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Reviewed April 6, 2024

This is not my first visit here, and as a regular winter visitor to Victoria make it a "must do"every year. I usually come with women friends who are also on vacation, or live in town. Being able to eat in this dining room with...so much history is special, and as part of the Parliament building your visit here should include planned time for a tour and the gift shop. Arrive early for your scheduled time as you may have to wait outside with other eager visitors who are booked for the same time. An admission procedure is normal.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 27, 2024

Fabulous experience here at the Legislative Dining Room. The hospitality was top notch, the food was excellent and price had to be best value for quality food we had in Victoria. The steak Burgundy I had was perfectly cooked, the Salmon Nicoise was throughly enjoyed...by my wife, the BLAT my daughter had was quickly gobbled up and the Assembly Burger was demolished by my eldest. The key lime pie was awesome, best I’ve had out of Key West. The atmosphere is awesome, definitely get yourself a reservation to enjoy the best meal in Victoria!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 28, 2024 via mobile

Just love going here, food is great and inexpensive, great atmosphere in the old parliamentary building. Always something new to see while wondering the grounds afterwards.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 28, 2024

A friend arranged this event for eight people. We handed over our ID and were ushered to our table. Everyone had something different and everyone was pleased with their food. The service was efficient and we were all served at the same time.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed January 26, 2024

Excellent service and simple yet outstanding food served in a very relaxed, comfortable and perfect ambiance. Our server was soft-spoken and friendly, and made us feel right at home while keeping our coffee cups full. A delightful experience all around. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed December 21, 2023

The Legislative Dining Room has been on my “must try” list since 2017. While the menu isn’t really ground-breaking in terms of its cuisine, I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that this eatery has remained on TripAdvisor’s “top 5” in Victoria ever since I...started using this site – 2016 – and probably well before then, too (it is currently ranked #2 as of December). In a city with so many high-level eateries, and a restaurant scene that grows more complex and competitive with each passing year, the Legislative Dining Room’s consistent high ranking provides a hint that something special is on offer. While downtown on business, I made it a point to finally patronize the Legislative Dining Room. Knowing that one cannot just walk in, I made a reservation a week beforehand and managed to snag a table. Getting to the Dining Room is an adventure in itself. As you approach the BC Legislative Building from Belleville Street, you must turn RIGHT and enter through the Mowat Entrance. From here, you must pass through airport-style security and submit your Government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, for example) in exchange for a Dining Room Visitor Pass. Upon clearing security, follow the painted line through the winding corridors of the Legislature’s underbelly until you come upon a red-carpeted floor, which will lead you to the fabled Dining Room. The whole process in itself is unique and is probably why EAT Magazine said the whole thing “feels very members-only, very classified.” Indeed, this is the only time I can recall having to do a security clearance for lunch! The dining area is somewhat compact and classic in appearance. White tablecloths, glassware (complete w/ Legislative Building logo), and old photos from the BC Archives adorn the papered walls, giving the space a visible and strong sense of BC’s socio-political history. If I had the opportunity to do so, I probably would’ve taken the time to observe each photo to see what it reveals about BC’s history; however, doing so during lunch probably would’ve irritated the other diners! Strategically placed plants help to give the room a bit more colour. For lunch, I ordered a Caesar Salad w/ Shrimp + the Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich. The plating and presentation of both was straightforward and to the point, but the taste of both items – wow! I think that was the real surprise here. The menu at the Legislative Dining Room may focus on salads, sandwiches and burgers, which doesn’t sound terribly exciting on paper, but they clearly know how to do them exceptionally well! My Caesar salad was bright, vibrant and crisp; the dressing was evenly distributed – not over-dressed; and the shrimp tasted wonderfully fresh! Similarly, the Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, served on marbled rye bread, was equally delicious. The Smoked Meat was of good quality; the Swiss cheese was nice and melty and played well with the sautéed mushrooms and onions. The accompanying fries were fine, but I admit to not paying much attention to them. I did appreciate the accompanying slices of honeydew and cantaloupe, however! Service throughout lunch was cordial, but I was mostly left to my own devices. I suspect this is because I was the only solo diner in the entire restaurant (admittedly I did feel a little out of place as a result). Still, when I was tended to, I received a smile each time (yay!). FOOD: 5/5 SERVICE: 3.5/5 ATMOSPHERE: 5/5 VALUE: 5/5 RECOMMENDATION: The experience of enjoying a repast at the Legislative Dining Room is certainly unique; however, I think what really sets this place apart – especially at a time when inflation keeps inflating – is the outstanding value you receive. The cost of my meal, including tax? A mere $29.42. It’s no wonder the Washington Post said the Dining Room “is one of the city’s better-kept secrets.” With its classic atmosphere and high-quality food, Victoria’s Legislative Dining Room offers a more upscale experience than its reasonable price-point might suggest. Highly recommended! PS: If you found this review helpful in any way please consider hitting the "helpful" button!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed November 13, 2023

