Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar

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CAN$30 and under
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Northwest
Serving Canadian Regional Cuisine, Vista 18 complements its 18th floor views of Victoria's inner harbour and Juan de Fuca Strait with a locally inspired menu focusing on sustainable and fresh ingredients. Our versatile wine list and knowledgeable staff will help you choose the perfect wine to pair with your dinner while you enjoy the sights in our contemporary dining room.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose what time of day you feel is best to see all of Victoria and the surrounding area.
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4.2based on recent ratings
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Hungry
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambience, great food, great service although kitchen slow despite restaurant no being busy.

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MattJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We booked the NYE seating which was advertised to have live music. Once we arrived and asked, we were told they could only get a DJ. That makes a big difference to the atmosphere for an event.

Our server, Michelle, was EXCELLENT!

The menu had lots of great options but about 1/2 our group found their food too salty and/or overcooked.

We’ve been to Vista 18 several times over the last 10 years but were sadly disappointed this time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I wasn’t aware that there was a set menu for New Years Eve. Unfortunately there was nothing offered that appealed to me. What I did order I had to sent back as it was far too salty. Very disappointed as I was at vista 18 last year and we absolutely loved it.

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CelesteT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance & service. The food was terrific- I was wondering about it regarding the other reviews that were posted about the food being mediocre. I had the porchetta, my husband had steak and both dinners were fabulous! Full of flavor and the presentation was beautiful. Also recommend the coconut calamari for a starter. The view of the city is visible from any table. Great wine selection also. For the meal & wine it was very affordable. I would definitely visit again.

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outdoorpalmdesert
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous view. Good food. Friendly service but a bit slow. The background "music was strident, and along with the general noise level made it difficult to have a conversation. Overall very good, though, and we will return.

SM
ShaneM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wanted our family to have anew tradition on Boxing Day so we chose Vista 18 to go for dinner

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LouiseG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was a fantastic experience, with grand food and views of Victoria! Choices of food were very nice variety and service was done with care. Would return in a heartbeat!!

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GayleRF
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had Christmas brunch. It was well worth the money spent. Service was good and views were great. The sushi was dry. But apart from that, the food was very good. Especially for a buffet. Just shy of remarkable. Will definitely go back and refer others.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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BrianS
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great way to spend an evening. A view over Victoria at night with all of the Christmas lights twinkling. Our server, Molly was very good and attentive. We noticed that all of the servers were just as attentive. Food was very good and, we think, well priced. good value for our dollars.
It's probable that this venue would also be well attended during the day for lunch.
This was our third visit to Vista 18 and we would, and have, highly recommended it to any who ask about dining in Victoria. As far as we are concerned, it is a "Must Visit" every time we visit Victoria.
Thank you to management and staff for maintaining a very high standard of service and food preparation.

MK
MichelleK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The view was pretty good, the staff excellent, the food was just okay. And for a venue as nice as this, that's a shame. We were looking for memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very relaxing and enjoyable with great views and friendly attentive service.

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Rosac
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

was such a let down sadly...I had not been there in years and was excited to go back for a special brunch. The hostess look as though she was been absolutely put out when she seated us. we were met with an eye roll and sigh. the leather seats through out the restaurant were all ripped and torn as if a farrel cat was set loose after hours. we ordered our brunch ( eggs, bacon ,potatoes, and some mini pancakes..pretty simple and common) the restaurant was not busy at the time we ordered. we watch 3 groups come in after us and get served before us. when we got out meal parts of it were cold. the poached eggs where swimming in water in a side dish. the pancakes were so tuff to cut we just didnt bother. the fried potatoes were a variety of burt ,undercooked, and a crisp potatoe chip like "hasbrowns". overall just a terrible experience. it was a shame to see. I could have had a overall much more pleasant experience at the local Dennys. I have since learned new managment and Reno's are in the works. one can only hope they will be able to salvage business and regain customers with this change. although after what I experience I imagine that will be hard to do.

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JaniceK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our family brunch was a lovely experience. The food was very good, the service was excellent, and the view was incredible. I would definitely recommend Vista 18, and I will be returning!

KM
KrisM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and fantastic view. I would recommend to everyone

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LyndaC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to Vista 18 to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Enjoyed tasty meals that were the day’s special roast - leg of lamb. The accompany Yorkshire pudding was an extra treat. Ice cream is my husband’s favourite dessert, so he was pleased that one of their dessert options was their home made ice cream. Our corner table on the 18th floor, provided a lovely view of the city below, especially buildings decorated with Christmas lighting. The service was friendly, prompt and well paced.

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MicNeil
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Amazing views, good service average food! Asked for soft poached eggs which came medium hard, breakfast potatoes were either very crispy or slightly uncooked, waffles were meh. The breakfast croissant looked the best.

