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Cafe Brio

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This intimate yet bustling Italian villa–style room has long been a Victoria favorite, mainly because of its Mediterranean influence in both atmosphere and mostly organic food. You might find local rockfish pan roasted and paired with chickpea polenta, grilled albacore tuna with an olive vinaigrette, or braised duck legs with a red wine risotto. Most dishes come in full or half sizes, which are ideal for smaller appetites or for those who want to sample the menu more widely. However, the Family Meal (C$24/person) is the choice for sharing, comprising six chef's choice-of-the-day dishes. Virtually everything, including the bread, pasta, charcuterie, and desserts, is made in-house. The 400-label wine list has a top selection of B.C. choices.

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 09-16-2013

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    A Phenomenal Dining Experience - perfect for your wino!!!!

    Five nights in Victoria and this was was by far the best dining experience of our visit! The food was creative and yummy, the service was fabulous. But the wine list made the evening. If you enjoy wines, make sure to ask for the owner to come help you out. He has an absolute passion and fantastic knowledge of the wines in his stock (if he recommends it and you don't like it, he'll open a different bottle!). The Okanagan Valley Syrah he recommend blew us away! Located a fifteen minute walk from the Empress, we HIGHLY recommend it and will be back!

    by WineTraveller, 12/8/08
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    Victoria's foodie restaurant

    Wow -- surprisingly good food in Victoria. The charcuterie appetizer options were excellent. Ditto for the hand-made pasta and warm goat salad. Excellent, reasonably-priced wine list with good BC options. We ate here one night after having the prix fixe at the Empress, and it blew the Empress away.

    by richsf, 3/28/08
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    A Great Dining Experience

    A lovely dining experience. Food was fresh, well prepared and presented. The grilled sweetbread appetizer was wonderful. Good service.

    by berniceanne, 7/5/07

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