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Sooke Harbour House

4.3
4.3
230 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Canadian

We have fine dining in our spectacular ocean front restaurant serving local, organic, seasonal, and wild food! Our gardens and grounds are an edible landscape with over 200 herbs, greens, flowers and vegetables. 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 642-3421

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Deutsch

  • Private party contact

    Jess Howard: (250) 642-3421 ext. 308

  • Neighborhood

    Sooke

  • Cross street

    West Coast Road

  • Parking details

    Free onsite parking

  • Public transit

    BC Transit route 61 stops at Whiffin Spit Rd and Sooke Rd. Check the listing for further details.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. LC

    LeslieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    A lovely place for a meal and the view is beautiful. We had a 5 course meal which was very good and we did not leave feeling hungry as some reviewers have indicated before. I think they have made a change to the portion sizes in light of this. I would have liked to have had a bit more choices for the first few courses but they were excellent none the less. We will be back.

  2. LH

    LyallH

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A perfect place to enjoy a new Year;s eve romantic dinner

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Excellent food Inexperienced server and wine Somalia Over priced

  4. T

    Tovalynn

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Lovely ambiance and delicious Chef's menu with excellent wine selection! It was a cozy evening!

  5. MR

    MarkR

    Manitoba

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    The food was very good but we were quite disappointed with our service - it's a lot of money and a bit of a drive from Victoria. I'll notch it up to a bad day as the food was still very good.

  6. CP

    CandPS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Our dinner was sub par. We ordered the three course with a wine pairing. First course was a wrong order for my husband and I had five small tomatoes on a plate with some feta and six mung bean sprouts . My husbands second course was wrong three times until he was served raw lamb that was so hard to cut he needed a steak knife. Third course was ok and the wait staff seemed stressed due to one server for the whole dining room (over 6 full tables plus a large table of about 12)

  7. D

    Doctorbob

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Since we were here before the restaurant has definitely declined in quality and overall ambience and value. Will not be back again.

  8. RB

    RobertB

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    The seven course tasting menu was at best Mediocre. The server was not very well trained. Didn’t know how to decant the wine wasn’t attentive to the table had to pour my own wine and water. Disappointing for the price they were asking. I will never go back.

  9. JP

    JPFoodmania

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I found the food and service to be very average for a restaurant at this price range and hype and tenure. service was lackadaisical and food lacked pizzazz and flavour, except the iclandic cod, which was exceptional.

  10. r

    robertg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was wonderful and the discussion about the wine pairings was fun and informative. We went to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and it lived up to what we were hoping.

  11. D

    Daisy

    Calgary

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Service was imperious and indifferent. There were only two other couples when we arrived 3 minutes early for our reservation. The server gave the impression we couldn’t be seated right away. We were seated outside. Service was slow, lunch was just ok. The gardens and the buildings look unkempt. This is surprising because this establishment was impeccable in the past. Definitely not worth the drive from Victoria.

  12. B

    Bhagwan1

    Key West

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The facility has gone a bit downhill from when I was here 15 years ago. Still very rustic but the grounds are not as well maintained. The food was unique and very good. A couple of the dishes were exceptional - we did 4 course menu with wine pairings. All the wines were from BC and were surprisingly good.

  13. ST

    SimonT

    Edmonton

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall2food3service3ambience4

    I had a not so good experience here, I emailed them to address the issue 4+ weeks ago and the business did not bother to respond. Originally we booked a table at the main dining room,  unfortunately, my wife has some allergies and dietary restrictions so a few of the items on the set menu were not going to work for her, so we asked if we could move into the Copper Room which had a more friendly menu for her.  I ordered the Chef's Trio Surprise for $55 and enjoyed all 3 of my dishes.   My wife ordered 2 dishes that were completely made a mess of and left her to pick at my main dishes.   The first dish my wife ordered was the Wiffen Spit Greens, which was described in the menu as Sprouts, Shoots, seeds, harbour house herb vinaigrette.  What arrived was a bed of romaine lettuce with a couple pickled mushrooms, tiny sour berries and berry vinaigrette dressing.  Not even close to what was on the menu. We sent it back. Her second dish was the Mushroom Fricassee which also came out not even close to what was described in the menu. What arrived was a bowl of sauteed veggies with a puck of polenta on top in what looked like some beet juice. No mushrooms, no creamy leek sauce, no green beans as stated in the menu.....in fact not even close to a Mushroom Fricassee (not a mushroom in sight).  Our server was clearly embarrassed and was as confused as we were on how such an enormous mistake could happen not once, but twice at what is described as a fine dining restaurant with a good reputation. Same kitchen, same chefs, sending out stuff not even close to what is on the menu.  We are disappointed there was no offer or attempt to remake the dishes according to what we ordered and what was described on the menu. We are also disappointed that no manager came out to apologize for what happened and left the server to face this absolute disaster on her own.  Did no one check dishes for consistency and accuracy in the kitchen before they get served to the customer?

  14. N

    Nenunawa

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food was super delicious and able to accommodate dieatary restrictions.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Romantic atmosphere, delightful service, delicious and unique food.

