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“Cozy atmosphere, delicious food.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Zanzibar

Cafe Zanzibar
1164 Stelly's Cross Road | corner of West Saanich Road and Stelly's Cross Road, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1C3 , Canada
250-544-1475
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Cuisines: Canadian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Victoria, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Cozy atmosphere, delicious food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I had the 'Half platter' at lunch which consisted of falafell, greek salad and a bowl of muligitawny soup, pita and tzatziki. It was fabulous! Only $11!! Our friendly server Aly was attentive and quick. Go early for lunch as it gets pretty busy!

  • Visited May 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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  • English first
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English first
Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Funky surroundings, great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This place is busy all the time...arrive early. Lunch specials are interesting and delicious, Good selection of local beers.
My favourite for lunch is the Muligatany soup (A large bowl comes with bread and only cost 8.95). It is full of meat and make a great meal.

  • Visited March 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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Saanichton
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service! Well done!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This was a Christmas luncheon for our CFUW charitable group. The food and service were great. We wanted a resonable price, as we like our money to go to the scholarships and bursaries for which we fundraise. Toni worked with us to provide appealing prices, while not compromising service and quality.

  • Visited December 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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Kamloops, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“What a Find!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Driving around the Brentwood Bay (Victoria) area, we decided to grab some lunch. We stopped and asked some locals where to go and the unanimous answer was "The Zanzibar", so we took their advice. It's kind of a funky looking place from the outside, and surprisingly, it continued the them inside...nothing fancy, but clean and inviting. You don't often find North African cuisine, especially in a small town so we gave it a try. I had the Sahbi Lamb burger...a spiced lamb patty with apricot relish and Minted Mayo....absolutely excellent and a great choice for any lamb lover. Prices were not cheap, yet reasonable for a specialty restaurant such as this. After looking at the dinner menu, we decided to return for dinner.. It was a Tuesday and when we phoned, they were completely booked for the evening. A great combination of interesting menu items and great tasting food apparently is working for them in this location. We'll be back.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, decent food, pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I went out for dinner here with my husband and daughter. We made reservations which was good as it was quite busy when we arrived. The service from start to finish was friendly and professional but the food was extremely slow in arriving. The menu is relatively small but eclectic and original. I found lots of choice. I didn't think the prices were high when looking at the menu however I could see why the other reviewers noted this when the dishes arrived. They were extremely small portions. Usually in other restaurants, small portions are associated in my mind with superior quality. The food was quite tasty but not gourmet or exceptional - there seemed no reason to justify the prices. The wine by the glass on the other hand did seem very reasonably priced for the quality and quantity served. Lots of atmosphere but it is odd to have to go outside to access the washrooms. Overall it was good but since it is out of our way, we probably won't be rushing back for another visit.

  • Visited February 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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