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“Finest dining around”

Sooke Harbour House
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Ranked #9 of 51 Restaurants in Sooke
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Finest dining around”
Reviewed August 17, 2010

We've been meaning to try this restaurant out for a long time. We live in Paris (but I'm from Victoria BC) and have had the chance to experience good French restaurants on a regular basis. So, we were keen on seeing how the Sooke Harbour House compared. Our conclusion: Very well! The cuisine was imaginative, with plenty of thought given to the sauces, the pairings of flavours excellent, the restaurant is very casual (unusual in similarly rated French restaurants) and cozy. The casual nature was a nice complement to the setting - and reflects Canadian culture. It was nice to note that the intent is not to duplicate a European restaurant experience, but rather to develop a home grown one.

The very extensive wine list is impressive, but perhaps overdone. Wine prices were a bit alarming to us - we were hard pressed to find bottles under $100. 90% of wines offered are from British Columbia - though it's commendable to support local producers, one could argue that California wines are just about as local as those from British Columbia - so we are talking more about political boundaries here. We would have appreciated a more diverse (and yes, modestly priced) selection of wines.

Service is very good - one doesn't feel rushed. This is a "slow flood" restaurant. The staff was very congenial (perhaps too much? some where engaged in extensive conversations with patrons about the cooking, recipes etc... at a neighbouring table - which was a bit of a distraction to us). Staff was also very knowledgeable and professional.

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“better than almost everywhere”
Reviewed August 12, 2010

I recently ate at Sooke HArbour House with friends and we had a wonderfull dinner. The food was excellent, very well presented, inventive without being too cute or weird. The portions were just right. (none of those overloaded plates that some cultures desire, which turn the entire country into a nation of obesity). Just good sized portions so with 4 courses I was more full than I needed to be. But I didn't have to eat all my dessert now did I? but I couldn't help it.
The room was lovely with a fire on a slightly cool summer night. you could smell the smoke a little, and through the window, see the fishing boats going home.
I felt it was very good value for money having eaten in major cities where an overcooked hamburger and limp salad cost almost as much. Everything was described and was sourced from local producers so we knew we were getting clean fresh ingredients and no processed foods or meat imported from far away. ( I recently ate in a restaurant in Montreal where they seemed proud of the fact that they imported their beef from Colorado. ??)
In every way it was the best dining experience I have had the V ictoria area in a couple of years!

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Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“The food and the view are outstanding”
Reviewed August 6, 2010

We had heard that this was one of the best restaurants on all of Vancouver Island. We weren't disappointed. The food and the views were outstanding. It was a bit expensive, but I felt we were also paying for the view. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Victoria or Vancouver Island. You must have a car as it is very off the beaten path, but it is well worth the drive getting there.

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Thank maxiek
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Cumming, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Friendly people”
Reviewed August 5, 2010

My husband and I were told Sooke Harbor House was beautiful place for high tea. We drove from Victoria and arrived at 3 p.m. to learn their dining room is only open for dinner. A lovely lady took pity on us (mgr?owner?) and asked the desk person to serve us from the room service menu in the lovely dining room overlooking the harbor. We had tea and truffles and enjoyed the scenery and watching wedding party in the garden area. Can't vouch for the food or service other times, but we were kindly treated rather than being turned away. Didn't have time to return for dinner during this trip, but would like to return and stay in their hotel.

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Thank jas7273
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Food good but service very lacking”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

We ate here on 27th July 2010. We had tried to book a table the night before but were sent away and told that it would be better if we phoned. We persevered and made the booking the following morning. We arrived at 6pm prompt. We were served by what seemed a very inexperienced waitress who was also less than attentive - we had to top up our own wine and had to get the dessert menus to try to signal we were waiting for the next course. For the main course, my wife had ordered pork - our waitress stated that the dish she handed her was indeed pork however it transpired that it was in fact duck, the dishes having been mixed up with another table. On the whole the food was fairly good but you are resticted to a limited 4 course menu for $75 and for that money you would be entitled to expect high quality service. This was definitely not the case. The head waiter was run off his feet leaving everything to staff who clearly did not have sufficient training. We eventually got our final course at 9.15pm, thewhole dining experience nearly taking 4 hours due to extensive delays on the part of the staff. We complained to the desk as we were left waiting for someone to take our payment for the bill. We were dealt with by a very helpful lady on the desk Megan who apologised profusely. Whilst speaking to her the head waiter came in and also apologised and admitted "It all fell apart tonight". We were therefore offered a complimentary meal. We will update this review in a few days to let you know how the repeat meal went.

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Thank steveg24
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