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Olo

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509 Fisgard Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3, Canada
+1 250-590-8795
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: OLO is where the community comes together to congregate for camaraderie...
OLO is where the community comes together to congregate for camaraderie and the comfort of a good meal. While many restaurants boast about their farm-to-table philosophies, OLO executive chef and owner Brad Holmes knows relationships are forged over food. He fills OLO's kitchen with quality B.C. Ingredients, such as island-raised beef, fish plucked straight from nearby waters, and produce tenderly grown by our local farming friends. Each incorporated ingredient is purchased directly from OLO's hard-working neighbours who produce beautiful food with great care. Nestled in the heart of Victoria, B.C.'S bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, OLO pays homage to the region's trade hub roots. The word "Olo" translates to "hungry" in Chinook Jargon, a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. Just as the Pacific Northwest was a gathering place for traders hawking their wares in pioneer days, OLO celebrates Cascadia's role as a cultural melting pot by serving as a hub for neighbours to gather and break bread. The bar program highlights the region's bounties with an impressive list of B.C. Distilleries, breweries and wineries, as well as rare Canadian and American whiskies. The beer selection includes varieties brewed throughout the province, the Cascades and established Old World master breweries, with additions from the Pacific Northwest and Europe. Three select taps of award-winning Driftwood beer, crafted here in Victoria, are also featured for parched guests. The thoughtfully curated wine list focuses on small-batch producers showcasing the best vintners the Okanagan and Vancouver Island have on offer. Perfectly mixed cocktails showcase local producers and ingredients, and boast a variety of whimsical infusions from foraged botanicals, shrubs from house-made vinegars, and healthful tonics to island spring water. OLO's creative cocktail list is split into six categories, including Solera Barrel Aged Old Pal, Shrub & Vinegars, Sorbet & Sparkling, Childhood Favourites, Local Showcase and Flavoured Ice beverages. The dining area's design reflects the agricultural history of Canada with a playful modern twist, cultivating a warm yet lively atmosphere. With farmhouse-inspired elements such as rustic post and beam construction, cedar-clad walls, a wall of preserves, living herbs and wheat grass growing in the dining room, OLO feels familiar while always offering fresh tastes for locals hungry for more than just a meal.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice restaurant in Chinatown

Quite a nice restaurant in Chinatown. The tunasalad was good as was the salmon. Good service. The size of the dishes was OK but not enormous; for large eaters it may be insufficient. Great coffee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Quite a nice restaurant in Chinatown. The tunasalad was good as was the salmon. Good service. The size of the dishes was OK but not enormous; for large eaters it may be insufficient. Great coffee.

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, creative food choices - salmon on tomatoes, noodle soup, fried semolina cubes - but so many servers, so little service! Servers moving about with great concentration and intent - just not actually dealing with customers. The hostess did most of the work (delivering food to tables, refilling water glasses, taking orders). But if you're not in a rush -... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We decided to take a little risk and bring our family and friends here for their visit in town. We had read great reviews on several sites, and we liked their focus on healthy local fare and dishes. The experience exceeded our expectations, and it was a hit for the whole party! We would definitely come back with other guests.... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great contemporary cuisine with fresh and locally produced ingredients and an extensive wine selection. The dishes are created in an unique way so that you enjoy the full flavours from all the ingredients

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great find in Victoria. Wonderful flavours and fresh food. We both had seafood dishes and were not disappointed. Portion sizes are not huge but we got a portion of the cornbread (divine!) and a side salad on recommendation from our server and were nicely full but still had room for a gorgeous dessert. Very friendly staff, especially shawn at the... More 

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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The food was amazing and the service staff was awesome. Great wine selection. Highly recommend the appetizer sampler

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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had the three course menue and it was fabulous! The chef made us taste a little bit of everything - drinks and dessert not included. The atmosphere is nice and cosy and the service is great! Make sure you make a reservation because it's a pretty small restaurant.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I am from Sydney, Australia where we take our food seriously but prices are also serious. The meal we had tonight at Olo was top quality, locally sourced but at really reasonably prices. I've been visiting Vancouver and Victoria for a week and this is the best meal I've had yet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

During our three night stay in Victoria, our best meal was had at Olo. We knew this was a place for us as we love the farm to table food concept. We were scheduled for a 6PM whale watch tour (fantastic trip with Eagle Wing) earlier in the evening so booked a 9:45 table for four. We were delayed getting... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I love everything about this place! Service and atmosphere are top notch and the food and cocktails are creative, fresh and fun. Can't wait to go back!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 509 Fisgard Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 250-590-8795

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Description

OLO is where the community comes together to congregate for camaraderie and the comfort of a good meal. While many restaurants boast about their farm-to-table philosophies, OLO executive chef and owner Brad Holmes knows relationships are forged over food. He fills OLO's kitchen with quality B.C. Ingredients, such as island-raised beef, fish plucked straight from nearby waters, and produce tenderly grown by our local farming friends. Each incorporated ingredient is purchased directly from OLO's hard-working neighbours who produce beautiful food with great care. Nestled in the heart of Victoria, B.C.'S bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, OLO pays homage to the region's trade hub roots. The word "Olo" translates to "hungry" in Chinook Jargon, a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. Just as the Pacific Northwest was a gathering place for traders hawking their wares in pioneer days, OLO celebrates Cascadia's role as a cultural melting pot by serving as a hub for neighbours to gather and break bread. The bar program highlights the region's bounties with an impressive list of B.C. Distilleries, breweries and wineries, as well as rare Canadian and American whiskies. The beer selection includes varieties brewed throughout the province, the Cascades and established Old World master breweries, with additions from the Pacific Northwest and Europe. Three select taps of award-winning Driftwood beer, crafted here in Victoria, are also featured for parched guests. The thoughtfully curated wine list focuses on small-batch producers showcasing the best vintners the Okanagan and Vancouver Island have on offer. Perfectly mixed cocktails showcase local producers and ingredients, and boast a variety of whimsical infusions from foraged botanicals, shrubs from house-made vinegars, and healthful tonics to island spring water. OLO's creative cocktail list is split into six categories, including Solera Barrel Aged Old Pal, Shrub & Vinegars, Sorbet & Sparkling, Childhood Favourites, Local Showcase and Flavoured Ice beverages. The dining area's design reflects the agricultural history of Canada with a playful modern twist, cultivating a warm yet lively atmosphere. With farmhouse-inspired elements such as rustic post and beam construction, cedar-clad walls, a wall of preserves, living herbs and wheat grass growing in the dining room, OLO feels familiar while always offering fresh tastes for locals hungry for more than just a meal.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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