Sooke Harbour House
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.
A beautiful, elegant meal in a beautiful, elegant place!
One of the most incredible meals I’ve had. Beautiful views, great service, and great food.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Although the restaurant is in a remote location it is a great experience for those who want to get away from the city.
The halibut was excellent. Lovely meal, beautiful atmosphere and view.
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.
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!
Delicious courses served in a light filled and beautiful setting with a view of the bay.
Outstanding views, charming hotel and room with delicious and beautifully presented food. We will be back and highly recommend it.
Excellent!! Very diverse menu with lots of choices. Accommodated celiac needs very well! Service and ambiance were extraordinary!
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.
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 $300. We had a better meal at a much lower price at Wild Mountain in Sooke two days later.
I have been before and came away with the same feelings. Food always great but for the price the portions in the chefs tasting isn't enough to feed a hungry child. All it would take is 1 more piece of food in each coarse. I get the fine dinning and I do it fairly often but we still need to eat well not snack. The wine pairing was nice but 4oz wine for 45$ come on?? Unfortunately we won't be back and being new locals that's too bad for all of us, as we like eating out, has to be fair though. I would recommend to a friend only with me advising them that they will pay way to much for the amount of food and wine.
Great location with an ocean and mountain view. The building needs some upgrading. The dining room had an unattractive grey-green carpet. I suspect there is a nice hardwood floor underneath it that would be much more elegant.
The fixed price dinner was expensive given the very small portion sizes. The fish was excellent but the beef dish did not impress me. The quality of the meat was good but the sauce looked and tasted like Marmite or Bovril and extremely salty. I suspect it was actually one of the two mentioned. The wine list was very limited and the lady serving us the wine did not know the difference between an Italian prosecco and a Spanish cava. This did not impress our friends visiting from Madrid, Spain.
A treat for all the senses. A west coast highlight.
Decided to take myself out for a fancy dinner and was not disappointed. The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, my meal was amazing (tip: get that carrot soufflé), and I enjoyed myself immensely.
Thanks so much to the chef and staff for the wonderful experience! I'll definitely be back!
Fabulous food! Exceptional service! Gorgeous ambience! Enough said.
We were completely underwhelmed. Although the food was good, we both felt hungry as we left and for the substantial amount we paid for the meals, we’d have expected more food. With that said, the squid was exceptional and probably the biggest portion, while the main left me wanting more substance.
Unique flavours and lovely balance overall, but I shouldn’t come home and need to raid the fridge to ensure I’m full.
For the price point the service level needs to be increased, including a quality check. A recognition of my girlfriends birthday, which was mentioned in our reservation, would be the least to make a guest feel appreciated that we’d chosen your place of business to celebrate a momentous occasion.
Visiting this place has been on my list of "special things to do" for decades. It was booked, online, from Alberta about a week before our visit. There was only one sitting on the day of our visit, at 18:30 hours, on a cool, rainy day. A couple of hours before the event we were called and advised that the dining room was closed for the evening, due to staff illness. However, we were able to arrange to be fed, with a similar menu, in the lounge. We had inky pasta (amuse bouche), mixed beet salad and rockfish for one main and venison tenderloin for the other. It was all very tasty and well prepared. We finished with a shared trio of homemade sorbets and coffee. The service was excellent throughout. Just prior to our visit we watched a solo otter swimming along the shoreline and scampering briefly on the gravel beach. Throughout our meal, though it was dark outside, the area was partially lit by a bright, large full moon which kept ducking behind the clouds.
Not what it once was.
Disappointing service and food quality.
Our visit to the Harbour House was in the low season after a week of snow. The roads were clear but the carpark was slushy with melting snow.
We were warmly greeted to a half-full restaurant and were guided to a good window table that overlooked Sooke harbour area.
The maitre d' explained the menu carefully and we had drinks while we waited for the food.
