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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Victoria

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Ugly Duckling restaurant
4.9
4.9 (94)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Victoria
About the restaurant
Ugly Duckling takes its inspiration from the intersection between Coastal BC's magical landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of North America’s oldest Chinatown. We offer experiential dining built around two promises: to serve you only those things which we have made by hand; and to work really, really hard to make you smile. We can't wait to welcome you.
Top review
KimMvip
Dined 1 day ago
We had an amazing experience! Food was fantastic, creative, thoughtful - wine list was unique and great. Service was top notch - they went above and beyond for us. If I lived in Victoria, I’d eat there all the time!!!!!!
A photo of Cafe Brio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (82)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Vinny and his team provided us the perfect dining experience. Everything from the delicious food, beautiful wines and exemplary service was first class. We dined with my son and daughter in law who had never been before and they were blown away. It truly was a night to remember for all the right reasons. And who knew corn dogs could be so delicious?! Highly recommend visiting Cafe Brio again if you haven't been for a while or for the first time!
A photo of Pendray Inn and Tea House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1184)
CAN$51 and over
British
Victoria
About the restaurant
Enjoy a traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea in the Pendray Inn and Tea House in a historic dining room with a stunning view of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. We offer a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted sweets and breads. The Pendray Tea House makes for the perfect location for this well-loved British tradition, followed by a stroll along Victoria’s inner harbour.

Experience a Breakfast Like No Other!
Served daily in a beautiful historic setting, our fabulous three-tiered style breakfast boasts a delectable combination of sweet and savoury flavours, coupled with locally sourced, organic teas and Oughtred organic coffee. We also offer traditional breakfast and other morning favourites!
Top review
JimLocal
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
If you want an authentic afternoon tea experience that allows for comfort and relaxation, this is perfect.
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4.7
4.7 (1076)
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
Doone
Dined 2 days ago
Always a great place to eat. Food is always excellent !
A photo of Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1859)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary European
Victoria
About the restaurant
Alpina Restaurant is firmly one of Vancouver Island's best restaurants and a real foodie destination.  Recently, voted top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada by Open Table Guests.

Building upon the German heritage of our executive chefs and their extensive culinary training throughout Europe, our cuisine eloquently infuses traditional ingredients and preparation methods from the Alpine regions of Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.  Elevate your perspective on the foods that have come to embody European inspired West Coast dining at the one and only, Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort.

Boasting unforgettable views of the Saanich Inlet and Finlayson Arm from nearly every table, we strive to make every dining experience as unique as the flavours found in the traditional European kitchens of our ancestors. 
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Everything is good in this restaurant. Highly recommended especially for date night or special occassions
A photo of Table Nineteen Victoria restaurant
4.6
4.6 (495)
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).
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Wonderful friendly staff and great service. Food is fantastic and well thought out. Love the view and atmosphere. I highly recommend and will return again.
A photo of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Saanich restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3175)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Victoria
About the restaurant
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar serves the finest cuts of succulent steak, aged for tenderness and grilled to perfection. Prime rib is a Keg specialty, slow roasted, hand carved and perfectly seasoned with special Keg spices. The restaurant also serves delicious seafood, memorable appetizers, crisp salads… and decadent desserts. A casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. You'll find a truly comfortable and satisfying dining atmosphere accompanied by a fun and up-scale bar setting where guests can enjoy an excellent wine list, signature Keg martinis, and fresh squeezed juice cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Was my partners first time going, i told him stories of how amazing this location is and 15 years later they did not disappointed. Excellent service from out Waiter Dom, and even better food that had us leaving smiling! Would recommend to ANYONE.
A photo of Hanks A Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (27)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Victoria
About the restaurant
We no longer accept reservations on open table. Please visit our web site for more information!! www.hanksarestaurant.com
Top review
GrahamT
Dined on May 28, 2024
This was an event so was not a normal everyday dining experience, more of an adventure for a select few customers who keep a watch out for such things.
A photo of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Fort Street restaurant
4.3
4.3 (3236)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Victoria
About the restaurant
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar serves the finest cuts of succulent steak, aged for tenderness and grilled to perfection. Prime rib is a Keg specialty, slow roasted, hand carved and perfectly seasoned with special Keg spices. The restaurant also serves delicious seafood, memorable appetizers, crisp salads and decadent desserts. A casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. You'll find a truly comfortable and satisfying dining atmosphere accompanied by a fun and up-scale bar setting where guests can enjoy an excellent wine list, signature Keg martinis, and fresh squeezed juice cocktails.
Top review
Marna
Dined 1 day ago
We got the best seat in the house. Great view over the harbour to celebrate Father’s Day. Server was attentive. Food was deelish.
A photo of Milestones Grill + Bar - Millstream restaurant
4.2
4.2 (500)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was absolutley amazing and our waiter was outstanding Best restaurant experience we have had in a long time
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