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Heron Rock Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
James Bay
Bar, Canadian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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435 Simcoe St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4T4, Canada
+1 250-383-1545
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

It's a favourite anytime I want a really good meal. It feels comfortable, food great, an all around great experience!

Thank Natkayco1
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

Hidden away in James Bay Village this restaurant is real gem of a place. Don't be put off by the exterior as it is a lovely little restaurant with an excellent menu and delicious food cooked to perfection. I had the cheese and roasted garlic to start which I enjoyed so much I had again two nights later! Mains was... More 

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Campbell River, Canada
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85 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner with a friend last week. Not my first visit nor will it be my last. Very friendly staff. Great specials. Lovely location. Not the fanciest place but a very comfortable ambience. Very pleasing entertainment the night we were there (Monday). Food was great, wine was great and not rushed. Just a very pleasant evening.

Thank hutchx
Spring Hill, Florida
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179 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2015

Pleasant place that has more of a restaurant than pub feel. Dinner came with a small plate of herb bread and herb butter which was delicious. I ordered the chicken avocado salad. It was decent size with lots of delicious hot chicken and fresh greens. The dressing was delicious but the hard boiled egg on my salad was extremely salty.... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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92 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2015

My favorite lunch and dinner spot. I won't say it has the best food in town or even the best ambience but it has the both of these for me. I always feel comfortable here and I always enjoy my meal. The service is prompt and friendly, the booths are cosy, the artwork is beautiful and the prices are good.... More 

Thank trips2830
Vancouver, Canada
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1,614 reviews
778 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015

First time at this bistro which is located in the James Bay area! Did not need reservations, however for every customer leaving another would come to enjoy the experience. We went with the complete meal (appetizer/entree/dessert) which was very affordable. Staff were efficient & friendly plus the live jazz band was a bonus. Seafood chowder & creme brulle were the... More 

Thank sashakeena
Calgary, Canada
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2015

Victoria is a tricky place to dine in as there are certainly a number of tourist traps. We are lucky as we are from Calgary but have a place here, so we are out 3-4 times per year. This helps to give so perspective on the dining scene here. Heron Rock is in close proximity to our place and the... More 

Thank David P
Vancouver Island, Canada
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2015

My feel? The staff take the venue for granted due to the fact that there are hundreds up on hundreds of condos, housing and other type of living units in the vicinity of this restaurant. STAFF My waiter was male. 38+, if I had to guess. (which I just did) He wasn't that interested in making my experience a memorable... More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

After flying into town and finding our hotel, all we wanted was a nearby bite to eat. I'll be honest and say that we had low expectations for this local hangout but it was within walking distance so why not? SO glad we tried it as we were pleasantly surprised! Their happy hour appetizers were delicious and we'll priced (Mon-Thurs,... More 

Thank Megan J
Toronto, Canada
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2015

This was obviously a neighbourhood hang-out. We went for breakfast/lunch--lots of under 30's having breakfast, and a beer.; the crowd was a bit noisy. The food was so so, interesting mix of smoked gouda with potatoes, but the later weren't cooked through, and the dish was a failure. The menu looked ambitious and might be better when the place isn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Bar, Canadian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 435 Simcoe St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4T4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighborhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-383-1545

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?