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Victoria Harbour House Restaurant

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607 Oswego Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4W9, Canada
(250) 386-1244
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4:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rocking the Oldies

Sure, its menu dates from the late 1950's, but it includes popular fine-dining classics done well. We shared the table-made ceasar; she had escargo and grilled asperagus; I had lemony seafood cream in puff pastry. We had different desserts. The service was attentive, but not hovering. All orders... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Seattle, WA
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Edmonton, Canada
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was our second and third time at this restaurant and I am still not impressed. We ate there our first night in Victoria and I had the seafood linguine. Not very good in my opinion. The seafood seemed bland, small and not very fresh. The sauce was muddied. Our next meal there, we both had the salmon and it... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we made the mistake of dining here before reading the reviews - our mistake to be sure. Over 25% of the reviews rate this restaurant as Average or below and our experience was much the same. The French onion soup was below par and the Osso Buco was one of, if not the worst, Osso Buco I have ever... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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113 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great view while having dinner and the wait staff was very helpful with my wife's gluten issue. Food was good, fast and the drinks were awesome.

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Hull England
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70 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited as it was next door to our hotel and we were hungry. I I had the days special of steak and lobster and my wife had the local sole. Well cooked good attentive service .

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The Osso Bucco was a gross misrepresentation where they substituted an inexpensive piece of beef shank for a veal shank. The chewy texture of the meat was something that you could expect in a soup and nothing like what veal in an Osso Buuco should have been. The waiter said beef is veal and I didn't persue it, not wanting... More 

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Seattle, WA
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Sure, its menu dates from the late 1950's, but it includes popular fine-dining classics done well. We shared the table-made ceasar; she had escargo and grilled asperagus; I had lemony seafood cream in puff pastry. We had different desserts. The service was attentive, but not hovering. All orders were correct and served in the right order. I was offered a... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Service ok. Ordered the lobster bisque, and a tenderloin steak, medium. My husband ordered the steak Oscar, medium. My soup was barely warm, no lobster to speak of, and no spice. Main course came and I cut into my steak and it was "blue rare". My husband cut into his and the same. We listened to the table behind us... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

June 11, 2015: Harbour House restaurant, while unassuming from the exterior, is always a wonderful and delicious experience. After a disasterous dinner at Vic's restaurant the previous night, we got a delicious meal, with bread and butter, and steaks cooked to perfection. The soups --lobster bisque and French onion -- were divine. We received impeccable service from Bob, who has... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Trying to not be unfair, but the food was distinctly average and what you might expect on the sea front in an english sea-side town. Perhaps we just chose wrong. Caters for coach parties. Seemed a bit dingy. My wife was fairly sure there was congealing butter on her plate, despite being very clear about 'no dairy' (allergy). We didn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We spent an enjoyable evening with an excellent waiter. The food tasted good and made with great passion. We had salamon with a home made BBQ sauce, rice and vegetables. The sauce was a little too much brown sugar and tasted sweet, but that is only my personal opinion. For those who like well dressed servers and a good servic... More 

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Additional Information about Victoria Harbour House Restaurant

Address: 607 Oswego Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4W9, Canada
Phone Number: (250) 386-1244
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 607 Oswego Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4W9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighborhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: (250) 386-1244
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm

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