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Stage

1307 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1R9, Canada
250-388-4222
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Ranked #7 of 1,086 restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: European, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Stage is a small-plate restaurant and wine bar located across from the Belfry Theatre in Victoria’s trendy Fernwood neighbourhood. Stage supports local farmers, food artisans, and serves a variety of tapas-style dinner offerings. Options range from duck confit and crispy octopus to made-in-house sausage, vegetarian dishes and the city's largest cheese selection. The 55 seat restaurant's vibe is upbeat and funky while maintaining a classy and unique feel. Brick walls, reclaimed hardwood floors, hanging candles, and rotating local art, all combine to create a truly local Victoria experience. Stage has also won several awards including Top 10 new restaurant in 2005 by En Route Magazine and a Silver Medal at the 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival."winning over patrons from Fernwood and beyond"! - N.Y. Times
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Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

From retro cocktails to fine wines, to very, very well prepared small plates, Stage is a memorable dining experience. It is described as trendy, but it is friendly as well, and this, along with the quality of food sets it apart from other upscale eateries. You are made to feel welcome from when you walk in the door to when... More

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Calgary, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were recommended here by one of the staff in our hotel in Oak Bay. We ended up at Stage on two of our four nights in Victoria, it was SO good. We tried the lamb merguez sausage, the fried brussels, the edamame with garlic and chilli, the Sooke trout, the duck confit, the seared scallop risotto, the cider glazed... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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93 reviews 93 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner here but, frankly, have had much better small plate dinners elsewhere. That said, the olives were REALLY tasty, and we liked having the opportunity to taste so many local wines by the glass. We also enjoyed the an octopus special and the duck confit. Homemade pork sausage with a pierogi was just ordinary, however the pierogi... More

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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I can't say enough good things about this place. The service is excellent, the bartender awesome and the owner even comes and says hello. I love the wine list, all of which can be ordered by the glass and the small plates are excellent. My personal favourite is their roasted/fried? brussel sprouts. Who would have thought they could taste so... More

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Lodi, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We hiked from Downtown Victoria in search of great BC wines by the glass and creative small plates. Homemade sausage, in house smoked duck pastrami, handmade gnocchi...we couldn't say no. Very helpful and friendly staff, hip decor and well worth the walk from the harbour. Go!

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BC, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The concept of sharing small plates of different dishes means that you can taste most of the menu! The wine list is very comprehensive, with a wide choice of BC, and farther afield wines. The fried Haloumi cheese is, nice and salty , the mussels in curry coconut cream are divine, and the pork belly is decadent with a sweet,... More

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Port Moody, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Stage was recommended to us by our innkeeper at Abbeymoore Manor who knows we are foodies and enjoy good wines. Everything about this resto was fantastic except the noise level — we were quite unable to carry on a normal conversation, which for us is an essential part of good dining. The cellar here is impressive, with something for everyone... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

A trendy, upscale wine bar in a quiet neighbourhood just a few minutes outside the city centre with an exquisite variety of tasty small plates and wines, including B.C. wines. Service is cordial, yet not obsequious or rushed. (The bartender, who I do not believe served me on my first visit, nevertheless remembered me on my second visit and that... More

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Williams Lake, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Very good selection of food and excellent vines to choose. Atmosphere is nice but it is a little noisy, the acustic of the space is failing.

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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

My wife and I went for a romantic night out without the kids and decided to try Stage. Had been there once before many years ago for a work function. Pretty much everything about the evening was amazing other than the inability to make a reservation which lead to a 10 minute wait for a table. We decided to try... More

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