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“Beautiful view, fun jazz....average food”
Review of Vista 18

Vista 18
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Ranked #133 of 1,186 Restaurants in Victoria
Price range: $23 - $37
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Grill, Canadian
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Fairfield Rd
Transit: 1/2 block from Vista 18 is Douglas Street which is one of the main routes for our transit system. Some of the main routes with stops here are 1, 2, 2A, 4, 7, 7N, 21, 27, 28, 30, 31, 70 and 75. For full details, please visit www.bctransit.com
Description: Located on the 18th floor of Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, Vista 18 Westcoast Grill and Wine Bar takes dining with a view to the next level. Guests are treated to a regional dining experience where they can sample the best that the area has to offer, while taking in the view of Victoria's bustling Inner Harbour or the Juan de Fuca Strait and Olympic Mountains. Come enjoy the live music in our lounge on Friday and Saturday nights while sampling martinis and small bites; or come for a delicious dinner in the restaurant. Our menu features fresh, seasonal cuisine prepared by our talented culinary team. Complement any experience with wine from our extensive list featuring many offerings from Vancouver Island and B.C. wine regions. Vista 18 is a dining experience not to be missed.
North Vancouver
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful view, fun jazz....average food”
Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

4 adults. Service was friendly and efficient. Caesars and martini were great. One person tried the 3 course tasting menu for 35$. She had spotted shrimp lettuce wrap (good), sweetbreads with grilled peaches (good) and rabbit confit (just ok...and the spinach it came with was inedible). Next person had yam soup (he felt it was too sweet)... I tried it and thought it was pretty good but not great. He also had the sweetbreads. Next person had sirloin steak with potatoes and veggies ( good). I had Dungeness crab and shrimp stuffed sole in a (weird) snap pea soup/sauce. It was pretty good...nothing to write home about. We ordered 2 desserts. Cheesecake with blueberry balsamic topping. (I thought the balsamic blueberries were horrible and ruined the whole dessert...but 2 others didn't mind it...would have preferred without). I had the creme brûlée sampler...way too sweet and I didn't care for the flavour combinations (chocolate was good but the cherry port and lavender honey were not so good. I would like to see traditional creme brûlée on the menu). Be aware ... All portions from appies to desserts are smaller which is fine with me...but some might not like this.

Visited August 2013
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BC
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“60th Birthday”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

First time at the Vista 18 restaurant which is situated on the top floor of the Chateau Victoria Hotel with lovely panoramic views of the City. Three course meal, mussels, entrée and sweet.
We shared the mussels and chose two different sweets, half each. Best sweet I have had in ages since we left the UK. The entrees were top notch as well.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thorold, Canada
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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good food and great attentive service”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

I had dinner tonight at this restaurant. The service was very friendly and attentive. I had the octopus appetizer, the corn bread and the lamb sirloin. The appetizer size was on the small side but very good (chorizo helped enhance the taste of the dish). The corn bread was warm and grilled. It was very good. The lamb was done just like I ordered it. One downside: the quinoa and bean cake that accompanies the lamb seemed to me to be a bit too bitter. Quinoa is only bitter if it is not prepared adequately (i.e. not rinsed). This quinoa had not been and I ended up leaving half of it because it was too bitter. Everything else was good. They also had a jazz ensemble playing (Friday night), making for a very pleasant atmosphere. Other people have commented on the view, which is beautiful.

  • Visited June 2013
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 453 helpful votes
“Spectacular view”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Although the Vista 18 is not the place it once was it is still a good value for the money and a great view. Great romantic place to take your wife or a special lady and sip some wine and watch the beautiful sunset over Victoria ....

Visited January 2013
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Manitoba
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great view, good food”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Very warm inside until the sun set, but the view over all of Victoria was quite magnificent. The food was beautifully presented. The lemon cake dessert was light and lemony!

Visited June 2013
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