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

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Absolutely amazing.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
DRWINK1
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Vancouver, BC
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver, BC
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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
101 reviews 101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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262 reviews 262 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
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80 reviews 80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 19
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?