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2524 Estevan Ave | British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 2S7, Canada (Formerly Paprika Bistro)
+1 250-592-7424
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 44
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  • 18
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  • 9
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Home-like, Relaxing Atmosphere - Food was OK

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2014
BurgerBillEh
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Victoria, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I dined at Padella Italian Bistro last nite and enjoyed it thoroughly. Cozy, unpretentious atmosphere, delicious food, friendly service and located in a quite Oak Bay neighborhood. We each had their feature salad, a mix of greens, hazelnuts and warm golden beets with an excellent variation of an Italian dressing. For our entree we shared the Finocchio... More 

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Victoria, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I work as a cook in Victoria, so I'm onto the restaurant scene. Going out to dinner for me is rare since I often work nights and, well, a cook in Victoria doesn't make much. My time and money are both very well spent dining in this wonderful restaurant. The food is simple, unpretentious Italian. The wine list is quite... More 

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had an early reservation at this upscale neighbourhood restaurant. We had been there often but it seemed to be loosing its appeal. Could have been the economic downturn. Last night we arrived and were enthusiastically greeted, shown to a table in the back room. The restaurant was full. There was a pleasant buzz in the air. We had our... More 

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Cobble Hill, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The other night, a friend took me and two others who shared the same week of Birthdays to Padella's. It was the second time I had been there and still exceeded expectations in a city where, they say, there are more restaurants per capita than anywhere in North America. With this perspective in mind and so much to choose from,... More 

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Vancouver, BC
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

My wife and I had the pleasure of eating at this small neighbourhood trattoria. From the arancini, crisp and molten, to the tender finochhio gnocchi, to Nona's meatballs and the ribs, everything was perfection. Chef Zoe didn't hurt us with her passion fruit panna cotta either. Jessica was a very pleasant a efficient waitress. We will be back.

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Since it was my husband's night to cook, we ate out. We had heard some good news about this little bistro in Estevan village and decided to have dinner there. What a blessing !!!! This is a great little place for a nice meal. It just so happened that it was Wednesday night and that is "wine Wednesday". You get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We can walk to Padella which is in Oak Bay, near Victoria, so we go there a lot. We always enjoy their wonderfully playful take on Italian cooking. But lately we have been going to their special wine dinners, always held on a Sunday, and they are truly very special. The trick is having people who are passionate about what... More 

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Victoria, BC
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We've now attended 2 wine tasters dinners and the thing that remains consistent is the excellent food. Chefs Kyle and Zoe's enthusiasm shows in the quality of the the food combinations. It is apparent that the freshest of local ingredients are sourced and used. We've also been to Padella for the regular menu and have always found that whatever we... More 

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2524 Estevan Ave | British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 2S7, Canada (Formerly Paprika Bistro)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-592-7424

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 23
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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