Sooke Harbour House

4.4
160 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Waterfront
We have fine dining in our spectacular ocean front restaurant and casual dining in our beautiful Copper Room serving local, organic, seasonal, and wild food! Our gardens and grounds are an edible landscape with over 200 herbs, greens, flowers and vegetables. With Executive Chef Thomas Yesdresyski, we use the abundant natural resources of the area as a basis for fabulous cuisine, in an environment where people can get away from the stresses of the world and relax.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Northwest, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Main Dining Room Hours of Operation:

Dinner
Thursday - Monday
5:30pm - 9:00pm
(last seating 830pm)
Breakfast
Daily
8am - 11am
Weekend Brunch
Saturday & Sunday
11am-3pm
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Phone number
(250) 642-3421
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Yesdresyski
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Private party facilities
We make it our goal to create the enchanted event that you envision, a magical occasion in which every detail is perfect. We help make the challenging process of planning a wedding or an event effortless.
Event capacity 100 in summer, 80 in off season
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Private party contact
Amanda Sannella: (250) 642-3421 ext. 308
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Coast Road
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Parking details
Free onsite parking
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Public transit
BC Transit route 61 stops at Whiffin Spit Rd and Sooke Rd. Check the listing for further details.
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Special events & promotions
Corporate parties and retreats welcome!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 160 People Are Saying
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food items were super fresh and the flavours interesting and delicate/subtle. Unfortunately, a noisy group made conversation at our table difficult and conversation was one of the objectives of this lunch. I will be back.

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AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the lovely setting of the Sooke Harbour House. Views from the dining room were surpassed only by the excellent food and attentive service. Will definitely dine there again!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and they are yet to disappoint. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because when I did the wine pairing one of the glasses had a large noticable crack that should of never made it to my table. It was rectified very quickly how ever. Also there was a crawling insect on one of the side plates that was also dealt with fast when commented on.

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OT
Edmonton
32 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food and surprising service for a restaurant of this caliber. Food was outstanding, service forgot things and got drink orders mixed. Even the bill wasn’t correct. All things considered, we would still go back!!

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Took my parents for a last night special night our before they returned to home to the UK. $75 a head for 3 courses - we left feeling hungry. The quality of the food was very good, but overall it felt more than a little pretentious - eg. "Locally Foraged Apple Crumble", and too many flowers in the food. The steak my Dad ordered must have been 3-4 oz. Service was slow despite it being quite quiet.

Not worth the hype or the expense unfortunately. Also surprised that, despite there being crab shells everywhere in the restaurant, there was no crab on the menu.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience - outstanding food, views and service. Top of our list for a splurge night out!

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TI
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the view was lovely but we felt that the copper room next door might have been a better spot in terms of popularity. A little expensive but as to be expected of course. Overall glad we tried it but probably won't be back.

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MD
Inverness
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice location and atmosphere. Service was good. Menu was good but way to pricey. Would not return on account of price.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

First- the food was DELICIOUS!!! If you are looking for an amazing meal and are able to leave your expectations for good services and a great experience at the door- you will be very happy! Our dinner started out by the waitress spilling our first wine pairing all over my husband- innocent mistake for sure, we could have easily gotten past that, but then.. part of my main course was missing and rather than taking the plate away and brining me a new one that was correct, the waitress brought me out a tiny bowl of gnocchi and mushrooms to add to my meal. Then the waitress forgot what our dessert course was (we know this because she offered us a dessert menu even though we had already ordered it) and instead of admitting her mistake she sent another waitress over to ask how or meal was and if we decided to go with the fourth dessert course, what we ordered, and if we had the wine pairing with it. We would have had much more respect if she had just admitted that she forgot what we ordered. When dessert came, we got to enjoy it while listening to two employees at the table behind us talking about switching shifts and having to work too much- lovely. Finally, when we went to go pay the waitress (who spilled the wine on my husband and who was sent over to "casually" inquire about dessert) acted like she had no idea why we would have been disappointed- I don't know about you, but when I go to Boston Pizza and any of the above happens- they at the very least offer to compensate SOMETHING. Be prepared that this meal is $300+, for that price, we were VERY disappointed in what was supposed to be our celebratory Honeymoon meal. August, 18, 2018.

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and waterview makes this place a special one! World Class. Delicious food served at a relaxed pace... old world dining at its BEST. Next time, I'll combine the dining experience with staying at this local gem on the water.

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B
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We have long wished to dine at the Harbor House, and it was certainly a unique experience. The food is beautiful, complex, minimalist, with unusual taste combinations.

One question - at booking, we had noted that it was our 60th wedding anniversary, but there was no acknowledgment of that. We didn't necessarily expect any special treatment, but wonder why you ask if it's a special occasion if you're not prepared to respond.

