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About Steamship Grill & Bar
Come to Steamship Grill & Bar as you are. There you will unwind; feeling more relaxed, refreshed and refueled as your visit unfolds. Casual, yet upscale, the atmosphere will be comfortable and welcoming to locals and visitors to the Inner Harbour. The decor honours the heritage of the working waterfront with elements that compliment the timeless quality of the original Steamship Terminal building.
Our chef’s approach will emphasize hand-crafted and ethically produced ingredients featuring British Columbia and, in particular, Vancouver Island ranchers, micro-brewers, vintners and artisanal producers that share his vision and passion for fresh, local & sustainable.
Our bar features the best local and international wines including 8 signature by-the-tap varietals. Our draught selection features local breweries dedicated to their craft.
Victoria, BC V8V 1W9
Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Weekdays: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm- 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There are plenty of metered parking stalls as well as 1 and 2 hour parking spots within a 3 block radius of the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
We have a small (8 person) private room with A/V capabilities. This will cater to not only a working business-style luncheon or dinner function, but also to special occasion diners celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.
In conjunction with the Bateman Gallery above us, we will also be able to cater to larger groups (up to 80). We can accommodate anything from a stand up cocktail and appetizer style reception to a full sit down dinner.
Private Party Contact:
Steve Baert, General Manager: (778) 433-6736
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Steamship Grill & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Went there for lunch with some friends from out of town who I haven’t seen in 30 years. The restaurant service was excellent and the food was very good. There could have been more vegan options, however that was my only complaint with the food or menu. Going to the washroom in this building requires going to a different floor, which is a bit annoying, but otherwise the location is great.
would have been nice to be seated by the fireplace where nobody was sitting and it was available. No candle lit at our table even though it was available. Window was blocked out by plywood. No live music or anything to develop interest. Staff looked bored.Food was good. Service was adequate.
I had heard good things about this restaurant and was very much looking forward to our lunch, even though the menu was a bit more pricey than expected for lunch. The food was only average. The restaurant itself was not warm and inviting and looked run-down. The music was too loud, and was not really appropriate for the patrons who were there. I think the restaurant should try to do something to encourage locals in this off-season. I would not recommend it.
Nicely situated near the water. We were visiting from California and came for lunch. . I had the seafood cobb which was not very substantive and was in such a small bowl that it was difficult to eat. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy that that--probably 10 people and it was so cold so no one on the patio either, but service wasn't terribly attentive. With that, I'd say it was an OK dining experience but really wouldn't recommend or go out of my way to revisit.
We boked for our New Years Eve dinner and were not advised that it was a set menu. The waitress kindly offered to get the kitchen to make some dishes for us with seafood, but ti was a fail. The steamed crab legs were straight out of the fridge, cold and melted butter is not drawn butter i'm afraid. Not worth the visit.
We chose Steamship Grill because of the menu and thought it was time for us to try the restaurant but, unfortunately, when we arrived we were told that there was a "special" menu for New Year's Eve. However, the whole meal was very good and excellent value.
As we haven't been to the restaurant before, we got the feeling that it might be a better ambience during the summer. We did not get any good vibes from the restaurant at all, it is far too open. There needs to be much more screening between the tables and the public walkway!
We had a good table, one in the corner at the end of the screening, but we felt the curtain should have gone the whole way round, right into the restaurant. It would have felt much more cozy.
We noticed other couples being offered seating in the lower section, but right by the hostess podium and beside the public walkway - they all refused, as would we have done.
We also feel that the tables in the lower section look like they are on a train or airplane and, again, others chose not to sit in that section, maybe for the same reason.
Other friends have also said they would not go back because of the ambience and due to the "cavernous" feeling of the restaurant. We feel that, with more screening, it would definitely help with the ambience. It is a great location and the food was very good but the ambience always adds to the whole experience.
Hopefully, you can improve on the ambience and, maybe then, we and our friends may come back as we are all "locals" and enjoy supporting our local restaurants.
We've been there before and enjoyed it but this visit was disappointing. Two friends chose the brunch option and each had an eggs benedict - both said the flavour was good but the dishes were luke warm at best. We had waited quite a while and with other plans for the afternoon they elected not to send the dishes back - verdict was edible but disappointing. I had the roasted beet salad - for me the dish was much too sweet and I wouldn't order it again. The service was fine but our table, by an outer wall, was chilly.
