Greater Victoria weekend brunches

Victorians are avid brunch fans; the city’s trendiest spots sport long lineups as they vie for your appetite with creative menus and stellar service. Gathering with family and friends after a hectic week? Looking to refresh and refuel after a hike on the famous Galloping Goose Trail? Whether it’s edgy cuisine or tried-and-true classics, this brunch-spot list has you covered.

Sunnyside Cafe

101-1234 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3N8

Not quite as well known as its list mates, Sunnyside Café serves brunch to match the big guns. This casual little eatery, tucked under a cycle shop, serves all-day breakfast favourites from traditional bacon and eggs to huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. The Saxe Point Benny (wild salmon, capers and hollandaise) is a must. Place your order at the counter and take a number to your table so your server knows where to find you, or perch at the window counter to people watch.

Jam Cafe

542 Herald St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S6

Featured on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here, long lineups at the homey, rustic Jam Café are guaranteed on weekends but worth the wait. Innovative, quirky breakfast offerings are Jam’s hallmark; sample the chicken ’n’ waffles or the red velvet pancakes. Daily specials such as mango pineapple cheesecake French toast keep things interesting for the regulars, and big appetites will appreciate the Charlie Bowl: crumbled biscuit, hash browns, diced ham, green onions, cheddar and sausage gravy topped with two sunny side eggs.

Shine Cafe

1320 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2J1

This family-owned business focuses on local suppliers for coffee, tea, bread and eggs. Its hearty fare includes dishes such as Scottish breakfast with black pudding and Polish eggs Benedict served on perogies.The dining room is bright and sunny with friendly service and that essential key to a good brunch — the bottomless coffee cup. There’s a second location uptown that’s a little less roomy, but otherwise just as delish.

The Blue Fox Cafe

101-919 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V 3K3

If you want to hang with the cool kids you visit the hip, happening Blue Fox. It’s busy and loud, but plate glass windows and high ceilings keep it from feeling overcrowded. Healthy options for the active West Coast lifestyle include breakfast salad, or go for something more decadent like the Apples Charlotte French Toast. For a one-two punch breakfast cocktail, try the iced Russian coffee (vodka, Kahlua and a double shot of espresso).

John's Place Restaurant

723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9

The Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here loved John’s Place, and so it should, what with solid brunch meals such as Yankee corned beef hash and English breakfast. There’s a bit of whimsy, too, in offerings like French Toast Erotica, and Bat out of Hell Meatloaf and Egg. Ogle the autographed celeb shots on the wall, or listen to the jukebox while dining. John’s has a cozy, family atmosphere — if you come in by yourself, you won’t be alone for long.

Floyd's Diner

866 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1L8

Elvis and Marilyn Monroe are at Floyd’s. Their portraits that is, along with other nostalgic diner-days memorabilia. The menu offers diner dishes with quirky names like Listen To Me When I’m Talking (eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, potatoes and toast). If you’re feeling adventurous, order the signature Mahoney and put yourself in the cooks’ hands. They’ll whip up whatever they see fit, and you can flip a coin to pay double or nothing if you’re feeling lucky. Not that brave? Try the pancakes with house-made bourbon maple syrup.

The Beach House

5109 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria, BC V8Y 2K1

Plan to linger over brunch at the Beach House. Big picture windows and waterfront patios ensure there’s not a bad seat in the house to take in the ocean view. The menu is small but varied, with a number of standard à la carte items with which to customize your plate. Add a fruit cup to baked oatmeal with fresh berries or sausages to your Belgian waffles. See the iron fish sculpture over the bar? That’s a 1940s whisky bottle in its belly, salvaged from the dining room’s former dancehall days.

Business lunch isn’t always about meeting customers. Sometimes it’s about kicking ideas around during a casual lunch with colleagues. And a nicely priced meal in a sociable setting will do wonders for your productivity. Victoria has plenty of office-retreat eatery options. The common denominator in our list is fast, friendly service that gives you plenty of time to refuel and recharge before you’re back to the daily grind.
Victoria earned the unofficial title of Canada’s craft beer capital in 1984, when archaic BC liquor laws were overturned, allowing Spinnakers to become the country’s first brewpub. It was once illegal to serve beer in the same building where it was brewed, but thankfully this is no longer the case. With quality brewpubs and plenty of local taps, Victoria is the place for microbrew aficionados to raise a pint.
Afternoon tea dates back to 1840 England; Victoria, with strong historical ties to the British Motherland, upholds this tradition in fine style. But don’t believe it’s all stuffy, prim and proper – afternoon teas are becoming popular as children’s birthday parties. Whether you’re looking for a casual place for a light meal, or a more formal spot to impress your mother-in-law, this list has you covered.
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