About Zambri's

Zambri's is an award winning restaurant specializing in Classic Italian cuisine. "Best Italian Restaurant in B.C….maybe Canada", is just one of the many accolades bestowed on them.
They also recently won both Best Wine List and Most Diner Friendly Wine List on Vancouver Island for their unique selection of Italian Wines. Their stunning new location in the Atrium Building is just another reason to visit. Add to this their casual but professional service and you will have a dining experience that cannot be beat.

820 Yates St
Victoria, BC V8W 1L8
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm;
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Blanshard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(250) 360-1171

Website:
http://www.zambris.ca/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available in front of the restaurant, across the street (Robins) and underneath the building (Robins).

Public Transit:
Yates & Quadra Street

Executive Chef:
Peter Zambri

Private Party Facilities:
Whether it's for your corporate presentation, birthday celebration, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, Zambri's Sala is for you.

Private Party Contact:
Yann Frizon de Lamotte: (877) 673-7921

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
email info@zambris.ca to inquire about our private room for your next private event! Whether business presentation, corporate lunch or dinner meeting, wedding reception, birthday etc. enjoy our vast experience and menus tailored to your budget!

Zambri's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
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Romantic (30)
Authentic (30)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Local Ingredients (26)
Business Meals (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Bar Seating (17)
People Watching (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Casual (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Disabled Access (8)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Cozy (7)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2014

Ambiance was great, food was very good, wine list extensive, but the service was atrocious! Our server was either very new or having a very bad night. Either way, we were left alone the entire time after we placed our order; he didn't ever come around again to ask if we wanted more drinks (which we did), and didn't ask us how our food was (there was a mistake in my husband's order). His demeanour was cold and uptight. The next day, I wrote the manager to let them know about our experience and he sent me a personal message along with a gift card. That was nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 26, 2014

My cappo tasted bitter. Regular coffee also. Too much dressing on my Cobb salad, should have asked for it on the side. As far as Cobb salads go, it wasn't great. The bacon was really really salty. Butter lettuce was pretty on the plate though, good presentation.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 25, 2014

Amazing in every sense. We loved the modern but warm ambience and the food was absolutely fantastic. The wait staff were very helpful with working out which foods I could eat due to my unusual allergy so I felt confident and well cared for. Excellent excellent excellent

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2014

food was really good, as usual, Haida's service was impeccable, and her wine recommendation perfect. What else do you need? thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2014

ossobucco.... yum
great wine list....
smart servers

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2014

To do pasta well is a real treat and my simple lunch was first rate. The waitress was excellent and attentive without being "in your face" and I'll certainly recommend Zambri's to friends. The new venue is also very pleasing and a great improvement from the old one.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 19, 2014

Zambri's is one of our favourite places for a superior lunch. My lunch-mates both had salads that looked as if they had come directly from the garden moments before being delivered to our table! Fresh and crisp, and not a chance of going hungry! I had the Minestrone with a sandwich that was as fresh and robust as I have had anywhere, but there is so much atmosphere here. One feels comfortable, professional, and very well looked after, without being pandered to. A delightful way to spend a working lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 17, 2014

The first time we went to Zambri's about a year ago we really enjoyed everything....this time no so much. It was very noisy and the food was at best, mediocre. Will not be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2014

This beautiful upbeat restaurant was wonderful We had a window table which was perfect . Started with crispy broccoli.. delicious. I had spaghetti putenesca and loved it. My Dining partner had pnene with ricotta and enjoyed as well. The ice cream with espresso was small but wonderful. I highly recommend this great Italian restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 11, 2014

Zambri's never misses. The food, ambiance and service are terrific and without question, the best authentic Italian restaurant on the island. Tried the crispy fried broccoli as a starter and shared a few bites - WOW all around. Pasta is by far the most delicious and perfectly prepared you can find. We tried the special pasta for the evening with fresh tomatoes, savory and ricotta, the tagliatelle with meat ragu, and the sausage and broccoli pasta, and then finished up with the chocolate budino (shared it among three, but each of us secretly wished for our own!). If you're visiting Victoria, it's a 'must-do' and if you live in Victoria, it's probably already on the top of your 'favorites' list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 8, 2014

Have heard many good things about the restaurant. It was our first time in. Unfortunately it was not that great. The food was bland and we spent a decent amount of money for it. Not very impressed. Maybe will try again at some point.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 7, 2014

