Victoria is known as the city of brunch with so many fantastic options littered throughout the city. But what about those times where you want something more than brunch options? Luckily, Victoria has plenty of other great food options as well. When I was living in Victoria, I had a few favourite haunts and now when friends and family head to the island, these are the places I recommend they check out.
Ferris’ Oyster Bar and Grill
Oysters are the name of the game here at Ferris’ Oyster Bar and Grill. Whether you like them on the half shell, smoked or fried, get your oysters any way you like them. My favourite item is the oyster burger. Lightly breaded and fried up to perfection between two perfect buns, served with a side of regular potato and yam fries. Yes, you can get them mixed. Why more restaurants don’t do this, I don’t know. You get the best of both worlds. There are plenty of other options from sandwiches to pasta to more seafood. For something a little more upscale, head upstairs to Ferris’ Upstairs Oyster Bar for a more intimate experience.
536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8
Pagliacci’s is an institution in Victoria. Be ready for long lines before you get to inhale the delicious aroma. Dishes are huge – the half portion size is plenty. With punny New York and movie-inspired names for dishes like “I’ll Have What She’s Having” and “Forrest Gump”, both you and your taste buds will be singing. Better save room for dessert. Their checkerboard cake is huge and to die for. And of course, their New York Style Cheesecake is a must.
1011 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2A1
Red Fish Blue Fish
When you’re in Victoria and by the water, you need to have seafood. That’s where Red Fish Blue Fish comes in. Grab a basket of fresh fish and chips and take a stroll along inner harbour. The lightly battered fish and crispy fries will have you wondering why you ever enjoyed fish and chips elsewhere. If you’re looking for something slightly different, pick up one of their tacones – a hand rolled taco filled with your favourite seafood option. Enjoy lunch al fresco people watching and observing boats and they come in and out of the harbour. Be prepared for long lines, but they move quickly.
1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1N8
Note: They close during the winter months.
For those looking for a plant-based meal that is filling as is tasty, then a visit to Rebar is a must. This restaurant is an institution in Victoria with lines out the door during meal time. Items on the menu range from almond burgers to noodle bowls to enchiladas. They’re also open for brunch on the weekends. If you don’t want to wait, you can even pick up a cookbook and try your hand at recreating your favourites at home.
50 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC V8W 1J2
What are some of your favourite places to eat in Victoria?
CORRECTION: This article originally recommended Hernande’z Cocina. Since publication, this restaurant has since shut down.