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Must-Try Brunch Spots in Victoria, BC

Posted on August 30, 2021

In Victoria, we take brunch seriously. On weekends, most locals can be found enjoying fresh coffee, bacon and bennies at one of the many wonderful brunch spots around the city. Taking part in weekend brunch is decidedly indulgent, wonderfully west coast and a fantastic way to get a taste of local culture and cuisine. 

Please note, Greater Victoria’s restaurants are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety guidelines and have adjusted their services to ensure the safety of guests and team members. Please check directly with the establishment you wish to visit for specific COVID-19 measures.

Tip: Celiacs, check out The Celiac Scene, an online publication that lists the truly Celiac-friendly places to eat in Victoria! 

 

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

Friday - Monday

Dine overlooking the harbour and indulge in a decadent brunch offering. Build your own omelette or opt for a classic pancake or french toast dish. These tried and true dishes will be sure to satisfy your brunch craving.

Image by @foodiemugs

 

Heron Rock Bistro

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekends

Only a short walk from Victoria's Inner Harbour in the heart of James Bay, Heron Rock serves up a fabulous brunch seven days per week with a focus on using local ingredients. Features include a large selection of Eggs Benedicts. 

Image: @heronrockbistro

 

Bard & Banker

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. weekdays | 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. weekends

With an unbeatable weekly deal of $9 breakfast before 9:00 a.m., it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in some breakfast classics on mornings you need to get a head start on your busy day in Victoria. If you have time to linger, bask in the glory of our unseasonable warmth on their Government Street patio and people watch over an Irish coffee or mimosa. 

Bard and Banker Brunch in Victoria, B.C.
Image courtesy of @bardandbanker

 

The Courtney Room 

Weekday breakfast | Sunday brunch 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Nestled in an enchanting boutique hotel, downtown Victoria, The Courtney Room was named one of En Route Magazine’s top new restaurants of 2018 for good reason! Discover why with their steak and eggs or duck lyonnaise salad. 

The Courtney Room Victoria, B.C. amazing brunch
Image by @thecuriouscreature

Image via @thecourtneyroom

 

Vis-a-Vis

Daily from 7:00 a.m.

In the charming community of Oak Bay, embrace a European tradition of slow meals and people watching on the Vis a Vis patio, right on Oak Bay Avenue. If you’re looking for a light bite, have your espresso with a side of pain au chocolat. Early risers can partake in a $9 before 9:00 a.m. weekday deal that’s worth the hour less of sleep (trust us).

Image courtesy of @visavisoakbay

 

Nourish Kitchen & Café

Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you want to feel right at home as you enjoy brunch, look no further than Nourish Kitchen & Cafe. An 1888 Victorian-style heritage home-turned-restaurant, the bright and airy dining areas create a charming and inviting atmosphere. Start your meal with a bubbly mimosa or comforting cup of Silk Road Tea before turning your attention to the seasonally-inspired menu of wholesome brunch options.

Try the Benny Gone Nuts made with turmeric cashew hollandaise sauce or Sleeping Beauty Pancakes which are made with whole oats and topped with seasonal fruit compote, maple syrup and bee pollen sprinkles.

Tip: If you find yourself looking for some extra brunch tranquillity, consider visiting Charlotte & The Quail, Nourish’s sister restaurant. Located about a 20-minute drive from downtown and perched on the edge of a 10-acre botanical garden, The Gardens at HCP, you’ll find a pared-down version of the Nourish brunch menu with all of the charm.

Nourish Kitchen and cafe Victoria BC
Image by @dawnhold via Instagram

 

The Roost 

Daily from 7:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive from downtown Victoria up the Saanich Peninsula and find yourself at the charming Roost Farm Market & Vineyard Bistro. They offer a full breakfast and brunch menu every day of the week which includes classics like omelettes and bennies, plus a wide selection of homemade pastries and baked goods fresh from the bakery. We recommend staying for brunch and taking a cinnamon bun for the road.

