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Reviewed October 30, 2022

We had been promised on the phone that a room was reserved for us. To our surprise, when we arrived, the room had been given to another group, which was quite disappointing. The acoustics of the place is unbearable: we had to scream to make...ourselves heard, which makes the experience quite unpleasant. Also, without notice, the waitress came to our table to tell us that it was reserved at 8:00 so we didn't have much time to order for desert. We said that this was unacceptable and the manager came to talk to us and granted us permission to stay for dessert, but we felt as if we had to rush. What was supposed to be a pleasant, relaxing evening with friends turned out to be a bit stressful. Luckily the food was good, but there are plenty of restaurants in Victoria that serve excellent food. I would recommend going somewhere else.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 28, 2022 via mobile

Not happy that we need to pay for bread ($5) whereas all Italian restaurants in downtown Victoria (Terrazo, Brio, Covo) offers complimentary bread with tapenade, butter or olive oil/vinagrette. If you want olive oil and vinagrette at Zambris, it is an additional $4. Total of...$10 right of the bat for something that everywhere else is complimentary. This sets a negative mood to the whole evening, when you also consider that the list of appetizers is limited to: bread, olive oil, olives, ceasar salad, and burrata (served with seasonal vegetables, instead of prosciutto, like it is normally serve in Italian resraurants). Zambri used to be one of the best restaurants in town with true appetizers list but in recent years, it has significantly lost at all levels, in terms of style as well as the quality of food served.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 17, 2022 via mobile

We had our wedding reception dinner here and it did not disappoint. Authentic Italian cuisine was outstanding (especially the mushrooms and polenta). Service was great. Wines were a nice change from the everyday. All our guests had a great time.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

We visited this Italian restaurant in July and found the food to be quite tasty and plentiful. Our favourites include the Lasagna, Tagliatelle and Orecchiette. While it may not be Victoria's best Italian restaurant (people prefer Il Terrazo), it does occupy a nice location and...offers a comfortable atmosphere. The Cesare salad is the perfect size for two people to share and the croutons melt in your mouth. Pizza lovers will enjoy the many options, along with the capability to add items. While the menu is a bit confusing, it does list one beer in a bottle, and you have to guess that the other options are actually on draught. You can get wine by the bottle (over priced, as you'd expect) or by the glass. There should be more options in the $28-35 range. They do not offer half-litre flasks, which many other Victoria restaurants now do. If you wish to have bread and oil/vinegar, you're looking at around a 9.00 charge (Terrazo and Il Covo include it at no extra charge). All in all, it's a good restaurant. And we'd like to attend more often if they'd make some necessary changes. Two thumbs up for offering bookings through Open Table.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

The food was very good and the service was excellent. We had the Burrata appetizer and pasta dishes. Nice choice of wine.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 9, 2022

Sadly, it looks like Zambri's is one of many prioritizing the COVID-inspired trend toward take out, to the detriment of those who want the whole dine in experience. Three of us made a reservation for 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night. The app made it...very clear that we were only entitled to the table for an hour and 45 minutes. Given that we planned to see a movie right across the street at 8:10 p.m. we figured this was not an issue. We ordered fairly promptly, received our appetizers in a reasonable time frame, and then .... sat. And sat. We enjoyed ourselves with good conversation and a second glass of wine ... but by 7:45 p.m. we were still waiting for our main courses and started to get anxious. Once we started watching, it became immediately obvious that there was a constant stream of people picking up take out orders. The kitchen was cranking out food incredibly quickly ... just not ours. Unfortunately we have recently had this experience at two other restaurants (not in Victoria) that style themselves as "high end dining experiences" with high end prices to match. It seems that the COVID-inspired trend toward take out isn't slowing. Many restaurants have found it to be more lucrative than dine-in experiences ... and sadly, Zambri's prioritized the easy buck over us last night. The food was good (not excellent); the music far too bass heavy for a restaurant; the atrium lacking in ambience; the service attentive but either oblivious to or unconcerned by our extended wait. As a result, we won't make it a priority to try our luck again any time soon. Lots of other better restaurants in Victoria who place more value on those who dine in.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022 via mobile

