Top 9 Places to Eat and Drink in Victoria
Searching for a truly great meal in Victoria? Here is a round up of the top spots in B.C.’s capital city for any time of day.
Credit: Jam Cafe
542 Herald Street | 778.440.4489 | $$ | All day breakfast and lunch
A locals’ favourite, Jam Cafe is a cozy little restaurant in the Design District with rustic interiors and killer Caesars out of mason jars. It’s a popular spot, and they don’t take reservations, so arrive early, or expect a long lineup!
Credit: The Ruby
3110 Douglas Street | 250.507.1325 | $$ | Breakfast and dinner
642 Johnson Street | 778 265 8750 | $$ | Breakfast
Now with two locations on Johnson Street and Douglas Street, The Ruby serves up homestyle eats accompanied by music from their own carefully curated vinyl collection. Both locations have breakfast menus with items such as a variety of benedicts and breakfast tacos. If you just can’t get enough, their Douglas location is also open for dinner.
Credit: The Village
4517 W Saanich Rd | (778) 265-8898 | $$ | Breakfast
4087 Shelbourne St | (778) 265-5200 | $$ | Breakfast
Great food, even better people – The Village is a true local’s favourite. It’s been featured on The Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here’, and for good reason! Locally sourced ingredients are incorporated into the menu, and the staff emit a friendly and warm vibe, which is peppered into their social media. You’ll be sure to find some hilarious photos of their staff and their fun-loving personalities.
Public Market at The Hudson
Credit: Victoria Pie Co
#6 1701 Douglas Street | 778 433 2787 | $$ | Casual fare
Revisit a piece of history with a stop at the Public Market at The Hudson. The Market at The Hudson was once the original Hudson’s Bay department store, first built in 1921. Today it’s filled with local vendors for food, art, and entertainment. Grab a bite from Victoria Pie Co or sandwich from Roast and cozy up at a picnic bench or table.
Bin 4 Burger Lounge
Credit: Bin 4 Burger Lounge
180-911 Yates St | 250.590.4154 | $$ | Lunch and dinner
102-716 Goldstream Ave | 778.265.5464 | $$ | Lunch and dinner
100-3271 Maple St. | 250.590.6565 | $$ | Lunch and dinner
This is no ordinary burger joint. These burgers are made with locally sourced, organic ingredients, hormone free meats and homemade sauces. They have crowd-pleasing beef burgers, but also venture into lamb, bison and sometimes even kangaroo burgers for the true burger aficionado.
Credit: Northern Quarter
1724 Douglas Street | (250)590-7702 | $$$ | Dinner
The Northern Trend is all about great vibes. They put BC ingredients first in their menu and their bar. Find small share plates and craft brews here. And if you see something you like, don’t hesitate to give it a try – Because they put an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, their menu changes often. Not only do they have an excellent dining menu, but they also bring in up-and-coming local artists that are sure to impress.
Credit: Olo Restaurant
509 Fisgard St | 250-590-8795 | $$$$ | Dinner, brunch on weekends
With a farm fresh attitude, you’ll be sure to find some odd looking vegetables while dining at Olo. They put a big emphasis on sourcing local ingredients – not every mushroom or bean is grown perfectly, but they pack big punch! Every dish is well thought out and executed beautifully.
Credit: Little Jumbo
506 Fort Street | 778.433.5535 | $$$ | Dinner and drinks
Although she be but little, she is fierce! This small, narrow room is ultra-cozy with a brick walls and low, moody lighting. Saddle up at the bar and watch quick hands make crafty cocktails come to life. And if you get hungry, flavours in the food are well thought out and bites are sure to please.
1210 Broad Street | 778-406-1210 | $$$ | Drinks and snacks
This candlelit room is located in the heart of downtown specializes in wine and Spanish tapas. And they can stir a mean drink. Need we say more?
To find more Vancouver Island offerings, see our article on Island breweries.