My soup followed by scallops was a good choice but my wife's quiche seemed over-cooked. A lady on an adjoining table advised us to avoid the oysters which she said were 'unpleasant'.
Considering the cost of our lunch, on this occasion, we could not give full marks to value. Maybe things will improve in the summer.
We have always loved the fine dining at Sooke Harbour House, so thought we would try their brunch in the Copper Room. Very different experience. Limited menu, less original than most Victoria brunch restaurants. Service was utterly indifferent and conspicuously slow. The food presentation was sub-par and the food itself mediocre. Several of the menu options were unavailable due, they explained, to the recent storms. Our server was unable -- even after going back to kitchen to check -- to identify the cheeses on the cheese plate we ordered. We will go back to SHH, but not for their brunch experience.
This restaurant has some serious soul searching before they carry on! Food is good however; front of house and service lacks leadership. The chef should be embarrassed to know what is going on outside of the kitchen and whomever is manager or leadership role should immediately resign. If this restaurant has any chance of surviving they have alot of work. You can not ask top dollar with McDonald's service. Very disappointed. Good luck!
Food was a tasting preset meal. Food was great resterant is very nice. We unfortunately got caught up in the middle of a co fused server who messed up the order of our dishes to be served and we got forgotten. After we missed 3 of our set6 dishes and ate our soup with a fork we complained. They promptly gave us a new server and caught us up and finished up the meal with success and professionalism. All ended well. We were last to leave and it was a 2.5 hour sitting.
We were disappointed to be seated in the Copper Room at the hotel instead of in the dining room as that is where we made our reservation and it was a special occasion. The dining room was closed unfortunately. We ordered a 3 course dinner which ended up being 4 as they added an extra appetizer for us. That was very nice. Food was very good. Only small complaint was the steak was a little too rare for me, I left a large amount on the plate as I couldn't eat it. Everything else was awesome. We did the wine pairing as well and really enjoyed all the wines that were served.
The above starred review was for January 1st. Breakfast. Our breakfast at Sooke Harbour House was delicious and arrived in very good time. To my surprise. We had some concerns about our reservation given our previous day’s experience.
We had had lunch there the day before. Our waiter was friendly and funny. But our food took an inordinately long time to arrive. I would estimate we waited half an hour. It was soup, and a burger, for goodness sakes. Not haute cuisine. And the Copper Room was not full. And when it did arrive - it was just ok. Nothing special. Definitely negatively affected my opinion of Sooke Harbour House.
Very romantic and the food was excellent.
The food was so good it’s the best I’ve had so far.
We were at the Sooke Harbour House for brunch which had a rather limited menu. So I cannot comment on the regular fare. Our two dishes had too much salt in them and the individual ingredients did not seem to have a distinct and fresh taste.
Not only was this a fabulous culinary experience, where the ingredients were super fresh and the concoctions, creative and delicious, but the atmosphere was also warm and inviting.
We had the chef's tasting menu and while the food itself was stellar it was quite a while between being seated and even seeing a wine list let alone being able to order anything. The drink in particular is overpriced. It's the only place we've been where dinner cost more than the room! (Note we were there in the off season.) Unless you just happen to be out in Sooke, it's a long ways to go just for dinner.
First weekend trip away
Still excellent after 30 + years of weekending and dining here
Came from California to dine on 10/16. Great experience on two previous occasions. We were not told fine dining closed on Tuesdays when making reservation. Very disappointed after long drive from Victoria. It took 2 hours to to conclude dinner. Waiter was kind enough to waive charges. Overall, not a good experience.
From the decor with original local artworks to the view of the ocean to the exquisitely presented scrumptious food, this was a wonderful dining experience. The service was friendly and flawless and the price was very reasonable for the quality. The Sooke Harbour House must be one of the best places to celebrate a special meal in all of North America.
The dining room was full of smoke from the fireplace!
The maître de - Jess - was rushed and disorganized.
It was not a pleasant experience.