Lunch Set $788 per person 餐廳前身是中央裁判司署,活化後,成為帶有英倫風格的華麗典雅的西餐廳,氣派非凡,環境美輪美奐。 入座後,餐廳會先送上麵包籃及牛油,麵包是有焗熱的,中間軟熟,外層偏硬帶有咬口,加上香濃的牛油,味道很不錯。 Starters Pacific Blue Prawn Cocktail 擺款吸引的鮮蝦雞尾酒,蝦肉新鮮彈牙,加上檸檬及餐廳自家制的醬汁,十分開胃。檸檬貼心地用布包裹,不用擔心有檸檬籽跑出來的問題。 Pastry-Topped French Onion Soup 同事選擇了酥皮洋蔥湯,鬆化帶牛油香的酥皮下面有大量焦糖化的洋蔥,更附上芝士,可以在切開酥皮後再加入洋蔥湯之中,味道濃郁出色。 Mains Whole-Roasted Prime Striploin 餐廳會在客人面前分切牛肋扒,再淋上醬汁,十分有儀式感。6小時慢烤的牛肋扒,表面有芥末同洋蔥脆皮,中間是可口的粉紅色,肉質嫩,肉味濃,加上辣根奶油及牛肉汁,味道出色有驚喜,口感有變化。 Roasted Salmon 同事表示三文魚就比較普遍,三文魚的忌廉汁比三文魚出色。 Side Dishes Quality Chop House Confit Potatoes 油封薯塊酥脆,但味道比較淡,沾上牛肋扒醬汁就剛剛好。 Creamed Spinach 份量大,而且有濃濃的芝士味道。 Over-Roasted Baby Carrots 外表平凡但有驚喜的配菜,胡蘿蔔以牛油、黃糖同蜜糖醬汁烹調,味道香甜,不會有青草的腥味,而且分量不少。 Dark Chocolate Pudding 70%黑巧克力配香草奶油,與日式布甸不一樣,口感更像是滑身的慕絲蛋糕,朱古力味濃郁,是令人滿足的飯後甜品。...Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla ice cream 熱辣辣的蛋糕淋上Toffee焦糖醬,再加上雲尼拿雪糕,一冷一熱的口感十分出色。 餐廳環境實在太加分,服務也很貼心,會講解每一道菜的特色,十分殷勤。食物份量同味道都有驚喜。午餐價錢偏貴,但整體質素高,適合慶祝特別節日,享受充滿儀式感的用餐時間。More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 28, 2023 via mobile

This place is not even known about by some of the locals that we talked to. We went for breakfast/ brunch and enjoyed a lovely cooked breakfast in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Afterwards we also had a walk around the parliament building and actually...listened to a live debate in the House. A visit to this building requires you to go through security check and to leave an ID with the security guards but this is a minor issue with no queuing involved. We didn’t try the lunch menu but we would recommend a visit (2 hrs with breakfast was adequate) if you are visiting Victoria.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 13, 2023 via mobile

I would never think of going to a government place for lunch but the fact this place is listed as #2 in Victoria on Tripadvisor intrigued us. We walked over in the morning and spoke with the security guard. You need to call and make...a reservation. We did and with no regrets. They have a varied menu including weekly and daily specials. The prices are very reasonable, the quality of the food is very good and so the value is what places this place in such a high standing. Our server was very good, the food didn’t take that long despite the sign that said sold out for today. We overheard that there were 96 reservations so a busy place. I had the salmon. It was good but rather small but my wife’s daily special of the Cod Amandine was terrific (and a good size). The server brought around a dessert tray and that was too tempting. We should have shared instead of one each. The portions were very big and so delicious. It’s great value plus you get to tour the historic legislature building after the meal. Truly worth it!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 16, 2023

Well presented very tasty and reasonably priced food in traditional setting - just loved it! Puddings were just delicious - even my husband who doesn’t usually have pudding was tempted and was delighted that he was. Service was excellent- caring and friendly but not obtrusive....Was also really pleased that the customers here were actually chatting and obviously enjoying the social aspect of dining out - only one table of four tourists using phones constantly oblivious to the fact they were annoying others or perhaps they were so rude they just didn’t care. Didn’t spoil our enjoyment though - the rest of our fellow diners were great. We did try to book again for lunch but no luck - all booked on days we could go. Recommend that you book well in advance particularly if you are restricted to certain days/times. You do have to go through security and will be asked to leave id - we struggled as we were not carrying documents but I dug deep and found my UK driving licence in the back of my purse. Make sure you have id - security staff are lovely but do have to abide by the rules. A really positive dining experience for us - best of our Alberta / Vancouver Island trip. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 17, 2023

This was a lovely spot for breakfast. The food was cooked perfectly and the staff was friendly and efficient. The atmosphere was a bonus as it without the blaring music of so many venues now. Prices were great as well. We would have returned for...lunch also but our itineraryy did not leave time.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 4, 2023

Breakfast at the Legislative Dining room was an interesting experience. You need to pass through security before entering, and it was interesting to see the basement of the Legislature. Unfortunately, my food was disappointing. I ordered the the granola parfait with "seasonal fresh berries". The...granola and yogurt was fine, but there was only 3 small slices of strawberry in the entire parfait. I was certainly expecting a lot more fruit. The parfait came with 2 very unappetizing cookies/granola bars on the side. They were soft and tasted like health food, with lots of millet seeds. I usually eat everything, but I didn't finish those.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 4, 2023 via mobile

Excellent breakfast in a historical setting, great service, most reasonable priced good quality meal we have experienced in Canada, quiet relaxing place to enjoy a a self guided tour of the building. The security guard who checked us in was really nice !

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 29, 2023

We enjoyed our breakfast here. You have to go through security to get there. It is located in the basement of the historical Parliament Building downtown. White tablecloths, formally dressed, professional staff and standard fare breakfast menu. Great ambiance. Give it a try - it's...different in a good way.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed July 7, 2023

Gourmet lunch at mid-range prices. This is unbeatable value. Go dine with VC parliament members. Bring ID to check in and get a reservation at least the day before. Everything we ate was good and underpriced.

Date of visit: July 2023
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  • Food: 4.5
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