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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 #177 of 1,086 restaurants in Victoria
Price range: $15 - $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
Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
Senior Reviewer
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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4 restaurant reviews
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
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319 reviews 319 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
241 helpful votes 241 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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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Went for dinner with friends for our anniversary. This is a cozy, quaint place. The wine list is excellent, the service was attentive but not fussy and the food was fantastic. We ordered 4 different appetizers and four different entrees and all of the dishes were delicious. After being disappointed with a few new downtown restaurants that were much more... More

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Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We have eaten at Padella on several occasions and in several configurations: with friends, extended family, and in a couple of days for our anniversary. We LOVE a place which offers us a quiet, friendly, and attentive environment. Vincent understands the fine line between engaging and leaving you alone, and I have heard that other servers provide the same service.... More

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Victoria, BC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

... if this neighbourhood bistro had lived up to its promise? A reinvention (of the former Paprika Bistro), it just doesn't seem different enough. The menu is OK but not great. The food is OK but not great. The service varies. It would be more appealing if the menu offered greater variety, both in taste and price, and if the... More

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Victoria, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We went to Padella for the second time last evening and were again very happy with our dinners. There were four of us and all of us agreed that the quality was excellent and the food delicious. We had attentive and knowledgeable service in a lovely setting. The pasta is special--they make their own. We heartily recommend it and will... More

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