Overall a lovely experience. The staff were amazing, the atmosphere nice, the seating comfortable. We had to the seafood grill and while tasty found it over cooked and a bit dry. Others enjoyed their food a lot. Too bad the windows do not take advantage of the beautiful harbour.
We enjoyed lunch on the patio looking over the fabulous view very much. I had the crab omelette and substituted Caesar salad for the potatoes. Very nice. I didn't need the big plate of toast that came along with it though -- it was too much.
We'll definitely be back.
I had reservation but the GM failed to notice.
My VIP and I waited for 23 min to sit on the table.
Food did not disappoint me but the service was slow substantially.
Obviously, they are short of staff.
I will return again to check out whether improvement has been changed or not.
If not, I think the GM needs to change definitely.
By the way, I am curious this reservation was working in this occasion.
We were led to a window seat, the option of going outside was not presented, even though later we saw others dining on the patio with a heater. Despite being a window seat you had to look through the plastic walls on the patio. Secondly the waiter station where the fill water and coffee was right beside us, bad for ambience. We had the tuna for a starter and it was very good. Our main courses were not. I had shrimp and crab cakes. Everything was coated in black pepper. Shrimp was annoyingly on skewers. Crab cakes tasted like shallots or onion and celery seed- way too over spiced. The side dish was supposed to be a creamy risotto but needed soya sauce to make it moist and flavourful. Vegetables just tasted like pepper. My husband had the lobster ravioli and was very disappointed in the 4 small pastas that tasted very fishy. The bathroom facilities are out of the restaurant and up an elevator beside a deserted art gallery. It was spooky to go there on my own and then I discovered a homeless lady in the bathroom picking at her face. Not a pleasant experience and we promptly left the restaurant.
As the staff were preparing for a staff appreciation evening to begin 2 hours after our reservatin, not sure our food or table received the attention they normally would have given. Had reserved via OpenTable and requested a window seat, but one was not reserved for us, even though two tables by the window had recently been seated. We both ordered different salads with dressing on the side, and even though the menu indicates different dressings for each, we received the same dressing. The seafood salad was lacking seafood for the price paid. Had to ask for the scissor roll for the mussels, which was forgotten in the warmer, and thus was a small rock hard chunk of bread....good thing had the broth to dip it in! Seems hit and miss, we have been here several times and not been consistently happy, so will try again in future I am sure.
We had friends visiting from Ottawa and wanted a nice dinner out. Steamship was perfect! Loved the patio ambiance and blankets. Great view, tasty cocktails and delicious food. My only complaint was that even though we had made a reservation, we still had to wait more than 15 mins for a table.
This was perfect for entertaining out of town guests. They enjoyed the scenery and the food was excellent. The noise level was perfect, we could visit easily. Also, the food was excellent with a wide variety to choose from. Service was outstanding. We are local and will happily entertain our guests here.
We were entertaining guests from Ontario and from England. Highly recommend this location for good food, great view and helpful staff. Our waitstaff (Ariane) was outstanding and lots of fun.
Another table were very loud and at times (birthday celebration) we could not hear ourselves talking. But they left early.
Took over 45 minutes to get our order, one meal the nights special, Miso Halibut was dry, not very good, the other chippino, crab legs not scored could not break apart. As consolation they did offer a nice desert on the house, but preference would have been better food and not had to wait so long
Food was great, and the server was polite -- but forgot our request to see the wine list just before our main meal arrived. When we finally were able to order a bottle, the server took other orders before delivering it. I cancelled the order rather than let the food get cold or drink the wine after dinner. It was a let down for a meal that was supposed to be a celebration.
Ambiance is beautiful, we sat on the deck. Food was great, we shared a calamari starter. We each had the crab cake and prawns. Each of the dishes was excellent. A suggestion that may minimize the complaints I read about the Steamship is to have a co-ordination between the wait staff and the kitchen. We had to wait for our appetizer and the waitress went to check and as she left the table a person delivered the dish, the same thing happened with our entree. Other restaurants provide this service.
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