Victoria’s fine-dining destinations

You don’t have to travel to Paris to have a true fine-dining experience; you can enjoy an upscale dinner, complete with a five-course meal and fine wine, right here at home. Victoria is a fine-dining destination with an excellent reputation – where talented chefs enjoy crafting delicious gourmet dishes from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Hotel Fairmont Empress

721 Government Street, VICTORIA, BC V8W 1W5

The Fairmont Empress is a grand, Chateau-style hotel, offering guests an upscale dining experience in their elegant dining area, The Empress Room. Guests can enjoy a gourmet meal with exquisite wine under romantic chandeliers and high, handcrafted wood ceilings. Executive Chef Morgan Wilson and Restaurant Chef Anthony Young craft a wide selection of delicious menu items daily, featuring organic, locally sourced or sustainable items wherever possible. The menu includes several gluten-free options and all cuisine is prepared without artificial trans fats.

The Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

The Butchart Gardens are famous for their well landscaped, stunning gardens and receive close to a million visitors each year. Guests, whether local residents or tourists from around the world, enjoy relaxing in the upscale dining room here. Large windows show off spectacular views of the pristine garden and diners enjoy a gourmet selection of local, seasonally inspired menu items. Most dishes are gluten-free. Guests can also enjoy an authentic High Tea experience from 12-3 pm daily.

Blue Crab Seafood House

146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4

Victoria would be incomplete without a gourmet restaurant serving local seafood. The dinner menu here features both “land and sea” items prepared with various savoury sauces, herbs and spices. Most items are gluten-free and there are several small plate options. Renowned Executive Chef Geoffrey Tintinger prepares daily specials using fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can take in the gorgeous harbourfront views, whether inside their sophisticated dining room or on their cozy patio. Blue Crab has an impressive selection of delicious BC wines to complement your meal.

Cafe Brio

944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V 3K2

Wine Access Magazine has added Café Brio to their Top 100 Restaurants in Canada list, and the prestigious Conde Nast Travel Magazine has provided a glowing review of the restaurant as well. They’ve also received the highest rating possible in several travel guides. Open seven nights a week for dinner, starting at 5:30pm, this popular spot offers a variety of international, high-quality seafood dishes in their Tuscan-inspired, rustic dining area. Brio is well known for their savoury salumi (Italian cured meats) and artisan desserts.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

680 Montreal St, Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8

Their chic, contemporary dining room and gorgeous patio provide guests with panoramic views of the waterfront. This idyllic setting creates a peaceful vibe, where guests enjoy a relaxed, upscale dining experience with family and friends. Conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from Downtown Victoria, AURA is a fine dining restaurant with a relaxed dress code, so you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and still enjoy a gourmet meal. Visit AURA for a delicious, hand-prepared breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. They only use seafood that’s recognized through the Ocean Wise program.

Camille Restaurant

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

Visit Camille’s for a romantic, fine-dining experience in downtown Victoria. Talented chefs prepare seasonally inspired menu items featuring local ingredients. The menu changes daily, depending on the season and availability, which provides a creative challenge to the chefs who whip up delicious entrees and appetizers no matter the ingredients. You can enjoy a five-course tasting menu or a selection of delectable appetizers and entrees in their candlelit dining room. Local artist Monte Saatchi serenades guests every Friday night from 6:30- 9:30 with his Spanish guitar.

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