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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Seafood, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Takeaway Available
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Updated 22-04-19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22-04-19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Q at the Empress, located in the most storied room in Victoria, is a must-visit culinary experience. The Pacific Northwest cuisine is based on regional ingredients, partnerships with local farmers and artisans, and utilizes our own chef’s herb and vegetable garden to ensure a fresh and unique meal. The wine list celebrates an excellent selection of the best of the Pacific Northwest and top vintages from around the globe. Relax with the best views in the city on our harbour facing Veranda. Steeped in the history of the Fairmont Empress but with a modern feel, Q at the Empress is the place to be on Vancouver Island. Our carefully curated menu features sustainably sourced seafood, traditionally
US$30 - US$65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Seafood, Canadian
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The first time we had dined since the closure of the Bengal Lounge. The Q restaurant is on the first floor which offers good views of the harbour, from the bar space. They've done a good job of mixing the wonderful, old features of heavy...beams/columns with modern, funky lights, and I liked the portraits of Queen Victoria, from young to old - that had a modern stylize effect with dashes of purple. The servers are very friendly and welcoming. On the night we dined, there was live music which added to the positive atmosphere - loved the flute playing - not too loud. The food was well cooked and presented but unfortunately, both the soup main dishes arrived lukewarm. The wine paring worked well for the starter and main course. Personally I would have preferred a sweeter wine but my husband enjoyed the dry taste to offset the very sweet and delicious chocolate based dessert. We moved to the bar and received great service as we enjoyed our digestives and enjoy the music. We did not mention the slight disappointment of the luke warm dishes but hope the chef might warm up the plates to aid keeping the dishes hotter in the future.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed March 30, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I travelled to Victoria after 2 long years of not going anywhere and we decided to treat ourselves to a luxurious stay at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria The Q lounge was exceptional. The staff are attentive, personable and the selection of...beverages and food is excellent. There is live music most nights ( some of it is hit and miss) but overall the atmosphere is wonderful. Seeing the original woodwork on the walls and ceiling brings you back to a more sophisticated time when this hotel was the most luxurious thing on Vancouver island. Even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, I would suggest stopping in for a drinkMore

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed February 25, 2022

Evening at the Q Bar with some young ladies left much to be desired. Ambiance was nice, service was okay, live music was a good choice and a nice touch but overall the experience was disappointing compared to how the service and quality was at...the old Bengal Lounge. Sent one meal back (grilled cheese) as it was soggy on white bread (not brioche as stated). And even still the waitress tried to claim it was because it wasn't eaten quickly enough... really?? Roasted tomato soup was very tasty, fish and chips were good, pizza was also, fish tacos were not to Victoria's standard. The setting is nice so I may go back for a cocktail, but I'd skip the over charged meal.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 21, 2022 via mobile

A fun family Saturday evening at Q Bar with our nine year old, live music, good cocktails. Had a picnic style tapas meal, including tomato soup and grilled cheese, warm bread and honey spread, homemade chips and dip. All was very tasty. Service also good,...though a tad slow - Q was packed. Recommend for most, families with small kids may want to take a pass (limited table seating, don’t think there’s high chairs, not sure whether kids menu is available in Q Bar).More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 19, 2022

Menu was extremely limited, expected a much wider variety of choices. Had the Sable fish and was ok, but small portions and left feeling hungry.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 14, 2022

Just amazing. Great staff , perfect recommendations , delicious food, would come back tomorrow if it wasnˋt from Germany , 7000 km away. Had Champagne, oysters , appetizers and a really nice talk with our waiter (unfortunately I donˋt remember his name but he was...soooo nice)More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed December 24, 2021 via mobile

We dined with six of our family in the restaurant and were delighted with the food. The quality and presentation is well worth the cost. We have tried almost all restaurants in Victoria on our many trips and nothing else we have experienced has come...close.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 3, 2021

We went for dinner. Good variety of dishes. We stuck to appetizers (two each). I had notified the receptionist that it was my wife's birthday, and our waiter brought a slice of delicious cake with a candle and a "Happy Birthday" greeting on a piece...of white chocolate. A good experienceMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 28, 2021

Visited for some beverages at Q-bar with some friends and a couple minors, 1st server promised to bring waters for everyone. 10 minutes later a different server showed up telling us she would be our server. Disappeared for another 5 minutes. Came back to take...our drink order, still no waters. We asked for the bill at the same time as providing our drink orders which were 3 champagnes, the server kept telling us she had 4 other tables she had to tend to (ya, so?). Came back with the drinks, but STILL no waters for the kids. Wanted to pay for all the drinks on one card and she had to leave AGAIN to put everything on one bill? Sorry, but how hard is it to multiply $14 by 3? Super slow service. Super long wait. Super unorganized and unprofessional customer service. Do not recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 10, 2021 via mobile

The Q Bar is a very nice place but unfortunately the place needs a good cleaning. We were seated by the window which were dirty and the backs of the chairs were dusty and the purple ottoman was also dirty. Like I said great place...to have a drink with breathtaking views of the harbour. Management needs to step up and clean the bar.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Hello, I do not see aa question in your comment. Do you have a question? I will answer if am able. I see from your profile at the side of your entry that you are in Victoria, B.C. I know it is a lot of effort to drive... More
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I got a very quick and nice response to my review. We had a lovely afternoon there. I didn’t see elk on the menu, however I was looking for lighter fare.
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Q at The Empress is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5