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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 #119 of 1,075 Restaurants in Victoria
Price range: $14 - $21
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
Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the atmosphere at Padella; it was nice a private as if you were at home and yet still had feeling of being out somewhere nice. Server was really nice and knowledgeable. Almost everyone at our table ordered the gnocchi... except for me, and now I wish I had. My fettuccine was just a little bland and small... More

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Victoria, BC, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My wife, I and another couple went to this restaurant to celebrate our birthdays, all within a week of each other. It was a fitting celebration, as the food and service were excellent. It was perhaps the best pasta dinner I've had anywhere. I had the pasta special for the evening, which had chicken, mushrooms and spinach in a pesto... More

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San Jose, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant as recommended by our hotel in Victoria (Abigail's), about a $15 taxi ride including tip. We had a fabulous meal starting with their unique Caesar salad. Wife had the eggplant which was fixed without the usual tomato sauce, she said it was the best she ever had. I had the short rib, done to perfection, could cut it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Living up the road from Padella, I have had the pleasure of stopping by many times, providing the opportunity to try out a number of their dishes. Although I must say, I can never stray from the Caesar salad to start, it's the best Caesar I've ever had! Kyle and Zoe (the chefs) are the heart and soul of this... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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254 reviews 254 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We took a drive along the city’s coastline and eventually started to make our way back to the Inner Harbour area for dinner. Well a funny thing happened to us, we came across this small Italian bistro in a local neighborhood. We decided to stop and give it a try. We stopped and talked to a couple merchants on the... More

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Victoria, BC
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Thankfully, this restaurant has changed both owner and chefs since my previous post. The menu is more varied and interesting and we now have a neighbourhood restaurant that is much more appealing. We have visited twice in recent months and while there is still room for improvement in regard to both the service standard and the consistency of the food,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Service on a Saturday night was beyond slow. Even if the kitchen was overwhelmed that is no excuse for the wait staff to ignore us. We waited at least 30 mins between appetizer and main with no explanation until I finally asked. Our appetizers were slow to appear too and were not that good. Overall, a disappointing last dinner in... More

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Hamburg
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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128 reviews 128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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