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New & Noteworthy Nibbles and Noshes in Victoria, B.C.

Posted on September 26, 2018

Historically known for our English influences in the form of afternoon tea, Victoria has become a contender for innovative culinary. In the past year we’ve had a flurry of new restaurants opened by acclaimed chefs who choose to call Victoria home. Read on to discover nine new must-try restaurants in Victoria, B.C.


1. The Courtney Room

Already a foodie favourite, The Courtney Room has been long awaited by locals and visitors alike. From upscale to finer dining, the flavours here will not disappoint. Every dish, down to their potatoes, have been raved about by food journalists. Combine that with a well curated cocktail list, an extensive craft beer menu, their own sommelier and a stunningly renovated space in the heart of downtown and you’ve got Victoria’s newest culinary star in the downtown core.

Image by @thecourtneyroom


2. E:Ne Raw Food & Sake Bar

One of Victoria’s favourite Japanese restaurants, Nubo, just got a sibling and neighbour. E:Ne is the island’s first dedicated sake bar and home to Canada’s largest sake collection. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails like “Gin Jit-Su,” paired with mouth-watering raw bites. Their Instagram account is the very definition of mouth-watering. 

Image by @enerawfoodsakebar


3. Fishhook at Mermaid’s Wharf

West coast inspired cuisine fused with French and Indian flavours. Yes you read that right. Fishhook is the brain child of famous chef, Kunal Ghose who initially opened the popular Fishhook at Fort Commons, and after its success, has struck again with Fishhook at Mermaid’s Wharf, a large space with a great patio and incredible brunch menu (food lovers rejoice!).

Fishhook at Mermaid's Wharf
Image by @fishhookatmermaidswharf


4. Dobosala Cantina

If you’ve been following Chef Kunal Ghose, you were probably waiting for us to mention his newest restaurant, Dobosala Cantina and Ride Thru. Positioned conveniently near the bike lanes on Pandora Avenue, they have a ride-thru window for cyclists and pedestrians. Incorporating flavours from global cultures, Dobosala Cantina serves an Indo-Pacific collaboration of South Asian, Latin, Polynesian and even Indigenous flavours.

Dobosala Cantina
Image by @dobosalacantina


5. Flying Pig

This Vancouver favourite has now graced Victoria, bringing with it their vintage style. Now a new favourite brunch spot, the Flying Pig also serves late night eats catering to night owls. 

Image by @theflyingpigvan


6. Veneto Kitchen + Bar

Okay, so technically Veneto isn’t new, but following recent renovations, it has a new name, look and feel, so we’re including it. Nestled inside Hotel Rialto, a heritage building in the downtown core, Veneto is an upscale urban steakhouse and bar with an impressive cocktail menu. With one of the better cocktail hours in the city, and a mouth-watering menu, this is a downtown hotspot you can’t miss.

Veneto Kitchen and Bar
Image by @briannewham of @venetokitchen_bar


7. Phillips Beer Tasting Room and Beer Shop

This long-anticipated tasting room and beer store opened right next to Phillips former retail space. Try their famous brews and nosh on soft pretzels (we’ll take two please) with Blue Buck infused mustard. If you’re a dairy enthusiast, try their cheese board and pair it with a flight.

Phillips Tasting Room Downtown Victoria
Image by Dan Reid


8. Breakwater Tasting Room

Nestled around back and down the stairs of the Breakwater Bistro, discover a new Tasting Room dedicated to locally-sourced, crafted, ranched and foraged ingredients. This perfectly located space on the Ogden Point Breakwater is the ideal spot to sample west coast flavours and pair a beverage with a charcuterie board.

Breakwater Tasting Room
Image by @breakwatertastingroom


9. Empire Donuts and Fried Chicken 

Famous in the city for donuts varying from traditional to unique flavours, Empire’s passion for creating is evident. Their newest endeavour to expand to a location in Cook Street Village was great news for their fan following. The plot twist: it’s an Empire Donuts and Fried Chicken. Picture some of the crispiest fried chicken in the city, paired with perfectly seasoned waffle fries, and then finish it off with a donut, because you can. Yes, it’s heaven.

Image by @empiredonut