wine bar. The food menu changes everyday and is focused on the fresh, seasonal ingredients that are available to the chef. The wine program is heavily European and low intervention buttressed by natural local wines and it rotates constantly.

Due to the daily evolution of our food menu we may not always be able to accommodate all diet restrictions every day to full satisfaction. If your restrictions are serious we recommend calling the restaurant after 3pm on the day of your planned visit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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ChristineW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had superb customer service from our waiter, was accommodating, friendly, engaging, top notch. He was the perfect amount of attentive, and hands off.

I eat absolutely everything, but having a friend that is vegetarian and gluten-free, the pickings are slim. But the food is always good regardless.

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AlexisW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Everything i ordered came out of a box or a can. Huge mark up on all dressed ruffles chips that I could have bought at 7 11. Bread I ordered was burnt dry toast.
Only saving grace was the wine
I'll never go back

Stage
Responded 3 days ago

Well the entire menu changes daily & is made almost entirely from scratch including the bread which is intentionally crisp for mopping up sauces & cornichons are used for adding acidity. We do add to the menu some conservas & occasionally if the menu calls for it some chips either as a bar snack or as something that will accompany other things on the menu. So it sounds like all you ordered was bread, pickles, chips, & sardines. I don't know what to say. Sorry you didn't enjoy yourself.

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Squamkid16
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered one of everything to share with our table of four and it was awesome. Great atmosphere, delicious good and lovely service!

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TJWS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were absolutely incredible! Such an unique concept a warm inviting aesthetic. Will 100% be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Went for a evening to share a glass of wine and some apples with a girlfriend. Service was adequate but the menu choice selection was limited and the prices were outrages for the quantity and quality. Very limited selection in purchasing wine by the glass. The ambiance/space was spectacular but a shame everything else did not measure up. Definitely will not be going back.

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KateB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was greeted and made to feel welcomed by the hostess. Sat at the bar and the bartender was fun, attentive and informative. As the bar got a little busier we moved to a table to eat. The server was polite and anticipated our needs.

Was great from start to finish.

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Adriany
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a blast. Service was amazing. Food was out of this world! Drinks were killer.

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AlexandraS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be open to whatever lays ahead...Best dining in victoria. Great wine list. Will be back!

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vipGwenM
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stage, is a wonderful restaurant. The food and service was excellent, Fabolous wine list.

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KeithW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I couldn’t have been more disappointed. Wine list incomprehensible (and I’m in the wine business). Menu indecipherable with very little choice. What we did have was expensive and disappointing. Luckily our server was lovely and helpful. But I won’t be back. Sorry

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Alyssa
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food!

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CarsonM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic. Our waiter (I never got his name) was incredibly knowledgable and helped us choose a fantastic meal. Very uncommon menu you won't find anywhere else.

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ArieL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was a surprise (we had the Feast), and the food was great. Super ambience, reminded me of being in a French village restaurant in many ways. Just go. Not cheap, but worth it.

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FarmersWife
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Interesting limited menu. Not large portions to share and seemed overpriced.

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DONALD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Under the prior management, Stage was our go to place before going to the Belfry. Not sure now. Service was great. Loud music made it hard to talk and be heard. Servers have to interpret the menu as it is just a list of words. Food was good, very rich and a little expensive. Cheese, 3 oz wedge, $6, was not ripe enough. Toast was good, $3 a slice. Pigs head salami, 7 very thin slices, mostly gelatin for $12 was a little steep. Also all the salt on the rind of the salami was overpowering. Squash salad was great. Wine by the glass is again up to the server. No coffee (strange). Food came very quickly. Open kitchen. Ask for a table near the back of the restaurant as those up front get a blast of cold air every time the door opens. Might, or might not try again as food offered changes daily. We were sad as we missed the old Stages.

Stage
Responded on December 14, 2021

Unfortunately the Belfry business disappeared for nearly 2 years so we had to adapt & find new customers. It was a long hard 2 years but I believe we are in a better place now then we were going in. We are so happy that the Belfry is back and I personally want to welcome their patrons back into our restaurant. But they do need to understand that things have changed & this is not the old stage. Anyways, thanks for taking the time to give us your opinion and hopefully we will see you again.

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BD11
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this spot…. Highly recommend!!!

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vipGidget
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's been several years since I last went to Stage. Everything was quite fine but I found the menu and ordering to be quite tedious and labour intensive. No list of wines by the glass, just, you know, "we open a bunch of bottles" and not a great explanation of my options. The food menu was also fairly unhelpful for anyone not familiar with the food. Every item needed to be explained as the one word names did not offer any idea of what the dish would be EG. "Carrot" "Pork", etc. It's a novelty, for sure, but not functional. The food we ordered was great, the service was also very good apart from the issues with the menu or lack of. Would go back if I'm in the neighbourhood but probably not going to make a special trip.

