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Q at The Empress

) #50 of 917 Restaurants in Victoria ₹₹₹₹ Seafood, , Vegetarian Friendly
721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-389-2727
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Seafood, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Exceptional service and food with wonderful view at sunset and harbour. Waiters are very charming and attentive. Excellent oysters pozza and fish.

Thank P6417PWjans
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Having taken an early seaplane from Vancouver into Victoria we decided to start our day at The Empress for breakfast. We enjoyed nice fresh fruit, bagels and coffee, all good. There is no view in the restaurant and the vibe is smart and quiet. MissMore

Thank StewartRobert
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for providing us with your feedback regarding your recent breakfast experience. I am glad to read that you enjoyed our menu offerings, and that the atmosphere of our restaurant is desirable. Unfortunately the restaurant does not offer a clear view of the inner...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

This was one of the very few fine food dining places that did not burn, overcook, or added too much salt to our food. Our steak meals and soup were perfection. The combination, texture, flavour, colour, everything was a delight, and a rarity.More

1  Thank Silverturf
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your wonderful feedback, and for choosing to dine at the Fairmont Empress. We take pride in offering our guests a true Pacific Northwest experience and I am happy to know that we were able to surpass your expectations. Our culinary teams strives...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

what a great place. We arrived early for our dinner at the Q and enjoyed the bar for drinks. We had an excellent meal and the service was outstanding. We had a table for 9 and everyone had something different and all were excellent.More

Thank Bob K
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Bob, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I am glad to know that you enjoyed your time in both the Q Bar and Restaurant. We are proud to offer our guests a locally sourced, sustainable, Pacific Northwest dining experience,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly fine dining should excite the palate. While the re- done eatery looks nice enough with older touches like tablecloths gone, and the staff remains unfailing polite, the food is better than average but misses a burst of flavor. The octopus dish could do with...More

Thank frequentraveler13
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We value receiving feedback such as yours, as it is important to us that we consider areas of opportunity. I will be sure to share your comments with the rest of our team,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an excellent breakfast at The Empress. We stayed at the hotel and had to catch an early bus to take us to the ferry for our trip to Vancouver. So having breakfast at our hotel proved to be very convenient. My wife and...More

Thank ScottMM812
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We are pleased to offer our guests an enjoyable breakfast experience at our hotel, and I am glad to know that this was both delightful and convenient for you and your wife. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch at the Empress Veranda and it was outstanding. Excellent food and superb service - all in keeping with Fairmont standards. View out over the harbor is lovely and the flowers and gardens are beautifully maintained. Very impressive property.More

Thank smthibs
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for writing a review, and providing us with your feedback on our offerings. I am delighted to read that all aspects of your experience were memorable. Our teams strive to provide high quality, unique memories for our guests, and it is with great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very good and the service was great. I hardly recommend this restaurant. The decoration is very prettyMore

Thank Giulianau
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed your experience with us, and that the service you received was memorable. We hope you will join us again soon. Warm regards, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed champagne one evening after we had an evening strolling through Victoria. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was beautifulMore

Thank Susan39564
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for choosing to spend your evening at the Fairmont Empress. I am delighted to know that you and your husband had a wonderful evening experiencing Victoria, and enjoyed a glass of champagne to finish off the evening. We hope to welcome you back...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the Fairmont Empress so making dinner reservations in the hotel was easy. The hotel has their own gin made for them which is infused with purple flowers. This violet color martini was something different to try as well as the empress chocolate...More

Thank Beth B
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Beth, thank you for sharing your experience with us. Our Empress 1908 gin was handcrafted by Victoria Distillers and mixologists from the Empress, using all-natural ingredients including our Empress Blend Tea. Our Empress Cake was created by our very own Executive Pastry Chef, and has...More

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BobFarr2000
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They answered me ... it was a standard ..."ya...whatever...kind of response."
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1 August 2016|
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Response from curtisl943 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't worry about dress codes. They let in dogs to the dining room, so I wouldnt wear your Sunday best. This restaurant has gone to the dogs!
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LeAnn R
13 April 2016|
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Response from wmshepps | Reviewed this property |
Last night I dined in the "Q" restaurant and wore a jacket and my wife a dress. This was a waste of time as others were wearing shorts and even flip flops.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 65
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Monday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-389-2727
Description
Q at the Empress, located in the most storied room in Victoria, is a must-visit culinary experience. The Pacific Northwest cuisine is based on regional ingredients, partnerships with local farmers and artisans, and utilizes our own chef’s herb and vegetable garden to ensure a fresh and unique meal.

The wine list celebrates an excellent selection of the best of the Pacific Northwest and top vintages from around the globe. Relax with the best views in the city on our harbour facing Veranda. Steeped in the history of the Fairmont Empress but with a modern feel, Q at the Empress is the place to be on Vancouver Island. Our carefully curated menu features sustainably sourced seafood, traditionally raised meats and a wide variety of artisanal offerings.
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