From ocean to plate: Victoria’s top seafood spots

With a bounty of fresh, local product on our doorstep, it's no wonder there are so many great seafood restaurants to choose from in Victoria. The next time you're feeling peckish for fish (or mussels, crab or oysters) check out one of these ocean-friendly eateries.

Blue Crab Seafood House

146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4

Located in the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel, this local favourite boasts impressive waterfront views and fresh-from-the-sea ingredients in their popular daily specials. For casual fare, try the Vancouver Island Tuna Tacos in the lounge, or splurge on date night with steak and seafood options in the dining room.

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar

Upr 536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8

Looking for an elegant dining experience for your next date night? You can't beat this chic spot. Located above the popular Ferris' Grill & Garden Patio, the dark floors, exposed-brick walls and candlelit ambiance provide the perfect romantic backdrop. Enjoy beautifully plated fresh, local seafood that looks as good as it tastes. If you're not in a seafaring mood, opt for the premium Alberta beef.

Lure Restaurant & Bar

100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC V9A 0G1

A comfortable bar and restaurant featuring fresh local seafood, Lure welcomes diners to the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Hotel Resort & Spa. Go for breakfast, enjoy small plates with cocktails, or linger over a relaxing dinner. In the warmer months, head out to the spacious patio and take in the harbour views.

Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour

You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy the fresh, sustainable seafood at this casual restaurant. Dive into the Ocean Wise Seafood Fettuccine or Wild BC Salmon Sampler while your meat-loving companion savours a Cognac Cured Rosemary Scented AAA Top Sirloin Steak. Looking for something special to nibble on over cocktails? Order a batch of Chef Dave's Roasted Garlic and Truffle Parmesan Fries.

The Fish Store

1 Dallas Road, Victoria, BC V8V 0B2

It doesn't get any fresher than this. Diners at this casual dockside spot enjoy the catch of the day straight from the source. The concise menu offers a treasure trove of treats from the sea; from oyster stew to steamed scallops and crispy battered BC halibut. After you’ve dined, shop on-site for fresh or frozen seafood to stock your fridge or freezer.

Nautical Nellie's Steak & Seafood House

1001 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T6

A favourite of both tourists and locals, this busy waterfront restaurant has been serving world-class steaks and seafood since 1997. Overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour, the picturesque setting is best admired from the restaurant's heated patio. Diners can choose from oyster and sushi bars in addition to classic menu items such as fish and chips and seafood hot pot.

Fireside Grill

4509 West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 3G1

For fine dining with a side of history, Fireside Grill is Victoria's destination of choice. This landmark got its start in 1939 as a tea room and has also been a private residence and museum. The menu offers a mix of surf and turf favourites as well as pizzas and pasta. Pair your choice with something from the extensive wine list and don't forget to indulge in the decadent desserts.

Pescatore's Fish House

614 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A4

Pescatores offers diners a variety of ways to experience the best of Vancouver Island's seafood with three distinct entities: Kitchen, Raw Bar and Commons. The casual Commons features sharing plates, live music and a patio with a view. The slick Raw Bar is a modern space to meet friends for cocktails and oysters. The sophisticated Kitchen serves everything from grilled octopus to Blackened Haida Gwaii Halibut, with a focus on sustainability.

Fish Hook

805 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H6

Fishhook is the brainchild of Top Chef Canada contestant and Red Fish Blue Fish alumnus, Kunal Ghose. This hip downtown eatery touts a seafood tartine, its own spin on a popular French-Canadian open-faced sandwich. These come topped with cured and smoked fish products. The casual spot offers eat-in or takeout options, with fresh pickles, curries, salads and soups providing plenty of tasty options for those not in the sandwich mood.

Docks Grille The

203-1208 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 3B9

They have it all here: oysters, lobster, fish and chips, local Dungeness crab and even burgers and steaks. This waterfront restaurant has something to satisfy every appetite. The Oyster Bar is home to the popular Buck-A-Shuck promotion, featuring fresh Vancouver Island oysters for $1 apiece, every day. Need a break from cooking? On Sundays, you can get a free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult entree.

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