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O Cafe and Bistro

500 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5C1, Canada
+1 250-940-7500
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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“ling cod” (3 reviews)
“tapas” (3 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
CUISINES
International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
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LOCATION
500 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5C1, Canada
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

This isn’t just a place for travellers, with a great live piano player on Sunday, good drinks and food it should be a Mecca for the local James Bay residents. We enjoyed a share plate of steak, the feature burger and Brussel Sprouts. All was...More

Thank Anne M
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We apologize that you felt the Brussel Sprouts were not to you liking. So many of our guests have previously commented positively about this dish that this summer we added them to our main menu...More

Reviewed July 30, 2018

We used to enjoy a reasonably priced tasty dinner in this bistro when staying at the Oswego Hotel, but were completely disappointed with the the current “plates to share” menu. Minuscule portions and $70 dollars later we went to our room and ate cheese and...More

Thank m00nbb
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2018

Thank you for your review but we are disappointed to read your comments and dissatisfaction. We promote in our marketing that our menu in the bistro is a small plates menu for sharing. Many of our guests enjoy the variety or choices. All dishes are...More

Reviewed July 22, 2018

Lounge like, bistro style,regular tables and chairs, small patio, Share plates if you choose. Sunday night piano accompaniment,More

Thank ellesdites
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Thank you for posting a review Yes we offer our O Cafe daily from 6.30am to 10pm and our Bistro from 4pm-10pm. Smallplates are popular for our guests and we also offer live music on Wednesday and Sunday. We support local and work with the...More

Reviewed June 7, 2018

We discovered this charming Bistro when seeking a quiet alternative to the large noisy bistro that was attached to our nearby hotel on Victoria harbour. We could hardly believe how good it could be. Very friendly service, a small number, but very tasty selection of...More

Thank John R
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2018

Thank you! We love that you enjoyed us. We agree that we think our culinary team offer a very unique menu. Although smaller, it has many seasonal small plate dishes from locally sourced places. Our service is low key but offers warmth and is genuine....More

Reviewed January 3, 2018

We stayed at the Oswego Hotel from January 1st to 2nd and we ordered room service on the morning we were departing. It was affordable, delicious and came very promptly. We will utilize room servicefrom the O cafe and Bistro again when we stay at...More

Thank Liam C
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate it! Our O Cafe and Bistro offers a smaller but amazing menu. Our Cafe is open from 6.30am - 10pm, 7 days a week and our Bistro 4pm-10pm nightly.We work with many local...More

Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

Excellent selection of small plates, all very delicious. Cozy room and friendly service. Can’t wait to returnMore

Thank boltuprightCanada
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2017

Thank you! We love that you enjoyed your experience. Our atmosphere in our O Cafe and Bistro is warm and authentic partnered with an awesome and talented culinary and front of house team. We support local farms and suppliers and this is integrated into our...More

Reviewed November 5, 2017

We were recently in Victoria for 3 nights at the Oswego Hotel, so naturally, after a day of tramping around Victoria, we stopped daily @ the bistro for a snack & a glass of wine. The reason we stopped in the 2nd day was because...More

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OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a positive review. The O Cafe and Bistro is a social and informal space. Open from 6.30am - 10pm the atmosphere is casual and many of our guests and locals stop by to grab a pastry and...More

Reviewed October 27, 2017

A 14 seat Bistro in on the ground floor of the Oswego Hotel. The relatively new menu was outstanding. We started with a cauliflower soup that we both agreed was the best we had ever tasted. The portions for the entrees with side dishes were...More

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OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2017

Thank you! We truly value your review and I will pass on your wonderful comments to our Chef Matt and his team. The concept for our small plates bistro menu is supporting local and community. Our new Fall/Winter menu is a small selection of hearty...More

Reviewed October 20, 2017

Great small bites - had a beans/pork cheeks plate and roast squash with sunflower seeds plate. Yumm. Only open until 10 on Friday night.More

Thank G C
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2017

Thank you! We loved reading your positive review. Come back again soon and perhaps next time you can enjoy one of our jazz nights each Wednesday nights or Piano nights on Sunday. Our Cafe is open each day and serves great Lattes and teas etc...More

Reviewed October 9, 2017

My daughter and I were in Victoria for the marathon weekend and stayed at the wonderful Oswego. We enjoyed a great turkey dinner last night served by a lovely server who was so happy to take care of us. Thank you O Bistro crew! The...More

Thank Val P
OswegoHotelManager, General Manager at O Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed not only the great food but the ambiance and service. Matt our Chef offers an innovative and unique menu. The team work together to provide the best experience for our guests We hope...More

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Hungryceliac
July 30, 2018|
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Response from OswegoHotelManager | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. No we cannot guarantee 100% celiac friendly. Whilst we strive to achieve this we have a small kitchen, regards Oswego Hotel
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christians272
August 15, 2016|
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Response from OswegoHotelManager | Property representative |
Absolutely! Our menus can be found on the dining section of our website. Please let us know if you have any trouble accessing them. As well, please feel free to contact me directly to make a reservation. Warm... More
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Pembina61
December 1, 2015|
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Response from Cases_Always_Packed | Reviewed this property |
The place is too open for a group to gather and converse in. I would not recommend this bistro for that purpose. I do not think you would be comfortable gathering and trying to have a group discussion in such an open concept... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$11 - US$22
Cuisine
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5C1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighbourhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-940-7500
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Description
The O Café and Bistro is focused on building relationships and memories through the shared and intimate dining experience. What we all really crave is an experience of being with friends and family around a table sharing the best of food and beverage. This friends and family centered approach to dining has inspired our dining space and our menu. Mornings at the O Café and Bistro will feature the finest in local bites and coffees. We have partnered with internationally renowned Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters to feature their incredible brand of coffee. The simple and magnificent pastry selection by our local partner, Bond Bonds Bakery, offers the best of what a bakery can provide. Evenings at the O Café and Bistro highlight the finest globally inspired sharing plates along with truly inspired and authentic beverages. Our chef will tempt your taste buds with food locally sourced and foraged that will be combined into truly delectable plates unlike any others in Victoria. The focus of our bar is on providing you with the perfect glass of wine, incredible cocktail or exotic beer to perfectly match your meal. At the O Café and Bistro, we believe in providing a truly authentic experience that can be shared among our guests. This is achieved through our warm, professional service, innovative ideas and incredible execution. We hope to see you soon!
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