Victoria Harbour House

4.2
95 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood

Looking out over Quadra Park and just a few steps from the inner harbor, Victoria Harbour House in Victoria, British Columbia is a wonderful place to bring family or friends. With a regular dining room, as well as private dining options, it is a fine dining experience not to be missed.

Starters on the menu at Victoria Harbour House include plenty of fresh seafood and unique dishes like escargots bourguignon, carpaccio and an array of wonderful soups, bisques and salads. Main courses emphasize seafood, but there are also delectable grilled meats. Pasta dishes at Victoria Harbour House include meat and seafood choices and the milopita for dessert is an absolute essential.

Support Victoria Harbour House during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 95 people are saying
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CarolC
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we walked from our hotel and loved the restaurant. Such a elevated homey feel. warm and cozy!
Food was excellent, the Best crab cakes no fillers !
Definitely a return visit soon!
Thank you and loved our waiter!

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AdamG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. We will definitely be back next visit to Victoria.

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RobertB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best crab cakes ever!
Good value and great service.

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mmzgwz
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delightful surprise. Have known about this restaurant for years, and this was our first visit. Will go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Bland, tasteless and overpriced food.

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Janna
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location. Excellent service. Food beautifully presented but could have been hotter. Was offered more rolls but wasn’t told there was a charge until we saw the bill. Early bird specials were especially good value.

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KenW
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent but the restaurant was virtually empty. Too quiet.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food seriously overpriced. Halibut was overcooked, dry & served with a sweet sauce that was like glue. Snapper was greasy & over cooked. Unpleasant dining!

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vipVioletS
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

disappointed in the halibut dinner we ordered.
fish was over cooked and dry

the place needs a refresh.

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DilshadV
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

90th birthday for our mother

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JaniceD
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was absolutely fabulous. We had a pasta and a steak and they were both incredible.

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SteakLvr
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good location, good service, but nothing extraordinary

DY
DianeY
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time; the food was wonderful and James, our waiter, was friendly and helpful

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 words…Bob and the crab cakes. The food at this restaurant is always bang on, every time. But I need to highlight Bob and the crab cakes.

Bob is a server at this restaurant. 40+ years experience. He loves what he does and it shows. Funny, engaging and professional, he is definitely an example of a master of his profession.

Now, the crab cakes…get the crab cakes. Even if you don’t like crab cakes, get the crab cakes. They are the most amazing crab cakes you’ll ever eat. My wife doesn’t eat crab, had these last night with me, and she almost ate the plate.

Get the crab cakes.

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vipGAHI
Calgary
42 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Harbour House is lovely and we enjoyed a great evening. The food was good but not memorable. The halibut was a bit dry and needed more sauce. The Seafood en Crout was good but very rich.

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KrispBacon
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Higher end prices for really dingy, dated decor & ambience.

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambience and service were great but the food was mediocre. I had the steak and lobster which was perfectly cooked, however the potatoes were under done. My wife had the salmon wellington and it was overcooked and dry - probably from being reheated. Also her potatoes were under cooked and boring.

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Barb
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great personal service. Food was good. Husband especially liked the rack of lamb.

ME
MichaelE
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience of dining to conclude a week in Victoria. Both food and service were great.

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Lovesvictoriabc
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants awesome food! The service is exceptional love the jazz music playing...

JP
JackieP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service ,relaxing atmosphere , would go visit again

JA
JACOBK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything Food was great. Beautiful setting. Staff was awesome

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Dianeg
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

When we arrived they could not find our reservation but accommodated us quickly & even though they were short staffed the service was pretty good. Our waitress was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and service was great!

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James
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service in a relaxed atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Understated, slightly shabby old world chic. Service was outstanding and our server was hilarious. Menu is old school and everything we had was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We make Harbour House a must-visit when we’re in Victoria. The decor is dated but it feels like luxury dining in all other aspects. Food is fantastic and the service is always impeccable.

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vipKKirk
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Wonderful server - great location in an historic house - fun neighbourhood

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JudithH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Maybe my expectations were wrong and 3/4 of the problem is covid. I had expected a nice patio and didn't realize it was in parking lot. 🙃 didn't like the ambiance as it was not private and wanted to go for seafood. I don't think it was freshly cooked but I understand it's not busy so these are difficult times. Service was great and very kind. Heaters on tk stay warm. Maybe will try again after covid but will stay home until then as it's too bad it had amazing reviews and we went on a monday, possibly a other reason for ok food. Too bad it had amazing reviews

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AmandaN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter and excellent service.

My only recommendation would be to seat tables a little further a part.

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MichaelR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Dated decor...shoddy carpets, mediocre waiters lost in time...the whole place needs an upgrade to get me back there

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GerriL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and loved it. Had wine, seafood pasta and dessert. Cozy atmosphere and great service. We will definitely return and bring friends next time.

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JeanG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Portions were great, very delicious... lovely presentation. A bit pricey though. I will highly recommend this restaurant.

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DiscerningDiner
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This is hard for me. Harbour House was a restaurant for Fine Dining. Table side Caesar salad and Chateaubriand that were on par with the best restaurants. A menu selection of culinary delights to make even the most discerning diner sit up and take notice. Then came COVID and the best intentions of the BC Government who gave no concern for people beyond virus contagion. The hospitality and restaurant industry was never given a passing thought in the safety equation. Harbour House has faced over a year of virtual shut down and naturally, the historic warmth of the ambiance of fellow Fine Diners enjoying a night out has been lost. The aisles used to be filled with suited waiters carrying trays of cocktails, delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts. Bottles of great wines topped the tables of smiling guests. Now, this wonderful neighborhood gem suffers and suffers. Harbor House has done its very best to hang on to its extraordinary past but needs guests to fill the tables and thus pay the staff and expenses (as do many surviving restaurants). Food quality, preparation and presentation has suffered terribly but the few remaining Waiters endeavor to keep the warmth alive as best they can. Harbour House needs a new and creative Chef to bring back the quality, quantity and creative dishes that once made this restaurant a favorite for Fine Dining. I sincerely hope diners will frequent Harbour House and once again build the ambiance that has been lost. Additionally, and most importantly,I hope a very talented Chef finds his or her way here to put the "Fine" back into Fine Dining. This is key to recovery. Thanks to the remaining staff for a valiant attempt to preserve and protect what was... and can be again.

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BarryR
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food and great company. Was talked into a Gretzky wine which I would not have chosen myself but was pretty good. Last time I visited was 36 yrs ago, took a stunning young lady there to impress her. After sitting down and seeing the prices on the menu decided to do a runner, very embarrassing😟. Young and broke.
Took same stunning young lady this time and had a great evening. Look forward to next visit.🙂

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Cathy
Edmonton
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening! Excellent waiter and food was great! We felt very safe and catered to !!! Thank you and we will see you again

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LloydM
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were promptly seated at a table that was very COVID Safe. Food was very good at a reasonable price. Our server was good but had too many tables so at times service was slow. We have eaten here many times and will return.

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IvanR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location has a very interesting look, not very appealing from the outside but cozy and classic on the inside.
Service was superb and the food was great. We had an special early dinner which was a great great value.

FAQs

Victoria Harbour House does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Victoria Harbour House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 386-1244.

Victoria Harbour House is rated 4.2 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

Victoria Harbour House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://victoriaharbourhouse.com/gift-card.

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.