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Reviewed December 16, 2021

My daughter and I went for supper last evening after shopping for Christmas and it was a first time for both of us. Great atmosphere and our server was terrific. She was attentive but not intrusive and very helpful with the wine selection. The lamb...shank was perfectly cooked as were the veggies and the burger and fries were done to perfection. The ambience was welcoming and given the cold weather outside it was welcoming warm and cozy inside! We shall return and bring our spouses.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 27, 2021

I received a gift card to this restaurant. First visit for dinner was 3-4 stars, second visit for breakfast was a disaster. Appearance is disruptive, French chic - but shares kitchen with adjoining pub (Pennyfarthing). Served us a cold cup of coffee from the bottom...of a carafe - asked politely for a second, equally frigid. Soft poached order delivered as cold and hard poached with - get this - "potato nuggets" (menu description) which are in fact McCain style frozen pre-cooked potato something reheated, and then allowed to cool. I was tempted to offer to go into the kitchen and cook all breakfasts for the remainder of the morning, after buying real potatoes at the market across the street. McDonalds will deliver you a better cup of coffee. The kitchen team sabotages all the appearance and anticipation at front of house. Horrific ! avoid. Carry on down Oak Bay avenue fro 2 min to Shine (two locations) for proper cooking.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2021

To eat on the street patio is tricky as it's first-come-first-serve but the small restaurant interior is delightful with its warm brick walls, wood furnishings and chalkboard signage. You can make reservations for seating indoors although table distancing seem a little close during Covid but...staff wear masks. The menu is limited and service a little slow, definitely due to staffing shortage which they are upfront about. So there is a wait for food but the salads we ordered (Nicoise; avocado/ shrimp) were tasty and French in portion size. You pay for ambience and food quality here. Great for romantic meals and friendly gatherings, esp. if you've a lot of time to kill. Despite slow (and kind) service, this place is popular. Plenty of free street parking and wheelchair friendly.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 15, 2021

Been here before with friends and sat on the patio. Service was great, food was okay. Recent visit wasn't good. Sat inside; thought the tables were too close, given the current situation with COVID. Also, the service was terrible. Food took forever and when it...did come parts of the meal were missing. No apologies for the mistake and getting the rest of our meal took forever. Servers didn't seem concerned with anything.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 13, 2021

I had one of the worst quiches I've ever had. I had ordered fries but it came with salad which wasn't a concern. My quiche was slightly warm and high with wet egg filling. A quiche should be dense with a creamy/egg filling and strongly...tasting of cheese. This quiche did neither; it was a wet egg disappointment.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 21, 2021 via mobile

The worst service EVER! 1 3/4 hour wait ( with no apologies) for lunch and it was a cold cheese plate! Either set aside 1/2 day to eat Or go elsewhere!!!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 20, 2021

I tried to make a reservation on patio - but they said they don't do reservations on the patio. When we arrived, I saw a table outside that was empty and asked for it. I was told it was reserved. They explained they had over...booked the inside???? The food was good. The problem was the service. We had told them in advance that we had some vegans in our group and they offered to make the Penny Farthing menu available which had vegan items. We were a party of 6, first group inside for dinner; we had 4 Vis a Vis menus and 1 Penny Farthing menu to share. 2 hours to get our food. Because everything took so long, we were the last table in the restaurant to finish and they began cleaning and couldn't wait to get us out the door. Service there was an after thought.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 10, 2021

We had a lovely dinner and evening Service by Christopher was exemplary. As good as I have had in Victoria.. Our dinners were very good. Coq au vin was excellent. Halibut dinner was delicious and a generous portion. It might have benefitted from some additional...veg. Steak tartar was outstanding and fresh oysters very good Deserts were large and very tasty. Good choices from the pub menu which helped the two teenagers All in all excellent evening. Gluten free options and protocols were excellent for my wife.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 7, 2021

Vis-a-Vis used to be my favourite restaurant until today. I called to reserve a table to celebrate early Mother's Day with my parents and my son's 19 th birthday and was told "no reservations". We arrived at 2 pm to beat the lunch crowd and...waited 45 minutes. A table for 4 cleared and the not so pleasant hostess informed us that the table was "reserved". I asked her to clarify as there was a "no reservation policy", and she told me that it was "reserved for the owners friends who always sit there at 3pm on Fridays". So we left and had lunch at home. Disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed December 6, 2020

The server asked how my meal was after two bites and I said not great. Asked what the problem was. The steak was not even warm along with the fries. Tell you the truth the steak was tough. I ordered another dish the Boeuf Bourguinon...to replace the first. I did not have the heart to tell the server the beef was full of fat. Not just a bit but chunks with very little meat. Its unfortunate I was eating my meal when my companion was finished. She did have the halibut and said it was very good. Will I go back?More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Vis-a-Vis is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4