A little noisy, but comfortable. Food, drinks, service, all excellent. Three of us shared various dishes and a bottle of wine and loved everything.
We have been going to Stage for years and love the new menu. The rib eye for two was amazingly delicious and of course, the wine selection is always spectacular
Great place for dinner. The cod was amazing just too salty so was the steak tartare. Excellent service.
Food 10/10 - Ambience 10/10 - Service 10/10. Simply perfect.
The service was great and our drinks were fantastic however the valentines steak dinner was over priced for the sinewy piece of meat I received-it was almost impossible to cut through and I ended up only being able to eat half of the 10oz portion..quite disappointing.
My only complaint is I would like to see more French wines on their wine list. A good fruity French Pinot noir would be nice. Other than that it was awesome.
We had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at Stage. Excellent service, delicious meal and the music and ambience were perfect. Thanks!
Loved it. Too noisy at times, can you baffle the sound somehow?
New owner, new cook and an amazingly tasty meal. Looking forward to returning.
This was the first time I went to stage and I was incredibly disappointed. I organized a birthday dinner for a friend of mine which included 7 people total for dining. Our server ignored us for the first 20 minutes we were there, then asked what we wanted abruptly.. when we asked for suggestions on wine, she claimed she didn’t know and didn’t have a preference. It took her 35 minutes from the first time she greeted us, to give two out of seven people water. We had to continuously ask for water refills.
When the drinks came, they were wrong and were not as described by her. She was aggressive with getting us to order, and then when the food came, it wasn’t as she had described, she forgot some of the orders and then made us feel guilty/placed blame on us for her mistakes.
This was by far the worst dining experience I’ve had in Victoria and I’ve lived here my entire life.
I will not be returning nor suggesting this place to anyone.
We like Stage. We try to get there every time we're in Victoria. This was our 4th time, maybe.
It was the annual "Dine Around" event; the place was packed and hot, and the wait staff was very busy.
We chose the $50 3-course option, because it included an appetizer of foie gras, and a main course of hanger steak with duck-fat fries. Both courses were quite good, but here's the thing: if you're going to charge $50 - the high end of the Dine Around scale - people are going to look for flaws. Why were there no vegetables? Sorry, Stage, potatoes don't count as vegetables.
And the wine: if you're going to store it behind the bar, 8 feet above the floor in a warm room, it is going to be served at an unpleasant temperature. Surely the management knows that.
Hey ItsallaboutMe thxs for the feedback we cherish the good & the bad, you're absolutely right wine temp is something all restaurants struggle with. I personally like whites warmer & reds colder than most restaurants serve. I have to admit this is the 1st I am hearing of "an unpleasant temp" but I will take notice going forward. Next time you are in mention to the service team your preference. We might be busy but we still have plenty of tricks to get the wine to the exact temp you prefer.
The food was great and our server was lovely. I will definitely be going again soon.
we did the dine around which was great but we cannot comment on the regular menu. At the dine around we had the $40 dollar menu . the mussels were very tasty and there was a good quantity . the ling cod was also good- not over or undercooked . dessert was apple cake which does not sound exciting but in fact was excellent .
Hi Charlie, Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed the $40 dine around menu! We would love to have you back! Our main menu is now back! See you soon!
LOVE this place, we'll be back. Can't wait to try other things on the menu!
Stage has been my go to lately as it’s honest and always delicious. They treat you like a friend and seem to love playing with the classics. Hoping to try their happy hours soon!
Hi, Thanks so much for the positive review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The food, service and ambience are always spot on.
We've eaten at Stage in the past and had a wonderful experience. This was not. Dine Around is currently going on in Victoria and my husband and I decided to go to Stage. We chose Stage because we thought the Dine Around option would provide a superior experience and we wanted to support the business in our neighbourhood. Although the ambience was quite lovely, our server was unfamiliar with the set menu being served and the cocktails on special. She twice had to go get more information to answer our questions. We went with the $50 set menu and were disappointed with the quality versus cost. In November, five of us ate for less! The food was so-so, the worst part being the amount of bones in the rabbit gnocchi. We will not be going back.