We've heard so much about Zambri's so were excited to finally dine there. When we entered we waited for awhile before someone finally came over to seat us. I thought it was rather small, no atmosphere, bare tables and the staff seemed quite frantic even though the restaurant was not filled with diners. The wine was superb; the meal - my partner had pasta and I the special which was rockfish - was good; the gelato which I think is made in house was excellent. Overall it was okay, however, we will not rush back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 6, 2014

From the moment we were shown our to our table by our affable host we were bombarded ( in a good way ) by friendly and very attentive staff who all genuinely went to great lengths to make us feel welcome. We will be making Zambris a weekly event.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2014

As we were visiting from California, we found this gem on Open Table. Our table was on time but we preferred the bar. Noah was great, his cocktail delicious, wine selection superb, and pasta just like my Nona!
thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2014

We had the most amazing meal at Zambri's. Every dish was memorable, but it always is when we come here. We love to order a bunch of dishes and share them. It's a great way to try a range of dishes here, from antipasti to pasta to fish. On this occasion the four of us at the table shared eight dishes - that came in two rounds - and it felt like we were having an Italian-style family meal. Fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 4, 2014

We have been coming to Zambri's for years now. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, food is consistently good, whether pasta and a glass of wine before a movie of birthday celebration with kids and family.
Last Thursday the pasta special was especially good. thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 2, 2014

Limited wine list - first chosen bottle not available; seafood pasta on menu not available - pasta options limited for an Italian restaurant, no pasta special; server was very good. Won't return any time soon.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 28, 2014

We went for early dinner to Zambri's prior to seeing a movie. The service was excellent, great timing for our food. I wanted to order a salad with a filet of salmon on top, they were not able to accomodate this request. I order a tuna dish with mixed vegetables and they were not able to leave the cucumbers out. Besides not being able to meet my requests the food was very delicious. I would return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 27, 2014

The food was good, service mediocre, noise level atrocious. There's absolutely no attempt to dampen sound level anywhere in the restaurant.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2014

everything we ordered was tasty and fresh. so great to have an authentic italian restaurant in victoria.

the service at the end of the meal (ie. getting our dessert and bill) was a little slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 23, 2014

We celebrated my friend's birthday, and we all left dinner smiling broadly, extremely content with our meals. I particularly enjoyed the roasted duck, as it was well prepared and presented. The roasted broccoli was excellent, an interesting but tasteful take on this type of vegetable. From start to finish, the service was good, and always friendly. We will be returning.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 22, 2014

We had tried to eat at Zambri's once before but the wait was too long. This time we made reservations on Open Table, and requested a table by a window. When we arrived our table was ready. Unfortunately, they had us seated by the bustling wait station & smack beside a room divider -- probably the worst table. Considering that we hired a nanny for our 'special night out', this table was not suitable. We asked for one by the window, and after waiting at the bar for 30 minutes, we got one.
Our evening improved after that. We ordered the $3 bread -- a little annoying that Zambri's is 'nickel and dime-ing' guests for bread. I ordered beef tenderloin with blue cheese (excellent) and my husband had clams. Overall: great food, be prepared to wait.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 22, 2014

How many different staff came to our table during the course of our meal? I completely lost track. There was the person who brought us to the table, the person who offered drinks, the person who took our order for dinner, the person who brought the appetizers, the person who brought the mains, and the person who finally brought the bill when our waiter failed to appear. Nobody came to ask how our meals were, or whether we wanted any fresh pepper etc. Unfortunately, poor service severely detracts from a delicious meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 20, 2014

The room was quite busy (7 PM) res. it seemed one or two servers short. I ordered a pasta dish that had sausage. Enjoyed the flavour, hardly any sausage. A friend order a pasta that had peas. Tasted good, but too simple and bor-ing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 20, 2014

Food was beautifully plated and better yet, cooked to perfection. It is difficult to find restaurants that offer a truly low sodium dish and even more difficult to make it tasty but Zambris came through on both counts. Friendly waitress managed a difficult task extremely well -- timed service to coincide with least conversation interruption.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 20, 2014

I went to Zambri's to complete an assignment for an Italian food and culture university class. I wasn't disappointed. I loved my Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich - it was so tender with crusty bread, and the tomato sauce and green leaf veggies were divine. But the highlight of my lunch was the Tiramisu! It was so sweet with cocoa, coffee, and cream, and I ate it very slowly to ensure that I enjoyed every bite! I would love to come back here again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 19, 2014

