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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Victoria

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Victoria? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Cafe Brio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (114)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Victoria
About the restaurant
The Café Brio, located in Victoria, has been a local favorite for twenty six years, serving up a rustic, Italian inspired menu. Focusing on regional products, Café Brio led by multi awarded Chef Sam Harris selects the highest quality ingredients from local sources to be used in authentic, creative dishes.

At Café Brio, everything is prepared in house. Pasta favorites include gnocchi with roasted leeks, parmesan cream and basil purée, Spaghettini with tomato, garlic, basil, olive oil and parmigiano and also our wild mushroom risotto. From the Sea enjoy seared scallops with peroxides, delicata squash, carmelo and bacon anchovy vinaigrette or our local fish feature. Lastly the Parry Bay Lamb feature from our friends out in Metchosin is an absolute must.

The wine list is extensive with input from multiple Sommeliers on staff always excited to share their new favourite bottle in our unique and cozy dining room.

Top review
alansvip
Dined today
Incredible meal & reasonably priced. Imaginitive dishes. Excellent service staff. Owner is hostess and couldn’t be any friendlier. A must in Victoria.
A photo of Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1051)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Victoria
About the restaurant
Located in one of Victoria's oldest buildings, Ferris' Upstairs Seafood And Oyster Bar presents deeply coloured wooden floors and rich brick walls accented by candlelight.

Featuring the best in fresh seafood from our local waters, and premium steaks from Alberta. It's a great place to lounge and enjoy what Vancouver Island has to offer. Small plates and large, our menu changes weekly based on the best in available produce and season.

We boast an extensive wine list from Europe, California and Canada. Six rotating craft beers on tap and carefully curated cocktails featuring local spirits and house made ingredients.

Seafood, meat, vegetarian and vegan options available. Kids welcome.

Located in the heart of downtown Victoria. Regularly named one of the best seafood restaurants in town, we offer a romantic setting perfect for date nights, special occasions and casual dinners. Tapas available from our neighbouring tapas bar Perro Negro on the weekends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent service, delicious food. I had fresh shucked oysters and duck confit with beluga lentils. My husband had the black cod which he also said was very good. We shared the chocolate delice for dessert. It was our anniversary and there was a nice little card waiting for us at our table.
A photo of Fireside Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1100)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Victoria
About the restaurant
Fireside Grill is a local favorite, in a lovingly restored heritage Tudor estate, offering farm-to-table cuisine, extensive wine and beverage selections, and a unique ambiance featuring several indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
Nestled in a grove of wild oak trees, and meticulously maintained gardens, Fireside Grill is located only 10 minutes drive from the downtown core and offers a distinctly Victorian dining experience. Check out our local favorites and our Farm to Table Dinner Menu coming this summer.

Fireside Grill has been voted by Readers Choice of Victoria - Times Colonist awards in 2018-23 for Best Fine Dining, Brunch, Patio, and Happy Hour patio as well! Open year-round for Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner, Fireside Grill is the perfect venue for a romantic meal, a small group gathering, or a private party!

Top review
JimB
Dined 3 days ago
Took our dog for her first trial All went perfectly at our outdoor table.
A photo of FARO - Oak Bay Beach Hotel restaurant
4.6
4.6 (656)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Victoria
About the restaurant
Translated from Italian, FARO means “beacon” or “lighthouse”, a well-suited name for a location that has been a beacon for Oak Bay locals and visitors alike, where guests have gathered to enjoy Victoria’s most luxurious oceanfront accommodation, dining experiences and award-winning spa setting for over 90 years.

FARO is anchored by its Wood Stone pizza oven and a seasonally changing menu that includes handcrafted pizzas, a variety of fresh salads and small bites, cocktails and local wines, all to be enjoyed in a stunning modern room, at the tasting bar or on the outdoor patio with fire features.

Be aware that reserved seating is for inside only. Our patio is first come, first serve.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I loved the attentiveness of the server. I am celiac so she made sure great care was taken, I appreciated the experience!
A photo of Frankie's Modern Diner restaurant
4.5
4.5 (553)
CAN$30 and under
Burgers
Victoria
About the restaurant
At Frankie’s Modern Diner we are all about friends, family and fresh fare. A contemporary take on the retro diner experience, we specialize in modern comfort food that brings people together.

