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Santiago's Cafe

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James Bay
Mexican
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660 Oswego St., Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X2, Canada
(250) 388-7376
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pretty good meal

Our family stumbled onto this place after a long day of sightseeing. It has a Mexican theme but also offers other cuisine choices (Thai, burgers, etc). The food was quite good aside for my son's burger. I had a bean burrito which was quite tasty. The service was just okay, not wonderful. We would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Cindy W
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  • Families with children
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

My partner and I dined here last night, before heading to the theatre. It is not a place to go for a romantic, leisurely dinner! It seemed like the wait staff were in a race to turn over the tables. The menu is an interesting mix of flavours - mainly mexican, but with a few Thai spiced items. My partner... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Our family stumbled onto this place after a long day of sightseeing. It has a Mexican theme but also offers other cuisine choices (Thai, burgers, etc). The food was quite good aside for my son's burger. I had a bean burrito which was quite tasty. The service was just okay, not wonderful. We would go back though.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here on a Friday night. The waitress didn't seem very happy to see us, and there were only 4-5 tables in the entire place- and they all had children at them. They cover the table in paper and have crayons at each table, so this is a great place to go with a family, but pretty horrible... More 

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Vancouver Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

There were four of us and we had the paella, which was excellent. It was more than enough for the four of us, so Paella for four including 3 pops came to under $55 for a lunch. This Monday they had their muscles on special at 10% off and their Margaritas were also on special. We will come again

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Kamloops, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Tried it for breakfast. Pleasant server. Food average, southwestern type breakfasts, ie. burritos. Nothing spectacular, but food was good.

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Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I stopped in for a late breakfast after arriving by ferry from Port Angeles. The food was great ( I had the breakfast burrito ) and the staff kept our coffee cups full! We had a lovely table by the window so you couldn't avoid watching people stroll by. It was crowded but clearly the food is... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great deals to be had at this eatery! We shared a pitcher of fresh made sangria and what was supposed to be Paella for two. Well the paella was enough for four adults! We had great service and the variety of food crossed many countries. Food was flavorful and the ambience was nice after a long day of sight-seeing!

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Pender Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Staff are attentive without being at your elbow all the time. Abobo beef may be ordered as adobo chicken if desired and is yummy. Black bean soup is delicious. Dessert list is enticing.

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Portland, OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I've eaten here several times and it has always been on my "must visit" list when I'm in Victoria. At our last visit, however, there was a very very long wait (45 minutes) and although we were a party of 3 I noticed several others being seated before us. I understand that as a customer I do not know who... More 

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Trinidad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

we had breakfast before catching the Black Ball Ferry back to Port Angeles. Food was good, the decor was fun. this is a restaurant with a Brazilian theme serving organic fare.

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Address: 660 Oswego St., Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X2, Canada
Phone Number: (250) 388-7376
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 660 Oswego St., Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighborhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: (250) 388-7376

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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