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“Consistently Amazing”

Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar
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Ranked #30 of 1,205 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $23
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Featuring the Mediterranean flavours of Italy and Spain, views of the inner harbour and an intimate summer patio
Victoria, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Consistently Amazing”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Have been several times and am always amazed at the quality of the food. They seem to make everything from scratch and you can taste the love. Try out the ever-changing lunch specials!!!

  • Visited January 2014
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Victoria, Canada
1 review
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“Fantastic restaurant!”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I've eaten here three times now and each time I've been impressed with the food quality, menu selection, and drink choices. They offer great quality product for a fair price and the kitchen always has some amazing features on offer. Service has been professional each time and I can't wait to take my wife here!

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Lionel M
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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Off the chart delicious”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I have been to Catalano's at least five times in the last two months and have been thoroughly impressed with the food and service. The menu is to die for, you can't go wrong with an array of small dishes to choose from, as well as a variety of entrees. I would classify this restaurant as a fusion between Italian and Spanish cuisine. Our last experience was this past Saturday, our server Kyla lead us through a food journey that was unforgettable. This place exceptional and if your in downtown Victoria it's a must to check out.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank bigdaddyvictoria70
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Poor service, mediocre food”
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

This was our second time at this restaurant, and once again the service was slow. They seem to be under staffed and/or don't have the right leadership on the floor.

We ordered from the pre-fix menu on New Years Eve and they made a number of mistakes: Food was cold; appetizers brought in the wrong order; brought the wrong wine pairings on one occasion; steak was not made to order; and overall it was slow.

They won't get a third chance from us as there are so many other restaurants in Victoria.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Paul-T-Canada
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Catalano C, Manager at Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Paul T were extremely sorry to hear you had such a poor experience with us and are doing our best to improve on the points you have mentioned, i sincerely hope you will give us the chance to serve you again in the near future all the best in the new year Kind regards Chef Aaron
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Victoria, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Average but great drink menu”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Catalano was just okay - there was something off with each thing we ordered.

Salumi and Cheese Board - Gorgonzola was the only cheese on the board. I don't mind Gorgonzola but to have it as the only cheese was disappointing (and strange). The crostinis tasted like they came out of a box.

Pappardelle - The pasta was incredible and overall, this dish was delicious. The only issue was that the pancetta wasn't rendered enough so it was still fatty and chewy. The short rib meat was tender and tasty but I expected that it would have come on the bone. Overall, the presentation was lacking.

Crispy Skin Rockfish - the fish was amazing; perfectly cooked. The thing that was weird with this dish was catalan style kale - it was really sweet and tasted like a dessert on the plate.

The drink list is substantial and one of the best I've seen. The only problem is that the bar staff are not well versed on the products.

Overall, I would rate this restaurant as mediocre in a city with some really great options.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank MelZim
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Catalano C, Manager at Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for the review i am glad you enjoyed the tender short rib sorry it was off the bone:) and the rock fish is one of my favorites i am glad we cooked it perfectly for you, i realize you found the Calalonian Kale to sweet for your taste as it has raisins in it and the sherry brown butter also has some sweetness to it. please let me know next time your in as i can prepare the dish a little more savory for you and were adding another cheese to the salumi board on your advice wish you all the best and hope to see you again in the new year
kind regards
Chef Aaron
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