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“Amazing Views”

Blue Crab Seafood House
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Ranked #26 of 1,205 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $47
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, 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.
Uclulet
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing Views”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Went to this bar with my Brother Sister-in-law and 2 friends. They had fish and chips and I had a sea food platter. All lovely My mussels and clams were delicious as was the calamari.Mine was a sharing platter but I didn't do much sharing.

Massive windows overlooking the harbour.So much to see.Sea planes taking off and landing,little water taxis bobbing along and ferry boats coming and going. I would feel quite comfortable eating here on my own and watching the world go by.

Oh, Sorry company was good also. Great place.
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  • Visited August 2013
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“Love a culinary experience? This is it....”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We were amazed at the taste in every bite. The clam chowder was fresh and not heavy, the clams were tender, not chewy. The vegetables were interesting and perfectly cooked and the fish was at its prime. We will absolutely be returning to this restaurant!

Visited August 2013
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Good Morning,

Thank you so much for taking the time to find us on Trip Advisor and write such a great review. The Clam Chowder is a dish inspired by many. Hundreds of Chefs over the past 20+ years have added to this recipe a pinch at a time. A big shout out to all the talented food lovers whom we have had the pleasure of working with over the years.

We look forward to seeing you next time!
Kind Regards,
Heather
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Texarkana, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Seafood Dinner”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great seafood and service. The wait staff was very attentive. After browsing the online menu, I thought the menu was somewhat limited; however, we were surprised to find a well thought out specials menu and it hit the mark. Only wish we had saved room for desert.

We had an excellent view of the harbor from a window table.

  • Visited August 2013
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Good Morning,

Thank you for writing an excellent review about The Blue Crab Bar & Grill. We are happy to hear that the nightly feature sheet "hit the mark" as our Chefs spend much of their time being creative with the freshest ingredients we can find. Excellent Seafood is exactly what we are going for and we are thrilled that we gave you that experience.

Warm regards,
Heather
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great food with a spectacular view”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The view from this restaurant and lounge is amazing you really can't go wrong. I would return for this reason alone. However I was disappointed with the banquet style chairs and tables on one half of the restaurant, it didn't match the the fine dining experience that you would expect and cheapened it. This is an easy fix, they just need to get rid of these tables and chairs.

The food was great I can't complain. We had breakfast here and everyone in our group had excellent food. The waiter was really nice, the only complaint I had is that our coffee and water did not get refilled. Not a big deal though.

Prices are average for the downtown core.

Visited August 2013
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Good Morning,

The view here at The Blue Crab Bar & Grill is truly amazing. Wall to wall Ocean view is hard to beat. 7 years later and it still takes my breath away! We recognize the issue about the seating and are working with distributors to find the right solution for us. I look forward to posting some pictures of this progress over the upcoming months. A big thank you for taking time out of your day to write a review. Listening & learning from our guests is the best way us reach our goal.

Kind Regards,
Heather
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Grande Prairie, Canada
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“Not a breakfast spot!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We dined here for breakfast our first day staying at the Coast in Victoria. The eggs bennie was terrible and had to be sent back, the replacement meal not any better. The hostess was very polite and did not charge for this meal, she explained that they had a new chef who had not done breakfasts before?

Visited July 2013
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Heather P, Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Good Afternoon Rita,

Thank you for taking the time to find us on Trip Advisor and write a review. I am happy to hear that Lindsay (our AM Host) was very polite but that does not make up for our disappointment of your overall meal. I have sent you a personal message in hopes of talking about this issue further.

I will mention that we do indeed have a new Executive Chef. Our apologies that the messaging was that they had never cooked breakfast before.

Kind Regards,
Heather
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