When we visited Zambri's we were seated immediately. Good so for. We were right across from the bar, but drinks were slow to come. Food arrived within a reasonable time....but "WOW" the portions were tiny for the amount they charged! My husband said his drink,...a Caesar, was unpleasantly spicy...and overpriced. Our server was conspicuously absent for a good deal of time, so the service was very slow. To top it all off the acoustics in the place trapped sound and amplified it to the point were we had to shout across the table to be heard. I won't be recommending this restaurant to anyone!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 12, 2022

Great food. A menu that changes. Decent wine selection. Attentive staff. A wonderful dining experience.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 31, 2021 via mobile

The food and wine here are very good. Downside was it took almost an hour before we got our appetizer and longer to get our food so we were sipping wine for an hour before we ate and didn’t have much wine with food. The...waitress seemed overworked. Also we were seated very close to the path of wait staff - less than optimal social distancing. If the food weren’t delicious I’d recommend against this place. Maybe go on a less busy time.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2021 via mobile

We made a reservation for 5:30 pm. We were told that the restaurant was very busy and we would have to leave by 7:00. We said that was great as we had to leave by 7:00 to go to a theatre production. When we arrived,...we were told again at the door, that we had to leave by 7:00. We waited about 15 minutes for our drinks and only got them because we flagged someone down and asked for them. At 6:50 we still hadn’t been served our main courses. When they arrived we had to gulp down what we could, and leave food on our plates and drinks in our glasses. The server said that no-one had told him that we had to be out by 7:00. Not a lot of communication between the front door and the servers. The restaurant was clearly oversold and under staffed. It was packed and no social distancing in place. The main course I ordered, a spaghetti dish with oil and garlic, was inedible. Our friends ordered a pizza, thinking it would be quick….wrong it turns out, and asked for additional mushrooms. None of us could see any evidence of them. They may have been on the half of the pizza they had no time to eat. When we got our bills, which came very fast, they had covered the first round of drinks. That was considerate however we all left drinks in our glasses. Would we return…no. Would we recommend this place…no. They’ve developed a nice trendy looking place but have left out service to the customers.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 24, 2021

Lively restaurant in the inner city. Decided on the funghi pizza. It had a medium crispy crust with mixed mushrooms and truffle flavor. Also ordered the pepperoni pizza - plan to spend $20 per pizza. Our server was friendly and attentive. Most Italian restaurants provide...fresh baked bread with olive oil/balsamic. This would have been nice rather than having it on the menu.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 18, 2021

Could not give this place a higher rating. Above and beyond service, food and ambiance. We really were blown away by the care and attention of the staff. Do not pass up a chance to visit this location for an amazing evening. Absolutely beautiful decor...too!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021

My wife and I dined at Zambris with a group and ordered the striploin beef. I was not asked how I wanted my steak cooked at it arrived well done (not my preference). The food was fine but the portions were very small and a...few others were still hungry after. We ordered salads, the striploin and a tiny chocolate pudding and a soda- no alcohol. They then slapped an 18% gratuity on my bill and I walked out with $162.50 less in my wallet for the 2 of us. This restaurant does not offer good value and we will not be returning.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 18, 2021 via mobile

The food was absolutley delicious-the only thing better was the service. Haida was efficient, knowledgeable,warm and incredibly personable...she's reason enough to come back! Fantastic experience, all around.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 5, 2021

I had visited Zambri’s a couple of times years ago and had good memories of those occasions. My partner and I decided to have dinner there recently and by showing up at 5’ish we were assured of a table (although we discovered that they now...take reservations - at one time that was not the case). Our server, Haida, was spectacular...excellent suggestions and wonderful service in every way. I ordered the spring salmon special which was cooked to perfection. My partner ordered the three course special with the ragù and tagliatelle main....the caesar salad was ample for sharing and the panna cotta dessert although on the small side was perfect - a few bites to finish off the dining experience. Since we were driving a distance we each had a glass of wine, a chianti and the featured white....both lovely. We will definitely return with a reservation and look forward to another wonderful evening!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Dear kilsbyt the restaurant is a fairly open space but we always try to accommodate- please call 250-360-1171 to make a reservation and mention you need a quiet table at the time of booking. best regards Yann Frizon de... More
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4