Sooke Harbour House
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.
I need to go back soon...it was such a great evening. Well done
Georgeous Inn. Pretty location. Beautiful water views. Great food. Wonderful service. Fun to watch the little deer foraging.
It was my husband’s birthday dinner & the meal totally supported the special occasion! It was a quiet night (Tuesday) in the restaurant but the servers were both so patient & never made us feel rushed! We did the wine pairings & we like be the fact they promote BC wines. Every course was delicious, creative & so beautifully presented! We can’t wait to go back!!!!
Beautiful scenery, lovely garden, food just ok. I would like to try the dining room as it looked lovely.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
Always a fabulous experience - outstanding food, views and service. Top of our list for a splurge night out!
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.
Nice location and atmosphere. Service was good. Menu was good but way to pricey. Would not return on account of price.
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.
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.
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.
Tasty with beautiful presentation and refreshing blends of flavors.
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.
Beautiful setting and the service and food was wonderful
Excellent dinner. The plates were creative using locally farmed meat, fruit and veggies.
Presentation was artistic and the dining room had great views.
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!
If you have lots of time for a leisurely meal. Dont get behind tour group
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