Dear WinonaW, we're very sorry you did not enjoy your meal. We take pride in what we do and deeply regret that you are offended so deeply by our dine around offering. You are correct that our regular menu is extremely value driven even when compared side by side with the value of dine around so I understand where you are coming from. Thank-you for supporting local and please call or email me to discuss your experience further.
Our food was inedible and the restaurant was VERY loud. The setting itself is quite nice though and the service was professional and attentive. Just unfortunate about the food and I do find the portions to be on the small side given the price.
Hello Alboni this is David the owner of stage & I am very sorry about your experience with our food. I remember your table from this weekend. All I can say is that I am very proud of the food we serve and would love to have you come in on a quieter night during the week and let me buy you dinner. Please contact me at the restaurant.
Our waiter was fantastic (an Australia fellow). It’s a bit noisy so had to speak loudly but other than that, a great experience.
Thanks so much we look forward to seeing you again soon!
One of our favorite places to go in Victoria especially before seeing theatre at the nearby Belfry theatre. We always hope for a seat at the bar because the bartenders are just great to watch with their skillful creations of very yummy cocktails. Food is fresh, creative and beautifully presented.
Hey JoanneE, Thanks for the review! We hope to see you again soon.
The two vegetable dishes I had were EXCELLENT. However, there was very little that was gluten free and vegetarian. And I will say this, in this day and age it is not difficult to keep a loaf of Origin bread in the freezer to offer in place of your spelt bread. It is easy. I know there are not a ton of celiacs, but we travel with wheat eaters, and they won't eat where we can't eat.
Hi SusanK, Thanks so much for the review. We are always looking to improve our menu and offerings. We will be sure to keep this into consideration for the future. Kind regards
Stage is our 'go to' place for great food and superb service.
Our 5th visit to Stage and the menu has changed somewhat.
The addition of the fish head mayo to the Brussel sprouts was interesting. Not bad, but not really necessary either imho. The other dishes were ok, but not great like they used to be
The service and wine was great as always.
My only real problem was that it’s really noisy and I found it difficult to hear my wife over people 5 tables away. Not really the restaurants fault, but kinda off putting.
Amazing. Food, wine, and service! Absolutely fantastic!
So sad to see what was an amazing restaurant reduced to mediocre. New owner and new chef but the same name :( It was an incredible disappointment. The menu is crazy tiny, none of the incredible signature dishes remain. I won’t be back.
Hi LindsayC, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. You are correct we have fantastic a new chef and owner. We do have our most current menu online so our guests can take a look ahead of time. Our menu is different from the past, and we are very excited about our new direction focused on fresh & ethical offerings. The menu is small so we can continue to offer all our menu items in their freshest forms. We wish you all the best for the future.
Food was very different. Tasty but variety of appies limited.
Excellent service and food!! If I am in the area again, I will definitely go back.... a bit far as I live in Ottawa!!! 😊
Thanks so much!
Very noisy. Had a special request for food and they said they had no problem accommodating. However, they were unable to and brought food claiming to be free of an ingredient. They apologized and did not charge for the item, gave complementary deserts etc. We won’t return because they can’t accommodate.
Hi, Thanks for the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you has issues when you were at Stage. We try and be as accommodating as possible and we hope that you will give the restaurant another try again in the future.
We have been regulars at Stage on our nights at the Belfry Theater and always looked forward to those dinners. With the new management, and new menu, we confess to finding it not as easy to find things that work for our taste. The menu is quite restrictive and lacks any explanation of the food items, forcing one to grill the staff for information. Also, for those seeking vegetarian, celiac safe and shellfish free meals, the options become somewhat limited. That said, our waiter, a great Aussie chap, was excellent and provided us every wonderful attention. He went out of his way to accommodate our requests. The dinners we enjoyed were simply delicious, beautifully presented and generally good portions. Perhaps just a tad on the expensive side but about par for a place offering other than standard pub fare. Wine selections are great. All in all, we look forward to our next night at Stage.
