I recently went to Victoria, BC for the first time in 20+ years. Which might be surprising for some as I am a British Columbian native and Victoria is less than an hour flight from my hometown. However, the first and only time that I went, at the young age of 3ish, I lost my favourite blankie and told my dad I never wanted to return. I have since gotten over my loss and decided it was time to visit the Island that wronged me. For those who don’t know, Victoria is foodie central! The Food Network named it the brunch capital of Canada. This ocean side city is also home to many craft breweries and local restaurants. We were only there for 3 days so I had to make sure we picked our restaurants wisely. I received many recommendations and after further research, these are my picks for best Victoria restaurants!
Tacofina is a Canadian West Coast classic. This local chain started as a food truck in the surf town of Tofino before expanding into Victoria and Vancouver. Besides the fact that they’re super local with amazing food, they try to support local farmers and are ocean-wise.
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Try the yam taco
Blue Fox Cafe is a local favourite. You can tell by their hour long line kicking it outside their door. Their menu is fantastic, it was hard picking just one dish! If it wasn’t for their 60+ minute wait I would have for sure suggested we go back once or twice more. We got there around 9:15am on the Saturday of a long weekend and had to wait an hour. Rumour has it if you come right at opening or
sometimes around 2pm there isn’t much of a wait.
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Try the buttered banana cream cakes
Plot twist – I’m a vegetarian. We decided to go to this seafood joint after a carnivorous coworker of mine recommended it because it was the best burger (not just veggie burger) he’s ever had. Was it THAT good? I can’t say it was the best I’ve ever had, but it was pretty damn good. Included was a house salad with lemon-feta dressing and you’ve got yourself a winner. I read the reviews for this place and they were pheNOMZ (haha) so I knew it was going to be a good pick.
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Try the veggie nut burger
We decided to go to Mo:Lé after reading good reviews online. And it did not disappoint. I actually got so excited to eat my breakfast that I forgot to take a photo before taking a bite! Reading about the pesto covered hashbrowns is what sold us on this place. They’re game changing. Definitely going to recreate them this summer using leaves from my basil plant. I don’t often eat eggs but when I do, I want them to be worth it. These eggs were scrambled with cream cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. So needless to say, you should book your flight to Victoria right now and taxi straight there.
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Try their tomato and basil scramble
You cannot get more Pacific North West with a name like that! Canoe was probably the best Victoria restaurant to eat/drink when you consider all factors – location, menu, drinks and ambiance.We went on a Friday evening and it was buzzing but not in the claustrophobic way some places can be. It vaguely reminded me of my favourite brewpub in Kelowna. Tons of beer options and literally the flat bread of dreams. Situated in downtown Victoria, with an outdoor patio overlooking the water it is a must stop for any craft beer lover.
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Try the potato rounds flat bread + house wheat beer
If you want a good place to drink, I suggest Tapa Bar. We went there twice for happy hour because you just can’t beat their sangria. Between 3pm-6pm, a pitcher of this baby is 20$ which roughly equals to 6 glasses. For my fellow took-math11-twice readers, that’s 3.33$CDN a glass. Pretty sure it would cost me more to make that at home.
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Try the red sangria
There you have it – best Victoria restaurants! We did go to a couple places that I would not recommend/ did not think was worth the hype but I won’t name them unless asked. The only place I wish we went but decided against (because of crazy long lines both times we tried to go) is Jam Cafe. This is another local favourite with stellar reviews. I’ll make sure to go next I make a trip to the island. If you need more help planning your Victoria holiday, read my How to Spend a Weekend in Victoria post!
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