Discover Victoria’s hottest group-dining spots

Many restaurants can offer small parties beautiful and intimate settings and service, but only a select few can bring that same level of service to larger groups. When you’re planning a meal for many, the best spots will have the space you need, delicious food and drinks, and attentive, personal service. Here are the Victoria restaurants that have mastered this art and can help you throw an unforgettable dinner party.

Ithaka Greek Restaurant

1102 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V 3M8

At Ithaka, every group is treated to a celebration. This family-owned local hot spot provides individual and enthusiastic service that makes you feel as though you’re having a meal in someone’s home. The expertly prepared Greek menu features items such as lamb souvlaki and other authentic staples served with pride. Dmitri and his brothers, who are often found cooking in the kitchen, even come out to entertain the guests with traditional Greek dancing. It’s a perfect spot for any large group looking for good food and good fun.

Bard & Banker Public House

1022 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X7

Striking a balance between high-end restaurant and local pub, Bard & Banker has just enough swagger to impress, but a down-to-earth feel that puts guests at ease. They boast one of the best whiskey lists in the city and have mastered the art of comfort food, from chargrilled hot wings to a daily local fish and chips. Plus, the food is locally sourced and uses herbs and micro-greens grown right on site. There aren’t many places on the island that can provide your guests with good whiskey, good beer and amazing comfort food like Bard & Banker.

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar

Upr 536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8

With some of the freshest seafood and best views in Victoria, Ferris’ Upstairs offers larger groups an unforgettable mixture of delicious food and inviting atmosphere. Private areas are available for bookings and the staff can help you set a meal before your party arrives. Choose from a mixture of small items, like their freshly shucked local oysters, before moving on to the larger courses. Everyone should try the seafood, which usually comes from local fishmongers, but Ferris’ also provides many other options, including their triple A reserve Angus beef.

Pizzeria Prima Strada

2960 Bridge St, Victoria, BC V8T 4T3

Pizza is designed for sharing and Pizzeria Prima Strada has the best traditional, thin-crust Roman-style pizzas in Victoria. Originally a local joint with only a few tables, their Bridge Street location can now easily accommodate larger groups. Be sure to order the classic Margherita along with more adventurous options like the Fungi, a white pizza with fresh BC mushrooms. Everyone can try something a little different and, when you’re all finished with the pizzas, the tiramisu is a sweet treat to finish off your evening.

Canoe Brewpub

450 Swift St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S3

With a recent $6 million renovation, Canoe has reinvented itself as a prime location for groups from two to 30. The open space has plenty of windows overlooking the harbour, along with private rooms for parties. The brewers and master chefs here can ensure every meal is served with the perfect beer. Plus, you can send your party home with bottles of their favourite brews as small party favours.

Fireside Grill

4509 West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 3G1

Specializing in high-end seafood and Mediterranean cuisine, The Fireside Grill has long been a Victoria staple because of its welcoming atmosphere and stellar food. The restaurant has plenty of private rooms for larger groups, and the friendly staff can work with you to create a menu that will please everyone. Be sure to ask about their artisanal cheese plates featuring local cheeses, and their famous braised Alberta beef short ribs. They also have an extensive wine list that includes many BC favourites.

Japanese Village Restaurant

734 Broughton St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E1

For large groups, The Japanese Village not only gives you your own room, they give your party its own chef. The teppanyaki chef will cook up pieces of steak, chicken, prawns and more on a grill right in front of you, providing your group with dinner and a show. A sushi chef will also be on hand to provide fresh sashimi and sushi. The experience is at once exciting and intimate and unlike anything else you’ll find in town.

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