Excellent wine selection, all Italian and priced right and appropriate for the food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 12, 2014

Zambri's is a beautiful, modern Italian restaurant with lots of big window space, where people can be seen. It's cool.
Overall great food and service. A few minor observations.
Great grilled bread to start with a small dish of olives. Would be better to provide olive oil and vinegar as well - maybe big wandering flasks. Charging for oil and vinegar isn't cool.
Tasty Caesar salad dressing with a nice touch to add garbanzo beans and olives. Greens could have been fresher, and as a result the salad was a bit drab.
One of the specials was a dish of papardelle with lamb ragout and bits of porc. It was delicious.
The waiter was friendly and attentive, and really seemed to like her job - wish she had prepared the caesar salad too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 12, 2014

Great overall experience, food was excellent, service was a little lacking with only 2 servers and a full restaurant even on a Tuesday night, waited 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and close to 30 minutes for our bill with empty drinks. The table that was seated next to us but was seated 5 minutes after we had arrived, received their drink order before anyone had even approached our table. But the overall atmosphere was enjoyable, would try it again, maybe for lunch or at a slower time.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 12, 2014

another fun dinner ... love the Monday and Tuesday Pizza/drink special

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 9, 2014

The chefs must have forgotten that they are in a service industry. They will not accommodate special request. Swapping vegetables between dishes is not possible. They may delete something for no charge but will charge you full price for any additions. They brag that they are "Certified Italian" but never mention by who. Seems to me a marketing ploy. Pork tenderloin was char grilled and way over cooked. Leathery and chewy. Tomatoes and cauliflower puree is cauliflower with about 10 drops of tomato juice. Bread was not refilled. Pasta did not have enough sauce.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 6, 2014

I detected a bit of 'attititude'. Greeter and waitress Distinctly superficial and not welcoming. Food delicious. Room noisy.
Thank you for this opportunity.
JS

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2014

As always, the food at Zambri's was excellent, and the service attentive. I enjoy the restaurant more each time I go, and love trying new entrees. It has a relaxed atmosphere--the kind of place you can dress up for (if you are so inclined) or go casual. A wonderful spot for long weekend lunches or a special dinner. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 27, 2014

The food, service and atmosphere at Zambris are beautiful. However, short of eating pizza or appIes, the only dish on the menu for vegetarians was pasta with peas and Gorgonzola cream. It was tasty but a few bites in I came to the conclusion that it is really only glorified mac 'n cheese. With a chef like that they can do better. Looking forward to more vegetarian options!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 25, 2014

I have enjoyed this restaurant for years. It never disappoints

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 25, 2014

Only had an hour for lunch. Had made a reservation ahead of time, table was waiting and service was great. Disappointed that pizza was not available that day but enjoyed the sandwich. Made it back to work right on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 24, 2014

While we know, from previous experience, that Peter Zambri is a top notch chef, alas most of our meal was ho hum! The appetizers were spectacular, but the gnocchi were pedestrian and the orange marsala sauce on the duck was aggressively sweet, drowning the flavour of the perfectly cooked duck.
Also the numerous hard surfaces amplified the noise level to the point my husband and I had to shout at each other to converse, although we have been married for nearly 30 years, we still enjoy talking to each other during meals.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 24, 2014

Came back for a second try. I'd requested a quiet table in my online reservation & got the quietest table in the place! Wanted to try their home made pasta. Was told the spaghetti had green peppers which actually were jalepenos. Dish was a bit dry, very nice flavour but way too hot for my taste. Waitress offered another pasta dish which was ok. Spouse had the scallop dish wish he rated a 7 out of 10. Wine list has very dry whites & last visit I asked what they had on the less dry & sweeter side. There wasn't anything then but on this visit the waitress suggested the moscato which was on the dessert wine list that I hadn't seen. It was quite nice but a bit too sweet. Bread needs some dipping or spread than just a bowl of olives. Boring food

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 19, 2014

This is a very pleasant lunch spot, appropriate for special occasions. We enjoyed a quiet birthday lunch there. The food is excellent and the setting is lovely.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 18, 2014

feature foccacia bread excellent, rabbit pate bland, tuna not fresh and over cooked, veal pasta: meatballs tasty, pasta and sauce, not so much, sorbet excellent, wine very good, coffee great. great touch with candle in sorbet but no big fuss over birthday

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