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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (54)
Special Occasion (51)
Fit for Foodies (41)
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Romantic (40)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Authentic (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Business Meals (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Casual (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Cozy (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
People Watching (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Brunch (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Fun (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Healthy (8)
Organic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was very good if a little pricey. Really nice atmosphere and close to movie theatres.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful spot to sit and enjoy an exceptional meal before a movie or just on a casual date night. The Caesar salad is to die for and the service is excellent. Good wine selection. Definitely recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

Great spot for a casual get-together downtown. The menu offers something for everyone. We visited on a Saturday afternoon, just after 1:00. It was a good thing we had a reservation for our party of six.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

Subpar execution. Menu sounds good. Quality not there. Funny to read the owner responses to negative reviews. Further emphasizes that they just don’t get it.

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·Dined 5 days ago

We were very well taken care of including given a different chair to accommodate my back. Great service very good food. We will be returning.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We booked our reservation for the first time using open table. I appreciated the email reminder about the date and time.

We arrived at the restaurant and were seated within minutes. It was nice that we were given a choice of seating locations. Naturally we picked the closest one to the bar.

Our waiter attended to us promptly and we settled on some drinks and a starter Cesare salad. He recommended we just split one salad because it was large enough for two.

Our order was taken for the entree and we both enjoyed our meals. My partner loved his crispy pork shoulder. I thought that my dish, chicken with potatoes and Tomato sauce was missing something as far as seasoning but it was still good. The olives were very tasty.

During the course of our meal we were served and attended to by a about 5 people. It’s obvious that they work well as a team.
A shout out to the waitress who paired a perfect wine for my meal. It was indeed full-bodied and a nice compliment to the meal.

Thank you for making our Valentine’s Day a special day.
M&M

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our appetizer was a delicious eggplant 'cannoli', which was amazing as usual.

We split an entree of Pescato del Giorno - rock fish with a potato and baccala crust- which was a little disappointing. It wasn't up to the usual excellent standard we have come to know and expect. The puree sauce that covered the dish appeared to be a taupe colour, which wasn't very appealing and the crust on the fish was similar in colour and appeal. It tasted a bit under-done and altogether a bit mushy. We will be back but may be a little less adventurous next time.

Our server made an excellent wine recommendation and staff were friendly and attentive as always. Much thanks to the gaol behind the bar who understands how a sincere 'goodnight can make a customer feel special.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were visiting Victoria for just a couple of nights and so glad we chose to check out Zambri's. Food was delicious, the pork was especially mouthwatering. Highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Table wasn't ready, bland salty food, ordered wine finally came as we were done eating our main.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The service is excellent, the food delicious and attractive in presentation. The staff are very good in addressing dietary restrictions. Wine selection is very good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Zambri's definitely deserves a place among Victoria's best restaurants. Carefully made authentic Italian food, well served with knowledgable staff, custom dining options, great ambience, not cheap but decent pricing.

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Healthy, Organic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful evening! Knowledgeable & friendly server, great food, great atmosphere! Thank you.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely as usual. We are never disappointed here. The consistency in both quality of service and food never fails! A true gem in Victoria.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Painfully long wait for lunch food. (1hour)! Ignored by host upon arrival . Stood waiting as phone conversation continued- no eye contact acknowledgement . Disappointing service . Very good food but that in it self doesn’t make a restaurant nice to be at

Tags: People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good atmosphere and great service. None of the food tasted freshly made. Congealed parpadelle cream sauce, Medium temperature lamb/lentils and the creme brule was just okay. Overall, not worth the money and I regret not dining out somewhere else. I could have done this better at home. At least the beer was cold.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always great food. Always good service. Just tthe top resataurant in town.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Healthy, Organic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Romantic
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 (München)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We went to Zambri’s on a date for their dine around menu, we chose the $40 selection and I got the lamb. I did not care for it, I found the meat tough and difficult to cut with a steak knife. As well as drowned in the tomato sauce it was served in. It tasted more Czech than Italian. There was also a fair amount of gristle in the lamb chops, I would say more than average. If I were to go back I would try their pasta dishes, I hear that they are excellent. Overall service and the ambience was wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Awesome food, helpful and knowledgable staff, great drinks, and a very comfortable ambiance.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

5 stars to our Server. I am embarrassed to forget her name: Serena? Sampherna? Oh dear. We have brought friends 3 Times this month when she has served us impeccably.
She is studying bio-psychology at Uvic. The brunch menu is unique so we have taken foodies on Sundays for brunch. And Ms S.
Has been a super host.