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KaelaA
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best! Amazing staff, great ambiance, creative wine list and the food was pretty unforgettable. We will be back for sure! Thank you!!

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Lexx
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Both the food and atmosphere are absolutely stunning!

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vipHappyLocalDiner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great to be back to restaurant dining at Stage. Small plate food with changing selections very interesting and tasty. Chicken hearts so good we had a second serving. A fruity rich Vancouver Island Pinot Noir available by the glass was a perfect compliment to our selection of dishes. A Pot de Crème to finish required discipline not to eat a second one. Service was efficient and friendly getting us to the theatre well in advance. Looking forward to the next play at The Belfry which will again be preceded by dinner at Stage.

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Deepcove
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We have been to Stage a number of times over the past couple of years and have had no problem with the menu. However the latest menu seemed to be lacking options and was unsatisfying to share. We enjoyed the cheese and bread. The chicken hearts seemed very under cooked. Atmosphere and service was great. Nice place to go for a glass or two of wine and the orange cake dessert was stunning, we will however wait a while prior to returning.

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JENMASSOLO
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Victoria and one of my top anywhere. Excellent food and drinks. High quality ingredients and exceptional execution.

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vipDavidBiltek
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food was interesting, mostly good, the quiche was creamy and cold...no what was expected...all else was good
the space is very loud, and very busy....great for after Theatre at theatre Inconnu or the Belfry...but busy, so make reservations

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PatriciaH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very noisy but great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Wonderful food! Perfect ambiance. My only complaint is that there was zero options for a non alcoholic beverage other than water. This is one of my favourite places to dine but being someone that’s sober, I really appreciate when (most) restaurants have at least one or two non alcoholic options for us non drinkers or people who are the DD!

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GJack
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Great food and ambience. Love the share plates and that the menu changes daily.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic evening - attentive but not intrusive service with a delicious selection of wines and an array with simple yes flavorful dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very interesting daily menu. Casually presented. Enjoyable experience.

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Stella
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Stages has changed...it's basically a bar now. Emphasis on loud music and booze. Food menu was very disappointing.
Won't go again despite being a frequent patron in the past.

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JulianP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome creative menu last night, as I understand it changes everyday. Maybe coming out of a pandemic situation it felt a bit weird the lack of distancing between tables. The food was outstanding as well as the service, super friendly and informative... those mussels were to die for, almost had a fight with my wife for the last one -:) we're definitely going back. Maybe the wine is a little overpriced but having said that I'm pretty sure finding those wines is not an easy task.

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CarolD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner at Stages. We ordered everything on the menu and loved every item. The food was very interesting (without being weird) and beautifully prepared. The server was extremely helpful in making choices and made our dinner very special. We can't wait to come back!
We did find the noise level - the music - too loud for easy conversation.

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KathrynW
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was my second visit. Overall it was good. Our server didn't seem to have much knowledge of their wine list. Not many vegetarian options this time. Great ambience

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Tiki2for
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Horrible food. Did the tasting menu. 4 dishes had eggs in them so seemed very repetitive. The others were organ meats and foods from a can, jar some deli meat and a hunk of cheese. Will not be returning.

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Momo
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Disappointed. Stage used to be amazing and was my go to restaurant for years. The atmosphere is still great and the wines are excellent but the food is not as good as it used to be or could be. We had cheese and charcuterie - chefs choice - because nothing else was appealing. The selection was poor with too much meat and only one small piece of Brie with no accoutrements like chutney, sliced pear or nuts.

Stage
Responded on November 6, 2021

Hey thanks for the feed back Momo & I'm sorry but this restaurant is not the stage that used to be your go to restaurant. It changed ownership two & a half years ago & has been different ever since and I don't mean to be mean but if you didn't try any of the food then it is kind of hard to have an opinion on it no?

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LisaD
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was okay, but a few dishes were overly salted. We ordered the feast, and there was a lot of food. The dishes came out too fast and we felt very rushed. Also, for a French restaurant, why was there no bread served with the meal? Very odd.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Menu options and general quantity absolutely appalling. Value for money abysmal with the lowest price for house wine set to $60.. such a major disappointment compared to the old Stage with previous owners. We. Won’t be going back.

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Matt
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great wine list. Definitely will make our way back again

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Devo
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lively, fun neighbourhood restaurant. Great service, good food.

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AlanS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Stage was once our favorite place in Victoria. We just went for first time in years since it changed hands.
The atmosphere was still lovely but the food was comical. Top dollar for two bite plates. We had to go somewhere else after to satisfy our hunger

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EvaH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine recommendations, fun food for sharing

FAQs

Stage offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 388-4222.

Stage is rated 4.3 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.