Sooke Harbour House

4.5
140 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
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
Reviews from verified diners
140 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
36%
Good
8%
Fair
0%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RC
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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Seattle
3.0Dined 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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GD
Washington DC
5.0Dined 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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Minneapolis
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food

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Edmonton
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service. Venue superb!

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Minneapolis
5.0Dined 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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San Francisco
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and amazing

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GM
Montreal
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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Vancouver
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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Vancouver
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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Edmonton
4.0Dined 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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Vancouver
3.0Dined 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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Vancouver
5.0Dined 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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Vancouver
5.0Dined 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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Vancouver
5.0Dined 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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Seattle
5.0Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, wine, service and ambiance far exceeded my expectations. Wayne was superb. He treated us like royalty and went out of his way to make celebrating my 50th birthday both special and memorable.

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Seattle
4.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place.

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, great atmosphere and service was beyond fantastic. Only low point of the night was out of the restaurants control, with tables around us being obnoxious and loud.

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Montreal
4.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a very fine restaurant within a seaside lodge. The kitchen is creative and built around local ingredients. Both the food and the presentation is reminiscent of Kaiseki style Japanese cuisine, although not at all Japanese per se. The wine pairings suggested with the courses are a superb sample of local and BC wines of exceptionally high quality. The ambience is rustic, comfortable and unpretentious, but with strong design. Service is good overall, but a bit variable among the servers. Prices are high (not every day dining) but commensurate with quality. In winter the view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is in darkness at dinner time, but would be great in summer.

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible, great food, excellent service. Creative

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Vancouver
1.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Open Table showed available times on the afternoon of NYs eve. We had always wanted to try Sooke Harbour House but didn't want to drive out at night. NYs eve is our wedding anniversary so we planned a day trip to walk the beach and go for lunch at 230. We arrived to find out the dining room was closed and an incredibly rude server told us to sit where we liked and offered no explanation other than the system had issues. When a couple at a nice table with a view moved we asked to change so we could enjoy the view. Same girl snarled at us that we couldn't move as it would be tying up a table for four. The place was half empty. When another couple came in and sat there we questioned and she went on a rant that she was going to have them move and it was management policy. Then minutes later another girl came and said we could move which we did but it was super awkward. The rude girl brought our food and practically threw it at us. So we sat enjoyed the view and had a nice chat with the second server who was lovely. She asked how many years we were celebrating and was really great. The food was average at best. Not at all what we expected. I doubt we'd go back. The only saving 'grace' was the server who seemed to also not appreciate the rudeness of her coworker.

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a scenic restaurant with excellent service and great food. The prices are a bit steep, especially with wine sharing but a good place to dine out.

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Palm Springs
5.0Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!! Charming!

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Portland
5.0Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best culinary experiences of our life! Combination of fresh herbs, veggies and other ingredients made it playful to try different combinations of flavors on your carefully designed, decorative plate. Almost looked too beautiful to eat, but we did!!!! Kudos to the team creating fresh, locally grown, innovative, healthy dishes. This is the best of Sooke Harbour House and the main reason to visit.

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on November 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never leave a 5 star review, but this restaurant sets the benchmark for fine cuisine. Absolutely amazing experience. I decided to take my girlfriend for her 20th birthday, and she said it was the best meal she had ever had! Their group of chefs create a new menu every week, and wow do they ever nail it. It is expensive, but you get what you're paying for. 10/10 my favorite restaurant.

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Seattle
5.0Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal we had at the Sooke Harbour House Restaurant had to be in the top three meals we've ever had. Absolutely amazing!

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After nearly 40 years, Sooke Harbour House's dining room is still going strong. Their late fall seasonal menu was creative and everything was well prepared, beautifully plated and served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The three course tasting menu was beautifully balanced and accompanied by appropriate and delicious wines from British Columbia. For anyone wanting to dig more deeply, the restaurant maintains an impressive cellar. Highly recommended, whether for a special occasion or just a top rate meal.

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's hard to beat the view across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic mountain range in Washington. The food was amazing...still drooling slightly, and the servers were very attentive. Being non-drinkers I can't comment on their wine list....but the locally roasted coffee was delish.

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Seattle
5.0Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had heard good things about the dining room at Sooke Harbour House so we had high expectations. We were not disappointed. The food was flavorful and very well prepared and the staff was friendly and attentive.

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If Michelin were ever to send inspectors to Canada, SHH would certainly be included.

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Charleston
5.0Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views and a charming cozy setting. I went with my girlfriend however this restaurant is great for dates, friends or large groups. The food is offered in 3 or 4 course meals. The food was amazing and the chef used local ingredients.
A must if you are visiting Sooke!

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Vancouver
1.0Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation drove from victoria to Sooke ( roughly 50 minutes) only to be informed upon arriving that they would not be serving there feature menu that evening. And that they wouldn't be ready to serve any food until 45 minutes after our reserved time. Was very disappointed that they didn't take the call to call us with our reservations to inform us of this.

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Toronto
3.0Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

I told one waitres and why I was not sure she understood me I told a second waitress that Iwas allergic to hazelnuts. Neverthe less I got hazelnuts crumble to my dessert,I got suspicious and asked a waiter what it was and he confirmed that I had been served my allergen!

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Seattle
5.0Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant lived up to its reputation; the food and presentation delivered a world-class dining experience.

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

upscale dining, gracious and professional service, fresh, delicious and local ingredients, lovely surroundings

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