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J & J Wonton Noodle House

Chinese   0.57 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This tiny cafe doesn't go overboard on the atmosphere, but it's perfectly pleasant and, more importantly, you won't find better noodles anywhere in Victoria. The kitchen is glassed in, so... — Frommer's

This noodle house has a cozy atmosphere and serves fresh homemade Chinese noodles to locals and those lucky tourists who go out of their way to find it. Handmade noodles are a specialty.... — DK Eyewitness

Lunchtime queues attest to the popularity of the fresh house-made noodles and wontons at this long-standing Chinese spot. — Fodor's

For “Chinese the way it was meant to be”, fans head to this “reliable” Downtowner where “delicious” dishes “true to the ethnic flavours” “absolutely make up for” what it “doesn't have in... — Zagat

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Cafe Brio

Italian   0.64 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This pretty, ivy-covered yellow house on Fort Street is one of the city’s most warm, welcoming, and purely romantic restaurants. That it also serves some of the city’s best food and wine... — Frommer's

A Victoria favorite, mainly because of its Mediterranean influence in both atmosphere and mostly organic food. — Fodor's

Downtowners “treated to the meal of a lifetime” at this “unpretentious” Italian–Pacific Northwester say it gives “‘locavore' a heightened meaning” with its use of “local ingredients” that... — Zagat

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Zambri's

Italian   0.83 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

After years in a tiny, cramped room in a strip mall, Peter Zambri is living it up large in this gorgeous, airy location in Victoria’s Atrium Building, with its gleaming gold walls,... — Frommer's

This lively trattoria, in a glam space with floor-to-ceiling windows and eclectic chandeliers, has a setting to match the top-notch Italian food. — Fodor's

Run by a second-generation Italian chef, the menu here is far from traditional trattoria fare. — Lonely Planet

Long-time fans salute chef-owner Peter Zambri's “authentic”, “flavourful” Italian plates delivered “with panache by knowledgeable servers” at this Downtown Victoria “bargain”; if a few... — Zagat

Run by a brother and sister team, the restaurant is lauded for its simple Italian bistro fare. It moved from a strip-mall location to the energy-efficient Atrium Building in 2010,... — Travel + Leisure

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White Heather Tea Room

  0.84 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A seriously cozy Scottish-style tea in a warm, inviting room in Oak Bay Village. It’s a bit like visiting your granny’s house—not terribly fancy, but with white tablecloths, simple oak... — Frommer's

Everything, including the jam, is homemade for the Scottish-style teas served in the White Heather Tea Room, a lovely place with big windows. Tuesday to Saturday, lunch and afternoon tea... — Fodor's

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Pizzeria Prima Strada

Italian   0.85 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Exemplary” Neapolitan-style pies featuring “fresh toppings” and “wood-oven crusty goodness” have fans swearing these “casual” Italian joints Downtown have “raised the bar” for pizza,... — Zagat

Authentic, wood-fired-baked pizza, with soft wheat crusts and savory toppings including locally made fresh buffalo mozzarella. The mosaic-tiled pizza oven takes pride of place in the Cook... — Frommer's

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Pig BBQ Joint

Barbecue   0.86 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is a slow, smoky, Southern-style , just like it was meant to be. The pulled-pork sandwich is legendary—and messy, so be prepared—but you can’t go wrong with the ribs, brisket, or... — Frommer's

The food's as no-nonsense as the name at this funky little downtown barbecue corner that dispenses with such niceties as table service and plates. — Fodor's

Started as a hole-in-the wall but now in larger new digs, this joint is all about the meat. — Lonely Planet

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Foo- Asian Street Food

Asian   0.89 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Like a permanent food truck tucked inauspiciously in a parking lot, this locals' fave food shack focuses on hearty dishes inspired by Asian hawker stalls. Grab a perch inside or out,... — Lonely Planet

This tiny, 12-seat restaurant in a converted garage on a busy downtown corner (with 30 more seats on the patio when the weather permits) serves up tasty Asian street food. Step up... — Frommer's

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John's Place Restaurant

  0.98 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This ever-friendly, wood-floored hangout is lined with quirky memorabilia, while its enormous menu is a cut above standard diner fare. They'll start you off with a basket of addictive... — Lonely Planet

Diners have lined up out the door for the past three decades for John's hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, with the longest lines on weekend mornings. It's classic comfort food,... — Frommer's

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Pagliacci's

Italian   1.04 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Generous pasta servings from the cinema-themed menu almost defy devouring. — Lonely Planet

Expect long lines at this lively New York–meets-Victoria trattoria where the tables are tightly packed to accommodate the crowds. — Fodor's

Pag’s has been around forever, and still serves up all the homey, southern Italian dishes with punny names that made it so popular back in 1979 when it was first opened by New York... — Frommer's

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Q Restaurant at The Empress

  1.09 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Candlelight dances beneath a carved mahogany ceiling at the Fairmont Empress hotel's flagship restaurant, where one of the two gracious rooms has expansive harbor views. The classically... — Fodor's

The Empress Room is an elegant tradition, in architect Frances Rattenby’s 1908 landmark hotel. You may pay handsomely for High Tea, but it is worth it simply for the sense of tradition... — DK Eyewitness

