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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 #187 of 1,084 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
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English first
Victoria
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The meal and the service was superb. Truly felt welcome from the start. My wife had the lamb meatballs and raved. I had their daily fish special tonight and found it fresh, beautifully presented and most of all scrumptious. We like to find diamonds in the rough and were tipped off by a locale who was right on in her... More

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
358 reviews 358 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
291 helpful votes 291 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
Senior Reviewer
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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