We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Santiago's Cafe

James Bay
Soups, Central American, Mexican, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
660 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X2, Canada
(250) 388-7376
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

406 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 393: English reviews
Garland, Texas
Level Contributor
90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel was right by our hotel. So for convenience sake and the fact we love Mexican food we decided to give it a try. We each had a frozen margarita which was quite good and we shared chicken quesadillas - also quite good. The ambience was colorful and fun. Small little restaurant with personality. I recommend and would return.

Thank Haywhitmom
Level Contributor
98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to grab a quick lunch and ordered nachos and quesadillas. While the portions were mammoth, it was unnecessary since the food was barely edible. Try another spot if you want to eat happy.

Thank John W
Tallahassee, FL
Level Contributor
62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stumbled in here when the wait at Il Covo Trattoria was more than an hour and are we glad we did! We had the Vegetarian Enchiladas which were quite tasty. The prices are good and the service and décor were both pitch perfect. It was right around the corner from our B and B (the Albion-also HIGHLY recommended) so... More 

Thank TallyLassie100
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, they have downsized there menu, but it's still great food and great value. They still have the best Natchos in town, real chips, homemade salsa. Check out their happy hour Natcho deal, fantastic.

Thank debbies462
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a very scaled down eating place. kind of like the dining area at Target; it has absolutely no ambiance. Anyway, they do serve beer and margaritas. There is a limited Mexican food menu. Chips and salsa are served on your plate as part of your meal, not complimentary while you decide on what to order. I ordered the chimichanga;... More 

Thank jeanine c
Level Contributor
52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoy Mexican food. However, as I get older my tolerance for spicy food is getting troublesome. I had the Vegetable Burrito with Chicken. It was HUGE. Lots of corn and beans. Couldn't eat it all. They gave me extra sour cream and guacamole when I asked. The staff are great. It's a very busy place. Love the coffee. If... More 

Thank 206debn
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great little completely unpretentious little restaurant serving great Mexican food. It looks nothing from the outside, and the restaurant has plastic table clothes on the tables, but don't be put off - the food is really good and great value. The staff were friendly and very helpful. It's easy to find (Oswego street is just off one... More 

Thank Ann H
Chemainus, Canada
Level Contributor
90 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The breakfast and coffee was supurb. Benny eggs done perfectly, the sunny side up down perfectly the scrambled egg burrito perfect again. Amazing service and food. Can't go wrong here

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Santiago's while staying at a hotel nearby and everyone in our party of 12 really enjoyed this restaurant. It had a distinct Mexican feel and all the food was really authentic. Service was satisfactory and prices were actually very fair. The crayons and paper were a hit with the children in our group. Some reviews mentioned that... More 

Thank John_B154913
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once again they changed the menu and have taken everything good off the menu. No more mussels , curries , just a boring menu. The good news is lots of empty seats , no waiting.

1 Thank Les I

Travelers who viewed Santiago's Cafe also viewed

Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District
Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District
Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District
Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District
Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District
Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District

Been to Santiago's Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Soups, Central American, Mexican, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 660 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4X2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighborhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: (250) 388-7376

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Santiago's Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?