  16. AR

    AashaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Truly awful experience.

  17. YF

    YegFoodLovers

    Edmonton

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We love Sooke Harbour House and make a point of visiting every year when we rent a cottage near Sooke. We love to do the four course tasting menu, paired with B.C. wines. The food was delicious and wines pretty good. Two little caveats though this year: 1. Part of the fun with the pairings is hearing all about the wines - for all four pairings we had to specifically ask our server to please tell us what the wine was we were having with the course. She just gave the name and nothing else - disappointing. At the end of the evening we asked for the paper printed with the menu (and usually the wines printed on it) - as we have for the past 7 years. We did receive it but with wines scrawled by hand in ink - and not accurately and against menu choices we didn’t have. We have had some wonderful servers over the years who have made our dining experience memorable - sadly that was not so this year. 2. I have never, ever, ever complained about portion size - hate that stuffed feeling - but I have to say that the portions we received this year for each course were on the microscopic end of serving sizes. Literally a bite or two of each course with the exception of the mains which was marginally more. Less is more when it comes to beautiful food presentation, but this year I think someone forgot that the diners aren’t there simply to admire (which we did) but also to eat! Hope these items will be corrected for next year.

  18. GB

    GeeBJ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    My wife and I recently had dinner and found the portions very small. Me wife had an appetizer with barnacles which was tasteless and disgusting in her words and I had a salad which was fine but small. My wife had a seafood dish which she liked and I had strip loin which had 5 small sliced pieces of steak which didn't have much flavor and which I would estimate amounted to about half of a 6 oz. steak. With 2 glasses of wine our expenditure was $268.00 including 15% tip. We are not neophytes to fine dining so sadly we were quite disappointed with our experience.

  19. LC

    LauraC

    Portland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Quintessential harbor dining spot full of art and artistic architecture. We did not stay overnight. 8:00pm reservation in Copper Room found menu items already 'sold out' which was a disappointment. We had two gluten-free guests in our party of four. Found items for everyone, then found out some more items were not available and substitutions were just okay (no quinoa, sub lentils). Had scallop dish and fish and chips. F&C was great, other just so-so. Our server had to make up for mistakes by the kitchen plating staff and he did an excellent job so can't complain on service.

  20. K

    Keith

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience2

    Attended with my family for dinner. The place started out empty but filled later. We had trouble having a conversation as the music was far too loud. It was lowered after we asked. Our dinner took almost three hours, which is far too long. Our servers were missing for periods of time. When finally asked for an explanation for the delay we were told it was because we ordered our steak well done! When it finally arrived the food was good, but certainly not outstanding. At one time the Sooke Harbour House was a destination restaurant, with impeccable service and food. I'm afraid it is no longer at that level and needs work. There are now some very good restaurant options in Sooke. Sadly, Sooke Harbour has fallen.

  21. ML

    MartinL

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We always enjoy special meals at the Sooke Harbour House. The menu changes seasonally, always offers interesting choices, and the food quality and presentation is excellent. The wine pairings with the meal are well chosen BC wines that enhance the meal and offer insights into unfamiliar vineyards. Service is excellent, both the waiter and the servers know what they are doing. The setting is congenial in the dining room and the surrounding gardens charming; the ocean view is familiar to us but for a visitor would be impressive. The prices are on the high side, but match the value.

  22. s

    selmab

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Very disappointing...we were here six years ago, had some of the best meals ever, with very nice and competent staff. This time we were hardly noticed, had to ask for everything twice. We paid 75 dollars each for a 3-course “meal”...more like 3 little bites. And no sparkling water available! Never again!

  23. JE

    JEFFRYM

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our 44th anniversary...We arrived at 5:30 (opening time) and received the best table in the room (view over the Strait of Juan de Fuca to our home state of Washington). The appetizers were delightful and the chef sent out a couple of extras (for everyone---not just us)---a small half plum w/ condiments (in season in the area around Sooke) and a small just-pressed apple cider (delicious). Entre & dessert were also delicious. All items were beautifully presented...My only word of caution would be to be sure you understand their pricing. The menu changes daily and consists of either a 3-course or 4-course meal. Either way, it is NOT cheap, but we thought we were ordering the 3-course (no dessert) and wound up with the 4-course, going from merely expensive to REALLY expensive. I did not contest it since we had such a wonderful dining experience, fitting for an anniversary. There are far less expensive eateries in the area, but we wanted a memory (not merely a meal) and that is what we received. I thought it was worth the price...

  24. RE

    RyanE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Sorry, nice atmosphere does not make up for overpriced undersized servings. The food was not as good as we anticipated. Will definitely not return, nor recommend to anyone.

  25. PP

    PaddlerP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you love gourmet food and you need to decompress, this is wonderful. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon wandering Whiffen Spit, had a beverage on the SHH deck before dinner and then had a wonderful 3 course meal. The little extras make the experience truly special.

  26. GS

    GrouchyinSeattle

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautiful, elegant meal in a beautiful, elegant place!

