Victoria + Vancouver Island

Restaurants in Victoria + Vancouver Island

Aurora Restaurant looks out over Bedwell Harbour, and—fittingly—serves West Coast cuisine in a dining room decorated with blue tones and nautical touches like a deep-sea diving helmet.

Marked by a massive, three-dimensional sign out front, Don Mee Seafood Restaurant has been in Victoria's Chinatown for more than 80 years.

At this cozy sanctuary of candlelight and stained glass, you can canoodle over ginger-glazed duck breast or herb-crusted local halibut.

Stop in for a pint at the convivial Craig Street Brew Pub, whose Shawnigan Irish Ale is the best of several house-made beers.

Chef Bill Jones is a passionate forager, and wild mushrooms are often the highlight of his tasting menus, served in his cozy farmhouse.

Though the building is a former Chinese schoolhouse in the middle of Victoria’s historic Chinatown, Brasserie L'École serves a daily-changing menu of seasonal French-country cuisine.

You can assemble a great picnic lunch at Hilary’s Cheese & Deli, where the young, mushroomy goat’s-milk blue is the standout among nearly a dozen local varieties.

Run by a brother and sister team, the restaurant is lauded for its simple Italian bistro fare.

A maritime-style tavern filled with acres of worn wood, flickering oil lamps, and a winningly retro vibe (tableside Caesar salad service; a pianist playing “Theme from St. Elsewhere”).

The waterfront gastropub Spinnakers serves creamy Fanny Bay oysters, rich seafood chowder, and the pub’s own ESB cask ale, served on a deck overlooking the harbor.

The inn is best known—and deservedly so—for its restaurant, where chef Sam Benedetto works wonders using almost exclusively island ingredients: that means no olive oil, no citrus, no produce that can’t be grown in the inn’s expansive garden.

French cuisine made largely using produce grown within a 10-mile radius.