Experience Victoria, British Columbia’s diverse culinary scene firsthand! From fresh seafood and farm-to-table delicacies to the international flavors from Chinatown, there’s something for everybody in Victoria. Here are some of our favorite bars, cafes and restaurants in Victoria B.C:
Tapas & Tap Drafts
Check this place out when you’re looking to start your night out on the town. Known for their signature charcuterie boards filled with mouthwatering meats, cheeses and sauces—as well as their fantastic wine and cocktail selection to pair with it all—Bodega is a fun stop with more flavors and wines than one can count.
A true staple of Victoria’s beer-world, Swan’s Brewpub is a cozy as they get. Open since ’89, they offer 15 craft brews on tap and hearty delicacies in a lovely brick-walled and barrel-decorated interior that all but yells out ‘good beer’. From panko-coated onion rings to pepperoni pizzas and spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches—and don’t even get us started on their mouthwatering burger menu—Swans Brewpub is the perfect place for those looking to savor delicious pub food and some of the best craft beer Victoria has to offer.
The Drake Eatery & Beer Parlour
Trendy and vibrant, The Drake Beer Parlour combines regional craft beers with hearty yet fresh dishes. Socialize in a TV-free and music-friendly environment while enjoying their wide selection of craft sodas and beers (OVER 25 BREWS ON TAP), and don’t forget trying their delicious honeycomb ice-cream floats.
You guessed it: Dumpling Drop is famous for—yes—dumplings. From pork belly and lemongrass chicken to shrimp-and-chive, this Chinatown spot covers all corners of the flavor spectrum with their little fluffy morsels. Pop in at nighttime as well, when Dumpling Drop transforms into Chaiyo Nights; an authentic Thai sharing-style spot. It doesn’t matter if it’s the dumplings or the Massaman Gai (chicken, potatoes, coconut and curry on rice)—trust us; everything at this place is delicious.
Offering traditional, fresh, and vibrant Asian cuisine, Bao is one of Victoria’s real gems. From Truffle Ramen full of shiitake and toagarashi to spicy cold noodles, bibimbap and an unbelievable variety of Bao (Taiwanese steamed buns), BAO is one flavor train that you’re gonna want to buy a ticket for.
Foo Street Food
You looking for a late-night dive? Well then, check out Foo! With a small but colorful menu Foo offers bites jammed with flavor. Enjoy spicy Kung Pao Tofu, crispy Crab & Corn Hushpuppies and Caramel Chicken, there’s something for everybody at Foo.
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Working Culture Bread
Start your adventure-filled day at Working Culture Bread, a delightful family-owned bread and sandwich shop. Enjoy their fresh, Canadian-grain sourdough bread, delicious pastries, and handcrafted sandwiches. Be sure to check out their daily bread features!
Experience unique seafood dishes at Fishhook, where traditional BC flavors take on a fresh twist. Delight in chowder, salmon belly sandwiches, squid, salmon biryani, and other Great North maritime classics. Notably, Fishhook has made Yelp’s Top 100 Canada Rankings.
Pizzeria Prima Strada
Rustic, fresh, and full of seasonal toppings. These words encapsulate the delicious, wood-fired pizzas of Pizzeria Prima Strada, which are known citywide. Indulge here in some of the best pizzas Victoria has to offer, and don’t forget to treat yourself to their delightful homemade gelato!
Renowned for its fresh ingredients and Italian-meets-West-Coast fusion, Cafe Brio is a must-visit. From roasted duck breast to their array of fantastic steaks, the menu is full of delightful options. Gather a big group for the unforgettable 6-course Brio Family Meal, all of the dishes being personally selected by the chef.
Boom + Batten
Opening in 2019, Boom + Batten offers a stunning waterfront dining experience with breathtaking harbor views. Enjoy an array of wonderful cookies, muffins, scones, pastas, steaks, and seafood, making Boom + Batten the perfect brunch-or-lunch spot for your next trip to Victoria.
Wind Cries Mary
With a constantly changing menu, Wind Cries Mary serves rustic and authentic Victorian-themed dishes sourced from local farmers, fishmongers, and brewers they partner with. Indulge in incredible seafood, angus steaks, and pair them with delicious wines and beers from the area.
Looking for a vegetarian option? Look no further than Rebar! Since 1988, Rebar has been providing locals and tourists alike with delicious and healthy vegetarian cuisine. Have a taste of their their yummy peanut noodle bowls and rockfish tacos. RE-freshing (pun inteneded), feel-good spot on your trip, Rebar is the place to go.
Summing up, people travel from all over the world to sample the fantastically fresh and diverse cuisine served at the restaurants in Victoria B.C, and rightfully so. There’s something for everybody in this beautiful city, and we’re sure that one of the spots above can be the one for you. If you’re looking for a convenient way to sample as much of the different flavors as possible, check out the array of food tours Localbird offers. We work with the best tour vendors of Victoria to provide the best guides who’ll take you to the best spots to try. There’s something for everybody at Localbird, such as Chinatown food tours and exquisite, fine-dining evening tours, so be sure to take a look at our tours the next time you’re in Victoria!