  27. JW

    JohnW

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most incredible meals I’ve had. Beautiful views, great service, and great food.

  28. s

    sanclemcj

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2019

    overall2food4service3ambience3

    I booked this restaurant a month in advance thinking it would be highlight of our trip. Wrong. The place was nearly empty, yet we were seated at corner table in awkward position. Service was attentive, yet not totally professional. Food good, but nothing special. For this kind of price, everything should be special. portions were tiny.

  29. a

    ask4janice

    Vancouver

    70 reviews

    1.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    We stayed at Sooke Harbour House for 3 nights (highly recommended— our room was lovely) and for our last night, our anniversary, we wanted a special night so ordered the 7-course tasting menu with wine pairings in their dining room (not the Copper Room). What a huge disappointment! The courses were rushed; we were just finishing the amuse bouche when the server brought the salad. All but one dish, the duck, was under-seasoned. The venison was cooked well done. Only one of the 3 servers took the time to describe the dish she was serving (altho they were all friendly; the two young guys were new and I think unfamiliar with tasting menus). The wines were good altho for the speed at which the dishes came, there was too much! New wines were brought out when we were only halfway thru our last glasses! The couple sat beside us, who ordered off the regular menu, sent both their mains back (overcooked duck and microwaved tasting pasta). With tip (cos you can’t blame the servers), the total was $560!! Not even remotely worth it. We would 100% stay in the hotel again, but would stick to the Copper Room (more casual menu but same kitchen staff).

  30. R

    Russellg

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    I had eaten here eight or ten years ago when Sooke Harbour was said to be (and was) one of the finest restaurants in Canada. This is not the case any more. The food is just average; the service is poor. We were served the wrong dishes several times. We waited more than a half hour for dessert only to find they had forgotten about it. The restaurant was not busy so that wasn’t the problem. We laughed at the first “screw up.” By the end, we just wanted to leave and never return. Sad.

  31. JA

    JoanieA

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our experience at Sooke House. The food was fantastic and the staff were great. My husband even went into the kitchen to thank the chefs! They also have great art for sale from local artists. Highly recommend it. It is a little ways from Victoria but worth the drive.

  32. JQ

    JeffreyQ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Although the restaurant is in a remote location it is a great experience for those who want to get away from the city.

  33. MJ

    MichaelJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The halibut was excellent. Lovely meal, beautiful atmosphere and view.

  34. SL

    SusanL

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The menu items were very limited and uninspired. Most of the food was very bland, and the portions were very small and disappointing. The halibut was over cooked and the dryness was accentuated by the lack of sauce. The lamb dish was better, it was plated with an adequate amount of sauce. We paid over $500 and the meal felt very overpriced.

  35. TD

    TerryD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    One can find no better West Coast view than at Sooke Harbour House. It is worth the drive for the unique experience of ocean and mountain views. The service was excellent. The servers were welcoming, attentive, and very accommodating--they wanted to make sure that we had a wonderful dining experience. The quality of the food was excellent with a beautiful presentation. The menu had a wide variety of local offerings, even vegetarian. There was an abundance of vegetables served with each course. The wine pairings that were chosen for each of my courses was excellent. The waiter did a fine job of explaining where each of the wines came from. I was impressed that they were all B.C. wines. My only complaint is the quantity of food. I'm a light eater, so the servings were perfect for me. However, my husband is a hearty eater and did not get filled with the small servings. In fact, he went home and ate a peanut butter sandwich! When we were having before dinner drinks in the pub, we saw a hamburger go by. After my husband hikes the East Sooke Park Coast trail tomorrow, we are coming in for one of those hamburgers. I have no doubt they will be excellent!

  36. c

    cathouse

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious courses served in a light filled and beautiful setting with a view of the bay.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding views, charming hotel and room with delicious and beautifully presented food. We will be back and highly recommend it.

  38. KA

    KateA

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent!! Very diverse menu with lots of choices. Accommodated celiac needs very well! Service and ambiance were extraordinary!

  39. K

    Karen

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A friend referred us to this treasure! I had no expectation but a good meal. The facility is quiet and intimate; perfect for a romantic evening. The chef's tasting was superb; little tastes of many well prepared treats. The staff was attentive, pleasant and personable. Many thanks to everyone. In spite of it being a rainy night; the view was gorgeous. The deer prancing by was delightful. I cannot wait until my next visit to Victoria to return.......Karen, Portland, Oregon, USA.

  40. S

    Sammy

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The only option available the night that we were there was the chef's tasting menu. The food was very good, though the portions were small. The ambience with the view of the ocean is excellent and the service was good but the meal was overpriced at over $300. We had a better meal at a much lower price at Wild Mountain in Sooke two days later.

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Sooke Harbour House is rated 4.3 stars by 230 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    West Coast Road

  • Neighborhood

    Sooke

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free onsite parking

  • Public transit

    BC Transit route 61 stops at Whiffin Spit Rd and Sooke Rd. Check the listing for further details.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Deutsch

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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