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Blue Crab Seafood House

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146 Kingston St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1V4, Canada (Formerly Blue Crab Bar & Grill) (Montreal Street)
+1 250-480-1999
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06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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Brisbane
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

For the money you pay you would expect 5 star class, but this tends to attract folks who stay in the hotel above, dressed in hoodies and slacks. We were crammed into a corner which meant we didn't get to enjoy much of the view. The waitress we had was fantastic. All in all it was very expensive with a... More 

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Oslo
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two others of our party of three had the surf & turf. I had the Dungeness crab. All were spectacularly good, in freshness of ingredients, preparation, presentation, and service by Mike H. and his crew. And, speaking of service, it was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, with just enough of pleasant conversation to make us feel right at home. My two... More 

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1 Thank PC K
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and great service, but at a cost. Awesome food with high end service and atmosphere. Try the crab cakes, they are delicious.

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1 Thank Winston C
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

'Great food, great service, awesome food and high end service and atmosphere' - wow! Thank you for your wonderful compliments! Our Crab cakes are the best, indeed! The secret is to keep it fresh and local whenever possible. We hope you visit us again, soon! Until then. More 

Kelowna
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After our order was taken, our server came back to ask us again what our order was. I waited 45 minutes for my dinner. It came 15 minutes after everyone else at our table had finished their dinner. The service was unacceptable.

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2 Thank steventN5882YS
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am disappointed to know your dining experience with us was not enjoyable. Let me assure you this is not the standard we set with our service team. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you back to the Blue Crab so we may make amends. Thank you for your feedback. More 

gibsons bc
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great late afternoon drink and a yummy Blue Crab dip. Our server was awesome. The views are amazing. We also went back for crab cakes Eggs Benny, which were delicious.

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2 Thank embracelife1
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

Our Crab and artichoke dip is indeed very delicious! And so are the signature Crab cakes and the Eggs Benny! We aim to not only meet but also exceed guest expectations, and I am glad to know you had an awesome dining experience at the Blue Crab! The view of the harbour is just stunning. I am so glad I... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went April 6/2017 to the blue crab. We were seated promptly and our waiter was there immediately with the board of specials for the night. Don't assume everyone is from Victoria knows what a Bomber beer is. Food came very quickly for fine dining. We've eaten at some great cafes here and the food came out slower. Husband had... More 

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1 Thank Aprilgirl
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am disappointed to know that you had an ordinary experience at the Blue Crab. We offer a casual dining experience; we are not a fine dining restaurant. We do not serve amuse bouche before appetisers. We do not have white table cloth on our tables, neither do our servers wear a tie/bow. Your... More 

Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with some friends for dinner. My friends had the seafood platter for 2 . The steak was tough and the seafood was good I had the seafood Thai dish. It was all noodles and no possible 3 prices of some fish. Definitely not worth $33 dollars I could go to any Vietnamese or Thai place and get way better... More 

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1 Thank Lori M
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Lori. I am disappointed to know that your dining experience was not up to the mark. It is good to know your friends enjoyed the seafood and the unmatched view of the harbour! It is absolutely beautiful in the evenings! Our Thai fish bowl has been very popular with the guests and it is $24.00... More 

Banff National Park, Canada
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our son took us here during our stay in Victoria. We were able to find a seat without a reservation although there were very few tables left when we arrived. Service was very good as was the food. My wife and I split the crab cakes which were exceptionally good and would qualify as one of the better crab cakes... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited Blue Crab on every visit to Victoria. This time we were disappointed because we ordered two dishes from the menu and they were not available, due to planning a menu change soon. I don't think that is a very good excuse. Service was good but food could be better.

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1 Thank Marija M
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Marija. My apologies that we ran out of the Arctic Char and the delicious Pork Cheeks; these dishes have been a crowd favourite! I am glad to know you did enjoy the service and it is so good to know that you have visited us on your every trip to Victoria! I would love to... More 

Alberta, Canada
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250 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The view of the harbor is the star of this restaurant. The food was good, but in this market good is not good enough. There are so many excellent dining options in downtown Victoria, I probably would not return. I don't know if the restaurant was unusually busy or if they were short staffed, but our waiter was also very... More 

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1 Thank RyguyC
Niky A, Assistant Restaurant Manager at Blue Crab Seafood House, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are lucky to be surrounded by some of the finest seafood in the world. We try and use local ingredients when ever possible. I am sorry to hear that our food was not up to your expectations. We have been pretty busy this season and our 'Feast' menu has been very well liked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$44
Cuisine
Seafood, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 22:00
Monday
06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 22:00
Saturday
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 146 Kingston St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1V4, Canada (Formerly Blue Crab Bar & Grill)
    (Montreal Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighbourhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-480-1999
Description
Frommer's International Guide calls the Blue Crab Seafood House, the "best seafood spot in Victoria". Blue Crab Seafood House has earned a reputation for excellence in seafood and West Coast Cuisine. The daily specials take advantage of the local catches for the freshest of ingredients. With an Ocean View from every table that is impossible to beat! Featuring Local Dungeness Crab & Giant King Crab. Very Celiac Friendly. Winner of the 2005 People's Choice Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2003 to 2012, the Blue Crab Seafood House offers a wide selection of Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest, and new world wines, including a selection of both favourites and hard to find wines. The lounge offers a casual atmosphere to go along with its menu. Local favourites include Vancouver Island Tuna Tacos, Halibut Fish & Chips & Thai Fish Pot.

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