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#18 of 93 Bar in Victoria
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US$9 - US$16
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Fusion, Bar, Canadian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed November 17, 2020

Resonably priced and delicious. The staff is super friendly and we liked the variety on the menu. Thanks

Date of visit: November 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2020

Thank you Susan for reviewing us and sharing your kind words. We can't wait to see you again. Cheers

Reviewed October 23, 2020

We had been to the pub before but not the cafe so met some friends for lunch. A very traditional menu - liver and onions on the menu - and very tasty. Had one of the lunch specials - hot turkey sandwich which was tasty...enough although my wife tuna salad sandwich with accompanying salad and dressing was better. Great friendly service and very comfortable environment. Just the place for a relaxing lunch in beautiful James Bay. We will be back to try other menu items.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2020

Thanks Gardiner for taking the time to share such a wonderful review. Come back soon :-0

Reviewed October 14, 2020

We were just getting into town on Thanksgiving Day and we were searching for a good dinner that would make us feel like we were at home with our families, and James Bay did not disappoint. Although slightly small portions, it came with a 3-course...meal, and the pumpkin pie was to DIE for! My husband even ordered a second piece. As for family friendly.. we were the youngest people there by about 50 years. Although the seniors loved our baby, if she would have been crying, we would have gotten stares for sure.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Awe shucks Jordan thank you so much for being our guest during Thanksgiving. Your amazing review brings smiles to all of us. We look forward to having you visit us again. Cheers

Reviewed October 5, 2020

Came here for a light dinner around 7, and were promptly seated at a table which was close to the open door at entrance, under a very bright set of lights. Asked if we could sit up in the back area, was told "no." Our...server asked us what we wanted for drinks before we even had a chance to sit down. I'm not from the area, had no idea. In all fairness didn't get the impression staff was used to the pub being busy, it was pretty packed. Food and drinks served promptly, although it was chilly with the door open all night, noticed a few patrons sitting in coats so I know it wasn't just me. I wondered if I had opportunity to try the dart board I might have warmed up a bit ;) Food was average - salsa was not very good - very salty. Wings were ok. ThanksMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2020

We are sorry that you did not have the best time at our friendly pub. We do understand that visiting a pub nowadays can cause a bit of confusion as to why certain decisions must be made. This is especially true with seating in bars...More

Reviewed July 22, 2020

We came to do some ghost-hunting and we weren't disappointed! It is a very well-known location in Victoria for ghosts and is even on the Ghostly Walks Tour, though the waitress had no clue what we were talking about haha! Our ghost-communicating app was off...the charts, though. The food itself was decent, straightforward and nothing fancy (everything comes with boiled vegetables and mashed potatoes and gravy), but I enjoyed it. Some of the staff were a bit rude, but at least our server was trying to keep up a happy appearance.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We would like to hear more details of how we could do better. Feel free to drop us an email at roy@jbibpub.com. Cheers

Reviewed July 18, 2020

Three of us (one 50+ female, one 22-year-old male, one 16-year-old male) ate at the restaurant section of the James Bay Inn Pub. Besides being conveniently located for us, it was also one of the only restaurants open past 8 p.m. on a Sunday night...(pubs were not an option, due to our underaged guest). We had the large platter of nachos, which were okay but a bit pricey, then both the lads had the bbq chicken burger, which they said was great. I had the halibut burger, which was also good - it was nice to have a fish burger that wasn't deep-fried. The drinks from the bar were good, and reasonably priced. I'd happily eat here again.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We would be happy to see you again as well. Cheers

Reviewed July 12, 2020 via mobile

i had complained to the manger of the restaurant about having two cold meals in one day, she had not offered us a free meal for the two cold ones. She had said she would tell the kitchen to warm the plates. We tried again...on Friday and the waitress was really rude to my husband. To me that is not good customer service at allMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2020

Oh no, this doesn't sound good. We would love to hear more about your experience so we can learn from our mistakes. Please feel free to reach out at roy@jbipub.com Cheers

Reviewed March 17, 2020

My wife and I had two occasions to eat in the James Bay Inn Pub, and we enjoyed both. One occasion was with friends who eat their routinely once each week. We enjoyed both occasions and found the beer to be good and the food...to be quite acceptable pub food. The service for us was excellent. The pub does have a dinner deal of starter, main course and dessert for $20, although we did not have it. There seems to be a fair number of regulars attending the pub. Some were playing darts.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing your kind words and knowledge of the JBI. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers

Reviewed February 16, 2020

We phoned and made a reservation for 6:30 on Saturday February 15th. The message said that if we did not get a call back, we were good to go. We phoned at 11:00 am. At 5:00 pm, we received a phone call to India re...our reservation was declined due to a party of 24 and another of 8. We would have appreciated a phone call earlier in the afternoon rather than at 5. Terrible policy in place . We will not be spending any time or money at this establishment in the future.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2020

It looks like you have might have called a different Restaurant and received mis-information. The James Bay Inn Restaurant makes reservation and confirms immediately and directly by phone.

Reviewed February 15, 2020

This restaurant has a large, eclectic menu and provides a good bang for the buck. Service was excellent.

Date of visit: January 2020
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ricallen, Owner at James Bay Inn Pub, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2020

Thank you for this great review! Cheers

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Response from Jayclo | Reviewed this property |
JJ Morgan's also have a good Sunday buffet brunch. Wise to make reservation. 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. sittings/ JJ's is at corner of McKenzie Ave. & Shelbourne St. in Saanich near UVIC University.
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