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This list is courtesy of Jesse the best concierge and front desk manager at Promontory Building.

Close by and convenient:

Best places for Breakfast (and most are excellent for Brunch and Lunch as well):

  • Sunnyside Café (Breakfast & Lunch)
    • Just up Esquimalt near Admirals.  Small, unassuming, and absolutely no-frills, but the best Huevos Rancheros I’ve ever had.
  • Jam Café
    • Exceptionally popular and really, deservedly so.  It is just a short walk from Promontory, but the wait in line can be a real turn off.  (I hear that Saveur, which is just up the street from it, is a better choice for brunch on weekends given the line ups.
  • John’s Place
    • A Victoria staple.  I know the owner very well, and he is a really good operator.  Year in, year out one of the best spots for breakfast (and likely the best diner) in Victoria.
  • Shine Café
    • A newer entry, but very strong as well.  Their ‘Cali’ eggs benedict on cornbread is one of my favorites.
  • Willie’s Bakery & Café
    • Just across the bridge.  Another Victoria stalwart.  Great bakery too.

Best places for Brunch:

Best pastries:

  • Fol Epi (as above)
  • Patisserie Daniel
    • The go-to for fancy sweets.  Very dangerous though; you will go in for one item and end up with a box full.  Many cafés in town get their baked goods from here.

Best gourmet pizza:

  • Pizzeria Prima Strada
    • There isn’t even a close second.  Lots of great pizza places in Victoria, but Prima Strada is in a league of their own – and they are the only pizzeria that is Zagat rated in Victoria.
    • 900 Degrees
      • It is out in Millstream Village, but worth the trip.  Easily the only pizza establishment that comes close to Prima Strada and the best restaurant in Langford.


Best Turkish food:

  • Efes Turkish Doner & Kebap
    • Might seem like a strange entry, but their shish and doner plates are one of my favorite low key dinners.  Great place to go before a movie (it is right next door to the Odeon on Yates St.)

Best Modern pub fare & sports bars:

  • Yates Street Taphouse
    • Great lively atmosphere, excellent spot to watch a game or have a night out.  Easily of the best kitchens of any pub in town. 
    • The Sticky Wicket at the Strathcona Hotel
      • A sprawling operation – the largest liquor license in BC – but a very dependable kitchen.  Another great place to watch a game.  Their Friday & Saturday prime rib is very popular.   (Personally I love their Beef Stroganoff on Wednesdays)
      • Smith’s Pub
        • Modern-style English pub.  Very hip.  Lamb burger is amazing.

Best Vietnamese

Best view:

Best specialty seafood restaurants:


The restaurants below are the best ‘foodie’ restaurants in the area – arranged by proximity:

  • Agrius by Fol Epi
  • Il Terrazzo
    • Fine dine Italian.  Year after year one of the best reviewed, most highly regarded restaurants in Victoria.  Also boasts one of the best wine lists in BC.  This the favourite place to eat of John Cantin, the owner of John’s Place (among many others). 
  • Ulla
    • Relatively new and already very highly regarded already.  High-end, inventive international cuisine.
  • Brasserie L’Ecole
    • Minimalist fine dine French.  Great place for ‘brasserie’ style French food.  Excellent steak-frites.  One problem: no reservations.
  • Zambri’s
    • Certainly my favorite dining room in town, wrapped in glass on the main floor of the Atrium building.  Peter Zambri has a near religious following of foodies in Victoria.
  • Café Brio
    • Another top spot for foodies.  Recently added to several Canadian top 100 lists.
  • Deep Cove Chalet
    • Fine Dine French in North Saanich.  Very high end.  Those who go there swear by it.
  • Sooke Harbour House
    • Way out in Sooke, but worth the drive at least once.  Arguably the most creative restaurant on the island.  Menu changes daily and is prix-fixé.
  • Part & Parcel
    • Much lower end, but very inventive new restaurant down on Quadra.  Raving reviews.  Perfect for lunch.
  • Auntie Pesto’s Café
    • On the off chance you go to Salt Spring Island, I had one of the best meals in recent years here.  Very unassuming, but very very good.

And here are the best Mexican restaurants in the area that I know of:

  • La Tortilla Mexicana
    • This is the one that is just up Esquimalt Rd. from us, and is getting rave reviews.  I’m looking forward to trying them soon.  From what I’ve heard, they are the best sit-down Mexican food in town now.
  • La Taquisa
    • Excellent food-truck style Mexican, just over at Westside Village.  I have almost never eat any meat here as their vegetarian Rajas and Mole are so good.
  • Hernande’z
    • This is actually El Salvadoran street food, and it’s amazing.  I used to eat here all the time when I worked on Yates St.  A lunch favorite in that area for over a decade.
  • Tacofino
    • Huge hit from Tofino and now a huge hit here.
  • Three Gringos
    • This is out in Langford, but if you are in the area, it’s worth a stop for lunch.
  • Café Mexico (Closed indefinitely)
    • Right across the bridge from us, they used to be the go-to for a good sit-down Mexican meal in Victoria, but suffered a terrible fire at the start of 2015.  I’ve heard word they will  be reopening in 2016.


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