Victoria, Culinarily Speaking

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By AAA Travel Editor Katie McPhee
October 09, 2018
A mild coastal climate makes for ideal growing conditions on Vancouver Island, and you can partake in the agricultural bounty at numerous restaurants in Victoria, B.C. Wild mushrooms, farm fresh eggs, sustainably caught seafood and grass-fed beef—locally sourced ingredients are the norm, not the exception. Whether you’re in town for a long vacation or just a quick trip, check out our recommendations for some of the best places to eat in Victoria, B.C. to sample the regional cuisine.
Exterior of 10 Acres Bistro, Victoria, British Columbia.
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10 Acres Bistro
611 Courtney St.
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(250) 220-8008
Farm-to-table ingredients are on full display at 10 Acres Bistro, where much of the eggs, meat, organic vegetables and herbs are sourced from 10 Acres’ own farm on the North Saanich peninsula. The menu changes daily depending on the season and availability, but popular selections include prawn pasta with mushrooms and pesto, maple-glazed Chinook salmon and their signature rotisserie chicken.
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Timber and brick interior at CANOE Brewpub in Victoria, British Columbia.
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CANOE Brewpub
450 Swift St.
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(250) 361-1940
One of the best Victoria restaurants for dinner and a view is CANOE Brewpub. Grab a spot inside the historic 1894 building or out on the massive waterfront patio—it overlooks a private marina on the Inner Harbour—and settle in for a relaxing meal and a handcrafted beer. Nearby farmers and producers supply the meat, seafood and other goods used in all menu items, which range from tasty burgers and wings to flat breads and seasonal salads.
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Kale and cabbage caesar salad at Nourish Kitchen and Cafe, Victoria, British Columbia.
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Nourish Kitchen and Cafe
225 Quebec St.
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(250) 590-3426
Vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious eaters wondering where to eat in Victoria, B.C., will want to add Nourish Kitchen and Cafe to their itinerary. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, the cozy restaurant—located in an 1889 heritage home—serves up nourishing foods made with farm fresh eggs, cashew cheese, raw beets, house-made bone broth and other healthful ingredients. Free Wi-Fi and an upstairs study area encourage diners to linger over a coffee, cocktail or tea.
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Bowl of poutine (fries topped with cheese curds, rosemary gravy and green onions) at The Pink Bicycle in Victoria, British Columbia.
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The Pink Bicycle
1008 Blanshard St.
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(250) 384-1008
Mouthwatering burgers are the main attraction at The Pink Bicycle, a tiny lunch and dinner spot that gets rave reviews. In addition to the classic Pink Bike Cheese Burger (grass-fed beef topped with smoked cheddar and a special sauce), the self-proclaimed gourmet burger joint whips up interesting hand-held creations like BBQ bison burgers, spicy black bean burgers and wild Pacific salmon topped with maple syrup mayo. Don’t miss the poutine side dish—it’s only $5 during a weekday happy hour (2-5 p.m.).
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Container of fish and chips with a side of coleslaw and tartar sauce at Red Fish Blue Fish in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St.
(250) 298-6877
You may need to wait in line for an hour (or more), but the fish ‘n’ chips are well worth it at Red Fish Blue Fish. The eatery—just a small quick-service counter in an upcycled shipping container—draws crowds for its fresh and sustainable fish ‘n’ chips made with tempura-battered cod, wild salmon or halibut as well as fish tacos and chowder. Seating is first-come, first-served at a long counter overlooking the harbor.
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Interior of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and Restaurant, Victoria, British Columbia.
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Restaurant
308 Catherine St.
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(250) 386-2739
Popular with tourists and residents alike, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Restaurant offers locally sourced pub grub in a scenic spot on the West Victoria waterfront. Choose from brick oven pizzas made with amber ale cheese, house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, beer-battered halibut and chips, charcuterie tasting plates and wild Pacific fish cakes. More than two dozen beer taps showcase other regional ingredients; beers brewed on-site incorporate cold brew coffee, chocolate, sea salt and tea from Vancouver Island purveyors.
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