The Roost Farm Victoria BC Saanich
Image courtesy of @theroostfarm

 

Spinnakers

Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Brunch with a view! Hop aboard a Victoria Harbour Ferry (they operate from spring through fall) and take the short ride across the Inner Harbour to Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub. Alternatively, you can drive there from downtown in about five minutes.
Spinnakers are known best for pioneering Victoria’s craft beer scene, first opening their doors in 1984 and paving the way for many modern-day brewpubs in Canada. Today, in addition to their bustling brewery, Spinnakers has a guesthouse and brewpub located right on the harbour facing the Fairmont Empress and landmark BC Parliament Buildings.

For a savoury brunch, try the brick oven breakfast pizza or house-smoked wild Pacific salmon hash. For something sweet, opt for the caramel French toast, which is served with Spinnakers own Cascadia Dark Ale caramel sauce and local Fernwood espresso whipped cream.

Spinnakers Brewpub brunch Victoria, B.C.
Image by @vicfoodguys

 

Floyd's Diner

Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. | Weekends from 8:00 a.m.

Another landmark in Victoria, Floyd’s Diner has been around since 2004 and are best known for “The Mahoney”. Simply ask your server bring you The Mahoney, and you’ll soon be facing something unique as the cooks prepare whatever they feel like making for you. If you’re feeling lucky, you can opt to flip a coin on The Mahoney and pay double or nothing.

Floyd's Diner Victoria, B.C.
Image courtesy of @floydsdinerjamesbay

 

Brentwood Bay Resort

Daily from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For the ultimate escape, head to the Brentwood Bay Resort for brunch. This contemporary west coast-style resort and spa is nestled amongst towering trees, right on the shores of Brentwood Bay. Tuck into a morning hash, smashed avo toast, bagel and lox, a three-egg omelette (served with crispy garlic and herb potatoes and hot buttered toast) or the Brentwood Benedict: two poached free-range eggs, smoked salmon, apple-fennel slaw, English muffin and herbed potatoes.

After brunch, enjoy a walk along the rocky shoreline, visit the nearby Butchart Gardens, or rent sea kayaks and explore the coastal waters of Brentwood Bay.

Image courtesy of @brentwoodbayresort

 

Cora

Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cora has been offering incredible brunch for decades across Canada and they know how to serve up healthy and hearty options for brunch lovers! Their central location on Douglas street, downtown Victoria is a great place to gather for a morning bite. We highly recommend ordering a fresh fruit dish to experience their beautiful insta-worthy arrangements. 

Cora Victoria, B.C. Brunch Spots
@plusonefood via Instagram

 

LURE Restaurant & Bar 

Weekend brunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A short walk from the Inner Harbour, enjoy a delicious brunch with unparalleled views of Downtown Victoria. From an Ocean Wise Inner Harbour benedict to an apple fig french toast, brunch at LURE Restaurant & Bar will keep you coming back for more.

Image via @lurevictoria

 

The Village

Daily 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The laid-back atmosphere of The Village is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy morning in Victoria's historic Chinatown or quaint Estevan Village. Offering breakfast all day, every day, this joint is a brunch lover's dream. We highly recommend trying the latkes, a potato pancake that serves as the perfect base for a benny. 

Image by @village_hq

 

Q at the Empress

Daily 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Serving a classic breakfast during the week and a refined brunch menu on weekends, Q at the Empress offers a sophisticated farm-to-table twist on the most important meal of the day. Between a blueberry smoothie bowl garnished with a watermelon popsicle, banana bread French toast or a duck confit benedict, you’ll be able to taste the local ingredients and care they put into each dish.

The Fairmont Empress
Image by @leilalikes

 

Vista 18 Restaurant + Lounge

Daily brunch | 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. weekdays | 7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on weekends

On weekends, brunch lovers can enjoy dining with an expansive view of Victoria. Visit the 18th floor of Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites and soak in the sights of the city as well as the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains over their delicious morning offerings. 

Image by @vista_18

 

Earls Kitchen + Bar

Weekends 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Located in The Bay Centre, head to Earls Kitchen + Bar on weekends to enjoy delicious brunch items. Indulge in their happy hour menu until noon on Saturdays and Sundays for delightful deals.