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“Fit for Royalty”
Review of Q at The Empress

Q at The Empress
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Ranked #71 of 1,310 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $65
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Q at the Empress, located in the most storied room in Victoria, is a must-visit culinary experience. The Pacific Northwest cuisine is based on regional ingredients, partnerships with local farmers and artisans, and utilizes our own chef’s herb and vegetable garden to ensure a fresh and unique meal. The wine list celebrates an excellent selection of the best of the Pacific Northwest and top vintages from around the globe. Relax with the best views in the city on our harbour facing Veranda. Steeped in the history of the Fairmont Empress but with a modern feel, Q at the Empress is the place to be on Vancouver Island. Our carefully curated menu features sustainably sourced seafood, traditionally raised meats and a wide variety of artisanal offerings.
Reviewed August 8, 2015

We opted for the Royal table and the tasting menu that goes along with it. Our server, Kirk, is also a certified sommelier and along with the chef produced an amazing feast that played on our palates and overjoyed us at every turn. This is truly spectacular high-end dining. The pacing was well balanced so as not to feel rushed, but quick enough that we were never lingering about wondering where our next glass or plate was. Portioned appropriately as well, we were definitely full after our six courses and accompanying wine pairings, but not overly stuffed as I've felt with other pairing course dinners. The Empress Dining Room gets my highest marks for creating a spectacular gastronomic experience that highlights the island's riches and beyond. Choose the Royal Table option, you won't be disappointed!

Date of visit: August 2015
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ManagerEmpress, Director, Operations at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. It was so nice to read your comments about Kirk and the fabulous dining experience you had. Our service and culinary teams take great care to ensure our guests are well taken care of and every need is met. I will be sure to share your comments with them. They are always so happy to hear from our guests. I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back on your next trip to Victoria.

Warm regards,

Cole Millen
Director, Operations

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Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Too pricey. Tea and food was average. Location was nice. Service was average. Consider other tea locations before deciding on this one.

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal here during our two night stay at hotel. Experienced the afternoon tea and was sadly underwhelmed, think being British it wasn't up to standard but this meal was superb. Guy, our waiter, was so attentive and friendly and meeting the chef to explain the dishes was also an added bonus. The food was prepared beautifully and tasted superb. I can say without hesitation that this was the best meal during our two week holiday throughout the Rockies and Vancouver

Date of visit: August 2015
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ManagerEmpress, Director, Operations at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2015

Dear Jayne,
Thank you for sharing your comments with us. It is so nice to hear that you had a most enjoyable meal in The Empress Room. I was happy to read that Guy took such great care of you and you had the chance to meet our Chef. I will be sure to share your comments with the team as they are always so happy to hear from our guests. I do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back on your next trip to Victoria.

Warm regards,

Cole Millen
Director, Operations

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Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had dessert and a glass of wine here. the service was excellent, food excellent, great place for romantic meal beautiful interior design

Date of visit: July 2015
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ManagerEmpress, Director, Operations at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2015

Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing your comments with us. I am happy that you joined us for dessert and a glass of wine. The Empress Room is a wonderful restaurant with a lot of history. I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back.

Warm regards,

Cole Millen
Director, Operations

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Reviewed August 5, 2015

great place for a meal or cocktail. to sit and take in the sights of the harbor and the grounds excellent customer service

Date of visit: July 2015
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ManagerEmpress, Director, Operations at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2015

Dear Guest,
It looks like you had a chance to dine in each of our establishments. It is always so lovely to read comments from our guests who had the complete Fairmont Empress experience. The Veranda is a fabulous place to sit down, relax and enjoy the view. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit us again.

Warm regards,

Cole Millen
Director, Operations

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