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Padella Italian Bistro

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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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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good local spot - excellent kitchen

I am told that the chefs have been here a good while - a couple of traditional folks that use fresh ingredients and change up the menu smartly as the seasons change. I am also told that relatively new ownership interests have revitalized the staff and vibe of the place. I think all of this is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Volenti
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Vancouver Island, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Victoria, BC, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I am so impressed with what the chefs are doing in the limited space they have. You'd never know how small that kitchen is, given the fabulous food coming out of it! These folks are passionate and it shows. Amazingly fresh and creative menu - yet simple, because you don't need fancy when everything tastes this good. The wine list... More 

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Vancouver Island
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Took a friend here last night for a belated birthday dinner. Everything we ordered was fresh and fabulous. Luke, Our waiter was charming, the ambiance was intimate and the art intriguing, but the food captured MOST of our attention. Eggplant fries, so incredible! Worth the visit!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I am told that the chefs have been here a good while - a couple of traditional folks that use fresh ingredients and change up the menu smartly as the seasons change. I am also told that relatively new ownership interests have revitalized the staff and vibe of the place. I think all of this is true, based on my... More 

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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Our expectations are always exceeded with Zoey and Kyle at the helm. We love the cosy and friendly atmosphere in Oak Bay. The chefs take great care in preparing each meal and it shows. We are very fortunate to have Padella in our neighbourhood. Don't miss this restaurant.

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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
72 helpful votes 72 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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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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