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.
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!
a special place for our anniversary, birthday or romantic evening
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.
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.
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.
The portions were a bit small for the price but overall we really enjoyed our meals.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Love this place.
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.
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.
Always incredible, great food, excellent service. Creative
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.
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.
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.
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.
The meal we had at the Sooke Harbour House Restaurant had to be in the top three meals we've ever had. Absolutely amazing!
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.
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.
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.
If Michelin were ever to send inspectors to Canada, SHH would certainly be included.
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!
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.
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!
The restaurant lived up to its reputation; the food and presentation delivered a world-class dining experience.
upscale dining, gracious and professional service, fresh, delicious and local ingredients, lovely surroundings
The grounds and service were my favourite parts of the experience. I found the value to be pricey. If I was better financially prepared I would enjoyed the food more. Thank you the " best table"
We asked the server if we could do the chef's-choice menu with our dietary restrictions (no white fish, and no birds). The server went to check with the chef, and came back and said sure, they could do that. So we ordered two chef's-choice meals (the bigger one with more courses), and a couple items for our young son.
When the food came, there was white fish and birds in it. Rather than make a scene, we just ate the food. But we were disappointed that our dietary restrictions were not honoured. The food was high quality, but that doesn't change the fact that we had ordered it with restrictions.
Your dining room, staff and fantastic food are one of a kind. We just loved our fine dining experience at Sooke Harbor. We WILL come back from Virginia USA and Sooke Harbor will be at the top of our list while in Victoria. Thank you all for an outstanding dinner.
Absolutely incredible gastronomic experience. Every course more unique. A very special evening.
There is a wait for a table and no communication from anyone when you first arrive. Very awkward! Service is slow but most of our food was excellent, creative, farm to table. Oysters were fabulous. The view of Harbour is incredible. Enjoyed the gardens, and walk out Wiffin Spit after dinner.
A very memorable and delicious experience. The complexity of the dishes and the combinations of food were stunning. The view of the basin and strait also stunning. Deer were grazing right outside the dining room. The ambiance was romantic. There were only couples dining. The potato celeriac soup with the spheres was one of the best soups I have ever eaten. The melon salsa and the squid served as soon as we were seated also seriously good tasting. Everything was delicious and well presented by the staff. The old furniture adds to the ambiance. It was our 32 wedding anniversary and I am very satisfied that we came to Sooke Harbour House. Just one thing...the soup bowls are designed so the side you are eating from is much shallower than the opposite side. I am left handed and when I put my spoon in on the deeper side I almost dropped it right in! I loved how the staff, especially the head server, remained attentive even after 10:00 pm to ensure our dining experience was consistent from beginning to end. Thank you
Service was outstanding! Four course meal each serving had excellent presentation and flavor profiles. Squid, tuna appetizers and duck was phenomenal, only concern I had was the salmon was cooked a little long. Definitely will go back on our next trip to Vancouver Island!!
Menu was very limited and it was overpriced! Menu is not listed at OpenTable site, the one listed was actually for another more casual section in the hotel!
Although the food plating was very fancy and delicate, the taste was not there ! Food portion is so small! I will not recommend it!
Service was very slow. We arrived at 1:00 and left at 4:45.