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John's Place Restaurant

723 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9, Canada (Downtown)
(250) 389-0711
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Ranked #31 of 1,073 restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Regina, Canada
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Our party of three stumbled upon John's Place for an early dinner and remembered about the place watching The Food Network, so we figured that we had to try it. The ambiance is fun and eclectic, service was friendly if a little spaced out at times, but the effort was definitely there. We started off with a poutine appetizer which... More

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12chef, Owner at John's Place Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm very sorry for the mishap. You shouldn't have been served mashed potatoes with butter chicken, it was only a 12 minute wait for rice but you were not advised. That recipe comes from Rawinder, who is from New Delhi and has worked for me for 15 years. It is a little milder than some are accustomed too! I'm glad... More

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My partner and myself are from the UK and so are very familiar with brunch and the full English breakfast. Johns place came in high regard from friends and online reviews so we popped in one morning. From the moment we entered until we left we were given nothing but fantastic service. Our servers name was Deborah who was fantastic... More

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British Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We heard about the meat loaf at John's Place. I never order meat loaf when I dine out but a chef on TV said it was the best ever meat loaf. It's a must try. It is the BEST.

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We were in town for a National sporting event and it is always challenging finding a place that will cater to large groups...John's Place accepted our reservation a couple of weeks before and followed up the day before. Everything was set up for us (30 ppl) and ready when we arrived. The service was fantastic and quite speedy for the... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Can not remember since when I became a regular breakfast place for John's place. We almost go to there every month, their food is always fresh and good. I really enjoy the Sunday morning time with my favorite burger and newspaper.

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Victoria, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Some of the best burgers Ive ever had. Place is in a league of its own as far as its "Diner" grub soups,sandwiches and burgers BUT and this is a BIG but Breakfast goes until like 2 and you cant get real food til then, I love a good sleep in as much as anybody but c'mon is the place... More

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12chef, Owner at John's Place Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there, Sorry, You must have been in on the weekend. We serve breakfast until 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays and dinner from 5-9pm. On weekdays you can get a burger from 11am until 9pm. I'm glad you enjoyed them, thank you John More

Victoria
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We went for dinner before a play at mcPherson Playhouse. We were looking for a quiet dinner for a foursome and found we could not carry on a conversation because of the noise level. The menu is rather limited but very good. There should not be any complaints on the service.

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great restaurant with a funky flair. The food is great and the portions are very large and the menu is as varied as the clients. We loved our meal and we loved the restaurant.

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Victoria, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Fun atmosphere, friendly staff, good food. What more could you ask for? No reservations so if you go on a weekend for breakfast or brunch you may have a wait, but it's worth it!

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Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great place for a traditional breakfast or lunch. Expect it to be crowded. This isn't a tourist trap. You'll eat with lots of locals, staff from City Hall, cops, business men and women. There's nothing fancy just plenty of good hot food.

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