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Heron Rock Bistro

435 Simcoe Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
(250) 383-1545
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Ranked #161 of 1,087 restaurants in Victoria
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Canadian, Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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82% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Port Angeles, Wa.
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Nice little neighborhood modern food restaurant. (I had walked by it several times before and did not even notice it around the west side of the building.) We stopped for lunch, and found the food and service good. Manager checked up on us as well as the wait staff to see if we needed anything. Rather open, so can be... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My husband, daughter and myself visited the Heron Rock Bistro last week, having previously visited a month before and found that visit enjoyable so decided to eat there again assuming our second visit would be just as good. I do not like writing negative reviews but feel strongly enough to do so. I expected from the menu description of the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Our B&B host recommeded this restaurant for dinner. We stopped by to make dinner reservations and ended up staying for lunch instead. The burger was tasty. I have to admit I wasn't taken with the poutine but it was my first experience with it and wasn't sure what it was going to taste like. Next time I'll stick with the... More

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Belle Mead, NJ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Heron Rock Bistro is a gem hidden in the James Bay neighborhood of Victoria. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very good. I do not understand the recent negative reviews of this restaurant. The menu is not fusion - the food is pretty normal with salmon, mussels, steak, burgers, etc. This is clearly not a high end... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I'm old school. Chefs earn their stripes. Too many cooks trying to make their mark in Victoria and elsewhere mixing hot and cold on one plate, and weird combinations. And too many fusion combinations that aren't clarified on a menu. And too few young servers who don't understand 'classic' food and modern fusion food, and how to deal with customer... More

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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

So disappointed, this used to be a crisp well presented Bistro which now appears to have slipped into the Medium to Poor bracket. Took a group of friends that love to eat out when they are in town for their 6 month getaway for dinner and there was just nothing great about the food or the service, definitely off our... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Recommended by our nearby B&B, we had an enjoyable dinner (prime rib stroganoff, and salmon with spaghetti). The salmon was seared but not overcooked; the interior still moist. The stilton cheesecake was a nice finish; just enough tang to offset the blandness of many cheesecakes. Service was prompt and friendly. Worth visiting again.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We've just returned from a month in France, and the Heron Rock was able to hold its' own and impress us. From the exterior, it is unpretentious, and in the interior is in the style of authentic local dining. Everyone in our party of 6 was pleased. We all ordered a different dish, and everything arrived fresh, hot, and accurate.... More

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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

My fiancé and I discovered this lovely joint two years ago when we moved to james bay. We are now regulars attending jazz nights on monday nights and breakfast every time we can make it. The staff is top shelf and as knowledgeable as they are friendly! Andrew (the owner) has become a friend and always makes sure we are... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

When asked if there were any restaurants around that had live jazz, this place was recommended. I now know why. Great little find in James Bay area, which also happened to be very close to our hotel. First, we didn't have a problem being seated on a Friday night without reservations. We arrived around 7 and I noticed that it... More

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