Exquisite farm-to-table restaurants in Victoria

Is the chicken local? Thanks to the city’s thriving locavore food scene, it is. While many Victoria eateries serve up dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, these farm-to-table restaurants are at the top of their game. Dig in, locavores.

10 Acres

1
611 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1B7

It doesn't get more farm-to-table than this. Located on the Saanich Peninsula, the organic 10 Acres farm supplies its namesake restaurant with seasonal produce, fresh eggs, and grass-raised meats that are used in everything from fish tacos (a local favourite) to quinoa fritters and homemade pork meatballs. The bistro’s vibrant patio is icing on an already decadent cake; ask for a table by the outdoor fireplace for unbeatable ambiance.

Brasserie L'Ecole

2
1715 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z4

A foodie's paradise, this intimate French restaurant has become a popular neighbourhood spot thanks to its classic cuisine, impressive wine list and knowledgeable staff. Much of the menu changes daily, but visitors can expect to find a few mainstays such as moules and frites, steak frites and the signature brasserie burger. As for dessert, the crème brûlée is what dreams are made of. Insider tip: the restaurant doesn't take reservations and there is always (always!) a wait so plan to arrive early, give your phone number to the host and you’ll receive a text message when your table is ready.

Part & Parcel

3
2656 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8T 4E4

This casual counter-service spot serves up the city’s best no-fuss cooking. Their menu changes daily, but they offer a few regulars like the grilled roast beet and aged cheddar sandwich and house-made gnocchi. Seafood lovers should definitely order the rare albacore tuna and soft-boiled egg sandwich, if it’s available. If you’re lucky enough to visit when the cornbread’s cooking, do yourself a favour and order it twice. The charming retro decor and super friendly counter staff make carrying your own plate totally worth it.

OLO

4
509 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R3

At OLO, food is meant to be shared with friends and neighbours. Come with your crew and try the family meal – a seasonal multi-course dinner served family style – or share small plates from the late-night menu as you sip on craft cocktails like the Modern Sangaree or the Chilliwack Blossom. Located in historic Chinatown and boasting high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and industrial beams, this farm-to-plate restaurant is ideal for a cozy evening with the ones you love.

Camille Restaurant

5
103-45 Bastion Sq, Victoria, BC V8W 1J1

Nestled underground in downtown Victoria’s Bastion Square, Camille’s is an intimate hidden gem perfect for a romantic evening. The seasonal menu offers west coast treats like Vancouver Island Gooseneck Barnacles (yes, barnacles!) and locally raised grass-fed beef. Diners who can’t settle on just one entrée can order the tasting menu for an array of local goodies.

Spinnakers Brewpub & Guest House Restaurant

6
308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC V9A 3S8

The perfect marriage between beer and food! The waterfront brewpub first opened its doors in 1984, making it an industry pioneer. With an expansive locally sourced menu and a long list of seasonal and year-round beers, Spinnakers offers the ultimate dining experience for the food and brew lover. Bring the kids and enjoy the patio and downstairs dining room, or head upstairs to the taproom for pool, darts and pints of the daily cask special with the grownups.

Cafe Brio

7
944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V 3K2

Looking for sophisticated Italian cuisine with a west coast twist? Who isn’t? Dine like the Europeans on the street-front patio adorned with whimsical twinkle lights, or enjoy the rustic Italian decor inside the vibrant dining room. Order family-style, or choose a pasta, meat, or fish entrée. Leave room for authentic salumi, and don’t forget to explore the expansive wine list!

The Pink Bicycle Gourmet Burger Joint

8
1008 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H5

Forget everything you know about burgers. Pink Bicycle has taken a beloved classic and elevated it to something that is gloriously gourmet. Lamb, bison, mutton, tuna, halibut, garbonzo bean, potorbello mushroom and salmon are just a few of the patty options offered on the crowd-pleasing menu. Burgers not your thing? Try the truffle poutine or mac n’ cheese sticks.

Confit Food + Wine

9
1871 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1C6

With a menu that changes weekly, locavores are sure to be satisfied by Chef Dwane’s commitment to creating sensational meals from local produce, meat, and seafood. Whether it’s Dungeness crab bisque to start or chocolate espresso duck yolk pot au crème to finish, diners will be served only the freshest ingredients at this Oak Bay bistro.

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