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James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant

$$ - $$$
James Bay
British, Canadian
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332 Menzies St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2G9, Canada
+1 250-382-8282
07:00 - 16:00
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Sun 08:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice place but not wonderful Did not leave an impression on us Food was average and staff a little brusque

Thank Corinne L
Saskatoon, Canada
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely little tea room, decorated with Royalty plates and pictures. We had fresh baked scones and coffee. Some patrons were having breakfast which looked quite good, Others were having tea served from crochet covered tea pots. A most relaxing place to stop.

Thank Stitcherart
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little tea room. Everything is always nice and fresh (home baked) just what you want in a tea cafe. Very close to BC Museum and we always stop by after a visit.

Thank nancyleask
Seattle, Washington
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136 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

My friends and I went here for high tea. Most had never had it. We ordered two full teas and one small tea (just desserts) and two extra pots of tea and the five of us still had a small box of treats to take home! Service was adequate. The place is clean and serene. There were little old ladies... More 

Thank SeattleReebs
Victoria, Canada
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Having had a dismal experience several years ago, after many many years of excellent experiences, we decided to go back and see if anything had changed. The place looks much better, but it has really lost the olde British feel. The food was fine - the quiche was fine, the Welsh rarebit, fine. Sparse tea offerings. A very friendly and... More 

Thank justabitfarther
Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I haven't been here for years after my eggs benedict hollandaise made me seriously wonder if they had inadvertently used chicken gravy. I love the little building and heard over the past couple of years it has new owners so decided to give it another try. First the decor and service is very good. It is much cleaner and more... More 

Thank Mabes_PNW
Maple Ridge, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We stopped in for a late lunch. Some of our group had the high tea which they raved about. I had the quiche and my husband had the rarebit which were both average. It was pretty busy for the 2 waitresses but we had a nice window seat and overall a pleasant visit.

Thank Joyce834
North Saanich, Canada
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My granddaughter and I have been checking out Hi Tea in several restaurants in the Victoria area as a way to explore the city and to have some fun together while she attends university. Tea at the James Bay Tea House is just the regular bagged teas you can get in the grocery stores. And... They forgot about us! We... More 

Thank Terry W
Vancouver, Canada
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Have had lunch here overtime we visit Victoria. Always a nice atmosphere in a quaint old building. Staff are very courteous and attentive. The meals have usually been good to excellent. Although the special - a soup and sandwich - that you would expect to be good was a little dried out. Not quite what we usually get. There were... More 

Thank Jane1244
Edmonton, Canada
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333 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We have visited the James Bay tea room many times and continue to enjoy the experience. It is in a good location and very reasonably priced.

Thank DavidGunn1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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British, Canadian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 332 Menzies St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighbourhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-382-8282

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