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Bard & Banker

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada (Fort St)
+1 250-953-9993
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love going to this restaurant when in Victoria as we always have a good time and enjoy the food and atmosphere- look forward to going again in May 2017

Thank SUE2281
Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ordered caesar salad with chicken and calamari. Both were not up to any even minimal standard of preparation. The calamari was very rubbery and tasteless. The salad was not put together, instead laid on a board for the patron to attempt to cut up and assemble. The chicken was in large chunks, dry and stringy. There were a few... More 

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British Columbia
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Four of us ate a late lunch here on Sat Mar 11/17. Three of us had the grilled cheese sandwich. This is not just a grilled cheese, this is some kind of invention that will make you want to go back the next day and the next and the next! It's on sourdough bread, I think it was brie and... More 

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Barrie, Ontario
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299 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Decor is excellent. Had typical pub food and all were most acceptable fare. Yes it might be a little pricey, but they had one of my favorite BC wines, Note Bene on their list which elevated the place instantly. That and atmosphere alone gives it top marks.

Thank Don R
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place, the service, the food, beer selection, staff. Busy at evenings with live music. Make sure to save room for icecream next door afterwards.

Thank chedoke
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ordered the Moscow mule, which was delicious! But I highly recommend ordering the grilled cheese sandwich. So yummy! There was live music on a Wednesday night. Good atmosphere with a lively crowd.

Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place never disappoints. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a smile taken to our table and received great service even though our server was very busy. The food is very good. This is a must go place for locals and visitors to Victoria.

1 Thank Ryderjones123
Vancouver, Canada
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387 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for some pints & appies on a rainy March day and snagged a table by the fire in the back. The front half has a soaring ceiling, lots of wood & brass, but at the back not only does the fire make it cozy, you can explore the historical photographs & stories and poems by Robert Service,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

this review is coming from a fellow server. the hostesses number one priority is to make guests feel welcomed. one brunette girl did a great job of this, and made small talk with me as she showed me to my table. the other, blonde, didn't so much as smile, but managed to ask for my ID and let the nice... More 

4 Thank Kate C
BardTeam, General Manager at Bard & Banker, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, I am extremely disappointed that your visit with us was completely lacking a warm and welcoming greeting followed by a amazing dining experience. I apologize, that is not the standard that we strive for. I would very much appreciate more details on your experience. If you could contact me personally at tromanow@vicpubco.ca, I would love the opportunity... More 

Kingston, Ontario
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598 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The inside of the pub is beautiful with loads of interesting photos around the life of Robert Service. However the restaurant has the feel of a corporate restaurant, and the prices are eye-watering. Our server was good but her service was not up to the menu prices charged. While the menu selection is varied, Fish and Chips are $20 with... More 

2 Thank Weerobbie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada
    (Fort St)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-953-9993
Once a bank in the 1800's, this building is now one of the most beautiful pubs in the heart of Victoria, BC. Families are welcome until 9pm. Happy hour daily from 3-6pm and live music 7 nights a week. Perfect space for large parties or an intimate evening for two. We invite you to come enjoy our large selection of craft beer, delicious food, and local musicians in this one of a kind historical pub!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?