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Carolina
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately our special occasion were not acknowledged as requested on the reservation, birthday and anniversary.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Although the waitress was nice enough and the view of Victoria‘s Christmas lighting including the beautiful Parliament Buildings was wonderful- the food was overall sub standard.
Three of the four sirloin steaks were tough with grizzle through them. ( the purchaser must have been buying cheap meat ). The fourth pork dish could only be half eaten due to the over abundance of spices in it. There weren’t supposed to be any spices in it.
Last summer I recommended Vista 18 to some American acquaintances who complained about the food; I thought it must have been a one off bad experience since Vista 18 used to be excellent but apparently no longer,
As along time Victora resident, I will never visits Vista 18 again and will actively dissuade others from eating there. I have also included my review on Trip Adviser.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our server, Christy, great customer service, hope we are lucky to have her again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a good breakfast, good service, will come back

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Server Michelle was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped with our decision when my husband wanted information about the salmon appetizer. It was FABULOUS. The entire meal was delicious but the service made the whole experience even better

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vipColin64
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I avoid having to write bad reviews but last night was just so disappointing. We have been to restaurant two or three times before so were looking forward to an enjoyable meal. The chowder was awful, we both had fish, one mussels and one seafood hot pot for main but broth/sauces were disappointing. Server was good and view up to normal,but standard of food was just bad compared to previously.

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TammyR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable, food was delicious. The view is outstanding.

NB
NBYYJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Vista 18 is my favorite restaurant and we’ve been dining here for over a decade. Something has clearly changed because today’s experience was abysmal. We waited 15 minutes for our food order to be taken, and another 30 before our food arrived. The ham was rubber. The cinnamon bun was someone’s hard/dry joke. Even the grapefruit slice was only half the usual size! Our server, who is usually aloof on a good day but we’re used to her, was practically non-existent. If we come back, it will be after a long break. Don’t know what happened!

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FrancesH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super = the food, our waiter, the view. And I appreciate the "Ballet Menu"
Thanks!

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AshleyK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view and ambience! Was a great venue to catch up with friends o we drinks and appetizers.

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DavidG
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our criticism is that the appetizer oysters were not as fresh as they should be. As well, the main meal was overly rich for our taste. Service was great. Ambience would have been better had we had a harbour view.

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Harp
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The food was terrible. The view might be good but the food left everything to be desired. The service was on par with the food.

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HannahG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner experience! Great food and great value for the dinner showtime special. My boyfriend and I went out to celebrate his birthday and our server graciously comped our dessert. Fantastic food, we had the sirloin and salmon - both incredible. Awesome service, great ambiance and experience.

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ForeignDiner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful views, great service and excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice dinner. Quiet environment. Nice view

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for my birthday night out! Staff were accomadating! Views were amazing like the top of the world! What a blessing! Good job Vista 18!

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RobertH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service by Kevin. Made the evening enjoyable and relaxing; he knew exactly when to attend the table and when to respect it. It was truly a wondering evening out.

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BrettH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It's a great place to look out on the city while having a drink and dinner. To be honest, the dinner was average and the pinot noir was not very good at all. Overall, we enjoyed our time, made so much the better by waiter Kevin.

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GeraldP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Came for thanksgiving. Wanted stuffing vs wild rice quinoa. Should have had pumpkin pie for dessert. Small turkey portion but tasty. Server was great.

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JoeR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Quite pleasant. Unfortunately, the brisket was a bit tough and while the sauce was good, the flavour of the meat wasn't memorable. The service and ambiance were delightful, however. We were in a corner with a good view the ability to talk with friends was an excellent change from the usual cacophony of Victoria restaurants. In fact we were surprised that while we were eating, a jazz combo started playing in another part of the restaurant. They sounded good as we were leaving, so we might go back for that.

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BettyP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food is a bit pricey and not wonderful - vegetables so undercooked that it was difficult to cut the carrots and cauliflower. I appreciated the low noise level that allowed for a quiet conversation. The outlook over the harbour is great.

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BrendaS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For a nice restaurant, someone should be cleaning the bathrooms especially the womens was nasty. Unflushed toilet and poo on the floor and down the middle of the other toilet it looked worse than a truck stop diner!! Portions sizes lacking at brunch and small drinks!! wont be going again or recommending the view was not enough to want to go again or recommend this restaurant!!

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RosemarieD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Yes, recommended for the view. The food was adequate and, although a couple of guests thought the price was dear for what was ordered, the traditional eggs and toast breakfast seemed reasonable. I ordered a half blackstone benny which I enjoyed. I also quite liked the side of potatoes.
The hostess and wait staff were nice enough when interacting directly but their service was lacking through inattention and neglect.

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