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“Best Seafood Chowder and Crab Cakes in Victoria” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Crab Seafood House

Blue Crab Seafood House
146 Kingston St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1V4, Canada (Formerly Blue Crab Bar & Grill) (James Bay)
+1 250-480-1999
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Ranked #30 of 967 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $33
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: James Bay
Cross street: Montreal Street
Description: Frommer's International Guide calls the Blue Crab Seafood House, the "best seafood spot in Victoria". Blue Crab Seafood House has earned a reputation for excellence in seafood and West Coast Cuisine. The daily specials take advantage of the local catches for the freshest of ingredients. With an Ocean View from every table that is impossible to beat! Featuring Local Dungeness Crab & Giant King Crab. Very Celiac Friendly. Winner of the 2005 People's Choice Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2003 to 2012, the Blue Crab Seafood House offers a wide selection of Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest, and new world wines, including a selection of both favourites and hard to find wines. The lounge offers a casual atmosphere to go along with its menu. Local favourites include Vancouver Island Tuna Tacos, Halibut Fish & Chips & Thai Fish Pot.
Courtenay,BC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best Seafood Chowder and Crab Cakes in Victoria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Blue Crab is located in the Coast Hotel and sits on the water offering wonderful luncheo/dinner views of Victoria Harbor and the seaplanes that take off. Service is above average for a hotel restaurant and if you like either crab cakes or a seafood chowder you will not be disappointed. I have been sampling their food for over 20 years and it remains constant in quality. Their house wines are also very good and reasonably priced.

the best seats in the house is a table for two by the window near the bar. It is private and allows for a romantic luncheon.

Pls note the restaurant has two menus. the bar menu is better priced and is awailable if you ask for it no matter where they may seat you. enjoy!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear reviewer from Courtney,

Thank you for your support of The Blue Crab Seafood House. We are very lucky to have guests that have been loyal to us over the past 22+ years.

I also love the table you refer to in your review (#13). Feel free to reference it as we always try to accommodate special requests where ever possible.

We look forward to hosting you on your next trip down Island.
Heather
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Penticton, Canada
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36 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful Food, Great Server”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

By staying at the Coast Hotel we had a wonderful lunch in their restaurant the Blue Crab. It was certainly better than we expected for a hotel restaurant. Our table had a wonderful view of the harbour, the chowder was probably the best we had in Victoria and we could have enjoyed it even more if the serving was larger. The crab cakes were also very tasty. We also appreciated Darlene, our server, she was excellent with her friendly and very helpful approach to customer service. We will definitely be back on our next visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Kate,

Thank you for choosing The Blue Crab Seafood House on your most recent visit to Victoria. Breakfast/Lunch is one of our best kept secrets. The combination of food, service and view sets us apart from other choices in town. I am thrilled to hear that you were pleased with the service Darlene provided. She is an amazing person and that quality shines through in everything she does. We look forward to hosting you on your next visit.

Kind regards,
Heather
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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16 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Favorite Victoria place to eat. Always very good meal , service and view is beautiful I had a delicious halibut and scallops , wife had the king crab and her 93 year old dad had the salmon with prawns. Each meal was excellent and well presented .

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Murman3,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for The Blue Crab Seafood House. We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time with us and that we are your favourite! We look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,
Heather
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Moclips, Washington
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“Great food and wonderful view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Four of us had dinner at the Blue Crab during the Crab Fest and found it wonderful. The servers were attentive, the food was supberb, and the view - fantastic. It's one of my favorite places.

I noticed a bad review on this site. Unfortunately, that happens with 99% of restaurants - once in a while a bad meal is delivered and/or the staff are having an off day. I've been to this restaurant around 6-7 times and haven't had a bad meal. I'll be continuing to eat there, whenever I'm in Victoria.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Hello Shari,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It is so nice of you to stand up for people in the restaurant industry with such understanding and compassion. We are very grateful to have such loyal and kind regular guests here at The Blue Crab. We will continue to strive for perfection each day determined that it is possible and with a little help from our fans we might just reach 100%.

We look forward to hosting you on your next trip to Victoria.

Warm regards,
Heather
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Tavistock
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Food as beautiful as its setting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Best seafood restaurant I have ever been to. Minor let down to start as they had run out of tuna but that is actually a positive thing as it says to me that they don't keep frozen reserve stock like some places I could mention. So I opted for their signature crabcakes for starters (well it was their crabfest). Swapped 1 with a friend for 1 of their oyster cakes. Wonderful taste and texture that set me up for the best tasting seared salmon I have ever had. I was told it was locally caught wild Chinook or King salmon and it lived up to its name. Juicy, with a beautiful mid pink colour and although a stronger flavour than Scotish salmon it was a less fishy flavour that was complimented perfectly with the orange and fennel slaw. Little fork fulls were past around the table as everyone tried tasters of each others flavoursome delights. Lobster that hardley needed its shell broken to get the meat out from inside. A snap of a leg would reveal enough meat to give a gentle tug on for all the meat to come out cleanly like a mini lobster steak. Dressed crab that was so flakey and light it was like seafood snow and forget about scallops with chorizo! Try them with streaky bacon strips instead. The cheese cake to finish was a refreshing palette cleanser that brought this wonderful taste and texture experience to a close. These dishes were mouthfuls as beautiful as the waters that they came fresh from. Add to that the sides that complimented them and all cooked to perfection and you'll understand why this place has such a high reputation in the area. Prices are not for those on a tight budget but if you can afford it it is well worth every penny as you will remember the experience for a long time afterwards. I have never given a restaurant 4 noms before and this is the first that sets a new standard for my seafood restaurant reviews on my blog. I hope I'll be able to travel here again one day. :-)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear McDarcey,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a stunning review of your past experience with us here at The Blue Crab. We are thrilled that you and the rest of your party enjoyed your evening. It is true that we do sell out of items from time to time. Fresh product is a must and we do everything to assure our guests receive quality when they walk through our doors.

We are about to launch our new Harvest Menu this upcoming Tuesday (October 22nd) which will focus on as much local food as we can source. Our culinary team is excited to bring everyone the best that our island has to offer. I am not sure if you will manage to make it back to Victoria before November 30th but if you do, be sure to check it out.

Kind regards,
Heather
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