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Sam's Deli

Delis   1.12 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you don't like lines, avoid the lunch hour, for Sam's is the lunchtime soup-and-sandwich spot in Victoria. Sandwiches come in all tastes and sizes (mostly large), but the shrimp and... — Frommer's

Opposite the info centre, Sam’s is the perfect spot for a coffee or bottle of beer and a sandwich big enough to feed two. — Lonely Planet

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Tea at the Empress

  1.14 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened in 1908, this ivy-draped harborside château and city landmark has aged gracefully, with top-notch service and sympathetically restored Edwardian furnishings. The 176 different room... — Fodor's

The classic, served as it has been since 1908 in the impressive tea lobby. In a room lush with hues of green, cream, and rose, pillars topped with curvy Ionic capitals reach up to a high... — Frommer's

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Rebar Modern Food

Bakeries   1.15 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Even if you're not hungry, it's worth dropping in here for a juice blend -- say grapefruit, banana, melon, and pear with bee pollen or blue-green algae for added oomph. If you're hungry,... — Frommer's

This kid-friendly café in Bastion Square is the place for vegetarians in Victoria. — Fodor's

A laid-back downtown fixture, ReBar mixes colorful interiors with a mostly vegetarian menu. — Lonely Planet

Carnivores don't “miss the meat” at this “casual” Eclectic-vegetarian “steps from the water” Downtown where “even things that don't sound good” are “delicious” (“try the almond burger”);... — Zagat

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Brasserie L'ecole

French   1.18 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Preparing West Coast ingredients with French bistro flare, this warm and ever-popular spot is perfect for an intimate night out. — Lonely Planet

Though the building is a former Chinese schoolhouse in the middle of Victoria’s historic Chinatown, Brasserie L'École serves a daily-changing menu of seasonal French-country cuisine.... — Travel + Leisure

“High-quality” French cuisine built on “good ingredients prepared to mouth-watering perfection” shine at this “always-crowded” “true bistro” in Downtown Victoria; add in “exceptional”,... — Zagat

French-country cooking shines at this informal Chinatown bistro evoking a timeless brasserie. — Fodor's

For more than a decade chef Sean Brennan and sommelier Marc Morrison have served up consistently high-quality French fare at Brasserie L'ecole. A well-stocked bar on one side... — Frommer's

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IL Terrazzo

Italian   1.19 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A cute redbrick terrace edged with potted greenery and warmed by fireplaces and overhead heaters makes Il Terrazzo the locals' choice. — Fodor's

Il Terrazzo Ristorante is located in an out-of-the-way alley behind the province's oldest bakery, Willie’s. — Travel + Leisure

In Old Town, in an original 1890 building, this restaurant has a fabulous courtyard patio with six fireplaces. Come for superb northern Italian fare where market- and seasonally-fresh... — DK Eyewitness

This charming spot in a converted heritage building off Waddington Alley is always a top contender for Victoria's best Italian restaurant. You can be assured of a good meal here. The... — Frommer's

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Willie's Cafe and Bakery

Bakeries   1.22 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in a handsome Victorian building near Market Square, this eatery goes organic, free-range, and local in its omelets, brioches, French toast, and homemade granola breakfasts and its... — Fodor's

Victoria loves breakfast, and this is one of the best of the city’s many, many places serving up toast and a cup of Joe. Located in one of Lower Johnson’s heritage buildings, it has cozy... — Frommer's

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Restaurant Matisse

  1.23 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's as though you're “in Paris” at this “intimate” Downtowner offering an “outstanding selection” of “fabulous” French fare plus “good-humoured” service that makes it feel “like being in... — Zagat

The gracious owner greets each guest personally at this tiny gem of a traditional French restaurant where white linens, fresh flowers, and candlelight on the dozen or so tables set the... — Fodor's

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OLO Restaurant

  1.25 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The room is clean and simple, and it’s all the better to show off the artistry on the plate. Ulla is tucked away on the edge of Chinatown, in an old brick building with big, arched... — Frommer's

The “sophisticated”, “imaginative” Pacific Northwest dishes highlighting “local offerings” are so “splendid” fans quip it's “like Meg Ryan's” famous When Harry Met Sally scene “but real”... — Zagat

Victoria's foodies are buzzing about this Chinatown restaurant that's serving up some of the city's most innovative fare. — Fodor's

Hidden at the quiet end of Chinatown's Fisgard St, this is the best restaurant in the city to dive into perfectly prepared West Coast dining. — Lonely Planet

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Canoe Brewpub

  1.34 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What was once a Victorian power station is now one of Victoria's loveliest and liveliest brewpub restaurants, with an outdoor patio overlooking the harbor toward the Johnson Street Bridge... — Frommer's

The lofty windows of this power station–turned–brewpub open onto one of Victoria's best waterfront patios, overlooking the kayaking and ferry action on the gorge. The casual, locally... — Fodor's

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AURA waterfront restaurant + patio

Seafood   1.5 miles from Craigdarroch Castle 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Tak Ito could just sit back and let the spectacular seaside scenery do all the heavy lifting here, but instead, he puts immaculate care and attention into every dish. His thoughtful... — Frommer's

When an award-winning chef names "imagination" as his most treasured possession, you know the food here is likely to be creative, if not exquisite. — Fodor's

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