Inspired by my Italian family, we welcome all generations to share with us great food, wine and good times. So gather your gang and join us for a meal that is prepared from scratch, with love.

Top review
BryanB
Dined 2 days ago
We are rarely, if ever, disappointed when we go to Frankie’s.
A photo of Milestones Grill + Bar - Millstream restaurant
4.5
4.5 (506)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Victoria
About the restaurant
The classics you love prepared with a perfect twist, all served up in an atmosphere that feels just right. That’s the Milestones promise. So, whether you’re celebrating a milestone, making the most of Happy Hour or enjoying brunch with friends, you can be sure that every Milestones experience is a simple and perfectly memorable one.
Top review
lundgren
Dined 6 days ago
The service was fantastic and ambience is really quite nice. They have 3 different seating areas each with its own feel to it so you can get a different experience each time you visit or pick what is most to your liking. The menu has a good variety of choices, with prices comparable to other similar restaurants in the area. The portions are of fair size, especially for the ladies, but if you have someone in your party with a slightly bigger appetite then expect you might need to order an appy or dessert with the meal. The only disappointment about their food is the French fries... They have chosen shoestring, which look great in promo and insta photos but never taste good more than 3 minutes after being served as they so quickly cool and harden. Everything else we've tried here recently (burgers, salads, chicken bites, pasta) has been good.
A photo of Glo Restaurant + Lounge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3461)
CAN$30 and under
Northwest
Victoria
About the restaurant
Visit Glo for exceptional 180° views of the Selkirk waterway. Be surrounded by a fun, social atmosphere with close proximity to downtown. Locals & visitors enjoy our contemporary menu & curated cocktail list using fresh, inventive ingredients. Our happy hour & late night menu offers one of the best locations to dine with value.
Top review
Katya
Dined 1 day ago
It's a great place to meet up any time of the day. I find the food is delicious: the service great and the environment is beautiful. My favorite place to go.
A photo of Med Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (628)
CAN$30 and under
Northwest
Victoria
About the restaurant
The heritage site of the old Saanich Municipal Hall, is where the Med Grill calls home.
At 100 years old, the building holds generations of memories and history which we proudly showcase in the hallways of our restaurant. Committed to serving our community, we have been a local Victoria favourite since we opened in 1997.
We carefully infused our style of chic yet cozy west-coast vibe with the delicious flavours of the Mediterranean.
Whether cozy by the fire in the fall, or patio parties in the sunshine, we are sure you will love it here at Med Grill!

Top review
Howard
Dined 2 days ago
All around excellent experience. Server was great. Good interaction with manager.
A photo of Table Nineteen Victoria restaurant
4.5
4.5 (503)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Victoria
About the restaurant
Table Nineteen Victoria is located at Olympic View Golf Club, and is open after extensive renovations to offer a premier culinary experience in a stunning setting. The cuisine features thoughtfully selected, locally available and ethically sourced ingredients with clever house-made twists, created by our talented culinary team. (Formerly Forester's Restaurant at Olympic View).

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We arrived early for our reservation. The restaurant wasn't busy so the server never asked for our name. I mentioned that we had a reservation. The server hadn't read our special event or our table request. We did have to ask for the table we wanted. Service was very slow. We waited a long time before we flagged down a server to get the wifi password and to say we would Iike to order now. It was about 30 minutes. The appetizer came quickly as did our bottle of wine. Then another long wait for our food. The food was good and the server was friendly. Maybe the restaurant was understaffed,I'm not sure but the waiting was too long. I ordered a steak medium rare, it was medium+. But it was well seasoned. Th creme brulee was very good.
A photo of Meet on Blanshard restaurant
4.5
4.5 (68)
CAN$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Victoria
About the restaurant
Friends, family and pals sharing time over food & drink is one of the most connective things we can do these days. MeeT intends to show people that comfort food that connects us and nourishes us can be veggie, can be made from scratch, can be delicious and can be affordable… MeeT is a place that welcomes everyone, and has a seat for all people looking to come together and spend time together connecting.
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Our mission is to help transition the mainstream to eating more plant-based foods in a friendly, accepting and engaging venue. This change is why we are here. We also strive to be an extraordinary employer, and look for ways daily to make MeeT a place that our staff can look forward to coming to work excited, and with a purpose!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great place. Server was polite, efficient, friendly, and helpful.
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