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With a "face-to-face" mentality, Vis a Vis is a personalized and engaging experience. With front row seats, you are able to interact with our Bartender & Charcutier while sipping on a glass of wine, locally crafted beer or a signature cocktail
PRICE RANGE
US$7 - US$23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Wine Bar, French, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Table Service, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited Vis a vis on a Saturday night whilst on a trip to Victoria. Food was amazing!! Great Brie tart , with delicious pastry , Brie and cranberries. Duck l’orange was superb as was the steak frites and the carrot and lentil vegetarian...dish was excellent. Brilliant crème brûlée and chocolate lava cake. The server : Caroline was fantastic. When we told her my daughter was vegetarian she went out of her way to conjure up alternative vegetarian dishes for her that were not on the menu. She was very pleasant , knowledgeable about the dishes and appropriately attentive . A great meal , very pleasant evening, We will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed November 25, 2022

We are so disappointed in what was a favourite neighbourhood restaurant has gone down hill. The room is cozy and lively. We had pleasant and efficient service this visit. The menu has limited appeal compared to previous menus. We ordered the Ciopinno seafood special with...frites. The server indicated the dish had a medley of seafood. It arrived with a one piece of white fish and three mussels. Not the medley presented. Even worse the white fish smelled and tasted off. Our server provided an option to order something else. Which we did. Our steak dinner was fine, however the evening was very discombobulated. No concession for the poor experience, apart from not paying for the seafood dish.. The wines presented on the wine list were not available. So very disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 4, 2022

This was a chance upon on a rainy Thursday. We love french food and so we figured to give it a try. The place was packed, which is always a good sign. Love the French ambiance and the menu had great french cuisine. The vibe...was an up-scale pub but not over the top. The service was great. We had french onion soup and a chicken sandwich. They were both very good. This restaurant is a part of the Victoria Pub company and it shows as they always do a great job. Will definitely return when we are back in Oak Bay.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 2, 2022

I really can't understand how this place is in business. I'd gone here for drinks only several years ago and enjoyed. Came back recently for patio dinner and everything was terrible. My partner asked for a certain Chardonnay and the server said they were out....In fact, they were out of several wines. At a wine bar! The server then proceeded to tell us all of the various food options that were no longer available. This was a Saturday evening around 6:30, so it's not like they'd sold out. Why bother printing a menu? Service was slow, the food we ordered entirely forgettable, and I don't feel like anybody at the restaurant cared.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed October 15, 2022

Visited here for dinner in 24 October. It was very busy fortunately we had reservations. The restaurant is cozy - we were a party of 4 “ foodies” visiting from Vancouver We ordered “ appy’s” - shrimp avocado salad- beef tartare- baked brie- All appys...we’re delicious and beautifully presented. For mains we had “ surf and turf”- the beef was cooked to perfection as ordered, medium rare, steak frites - slso good. Mussels which were fresh and in a delicious sauce. For desert there was a feature “ Paris Brest” this was the first restaurant where I ever found this in a menu The servers inspite of being busy, were attentive and friendly Will definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 29, 2022 via mobile

Arrived for lunch. Server came to take our order and then informed us that 2 of our choices were no longer available. Chose alternate items and then waited 35 minutes for delivery - after asking the manager to track them down. No check from our...servers in the interim. No apology just excuses about staffing issues. However after heated discussion lunch was comped. As it should have been under the circumstances.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2022

Been here before and will return as the food and service are dare I say truly Oak Bay as in SUPER. Great attention paid to us by Johana S. Had 3 'starters' and were able to take some home.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 28, 2022

I ordered the chicken liver parfait. What does it take? Put a little prepared jar on a plate with 4 pieces of baguette and 4 crackers. I waited and waited. When I commented that it was very slow my order arrived. But the baguette was...not toasted like on the menu. Just some really bad baguette sliced and thrown on the plate. Never going back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

After a long walk along the shore in Oak bay we had dinner at vis a vis The brie en croute we shared was delectable. We both had the steak frites with Parmesan frites. Excellent. Only criticism : please cut back a little on the...frites so we can sample the delicious dessert. We had the crème brûlée which was also very good All washed down with a nice Beaujolais. Pleasant staff. Pleasing atmosphere. We will be back from Blaine WaMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 4, 2022 via mobile

We have has the privilege to dine at Vis-a-Vis over the past few years and have introduced many friends to what once was a truly wonderful dining experience. Unfortunately, their continued staff issues, lack of staff training and customer service will prevent us from going...again anytime soon. They have lost a number of their management team and it is reflected in their training of new staff and quality of service. Very unfortunate as this was a truly great restaurant. Ownership needs to step up!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022 via mobile

It was a return visit for us but not as good an experience as last year. We ordered 2 soup starters and one main course when we arrived . Drinks were brought promptly but food took 45 minutes to arrive and when it did both...soups and the main course came together. We asked that the main course be removed and they complied.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 1, 2022 via mobile

Seriously we love this place and usually sit at the bar when it’s the two of us but it was wife’s b-day so invited friends. We were seated prompts 7:00 and did not have a glass of wine or drink in front of us until...7:39. Wait staff seemed to be bothered and chatted amongst themselves without even asking if we wanted anything. I did order one of the wine flights but was told after 10 minutes that they were out of too many of the selections. Ok, I’ll stop about the drinks but I have been in this industry all my life and to make money folks need drinks in front of them the minute you can serve them. Geez, that might lead to another!! I’m not going to write about the food tonight as we haven’t ordered yet but I’m sure it was fantastic as usual!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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