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Padella Italian Bistro

2524 Estevan Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 2S7, Canada (Formerly Paprika Bistro)
250-592-7424
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Ranked #175 of 1,086 Restaurants in Victoria
Price range: $14 - $22
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Hamburg
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Real Italian dishes in Victoria. Small menu = indicator for good quality. Got a table with 5 and no reservation as staff was really flexible. Enjoyed the excellent hand made pasta. Tested fish, veal and pasta in three visits. All of them very convincing. Desserts offer slight room for improvement, if you compare to really good Italian restaurants in Italy.... More

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Italian is our favourite cuisine, and Padella is the best place for it in Victoria. This cosy restaurant is in a quiet neighbourhood with free and easy parking. The three rooms are small but comfortable, and staff are friendly. But it's really all about the food. Padella takes a west coast twist to traditional Italian, and the short but interesting... More

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Victoria
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have been here a few times now. Very good Italian place. The service is a bit off sometimes, but the wine list and small dinner menu is perfect. Portion sizes vary - even from plate to plate. We had two orders of gnocci and they were noticeably different portion sizes. Prices are very good. Lots of choose from on... More

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The meal and the service was superb. Truly felt welcome from the start. My wife had the lamb meatballs and raved. I had their daily fish special tonight and found it fresh, beautifully presented and most of all scrumptious. We like to find diamonds in the rough and were tipped off by a locale who was right on in her... More

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Victoria, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I had good food at this restaurant. it started with a chilled asparagus soup, and while the waiter seemed to think chilled soup odd, and felt compelled to explain it to us it was very good, and very asparagus tasting. Pretty darn good.My pasta with asparagus and smoked salmon was very good. Everyone else enjoyed their choices as well. There... More

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Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I've finally found it! The perfect restaurant for my tastes. Close to home. Excellent service. Chic and friendly atmosphere and consistently excellent food so artfully presented. All their ingredients are fresh and local when available. I have been back many times and never been disappointed. I won't be going anywhere else. Why would I risk it when I've found the... More

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Sechelt, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Every time we visit Victoria we try to have at least one meal at this delightful restaurant. Reservations are definitely recommended as the word is out ... reasonable prices, great food and superb service. Everything is prepared on site and one is instantly reminded of dining at a small neighbourhood restaurant in Italy. Dishes arrive piping hot, beautifully presented and... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
Top Contributor
358 reviews 358 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

It's Saturday night, the place is packed and it's out of control. Our waiter is young, friendly, eager to please but overwhelmed. The first rule on a busy night is to at least welcome the guests and get their drinks order in to the bar. We sat for fifteen minutes hopefully casting about for some sign of service. It took... More

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Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We liked the Paprika Bistro and decided to try for the first time. I like the cozy feel and the staff were excellent. I can only speak for myself but I was disappointed with the meal. I had the Linguine with smoked salmon and asparagus in a lemon cream sauce. The portion was small as you would expect in fine... More

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Victoria, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My DH and myself just returned from Padella's Valentine's dinner (day 2, as it's the 15th today). Everything was beautifully prepared, the dishes we chose from the set menu were nothing short of perfect (shitake mushroom as a main is a tricky one to pull off; paired with risotto with a crispy top and sitting atop a layer of tender... More

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