Hi LarryC, Thanks so much for providing feedback to us. We are so glad to hear that in the end you had a great experience. Pete is an excellent server and knows the menu very well, we are thrilled to hear that he was able to help clarify items that were a bit confusing. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
I love this place. Great place to have some nibbles and a drink. Your recent menu change though good was hard to identify and on first glance was confusing and hard to relate too. Be careful with the new menu as it may turn people away
All the food was really different and on the expensive side
Hi Richelle, Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback. We are now under different ownership and we have a brand new chef. The style of food we provide is tapa style, with a bit of a French influence. We focus on sourcing local & being sustainable, which is why the price point tends to be a bit higher. We hope that you come back again, as we are always adding seasonal items to the menu, we also offer a really great late night menu that is quite affordable. See you soon!
Restaurant staff cancelled my reservation one hour before my birthday and give me no options beyond sitting in the bar (a corner next to the door). No responsibility was taken at all!
Hey BirthdayPerson, We are so sorry this happened. We have worked out the glitch in our booking system, this shouldn’t happen again. Thanks for taking the time to let us know. We would love to make it up to you and get you booked into a nice cozy table. Give us a call, or email. Hope to see you soon.
The food was excellent, service was excellent and we always have a great time. Our first time guest said “this just might be my favourite restaurant”
Hey Sharen, Music to our ears! We are so happy you had a great time, that you enjoyed the food, and service. See you soon!
Maybe. The lighting was dim and the noise level was... energetic. Wuld depend to whom I was speaking what the recommendation would be.
Hey DonnaH, Thanks for rating us. We do try and make sure Stage has a cozy late night feel. We would love to hear more about your experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out, as feedback only helps us get better. Looking forward to hearing from you.
We had a lovely meal and Samantha, our waitress, was delightful. We will be back!
The food is always good here, but for some reason the service falls apart as the night goes on. Drinks are ordered, not delivered and then are on the bill. We have been here 3 times and each time, same thing. Servers are nice and always fix it up, but it just seems strange to have the same issue again. It was about 15 mins to get the bills and then get them sorted out. Wine list is always great, creative menu is fun to order from and share.
Great food, good staff, service aims to please but falls a bit short in the end.
Hey JamieT, Thanks for letting us know about your experience. We do tend to get busy on Friday and Saturday nights, so some delays are to be expected. We are so sorry that you have had these issues. We will be speaking with our service staff to ensure they are diligent with bills. We would love to have you in again, and please let us know at the time so that we can have the manager come and speak with you. Hopefully we see you again soon.
I really liked the food there, they don’t mess around over there, you will get good food!
Lovely evening at this neighbourhood gem! Food and service were amazing. My only complaint was the bone marrow we ordered was a pretty skimpy portion for the price. It was super delicious, but not much inside those bones. Otherwise, everything exceeded expectations. Love the room and the vibe as well. Highly recommend this place!
We loved the food and the vibe. We wished there were a place like this near us in our hometown Los Angeles.
Hey MarkW! Thanks so much, come back when you are in town again! I’m sure we will have new seasonal menu items! Until then, cheers!
Excellent food and service but the menu needs to be more detailed and descriptive. I assume this is done to spark conversation with the server but not everyone wants to talk to their server. It also makes one feel ignorant or embarrassed that items can’t be pronounced or we don’t know what it is.
Hey DannyS, Thanks for the feedback. We will pass this on to management to review. Our service staff does love to talk about our food, and we are always happy to help with any questions. No need to feel embarrassed! We love it! We hope that this doesn’t deter you from coming in again. See you soon.
Stage is rated 4.2 stars by 220 OpenTable diners.
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