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“Fascinating find in Victoria.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legislative Dining Room

Legislative Dining Room
614 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
387 3959
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Ranked #38 of 1,086 restaurants in Victoria
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Hamilton, Canada
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“Fascinating find in Victoria.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

You will need photo id, exchanged at security for a pass, to gain access. Often but not allways one might need to reserve ahead. They serve breakfast and lunch. This "now being discovered" restaurant is in the basement of the BC legislature buildings in Victoria. The decor is a 1950's restoration of a turn of the century (Victorian) room. The food is quite adequate, from club house, to a roast, to hamburger and fries, it is licensed. A most interesting glimpse at the BC legislature!

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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco Bay Area
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“Terrific cafe in a very interesting location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Visit the Legislative Dining Room for excellent food at very reasonable prices! You will need your passport - this is a government building and you have to show ID. We visited the small gift shop and enjoyed some of the exhibits before going downstairs to the cafe. I think it is open only for breakfast and lunch.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lindsay, Canada
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

A visit to this dining room in the basement of the provincial legislature building is really a treat. The food is sensational and at the perfect temperature. The decor is excellent. The service was second to none (thanks, Christine.) The price was right. Check for times and make a reservation. We ate at many restaurants during our week in Victoria, but this lunch was the best dining experience we had.
P.S. Guys, don't miss the antique, marble urinals in the john down the hall.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Unexpected Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Entering the Legislative Buildings for lunch requires a piece of photo ID and a good sense of direction. Somehow, we found our way into the basement of the building, arriving at an elegant but small Victorian period fine dining room. When the Legislative Assembly is in session, the opening hours to the public are 11:30 to 1:00, otherwise you have time for a more leisurely lunch.

There is a daily fresh sheet along with the regular menu. The menu provides a good variety. You would be hard pressed to not be able to find something good to eat. The servers were attentive and experienced.

My meal was the daily special: tortilla soup and beef stirfry. The food was fresh and attractively presented, definitely appetizing, definitely chef prepared. The slightly smaller portions were matched by reasonable prices. Having room for dessert, I chose the chocolate cake with a touch of whipped cream and an artistic flourish of raspberry coulis which was a great choice. The wine list contained enough choices to please most palates.

There are some windows around the room but no actual view. The fun is in the novelty of the dining room and the enjoyment is in the expertly prepared dishes.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Modern food in a traditional setting at a great price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

Enjoy a free tour around the State Parliament building and then go here for lunch. You are asked for photo ID but we were let in with other ID. The menu is posted outside the building where the tours start and includes a mixture of salads, paninis and full meals. I had a bean soup and goats cheese salad, my husband had jerk beef, both of which were excellent. Service is excellent and there are linen tablecloths etc. We would have gone back again if we had been there longer.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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