Thanks

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

good food and great service by the fellow who served us. Unfortunately, we were rushed. Even though we had a reservation, we were told by the person who seated us that we would only have the table for 1 1/2 hours. Clearly not a place to go and linger over a meal.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Appetizer and dessert were quite good, but main course (orichiette with kale pesto and spicy tomato pepper sauce) was surprisingly bland. It was not watery but *tasted* watery. Very unflavorful.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration but did not tell the staff. We didn't go for the dine around but one of use did order from that menu. I felt rushed at the end and no tea or special coffees were mentioned. The bill was brought to us with out asking if we were done. Felt like we were being put into the "dine around" category. Some food items were excellent as they were tasty and creative...main courses were ok and good. Hope to try again another time.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always a great experience and always great food!! My friend and I have been meeting about once a month for about 1-1/2 years and we love it:-)

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great Brunch for a party of 6. Always have superior food and service

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our experience at Zambri's was very disappointing. We arrived a few minutes early for our reserved table; the restaurant was very quiet with perhaps no more than 3 or 4 tables filled. The woman who greeted us took us to a table which obviously needed clearing and gestured over her shoulder and said, your table is over there, and then proceeded to clear the table. I said, do you mean this table and she didn't respond, just continued clearing the other table. So we took our seats at a table that was set.
Unbelievable really....
Our server did a reasonably good job, although requests for a side plate went unanswered, which made it a challenge to eat the bread and olives which were offered. They were excellent, by the way. Two of our party ordered gnocchi and it was good. The third member of our party ordered a pasta dish with a gorgonzola sauce and stated that altho' the sauce was a good basic cream sauce, she couldn't discern the gorgonzola at all.
Overall, the experience was less than positive. It was a birthday celebration and definitely not a good choice.This is my fourth visit to Zambri's and each time I have hoped that I would be 'wowed', as it has such a good reputation.
I will not be returning. There are too many other good restaurants in the city.
Thanks for the opportunity to review.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I have bee eating at Zambris every time I am in town.Really enjoyed the food at the old location
The menu now is good,not great.Not a lot of Italian traditional dishes,but perhaps that's not the style any more.
Still one of the better restaurants in Victoria.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 10, 2018

While the food is usually good, the service on the last three visits has been poor. On our last visit we sat for 45 minutes with only bread rolls before our cocktails even arrived. Multiple people serving the table resulted in incorrect orders, which were hastily corrected on the bill when I was noticed scrutinizing it by one of the wait staff. I used to like Zambri’s but will not return

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Prompt, friendly, Excellent service. We always enjoy eating at Zambris- even though it is a bit more of a special occassion to dine out, the prices are reasonable considering the efficient service and wonderful ambiance. Food is great too. Our favorite is the Salcisca(spelling?) Pizza. Yumm!!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Amazing food as always! I love my penne & peas! Our server Michael was the best!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Healthy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Zambris is my go-to place for business lunches. Not so much for dinner. Here’s why, after 2 recent visits:
- Service wasn’t as attentive as at lunch (e.g., filling of water took ages, tea arrived tepid)
- Setting sun hits you directly in your eyes - and there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution
- Food is expensive - no half portions or kids’ menu
- Not enough choice for salads or low-carb options, whereas there are lots (meatballs are amazing) on the lunch menu

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic meal and great service! Fantastic ambiance

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our group of 8 had a wonderful time at Zambri’s. The restaurant had a great ambiance, and the food was amazing. The service was impeccable; we couldn’t have been more pleased.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service, great food

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food, with a romantic and ambient atmosphere. One of my favourite places in the city!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The main restaurant area is lively and loud, with the atrium being much quieter - a great combination.

Great food and service ... try the espresso martinis - they are really great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent restaurant! Amazing food and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food recommendations by the server, delicious food and Negroni’s! Will be back for sure.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went here on a Sunday evening to celebrate getting engaged! The service and food was great. Staff are super friendly and offered us a free dessert for the occasion which was not expected but certainly a nice treat!! We enjoyed a bottle of prosecco which was served properly and elegantly as well. Thanks Zambris!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service, lovely ambiance and tasty food. I was a little worried because it seemed to be following a fairly authentic Italian approach, and typically just ordering a pasta dish isn't enough food in an Italian restaurant. But my pasta was a good size, leaving enough room for an appetizer or dessert but not required.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Zambris is always amazing. Always. The food is refined Italian and the service is smart and knowledgeable. We have been visiting Zambris for al least 10 years and are never disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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