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C$9 - C$30
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French, European, Wine Bar, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed November 26, 2023 via mobile

Severe intestinal reaction to breakfast this morning. Had identified myself as a celiac & made the suggested substitutions. Still got sick, sadly.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 19, 2023 via mobile

Make sure you stock up on Eno. I had soup and a main. I could not pass up the lovely description of the Onion soup complete with cheese and bread. However the cheese and bread were not enough to rescue the broth which was almost...flavorless. I had the Local Mussels for a main. The mussels were very small and they were old to boot. One further fact that aggravated the situation was that there was more SAUSAGE than mussels in the dish which is a testament to the size of the mussels. In any case I was treating friends and was embarrassed to have made such a disastrous choice . In the end our two courses cost over $50/person not including cocktails. To top it off my stomach was upset by the time we left. I tried ginger ale but in the end I had to resort to Eno before bed and even that just took the edge off. I even felt like crap the next day! This was my first time at this restaurant maybe I caught them on a real bad day, but I won't be back a second time.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed July 11, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I are frequent diners at Vis-a-Vis and enjoy it very much. Last Saturday I had the best duck a l’orange I’ve ever had. Kudos to the chef who made it and to the manager (Matt). We’re really pleased at the recent menu...expansion and the cocktails and wines continue to be superb.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed March 10, 2023

The service is impeccable and the food is terrific...superb wine list.... we really enjoyed our time together...great for gathering with friends or family

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 15, 2023

I have absolutely no idea what happened last night, but it seems we were the table that was destined to have a horrible experience. We were so excited to spend our Valentines evening at Vis a Vis, as it is one of our favorite restaurants...in Victoria. We arrived for our 7:00pm reservation to be seated by a lovely hostess, only to then be turned over to a very unpleasant waiter. The gentleman proceeded to take our drink order and our fixed menu appetizer, main and dessert choices and then just disappeared for remainder of the evening. Our drinks and appetizers came promptly and were tasty, but that's where the good ended. Over the course of the next full hour we watched as four tables that were seated after us received their entrees, followed by their desserts, while we just sat there. Our server kept walking past us refusing to even make eye contact and making it impossible to order another drink. At around 8:15pm, he finally stopped for the first time to ask "if we wanted to see the wine menu again, as you wait for your dinner?" After a frustrated " No, thank you" reply from us, he went to the back kitchen area to no doubt realize our ticket had been misplaced. Our food showed up about 10 minutes later and you could clearly see it was one of those " I need this immediately" type of scenarios. Both fish dishes were extremely over done and terribly dry and everything was just thrown together on the plate. We then proceeded to watch as two chocolate desserts that had been sitting out on the counter for over 20 minutes were brought over to us. Unfortunately, only one of us had ordered the chocolate option. So back to the counter both desserts went for another 15 minutes until the correct Banana Flambé came out, with only one of the chocolate desserts coming back to us, after having now been sitting on the open counter for over 35 minutes. Throughout the whole night we watched other diners being offered lovely chocolate covered strawberries before their desserts arrived so that the kitchen could catch up. But guess who didn't get any strawberries...Yes, us. While we completely understand how a kitchen can become overwhelmed with orders, it was the fact that our server just pretended we didn't even exist when he could clearly tell something was wrong. I am not sure if he was too frightened to admit there had been a mix up with our order, but being ignored for almost two hours with what would have been a "no problem" situation, became a horrible experience. We left the restaurant just after 9:00pm, after having paid the $250.00 bill, in complete shock. With pre fix menus at $85.00 per person on Valentines Day, this is not the sort of experience you would ever imagine you would have in such a high scale restaurant as Vis a Vis. This used to be one of our favorite places for dinner, but I cannot imagine we will be returning after our experience last night, which also happened to be my birthday!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 14, 2023 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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