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SV
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty with beautiful presentation and refreshing blends of flavors.

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C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was very good but the price was prohibitive for many. $75 for appetizer, main, and dessert...and no options with regard to not having three courses. You have to pick three or four of the four course menu. So that's $150 before you order drinks for two. We were a little surprised that we had to order three or four courses. However there were little treats in between and I love the quiet atmosphere and the food was very good.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and the service and food was wonderful

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TW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner. The plates were creative using locally farmed meat, fruit and veggies.
Presentation was artistic and the dining room had great views.

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OT
Calgary
62 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner at the SHH dining room. Wonderful use of fresh local ingredients and complex flavours made most of the dishes really sing! We particularly liked the 1st course tomato soup and the salmon. Fresh and wonderful use of taste and texture. Similarly the lamb and halibut mains were both to die for!! The only mild disappointment was the tuna second, in which the fine and perfectly cooked piece of delicate tuna was lost in an ocean of other too strong flavours. Dessert of sage and peach tort was also fabulous. Dinner is also taken up a notch with all the delightful little touches and tastes we were offered between courses. Overall a very memorable meal!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

If you have lots of time for a leisurely meal. Dont get behind tour group

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LS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Fixed menu. Two choices. $75 for 3 courses or 5 courses for $90. Location simply beautiful. Portions very, very small. Lovely presentation. Not for teens. I’ve eaten here before and remembered it to be different. If your a real goody worth a visit

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London
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Family vacation

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and choice. However I would recommend that portions for the same price be larger.

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MR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The dishes were creative and delicious! Everything tasted so fresh.

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L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although they were not fully booked for dinner, service was spotty, items forgotten. Background music was too soft to allow for private conversations which meant awkward whispering. Several components were repeated in different courses.

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WD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in British Columbia on vacation and heard about the Harbor House. We made a reservation. It was totally awesome. Food was superb with many ingredients from their gardens. Setting is also very beautiful. If you are in the Sooke area, visit before you dine. Their gardens alone are worth the trip. The service was also great- attentive but not pushy.

If you get to Sooke, you must dine at Harbor House.

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P
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food

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S
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service. Venue superb!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in recent memory. Fantastic blend of flavors with locally sourced (some home-grown) food and wine. Friendly and informative staff made this a truly enjoyable evening.

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n
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but portions are teeny tiny. We had to get a snack when we got home. Nice views of the water and gardens, but a bit of a drive from Victoria.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and amazing

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GM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The whole experience at the Harbour House was so good we returned for another meal within a week. A long drive from Victoria but well worth the time.

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Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A revisit after several years - first time was a date, this time was with my daughter. The salmon was the best I have ever eaten - and I hardly ever order salmon b/c it is usually overcooked and not my fav fish. But if I could get this I would order all the time. Love this place. And BTW they have a casual bar where you can eat too! Service was amazing!

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S
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

a special place for our anniversary, birthday or romantic evening

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PC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant lived up to it's world class service, food preparation, choice and taste. Would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to experience the same. Will be enjoying again during our next stay.

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R
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sooke Harbour House has a well deserved reputation for imaginative food preparation with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. We especially enjoyed the tasting menu with its wine pairings. We were visiting Victoria from Vancouver and felt that drive from Victoria was well worth it for an excellent evening of fine dining.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing stay at the Sooke Harbour House for a birthday celebration. Our room had a fireplace and jacuzzi on the deck with ocean views - very romantic for after a delicious 4 course meal at the restaurant. Great location for exploring Whiffen Spit and the local breweries. After going out with a fishing guide, our "catch" was stored and packaged for us for the rest of our stay - above and beyond! Very friendly and accommodating staff. Nice little touches like cookies/cheese tray and port in our room made it extra special.

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C
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The portions were a bit small for the price but overall we really enjoyed our meals.

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RS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Great salad, soup was ok , entree was salmon which was good, vegetables lacked their individual characteristic flavours, & wasn’t impressed with the lentils under the entree. My wife’s salmon was overdone & dry.

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LF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each had the three-course dinner but chose different items. The quality and preparation of the food was superb. The ambiance is lovely and the service excellent. Highly recommend!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience with the 3-course dinner choices along with the wine pairings. Service was great and we love that the food is locally sourced, fresh and creatively delish!

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GC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu with wine pairings everything was spot on. The menu was imaginative and thoughtful. The only issue I have was that the meal broke the record, by a fair amount, for the most I have spent on dinner for two for a fancy meal. This is a record I do not like to break. Other than that criticism the meal was fantastic and the staff and service superb. Highly recommended!

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