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Victoria and Vancouver Island Restaurants

Empress Room

  • 721 Government St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Canadian

Updated 05/09/2012

Fodor's Review

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 influenced Pacific Northwest menu changes seasonally, but might feature such appetizers as seared local scallops or a confit of venison tart; mains include wild salmon with Dungeness crab, mustard-crusted rack of lamb, or a "farm to fork" vegetarian dish. The service is discreet and attentive,

and there are more than 800 labels on the wine list. If the weather is fine, the summer-only Veranda serves lunch, cocktails, and early-evening snacks.

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Restaurant Information


Fairmont Empress, 721 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1W5, Canada

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch in the Empress Room

Updated 05/09/2012


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Average Rating

By richsf

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Mar 28, 2008

Aspires to high end dining, but falls short

Four of us ate here and sampled almost the entire menu. The atmosphere is a bit stuffy (unsurprising, given the location), with collared shirts required and jeans prohibited. The service was excellent and appropriate. The food fell far short, though. The foie gras was overdone. The scallops were chopped too finely, as to suggest that the scraps were being served. A decent meal overall, but nothing to write home about, and nothing on par with

the best in any major metropolitan city.

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