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“Defines Romantic - a must when in Victoria.”
Review of The Bengal Lounge - CLOSED

The Bengal Lounge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Indian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Belleville
Description: Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as the Empress of India, this colonial style lounge is known throughout Victoria for its authentic curry buffet and signature cocktail menu. While new restaurants and lounges appear in Victoria regularly, The Bengal Lounge is a favorite of residents and visitors alike. Overlooking our stately gardens, the richly appointed Bengal Lounge offers not only a delicious curry lunch and dinner buffet but also an impressive international a la carte menu. Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate our vast selection of signature drinks. The Bengal Lounge is a licensed lounge and all guest must be 19 or older.
California
Level 6 Contributor
624 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
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“Defines Romantic - a must when in Victoria.”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We were at the Bengal Lounge on a Sunday night and I must admit it looked kind of mayhem the night before. However, our Sunday with the lights twinkling on Parlament and the beautiful old fan above, sitting in the leather chairs in this beautiful room was enchanting. We had visited the old Raffles hotel (pre-renovation) on our honeymoon and agreed that it had that same "colonial" feel. The food was good - not great. The buffet is actually very small, but is not really why you are here. The bar is great and has a wonderful cocktail list. The cocktails are quite generous and there is an ala carte menu, which I would prefer in the future. Our waiters were really wonderful and helpful, but not hovering. I would definitely return. It is very romantic, with tables far a part so as to be intimate, but there were tables of 4-6 nearby. Just a warning - No one under 19 allowed and they require two pieces of Identification. We had hoped to take our teens (16 & 17) to dinner on an earlier visit, but they were not admitted. A must if you are in Victoria on a cold night in need of a cozy location.

  • Visited December 2013
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White Rock, Canada
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“Incredible pint of shrimp and pints of beer!”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

The service here is beyond compare. We have celebrated some major milestones here because they make us feel so welcomed and appreciated. The curry buffet is worth trying at least once but our favourites are on the health directed menu, we like the pint of shrimp (very fresh) and the micro greens salad with peppers and balsamic vinaigrette. Their local beers on tap are delicious and we love their fresh bread with dips option too. The ambience is very mellow too, sometimes some live low key music is on. A must eat place if visiting Victoria. Very relaxing chairs and vibe.

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Olde world charm”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Wonderful ambience...amazing cocktails...truly delicious..comfortable..but theres an Indian Buffet that is not great and limited. I would suggest the Afternoon tea as a treat and have the Fairmont Empress Royal version with honey and add the fabulous cheeses too. Great professional, friendly and courteous Fairmont Service..as always!!

  • Visited November 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
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“Paying for Atmosphere”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

We had drinks here late one Friday in November. It wasn't too busy, no wait. We just had drinks. $14 martini and $12 house cocktail. Both were good. The buffet looked good too. Atmosphere was nice. This room, like most in The Empress are very dark but it was good. Live music was just okay. Like musack.

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Victoria, Canada
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“Great ambience.not to tight for space . Food was great and especially enjoyed the buffet.”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Liked the location and the decor. But be sure to park at the city parkade or similar. Do not park at their establishment.

Visited December 2012
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